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Mesmerized by ‘The Melancholy Museum’

The midnight purple walls were a stark contrast to the white marble hall leading up to “The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford,” creating an immediate and immersive change in mood. I was struck by the sheer scale of the black Victorian mourning cabinet before me, packed with hundreds of weathered artifacts from the Stanford Family Collections. This exhibition of over 700 objects was curated by Mark Dion to tell the story of the Stanford family and their museum.

Beautifying labor, celebrating craft: Vivienne Le’s ‘Five Sisters’

Against the white wall of the exhibition room of Root Division (1131 Mission St, San Francisco) stands an installation of vibrantly colored sculptures. This is the cardboard—and—plaster work of Stanford senior Vivienne Le, one of the 12 works chosen among nearly 200 applications for Introductions 2019, a juried exhibition that opened on September 12th. The annual exhibition seeks to showcase the talent of emerging artists in the Bay Area. (Photo courtesy of Vivienne Le)

Stanford students make Calico Cards, unique watercolor kits for fans of crafts

As someone who loves making and giving handmade gifts, I was incredibly excited to learn about Calico Cards, a product brought to life by seniors Vivian Xiao (‘19), Chloe Thai (‘19) and Nicolette Grabiec (‘19) for ME216C: Implementation, a two-quarter capstone class for product design majors. Xiao described Calico Cards as “a watercolor-stencil card-making kit…