Stories from the Third Floor


Laura Brown - Birds in the Studio
From: Student A
Date: Friday, Sep 9, 2016 at 10:00pm
Subject: third floor heat
It is too hot on the third floor studio! Why do they have the heat on? I have opened all of the windows I can reach but it is still hot.

From: Student B
Date: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 1:27 AM
Subject: Bats
Mrs. Brown
There is a bat on the third floor in the studio space. With the entire third floor being one large open room it is flying around very slowly so I only see it every ten minutes or so but it is very distracting. Can you tell me when they will remove it?

From: Student C
Date: Mon, Sep 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Subject: Who is in charge of this?
There is a small bird flying around on the third floor. I am worried that it will be injured or not be able to get out.

From: Student C
Date: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 1:00pm
Subject: RE: Who is in charge of this?
After I sent you that last email, I realized that you will not see it until Monday. Some students pitched in, and purchased some birdseed and put out pans of water in the open review space so the bird could make it until Monday.

From: Student D
Date: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 4:00pm
Subject: Filthy
Could you ask the facilities folks to sweep on the third floor? The review spaces are a mess covered with seeds and painting pans that must be left over from some project as they are all full of water.
Also, everyone is saying that there are bats coming in the windows at night, so please ask the facilities staff to check the windows. We closed all of the ones we could reach.

From: Student E
Date: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 11:45pm
Subject: Wildlife
There is a bird flying around the third floor. We stacked desks on top of one of the rolling carts and were able to open all of the windows and take out the screens so that the bird can get out.

From: Student A
Date: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 3:30am
Subject: Bats
Mrs. Brown:
The bat is still in the studio, and now it is making a nest in the rafters directly above my desk.
Could you kindly have the bat removed?

From: Professor A
Date: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 5:00pm
Subject: I cannot believe this mess.
There is a dead bird on the floor by my office door. Please ask facilities to remove it.
I assume it was in the studio and attempted to fly out, but since those are swing out windows it would have flown directly into the glass. Can you ask that the students remember that with the HVA system we have in this building there is no reason to open the upper level windows.
It looks like no one has been cleaning the third floor as the review spaces are covered in some kind of grit and pans of water. Could you ask the students to clean up after themselves when using the review spaces?

• Laura Brown only uses email as a work tool during work hours.

Frederick Foote - Making a Story
I made a material poem in studio this morning and it wasn't very good. Worth it though to make things, little expressions of energy, intention and heart: constructing meaning from experience. Poiesis.

Karl Heckman - Four Letters, Ends in K
Hey Knot team,
Attached is my hastily put together contribution for "Knot 04", it's called "Knot_04.pdf". I'm not sure what your formatting process is for the final prints so I will leave the end product up to you. As you will see, it's just four letters. This should be easy enough to execute, and the first three letters don't matter all that much, what is really important here is the K. For this I have put together some specific requests to make it stand out, they are as follows:

Typeface: Helvetica
Size: 24pt-ish, large enough to be read from a distance but no need to go overboard
Transformation 01: Rotate the K 180 degrees clockwise
Transformation 02: Mirror the K along its vertical axis
Color: C-100% Y-100% M-100% K-100%, rich black makes a difference1

Maybe this is all pedantic but in a design school environment, the details matter... I think. If you aren't able to format it this way, or you make a mistake in a rough draft and don't want to fix it go ahead and hit print anyway. Unlikely anyone will even notice.

1.Refer to K in original publication.