Final Stretch

– Originally posted on HDCS Masters Student Nicky’s blog Broke Girl in Paris –

After my first semester at Parsons Paris, I can honestly say I am truly never coming home! Although the last few weeks have been extremely difficult with final papers, presentations and projects, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Aside from grinding during the day, I had the pleasure of visiting several museums and locations in Paris, including Musee Rodin, Musee D’Orsay and Quai Brainly. One of my favourite under-rated locations, Jardin de Serres d’Auteuil, is Paris’ botanical green house gardens!! Beautiful place to explore, and even has some tables inside its houses for study spots and group meetings.

All of Paris has been totally transformed into Christmas market central.. but i’ve been too busy to check any of them out!! Hopefully next week I’ll get a chance to review the beautiful one in Tuileries and their wicked mulled wine stand.
As for shops… I finally popped into a vintage store I’ve been dying to try out called Le Vif… and immediately walked right out. Who knew shirts saying Harvard or Canada – Niagara Falls could sell for over 150 euros?

As well, I’ve gone on a huge Parisian coffee tour, so stay tuned for reviews on my fave spots for coffees to croissants… speaking of croissants… did you know Paris has a Rue du Croissant? You shouldn’t be surprised.

This entire week has been dedicated to the MAD. On Tuesday, I went to the storage space for the museum and learned about the conservation aspects of fashion, textiles and objects, while also getting to hold some ancient works! Truly incredible.

 

 

 

Today specifically, I had the chance to present a huge project to the MAD that proposes an interactive experience on the history of the chair. This project allows museum goers to become designers by collecting elements of chairs throughout the museum which have been rendered on cards very similar to playing cards. Then, the museum goer can combine these cards and create their own Frankenstien of a chair which is then continuously shown within the MAD!

Later this week, my mom is finally coming to Paris!! I get to finally show her around my new city and the little pockets and gems i’ve discovered over the past few months! Sadly, these riots are said to continue so hopefully i can find something safe for us to do away from the tear gas, torched cars and chaos.