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This week, I had the opportunity to get to meet and talk to an artist named Jacob Hogan. Jacob is currently an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach who is pursing his BFA in metals. In this exhibit, he displayed household items and jewelry by hand in order to showcase to everyone what he can really do. Growing up, he had a bad habit of taking apart objects around the house and rebuilding them into new gadgets or household items, but it didn’t stop there. He continued to build and rebuild objects with the help of Legos until the age of 17 and continued to further his experience by working for a restoration company in Newport Beach, to which he still works at. As of right now, Jacob is commissioned but hopes that in the future he can further his career and build household items for companies such as Target or Ikea. Jacob decided to focus his dreams on building because he was inspired by product stores to further tweak the product or make it better.
The items displayed in his exhibit are from school assignments, but instead of making assignments that focused on jewelry, he focused on household items. He tried to make the exhibit feel like home and comfortable in order to have his products feel like they belong there, to which he succeeded. Before having the chance to display his products for everyone to see, he made a mini model of the showroom in order to plan out the perfect layout. He designed the floor plan to focus on three sections: household items, jewelry and cabinetry. Altogether, the products took a little overr 2 months to complete. If anyone who sees and is interested in any of his products, they are able to buy it online on his webiste.