At Rize, we are inspired by different perspectives and variations on design. As much as that means looking globally for inspiration, we have world class designers of all mediums right in our backyard. Today, we sat down with Andrew Tavukciyan, a current Emily Carr University student completing his Bachelors in Industrial Design and embracing his necessity to create.

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Your work is bold and very unique. Where do you get your inspiration?

By looking around me – observing how other people do things. I’ll see a shape, element or technique that stands out to me—a new way to shade for instance—and I’ll try to incorporate it into my work, manipulating it to become something of my own. Sometimes it works, but most times it does not.

Music is also a huge source of inspiration for me. Not in any direct way and not in any way I can really describe. I listen to music for hours every day. It’s an escape that reflects and dictates my mood. If I’m not in the right headspace I can’t create anything, and music helps me get there.

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Tell us about the work you are doing as you study at Emily Carr University and develop your craft?

I’m currently completing my Bachelors of Industrial Design. I’m in my last semester and right now were working on a self-directed thesis project that has spanned the whole year. While industrial/product design is my major, I’ve found it hard to connect with the practical and functional aspects of design in a way that excites me. Those aspects are a big part of the curriculum, so my time at school has been a love-hate relationship. For the first three years of my major I was learning a lot, but nothing I made reflected my actual sensibilities. When it came to deciding what I wanted to do for my thesis project, the only thing I did know was that I needed to incorporate my artwork somehow or I’d go crazy. For the past seven months I’ve basically just been experimenting with different ways of representing my 2D visual language in a tangible 3D space through the vehicle of ornamentation and appropriation.

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Have you always been passionate about creating and art overall? What has your journey been like?

It’s always been a part of my life, but there was a point where it was more suppressed in hopes of pursuing a more practical career path. In the last year or so, it’s become clear to me that it’s not really a choice anymore, it’s a necessity for me to create—and I’m just working towards embracing that as much as possible.

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What is your goal, the ultimate dream for where you would like to go with your creations?

I just want to create. I want to paint, draw, do huge murals, do ceramics. I want to exist on any form and be recognizable regardless of what medium I choose.

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If you had to describe your work in 3 words, what words would you use?

Formulaic, impulsive and abstractions.

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