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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
As a designer I am trying to find words to adequately describe concepts, processes, materials, contexts, characteristics and characters. The words do not come easily. I can recount the whole making process and material make-up. I can place it into a historical and cultural context. I can list the functions and features. But when a design is intuitive and inevitable, words can only give some slight whiff of the idea. A design just exists. It exists by communing with our senses; it exists by being done; it exists by somehow winding its way into our hearts and minds.
Xu, Lu, "Poetic features beyond functions" (2017). Masters Theses. 123.
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