Molly Zacher's Portfolio

October 15, 2016

It has been over a week since I last posed, but this past week has kept me very busy and mostly away from any wifi to allow me to post much of anything. So here we are with the 8 day update…

Saturday (Oct 8) I got up and went to the market to keep myself from sleeping in too late… enjoyed a baguette and a morning stroll around Apt. Upon returning to Lacoste, I ate brunch, did some laundry, helped Kiele with her shoot, cleaned up my room a bit, sewed the hole in my jeans (spoiler: they ripped again, for a third time), did some writing/homework, figured out the Paris schedule, went to dinner, and then went out to the quarry to shoot some night pictures (stars and light painting)

Sunday (Oct 9) began with a sunrise shoot with Rachael and Steph… we explored the french countryside as the sun came up over the mountain… then Rachael and I went to workout before brunch, then shower, and powering through some homework before dinner, facetime with megan, packing and showering and getting ready for an early morning trip to Paris…! (following shots by Rachael, edits by me)

Monday (Oct 10) up bright and early for breakfast, carrying our bags down the hill and getting on the bus to leave by 7:15… After an hour bus ride, three hour train ride, and 40 minute walk to the hotel, our journey to Paris was finished, little did we know it was only the beginning. After dropping off our bags in our rooms, taking a quick rest, and gathering our things, we headed out to walk around Paris. We began walking towards the photo/film developing lab in the 3rd arrondissement, stopped in there for Rachael and Kiele to drop off their film, walked to a coffee shop and sat in the park (Place des Vosges) to chat and drink our cappuccinos… We wandered around that area doing some shopping and exploring until it started to rain, and then stopped in a café for dinner. After dinner we walked back to the hotel, over the river, past the beautiful Notre Dame, and crashed in our beds to pass out.

Tuesday was our first full day in Paris and it began with a morning walk to Boneshaker to get fresh donuts :) glazed and pumpkin cake donuts were the perfect way to start the day before walking to Musée d’Orsay to search furiously for our Art History professor (we are required to meet with him on each required field trip/museum and listen to a lecture in order to not be counted absent), and then look around the museum. After rejoining with the rest of the group, Kiele, Rachael, Steph and Sophie all went to pick up the developed film from the day before and Spencer and I went for a walk… We walked out through the Tuileries, down the Champs Élysées, stopped in a pub for some quick lunch before we climbed up to the top of L’Arc de Triomphe, snapped a few pictures, ran back down, hopped on a metro, and got back to the hotel so Spencer could go to the art store with the painting professor. I stayed at the hotel to nap for a little while, and eventually the troops rallied and we headed out to a gallery exhibition by Chad Moore and to a delicious french dinner outside at a café.

Wednesday Rachael and I started the day early with a WOD at the crossfit box called Original Addicts II, the gym was super cute and the coach was really nice and let us drop in for free. We stopped for breakfast afterward around the corner where the woman who served us asked us if we just came from “sport”, immediately gave us glasses of water and told us “it’s important to drink water after sport”… (much appreciated café woman, she was one of the only french servers who understood how much water Rachael and I are typically used to drinking). We ran back to shower and then skipped over to Centre Pompidou for todays required field trip. After about three hours of looking around, we descended the escalator tube, and found our way to lunch. Thanks to the wonderful recommendation from Megan, we all ordered duck confit at Bistrot Victoires, and felt infinitely more french afterwards.  Lunch recharged our batteries and our next stop was Musée de L’Orangerie to admire the beautiful Monet paintings…. from there we stopped at Ladurée for macaroons, walked down the Champs Élysées, stopped in the Nike store so Rachael could buy sneakers to soothe her aching feet, climbed (again) to the top of L’Arc de Triomphe, back down, picked up sandwiches and metro’d to the Eiffel Tower to sit in the grass, eat sandwiches and macaroons, and watch the sparkling tower :)

Thursday was our last full day in Paris… 9:00am call to walk together to the Louvre and walk around the most intimidating museum in the world… We left at around 1:00 to find our way to the Galerie Daniel Templon for a Gregory Crewdson photo exhibition, and then to Angelina for hot chocolate and pastries. Kiele, Rachael, and Sophie went to get tattoos, and Steph and I walked back in the rain to the hotel to nap until they came back. Dinner was late night asain food and drinks at a café near the hotel before passing out again.

Friday began with a field trip to Idem Press (David Lynch’s favorite print shop, with several ancient printing presses and amazing print masters), followed by a sprint to the Reebok Crossfit Louvre with Rachael for an 11:30 WOD with Coach Pierre. The box was really cool and working out with a bunch of jacked french guys is comical. We stopped for lunch afterward, did a little shopping (bought Parisian blanket scarves), picked up Chipotle for the train ride home, took the metro to Trocadéro, snapped some pictures, met up with Steph, took the metro to Berthillon for the best ice cream in Paris, walked back to the hotel to pick up our bags, ubered to the train station, sat around for an hour at the train station, boarded the train, half-slept through the three our train ride and hour bus ride back to Lacoste, dragged our bags up the hill, showered, and passed out until about 10:00am this morning….

It feels like I’ve walked about 50 miles over the past week, my feet are tired, my shoulders are sore, and my back is aching, but I couldn’t feel happier/more grateful about the experiences I got to have this week in Paris… I had such a wonderful time and I’m already thinking about the next time I can go back…

So here’s to the second half of this quarter in France… Let’s hope I can get all my work done and wrap up the quarter feeling just as happy and thankful as when I got here.


October 7, 2016

We back

This week was pretty busy… After a very busy Monday, I spent Tuesday working on art history homework and printmaking prep in the morning. The presented our first presentation in art history, and went straight down to the print shop to carve a new plate before dinner, a birthday call to my mom, and up to this week’s professor presentation…!

Wednesday was full of field trips - morning trip to Roussillon for photo, lunch, printing in the print shop, quick nap, and then field trip to Fontaine de Vaucluse again in the late afternoon, home for dinner, and a Paris orientation meeting (we leave on Monday morning !!) and then back home to pass out… (getting sick this week has not made things any easier)

Thursday was my day off and also the day I felt the most sick… I got up for breakfast at 8:00, but promptly returned to bed and slept until 1:30… After that the day was kind of a blur… I ended up finishing an essay for art history, but that’s about all that got done on Thursday… #strugglebus

Today was another Field Trip Friday - so we headed to Arles at 9:00 and got there around 10:30. Our first stop was at the church of Saint Tromphine and the cloisters. Then we had lunch on the Rhône river and coffee in the café that inspired “Terrasse de Cafe la Nuit” by Van Gogh. Then we checked out the Roman bath ruins, Musée Réattu, and Musée Départemental Arles Antique before heading back to Lacoste.

I can’t believe we already headed to Paris next week… I have a lot to do before we leave…


October 3, 2016

Posts every three days is pretty reasonable right….?

I’m tryin… 

THE RECAP. LET IT BEGIN.

(oh boy this is going to be fun - I am very tired and getting sick)

Saturday I was planning to sleep in, but awoke to Rachael calling me to go to the market with her and Steph. So I got up and got ready in 20 minutes, and we took the bus to Apt. We shared a warm baguette and walked around in the rain, stopping in a few stores and following Steph around as she took pictures for her photo project. Eventually we headed back to Lacoste, had brunch, and watched a documentary while we worked on some homework. There was a mandatory photo field trip to a local photo exhibition in Apt, so after getting ready to go, we drove back to Apt to look at studio shots of horses, walk through the rain, and almost miss dinner.

Sunday I decided to sleep in and catch up on some rest. Eventually I went down to breakfast, and left from there to go on a walk… Somehow my “walk” turned into a 10k hike up a mountain to the Cedar Forest on top of Le Petit Luberon… 3 hours later I returned with muddy shoes and a stupidly hilarious snapchat story of my experience (I hiked through the fog/clouds, found a random dog with a bell around its neck that led me along the trail before abandoning me, french hikers tried to communicate with me, I almost got lost/had no idea where I was going, started hiking down the other side of the mountain, then decided I should probably turn around, peed in the forest, and finally made it back to civilization..!) All in all it was quite an adventure. After that I had to actually get started on homework, but not before baking cookies with Steph, because cloudy/rainy weather and homework always goes better with a warm batch of cookies… After dinner I spent some time in the printmaking studio, and then in the photo lab printing photos until I couldn’t keep my eyes open and headed home to pass out.

Which brings me to today…! What a day today was. It began with photo, where we got a tour of Lacoste and learned about its history and lots of interesting facts from a man with a strong french accent. Then we headed back to the classroom for our first critique. After photo I went straight to the printmaking studio to work on my first round of prints. Then I ran down to lunch before the café closed for the afternoon. Back up to the studio for round two of printing, before class. Then three hour printmaking class, followed by another run down to the café for dinner, back up to the studio to finish and clean up, then ran over to the library for a group meeting for our art history presentation, and then home to process how I could spend the entire day in the printmaking studio and still have an entirely new plate/print due in two days…… awesome.

Very exhausted, not feeling spectacular, but also I’ve been waiting for the day I caught this sickness that has been going around here since the first week… A lot to get done before we head to Paris next week so on to the next day…!


September 30, 2016

I can’t believe tomorrow is October 1st… 
September always seems to fly by.

Nonetheless, here we are again, with your three day catch up

Wednesday was another busy day - photo in the morning, where we spent the entire class discussing our project ideas (which luckily I have an actual idea for and I feel excited to see how it all comes together..!). The afternoon was filled with laundry, linen exchange, lunch, and work that turned into brainstorming/planning for Paris (still shocked we only have a little over a week before we leave for Paris, but I can’t wait). Followed by a field trip to Goult for printmaking, where we sketched on engraving plastic plates and I wandered around the little town on my own taking pictures until my SD card was full… (I have also developed a severe obsession with the windows/shutters here and have taken far too many pictures like the fourth picture below…) 

Thursday was a weird day for what seems like everyone here in Lacoste…
Because I don’t have class on Thursdays, I spent the majority of the morning in the library doing work and feeling nostalgic. Eventually I made my way to lunch, and then home to accidentally take a three hour nap….. oops. I woke myself up to go do a quick workout with Rachael before my group meeting for art history, then head to dinner, shower, and watch a movie with the crew before bed.

Round two of Field-Trip-Fridays was another exhausting one….
Early breakfast and bus call before making our way to Glanum to explore the ancient mausoleum, triumphal arch, and ruins, as well as the mental institute that Van Gogh stayed in after cutting off his ear. We then hopped back on the bus to St. Remy where we wandered around the quaint little town, grabbed some snacks 

(sidenote: we wandered past a restaurant with delicious looking desserts in the window and decided to stop in for a coffee and some treats on the back patio. Apparently there wasn’t enough room for us outside, so they sat us inside, where we soon realized that this restaurant was a little bit more high class than we originally anticipated. The waiter came by with menus and we tried to figure out if we were going to stay and let this play out, or make a run for it. Before anyone made a decision, the waiter came back and began speaking very quickly in french. Because I happen to be the only one who knows even a smidge of french in our group of five, everyone turned to look at me. Panicking and unsure, I tried to form some sort of french sentence that came out something like “un moment, plus temps s’il vous plait”… which apparently sounded something on the menu because the waiter replied “d’accord” and began writing on his notepad… After that we gave up on french, told him we needed a minute, had a minor freak out, and just decided to get up and leave, filing past him each muttering some form of “desole” or “I’m sorry” before walking as far away as possible. Needless to say, we won’t be trying that again any time soon…)

took lots of pictures, and eventually made our way to the Musée des Alpilles to meet up with the rest of the group and look through the museum. (We had little preface of what we would be seeing in this museum and because all of the signs are in french and don’t have much vocabulary I’m familiar with, it was a little confusing, and we spent most of the time admiring the beautiful light on the balconies). Eventually, Professor Kofke (the printmaking professor) made his way into the part of the museum where they had old printmaking and letter press equipment and shared several interesting facts with a few of us (including where the words “deadline”, “leading” (in type), “stereotype/cliché”, and “uppercase” came from.) After we left the museum, we had another two hours to explore before we had to leave. Despite the fact that our feet/shoulders/backs were tired, we decided to find our way to the fancy chocolatier that one of the professors recommended, and because we didn’t quite know our way around St. Remy yet, Rachael plugged the name into google maps, and it gave us some directions… We soon found ourselves behind the town cemetery, a few blocks away from the “town center” part of town, and questioning how people ever found this place. Turns out google maps had taken us to the distribution building of Joël Durand…. I thought it was hilarious, everyone else seemed to be a little to tired and frustrated to find the humor in the situation.
We trudged back into St. Remy, found that we had already walked past the chocolatier once before, and after looking around the tiny shop, ended up leaving without even buying anything. After that we still had 45 minutes before we had to report back, so we wandered around the city a little more, found a professor, helped him find his way to the van, bought some macaroons, and then headed back to Lacoste.

By the time we got back after stopping at the super market, I was exhausted and desperately wanted to shower. I forced myself to eat some dinner, and crawled my way up the hill to shower and lay down. The rest of the night was spent watching HP4, editing photos, taking pottermore quizzes, and relaxing.
Tomorrow is a full work day, so my feet will get another day of rest… But until then, it’s time for some sleep.

Bonne nuit!


September 28, 2016

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted an update, so here we are with the catch up…

Saturday was a day of recovery from the past week of busyness. Slept in, had brunch, did some work, took a nap, went to a pool party in Maison Basse, went on a walk with Spencer and Rachael, had dinner, and ended the night with a movie.

Sunday started with a morning workout with Rachael, and a cool down walk before breakfast. After a shower, I spent about four hours in the basement Mac lab fighting with the wifi and trying to keep up with my four different journals…! (One for travel photo, one for art history, one for personal thoughts, and this blog) Eventually, I crawled out of the lab to go to the printmaking studio and carve some plates to print. Eventually my hand got tired, cramped up, slipped off of the linoleum, and sliced open the end of my pointer finger. Needless to say, that was the end of my printmaking work for the day. Stopped at the gym to walk Spencer through a workout with Rachael, went on a walk before dinner, and then failed to get the wifi to cooperate for movie night.

Monday meant the start of week two!
I have a feeling things are about to start picking up and time is going to fly, so I’m doing everything in my power to appreciate every second we have here.
9:00 photo included a field trip to Fontaine de Vaucluse. This adorable town is home to an extremely deep pool of water (deepest point reached at 308m) that filters down from the glaciers and flows through the town through a beautiful river as well as an ancient paper mill. We spent the hour and a half we had in this town exploring these two landmarks and as much of the rest of the town as possible.

On returning to Lacoste, I took a quick nap in one of the hammocks on the terrace, went to lunch, and worked on some homework before heading to Printmaking.

Tuesday started slowly… after breakfast I spent several hours in the library journaling and trying to get my work in order for the week, eventually I went to lunch and then to my art history class. Finished the day with an exploratory run, a workout with Rachael and Spencer, several beautiful rainbows, dinner, and a presentation by the animation professor. 

Nothing crazy exciting to report, of course I’m still loving every second of being here, and having four field trips this week is/has been quite a whirlwind…!

À la prochaine!

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