by: Rochelle Dorosh, Production Assistant.
With the start of the Works Festival approaching quickly, the production team’s workload has ramped up. Our days are now fully occupied with installations, art pickups and project completions for a variety of exhibits. Since the start of our work term, the scale of our projects has increased. The riser we are currently building is the size of a king-size bed! As an architecture student, I often build miniature models of my projects, but this internship has shown me the challenges in working at a bigger scale. We have to consider weight, bracing, transportation, and environmental factors. The slight warp or bow in a 2”x 4” can alter our finished product. Sometimes ladders and paint roller extensions are required to span the height. Gravity seems to work against us. The construction techniques and joinery of materials is crucial in our projects, whereas wood glue is sufficient for my miniature models. Our projects need to be strong, as they must support artwork and last for more than one festival season. In comparison, my architecture models can easily shatter into a million pieces if dropped from desk height and are short lived.
Working in a team, rather than as an individual, has been very rewarding and a great relief given our workload! We have an opportunity to draw on the various backgrounds and skills that each member brings to the team. We learn from each other, problem solve together, and most importantly, we share the physical weight of our projects, literally!
Rochelle Dorosh is currently pursuing a Master’s in Architecture at the University of Calgary. She attended the University of Toronto, graduating from a Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Sociology with High Distinction in 2016. In 2012, Rochelle obtained a Diploma in Architectural Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). As part of an arts-based project led by a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, she volunteered as an arts facilitator, working with young mothers experiencing homelessness. In 2010, she co-founded Francophilosophie, a fundraiser displaying the abilities of French speaking artists. Francophilosophie supports a scholarship awarded each year to a French Immersion graduate at Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton. Rochelle is interested urbanism, alternative housing, and the relationships that people have with the spaces they inhabit.