Monday, December 28, 2009

Yesterday's News

So... yesterday I was in the Baltimore Sun's Arts section cover story about Load of Fun's graffiti haven alley; to which I was supporter, advocate, organizer, and documenter for sometime. The full story can be read here

hey, who's that lady? cover of the Arts section of the Baltimore Sun Dec 27th 2009

Once you've read it, I would like to point out that I would have never said there is a "right" or "wrong" way to do ANY art form, certainly there are better ways but never right or wrong, and that quote was either wrongly labeled with my name or made up. The "before and after" photos used to demonstrate what happened to the alley were my photographs, and the photos on the Load of Fun website are primarily Sherwin's not mine. There are still food wrappers etc. in the alley, it was a few packages of gummy bears that were sitting on the folding chair (I have the photo to prove it) but there is significantly less trash and less use of the alley as a place to do bad things. Good graffiti breeds more good graffiti and actually makes the space safer, wipe it out and it's a free for all for shit to happen.

In the end the more publicity for Load of Fun and alley the better.

Flickr pool


Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Handmade Chrismukkah story

for Justin and Lindsay
For my brother and his wife: IOU a work of their choosing

This year I was so appalled with strangers asking me if I had finished my Christmas shopping (and just let me say this… I think there is a multitude of things wrong within that). And the past 5 months or so I've been trying to find myself a simpler more meaningful life. I wanted to give something of myself, my time, my heart, energy, personality, something that would, hopefully, actually be meaningful to the recipient. So, I decided I wouldn’t step inside at shopping mall from Thanksgiving till after New Years, and I would make all of my Christmas/ Hanukkah gifts (though I did expect to have to buy some supplies to make such gifts. And to be honest I also kind of expected myself to break it; to freak out, and at the last minute thinking that I was not giving “enough” run out and buy extra stuff.

However, I am happy to say that I stuck to my guns the whole time, and it couldn’t have been better or more rewarding. I was really proud of the things I made for the people I love. In addition to the gift making, I made cards (which I kind of consider a small gift in and of themselves). Each card was printed by hand from a hand carved linoleum block. I went back and forth on the design for considerable time, but I finally settled on an image from a sketch after returning from the Hudson: myself as a unicorn kayaker holding my paddle while my trusty dog stood, as she preferred to do so, atop the prow of the boat. I then used koi stamps, that I had carved a few years back, to print on the envelopes – each one is a little different.

I read a CNN article in which Mark Frauenfelder said:
There's a Haida Indian saying: "Joy is a well-made object equaled only to the joy of making it." To that I would add, "and to the joy of giving it away." That's because a handmade object embodies the personality of the person who made it.

And to which I say, I love it, because it is so true. It was joy to give away these labors of love to my loved ones.


for Isabel for Jake
For Isabel: Hudson River pottery pendant, painted heart, pink suede cord (she was a bit jealous of her mom’s Hudson River glass heart pendant)

For Jake: Hudson River pottery pendant, painted “Hudson” on reverse, orange nylon cord (because he would want whatever she got)

for grayson
For Grayson: suede bunny with flannel belly and heavy cotton cape with bells and black ribbon closure.

chocolate chips cookies
Cookies galore for many: Coffee Heath Bar Shortbread cookies, Orange Cranberry Shortbread cookies, and Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies with edges rolled in chocolate chip bits or more Heath Bar.

day paddle
For the kids: canvas tote with printed lino touched up with acrylic paint

for Oliver's birthday
For Oliver’s birthday: water color of his mother’s house.

envelopes holidaze cards

holidaze front and back


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

get stoned with your heart of glass

heart of the river

for my sister
for my sister

heart made of glass
a heart shaped shard of Hudson river glass, drilled and put on a silver snake chain

shes got a heart of stone
heart of stone

get stoned
get stoned
a Hudson river heart stone, drilled and put on a silver snake chain


Friday, December 11, 2009

set sail

frosty beverage

So its a bit too much segregating my work between two pages, and it doesn't make much sense. Please visit my other page for the most current news, works, and updates...


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

another NY trip

bells by the fire

Another trip up to NY this time with some extra family members in tow. I got some really interesting photos from over the course of the weekend. I was particularly pleased by a series with my niece and nephew down by the river; unfortunately I lost most of those through a series of mistakes. Such is life...