Thursday, April 30, 2009

the world spins madly on

i feel totally overwhelmed at the prospect of finishing school in two weeks. i am scared i won't see my friends after we no longer have class as an excuse to see each other. i am scared about getting a job, and about how i will pay my student loans. i am worried about getting everything done in time. i'm still scrambling to finish papers, projects, evaluations, my thesis, my artwork for the show... i was thinking about this song by the weepies, who i adore, because no matter what craziness is happening, the world just keeps on going.

i found this video for the song on youtube, and think i should probably find the guy who made it and be his friend.

on a completely unrelated note, at work everyone was buzzing about the research published today regarding a genetic link to autism. i think this is so interesting. read about it and watch video here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Her Morning Elegance


dear blog-friends,

hello! can you help me find a graduation dress? i don't have much time, somehow. graduation totally snuck up on me. i am not prepared for it on several levels. this is one of the shallower levels, but it's still important, because it's fun. i have had a lot of stress lately and am acutely aware that fun is preferable.

i like these ones a whole lot. for some reason i am really feeling the long-dress look. has anyone seen any nice long dresses lately that you could point me towards?

you're the best (hug).

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

out on the town

here are some photos from friday, when it felt very suddenly like summer. it was 87 degrees in chicago, so the requirement for finding a place to hang out was simple: outdoor seating.

here are the pretty pink drinks we drank. i only had one, because i am a drinking lightweight.

and here is the view from our table. the sky was threatening rain, but the buildings were still all lit up with sun.

it didn't end up raining, but i did end up more than a little tipsy from my one fancy drink (no surprise).

also, here are some crochet strawberries i made a while ago. they are in my etsy shop, and are being featured as "etsy item of the day" over here. cool, right?

Monday, April 27, 2009

here we are

we are about to graduate. it feels weird. shannon and i made this video about it.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Beaded Flowers

My great-grandmother Lee was an artist. Mostly she painted, but she also just made all kinds of things, all the time. She worked as a hat-maker off and on. I never met her, but she is a member of my family that I really identify with. My mom crochets sometimes, and I had one great aunt who was a knitter, but other than that no one is artistic or crafty in my family. I'm not sure where I came from, sometimes, because making things with my hands is so much a part of me.

One of the things my great-grandmother made was bouquets of beaded flowers. I can't even really imagine the time and patience that went into creating these. I can imagine her working on them though, and I really like picturing her in this process. I don't know how many she made, but here are some of the ones my mom has in various spots around her home:

Saturday, April 25, 2009

i like how quiet i feel when i'm drawing

A kid said this to me last week, and i had to make it part of my piece for my upcoming show. i mean, how awesome of a thing for a child to say... it made my heart swoon a whole bunch.

other recent updates on this project here and here

Friday, April 24, 2009

a rare temperment

i first took the myers-briggs personality inventory in 7th grade, and have since taken it several times, always with the same result. I recently had to take it again for my career counseling class, and again was an INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging), which i learned is rarest of the twelve personality types (at first this made me feel really weird, like no one else thinks the way i do, but i'm over that now). the personality description is pretty accurate, and it's fitting that my type is called "the counselor", since i'm studying to be an art therapist...

here is my "personality profile":

INFJ - the counselor

Your type is best summed up by the word "counselor", which belongs to the larger group of idealists. Only 1% of the population share your type. You are so empathic that you often know what others need before they know themselves. You are a complex person who can deal with complicated issues and people - and almost prefer to, as you love problem solving. You can be something of an idealist or perfectionist, and should try to take yourself a little less seriously.

You are a supportive and insightful romantic partner, encouraging your mate to have dreams and work hard to make those dreams come true. Because you are so creative, you have a wealth of ideas to help them toward those goals. You need harmony so much that you are driven to resolve conflict quickly, as long as the terms don't violate your ethics. You feel the most appreciated when your partner admires your creativity, trusts your inspirations, and respects your values. It is also vitally important that your partner be open and emotionally available - in other words, that they be willing to share themselves completely.

you can take an online version of the personality test here or here.

also, here is a grainy picture of little me with an orange balloon.

happy friday!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

inflatable street sculptures

i've been reading about a lot of art that employs plastic bags as the main material (including this and this). below is a video about the work of joshua allen harris, which is made of garbage bags and inflated by the periodic blasts of exhaust from the subway below the street.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

be green when you're getting clean

in honor of earth day today, here is a cute little shower timer that suctions on to your shower wall. it helps you keep track of how long you are in the shower so you can be more conscious of how much water you're using. eartheasy informs me that a 4 minute shower uses 20-40 gallons of water.

also, here is a picture of what i had for dinner. just because the greens match (and because it was delicious).

happy earth day, dear planet.


i just love the contrast of the stark white walls with the bold patterns of these rugs...

images via apartment therapy

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

fence design

look at this lace fence! these are made by a dutch design company called demakersvan. their website states:

"Lace Fence is a high-end metal fabric that gives new insights in how we can create unique environments.

The design, quality and density of the patterns are flexible. Meaning that for each application we create according to its function. For example to prevent climbing on, to hide or enhance its surroundings, to deal with harsh weather or to give an unique custom made look."

Monday, April 20, 2009

art is everywhere

there was some intense painting that took place at work today...

both are art unto themselves, i think.
also, here are some booth shots from the other day:

these are important photos, since it was a small miracle that monica and i were able to convince brendan to go into the booth. but our nagging was obviously worth it.

p.s. oh. my. lord. i am pale.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

art inspiration: jenny hart

have i really not yet done a post about jenny hart? let's fix that right now, shall we? she is a super-interesting, iowa-born embroidery artist and also the founder of sublime stitching. the piece below, titled "oh, unicorn" was stitched using human hair.

out of hibernation

it was 71 degrees in chicago today, and everyone took to the streets in a mad frenzy to enjoy the weather. it was like the first day out of hibernation. i sometimes forget how many people live in this city, but today it felt so full. the park was crowded, the sidewalks were packed. people were wearing little shorts and spring dresses. the trees were blooming.

i went on a walk and then met some friends at the park. then monica and i went to a kind of fancy dinner and then to shuba's to meet up with another friend. now it is late and i'm tired, but in a good-long-day kind of way. i'm really looking forward to summer. i am so much happier when the sun is around.

i saw this billboard by diversy and broadway. do you think it's an ad for something?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

i turned 'round and there you go

a truly amazing claymation video to go with an equally haunting song (written by the fleet foxes, who also wrote this song i posted about a while back).

I was following the pack
all swallowed in their coats
with scarves of red tied ’round their throats
to keep their little heads
from fallin’ in the snow
And I turned ’round and there you go
And, Michael, you would fall
and turn the white snow red as strawberries
in the summertime

Friday, April 17, 2009

the stickers have arrived

so, i bit the bullet and ordered the stickers i was debating about for my art show in may. i have embroidered about 25 patches with different phrases relating to the kids i work with, and had 8 of them printed as mini stickers that i will hand out at the opening of the show.

they were kind of spendy, but i decided to go ahead and get them because i thought it would be nice for people to take something with them from the "art of connection" show, a little reminder of the words.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

good things

1. the nice lady who is in charge of the main office at the school where i intern left me a little stack of argo tea coupons, after noticing that i sometimes show up in the morning with a to-go cup of tea. apparently local businesses sometimes send coupons to the office, and i thought it was really cute that she thought of me. plus, i love tea like whoa.

2. this week apartment therapy linked to my blog post about maps. this was super exciting for me, since i love love love that website (even though it feeds some unhealthy obsessions with home decor and interior design). basically, i'm famous (kidding. but still - it was neat).

3. i turned in a full draft of my thesis to my adviser and thesis readers. there is still work ahead, but it feels less scary now that i at least have all the sections, all the images, and all the main ideas in one place.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

knitted sweetness

when i used to work at capitol kids in madison, we sold blabla dolls and rattles, and occasionally some of their sweaters as well. blabla is a fair trade company whose products are hand knit by peruvian artisans using natural fibers. they are kind of expensive, but it's because they pay the artisans fair wages and use high quality, non-toxic materials - both of which i wholeheartedly support. their dollies and other items are unbelievably soft and cuddly, and the colors and designs are sweeter than sweet. admittedly, i "had to" buy two dolls (a lion and a little girl) with my employee discount when i was working there. and i'm not giving them to any kids, either. they are all mine, and i heart them.

other favorites are the dog, cat, and monkey, and the amazing bird rattles.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

on freedom

our seder this past week was lovely, as always, and i wanted to share a bit about the meaning it holds for me. passover is my favorite jewish holiday for many reasons, but mostly what i love are all the little traditions. some are truly "traditional" while many of our own personal rituals have become part our celebration through the years. passover is a holiday i have always been lucky enough to spend with my family of origin as well as my chosen family. it is a holiday that celebrates spring and reminds us to be conscious of the incredible gifts of freedom, family, and the food of the earth. while retelling the story of the jews' escape from slavery to freedom, we meditate on the link between that history and modern-day struggles for freedom and social justice that are all around us. we think about where we came from and the journeys we are all on. we give thanks for the many gifts we have, and offer hope that next year, all will be free. by the end of the night our minds, hearts, and bellies are all very full.

above is a picture of our seder plate on the dinner table, and below are images of some unique seder plates i found online (click for links).

also: this week, president obama held the first presidential seder in america's history. the white house chefs prepared the passover meal (with all the parts, including matzoh ball soup) and the seder was held in the old family dining room. i love this. here is a sweet picture of it:

Monday, April 13, 2009

in a dream

when i was a kid i always colored outside the lines. i felt like the images always needed something more, so in coloring books i would add all kinds of things to the outlined image - a little purse, some blue hair, a funny hat, a little pet hamster - just all kinds of things. the picture as it was in the book just wasn't enough for me. when i saw this three minute movie i was reminded of my childhood coloring habits, which made me a little nostalgic, and a little bit more in touch with the part of myself that wants to add and create and make things uniquely my own. acknowledging that part of me always feels really nice.

this little film goes along with the full length documentary film in a dream.

color wrapped

i love the colors and textures of these spring scarves from uniform studio. and maybe you could tell by my purse post the other day, but i'm really into yellow...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

art inspiration: bag garden

luzinterruptus, a madrid-based art group, created the installation "a cloud of bags visit the prado” on the lawn outside of the prado museum. it was made with small bulbs on sticks and re-used plastic shopping bags inflated by the wind. and it looks like it was totally fantastic.

via apartment therapy

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