Sunday, May 31, 2009

inside

it was too nice a day not to be outdoors, but if i had to stay inside, i would want to stay in this house, i think. i love the orange pillows on the couch, the vintage chart over the bed, and the white eames chairs in the dining area...
images from vogue living via moodboard

thought for today: what we need

"We know that science and art can be allies. We need far more women in politics. We need a religious view that embraces nature and does not fear science; business leaders who know and accept ecological and spiritual limits; political leaders who have spent time working in schools, factories, or farms and who still write poems. We need intellectual and academic leaders who have studied both history and ecology, and like to dance and cook. We need poets and novelists who pay no attention to literary critics. But what we ultimately need most is human beings who love the world."
Gary Snyder

Saturday, May 30, 2009

i got my toes done up

today i got to do some awesome hanging out with megan and robyn. robyn is in just in town for the weekend so we went and got our nails done - megan and i got pedicures, and robyn got a manicure with this fancy parafin wax stuff.

i was nervous because i hadn't had a pedicure before and thought it would be too tickley, but it turned out it was only tickley for a minute and the rest was just nice and fun.

plus, we got to sit in massage chairs and gossip and catch up, all while half-watching some horrifyingly stupid reality show that was on. after that we went and sat outside. it was good. i like them bunches.

Friday, May 29, 2009

in the fibers studio

here is some of what i'm working on in my print class...

and some more shots from around the studio...

oh hey, i live there

i just saw that my apartment was featured again on apartment therapy in this "best of the midwest" article. it was cool to see it there again - and looking so clean! it encouraged me to do laundry and pick up a bit today (and tomorrow: dishes and vacuuming).

at some point i have to tackle my desk, which during the last couple months of grad school became buried in a pile of art projects, thesis-related articles, and job hunting info. i am not showing you a picture of that, because it is embarrassing... but here is a picture of my windowsill, which has nothing to hide.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

hubbub

i started my summer class yesterday and am totally and utterly exhausted. i was in the studio for 12 hours, during most of which i was scrubbing silkscreens with toxic chemicals because the last class didn't properly clean them. not my idea of a good time. now that i have a clean screen, though, hopefully i can make some cool stuff. until i have pictures to show you from the class, take a look at all the different pretty things on this necklace...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

oh mirror in the sky, this is love

this video of a new york elementary school chorus made me teary... i had to watch it a few times. look at their beautiful faces. i can't get enough.



I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Well, Ive been afraid of changing
cause Ive built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
children get older
Im getting older too

Oh, take my love, take it down
Climb a mountain and turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down

If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well maybe the landslide will bring it down

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

discarded

"discarded" is a series of text work stenciled on objects that have been left in the street. i was especially drawn to these ones, but there a many many more on the city traces blog.
(found via here)

Monday, May 25, 2009

little braid

my new favorite thing is to braid my bangs to the side. it's quick and easy but makes me feel pretty and fancy. see?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

patterny

i am starting my "print for fabric and alternative materials" class this week at SAIC. i bought some materials today at blick and have been thinking a lot about prints and patterns on textiles...
(images from here.)

art inspiration: raymond pettibon

glancing over my art books this evening, i took a look back at some of raymond pettibon's works on paper. each of these images is accompanied by text, which adds a balancing calmness to the visual chaos in many of his images.

Friday, May 22, 2009

a sad thing

i've learned recently that Artworks (a community based arts studio and the site of my first art therapy internship) will likely be closing this summer due to lack of funding. everyone involved is trying to do what they can to fundraise, and one of my former co-workers made this video to raise awareness about the need for community based art centers.



as you can see, the little space that Artworks has is being utilized to capacity, and is always packed with a diverse group of people engaged in making and sharing their numerous projects with each other. it is open to all members of the community and it is particularly vital to those marginalized due to mental illness and/or poverty.
i'll be so sad if it does have to close...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

simply good

oh, pretty clothes. you taunt me.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

the playhouse in my dreams

i have a job interview tomorrow and i'm scared.
looking at adorable playhouses is helping (a little).

a bug story

growing up, whenever we found a bug in the house my dad would catch it in a jar, take it outside, and release it into its natural habitat. even if the bug was really scary or big, he would always tell me it was just a little bug and was probably more scared of me than i was of it, and then he would gently take it out to the deck or the yard. he would never ever kill anything, not even an ant.

Story from North America from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

one of my awesomest art professors from undergrad posted this video on facebook recently and i la-la-loved it (the song is super-catchy). i watched it and thought - oh, i'm so glad that my dad didn't give me a giant lecture like that when there was a scary bug in my room - he just calmly took it outside...

Monday, May 18, 2009

some things are true

here is the final piece i made for my MA show.... i need to take some better photos of it this week - it's hanging in the betty rymer gallery at the art institute through the end of may. previous posts on this project can be found here, here, here, here and here.

and here is the statement that goes with...

"Some Things are True"
Fabric and Thread, 2009

During my year-long internship at a Chicago public elementary school, I facilitated individual and group art therapy with children ages 3-15. In response to this work, I created a series of hand embroidered fabric scraps that aims to recognize the bravery and insight of my student-clients, while also honoring the connections I have made with them.

Through the careful act of stitching words onto fabric, I acknowledge the sometimes simple, often profound interactions between art therapist and student. These connections and relationships are at the core of what draws me to this work, and remind me of the immense emotional intelligence I am lucky to have witnessed.

unwrapped

i am still in a frenzy of post-graduation chaos. i am slowly processing it all - what i am doing next, what i need and want to accomplish now that i'm no longer a student... how to stay in touch with my classmates, how to find a job... so many things, really.

in the mean time, my sister is staying with me for a few days. today we walked and shopped and went to a bbq and anna's, among other things. there will be more shopping and eating and tv watching (because -- yay! the bachelorette is premiering tomorrow - and i'm super excited. if you didn't know, terrible tv is my not-so-secret vice in life).

in other news, i made this doll about a year ago and wrapped it with string as part of a demo for a client. i rediscovered it recently, and didn't like the mummy-look of it, so i decided to take off the string. when i was cutting it off, i just loved how it transformed... it was like it was coming out of it's cocoon-sweater. or like it had little wool angel wings.

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