Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Seattle Zine Project

I'm always looking for something to be inspired by.

Seattle zine project:

"A program of Catholic Community Services, The Zine Project is an eight week prevocational creative writing program serving homeless youth ages 15-22. Ziners (Zine interns) get paid to make zines (pronounced zeen, short for magazine). Zines are personal publications consisting of original writing and artwork."

If I'm getting this right, this program is open to homeless youth. A kid can take this course and it is also considered a job or internship. If they come in for 8 weeks and work on a great personal zine they also end up with a job reference.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

She Knit Her Hair

The best art is not expensive and not expensive. The best art is when you take what you got and you make something incredible. Xiang Renxian spent 11 years knitting her hair into a fine looking coat to give to her husband. Yes, honey.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Altered Books with some Kids who are 8,9, 10 and 11

This is my first experience working in this medium with kids of this age group. I recently finished another homeschool class made up primarily of teenage girls. Totally different. We looked at Rookie yearbook, cut pages from Vogue, listened to The Smiths on the Ipod and chilled.

The younger set is great because they are so free. Every one of them. But they move quickly.

Can you guess which of these books were created by A a bubbly and smart girl B my dear son (who is a bit of a cut-up) and C a child who works with such precision he would make a grand scientist?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kirsty Mitchell's mother was dying, and she created this elaborate world using nearby locations and handcrafted costumes.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Retired Carthedral

Rebecca Caldwell's "Carthedral". Sooooo good.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Altered book and zine making with homeschoolers

It has been an absolute joy working with this kids - 6 girls aged 11 to 15 and one brave guy, 11 years old. I don't know if it is because they are homeschooled, but they are creative, bold and they know how to bring it! We are always surprised when out hour and half has ended and it is time to clean up.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Vollis Simpson Whirligigs

I walked into a friend's house this week and there was a Vollis Simpson whirligig. I thought this couple was cool in the first place, but this took the hummingbird cake. It's like every day I get more Southern and feel more like laying down in a field of metal whirlygigs built by an old man in North Carolina. Please look at to get the picture.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Vali Myers and Gianni Menicheti

My friend Jessika told me about this woman who had a pet fox and wore bright red hair and black eyeliner. She had a cage in her house that she liked to go into and a throne for the fox. She lived in Italy with a much younger man who was totally in love with her and over 100 animals in an enchanted, wild valley. They were both artists.

I developed a fixation upon hearing this. It turns out that I had Vali Meyers' picture on my wall, just by happenstance. I just finished reading her biography, written by Gianni Menicheti, whose artwork is posted above. Her is a short, inspiring video, if you have 9 minutes to spare:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Sketchbook Project

This is the sort of thing I would dream up, but never pull it off, because I don't have the resources or know- how (my head is FILLED with such projects!)....


A touring library of over 22,000 sketchbooks from over 130 countries and growing. Eventually they will reside in Brooklyn, New York.

I was happy to learn about this, but I never managed to turn in my $25 to get a sketchbook and participate. Wasn't I overjoyed when my dear friend Michael visited this weekend and BROUGHT ME A SKETCHBOOK! Happy, happy.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cornelia Konrads - Killer art in public space

All of this artwork is by German artist, Cornelia Konrads. Imagine stumbling on this without warning.

Magical landscapes - I will take all I can get.

Here is a great article about a magic maker, word wrangler and "One Thousand Feathers" creator,  Raven Mack. A snippet:

How do you think being born and raised in Virginia has influenced your writing and other creative works over the years? Does living out in the country have a particular effect on your work these days?

I guess I am the product of where I grew up, which even more specific than Virginia is Southside Virginia, which is sort of the abandoned orphan section of Virginia, similar to Southwest Virginia except we have no mountains. But it fits because it’s a trash part of the state, and I am born from trash people. I enjoy living in the country because I can have stinky ass pigs and goats and chickens and broke down cars and jukeboxes beside the chest freezer on my front porch and nobody can say anything; though even where I live, which is allegedly rural as fuck, I have had complaints from the law-abiding, God-fearing assholes who live in proximity. It affects my work because I’m connected to that, though even when I lived in cities or couches or whatever, I tend to see the beauty in the grime, and the disgusting nature of the shiny. Not sure why that is.