Thursday, February 28, 2008

first aceo ever

So this is the first ACEO [art card, editions and originals] I have conciously created. I know that I have done several little collages or drawings or what have you that would fall into the ACEO category previously, but, not knowing that it could be called such a thing. Anyway, now I do, and I have created this one this morning. I am pretty random. It can be found in my etsy shop if you would like to give it a special home [because everybody deserves one!].

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I printed at the Warhol!

My brothers and I went to Pittsburgh on Saturday. [click for the full photoset]

We drove around the city and found this little square of what looked like cute little cafes, a coffee and tea shop, and so on. We even found a parking space, so we parked and walked to the coffee and tea place. It was adorable, and had all of the teas you could ever want! Plus, they had biscuits and cookies and biscotti and tons of coffee roasts and it smelled heavenly in there. Two nice students were working and they told us that the city, in general, is pretty dead on Saturdays. What kind of city IS this, we wondered?!

We walked across the street to City Cafe to find something to eat, and there was a "back in ten minutes" sign on the door. We stood out front, looking at the signs. I liked the look of Buon Giorno. Finally, a grey haired man popped his head outside and told us we were a disgrace drinking coffee out of paper cups. At first we thought he was just messing with us, but then he went off on a tirade about how we might as well throw them on the ground and that our kids were going to get cancer from all the waste we produce and blah blah blah... He was a total jerk, and after telling him so, we left.

We drove around some more, and decided to find the Andy Warhol Museum. We got there around 1pm, and by the time we were leaving the place had become quite full. I definitely recommend going early in the day because after 2pm the lines are long and the crowd is plentiful. We wandered through the gift shop and down to the cafe. After a peak down a hallway I spotted a PhotoBooth! Bryan headed over to investigate and I snapped some photos of a workshop going on. You are not allowed to take photos of the exhibits, but I was itching to photograph SOMETHING besides the outside of the building. As it turns out, they have these projects that the public can work on that simulate some of Andy's processes on Saturday afternoons. Our options for the day were pen and ink drawings with muted watercolors - which looked cool, but, not when we had the option to screen print! It got me really excited for my upcoming classes, and gave me some new ideas. There were three screen options - cat, dog, and rabbit. Bryan and Matt printed cats, and I went for the rabbit. I was feeling Easter Bunny love, so, I went to town cutting and`pasting brightly colored paper inside the pencil lines I had drawn using the bunny shaped stencil they had. You were to trace the general outline so you knew where to put the cut up paper and where to line up the screen. It was pretty cool seeing people of all ages using safety scissors and Elmer's glue and concentrating and pulling the squeegee of ink and waiting for the girls holding them to nod and help them peel away their new artwork. I snapped several photos of that room, and loved the photo of one of Andy's dachshunds. I learned that he had two of them at one point. Their sweaters and things were in a display case in one of the rooms. Aw.

I took some video of two diy drummers outside of the Penguin's game, which had just let out. Fans in brightly colored jerseys poured into the streets and kept mobbing through our green lights so we could not cross.

On the drive home, we saw a beautiful candy colored sky.

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's official.

My screen printing classes are now on the calendar for Silverthorne Gallery/Grand River Beads!

I now have one and two-day classes scheduled through the beginning of May. There are 2 one-day classes on March 8th & 9th from 9am-4pm. There will be a break for lunch during the one day classes while we wait for our screens to dry. I anticipate being done before 4pm, but you never know. I also have one and two-day classes in April. I'm not sure which people will be more likely to sign up for, but I am really excited to teach people to print!

I treated myself to a late breakfast of huevos rancheros at Borderline Cafe today and read about the upcoming Cleveland Film Festival. There are some panel discussions on filmmaking that I am planning on attending, and hopefully, taking some inspiration from. I did a stop motion animation project last year and plan on working on a short this summer, so I'd like to learn some more about the process and finishing, funding, etc. I'm not worried about editing, as I was quite good at editing in school - I just need to get to that point first!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

new banner time again!

I changed my shop and blog banner again today. I just wasn't satisfied with the other one, so I went for a simpler, cleaner look, with one of my favorite fonts. What do you think?

Some geeky/awesome things to mention :

I am stoked for the new Dancing with the Stars cast. I watched the last season and got hooked! It is silly and I didn't think I'd ever be into a show like this, but I am. Ha!

I will be teaching a One Color Screen Printing Class at Silverthorne Gallery/Grand River Beads in March. I could potentially teach a class before the end of February, but for now I will plan on Saturday/Sunday classes next month. Day 1 [Saturday] will be 2-3 hours of setting up the screen and burning an image onto it. Day 2 [Sunday] will be up to 2 hours of mixing and placing and printing and heat setting. The cost will be $125 per student and the class description should be available on their website and at the gallery in paper versions soon. If anyone has questions about the class, feel free to contact me.

I watched the Darjeeling Limited the other day with my friend Nicole and it was AWESOME and beautiful and reminded me of the trip to India that Matthew and Elliot and I always talk about taking. If my traincar was guaranteed to be decorated with Marc Jacobs and gorgeous teal colored wallpaper, then I'd be hard pressed to leave it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Addicted to Craft

I should mention my February Special :

A $3 off Addicted to Craft t-shirt discount for Etsy ShopKeepers.

To receive the $3 off just mention your etsy shop name in the notes at checkout and wait to pay until I send you a revised invoice from Paypal. This is good for any of my Addicted to Craft t-shirts.

I have them available in two styles - a bold font and a cursive script.

There are several sizes and colors listed in my etsy shop.

If you don't see your size, ask about a custom print.

I will also be teaching a printing class soon and should have dates/times available in my next blog!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Whores Not Wars

This is a touchy subject for many people. The imagery invokes many emotions and thoughts and, believe it or not, there are many messages in this design. I'm not going to go breaking it all down for you though, because I don't like what happens when you do that. It's like disecting a passage in a body of literature until it's meaningless, or telling a joke and then explaining the punchline - what's the point? And to be clear - I'm not comparing the design to great works of literature or a joke. I'm just saying, either you get it, or you don't. If you don't, what can I do? I am of the "if you don't like it, don't look at it" way of thinking, and I think war is ineffective and inhumane. I'm not "dissing the troops" or "being unAmerican" by stating my [freedom of speech] opinion or for thinking that prostitution should be legal and that sex work should be regulated like any other service industry job, and so on. I didn't even mean to say that much, but there, I've said it.

In the year [and two months] that I have had a shop on Etsy, I have never, until last week, received an angry message questioning the intentions behind the design. Previously, the only problem most people had with it was the racy image of the scantily clad lady. I expected the possibility that families involved in the military may misunderstand the wording to be negative towards them, which is also not the case. But in the last two weeks, I have had two people contact me via etsy to ask what, exactly, was so "feminist" about the word "whore".

There are many waves of feminism, as there are with things like punk, ska, and so on. There was a movement, the riot grrrls, in the 90s. Look it up? Zines, music, all that. It made a big impact on me, and who I am, and how I feel about stuff. It's why I care about issues and what's happening in the world and the quality of food that I eat and why I read and learn all I can. I also believe in getting people to talk about this stuff, in encouraging thought and radical ideas and brainstorming ideas of how to really change things for the better. It's why I am not satisfied pretending all is well and living the cookie cutter life that society tries to set out for me because I want something more. It's why I don't want to spend the majority of my waking life doing something I loathe.

Anyway, having people ask me about it on etsy and feeling like the EtsyKids group doesn't want me to be part of their team because of my t-shirts makes me question whether I should start a new shop with t-shirts so I don't offend the moms that might buy my toys, or just keep being me and doing what I do.

I have had a mom buy a WNW t-shirt for herself and a basket for her kid. I have had a woman buy a WNW t-shirt to send her husband, a soldier in Iraq, and another one for herself. I never know how someone is going to respond or take it, and that's ok. It is supposed to make you think, but it also makes ME think about people, and how they aren't always as open-minded as I think they should be.

I guess that's all I have to say for now.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

following up.. and quinoa.

A fellow Clevey posted this link about plastic bags to a website called Unclutterer. There are many great comments there, and great information. I thought this was particularly interesting -

Incorporating at least one reuseable bag into your lifestyle for one year replaces 300 to 700 disposable bags.

Depending on the size, the average reuseable bag can hold the contents of 2 to 3 plastic grocery bags.

So... quinoa.

I was looking around for recipes to use up the quinoa I bought at Trader Joe's a while back, and found this one for Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Jalapeno Papaya Sauce. Sounds indulgent, right? I'm not quite brave enough to try it just yet, but will keep it on the back burner for future reference. In the mean time, I'll keep looking. I remember seeing one once involving honey and soy milk as a breakfast belly warming treat, so I'm going to have to find that! To be continued...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

some things.

My significant other recently showed me a website filled with awesome geeky gadgets. Of course he wanted everything, but settled on an awesomely geeky new watch and two [one for each of us] of a keyring gadget called TV-B-Gone. They arrived via DHL this afternoon and I find myself wanting to go places with annoyingly yammering TVs just so I can turn them off.

TV is bad, mkay?

Now, to be completely honest, I do pick and choose to watch some programs, some of which are total garbage [ANTM, Project Runway, Scrubs, just to name a few]. However, I do understand the significance of being bombarded by advertisements nonstop and when I am waiting in line at the supermarket and I don't need to space out and watch the constant CNN scrawl and advertisements for products laced with carcinogens and preservatives because our government can't even be bothered to make sure our food, beverage, and body products aren't poisoning us.

Sorry, I got off track.

Basically, TV is a mind numbing distraction and I don't like that they are practically every where you go, filling you with unnecessary fear and misinformation. Along with iPods and other self-isolation devices like them, it discourages interaction with your fellow humans, and it discourages people from reading or calmly just waiting.

When did it become so difficult to just wait anyway?

I was at the post office mailing out some orders the other day and this woman was waiting to mail two letters a few people behind me. She could have easily walked twenty feet over to the automated postage machines, but instead she huffed and puffed in line, trying to get everyone around her angry and feeling as impatient and as unhappy as she was because the line was not moving fast enough. She let out a huge sigh and muttered under her breath angrily because the postal employee paused to give a little boy a junior postmaster sticker before he left with his mother. I wanted to say something to her, but instead I just shook my head. People don't know how to act any more, or to show common decency and patience when in public and it is disheartening to see.

A week or so ago I was waiting to use an ATM at the convenience store by my apartment, and a man practically mowed me over as he walked by me. He didn't even notice me being there because he was completely involved in himself and what he was going to buy. He didn't say he was sorry or even acknowledge me, because he didn't even notice! The cashier noticed and scolded the man for his rudeness. The man was suprised and said he didn't know he almost knocked me over and we both told him to pay attention to where he is propelling his body. It seems to me that many people are not very aware, and this is very much because of things like television and advertising. When we try to block it all out, we often block out everything else.

Think about that.

And think about Plastic Bags !!!

Are you still using plastic bags at the grocery store instead of bringing your own? Even the Plain Dealer's own Connie Schultz is [finally] jumping on the bandwagon of byo-bagging it. Yay! Say it loud and proud, sister. I encourage everyone to read the article and bring your own! She mentions many reasons to do so, including this one :

Plastic bags don't biodegrade. Instead, they break down into toxic bits that contaminate soil and waterways and enter the "food web" when animals eat them.

Need some? Jayne makes them. I got a pretty large black reuseable bag when I bought a pair of shoes the other day. It went right into my glove box for the next time I pop out for groceries or something. There are many kinds, shapes, and colors available that are small and sturdy enough to fold up and carry in a small handbag without taking up a huge amount of room. There is no reason not to do this. It should just be part of your every day routine, like brushing your teeth or recycling bottles.