Archive for February, 2009

Powershift 2009

I’m going to be attending Powershift for the next few days, so I won’t be posting. But expect good things when I get back!




White People Like Moleskines


Stuff White People Like recognized the white suburban Moleskine fetish.

“This particular type of notebook is very expensive and was quite popular with writers and artists in the olden days.  Needless to say, these are two properties that are highly coveted in the white community.   In fact, it’s a good rule of thumb to know that white people like anything that old writers and artists liked:  typewriters, journals, suicide, heroin, and trains are just a few examples.”

Two Little Booklets

More pamphlet stitch booklets I’ve made lately. Good for using up my paper! Good for gifts! Good for stress therapy during midterms!

Book #1




Book #2:




Artful Living


The Life You Create

The funny thing about living artfully is that it almost never requires the internet. Sure, the internet provides all sorts of amazing connections and communities from which I draw much of my inspiration. But in all honesty, the internet makes me want to imitate, not create. I end up watching tutorials for re-creating a craft or project that someone else invented.

I think I’m at my most creative when I’m outside, in the dirt or at a gallery, doing things that require touch and spontaneity and eye contact. Sometimes when I see toddlers or babies, I feel so jealous at the way they see the world– so overstimulated, needing to touch and taste everything. I want the world to be like that: touchable and tastable. While I’m thinking about it, Last Child in the Woods is a really good book on this topic.

So anyways, the reason I haven’t been updating is because I’ve been living. 



Valentine’s Day Local Food Brunch

A colorful array of local eggs

You can't tell in this photo, but the top egg is blue!


The Menu

  • Scrambled eggs with cheese
  • Hash browns
  • Lamb sausage
  • Fresh bread with apple butter
  • Apple cider

    There are so many different motivations for getting involved with local food– and sure, it’s great to be political and to view local eating as a way to Stick It To The Man…

    But more importantly,  it’s a hundred times more delicious!








    Art for Music (Violin Fundraiser)

    So, I painted a violin over Winter Break for the CHS Orchestra fundraiser. It’s been on display for the past few weeks in the window of the Ash Lawn Opera ticket office, right across the street from my Dad’s office. Apparently he can see it from his window while he works, and sent some photos of the view to me.

    I spent several days sanding, priming, and taking apart the violin. I remembered how good it is to keep art tactile– to really handle your work. I think I spend so much time with paper that I often forget the touch, the grasp, the feel of running my fingers down a curve of wood. Or the contrast of materials: like the hammered metal pieces on Jennifer Mildonian’s violin.

    Here’s the link to all the violins. To see the back side, just roll your mouse over the image. 


    My violin on display

    My violin on display



    Closer View

    Closer View


    And here are some of my own photographs:





    Detail 2

    Detail 2

    Blind and Regular Contour Drawings

    These are some blind and non-blind contour line exercises from the past few weeks. Some of the zanier ones remind me of Quentin Blake, which I think is very cool.

    So: boots, feet, and hands. More to come later!




    J's foot




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