Monday, March 30, 2009

It's new, it's hip...

...all the cool kids are using Skimmer.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pixie Song Events

I just finished a small freelance project for Pixie Song event planning, two lovely ladies based in Minneapolis, who I met through the fabulous Bill Thorburn. I designed a logo, business cards and letterhead for them.



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Anticipation.

100th Post

This is just some stuff I've been working on in DesignWorks. These are slides for this year's "Partners in Scholarship Luncheon" for students who have received scholarships from various organizations. An invitation (almost identical to the first image below) for the luncheon was designed by Meredith Stuart and I used her elements to create the slides.








Here are the final posters for the MFA Thesis Exhibition that will be displayed at Soo Visual Arts Center and The Soap Factory in May. Oh yeah, and the postcard had been printed on some fancy pants linen paper and mailed- woo!


Announcement on The Soap Factory's site

Announcement on SooVac's site

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tentacle Boy at the Kitty Cat Klub

Here's a flier I made for my boyfriend's show this Saturday. If you live in the Cities, come check it out. It should be a good time. Also, check out Beatrix*JAR. I've not heard the two DJs, but they're worth a listen as well. (DJ Bach)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Welcome to Mali

Today in World Film class, we watched Yeelen, a Malian film directed by Souleymane Cissé. My professor brought in an album by "the blind couple from Mali," Amadou & Mariam, for us to listen to before class started. My professor, Phil, and I talk about music from time to time and we've exchanged a few albums. He let me borrow A&M's Dimanche à Bamako and a few hours later, I got a hold of their new album, Welcome to Mali, and made him a copy.


Merit Scholarship installation

Thanks, Alyssa, for taking these photos and thanks, MCAD, for the scholarship!












MADE@MCAD Exhibition

Two weeks ago, the "Made @ MCAD" exhibition opened in the main gallery at school. All students were allowed to submit multiple pieces of work for the show, and a jury chose which pieces made it into the exhibit in the main gallery. My collaboration with Terese Elhard and Jeni Kozicky was chosen to be in the show. We created a folder with four flaps that folds open to reveal 15 collaged posters, based on protest events surrounding the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. On the back of each tabloid-sized poster is a news article written about the RNC, printed in black on top of black, so the text is only visible when held at the right light, except for an enlarged sentence from the article in color. This sentence serves as a pull-quote and the place in the article where the sentence appears as a colored underline. We didn't get to choose how our work was displayed and as it turns out, none of my collages are actually showing in the case, and the actual folder is hidden under what kind of just looks like a mess of pages, but oh well- still exciting that our piece made it into the show!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

SFZero

While researching for my next installation/performance piece, I discovered a SF0, which led me to this video – from the task, "Red Light, Green Light" which instructs the player to "create a stop-motion video, post results." (although I'm pretty sure this video wasn't actually created as a task for SF0, it's posted as a link in the comments section of the Red Light, Green Light task, and it's really fun to watch).
Oren Lavie - Her Morning Elegance
SFZero or SF0 is a web-based community game based in San Francisco. It is a type of alternate reality game. SFZero players earn points by completing a wide variety of different tasks, often with a focus on creativity, exploration, community, or performance. Although the game was originally intended for San Francisco residents, its player base has expanded to include many other locales both in and outside of America. SFZero is the creation of Ian Kizu-Blair, Sam Lavigne and Sean Mahan of Playtime, a "nonprofit organization dedicated to producing free immersive art games that use new technologies in significant ways." (Wikipedia)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

More fun stuff

Here's my "EHP" on MCAD's website (left square) - yay!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's that day.

Today's the day we all pretend we have a bit of Irish in us, even if we don't. My mom's side of the family is Irish and she and I attend Milwaukee Irish Fest every year in August, where Gaelic Storm has performed for as long as I can remember. Today I'm having my own mini Irish Fest celebration at work.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Silk Road Ensemble

Tonight I was fortunate enough to witness a truly incredible performance by the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall. Here are all of the instruments that were part of the ensemble:

tabla (India)

sheng (China)

shakuhachi (Japan)

kamancheh (Iran)

pipa (China)

bawu (China)

tar (Azerbaijan/Iran/Persia)

cajon (Peru/Cuba)

viola

violin
contrabass

cello



Thanks, Pandora...

...for introducing me to The Maccabees. Hey Julie and Jenny, they're from Brighton! and this video is wonderful.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

WFBTC

Bloggin' in secret. 27 members strong. Curious? This is an invite-only, ladies-only (so far), place of refuge. I will divulge no more, but if you'd like to be a part of WFBTC, let me know and we can make arrangements.

Merits

This is just a quick snapshot of the show I just installed at MCAD for a Merits Scholarship Competition, a placeholder of sorts. More/better photos to come!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Graham Rawle


British artist Graham Rawle gave a lecture at MCAD today about his work, focusing on his new book, The Wizard of Oz, based on the original story by L. Frank Baum. He will be exhibiting his work at MCAD from May 22 to June 21, his first exhibition ever in North America– I'm so excited!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Work like this...

...makes me want to be an illustrator. Illustrations by icantbelieveitsnotbetter:


ELSE/WHERE MAPPING

This book has become my bible for the semester as I explore non-traditional ways of mapping through installation and performance. Right now I'm writing a proposal for project 2 of 3 for the semester. Check out my first project here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Plenty pretty women...

...but I don't know if I'm one of them.This song is beautifully heartbreaking, in such a good way.
Check out Minneapolis' own Roma Di Luna. I'm hooked on them right now.

Happy birthday, Mary!