since we last spoke. . .

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\\ i listened to two records, cyclically:

    • for the belting out + dancing around + snapping: father john misty, fear fun.
    • for eveningtimes (mainly making dinner) + dancing around (‘cause i never don’t dance around. . . thatsrightdoublenegative): calexico, algiers.

// i took a break slash got distracted from the clmooc, because. . .

\\ i jaunted all over the state of pennsylvania. the jaunting looked something like this: philadelphia, state college, myo beach, state college, myo beach, state college, philadelphia, state college. whew! p.s. i’m going back to myo beach in two days : )

// i continued to work on my current art piece (prompted by personal explorations during the clmooc) in spurts, but still didn’t return to the clmooc. . . it became too hard to keep up with all of the interaction and my brain got overwhelmed, so i retreated into my art.

\\ lots of paperwork nonsense. . . ugh. but this included becoming an official pennsylvania resident!

\\ i hung out with some of my favorite people in the world. that was preeeeetty great. yay for closer proximity!

// i turned 26.

\\ i ate some affogato.

// i watched this approximately one million times because i have a major soft spot for righteous kids + music! SO good.

\\ dainty became my favorite word to describe my current aesthetic interests.

// i read two really good books about spirituality + a road trip: they made me contemplate life’s ‘why’s’ instead of ‘how’s.’ whatelseisnew?

\\ i got some really good snail mail! (people, email is good but parcels + post are better!)

// i pridefully wore a party hat made of impeccably crafted pom poms at a birthday lunch with some really special ladies:

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ahhhh, summah time!

: )

-alison

oh! p.s. i made a playlist that i think is pretty dang great, especially for art·making w/ occasional dance breaks:

jammy jams

Local Natives – Who Knows Who Cares
Oh Land – White Nights
Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers
Modest Mouse – Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop – feat. Wanz
The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – 2011 Remastered Version
Spoon – The Underdog
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
The Shins – The Rifle’s Spiral
Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
Band of Horses – The Funeral
Paul Banks – The Base
Passion Pit – Take A Walk
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Modest Mouse – Spitting Venom
The Shins – Sleeping Lessons
Modest Mouse – Satin In A Coffin
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
Band of Horses – Monsters
Paul Simon – Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
Kishi Bashi – Manchester
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Matt and Kim – Let’s Go
Paul Simon – Kodachrome
Kennedy – Karate
Peter Bjorn And John – It Don’t Move Me
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe In Anything
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
Kishi Bashi – I Am the Antichrist to You
Architecture In Helsinki – Heart it Races – As Played By Dr Dog
Paul Simon – Graceland
Jimmy Eat World – Futures
Modest Mouse – Float On
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
Interpol – Evil
Beirut – East Harlem
Modest Mouse – Dramamine
Haim – Don’t Save Me
Lana Del Rey – Diet Mountain Dew
Paul Simon – Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Death Cab for Cutie – Crooked Teeth
Beyoncé – Crazy In Love
Local Natives – Colombia
Turning Violet Violet – Cold Bread
Modest Mouse – Black Cadillacs
Peter Bjorn And John – Amsterdam
Local Natives – Airplanes
Jimmy Eat World – 23

reflection: make one

for the first ‘make’ of the making learning connected MOOC, i proposed to a friend that we hang out and drink wine and MAKE! glorious idea, no?! so, that we did! the inspiration provided to us for the first make was a ‘toy hack.’ awesome idea. though, being that i just recently moved and purged quite a bit in the process, i don’t exactly have an abundance of toys lying around to hack up, so i decided it would be fun for us to construct a toy of sorts (a hack of a toy hack): let’s make a mask!!! yeah! fun·times! masks lend themselves to asking questions about identity, which most certainly speaks to me. . . i am constantly asking myself and others questions about identity: what makes you, you?! and why?! what drives you?! this deep inquiry is important to me and it’s a fascinating sort of exploration; one that i don’t think i’ll ever tire of exploring. plus, mask·making is awesomely fun because it’s like playing dress up, and for anyone who has known me long knows that i am a bit of a fashionista! fashion and aesthetics, in general, have been a part of my core from a very young age (even through those horrid middle school years!)!

my mask ‘make’ was influenced by alyson fox, whom i spoke about here. i decided to bring an illustration of hers to life! alyson is a prolific pattern maker- in this illustration, she layered a beautiful transparent pattern over top a pencil drawing, creating a mask·effect.

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{illustration by alyson fox, title unknown}

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{my inspired ‘make’}

i think it’s a little superhero meets suzy bishop, which i obviously adore! . . . i began playing around with the comparison of my ‘make’ to the original illustration and i came up with this image:

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i declare my first ‘make’ a success!

p.s. here’s a little in·progress ‘make two’ teaser + an image i’m thinking about. . .

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alyson fox

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alyson fox is an artist who has inspired me for many years! i identify with her path: she began college in a science·oriented field: nutrition. me? pharmacy. a desire to explore her inherent creative potential led her into an art class and it changed her whole direction; the same happened for me! uncanny! for the span of her career, she has been making beautiful things, never defined by any particular medium. there is such freedom to what she does and i identify with her un·boxed approach to making. she says, “i like making things from paper, found objects, thread, packing materials and plaster. i like designing things for commercial ends and designing things for no end at all. i have a degree in photography and a MFA where I focused on many mediums. i am inspired by hardware stores, building sites, empty rooms, peoples messes, stories, fabric and quiet days. . . “

there is something ethereal + methodical about her work that i return to again and again! too, she collaborates with other artists i am immensely inspired by, like mociun + verabel. i am lucky to own a necklace she designed with verabel three years ago; it is a constant in my wardrobe!

IMG_0110as i am currently taking part in the making learning connected MOOC, hosted by the national writing project, the focus of this MOOC is on making, creativity, and learning. with weekly ‘makes’ on the agenda, i’ve been considering my artistic process. for the past two years, as a teacher with a full plate, i had found my personal artistic practices fading. this MOOC has been a breath of fresh air that’s awoken my desire + motivation to make things again!!! it’s thrilling + invigorating! as i begin/continue to explore what in the world i want to make, i found/find myself drifting back to alyson, ever inspiring. (plus, she’s a fellow al/y/i/son! hello! <3)

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here, i can return to a favorite quote of mine by gilles deleuze + felix guattari, “let’s go further still, we haven’t found our Body without Organs yet, we haven’t sufficiently dismantled our self.” creative processes + creative material(s) are always in·progress/process, so let’s go further still!

as alyson has, it is a personal goal of mine to some way/some how/some day collaborate with another/other artist/s in an inspired, meaningful way. . . i’m thinking about a way to make that happen. baby steps. meanwhile, my ‘makes’ shall soon unearth themselves, and i’ll be sure to share. xo.

p.s. check out alyson’s amazingly beautiful house (tour) + more house/studio + alyson’s obsessions (design*sponge). and, i’m in love with her photo series, meals. the photos are kinda wonky, yet still ethereal + methodical. . . they make me think!!!

a tiny haiku

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this is my first ‘make’ for the making learning connected MOOC! to introduce myself, i’ve made a video with vine to show you a bit of my office space/gallery of curated student work and a tiny haiku which is my response to the question, “what is art education?”

i hope you enjoy!

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5 things

to get things rolling, here are some links, things i like, and some things i’m thinking about. . .

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{writing + illustrating a book called, “the dinosaurette,” with my sweet, fun, super hilarious niece}

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{the best kind of ice cream date}

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{the ever inspiring rachel rose has me wanting to experiment with silk painting}

and, to springboard off of my soul sister, over at bakers and astronauts, here are a couple of things worth mentioning:

firstly, bertrand russell’s 10 commandments of teaching, so eloquently said and touches my soul:

“Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

  1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.”

(via brain pickings)

lastly:

 i’m joining said soul sister in the making learning connected MOOC! this will be my first MOOC! here’s what it is:
Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone who’s interested in making, creativity and learning. As we design and then engage in “makes” that tap into our personal (and professional) interests, share what we’ve done with the Making Learning Connected community, learn from each other’s experiences, and reflect on our own growth, we’ll be agents in the recursive creation and re-creation of this experience known as a Massively Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, we’ll engage with and employ Connected Learning principles as they relate to making and learning.”
you can read more about it on their blog, sign up on the right side of that page, and then join the google+ community! it starts tomorrow!!!!  fun + making = summer awesomeness!
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{happy weekend!}