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!}