Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Paperback Mini!

I'm working on getting a few new colors in this most perfect Paperback Mini added to the shop...keep an eye out!!  I'm aiming for Friday! xoxo

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Reconstructionists

I am absolutely loving this new blog, written and illustrated by Maria Popova and Lisa Congdon.  I've added it to the list of things I would like my fifteen year old daughter to read each week.  I want her to know about the amazing women before her (and the amazing women around her!).  I was raised in a culture that insisted my only role was to be a wife and mother.  I hated it so much and it led me to rebel in very reckless ways.  In my early twenty's, I began to meet and know and learn from, strong, intelligent, supportive, forward thinking, women (and men!) who would forever change how I interacted with the world around me (Thank you, Peggy).  

Our foundation blocks are laid early on...but, sometimes they crumble and are re-built.  In that re-building we can salvage the good things (like baking bread with your mom) …the moments worth dwelling on (like your 8th birthday at Top Sail Island, where sparklers were used on your cake because nobody could find the candles) ...and a few of the reasons for the reconstruction (like how unhappy and destructive you were because you were given no place to believe in something be something else…and to remind yourself,  to try and avoid creating such a place for your own child).  I say this rather tentatively as I have a daughter whom I would love to see grow up, free from foundational earthquakes.  But, I know she should have them…we all should…and will (I just hope they are small).  

So, thank you to these two smart women who teamed up to share little bits about a slew of important, inspiring women via The Reconstructionists.  It means a lot.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jeremy Boyle + Mark Franchino + Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

This is a sketch for an actual tree house that is actually built and installed at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  Jeremy Boyle (my husband) and his colleague/cohort/collaborator, Mark Franchino, will be presenting Untitled I, an exhibition of new and collaborative works at the PCA.  

"Untitled I is a first collaboration between artists Jeremy Boyle and Mark Franchino. The central work, also titled Untitled I, combines their decade long creative interests (systems, communication, definition, context and value) into a sculptural installation. With the conflation of cheap material, careful construction, high and low tech, the work arrives in a simultaneous space of cynical observation and playful/imaginative thought. In addition to the central collaborative installation, both artists have included bodies of independent work in a wide range of media (drawing, sound, video, sculpture) that reinforces the broad range of thematic interest investigated within Untitled I.
Artist/musician Boyle is currently the co-director of the Children's Innovation Project at the CREATE Lab of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Assistant Professor of Art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Franchino, a curator and artist working in sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and video, is an Associate Professor of Art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania."
If you are in Pittsburgh on Friday, February 1st, please join us for the opening.
6300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

I'm really looking forward to this show!!  Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Monday!

The start of the work week begs for a cute and funny photo. Clyde loves to sit like this. I swear, he never ceases to make me laugh (or yell...he's super bad sometimes). We love this kitty!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

i am many things. and, so are you.

Odĕ. from Yokoo on Vimeo.

I love what I do, dearly. And, I love those I get to work with on a daily basis.  But, all of us, at various points in time, become defined by something, or let ourselves be defined by something. or one thing. I watched this dance, made by my friend Yokoo, and it made me smile. Not only because it is beautiful. But, because she is not one thing (a maker of scarves) she is many things. As are you and I.