Art All Night 2013

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This weekend was Pittsburgh’s Art All Night event, Saturday April 27-28. It was held in a warehouse on Willow St, near the 40th St Bridge in the Lawrenceville area of town. It’s a big night in Pittsburgh, and the “Sweet 16” for the event. (http://www.artallnight.org/) Not only is it open enrollment for any artist to enter, but there are live performances, live art, opportunities to collaborate in interactive displays, and children’s activities including a cardboard city. To make it all the more impressive, it is entire volunteer operated.

My friends Tina, Kelly, Bill, and I went down in the evening. I saw drag performer Moon Baby  wandering about, towering over the crowd in her white wedding dress and long auburn wig. I saw the owner of the ER Room, local purveyor of vinyl and leather clothing and fetish wear, in a purple and black vinyl ensemble.

I ran into friends like Erin, and Holly, who I haven’t seen in years, and friends like Joseph who I don’t get to hang out with enough. There were friends like Natalie and Chuck that I just barely missed, and wished I wouldn’t have. It was an excellent night.

This is the piece that I entered:

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Originally, I had photographed this mosaic step by step for this post… Then one morning my phone decided it was not long for this world. So I give you the final results.

Collectively, it took about 4 evenings worth of work to put it together. The frame and the tile are from The Society for Creative Reuse and Construction Junction. The glass beads were lying around and the antique buttons come from my friend Eric. I really wanted them peeking through the grout, like little gems.

I had wanted to paint on some of the tile, but that didn’t work out like I wanted it to, so we came to decoupage with stamping. But I really do like the way it turned out.

This is the photo I took when I finally found it on display:

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There was so much to see, that I had to ask them at the volunteer desk where it was located. My friend Natalie took this picture of it, when she found it. It’s much better than my slapdash out of focus shot.

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As much as possible I tried to get pictures of my friend’s work, some of these I honestly just swiped off their Facebook pages. But they are awesomely talented artists that you should look up.

This piece entitled “The Fantastic Four” was done by my friend Chuck Sites, who also designed my next tattoo if I ever stop being poor and save up the money to get it done. (The Galactus/Ghostbuster’s piece is Chuck’s, and still available for sale.)

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There were also pieces by friends and owners of Most Wanted Art gallery on Penn Ave, Nina Gibbs and Jason Sauer:

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It was an excellent experience, and one I recommend checking out next year if you missed it this time around. It left me with a feeling of renewed energy to tackle new, and partially started, projects. Of which I’m sure to be posting about as I go. If you were there and liked anything you saw, but you didn’t put in a bid, on their website they have “Art All Night All Year” where photos are uploaded by the artists of pieces for sale. And don’t forget to volunteer next year! It’s good for the soul.

Dots

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This week I was inspired by a suggestion that you can create more precise polka dots with the head of a nail. I know, sounds so easy that you should have thought of it yourself, right?

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This comes from the Pinterest link that leads to this tutorial:

http://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-dotter-for-your-nails/

My first manicure came from one I saw online based off a dress. It was grey, with small gold and white dots. I added some nude to mine.

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I think the nude may have been to close of a shade to the grey.

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I didn’t do it intentionally, but it does match my softball t shirt for this season. We call ourselves “13 Shades of Gray”. And then I randomly acquired a grey lighter. Synchronicity strikes. 

Then this weekend, I was quite delighted to have a visit from my friend Elizabeth. Elizabeth is an artist who grew up in Pittsburgh, but moved to New Jersey during high school. She currently lives on the other side of Pennsylvania, but we keep in touch. 

Sunday there was a brief patch of warm sun on an otherwise 50 degree day. Elizabeth is an avid nail polish fan as well, so we thought it would be fun to make a cup of tea, sit on the back patio in the sun. She offered to paint my nails.

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The inspiration was 80’s glam rock. 

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We used a larger nail head for a bigger dot.

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It was a great visit. 

Now back to busy. Art All Night project to finish, and a lawn to manicure on Earth Day, oddly enough. Looking forward to sharing more with you soon!

 

Little Ways to Remember

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This week I made a pillow for my friend Sharon. This pillow was made from her fiance’s shirt as a way to remember Dan.

We used a Santigold tshirt. Santigold was on of his favorite artists. I remember he was very excited to see her when she came to town. You may have heard the song Disparate Youth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIMMZQJ1H6E

If you’d like more information about this artist, here’s a link to the Wiki page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santigold

Here’s the original shirt.

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That’s the front, and this is the back.

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I cut off the sleeves, up the sides, and then straight across under the collar. 

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I don’t know how many of you out there had a home economics class. And out of those that had such a class, I’m sure most of you made a pillow. You pin it together, inside out. Sew around 3 of the 4 edges. Once you’ve sewn 3 of the edges, make sure you’ve removed al the pins. I then flipped it the right way out and ironed it. Then I stuffed it with washable poly fill from Micheal’s craft store. After you stuff it you sew the 4th edge. 

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I was really glad I could do something for his memory for Sharon. It only took me about 4 hours, and that was mostly because I sewed by hand. I really think Dan would approve. 

Easter

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So Happy Spring Fertility Day!

What did I do? We tried coloring eggs with “natural dyes”.

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For this experiment we used coffee and red wine vinegar.

Then we used glue and metallic foil, glitter, chalk pencils, and paint markers to jazz it up.

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At the store I got those plastic eggs with the little holes for the cats. I filled them with nip and the cats had a field day.

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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aPtR_uqg3E0
That’s the resulting catnip party.

My apologies if this post comes out clunky. It’s my first from the mobile app.