Monday, February 23, 2009
I finally had my winter cold last week and the effects are still lingering...I finally have some energy to get back to a few projects so I'm working on stretching and gesso-ing (is that a word? I doubt it) three canvases right now. Other than that no big updates.... I'm still trying to find a venue around town to exhibit my work and have some leads thanks to the Chicago Artists Resource website. Gotta love the Internets! This is my last day of antibiotics so hopefully I won't feel jittery anymore and can get back to normal!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I've been listening to Sundowner lately. A lot.
On a different note there is some newness in the shop. I've been working slow lately due to a portion of my time spent in neighborhood bars with good friends... but hey that's what I like to do
Saturday, February 14, 2009
While walking around my neighborhood today I finally went in to Fagin Books at 917 N. Ashland. I walk by to and from work but I was waiting for a Saturday to go so I could have more time to browse. The entire store is crammed with bookshelves from floor to ceiling and they have EVERYTHING. I concentrated on the art section and they had a wondering array of books and old catalogs from gallery and museum shows, including a lot from the Art Institute here in Chicago. What a great shop and the owners were very nice and had three adorable greyhounds there too!! I picked up Modern Artists on Art published in 1964 for $3. I can't wait to go back!
I recently picked up Handmade Nation at Quimbys and I loved it! I like how the book was arranged by featuring crafters by region. It was very inspiring to hear people talk about the DIY movement and not relying on corporations and chains to buy what we want and need.
While the cynic in me wants to be a bit annoyed that Valentine's day is upon us again, I'm happy I received a fun commission from my co-worker for a gift for his burlesque dancing girlfriend. I made a tassel holder!! I got the little box from Paper Source and painted it and lined the inside with felt. I hope she likes it! And yes that is a nipple on the lid.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I finally wandered into Paper Doll on Division today and I'm in love! What a great great shop full of cutesy everything from stationary to t-shirts to knick knacks. I picked up some patterned papers and am already using them! I'm on this weird bookmark making binge and and just made one using the new paper and an image from this 80's woman's book i picked up thrifting.