Jewelery that makes me extra happy. Wearing this would be a great conversation starter: anyone who got it would win points in my book. Though, I guess lots of people get it because it's sold out right now.
source plastique on esty
I used this collage as the background.
Planning my print, before exposure.
Three luscious colours later, I received this.
When I pulled the ink through the last screen, my heart burst with excitement.
- Judy Chicago, a textile master, has an upcoming show at the Textile Museum of Canada. Just recently, I found vintage copies of her books that I've used for collages for years and years.
- I found these strange name tags on the street of my hometown from someone who was hosting a Chicago-themed, speakeasy murder mystery party or something.
- The grand prize at a fundraiser I volunteered at last month was a trip to Chicago.
- The majority of movies I've been watching lately (even unplanned ones on TV) are set in Chicago.
- I spotted a transport truck from New York on the highway with Chicago graffitied on it with a stencil.
- The author of my current bible just conveyed an anecdote where she moves to Chicago.
- And now, I found out that the amazing modernist house from Ferris Beuller's Day Off is for sale. Where? Chicago.
Time will tell what this all means. Until then, I'm happily keeping track of these strange little peeks into another world.
Yet, balanced creativity is quite different. Putting forth true work is freeing, has little to do with others and everything to do with the creator. For me, lately, letting go of ideas once they arise and are worked through is often more important than the ideas themselves.
I'm lucky enough to get to design their save- the-date and wedding invites as my wedding gift. I'm stoked to work with them because they have impeccable taste. I want to incorporate traditional printmaking techniques, somehow.
Here are some good examples I've come across.
I promised a friend I would post more of my photography here, which—like all mediums—helps me embrace mistakism.
I heard more than a few snotty sniffs and saw many eyes wiped with buttery napkins from my fellow theatre-goers. I'm not a movie crier, but Every Little Step was a happy exception to the rule.
To me, Tilda represents maverick authenticity and f*ck you grittiness all while maintaining a sense of play and femininity. The above editorial and accompanying article in AnOther Magazine inspired me. Particularly, this quote by Frances McDormand; I love the sense of camaraderie conveyed by her uncomplicated words. One is beyond, just beyond, when FRANCES f*cking McDORMAND admires you.
printed quote in Helvetica
on the back of this (an illustration I did of Hilary Swank as Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena from a few years ago, there's a reason why I squirrel things away, see?)
source Megan Fraser via flickr
source tastymeat via flickr
- Jen should always be spelled with one n. I think the extra n in Jenn is redundant and things in groups of three are always more pleasing;
- Jenny is not my nickname. I've met two people in the world who can call me that without triggering my gag reflex and my mother is already one of them. If I ever meet a third, I'll probably wind up marrying them.
More than a million of us were dubbed Jennifer within the span of just fifteen years. From a place of relative obscurity, the name grew on a wave of sudden and unprecedented popularity. We’re starting to learn that the effects of this phenomenon were not entirely trivial. Now as an adult, Jennifer has become targeted as the highly sought after demographic of Generation X. In the business press, we are actually known as The Jennifer Demographic or Jen-eration and are told that “focus should be almost entirely on Jennifer right now as habits of all other segments pale in comparison to hers.”
Most of us have some desire to feel unique, as though we have some authentic expression that is exclusively our own. So when the culture spins out the next trend based on you and your name, it is difficult to make sense of what is genuine. Maybe one truth that my Jen-eration makes visible is the simple reminder that we act collectively, often without even knowing it. Done with the right spirit, this can sometimes be the only way to act. —Jennifer Khoshbin
Jen11 by eleven artists named Jennifer
The book was designed by the Canadian book design company UPPERCASE and looks to be another exquisite edition to their portfolio.
P.S. I'm convinced that the song "Jennifer Juniper" is part of the reason for the prevalence of the name. Have you ever seen Election? It closes the film perfectly.
Recently, I learned how to paint on a silkscreen with photo emulsion and I practiced my registration abilities.
I started with two copies of a photograph I took a few weeks ago as a reference while painting the screen.
Planning a two colour print, I painted where I did and didn't want the ink to print, then coated with emulsion.
I ended up with this:
I can't say I'm in love with this project as a whole, as the product feels a bit flat for my liking.
I do, however, enjoy the texture of the post against the blue background.
Who knows though if I'll use it for another project in the future? Regardless, I'm now able to appreciate the joy of mixing the perfect chocolate brown ink (I haven't mixed brown by hand for years). And, I have a much better understanding of why registration is a challenge to say the least.
Viva student life.