Saturday, August 5, 2017

Making a Magazine Playground Art Journal

I fell down the YouTube rabbit hole Wednesday evening, learning of "junk journals" and "magazine playgrounds" along the way.


The idea for magazine playground art journals comes from Dede Willingham. From what I gather, it's a place to play around, explore your creativity, and have fun. Pages might never be "complete"—you can draw pictures or paint backgrounds and journal/write on top. There are no rules!

Personally, I love the messy, low-pressure aspect of it. I have a large, spiral art journal of watercolor paper, but I rarely find myself using it. Since it's nice watercolor paper, there's an ever so slight pressure not to "waste" it, but magazine pages seem to be the perfect place to experiment without hesitation.

So on Thursday, once my work and yoga were done, I made one myself!
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

[Before] Recording My Starting Point of Flexibility/Strength with Spinal Fusion

As you know, one of my resolutions this year is to develop a daily stretching/yoga/pilates habit. I'm excited to share an update which has propelled me a leap further this week, but first a quick recap of the situation if you're unaware.

I had a spinal fusion 12 years ago for scoliosis and have been living as everyone else since, with nothing more than a 6-month follow up at age 16. I want this hardware to last the rest of my life, so I'm making this my current focus as far as my physical health is concerned.
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

[Trains on Main] The Natural Thing to Do

If you're curious to see the behind-the-scenes process of how this art project was made (including the scribbles on paper that started it all), check out this post first.

If you're ready to see the final piece, carry on!

"The Natural Thing to Do"

Here is my finished train, titled "The Natural Thing to Do," accompanied by a walkthrough of the meaning it holds for me.

I chose the themes of humanity, connection, and unplugging because they've been on my mind most frequently this year, and seemed a worthy conversation for our Waunakee community.


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[Trains on Main] Application and Creation Process

While in Madrid in April, I happened to see an article from the Waunakee Tribune which announced the deadline for their Trains on Main public art project had been extended to April 30. As I read more about the project and application requirements, I knew I had to apply. This was a perfect leap for me—doing something before you feel ready. I had just a pinch of impostor feelings, but knew fully that I was enough for this challenge and excitedly applied. (The bullet under "Artist Eligibility" which read "Previous public art experience is not necessary; all who are interested are encouraged to apply" very much played a role in giving myself the all-clear.)

Here's what each artist would have to work with—a steel train made by our local Endres Manufacturing Company:


Artists would be given a $200 grant for the project and were completely free to choose materials, style, theme—no limits there.

Application Process

Applicants had to write a proposal for their train, explaining what they would do and why, and how they would weatherproof it. Which meant that in order to apply, I had to have some sort of idea as to how I'd transform this train into a piece of art. (Hello creativity challenge! This is why I've been building that muscle all year...)

Since I'd been thinking more and more about human connection, unplugging, and humanity (the fact that we're all imperfect) the past three months—especially with all of my travel sketching and the memorable moments with locals that resulted from making art in public—I decided to propose something exploring those themes.

I pulled out what has since become my "brainstorming"/catch-all notebook, and sketched two different sides to a train.


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