I made this skirt from patches of my first ever silkscreen attempt and a pretty old tablecloth I once bought for Canzine.
It’s horrible and amateur and way too big for me and I love it to pieces because I made it and it’s mine.
I decoupaged some clocks.
The butterfly is decorated with timepiece illustrations from a 1923 Sears Catalogue.
The owl is decorated with photographs of owl stone art from an old art book.
Each clock operates with one AA battery.
They’ll be for sale at ArtFest for $35 each.
A recently-recalled tale of my entrepreneurial arts-side:
When I was about six or so, my mom would hand me packs of twist ties from the household garbage bag boxes. I would weave tiny baskets, with every intent of selling them at garage sales.
"How much?" I would ask. "$10?"
My mom would say she thought I must have meant 10 cents.
"No," I would reply. "$10. They’re handmade.”
All in a strange day’s work.
(Why, no, I am never bored.)
I’ll sell these for a couple bucks a piece at Artfest.
Some people have their meditation. Some have their yoga. I have my decoupage.
These are crafted from some of the following: a 1923 Sears catalogue, stamps, plane tickets, pieces of envelopes, some of my OCT magazine, scraps of my artwork, an old parking ticket, and an almanac of Early Canada.
This summer, I’m helping to build an orphanage in Zambia with Habitat for Humanity.
Some facts: Zambia is one of the least developed nations in the world and one of its poorest, ranking 165 out of 177. 82% of people live on less than $2 a day. More than one in seven adults is living with HIV, which has resulted in about 600 000 children being orphaned due to AIDS. The build in which I am participating will be focused within an orphaned and vulnerable children region near the capital of Lusaka.
To raise funds, I’m going to offer up some custom-made shoes.
If I am purchasing the shoes, cost is $110. If you are, cost is $90 (plus shipping, if it is required). Let me know the size, and give me an idea of what design(s) you’d like.
Message me here, or email abondart @ gmail . com and we’ll arrange the details.
These could be a nifty gift to yourself, or one for someone else.
Order by mid-November and I’ll have them ready for Christmas!
Goal: “Try woodcut prints.”
I’ve been seeing sparrows everywhere lately. I have always loved them. I like how they are small, fast, and cautious. I like how they burrow in the dirt.
I must clarify that anything related to “print” in high school or university was the bane of my arts-existence.
It’s taken me awhile of teaching grade nines how to carve softoleum to even begin to really grasp the concept of things being totally backward.
Admittedly, that knowledge was of great assistance here.
I enjoyed this so much, as a process - the carving much more so than the actual printing.
I would definitely do this again, with a greater time commitment and a larger, softer woodblock. (This one was birch. My hands are now suitably calloused.)
Goal: “Contribute to Mental Health Awareness”
Step One: Submit Comics / Illustrations to a Publication.
Here will be my proposed submission to Static Zine’s Issue 8: Mental Illness.
It is about Borderline Personality Disorder.
For an illuminating documentary on this disorder, do watch “Back From the Edge”.
I decorated this rawhide drum with a wolf paw print and the words “MISKWAA WAAGOSH” (“red wolf” in Ojibway) for a man who works with my cousin. It is a first birthday present for his son and I’m grateful to be granted the opportunity.
My cousin works at the Native Centre downtown. We ourselves have Mi’kmaq in our background - not immediately close, but not too distant. She’s the first to really reconnect with the culture and I’d like to follow her lead.
The opening reception for my solo show “Biomusicology” happens tonight from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Ajax Town Hall. If you’re in Durham/GTA and would like to drop by, simply input your starting destination at this link to find out how to arrive.
All are welcome for an evening of fun, friends, conversation, music, munchies, and - of course - art.
Here is the soundtrack for the evening:
- The Mountain Goats - Amy aka Spent Gladiator pt. 1
- Final Fantasy - This Is The Dream Of Win And Regine
- The National - Don’t Swallow The Cap
- Iron & Wine - Upward Over The Mountain
- Old Man Luedecke - Notes From The Banjo Underground
- The Shins - Caring Is Creepy
- Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - Biomusicology
- Laura Marling - My Manic And I
- Tori Amos - Winter
- Belle & Sebastian - If She Wants Me
- Kimya Dawson - I Like Giants
- Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
- Keith Whitley - I’m No Stranger To The Rain
- Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission
- The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
- Modest Mouse - The World At Large
- Rachel Yamagata - Elephants
- Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna
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