Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Weird Little DIY - clay necklace

We did a lot of crafts in my house when I was a kid. My mom was always excellent at planning activities – maybe in part because of her background as a special ed teacher – and so we were always taping peanut shells onto construction paper, or turning wooden spools into snowmen’s bowties, or painting just about anything that could be painted. Maybe all these crafts are what turned us into a bunch of art-making weirdos. Thanks, Mom!

One of our favorite mediums was sculpey, as we did best (especially Melissa, who went on to art school) with no plan and no rules. So we would just make whatever we wanted out of clay, our mom would bake them up, and then probably we’d forget about our little creations and make something new the next day.

I was looking through Instagram recently, and came upon these really interesting clay pieces. I can’t for the life of me find them again, but I saw enough to give me some ideas. I was early to a meeting in Central Square on a rainy day, so I ducked into an art supply store, and spent my time picking out some clay.

This necklace has been referred to as a pan flute, candy cigarettes, and a more general, “what even is that?” It has no particular reference, but it certainly did appear in my mind and ask to get made.

First, I chose two different colors that I wanted to work with. Then I mushed together little chunks of each color. I knew I wanted each of the little bars to be of different lengths, and to have the colors reach different heights, so I purposefully had my chunks be different sizes.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Hey did you know my sister Melissa has an online shop? It's called RED RILING and it's magnificent. She's been working in thrift and vintage stores for years and years and has amassed a pretty excellent collection of things, including both vintage items and accessories that she makes using vintage materials. She knows her stuff and also has exquisite taste. Her wares have graced Calamity shows and posters alike!

She's doing a little cyber Monday sale, which would be funny to you if you knew Melissa, so you can get 20% off anything in her shop with the code CYBERPOPPY.

Oh! And if were you wondering why the code is "CYBERPOPPY" -- meet Poppy!

We're trying to book her for the next show.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Holiday Links!

I spend most of my holidays at my parents' house in Connecticut. I am never lazier than when I am there. If you're anything like me, maybe you'll enjoy these articles and things!

I just took a week off facebook and instagram, and in general tried to lessen my amount of screentime, so there aren't too many things here.

Oh and, I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving lined up!

The Great Discontent - Molly Crabapple
I need to get into these interviews more. They're great. This one is with a visual artist who has been delving into more and more political art over the last handful of years.

Slate - Amy Webb
This is old news, but I just found out about it. This woman did all this data-analysis to find herself a husband online. I don't know why I find the story to be so intriguing, but I have listened to an interview with her, read this excerpt from her book, and watched her TED talk. I would not recommend that you do that, as they all have all the same information (down to some of the same jokes).

Design Matters - Tina Roth Eisenberg
This is a podcast! It's an interview with the woman that runs Swiss Miss. I liked how so much of what she does seems to just erupt out of her enthusiasm.
*Note: I am newly obsessed with this podcast.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Tunez!

Allow me to circuitously introduce a song.

I told you, a few posts ago, about how my job is great! However, it is, very much so, still a job. I'm not the type of person that leaps out of bed to start my work day in the morning, so I'm trying to find ways to feel more like my work day is a part of my life...instead of just surviving through the day so that I can commence living after the dismissal bell rings. I've started wearing clothing to work that had been previously black listed from my functional school attire. (Leggings? AT SCHOOL?? If my butt is covered then HECK YES.)

Anyway, one way that I'm helping myself to feel more like a person and less like an OT machine, is having Pandora open and at the ready for when I have any sort of paperwork to do. And believe you me, there is always paperwork to do.

This may sound like a really simple and ...dare I say... dumb thing to mention in a blog post, but remember, I work in a school. My job is very much a social and active one, and one that is not without many much singing and music throughout any given day to begin with. The thought of listening to my "personal life" music was a fairly foreign one, until last year, when a co-worker and I would chose a song of questionable repute to end our Fridays.

So anyway, the HAIM Pandora station is the greatest one there is, and I am slowly becoming work obsessed with a group called Scavenger Hunt and their song "Dreamers" is a current favorite.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Be Lazy - weekend links

Here are some links! I'm enjoying doing this because I actually am reading more full articles rather than scanning for a main point and skipping on.

Fast Company - Dance class for a CEO
Just like how dance helped me become a better math teacher, this article is about how dance helped this guy become a better CEO. We dig it.
This article gives me hope.

The Guardian - Dance and healing
More people writing about how dance has a place outside of the theater! I prefer this to the Fast Company article, as it shows the actual impact that dance itself has, rather than the lessons that it teaches.

Wit and Delight - Leaving social media
I am way more a part of social media than I ever thought I would be. In a large way, it's by design, so that I'm able to communicate with more people about the artists that perform at our shows. But then it becomes all consuming. I liked this article by a woman whose business was started online, about the benefits of going off social media for a short while.

Amplifying Glass - Fake Disney announcement
This is a fake article about Disney making a movie centering about two princes that end up together at the end of the movie. It's sad how reasonable the article is, but how impossible its coming true is for the foreseeable future.

Huffington Post - DIY Art Self-Therapy
Amy and I, along with many other artists with whom I have worked closely, have both have definitely used art to sort out our own thoughts and feelings. I enjoy having dance-making and song-writing available to me as processing tools. I have never participated in formal art therapy, so I hesistate to use the term officially. I do think some of these projects could be interesting to use.