I absolutely LOVED these Dia De Los Muertos Iron-On Appliques from the Crafty Chica line so I picked them up at the Michaels store in San Jose when Crafty Chica – Kathy Murillo came by to make an appearance to promote her new products. I wanted to make this set so it could be a great add to your custom jewelry collection. Plus I thought this would make some really Beautiful handmade gifts for your friends and family.
I was so honored to be selected by Crafty Chica aka Kathy Cano-Murillo to be a part of her Design team to promote her new products which you can find at Michaels Craft Store. I was asked to make a DIY project in celebration of Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. I received these really detailed Iron & Embellish Flocked Transfers that Enspired me to create a scarf since Fall is upon us and it’s gonna be getting really chilly pretty soon. Plus I am the accessory Queen probably because I think I have more accessories than actual clothes in my closet *lol*.
My Family and I got invited by our friend Will to go toPedalfestin Oakland this year and at the last minute we decide to make our way out to explore what it was all about.Pedalfestis a free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun! We decided to take our son who is very much into skateboarding, biking and strolling around on his razor scooter. So we weren’t too surprised that this was by far one of his most favorite festivals that he’s been to in the Bay Area. He gave it a five star rating so coming from a 9 year old I know this is a definite favorite destination for the kiddos.
Our first stop was at the Whiskeydrome which had a 30 foot bowl like shaped drome you could ride around in. Way cool and scary at the same time but these guys knew what they were doing and it was like chewing gum and walking at the same time for them.
Dylan has officially grown his first successful carrot this season. I am so proud that he has taken such an interest in growing his own food and has joined me in this journey of figuring out how to start our own patio garden. Since day one he has been helping me figure out what we should try to grow first for spring sowing along and also with the upkeep of watering and fertilizing our plants. It has definitely been a learning experience for the both of us and we’ve had some not so successful plants die on us along the way *tears*. I am so Happy though! because we finally got the essentials together this year. We had been talking about starting a garden for a while but didn’t really take any steps towards actually making it a physical reality until we moved.
I recently just found out that I won a pair of tickets to the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend. From the great team over at Craftzine Blog *smiles*. It’s by far my most favorite Festival in the Bay Area because it’s what the Bay Area is truly about Creating, Culture and Innovation. I’ve Fallen In Love with the Bay Area since I have been here and it’s by far been a Home away from Home. I didn’t get a chance to go last year but I did go in 2010 with the two Love’s of my life. We had such and awesome time and there was something there for each and everyone of us to learn and be excited about. We learned about the Tech Shop where you can go and start building whatever your heart desires. We now officially have one here in San Jose which we were waiting for patiently for. Our son got a great surprise when we came across Lego’s Galore in the kids area. He’s always been a huge fan of Lego’s and of course what little 8 year old boy isn’t? and any grown kid too? Except when I’m stepping on them in the middle of the night trying to get to the bathroom *lol*. Now my new little one will also be joining us for the festivities and she’ll be well entertained. If you haven’t checked out what Maker Faire is all about you should cause if you your the kind of person who like’s Creating and DIY this is your kind of Faire. I’ve always been a Nerd at Heart so I’m so Happy I get to see my Community Thrive and Enspire! Check back and I’ll have Tons of Picture’s from our Maker Faire Adventure !
Kehinde Wiley is a New York based painter from Los Angeles who has situated himself firmly within art history’s tradition of portrait painting. Wiley, as the contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, and others, appropriates the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, opulent, majestic, and sublime in his representations of young, urban, black men.
The subjects and stylistic references for his paintings are juxtaposed inversions of each other, forcing ambiguity and provocative perplexity to pervade his imagery. By applying the visual vocabulary and conventions of glorification, history, wealth, power, and prestige to subject matter drawn from the urban fabric in which he is embedded, Wiley presents his young men as both heroic and pathetic, aestheticized and reified, autonomous and manipulated. Ultimately, Wiley’s practice disturbs and interrupts tropes of portrait painting to locate, in his words, “class struggle at the level of sign”.
Wiley’s paintings often blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation. Rendered in a realistic mode –– while making references to specific old master paintings –– Wiley creates a fusion of period styles, ranging from French rococo, Islamic architecture and West African textile design to urban hip–hop and the “Sea Foam Green” of a Martha Stewart Interiors color swatch. Wiley’s slightly larger than life size figures are depicted in a heroic manner, as their poses connote power and spiritual awakening. Wiley’s portrayal of masculinity is filtered through these poses of power and spirituality.
His portraits are based on photographs of young men who Wiley sees on the street, begun last year with men mostly from Harlem’s 125th Street, the series now includes models from the South Central neighborhood where he was born. Dressed in street clothes, they are asked to assume poses from the paintings of Renaissance masters, such as Titian and Tiepolo. Wiley also embraces French rococo ornamentation; his references to this style compliment his embrace of hip–hop culture. Similarly, the poses of his figures appear to derive as much from contemporary hip–hop culture as from Renaissance paintings.
The artist describes his approach as “interrogating the notion of the master painter, at once critical and complicit.” Wiley’s figurative paintings “quote historical sources and position young black men within that field of power.” In this manner, Wiley’s paintings fuse history and style in a unique and contemporary manner.
Although DJSmiles Davis has only been DJing for a few short years she has a knack for mixing and an ear for music that can’t be denied. Starting out as a professional dancer having nurtured her talent as a performer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, she also worked with Lauryn Hill as a movement coach and back up dancer for Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. She soon discovered her talents on the wheels of steel and began acquiring early fans for her impeccable music sense. People always told her that she had great song selection. The last few months she has been developing her skills and she can proudly say “I’ve graduated.” DJ Smiles Davis is ready to take her personality and talents to the next level.
Her transformation from professional dancer to DJ was a natural artistic progression that started when she was injured. Her rehabilitation led her to be a little burnt out on dancing at the ripe, young age of 21 so she naturally turned to her first love, music. She listened to all types of music when she was younger, from Beach Boys to the Beatles and indie rock to electronica. Because she lived a number of places as a child her musical influences are varied and that’s evident with the soulful selections that give her mixes and DJ set such a distinct sound. Smiles motto for creating the perfect blend, “My inspiration is different every time. Sometimes I just beat match and pick a specific set of songs for the mix. I don’t like to force it and other times I just pick whatever sounds good together.”
Smiles is known for her charismatic grin and dimples that have already caught the attention of America. She was featured in a national McDonald’s commercial as the only female DJ in a room full of guys, holding her own and snagging a nice amount of screen time. Smiles has also played at a number of incredible private events and she recently did her thing at Erykah Badu’s Jam Session in L.A. at the legendary Viper Room.
As a DJ she always tries to make sure that she observes the crowd at any place before she gets on the turntables. Smiles explains, “I watch the people before I start my set. I experiment with what works and I like to change up the energy. Being able to get a good response out of people that should be the ultimate goal of a DJ.”
Her style of playing always elicits a great response from people and she wants to make sure that she always makes a memorable impression with her listeners. More than just a party DJ, Smiles is able to translate emotions and feelings into her mixes, which is a talent in and of itself. So get ready to see a lot more of this beautiful DJ with the big personality and the effervescent smile in 2009!
Eye Writergroup of artists and hackers have crafted a gadget that lets a paralyzed graffiti artist continue making art using only his eyes. And it costs about as much as an iPod shuffle.
Zach Lieberman of the Graffiti Research Lab started working on the EyeWriter with one man in mind: Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Tony Quan. In 2003, Quan was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, leaving virtually every muscle in his body paralyzed except for his eyes. Lieberman and developers from Free Art and Technology, OpenFrameworks and the Ebeling Group were inspired to create low-cost, open-source hardware and software for eye-tracking to help Quan draw again.
Eye-tracking technology, where computers and small cameras harness eye movements for writing, highlighting Web site text and other tasks, has lead to digital tools for disabled users. However, as Lieberman tells NPR’s Liane Hansen, those devices usually have hefty price tags.