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121206-212406 It seems that the universe wants to keep me sick so far this year. Food poisoning last weekend, Sinus infection this weekend. ugh.

On a happier note: I have been overwhelmed by the kindness I’ve experienced over this past week or so. From friends bringing soup and crackers over to being taken care of in times of high stress. Also the calming powers of a living room fort shared by your favorite four year old are amazing.

Between being sick and working I am slowly but surely reorganizing my attic studio. Trying to organize fabric is not my favorite. Any suggestions besides the obvious sort by fibers? I am excited to finally get it done and have feel at home up there. Since it is an unfinished attic after all.. its a little on the creepy side.

This week I got the ball going on a project I have been dreaming about for some time now. It’s a dance for camera collaboration with The Dance Team and a few other people that haven’t been nailed down yet. Its just in research stages right now, and will take about a year to complete but I can’t wait to get started. It is the year of getting things done. (Alot of these things will be baby steps but, hey I’ll take what I can get.)

What projects have you started this year that you are excited about? Any thing you are dreaming about?

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puffy pigeons staying warm

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Blood Orange Pie at Bang Bang

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Its been quite a long time! Whew! Lots and lots going on here! First the exciting stuff. I have been working on costumes for Cristina Tadeo’s Senior concert. It was a dance about social media and the effect it has on our society. It was a beautifully crafted dance. (pieces of jersey tea dyed for Cristina’s costumes)Image 
I have also been working on costumes for Paige Cunningham and Pam McNeil both are faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Their dances were shown as part of Manifest at Columbia this past Thursday and Friday. (pictures to come soon) It was a mad rush to get all the pieces built or shopped, a total of 20 costumes in a month and a half! 

After that mad rush was over I spent some time updating my website and building a mobile one! I am not super tech savvy so I felt like a champ when I was done! Now its on to building a raised bed vegetable garden in my backyard with the help of Julie from South Side Horties!! I will also be job hunting and updating my etsy store which is in some pretty sad shape right now. 

What are your spring projects looking like? Anything fun you are looking forward to?

Oh, I almost forgot! The Collaborative I co-founded is doing well! We have raised some interesting research questions for us all. I am currently searching for answers for these questions:
(sidenote: we are researching the American 1950/60s. I was drawn to the women of this era and how women’s fashion was an outward expression that nothing was wrong. Many women did not talk about their problems and continued to pretend that they had none.)  

Is the woman that comes to mind when some one mentions the 1950’s housewife history or a myth that we have now accepted as truth? Why does she look like Betty Draper in our minds? 

Why is the only image of this woman that comes to mind middle upper class? She is usually white, blonde and wearing pearls and red lipstick. 
Why pearls? 

All of us have our own questions we are researching, those are just a few of mine. 

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The Attic
Research, Discover, Build, Experiment.
Hello! I am co-founding a new artists collaborative with the lovely Alicia Wilson, and wanted to put out a call to spread the word here. If you or any other artists you know would be interested in a research based experimental group of many different types of artists, I would like to share the below information with you! Even if you are not that interested, or not in Chicago, help us out by posting our link and get the word out there! Any way you could help us gain exposure for this project would be greatly appreciated, and I hope you will take a minute to see what we are all about!!

Thanks, and please pass this along!!!

What is The Attic

A research grounded collaborative, gathering artists across multiple disciplines to share inspiration, methodology and creative process.

Guiding Principles: 
We exist to foster a community where research is the basis for artistic discovery. The Attic provides a forum for creation through the lens of various disciplines and aesthetics. We believe in the power of the creative process, that experimenting leads to innovation,
and that a strong collaboration lays the foundation for greatness.

A Call To Artists:
The Attic is looking for artists across a wide variety of disciplines, experiences and viewpoints to be a part of the launch of this project. We will meet bi-monthly, 7-9pm on
Wednesday evenings, beginning March 7th.
Focusing on American culture in the 1950’s
and 60’s, this group will research, discuss and create work under the guiding principles listed above

To apply go to the Chicago Artists Resource posting for the Application, or email TheAttic.Chicago@gmail.com  for more details and with any questions you might have.

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