Wednesday, July 29, 2009

22 Tours of Chi-Town

Long before the Obamas and Oprah, Chicago had been deemed a cultural hub of the Midwest. I recently discovered that The Poetry Foundation, publisher of the highly esteemed Poetry magazine, has created a wonderful online poetry tour of the Windy City. This twenty-two part series not only combines maps, images and audio, but also has many poets reading their own work and discussing the Chicago poetry scene, past and present. It is thrilling to hear Gwendolyn Brooks read, and surprising to find the voice I have in my head differs drastically to what she actually sounds like when reading her work.
Go ahead, listen to it while you are supposed to be working at that boring office job, or if you are one of the funemployed. A wise artist once said, “If it is fun, it shouldn’t cost anything!” You’ll be happy to know this tour is F-R-E-E!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Floating in the Sea of Possibility

I have been following this group of artists who have built handmade rafts from recycled materials. Over the past few years, they have made their way down many waterways, including the Hudson, the Mississippi and this year they floated from Slovenia to Venice. I feel inspired by their ingenuity.

These photos and journey remind me that anything is possible! These pics were taken by Tod Seelie, a really fantastic photographer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Please see his blog for more of his fantastic adventures. He ROCKS!

These rafts are the stuff that dreams are made of. Cheers to the dreamers, sailors and artists making it happen.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Feeling a bit bookish

I have been making homemade accordion books/cards.

These little guys came out of an experiment for Mother’s Day and also a friend’s birthday.

I hope to create a bunch of blank ones to sell at SF zinefest.