tate.that.

Okay, so I know I said I would only post on Sundays, but this couldn’t wait.

Chinese Conceptual Artist Ai Weiwei filled the Tate Modern‘s Turbine hall with literally 100 million handcrafted and painted, life-sized sunflower seed husks. The husks are made out of porcelain, which is synonymous with China, considering porcelain is it’s most prized export.

 

Apparently Weiwei had hundreds of people helping her in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen to create this sculptural installation.

Sunflower Seeds invites viewers to take a closer look at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-political issues surrounding culture and economics today.

 

(All images derived from DesignBoom)

Kind of an amusing side note: The artist originally encouraged patrons to interact with the sculpture by walking on the seeded “carpet”. The Tate Modern has since made a notice of the hazardous dust that has been created due to these interactions, and now asks viewers to stay off their lawn, so to speak.

swoon.

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swoon vs. cyclone, Brooklyn Museum

Today my post is actually something I have to do for school, but it was pretty amazing and inspiring so of course I had to share.

For my Art in the Elementary School Studio class we’ve been divided up into small groups and asked to research an artist to theoretically introduce to elementary-aged students and present ways in which to integrate the art with other subjects relevant to the students, as well as the artist.

So pretty easy right?  Haha, well… with the artist my partner and I are doing our research on, it is.

“Callie” Curry aka Swoon is an amazing Floridian turned New York street artist. Utilizing blockprinting and wheatpasting as her main medium, Swoon creates beautiful images of the people around here. (For a more in depth description of her work and intentions visit Philagrafika 2010)

We’re basing our research off of this clip, which along with the website mentioned above, I believe give a pretty great summation of what everyone is Swoon-ing over.

bug.a.boo.

Today starts off “Insect Week” at camp. I normally try to do crafts with the kiddies that corresponds with the theme, but I’m not a big bug-lover.

Fortunately! I found these sweet little origami butterflies on Etsy

Origami Butterflies in Shades of Yellow

Which inspired me to make some butterfly mobiles with the little ones. Photos to come later of how the project turns out.

sew.what.

Lauren DiCioccio

This series is a response to the current movement to eliminate plastic bags from consumer use due to their negative environmental impact. Each one-of-a-kind sculpture is based on a plastic bag I have collected in a shop or on the street. I hand-embroider the icons and text onto bridal organza and then form the material into the life-sized shape of the bag. The sculptures are delicate ghosts of the original bags, mass-produced plastic replaced with soft, tediously worked fabric.

Simply beautiful. Her work made me think of Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
and her body of work Shopdropping.

faded glory ruched shoulder tank

Faded Glory Ruched Shoulder Tank (China Red), 2003

Originally purchased on June 18, 2003 for $9.77 from the Wal-Mart store in Berlin, Vermont.

The clothing was duplicated by hand, matching pattern, fabric, and embellishments. The tags
from the original item were sewn into the duplicate. The duplicate was returned to the rack in Wal-Mart for potential sale at $9.77.

Left: purchased item – Right: photograph of duplicate.

Maintaining an almost whimsical approach to the subject, both artists have very similar views on mass production and consumerism. The delicacy and craft devoted by each, lends even more to the shrouded meaning both are trying to exude via their work.

navarre.in.my.wildest.dreams.

Yesterday I was so busy having a fabulous day, that there simply weren’t enough hours in the day for me to blog about it.

After being apart for about a month, two of my lovely friends decided to come visit Portland for the weekend. Along with beau in tow, we met at a delectable gem, Navarre on NE Burnside.

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It’s quite a small venue, as well as the plates, but the atmosphere is really quite nice. The food was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been so adventurous with my palate as I was last night. The theme yesterday was of the Catalonia region in Spain; all the specials revolved around that region, while the regulars on the menu were tired and true favourites.

Our first endeavor was the wine. I’m pretty big on white, but my lover is best friends with Shiraz–or ‘tree bark’ as I fondly refer to it. We decided we would try a white wine though, originating from the San Juan Islands up in Washington; where my lover’s father resides. We both had never seen any wine from the area, and decided to be adventurous. Oh. My. Goodness. Probably just the best wine selection ever, in which we both agreed (!). We’re going up to the San Juans in August and plan on returning with a bounty of this wine.

The bread course arrived next, with a earthy, peppery and almost smoky kind of d’huile d’olive, which pared very nicely with our wine. Then our first plates came out and I enjoyed a tapas of fat sugar snap peas with fennel fronds and lemon zest, trying some of my lover’s rabbit in garlic sauce with  (which was really quite good) and some of my friend’s terrine.

We were quite full after our second round of mini meals. The beauty of the restaurant is that because they serve only tapas, you can get a few and try many different things, but still feel like you’ve eaten because of the richness of the food.

For more information check out their blog.

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Next we headed to East Burn where Boy and Bean were performing lending a cool vibe to the atmosphere.

It’s a fun place to go with a group plus their Trinity Fries are good. However the best part about them is their Roasted Tomato Aioli.  YUM.

I highly recommend both places for a fabulous night out.

fab.five.

The much anticipated Top Five Favourites of the week are here!

This week I’m loving…

The FIFA World Cup Series

I’m not a huge sports fanatic, but it’s been kind of fun watching the games and seeing the different teams advance and rivalries grow stronger. Argentina and Germany are the top two teams so far, but the games are still in the round of sixteen, so things can still definitely change. Above is an image from the recent Argentina v. Mexico game this morning (3-1).

Essie Peach Daiquiri Nail Lacquer

It’s a great summer coral and it makes wearing sandals so much better.

Nectarines

nectarine, mascarpone and gingersnap tart

I love peaches, but I hate the fuzz, so nectarines are basically my best friends. The image above is of a nectarine, mascarpone and gingersnap tart, which I haven’t tried the recipe yet, but I’m thinking it will be a beautiful dessert for this upcoming 4th of July bbq bash.

J.Crew’s Matchstick Jean in Dark Wash Rinse

Lately I’ve been living in a uniform of jeans and white tee’s for the summer, and these are some of my favourite (and one out of two of my only pairs of) jeans. They can be dressed up or worn casually and they always make my backside look lovely.

Nine West Cross Body Envelope Bag

This was one of my most recent purchases and I’m loving it. I was never into the whole cross body bag trend, but my lover has a motorcycle and it’s just too difficult to hold on to my tote bag while in tow. It’s a small bag, yet roomy and can fit both my essentials and his, so it works out great. My bag is a deep mustard, almost tan colour, which goes beautifully with any outfit.

big.news.

I am so excited.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen the Portland metropolitan area as their third partner community for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8. The program will use existing resources of four Portland-area school districts currently collaborating in The Right Brain Initiative (Gresham-Barlow, Hillsboro, North Clackamas, and Portland), along with those of local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center to create a plan for arts education specific to the community. The partnership will be coordinated locally by The Regional Arts & Culture Council.

The Regional Arts and Culture Council

This is such great news: Great news for Portland Public Schools, The Right Brain Initiative, Portland artists the Regional Arts and Culture Council, plus the Kennedy Center.

I did a job shadow with the great people at The Right Brain Initiative/Young Audiences office late this March and I fell in-love with their organization, which is partly why I’m so excited about this new initiative  between the Kennedy Center, RBI, RACC and Portland Public schools.

The Right Brain Initiative (RBI) is a non-profit organization that has created a partnership between public schools, local governments, businesses and foundations, and the cultural community which launched its programming in Portland area classrooms in January 2009. The program’s goal is to achieve a measurable impact on learning by integrating the community’s arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the Portland metropolitan region’s school districts. The Right Brain Initiative is a project of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, with Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serving as Implementation Partner. For more information visit www.TheRightBrainInitiative.org, or their blog RBI

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 1971 with the intent to “contribute to the human spirit,” serve as a memorial to President Kennedy and functions as the nation’s busiest arts facility. By promoting and nurturing young artists and new works, creating performances and broadcasts, the center is also the nation’s leader in arts education. Their art program Any Given Child attempts to provide an equitable art and culture aspect to a child’s education by combining the resources of school districts, local arts foundations and the Kennedy Center.

I personally believe that arts education is fundamental to any child’s standard education. Organizations like the Kennedy Center and RBI have put these programs into place because studies show that an education rich with art and culture improves overall material retention in the classroom, as well as improved literacy. Check out RBI’s progress report, their first year evaluation of their implemented program in the schools, for a closer look at the effects of just a week long arts program on students learning.