Leather knotted rings By Boe

When I was a child I was always the worst person to be ‘it’ when playing tag.

I thought chasing after people was stupid, plus I just hated running.

Lately I feel like I’ve been playing tag with my typical, uneventful life.

Ever since I decided to seriously apply for grad school I haven’t been able to catch those relaxing moments I took for granted when I wasn’t so swamped with responsibilities.

Sometimes you just can’t win.



Oh my gosh. Can I just say I am so excited for what you are about to see? Seriously, I’m giddy.

In my Arts in the Elementary School course I took this term we had to make a stop-motion animation film–complete with story boards, backdrops, characters, everything. This is the result of 3 hours of hard work (I don’t want to give away the story just yet because you have to watch it!)

Maybe I’m obsessed because I thought it was so amazing–we seriously took over 400 frames to make this not-even-a-minute long clip–but I watched it probably five times on the camera when we made it. I was super impressed how our transitions turned out because when actually doing them I didn’t think it would look so great.

For those of you who didn’t get it… a synopsis: our story is entitled Efforts in Futility, where our protagonist is a snowman whom is self built. After an arduous journey he reaches his unintended final destination–to obtain a canonical carrot nose from a satirical “Pole” Foods grocery–where he melts before he is complete.

Complex, right? If you check out asteelpdx‘s account on youtube, you’ll find other groups who created films for the class as well. One of my personal favourites is theadventure: in which a man on a boat is swallowed by a whale, and it shows his adventures within the cavernous interior of said whale. They’re all great though, so watch them!




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.


Hand Plate

The sweet hand plate above is from Ardayclay (sorry it’s sold out!)


So as aforementioned in a few of my posts, my posting schedule has to change for some pretty cliché reasons, but I’ll still explain my way to redemption.

For those that don’t know (or haven’t read my page… ahem, yes you) I work at the Portland Children’s Museum as an Early Childhood Education instructor plus I’m attending Portland State University for my Masters degree in Arts Education with 45 hours of practicum to fulfill at Sunnyside Environmental School.

Needless to say I’m just a little bit busy, but definitely in a good way. Unfortunately that means that blogging has to be left for Sundays when I’m not working, schooling, or practicum-ing it up. Don’t be sad though because this means that I’ll actually have a posting schedule where-as before I would just randomly post whenever I could. Yay for organization!




via *Peanut

Back-to-school came so suddenly it feels. I knew it was coming, but actually getting back into it seems like such an abrupt process. Especially being on a new campus, I definitely feel like a newbie.

Needless to say my posting schedule will change. Between work and school I’ll be a busy lady, but I’m hoping to blog more frequently than not. Not to worry, I will still post beautiful little gems like this image from *Peanut.

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, 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.


Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, I was too busy graduating. :]

Upon receiving my diploma, I was presented with one last laugh from the University’s sick sense of humor.

I worked for 4 years to receive a piece of paper that says, “Yes you can hire me, I am a certified intellectual.” And after paying an $11 commencement fee… for the printing of said paper, I expected to have it there in my hot little hand at the graduation ceremony. Surprise, surprise…

Needless-to-say my sides were splitting from laughter upon reading, “8-10 weeks.” I am SO glad I’m done.


The pressure is mounting. Two more days to get all of my studio work complete and to pack half of my little apartment up to ship back home. I swear, I don’t know how I managed to get so much stuff in here!

To counter act my stress I indulged a little with my favourite peanut m&ms and this adorable/uplifting song by Basia Bulat. I love her sound, and this music video is so cute (my favourite part is the dancing skeletons… I see a potential conceptual project there!)


I’ve got four days to basically make magic happen in the studio, 12 days to move out of my apartment, 15 days until my birthday, 20 days to find a new large format camera for under $400, and 23 days until I finish my undergraduate degree.

Of course all I want to do is go back to the beach and forget about my responsibilities. Hopefully wistfully staring as this lovely ocean view will suffice for now.


Sorry I’ve been preoccupied lately, but school has been surprisingly busy despite only taking 12 credits. I’m super excited for lots of things right now. My exhibit planning class is going really well, I finally feel like I’m doing what I’ve always said that I’m interested in doing as a career and it just feels so exhilarating because I actually love it! Check out our blog and see all the exciting things going on at LCHM.

I’m also really excited about my first project idea for my conceptual strategic photography class. I know it’s kind of a cop-out that I’ve already taken the class this past fall, but I loved the conceptual aspect and the wonderful Dan Powell, teaching the class. So of course I had to take it again! After I’ve finished printing and flush mounting my work this weekend I’ll be sure to post images here.

Today I was inspired by the beautiful images of Binh Danh; these images were printed with Chlorophyll and Resin.

Binh Danh

Edison R. Phillips 19, 2008

Found Portraits Collection, 2005

Barracked, 2005

Ambush in the Leaf, 2007