Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Here are photos of the two available versions, "Happy" and "Determined." I tend to prefer the latter; I think it's a more flattering likeness.
Obama now belongs to a select group of real people to ever be Chia-fied. As far as I know, there's just Mr. T, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. Also, Lady Liberty, but she doesn't really count. Other Chia heads have been made portraying cartoon characters, such as Garfield, Shrek, Taz, Homer Simpson, and a few others.
According to ChiaObama.com, these make a great gift! I'm putting it on my Christmas list.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This one with the little sheep in it is a new one. The plant inside is touch-sensitive, so it shrinks away from your hand when you touch it.
The spooky owl one down there at the bottom is one that I've had for about a year and a half, and I think I've only watered it twice. It's an enclosed ecosystem.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
November's show at Emerson Space Case features two of my photo-snapping friends, John Ryan Brubaker and Jennifer Jansons. These two triumphantly use devices from a by-gone era to make images that manage to make magical compositions out of everyday scenes.
Jennifer Jansons' Holga medium-format photographs transport you into a softer world. The Holga camera has a plastic lens with soft focus around the edges.
John Ryan Brubaker completed a project called Polaroid 366, in which he took a Polaroid photo every day for a year. And not just any year - a year in which there was an extra day. On display at the space are some selections from his year of photos.
Brubaker is currently showing work at Albina Community Bank in Portland, as part of a show called The People Behind the Paper, a photo documentary project about the vendors of Street Roots newspaper. He will also be embarking soon on a journey to Thailand! I can hardly wait to see the resulting photos.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Julie Sabatier contacted me a couple of weeks ago to do this, because she saw some terrariums I made that are being displayed at The Waypost. I'm flattered and a little nervous to be doing this thing in front of a crowd, although any activity that feels like being on a cooking show excites me.
I've never been to this venue (former funeral parlor) The Woods, and it looks like a lovely place.
Here's the official info:
PDX Salon and Destination DIY present
This event will kick off a fundraising campaign to raise money to produce the next two one-hour episodes of Destination DIY.
Destination DIY producer and creator Julie Sabatier will host an event that will bring out your inner innovator: live demonstrations and interviews about how to make radio, how to make a terrarium and how to make bacon. Delicious sweet and savory treats will be served. A silent auction will include many fine items to enhance your DIY projects or spark a new one. The show will be book-ended by performances from musician Leviethan and musicians/visual artists billygoat, who will show off their gorgeous stop-motion animation and give us a window into how they do what they do themselves. Do you DIY? Step into our recording room to tell us about it and you could end up on the next Destination DIY podcast!