"Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view."
As a participating artist of the 2011 Sketchbook Project, my book is finally finished! My theme was "Things Found on Restaurant Napkins". I started the book in early November and yesterday finally finished and popped it in the mail. Above is a picture of the completed book, cover and all -all hand-sewn and rebound with different papers and fabric. Check out my Flickr page for the full and complete slideshow!
Continuing the saga of Lois, the Corpse Flower, she finally bloomed and crowds went wild with anticipation of checking out her stench before she collapses back into dormancy......I had the opportunity to visit one last time and experience the stank full on. Let's just say that 5 minutes of it was more than enough and I won't be missing it any time soon. In order to preserve her memory though, I did come up with an alternative: Above is my little 'homage' to Lois. I'm thinking some charms, pendants and cameos will be cropping up in the near future...and no, luckily, these won't stink. ;)
Gorgeous Handmade Jewelry with a dark twist. I especially love the bone necklace and the moth brooch. Check out Sillycut's store for more fabulous-ness. She's from Germany -my favorite vacationing spot!
A super rare occurence is happening in my town. The blooming of the Corpse Flower at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Named 'Lois', there are only 29 documented bloomings of this massive flower, which when opened, emits a smell reminiscent of a dead cadaver. Hence, the name. Scientifically known as the Amorphophallus Titanum, the plant thrives in the rainforests of Sumatra, and blooms every 1-3 years. With the largest inflorescence of any plant, the Corpse Flower casts an ominous and foreboding site -reminiscent of something you'd find in the Land of the Lost, or in a prehistoric period with ginormous vegetation. What caught my attention was obviously the buzz about the smell, and the size of the plant -standing somewhere between 6-7 ft tall, leaves with the inside color of deep dark purple and an enormous spathe that shoots straight up, erect like a spear...(also been called "Devil's Tongue"). Currently, 'Lois' is still waiting to bloom. In my city of H-Town, the buzz has been fanatical. Throngs of people have come out to see if the blooming has started, and currently nothing yet...but the anticipation is growing steadily day by day.... I'm hoping she'll open one of these days, because like I said, I'm actually looking forward to the experience of smelling rotting flesh. Weird, maybe, but it's the chance of a lifetime to witness a miracle of nature, and I'm not missing out by any means.
These are nothing short of AMAZING. Paper sculpture taken to the highest level. Los Angeles native, Jeff Nishinaka's career spans more than 28 years with works that encompass impressive commercial clients as well as the fine art you see here. A student of UCLA and graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design, his portfolio is astounding. The actor Jackie Chan also happens to be one of his close friends, and to this date owns the largest collection of his stuff. Pretty sweet.