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I’ve reconfigured our tiny condo numerous times but this time feels just right.

In about 3 weeks Don and I will find out our next assignment. I am incredibly ready and excited for a new town and living space, but for now I’m trying my best to make the space we have work. We don’t have room for a studio so we’ve re-figured the living room to allow for a makeshift art space.

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It’s cramped, and I could certainly do without the carpet – but working out this new layout has given me a list of must haves for our next home & a slew of inspiration.

 

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honolulu streets and why i’m taking a facebook break.

I recently decided to go on a Facebook hiatus. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that all the news coverage on social media online footprints hasn’t been an influence, but more so this recent article from the NY Times titled How Not to Be Alone struck a chord.

I was born in 1984. All irony aside, I can clearly remember a time when waiting in the grocery line, sitting in traffic, simply being bored or having free time meant either daydreaming or coming up with something tangible, something not linked to the internet (or my digital persona) to do with myself. Even 10 years ago, the internet was a free time activity – not a 24/7 obsession.

When I made the move to reprieve myself from facebook I lost sleep over it. Seriously. I felt like my digital self had died a little bit and I was worried what my family and friends might think about my “anti-social” media decision.

After a day and a half of itching to go back, I feel confident about my decision for the following reasons:

1) The instinct to post about life cheapens the living in the moment. I can recall numerous times when I’ve missed out on being present due to coming up with a status update to share.

2) I miss the excitement of catching up with friends and being surprised by what’s going on in someone’s life – by having a real life conversation with depth and meaning rather than relying on the snippets I’ve seen through various status updates.

3) I am honestly bothered by how conceited people have become. The concept of “selfies” is beyond me. Why do people feel the need to take pictures of themselves on a daily basis? Are said selfie addicts afraid they are going to forget what they look like?

So that’s the crux of it.

I still appreciate the connectivity of social media and blogging, especially living so far from family for the past few years. But for now I just need a break from it all. I want to concentrate and focus on my goals without the instinct to get caught up in the comparison game. I might go back once I’ve gained momentum on some personal goals, or I may find that after a while, it’s not that hard to live with out it.

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As for the photo’s. There’s a really cool creative district in between Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu called Kaka’ako. One of the visual features of these few blocks is the street art painted on the walls of abandoned property or the sides of warehouses. Most of the street art is done by a local group called Pow Wow Hawaii, and the local community supports what some may call graffiti as street art.

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it was only a 5 minute walk.

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After two and a half years of living in Waikiki I have just now had the initiative to explore the Ala Wai community center – which is quite literally located in my back yard. I’m taking a wheel throwing class there, and today was the first session. Completely amazed with the resources that have been so close for so long, I’m honestly a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t start taking classes there two years ago. For a small fee have a weekly class that lasts two hours and nearly endless hours of open studio time. Basically, as long as I’m enrolled in a class I can walk down to the studio and use the wheel. So incredibly cool!

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When I first moved to Hawaii I took a ceramics class at the Air Force Base which always stuck with me as a craft I wanted to develop. These are a few of the pieces I made then – they’re pretty amateurish – but I’m hoping to work on my skills now that I have such convenient and consistent access to a ceramics studio.

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block printing.

Outside of screen printing class I’ve been experimenting with creating my own block prints.

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I recently purchased a copy of Christine Schmidt’s Print Workshop which inspired me to make a few block prints of my own.

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The first step was carving my own personal stamp – which ultimately resulted in scabbed knuckles…but it was worth it. I chose a feather pattern which I’m hoping to use as a logo for my soon to be etsy shop – where I’ll feature handmade textiles, prints, film photography and handmade ceramics…more on that later.

For now, here’s a preview of my potential store logo featured on card stock and product tabs.

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Stay tuned for updates on when the etsy shop (guess my shop name and you get the first purchase free) goes live!

screenprinting phase I

Last week I started my first session of screen printing classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Our first assignment was to collect a set of 10 images from 3 different sources. The end result being a collage. I’m not really a fan of collages. I like the simplicity of clean lines and structured images. To me collages just seem messy and remind me of some of the journals I used to keep in high school. In order to avoid the “collage effect” I chose to scan in the silhouette of a few plants, a few black and white photographs, as well as a couple of patterns I found on the internet. I pre-scanned them all as line art before going to Kinko’s and copying them onto transparency paper. Here are a few of the scans that I’m looking forward to making prints with.

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Tonight’s class I’ll be starting the actual process of transferring the images from the transparency film to paper – updates on the process soon to come!

modern french.

One of the perks of living in my building is the mail-room library. It’s basically a space near the mailboxes where tenants can drop off old books and magazines for other tenants to take…for free! I’ve found some gems & one of my favorites is this 1964 ed. of Modern French by Dan Desberg and Lucette Rollet Kenan.

mf11Modern French is a vintage French Language textbook, but the images inside are stylish black and white photographs that I absolutely adore. There are also a few great hand drawn maps that I’m considering making prints of for wall art.

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