Saturday, March 31, 2007

AWESOME awesome day teaching at The Stamp Act Store-AS ALWAYS.It's almost 1 a.m. Sunday morning. I've been up since 7. Needless to say I'm a bit tired. Just a wee bit. I had the most awesome day teaching at The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA. It is a fabulous store. They always make me feel like home. I will be back in August and I'm REALLY looking forward to it.

So is Tristan-ha! Mom loaded up on various markers for him (loaded up is a small understatement-very small). The kid is set for life with markers. He is VERY happy.

Tomorrow we are having family over. Am looking forward to it-once they get here. Until they get here my Mom will be in a mad rush to clean what doesn't need to be cleaned *sigh*. All of my luggage is hidden. Everything looks "done" but the dishes and getting the food.

In the meantime, here's a stock photo i found online to inspire you to pick up a paint brush this weekend ;) Ya don't need to go far to have a mini art weekend of your own-go on....pick up that brush and paint, baby! (Oh, and notice the "Lovely" Manicured fingernails. I *don't* think so.)

This made me laugh.

Friday, March 30, 2007

I'm still in MA...I taught all day (WONDERFUL classes at the Stamp Act) and I still manage to find something cool:
Had an awesome day of teaching at The Stamp Act. Taught two classes. Hi Sharon! Hi Elise! Hi Susan! Hi Marie! Hi to the whole Stamp Act Gang!!! Looking forward to tomorrow-three classes tomorrow LOTS of fun to be had. I'm really looking forward to it ;) It always feels like "home" here...And yes, ladies, I did get my Friendly's Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream tonight. Yum. One is enough and I'm set until August now...

Wanted to post a quickie update. I'm very tired (long story-my sister's sweet dog spent the night with us last night...he barks at shadows so i kept him in the room with Tristan and I and he was fidgety several times...But the Dog went home today so I will get some sleep. Unless Tristan decides to sleep across the top of the bed again, which he did Wednesday night. Last night the child decided I needed my own personal heater-so he was like glue at my side. *sigh*)

I'm off to bed!! See some of you at the store in the morning!

OH! Anyone know any good paper stores that are a MUST see in Boston? Rugg Road Paper, Black Ink (I know they don't have paper but they are fun)..., Paper Source???
If I do go to Paper Source-is there one that is better then the other? I usually go to the Cambridge store. I am looking for decorative papers...and/or handmade papers. Stuff like I've been using lately. THANKS

Thursday, March 29, 2007

In Braintree, MA (safe and sound, still sane)...Another favorite book:

Yeah, I swiped the image from Amazon where you can also find the book. While you're there, check out that Holly Harrison has a book coming out (a new one!) later this year.
I found the New Acrylics book several years ago while in Portland, OR. I was at Powells with several other artists and grabbed copies to show everyone. Some bought it and some shirked it off. What amazes me is that in 2007 there aren't more books out like this one. I had this discussion with one of my friends that there are lots of books on "How To Paint Horses, People, Whatever" but very few PLAY WITH ACRYLICS books. Not to toot my own horn, but I have used a slew of paints, mediums and their various 'products' (from different companies) over the years. I've bought and used all of the stuff that's out there! I could've written a dozen books by now (I know I comments on me writing a book, ok!!) about acrylics and how they work. Very weird. It is only recently where we went from famine to feast on books about "mixed media art". Interesting. Maybe one of these days I will find the time to sit down and write a whole series (ha ha ha). Maybe that'll be when I'm finally accepted as an Artist AND as an Instructor. (Yes, I'm in one of those moods this morning. Long story. Just frustrated. I don't want name recognition. I don't want to be "Big Name Teacher" or "Flavor of the Month". I do want respect though. I do want work. I'm not PMS-ing. I'm just a little annoyed and sad about something this morning and that's the end of THAT story).

Flight here was fine other then being bumpy. Also, I love little children but 3 sat behind me (all under 6) and screamed the whole flight from LAX to Nashville. The Mom didn't do much. I felt bad for her...I wish I had had access to my packing tape that I had brought with me. LOL Everyone commented on how wonderful Tristan was. My attitude: "He's 10. He should be used to flying by now." LOL!!!!! He is a great boy! The flight was full from LAX to Nashville so we both tried to sleep and tried to read. He read a compilation book of Amazing Spiderman and I read 1001 Journals Project (love it). From Nashville to Providence there were maybe 25 people on the plane so I whipped out my "Barbie" case (OH OH OH THE TSA agent at LAX commented on it-wanted to know what it was and said that she had seen lots of women with the same barbie pink suitcases but the bigger one on rollers. I told her it was a scrapbooking bag. She loved it. I'm not a scrapbooker, per se, I don't like labels but it was funny seeing her reaction. If she wasn't a TSA agent, I would've whipped out my journal but the line behind me was long enough.). SO I collaged 4 pages on the 2 hour ride from Nashville to Providence. I also read...mostly I wished and prayed that the damn bumps would go away. BLAH. If I can get my sister's digital camera, I will upload the pictures of what I've done.

Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, I will be at The Stamp Act in Marshfield teaching FIVE classes. There's still room (I think). The info is on their website. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going in early to set up today (Love that store for so many reasons and that's one of the small ones LOL!!)

Interesting story on yesterday's Democracy Now about the current state of book publishers.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Wednesday's Post (and yes, I know it's only Tuesday night):

I figure since I'm going to be getting on a plane nice and early (ugh) tomorrow (double ugh to getting up early AND to getting on a plane), that I should post tonight. I'm posting earlier then I wanted to as I want to finish up watching The Battle of Algiers with David tonight (as we started watching it last night).

New book alert! Another Patterns book by Drusilla Cole. (I have been lusting after this one but haven't been able to find it in my travels YET...anyone have one to trade/sell?). The new book comes out the end of April, and YES, I will be looking for it! In our travels this afternoon (David twisted my arm hard enough to trek out to The Illiad bookstore in No Hollywood today), I found a copy of Memory: Lace Designs-A version of Textile Decoration from 1920 to 1030. I couldn't find a picture online of it or any info other then it sells for $159 which is $130 more then what I paid for it! What is interesting about it, I'm not a "lace" person but this is more like "doodles" then "lace". I loved it when I saw it. I will take some pictures of it-it's very interesting. I also snagged another copy of Burroughs' Gentleman Junkie which I had sold a copy of years ago (read: broke). What I've loved about that book over the years isn't the content but the "look". It looks like an artists' journal or book. It's really cool graphics speaking. It was only $10 which is more then what it sells on amazon but I was just happy to have another copy of it. Lastly, I did trek out to Meltdown. That damn Swallow 3 Book by Ashley Wood that I talked about last week kept calling out to me! It's so rare to find a several page spread on several of my fave artists in one publication that I "needed" it.

I am trying to chill out on my book purchases but it's so hard when not only I collect but David collects books. It's our "thing" to do. Some people go to restaurants, movies, whatever-we go to bookstores. Book addicts we are!! And Yes, I DO read them over and over again.

Bags are packed. I'll be in the New England area around 7 ish tomorrow night-happy to be on the ground. I will be updating from Boston (well, Braintree, MA) on a daily basis! (Gotta keep sane somehow...). Go make some art or somethin'.

Mana Mana

Want a song that will stay in your head ALL day long?

AHhhhhhhhhh it's the simple things in life that make me smile.

Journal pages that I did last Thursday night at the hotel in Danville:

My Brilliant Plan at the time was to come back to the hotel every night after teaching and CREATE. HA! After teaching from 10 until 8:30 on Friday, I was too freakin' tired to do anything bug veg. Saturday I was too busy laughing and having fun at dinner with Alix, Georgia, Kathy and Terrece. Sunday I was too busy driving home!!!

I'm almost all packed (with the exception of a few clothes that were hung up to dry). All of my class stuff is packed and ready to go (except the stuff that my parents have at their house). I'll be at The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA on Friday and Saturday. I'll be debuting FIVE (new to the East Coast) classes. Can't wait!

I have a little pink "Barbie" suitcase (ha it doesn't have Barbie on it but it is "Barbie pink"). Everyone who saw it a couple of years ago has since referred to it as my Barbie bag. I really want to collage it one of these days. Any ways, I packed this bag especially for the plane trip. The depth of the bag is about 3". It's not a big bag less than a foot long. Um, it's filled and I mean FILLED with handmade/decorative papers torn down to fit inside the box. It also has 2 glue sticks and my new journal in it. That's my "Carry On". My "Purse" is a BIG "Tammie" purse that fits-get this-not only my "purse stuff" (and those of you that know me know what my purse is like!!) BUT it also fits my collage "images", more glue sticks, an old rag, and the books I am bringing with me. I am a glutton for punishment. TSA always thinks I"m nuts. My favorite quote from a TSA agent was (after seeing my markers and pens), "You must be an artist!" (said like I was 8 years old). I wanted to tell her "You must be a rocket scientist!" So think good thoughts for me tomorrow as I hate flying (always have).

Picked up this book yesterday for $10 at Gene de Chene bookstore. It was the only book I bought on our "book spree" yesterday (David only bought one book and Tristan didn't buy any!). I also stopped at Sweetpeas to drop off my Long Tall Journal sample and loaded up on some paper. As usual, the store was packed with new goodies that tempted me. I'll be back there teaching a week from this Saturday.

I'll be posting from Boston (in addition to checking my email) so stay tuned!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Small Sampling of Kelly's Favorite Art Books:

Off Screen: Four Young Artists In The Middle East
Reminds me of Dan Eldon's work (not exactly but it's just as amazing). One of my most favorite books. I literally screamed when I saw it. I was *that* excited. They have a really cool website that talks about their work here. Definetly one that is permanently fixated in the Kilmer Library. I can't tell you how many times I have flipped through this book.

I am back from a wonderful weekend of teaching at Stampers Warehouse. I'm more tired from the drive I think then from teaching! LOL!!! I had a wonderful weekend. The new store is FABULOUS-I won't tell you what I spent but I will tell you when I lifted the bags out of the car they broke (HA HA HA)... Georgia & Terrece are *wonderful* and gracious hosts (not to mention funny as hell). I had five amazing classes-great group of students (as always). Huge thanks to all of you guys. I am looking forward to my next trip up there in November!!!
Tristan and I leave for Boston on Wednesday. I will be teaching at The Stamp Act in Marshfield this weekend. In the meantime, I have to unpack, repack, do laundry, and all of that jazz before we leave at the butt crack of dawn Wednesday morning. More later...

Saturday, March 24, 2007

SUNDAY: Small Sampling of Kelly's Favorite Art Books (while she is teaching at Stampers Warehouse in Danville):

Inspired: How Creative People Think has been sitting on my shelf since it first came out. It's one of the few $50+ books that I could not leave the bookstore without. I think you guys know by now that I'm a huge fan of the whole "creative process" and I LOVE seeing other people's journals...this is kinda like that. Artists (of all kinds) and glimpses into their thought processes. Not for everyone but I love it. Check it out the next time you are at the bookstore...

I apologize I still can't post the darn photos from here! GRRR.

It's 10:30 and I taught my second full day of workshops it was AWESOME as usual. I LOVE Stampers Warehouse. I LOVE the group there-GREAT day of classes.

Hey, Alix, Georgia, Kathy and Terrece for an awesome dinner at Max's. Oh man, the laughs were worth the whole trip. Can't wait to go back!! Tomorrow's my last day. Margaret, we're missing you!!!! Vivian & Dana-hope you guys are well-missed seeing you both!!

I'm off to watch Mad TV and SNL...

Friday, March 23, 2007

SATURDAY: Small Sampling of Kelly's Favorite Art Books (while she is teaching at Stampers Warehouse in Danville). I can't get the photos to load from this computer!! I am sorrry!! Also, for those of you that went to the John Copeland page (Tasha!) HA!! I am sorry LOL They changed the first picture!! OMG!!! LOL!!

Things went AWESOME at Stampers Warehouse (It's Friday night and I'm posting this!!!). LOVE LOVE LOVE that store. I'm too tired to post more but today was a great day-thanks everyone! Looking forward to Saturday's class!!

Not a book, but a favorite DVD from a favorite comic book artist, David Mack.

David Mack has long been one of those rare artists that when I see a new comic I will buy it solely for the cover art that has his style on it. What I love best about the DVD is not only do you get to see Mack going through and talking about his process/style and why he does what he does but it's a really in depth behind the scenes look at an amazing artist. He gives whole new meaning to the label: Mixed Media. This guy does it all. Even if you are not a comic book "Fan" or "afficiando" run out to get this DVD. It will truly inspire you.
FRIDAY: A Book that I do not have in my collection but would LOVE to own:

Tom Judd's Everyday

I emailed him a year (or two?) ago. He told me that he had one or two copies left for sale. I told him that I would very much like to buy it. Then I never heard back. I lust after this book. It's like one of my Holy Grails. If anyone has one to sell or trade, please let me know. I know it's all on the website, but it's not like holding it in your hands. I don't know what it is about people's journals that make me go ga-ga. Is it the raw creativity? Is it the honesty? Is it the process? It's almost like a glimpse into a person's soul.

***** First day of teaching in Danville. It'll be a busy (but great) day! *****

New cool blog site here (not mine but I found it on Fly Girls' site)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Small Sampling of Kelly's Favorite Books (while she is teaching at Stampers Warehouse in Danville):

John Copeland's catalog is like holding a small treasure in your hand. Like the amazing Juliana Coles, he was a student of the fabulous Barron Storey. Yet each has their own style. I get goosebumps just thinking of the artwork. Raw. In your face. Honest. Extreme. Layered. Just some of the words that I think of when describing his work. I am eagerly awaiting a second volume.

Aline Kominsky Crumb interview here.

The latest issue of 3 x 3 is available. I was at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday (buying Anne Lamott's new book) and picked it up. It's $19 and one to see before you buy....

I didn't buy this but I am hoping to soon!! If it didn't have a $40 price tag, I would've snatched it up as it has not only Barron Storey but David Choe, James Jean and more in it...I am hoping it is still at the store when I go back...

Latest issue of Juxtapoz is out. Lots of yummy artwork and glimpses into an artists' studio...YUM. $5 ya can't go wrong. Skip the coffee and grab the magazine instead!

I'm leaving for Danville in an hour. I will try to check email if I can but will be updating my blog daily (either David, Tristan or ME will be doing it). Have a great weekend and stay tuned for more books...
UPDATE: From a story I posted a couple of weeks ago from Democracy now on KEVIN. Kevin is free but there are still over 200 children (and their parents) detained in Taylor, TX.
From The Shelf:

Tomorrow I am leaving for Danville to teach at The Stampers Warehouse (can't wait!) Each day while I'm gone, I'll be posting one of my favorite books (and why I love it-blah blah blah). (If I can't post from where I am, it might be either David or Tristan "ghost posting" for me!! But there will be something new daily so please check back).

I'm going to open the week with James Jean's Process Recess. Amazon has it listed now for $128. Look around as you can still find a copy of it at the original cover price.. I've seen them at Meltdown Comics and Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica in the last few weeks, I think. According to Jean's blog he has is hard at work on a second volume that will debut this summer at Comic Con (yay!)

The size of this book is perfect. It's like you are holding someone's personal sketchbook/catch all in your hands. It's small but chunky. It's PACKED full of art: watercolor, collage, sketching, writing, doodling...I LOVE this kind of book. It's a peek into his process, his head, his way of thinking and translating it to the page. It's one you can look at again and again. It's also cool 'cause at the end he lists what he uses (specific colors, brands, etc...) giving away "his secrets" that some screwy artists (NOT him) don't ever want to divulge!!! I am eagerly awaiting PR2. In the meantime, you can find his artwork at this site.

Great youtube video that sums up what I feel on creativity. Thanks Linn.

Schools refusing free copies of the classics??!?!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Network- I'm Mad as Hell

Jean Shepherd inspired...
Totally relevant in 2007

Does anyone else know this man?? Do you recognize this from when you were little?

Do you find yourself some days whistling this little harmonica ditty in your head for NO reason?
The above photo is of "Captain Bob", Bob Cottle. Some of my earliest memories are getting up at the crack of dawn (5 a.m. rings a bell) to watch something I think was called "The Nature World of Captain Bob" or "Drawing from Nature". This man was my earliest art influence. He could teach ANYONE to draw. He never spoke down to the kids. He was always informative and never ever boring. At the end of every episode he'd show viewer's drawings and always something wonderful about them. I'd love to be able to watch one of his shows again. I've tried YouTube. I've tried Google Video. Alas, no luck. I know that it aired on Channel 5 in Boston. I watched it as a little girl in the late 1970's, early 1980's. I can't begin to tell you how much I Loved this show as a kid (and wish I had a copy now...)

Two new journal pages from last night:The above quote is from Eisenhower: "Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket fired signifies a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
The above are lyrics from Bob Dylan's Masters of War

I'm not exactly 100% happy with the Masters of War page. One of my pens acted a little funky and so I took advantage of the "blob" of the pen to have it "run" down the page. I repeated the "blob" and the "running of the ink" a few times. Now it just looks messy on all of the vibrant colors. I will go back to it another time OR I will just leave it alone. It says what I want it to say. Process, baby, process! I have plenty more pages to work in...and LOTS more to say.

Thanks to those of you that responded to my post from yesterday. I really appreciate it. I am still looking for ideas, so would welcome them with open arms.

I'm spending today getting ready for my classes this weekend at Stampers Warehouse in Danville, CA and the following weekend I"ll be at The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA.Busy busy but FUN fun!!! I'm looking forward to it...

Al Gore and the 2000 election.

What the news doesn't tell you about Rachel Corrie and Palestine.

The real cost of the War.

The best "documentary" I've ever seen on Global Warming, something most have never heard of Global Dimming.

Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics (have taken over the asylum)

Just heard this song for the first time on KPFK. The other video I was going to post was here:
I'm in a good mood though so I'll just link it...*ahem*
I thought this was a great song (I'm so weird!!!)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Ponderings and Musings...My Story as an Artist and Teacher

I'm an artist. I'm a mixed media instructor. I teach people. It's what I do best. Come the end of 2007, I do not know what I will be doing. I'm scared. I'm nervous. I am not a developer of product. I am not a seller of product. I am not one who is interested in "ways to make a fast buck". I'm a teacher. I teach. It's what I do. It's what I've been doing for almost 10 years now.

Tristan was born in 1997. For several months I worked at a bookstore near my home. A few months before Tristan was born, while walking into work, I walked and fell in liquid garbage that was left on the floor (that I obviously did NOT see). That accident changed my life in many ways. I had to stop working (I won't go into the back pain I experienced, my son being born with kidney problems -was it because of the fall?- and the experience of falling while carrying a baby plus, I was emotionally traumatized with everything that had happened I never wanted to set food in that place again-it was horrible). I won't go into the financial aspect of it, but I don't want to ever ever have to be in that place again.

Almost a year after Tristan was born, I had been making and selling greeting cards (and doing well at it-not great, but well). David was working again (he was also out of work at the time I had fallen, having lost his job because of massive lay offs of a big name company). I walked into Stamp Stamp Stamp in Century City and it was suggested that I show Nancy Shillito my cards. Nancy worked at the store and was also a teacher for Judikins. She's a very good soul. She was extremely kind at my (novice) cards and told me that I should try my hand at teaching. I taught a few classes at the various Stamp Stamp Stamp stores in the beginning. I also started to branch out to other locations but the classes didn't fill well. Plus, they didn't "fill me" well.

I learned how to make books. I began exploring paint and canvas and collage (again). In the process, I taught myself. My classes changed. It was *very very VERY* hard in the beginning trying to get stores (and students!!) into things other then shaker cards, shrink plastic and the like. Violet from Violets Rubber Stamp Inn, Rita from West Hills Rubber Stamp Shoppe, Laurie & Rich from A Little Bizaar, and a handful of other generous store owners let me try. We've come a long way, baby.

After branching out from basic cards to a whole 'nother universe, I started teaching across the country. That was even more difficult (trying to "sell" my classes in the East Coast where no one was doing stuff like this at the stamp stores). Nee of CT & Nee, Jaime of Crafters Workshop and a few other stamp store owners let me try. I held many a first "East Coas" class at someone's home in those days, too.

I started using acrylic paint in my class. I started using better supplies. Supplies cost money. I had to raise my prices. I had to fight to raise my prices. I still do not believe in making students go out and buy hundreds of dollars of supplies for a class. I would rather bring them for you, so you can experiment. It was a fight and sadly, it still is with some. People do not realize that it is not unusual for me to spend over $25,000 a year on supplies for my classes (not for me!!) for my students' use. I still only make less than minimum wage.

Slowly my student base grew. I began to develop a "core group" of students-people that were eager to learn, experiment, play and push themselves. I still teach many of those students today...and I consider them friends and amazing artists in their own right.

I've taught across the U.S. I've taught in Canada. I've taught off the coast of Mexico. I've taught in people's homes. I've taught in rubber stamp stores. I've taught at all of the big name conventions. I've taught in MA, NY, RI, CT, MD, FL, CO, NE, NV, AZ, OR, and CA. I mainly teach in rubber stamp stores.

I've been supporting my family (husband, child, me) as the sole supporter for the last 6 years now. Granted, we drive a 15 year old car (that needs a new engine). We live in the same rent controlled apartment that we moved into 11 years ago. We go without a lot of things. Most people take vacations. We don't. If I take a vacation, it's a working vacation meaning, I teach. I'm not telling you this for sympathy or anything else like that. I'm telling you it because it is the truth. I am not "rich" money wise (but rich in so many other ways)...I support my family but we live on a minimum wage salary. We live paycheck to paycheck like so many families do. I consider myself extremely lucky to be doing what I do and am thankful for it every day.

Folks, our stamp stores are in trouble. Seriously. Come the end of this year, the Mecca of Stamping might not exist anymore-Southern California (seriously, remember those days? We were considered extremely lucky to live where there were stamps growing off of the trees ;) ).

I have been exploring other options (just in case) but am finding myself in another fight. Institutions, colleges, and the like are biased against someone who has taught "at a rubber stamp store". Like it is a disease or a bad thing. They tell me it is is not real art. They don't look at my experience (I book classes every single weekend that I can. I have done that for 8 years now. I honestly think that I have taught well over 30,000 students in that time period-I am NOT tooting my own horn, my records show it.) How can teaching someone art be a "bad thing"? I do not understand that mentality.

I'm not sure how the year will end. I know that nothing lasts forever. But there is one thing I know for sure (Thanks Erma) that I am a teacher. I am an artist. I am an art teacher. That is what I am and what I always will be.

New Journal on Etsy:

Several new journal pages in MY journal that I started Friday night (not finished yet). Here are the "before" shots:

Had a very busy weekend teaching at Violets Rubber Stamp Inn in Ventura and The Art Bar in Santa Ana. GREAT time teaching-thanks ladies for an awesome weekend of classes. Did some serious damage at Violets on Saturday-she got in my order of "Invoke" images stamps (lotsa birds!!!) that I had ordered from her also new (gorgeous) papers from Basic Grey in 6 x 6". A good time was had by all. Also stopped at Paper Post on the way home

I am leaving for Stampers Warehouse in Danville later this week. I am going to try to upload photos before I go in my "draft file" (thanks Eddie for that idea) so that I can (hopefully) have access to email while I am up there and be able to update my blog. We shall see...I will have access to email the week after when I am in Boston teaching at The Stamp Act and visiting my family.

Hope some of you were able to let your voice be heard this weekend...That's what I try to do here ;)


Making the world "safer".

An up to date take on "First they came for...


If Americans Knew...

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Quiet Man --The Courting

C'mon, it's OBLIGATORY to watch this film today. When I was in Ireland I saw where it was filmed...beautiful and how I can't wait to go back...
Everyone have a wonderful day-
Stay safe
Stay sober (HA! I will have no problem with that one!)
and stay outta trouble!

Huge huge thanks to the gang at Violets Rubber Stamp Inn for an AWESOME day of teaching. I'm tired. I LOVE my new stamps (Invoke arts) and papers (Basic Grey) and things that I bought from Violet today!!! THANK YOU!!! Teaching at The Art Bar tomorrow!!!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Christy Moore and Shane McGowan - Dirty Old Town

for some reason this one didn't get on there before the one I promised to be the "last one".

The Pogues With The Dubliners



Oh no! Our humble craft fair was recently levied with city fines nearing $600, all for postering violations from 2006. Basically, some of our wonderfully enthusiastic friends put up flyers where they weren't supposed to, and/or didn't remove them after the show was over...and now the city has come a-knockin'. The end result is that we've had to spent lots of money we don't have on paying these fines, which stinks since a) we don't make money or charge admission at our shows and b) we're starting 2007 at a deficit, not a great thing when we're looking forward to putting on two super-sized and better-than-ever shows at the Ex-Plx this
July and November.

So, in true "Let's put on a show!" fashion, our craftastic vendors (such as Cathy of California, Nicola Vruwink, Sidepony, Mister Funky and more) and friends (like Reform School and My Favorite Mirror) have banded together to help us raise some dough. We've assembled three mind-bogglingly cool lots of handmade goodness and have thrown 'em up on eBay. Each lot contains heaps of great stuff like vinyl zip pouches, crocheted owls, vintage charm jewelry, baby tees, one-of-a-kind handbags, silkscreened sketchbooks and more. Score one of these babies and you can rest easy, having taken care of a year's worth of gift-giving in one fell swoop! Of course, you could always just bid on one and enjoy all the awesomeness for yourself, it's totally up to you. Either way, we hope you'll bid!

The auctions go on sale at 6pm today (
3/11) on eBay, and will end at 6pm on Sunday, March 18. Click here to check out the auctions, and check out Flickr for more photographs and info. ALSO please note that we've extended our $15 OFF poster sale through March 18, so if you wanna score a gorgeous Jordan Crane silkscreen for only $20, visit our Etsy store now.

Please feel free to help spread the word via your blog or whatnot, we need all the help we can get. More info on Felt Club is available here. Many thanks for your continued interest in Felt Club, we're looking forward to blowing the roof off the craft house in 2007!

From Kelly:
I have nothing to do with Felt Club (Though one of these days, I'd LOVE to get a table at the show when I'm not teaching!!). I'm a big supporter of artists (as much as I can!!). I think it's crazy in a city like Los Angeles where there are CRAP ads (not to mention HUGE BILLBOARDS, Boob ads, naked women ads, naked men ads, and other things I really don't want to have shoved in my face) ALL over the place on a daily basis. WHY is Felt Club being hit with $600 in fines for some measly flyers?? Gimme a break!

Please visit their site and find out more info. The auction ends on Sunday!!!

Introducing...................the Apple iRack

"Stop focusing on the exit strategy...start focusing on our new product..."
(Thanks Jolene at
for this one!!)

Two new pages I did last night:The one above is all cut papers (bird image is from Papaylicious catalog cover).
The above page is also papers, color copies (yes, that's a photo of a younger me drawing), hands are from Anahata's third spare parts book. Also doodles and writing from Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pens (black and white). Oh! And bird sticker from Cavallini and Company.

Highly frustrated today. Went in yesterday to Tristan's school and had a great time teaching the kids how to make a "butterfly book". I love that class-they're so much fun-good kids, too! (Oh, a butterfly book-we used a butterfly template, the teacher made multiple copies on all sorts of different colored papers. The kids drew, painted, stamped and punched out (with the paper punches that my friend Lorraine gave me) to their hearts' content. We then "bound" the book with a big brad. I got the idea from Jason Thompson's blog post of Tracey Bush's artwork. Our butterflies were much MUCH bigger but the kids loved it.

So on to the frustrated part-I was talking to Tristan's teacher about a comment Tristan made the other day (which, sadly, I hadn't taken him seriously enough at the time) that his teacher would be "fired" (laid off-nice word for fired) at the end of this school year (June) along with two other teachers (one of which has been there 5 or 6 years now and was Tristan's kindergarten teacher). I went nuts. We fought to keep his teacher in Sept/October and we're gonna lose her after fighting for it? Supposedly the school is 60 kids short (of a full "deck") across the board. Supposedly there is something else too (I'm not "up to par" on the laws and this and that of the school district) about there are 3 classrooms with "English Only" teachers (as opposed to all of other teachers that have licenses to be bilingual classrooms that 3 teachers are exempt?). Supposedly there is "nothing we can do". B.S.! There's gotta be something. Is there a law that says the schools must have "X" amount of students??? Come next year there are going to be a lot of "split" classrooms-4/5th grade split, kindergarten/first grade split. Come on, that can't be good for the kids. My son is going to be a FIFTH grader. I don't want him (or any other child) in an OVER CROWDED classroom. It's not good for the kids, the teachers OR the parents.

I fell asleep last night thinking about this and was woken up (nightmare) at about 2:30 this morning and have been thinking about this ever since.

I don't think that most of the school knows about it (not everyone can go to the meetings and there hasn't been a flyer passed out about it). WHY? We should ALL know so we can figure out what the hell we can do. I am seriously SERIOUSLY thinking about pulling Tristan out of fifth grade to homeschool him. He has been begging me to do it (and it is something I have wanted to do BEFORE he was even in school. I've read many books about it but long story short, listened to my family and put him into the local school).

So this is my predicament and it's not just mine. Three teachers stand to lose their jobs (and they are damn DAMN good teachers!) A whole school stands to be shuffled around into overcrowded classrooms. Frustrated doesn't begin to describe how I feel.

On a happy note-Happy 80th birthday to my friend, Mary Ellen!!

From the Bookshelf: Pulled out my copy of Creating Artists' Books by Sarah Bodman last night. Your local bookstore probably has a copy in the Art Technique section. Good read-interesting ideas. Lots of eye candy too. Good balance between the two.

Finished Love That Bunch by Aline Kominsky Crumb the other night. Was up late reading it. Good read, again. I could identify with some of the things she was writing about (not the drug use, the drinking or the need for "boyfriends" outside of your marriage-ONE husband is enough! Though I wouldn't mind another spouse SOLELY for the purpose of CLEANING and LAUNDRY only. LOL!!!)

Am taking my dear sweet time with the 1000 Journals book and looking at it every now and then.

Am eagerly awaiting two books: 500 Handmade Books and Eddie Campbell's latest.

Remembering Rachel Corrie on 4th year of her murder.


Shaking my head at Chair of House Appropriations Committee Rep. David Obey's reaction to a Mother of an Iraq War Vet. Watch the youtube video here (if the link doesn't work, go to youtube and search for "Obey" it pops right up).

"Support the Veterans" yup, the VA knows how to do that alright.

Why the hell is this man in prison?


Thursday, March 15, 2007

First page in the new journal I'm working on:
Nothing on the outside cover yet.

Not much to say today. Have to go teach at Tristan's school at 1. Had a good time teaching my Reach For The Scissors class last night at Stampin' From The Heart in L.A. even though I still was in a lot of pain from my stupid fall the other day! (GRR) Took Alka Seltzer at around 1 last night and that knocked me out so that I couldn't even get up to take Tristan to school (That's why I never take it unless I don't have to..) so David took him.

Oh! Got the new Spare Parts from Anahata the other day. As usual, it's lovely. I totally agree with one of her comments- accept crap! LOL You have to make a lot of crap to get to the good stuff. It's basically what I always say-the more you PLAY in your books, the better off you will be. You do not have to make a masterpiece each and every time and you need to realize that. Just play. Keep a play book. Get it messy and dirty. See what "this" does and "that" does. See what happens if you place an image "here" instead of "There." I know too many people that are concerned about "absolute perfection" on their pages. They also want their pages to look "as good as" INSERT FAMOUS ARTIST X HERE. B.S.! Your work-you should ONLY want your work to look like YOU made it to look as good as YOU can get it to be. Process, baby, process! Don't forget the process. I don't worry about the outcome. It's how I feel as I work. I want my pages to look like I Made Them. So get out a PLAY journal. Call it your "F***** UP" Journal if you want! F it up! Mess it up! PLAY in it!!!! GO for it. No worries, k?

I'm off-gotta go shower before I go to T-Man's school!


Didya know that Keri Smith has TWO books coming out this year. One of which is called Wreck This Journal due out in June.

News for the day:
If this doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what else will:
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: If people can come into our country, for example, on a temporary basis to work, doing jobs Americans aren’t doing, they won’t have to sneak across the border. And, by the way, a system that encourages people to sneak across the border is a system that leads to human rights abuses. It’s a system that promotes coyotes and document forgers. It’s a system that allows for the exploitation of citizens who are trying to earn a living for their families.

Is he serious? Hmm.. what about NAFTA and all of the exploitations that it's done? What about what is going on to children in Guatemala just a few miles from where he was speaking?
More news on this on today's Democracy Now!

Update on Kevin and his family.
If you lie to them, have them pay thousands of dollars (that they don't have), exploit them, and offer them false promises, they will come.

7:20 pm update. Sorry if anyone came here between 6 and NOW and found Lego Bionicle pictures on my blog. My monkey of a son uploaded them to MY blog instead of HIS blog.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Richard Williams - The Thief Who Never Gave Up Part 1

I had this on my blog briefly yesterday. If you don't know who Richard Williams is (though you probably have seen his work but don't know his name), check out part one of this documentary on the animation world's "Orson Welles" and his quest to complete "The Thief Who Never Gave Up". You can watch the entire documentary on youtube in bits. Well worth it, very very sad to see so many dreams that don't come true...and so many dreams screwed by those "in charge" with the big bucks.

Escalation - A Film by Ward Kimball

Not for the kiddies...

My New Journal:

(just a test post to see if Blogger is working...) More of a "real" post in the morning (or afternoon).

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Passionate Declarations: Artists In A Time Of War:
Artwork Inspired by Howard Zinn and What's Goin' On
(Artists Work from Left to Right or Top to Bottom-in no particular order):

Paula Hagar

Adriane Giberson, L.Lamas
Roseann Cazares
Roseann Cazares
Ginger Hahn, Venita Hawkins-Bird
Kara Klein, Leslie Trippy-Oliver

Kelly Kilmer
Darcy Ritzau
AnLina, Sarah Fishburn
Mija Marie, Tiffini Elektra X
Vickie Enkoff, Shifra Teitelbaum

My Wish For...

me is that I'd stop falling! I fell (again! Second time in a week) walking home from taking Tristan to school. I was by myself. The sidewalks are often bumpy (because of roots, lack of care, etc...). So, at one point, I ducked to avoid a spiderweb (BIG ass web) and as I ducked, my foot hit the uprooted pavement at the wrong angle and WHOMP. My big ass was on the ground. GRR! Bloody, bruised, bewildered and bullshit, I got up right away. I looked around to see if anyone had seen anything ('cause unlike Britney, I wear underwear!). There were two guys standing there (one with a kid) do you think they said anything to me (nooooooooo). I limped home and started bawling like a baby. I hate falling. I hate blood. I hate being hurt. Luckily, my husband is a sweetheart and took care of me. No big BIG bandages in the house, he made me a big bandage with paper towels and an old sock. Too funny. So I am fine. I am always watching the sidewalk (weird habit I've had since I was little) so it frustrates me that this is the second time I've fallen because of the sidewalk (last week, I didn't hit the ground but hurt my foot on a dirt covered rock that was on the ground and I didn't see it.

Oh joy of joys my idiot neighbor has decided to blast his radio as I type. Lucky me. He wants to share his music with us.

On to the good news, I finished my little book. The last three pages are what you see above. I've shared every single page (the good, the bad and the ugly) with all of you these last few months. I hope you've enjoyed seeing them (as much as I've enjoyed working on them).

The little girl image came from a magazine ad. The hands were from a Yoga magazine. The "Om" symbol is an Anahata Katkin image from one of her Spare Parts books. The pens I used are the Sharpie poster paint pens (black and white) and the Sakura Gelly Roll glaze (black) and the Sakura Souffle pens (blue, purple and yellow).

Funny thing is, I was going to just collage the last page but ended up writing on it...I wanted the images in this book to be able to "speak" for themselves but felt compelled to write about what happened as I worked in the book so that's what that is!

I'm off to rest my sore bod. I am not walking ANYWHERE unless someone is holding my hand from now on (LOL!). Maybe I'll go to the paper store...that'll make me feel better (VBG).

Am teaching Reach For The Scissors, a collage class tomorrow night at Stampin From the Heart in Los Angeles. I think there's still space (310 391 0466) am also doing R.F.T.S and Comp/Design 101: Collage at Violets in Ventura this Saturday (805 648 7610) and the Taped Journal class at The Art Bar Sunday (714 558 2445). Those are the last classes in So CA for the rest of March. I will be in Danville at Stampers Warehouse March 23-25th. Then home again, home again jiggity jig before Tristan and I leave for Boston where I teach at The Stamp Act in Marshfield the last weekend of this month! Have a great day y'all and watch out for sidewalks and spiderwebs...

The children of Guatemala and your food.
Why I love Cornel West and why you should too!

David Rovics: New Orleans

If you think life in New Orleans is back to normal...think again.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Saint Patrick's Battalion (David Rovics)

The story of the San Patricios sung by David Rovics

A page from Saturday night's journaling spree:Full two page spread (note: I treat each page entirely on it's own. I'm often asked if I try to make everything a two page, matching spread and I don't!)
My "art bag" that I am working out of at the moment (note: rulers are for tearing not measuring).
One of the reasons I am not working on my "art table" at the moment (it's filled with stuff I've bought, stuff I am clearing out, stuff I am working on, stuff I need to throw out):

If anyone is interested in ordering some of the Caran d'ache crayons that I mentioned above, drop me a note. I hadn't planned on it but if there is enough of an interest, I could order sets of 60 OR a set of "Kelly's favorite colors" the 10 colors that I use again and again. For those of you in AZ, Debbie @ the Frenzy Stamper sells the crayons; Christine @ The Artists' Nook in Fort Collins, CO has had 'em; Marie @ The Stamp Act in Marshfield, MA has had 'em. Be careful about ordering them online (if it's not from me) make sure that they are the Caran D'ache Neo Art Watersoluble Wax Pastels. They are FAT crayons (not skinny at all! FAT chunky crayons) Retail is about $4.50 PER crayon. I have had people email me telling me that they got a deal and bought the whole set of 60 for $75. Wrong set!! Just so ya know...

OK Off to today's topic(s)-

Time Change. Ain't too happy about it. It's messed up my sleeping. I slept today until 10:30! Eeps! (Of course I go to bed really late but I don't like sleeping that late unless I am exhausted and have spent a weekend teaching and traveling!)

The heat-we won't talk about that. (grumble)

I started making a new journal last night. I am THREE pages away from finishing this one. I don't know what I"m thinking but the spine of the new journal is huge and I have 25 pages to sew in it. 25 pieces of paper is 50 pages! EEPS. Not sure what I was on last night. I am still deciding on chopping the spine down and making a smaller book. Those of you that know me, know that I usually get 1/2 way through a journal and get bored or get itchy pants-ready to move on to another I am still up in the air about what I am going to do.

Finished my Joe Jones book by Anne Lamott last night. God, I love her writing. Then spent the rest of last night puttering looking at other books and wondering what to do.

I have a ton of stuff "to do" and that's part of my problem. I will be leaving for Danville a week from Thursday...Then the following Wednesday, I leave for Boston. ACK. I love teaching. Hate the traveling to and from. Why can't someone actually "beam me up"? Please? They probably wouldn't be able to beam up all of my art crap though ;)


More on Mayor Bloomberg and the fire in NYC. New Yorkers speak out here.