Ruth Bunny Ginsburg

 

In honor of Women's History Month, I present Ruth Bunny Ginsburg! Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg.

 

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Narwhal

 

A narwhal for Theodore's birthday.

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Splat Print

Baby sling and bib for friends, Chris and Tereza.

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Chicken Portraits

Watercolor illustrations of Papoo and Chalmers.

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CROP T-shirt Design

Not to be confused with a cropped T-shirt.  I've just finished designing and printing shirts for the Little Traverse CROP Hunger Walk coming up this June.

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Block Print T-Shirt

I have started making some things out of all the cloth I've been printing as demonstrations for classes I teach at the Ann Arbor Art Center.  The prints have been made using soft rubber blocks and stamped with Versacraft ink.  The fish are printed in a half drop pattern on an organic knit and made into a  t-shirt for my 2 year old son.  I have a work suit planned for the arrows, so stay tuned.

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Exhibition and New Work

I'm excited to be showing some new work in the upcoming faculty exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.  The exhibition titled Forward Tension  will introduce my newest and in progress work Part as well as select pieces from The Ministries of Sustenance series.

The exhibit runs from Thursday, June 27th, 2013 - Sunday, Aug 4th, 2013 with an Artist Reception Thursday, June 27th from 6-8pm.

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Styrofoam Printing Plates

 

Our daughter has just learned to write her name and doesn't yet have the patience to write it the 20 times needed for her school valentines.  So, we made a styrofoam plate of her name so she could print it repeatedly on paper hearts and it didn't take her long to get the hang of rolling ink and pressing the print all by herself.

 

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Hand Printing Workshop

 

Simple, quick motifs to demonstrate potato printing, rubber block, and hand drawn screen print for a hand print workshop.

 

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Mr Bunny Stuffed Toy

Mr. Bunny Pattern

 

Wool felt front and vintage fabric back.

Download it here: MrBunnyByFTF

 

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The Ministries of Sustenance

 

The Ministries of Sustenance is a series of prints that represent a mantra of self-sustenance. The original work began as a series of stitched and printed posters in response to the rise of lifestyle trends such as eco-consciousness, slow food, and craft. The prints streamline the ideas into graphic posters.

 

Ministries of Sustenance

Ministries of Sustenance

The Systematic Community - Ministries of Sustenance Prints

The Ideal Egg - Ministries of Sustenance Prints

The Orderly Garden - Ministries of Sustenance Prints

The Renewed Water - Ministries of Sustenance Prints

The Restoration of Mending - Ministries of Sustenance Prints

The Equalized Constitution - Ministries of Sustenance Prints

Active Seed Redemption - Ministries of Sustenance Prints

The Ordained Pattern

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Cleveland Public Art, Eastman Reading Garden Proposal

 

We were in Cleveland last weekend where we were invited to present a proposal for their now annual, temporary public art space in the Eastman Reading Garden.

"We propose, PLATFORM, a project employing people from Cleveland’s varying neighborhoods to perform their trades. By staging these performances in the Eastman Reading Garden, we are creating events that invite the public to the city center while simultaneously introducing them to people active in their communities with possible incentives to encourage them to head out to new neighborhoods.  In addition, by presenting these trades as an art performance we hope to give a perspective of renewed value to work that may sometimes be underestimated or unfamiliar.  As each performance will be a contract with us, and payment given for the work, we see the project as directly feeding in to Cleveland’s local economy.  Ultimately, in highlighting individuals who are contributing to their community we are hoping the public may ask themselves, “What is my role in Cleveland’s future?”."

 

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Geta Grinders @ Spoke

 

A couple of photos at the exhibition at Spoke.  Thanks to those who came out.  Exhibition photos by Heather Mullins.

 

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Geta Grinders @ Spoke Chicago

Geta Grinders @ Spoke Chicago

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Amusement Magazine

 

Zach and I had a brief interview with regards to our work and the BEAM bots in the spring issue of Amusement.  A French publication, Amusement is a gaming and technology mag with the styling of a fashion publication.

 

Amusement Magazine

Amusement Magazine

 


e pluribus umum

E Pluribus Unum

Rachel and I have almost wrapped up our service quilting project and have been discussing distribution through the organization, Featherfist, who's doing great work here in Chicago.  Each finished quilt received a patch and we ended up with over 20 quilts in total.

 

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E Pluribus Unum

 

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Trade

Trade

 

Rachel Moore, the artist who I've collaborated with on a few projects, and I recently completed this new series of photos titled Trade.

Check out flickr for more.

 

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Financial Times Weekend Cover Design & Illustrations

 

Illustrations for a December issue of the FT weekend magazine.  They were interested in the images from The Ministries of Sustenance and asked us to do a cover and a few other supporting illustrations for an article on microfinance.  Check out the article at the FT.

 

Financial Times Weekend Cover & Article Illustrations

Financial Times Weekend Cover & Article Illustrations

Financial Times Weekend Cover & Article Illustrations

Financial Times Weekend Cover & Article Illustrations

 


Quilt Workshops

 

We had a great turnout for our quilting days at Spoke.  Rachel and I are so pleased with how much everyone accomplished and how great the quilts are looking.  We're looking forward to a few more days of sewing and then donating the quilts to shelters.  Thanks to everyone for their donations of fabric and time.

 

Quilt Workshops

Quilt Workshops

Quilt Workshops

Quilt Workshops

 


Service Day at Spoke Chicago

 

I collaborated with artist, Rachel Moore, to host a day collecting fabric at Spoke in Chicago.  We listed this with the Obamas'  Service day site and received a huge response. We received a huge amount of fabric donation to make quilts that will be donated to shelters in our area.

We're hosting a couple days for people to join in sewing.  For more information, go to the Spoke website.

 

Service Day at Spoke

Service Day at Spoke

Service Day at Spoke


Best of Make Magazine

 

About a year ago, Make magazine did an article about our BEAM robots which have appeared again in their book The Best of Make which is available now at makershed.com.  That's our bot in the bottom left corner of the cover.  The book has 75 of their best DIY projects from their first 10 issues.

 


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Fiber Arts Magazine Article

 

The Ministries of Sustenance, my MFA thesis project, is featured in the 2008 Nov/Dec issue of Fiber Arts magazine.  The article is a showcase of student fiber work.  You can see the other featured student work at the fiber arts website.

 

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Maine Oil Tank Public Art Proposal

The Maine Center for Creativity hosted a design competition, Art All Around, that would be painted on these blank tanks at the Sprague Energy Tank Farm.

We researched the harbor in South Portland, Maine and were influenced by the activity of the Sprague Energy company, as well as this history of the cities shipyards and Maine's state icons.

 

Maine Tank Farm Public Art Proposal

Maine Tank Farm Public Art Proposal

Maine Tank Farm Public Art Proposal

Maine Tank Farm Public Art Proposal

 


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Les Robots

 

Les Robots :  Du Plus Simple au Plus Sensationnel

Our "Helioforms" (BEAM robots) is pictured in a new book for children.  The book about robots is a French Canadian release from the Editions Scholastic publisher.  Another great connection made through Flickr as they found us there and approached us about including out little bots in the book.  Should you have a geeky, french speaking young friend, it's a very nicely put together, comprehensive introduction to robots.

 

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Les Robots