My good friend/ co- worker left for Kenya a few months ago and agreed to bring me back a kanga -- an East African textile I've been obsessed with for awhile. I asked for "something blue and real normal." This is the one she brought back to Philly - it is full of printing mistakes and says in Swahili: "I am a bright light and I don't want any conflict." It references a proverb in which the kanga wearer is confronting others who seem to talk behind her back regarding her life style. She is telling them she is not prepared to yield on their pressure and she'll just continue to live according to her means no matter what they say.
Bison Kintsugi by Lotte Dekker, also in alliance with Repair Manifesto Platform21. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery, in which porcelain is mended with gold leaf. Dekker uses a mixture of bison glue and gold powder as a modern alternative to gold.
4 Days of Contemporary Amsterdam Counterculture in Manhattan
opening Friday, September 11th 7-10pm
75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets)
Craig Doty's poster hanging on my wall for his show opening this Friday September 11th at Roots and Culture
Women - New Work By Craig Doty
Opening Sept. 11th 6-9pm
Through Oct. 31st
1034 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Also Excited for Melanie Schiff at Kavi Gupta Gallery this Friday and Jessica Labatte at Scott Projects on Saturday.
September 11-13/September 18-20
"Pioneers of Change celebrates the blurring of low and high brow, questioning the difference between the ‘design world’ and the ‘normal world’. Non-professionals and ‘unqualified’ locals play an intricate role in realizing creative projects."
Various projects will take place in former officers' houses on the island. There will also be a pop up shop in which all items are priced under $100! Find the schedule of events here.
Aylor and I will be attending the weekend of September 11th.