Month: September 2010

Fun with Paint Sticks


As an artist I am always looking for new techniques and ideas for my creations.  I love imagining ways to bring two of my greatest loves, fabric and paint, together in projects.  I stumbled upon this video on how to use paint sticks to add design to fabric.

The instructor in the video uses the ingenious idea of rubbings on fabric with random objects.  Even a rubber stamp can be used to add details to fabric.  Any hard surface that can be rubbed over can create awesome patterns.  The possibilities are endless when she mixes different colors and overlays different segments of patterns.  I’m getting excited just thinking of all the things I can create with this new found information.  What interesting fabric painting ideas have you found?  Share your thoughts in the comments section!

M.I.A. Concert Tonight in Philly!


Just wanted to update all the M.I.A. fans out there that she will be performing at the Electric Factory tonight (Sunday, 9/26/10), at 8 pm.  Her protégé, Rye Rye, will be opening for her.  Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  M.I.A. is known for her international beats, great stage presence, and deep rap lyrics.  Check out her music on her MySpace page to get a taste of this amazing artist.  Also check out this piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer about this upcoming concert and her tour thus far.

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Maya” Album Art

An Emmy Reminder of Improvements in LGBTQ Equality


I hopped onto Feministing for my daily dose, and found this post of Jane Lynch’s Emmy acceptance speech.  She won for “Outstanding Performance as a Supporting Actress in a Comedy”, and definitely deserves it for her amazing acting.  Her acceptance speech was a reminder of her quick wit and comedic strengths.  It was also a reminder that in 2010, a lesbian woman can thank her partner without fear.  It wasn’t too long ago in history that one could not even be open about their sexuality if they were not straight.  But with time individuals revealed the truth about their sexual identity, started the fight for gay rights, and never looked back.  Because of all the little steps those before us have taken, we are able to be more open today.  People still face adversity due to their sexual orientation everyday, but the triumphs do have their ripple effect.  Mainstream media is a litmus test of what is considered acceptable in society.  And it’s heart-warming to know that a celebrity who is gay feels comfortable enough to thank her spouse on national TV.  It gives me hope that people will not judge others based on their sexual orientation and that the LGBTQ community will one day be equal members of society.  Celebrate this positive moment by enjoying the video and having a few laughs.  Go Jane Lynch – you rock!