The I-75 Project

I just came across this project while browsing through some of the blogs I like on Tumblr (thanks to for posting it). The I-75 Project, created by Norm Magnusson, is thought-provoking and in your face without being in your face (check the project out and see what I mean). Made to look like standard historical markers, the I-75 markers are commentary on political and social issues in America and are placed at rest stops on I-75 along the U.S. – Canadian border. They take on everything from gay marriage to the war in Iraq to regular citizens’ inability to pay for prescription drugs. They stop you in your tracks and make you think “Who put these here?”, “Are they for ‘real’ (State-created)?”, and “Do we really live in a society where the average teen has witnessed 30,000 murders on television by age 18?” This is public art at its finest– questioning, eye-catching, intriguing, and thought-provoking.









To submit or not to submit?

As more and more cities join in Occupy Wall Street, the different groups involved are looking for ways to get the word out. One of the ways that is happening is with good ol’ fashioned posters, like these available as free downloads at Occupy Together’s website. Feeling inspired and moved by the protests (which are happening locally, too– check out Occupy Albany for more info)? Then submit your own design to Occupy Together’s call for posters.

Submission details (for posters, not to the tyranny of corporate America, that is):

  • Poster must be at print resolution (300 dpi)
  • Poster must be submitted as a PDF document
  • It is suggested that you use minimal color/black in order to save on ink
  • Also, it has been suggested that posters be at 8.5″ x 11″ for easy printing on a home printer
  • Please tell them if you would like them to use your full name, a pseudonym, or just your first and last initial
Check out their website for more.

Call for Entries: 2nd Annual Day2Day Print Exchange

Are you a printmaker and would love to get new art but don’t have the budget for it? Then participate in the 2nd Annual Print Exchange that Danielle Godbout has organized! All you have to do is send 11 prints, and you will get 10 different prints sent back to you. That’s a lot of new art! Specifics of the exchange as posted by Danielle are below, so be sure to read carefully and RSVP by November 1st.

Second Annual Day 2 Day Print Exchange

Call For Entries:

You are invited to participate in the second annual Day2Day Print Exchange. Last year we received prints nation wide making our first year a big success.

All prints must conform to the following guidelines. Any prints that do not fit the guidelines will be returned to the artist at the artist’s expense.

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Paper Size: 6 “ x 9 ”

Theme: Storytelling (This is set to help individuals, artists are not restricted to the theme)

Medium: Intaglio. Relief, Lithography, Serigraphy, Collograph, Monotypes, Monoprints, or any combination of these methods is acceptable. Digital prints or photographs with the addition of any hand printed methods will also be accepted.

Edition Requirements: 11 prints, Signed and numbered (1/11, 2/11, 3/11…etc.)

Name tags: Include your name, the title, and the medium used. (This can be included on a separate piece of paper for each print, or on the back of each print)

Postage: You need a preaddressed return envelope with adequate postage

RSVP: Danielle Godbout at by November 1, 2011

Mail Submissions: 4 Denkers Drive
Ballston Lake, NY 12019

(Unfortunately we are not responsible for prints lost)
A portfolio of 10 random prints will be mailed to each participant early Spring 2012.

Prints may be held in a show sometime next year. Details to follow.

Local Beginner Monoprinters!

Spotlight on: local beginner printmakers, specifically monoprinters! All art was made in a Printmaking & Fabric class taught at Ragged Edge Print Studio in Cohoes. Students ranged in age from 11 to full-size adult.   🙂

Students sketched their design (in this case a bird of their choosing), used watercolors and watercolor crayons to draw on plexiglass, then transferred the image to fabric to create a one-of-a-kind monoprint. Once dry, monoprints were turned into sachets or stuffed pillows.










Some students drew very realistically like the baby chicken drawing, while others made more stylized birds like those below.

















Summer is winding down, and it feels like it was no ordinary summer. Not only did we have heat waves and hurricanes, but we had the winds of change come blowing in when NYS became the sixth state to pass marriage equality. I was in the Capitol during the protests leading up to the vote and it was amazing to see so many people there cheering for marriage equality. There were people of all ages and races and backgrounds, including local artist Kristin Gallo (of Revel). Kristin was so inspired by the energy of change and equality she created a beautiful line of tees and tanks for men and women to commemorate this historic summer.

She says, “In the week leading up to the Marriage Equality vote, I spent a lot of time at the Capital, where the energy was overwhelming.  I admired the t-shirts people were wearing that challenged the status quo, and when it passed, I wanted one that celebrated this victory.  We still have a long way to go, but it’s a great time to be a New Yorker, it’s the Queer Summer of Love!” Kristin created the design and had the tees and tanks printed locally. They are available online at her website –

10% of profits will go to the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Here’s the specs on the tees & tanks, too, for those who like to know such things.

-100% combed ringsupun cotton jersey

   -supremely soft, superior quality
-modern, slightly fitted shape
-Athletic Heather is 90% cotton, 10% polyester

Women’s Tank:
-97% cotton, 3% spandex
-slim fit
-2×1 rib

Men’s Tank:
-60% cotton, 40% polyester
-mini thermal knit
-slightly fitted

Free Swatch!

FreeswatchFrom noon today (EST) through noon tomorrow, Spoonflower is doing a free fabric swatch promotion. Spoonflower, for those who don’t know, is a print-your-own fabric company based in North Carolina. I am in love with Spoonflower and adore designing my own fabrics and having them printed. I live for these free promotions, so today is a jolly good day for me.

You have two options: either order a free swatch of a fabric you design and upload or choose from the thousands of options other indie designers have created. It is a great way to try out a new fabric and/or new designer. (Shameless plug: check out my fabric while you are there! Feathered Nest Studio)

Plus this time around, Spoonflower is also collecting donations for Heifer International, a very cool organization whose mission is “To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.” When you go through the check out process (free! Even the shipping is free), you have the option to add a donation to to your cart, too. So you can get some nifty fabric, support indie designers (or be creative yourself), and help others all at the same time.

It’s Always Time for Good Cheer

Craft Hope imageIn a previous post, I talked about Craft Hope, a group that combines the creative effort of crafters around the globe in order to help people in need. Craft Hope has a new call out, this time for handmade Christmas stockings for the 12,000 families who lost their homes due to the tornadoes in the southern United States. Called “Christmas in Dixie,” Craft Hope says “In addition to having nothing, these families will face new needs that this season will bring, such as winter clothing, funds for heating, and gifts for their family members or in addition to the everyday needs they now face. There are groups helping supply toys for tots, churches help with clothing and food, even the Government will help somewhat. But no one will be concerned with these items that help form the traditions, and memories that we all remember as we grow up. We can only imagine how worry will begin to creep into the back of many moms’ minds, realizing Christmas is just around the corner and once again they will be reminded of those items that mean so much, like ornaments handmade through the years, pictures with Santa, and their own personal stocking being lost and gone for ever.”

Their website lists the specifics for the stockings, but there is lots of room for creativity and you can use any fabrics, patterns, decorative elements you want. Mail your completed stocking by September 23, 2011 to

Christmas in Dixie for Tornado Survivors Project
c/o Brenda Belcher
1581 Balmoral Drive
Hoover, Alabama 35244
Christmas in Dixie also has a Facebook page, so be sure to “like” it!

paisley stocking

Need some inspiration for a stocking to make? Here are a few I love:

A funky paisley felt stocking from Sew, Mama, Sew!, Turning an old quilt into a Stocking (also Sew, Mama, Sew!), and this felt snowflake stocking from Purlbee.