A Road Trip and a Robbery

To the person(s) who robbed my dad and me yesterday in broad daylight in a busy gas station:

There’s a small chance you might be reading this, because you got about 50 of my business cards when you smashed our van’s window and stole my backpack and my dad’s laptop in the 5 minutes it took us to use the bathrooms.  If you are:

Do the right thing and return our items to us.  My dad spent hours upon hours building his laptop up to what he needed it to be.  Please don’t force him redo all that work.  Who wants to do that?  Not me.  Probably not you either.  Perhaps you don’t even know what work is like, if you steal things to make your living.  Did you know that most of society frowns upon thievery?  Some even think it’s downright shameful.  I dare you to prove to me and to the others who are reading this post right now that you’re above that.

Mail his laptop to my home address.  I know you have it, because you took my driver’s license and passport along with my credit cards and new digital SLR camera.  FYI, I bought that camera with scholarship money I worked my butt off to earn.  But you can keep it.  It would be wonderful if you could remove the memory card and mail it to me with the laptop, though.  It has all the pictures of my first professional art show on it.  I need to have those pictures in my portfolio for future job and show applications.  I never got the chance to download them onto my computer.

So, if you could just stick those things in the mail, that would be super awesome.  Feel free to use the cash in my wallet to cover the postage.  While we’re on the subject – the wallet itself is kinda nice, huh?  I thought so too – unique but highly functional design, soft pretty leather… I bought it when I was in Norway with my Grandma, visiting her cousins.  It was my “splurge” item – my one expensive treat to myself to remember that special time.  I hope you get the same deep, clean joy out of using it that I did.

I look forward to checking the mail.

Thanks for your help,


Recap of Glass.Fiber.Stone

Glass.Fiber.Stone wrapped up yesterday afternoon.  It was a great experience, and I’m very grateful to have been invited to take part in it!  As a recent graduate of an MFA program, I was a little nervous about how this first professional experience would go.  However, it turned out there was nothing to be afraid of.  Everyone associated with the show was so helpful, kind, and genuine that it made the entire experience pretty wonderful!

I’d like to thank Megan, Carrie, Abbie and Aaron, and everyone else who worked hard to make the show possible.  You guys are truly amazing.  Thank you also to the following people for donating $50 or more to my Kickstarter page, helping bring my work and me to the Feed and Grain (in no particular order) :

Deb and Kim Kaul, Eric and Jackie Uthus, John Liffrig, Anonymous, Eve Bingham, Sheila and Annie, Matt Kaul, and Studio Bluebird.

Travel to this show was also supported by the University of Masschusetts Dartmouth’s Graduate Studies Office and College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Thank you all for your help!

Here are some more images from the weekend (Kate, I need a picture of your piece to include here!):

Lauren’s website: http://www.laurendeserreskelischek.blogspot.com/

Lauren’s blog: http://laurenldeserres.com/home.html

Abbie’s website: http://abbierpowers.wix.com/artist

Abbie’s blog: http://camelhairandhoney.wordpress.com/

Kate’s website: http://katefrazerrego.wix.com/artist

Backers, if you’d like to vote for your favorite image (to go on the magnets), please email your vote to me at ice_cream50(at)hotmail(dot)com.  Here are the three to choose from…

Choice 1

Choice 2

Choice 3

Unpaid Interns, KickStarter Update, and a Contest, I suppose

Hello there everyone!

Where are you and what are you doing?  I just dropped my mom off at the airport in Providence.  She and my sister, Jen, were here for about a week, for graduation (which my dad came to too, but he had to leave early to go back to work).  I had promised them a luxurious vacation, going to Boston, Cape Cod, New York, and maybe even Montreal… well… they ended up being unpaid interns at Amy Uthus Ceramics instead!

It took me a lot longer to pack up my art and move out of my school studio than I thought it would.  Whoops.  They both worked really hard and maintained a great sense of humor about it though, which I appreciated.  Thank you both for all your help!  If I can remember to bring my memory card with me next time I’m at a computer with internet I’ll post some pictures of what my studio looked like prior to their arrival 🙂  and maybe I’ll post a picture of what my apartment looked like prior to the MFA show’s opening reception.  I might be too embarrassed to do that though…

Anyway, I’m writing to remind y’all (can I use that term even though I’m from ND?) about my KickStarter project, which is hopefully going to be used to fund my first post-graduation, professional show (in Loveland, CO).  I’ll have two pieces in the show – the one described on the project’s page http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/325571772/bring-1500-an-interactive-artwork-to-loveland-co and another one, called Invincible Summer, that will consist of 12 17″ x 19″ x 2mm thick lighted porcelain panels.  I’m looking for any help anyone is willing to give to get this project off the ground — What’s in your couch cushions these days??  Pledging is really easy – it only takes a couple of minutes.  So far the project is 47% funded.

Thanks to some amazing assistance designing and building crates, packing said crates, and hauling them to a shipping center, 1500 and Invincible Summer are on their way to Colorado as we speak!  They should arrive on Wednesday, June 6th.

Thank you to all the backers who have pledged support so far: Jackie and Eric, Jen, Sarah, Erika, Matt, John, Molly, Abbie, and Avery, and to the people who have been helping me with the aforementioned physical aspects of the project: My mom and sister, Shingo, Jim, Avery, Jessica, Allie.  You all are great!  I appreciate each and every one of you.

I’d also be most grateful if you could pass this project and link http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/325571772/bring-1500-an-interactive-artwork-to-loveland-co on to your friends in person or via email, facebook, twitter, linkedin, skype, blog, phone convo, texting, sign language, hand written letter, telepathy, telegraph, etc… there are only 12 days left to raise the remaining $562 needed to reach the goal of $1067.  1500 needs word-of-mouth help from people like you to succeed.  I’m really looking forward to installing this piece.  I’ve never made a piece where all the parts get taken away by the viewers (each person will be invited to take one of the 1,500 individual pieces home with them).

The organizers are expecting well over 1,000 people to see the art during a period of three days, which is great exposure for me at the beginning of my career.  It also should be a pretty sweet adventure (I was told the exhibition building, an old grain elevator, is currently inhabited by raccoons who “keep crapping all over”).  I’ll leave you with that lovely image 🙂  Hee hee!

Thank you for your help!

Also, if you made it to the bottom of this post, good for you!  Let’s have another contest, shall we?  Guess how much the actual shipping charges were to ship 2 crates and 2 boxes full of work to Colorado – person who’s closest wins.  Winner will receive one of my handmade translucent porcelain cups, shipped to your door (US only, sorry!).  Contest will end on Wednesday, June 6th, at whatever time I find access to the internet that day.

This rule is for my dad: one guess per person.  This rule is for me: you must be ‘following’ this blog to be eligible.

Ready, set, go!