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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017     Like This Post!

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, here’s short story about an entire country who made HERstory.

October 24, 1975: The women of Iceland went on strike. It was reported that about 90% of the women participated in this strike! Just as we’re still fighting today, 42 years later, these women wanted to demonstrate the importance of their contribution to society. They left their paid work, left their home duties, and left their families to go on strike to make their statement that women deserve the equality that all human beings deserve. Something that should be a simple concept is what they fought against then and crazily is something we’re still fighting today.

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Tarot To-Go

Tarot To-Go // February 19

Guest post written by Victoria

February 19, 2017     Like This Post!

I’ve been having a hard time connecting with the deck I got this past Christmas. Despite the few successful readings I’ve managed to achieve and the phenomenal artwork of gorgeous mermaids, I can’t seem to make heads or tails of the energy these beautiful cards produce. To combat this problem, I’ve decided to pull only one card for this week’s Tarot To-Go so we can all get a better feel for this incredible deck.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

Whenever I am preparing to make a selection, I shuffle the deck to get myself tapped into the Universe. I start with several grounding breaths and then sort the deck into four piles, naming aspects of life that come in groups of four as I go (the four cardinal directions, elements, etc). Then I gather back up the piles and repeat the process with three piles and then again with only two until finally I remind myself that all of those other numbers are merely an illusion — all that exists is One.

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Illustration

Riso Printing Crash Course Attendee

February 17, 2017     Like This Post!

Last weekend, I took a crash course in riso printing. I like taking the occasional class, be it a crash course, or semester-long class. Besides learning something new, it gives me something to do and something to look forward to after a long day at work. Trying something new was also a goal for this year, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished so far.

There’s this local studio, actually a few blocks away from my job that offers classes and a membership in which you can use their facilities. My plan was to take the risograph class and hopefully after feeling comfortable enough to use it, I’d sign up for a membership.

So the risograph is a Japanese duplicator machine. It’s kinda living in the underground right now because there’s not much information about it out there. It’s intended for just making copies, not making art. But there’s something about it that gives artist a creative freedom to print in bulk. It’s not like your standard copy machine where it prints colors all at once. You have to manually take out the one ink drum and put in another one. It mimics a lot of qualities of screenprinting but it’s strictly for paper. You kinda should make sure you’re educated in the color wheel before taking on riso, especially when colors overlap. It’s pretty darn cool in that sense.

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Trish Doan Remembrance

February 16, 2017     Like This Post!

I guess you just never know what’s going on in someone’s head. And when you found out bad news, you can’t help but think “what could I have done to have prevented this?”.

So, quick backstory: when I started finding myself in middle school, I went through a metal phase, which I discussed once before. One band that really spoke to me was Kittie. They became my ultimate favorite band, making me feel like I too can be a bad ass chick. I bought all their albums, t-shirts, my first concert was to see them, and I even learned html coding to create a fan site on the now defunct Geocities. The band is known for excessive lineup changes, and back in 2005, they added Tara McLeod and Trish Doan on guitar and bass. Being one year into my fan site, I was eager to do what I could to expand the site and even get a first scoop. I immediately contacted the both of them for small interviews.

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Entertain Me Monday

A Truly Fierce Entertainment List

January 30, 2017     Like This Post!

These days may be looking bad, especially while the protests are still alive. But sometimes we need to shut off at the end of the day and this entertainment list has been helping me shut off until the next day in which I find myself getting up and ready to fight. ✊

TV SERIES

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
The first lady late night host has been on top of everything working with her diverse group of employees bringing to light issues happening in the country today. She’s covered the election and everything in between. She’s funny, and knows what’s up. Her episodes are split up all over Youtube making it easy to keep up with her and the extra web videos she posts in between episodes.

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Crafted

Band T-shirt Pillow Case

January 24, 2017     Like This Post!

Last year I made the decision to really clean out a lot of my closet and, really, things in general. I got rid of loads of stuff. Every so often I had to made some hard decisions because I’m attached to everything I own.

When I was younger, I was way into collecting band t-shirts. I couldn’t stop. I had so much, but the thing is that I wore all of them so I didn’t feel right getting rid of any of them. So I had an excessive pile of band shirts.

Over the years, my wardrobe and style changed. I wore less and less of them and they just sat there taking up space in my closet. So I gathered all the shirts I couldn’t part ways with but didn’t wear anymore and set up some sewing projects for them. One idea was to making pillow cases out of them. I had the project set up but I didn’t execute it until recently. So I went for it making one pillow case to see how it would come out.

I gathered similar colored shirts. In this case I picked out my black and white ones. I took them apart, and compared measurements to a pillow case I already owned.

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Entertain Me Monday

Trump Protest Songs

January 23, 2017     Like This Post!

As we know – it’s official. Trump is in and Obama is out. I just pictured Heidi Klum saying that. Any who, sad times are to come. I really do feel it.

So, it’s a thing we all know how art imitates and is influenced by real life. Musicians have always taken political stances and this time around is no different. There are so many songs dedicated to how people feel right now and so I gathered a list of some of those songs to make you feel like you’re not alone in this.

Seriously by This American Life, Sara Bareilles, and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Hallelujah Money by Gorillaz

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