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The Book as Art January 31, 2007

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 3:58 am

This is the last weekend you can view the exhibit The Book as Art: Twenty years of Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The exhibit explores the sometimes controversial art form that is artists’ books. Defined as art objects in the form of books, artists’ books combine content and form to create something that is more than a simple container for information.

You can listen to a podcast about the book as art and explore the exhibit until February 4th.


NBM March Schedule January 30, 2007

Filed under: Art,Community — kellyrand @ 1:32 am

A couple of things to watch out for at the National Building Museum coming up in March.

March 3rd
Saturday 10 am – 12 pm
Gage School – Construction Watch tour

Built in 1904, the historic Nathaniel P. Gage School in Washington DC’s Bloomingdale/Ledroit Park neighborhood is under going a welcome transformation. Open only to Museum members, $20.

March 7th
Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Green Design: The Myth and Reality

The Viikki Community of Helsinki is the world’s largest and most ambitious green housing development project. This lecture is held in conjunction with the Green House. Museum members, $12, non-members, $20.

March 20th
Tuesday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Retailers Reap Savings by Cutting Energy Costs

Retail stores with square footage up to 20,000 have much to gain when they reduce energy use by 30% or more, including cost savings and increased comfort for customers. This lecture is free and registration is not required.

March 29th
Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Conservation Lessons from the Cascade Agenda

Ryan Dicks, vice president of Conservation Transactions for Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC), will speak about CLC’s progress on gaining a strong understanding of the market forces when acquiring conservation easements. This lecture is free and registration is not required.


Counter Culture Festival January 26, 2007

Filed under: Art,Community,Craft — kellyrand @ 3:51 am

The second annual DC Counter Culture Festival will take place this Saturday at Dr. Dremo’s.

From 4pm to 8pm enjoy an artist’s bazaar filled with local wares such as comics and art, and a couple of familiar faces will be amongst the crowd. Jon Wye of DC EcoWomen, EcoAuction fame, will be selling his belt buckles and shirts no doubt, and I like Seamonsters of Crafty Bastards fame is also slotted for a table.

After 8pm there will be music and dancing ’til the wee hours. So head out for some local flavor and get a taste of what the DC counter culture is made of.


Say What?! January 25, 2007

Filed under: Art,Community,Craft — kellyrand @ 3:59 am

That’s right I said it.

Knitta Please.

Gotta love these kids from Huston, TX (I know a little West of DC) but they are just too cool for school not to mention. Knitting up their own brand of graffiti, they tag with home made goods.

From car antenna cosies to street lamp wraps, AKrylik, PolyCotN and crew put to use their unfinished knitting projects and swatches. Making a whole new genre of urban art.


Momma’s Bag January 23, 2007

Filed under: Craft — kellyrand @ 2:44 am

In my quest to try and give hand made gifts for the holidays and special occasions I came accross a cute pattern for a felted carry all. It was my first attemp at felting and didn’t trust that my HUGH knitting would felt down to something more normal.

After about 3 times in the wash, not only were my jeans really clean, I had this great bag.

My momma likes it too.


Honfleur Gallery January 22, 2007

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 12:11 am

This past weekend a new gallery opened its doors in SE – Honfleur Gallery. I’ve heard that the area is experiencing a lot of renovation as the NAACP national headquarters will be moving in. The Post ran a story on whether or not the neighborhood would/could benifit from an art gallery. From what I’ve read ARCH has been working with the Gallery and the first show for its soft opening was curated by a local artist.

The exhibit entitled No Scratchers is a collection highlighting the area’s tattoo artists. The grand opening will be in February and will highlight artists East of the Anacostia. I hope to get out there someday soon and see both the exhibits.


Quilting – the Next Big Thing? January 16, 2007

Filed under: Art — kellyrand @ 3:12 am

I don’t know about you but – I’ve been seeing more and more interest in fabric these days. Maybe I’m on to something or maybe I’m behind the times.

A friend just purchased this awesome looking patterns book by Amy Butler, called “In Stitches“. This book is fresh and hip – using amazingly modern fabrics that Butler has designed. It makes me want to dust off my sewing machine and give the projects a go. I am especially in love with the quilt designs.

Not too long ago another friend said that she was going to take up quilting. Hah! I thought, that’s a lot of time. She bought Denyse Schmidt’s book, “Denyse Schmidt Quilts, 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects“. Again modern twist on an old theme.

Whip up also features a quilter of the week – amazing talent is always featured.

Well, whichever way this trend is going, really, in the end it will mean adding more to my craft stash. Sigh.