Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuxedo Cats

Meet Zack and Huxley, Zack is mine and Huxley is my roommate's. They've become sort-of buddies over their new toy, a laser pointer. Photos compliments of Andrea Steudel.

Faux Painting Samples

More from scene painting (but terrible quality photos, sorry!). A wood sample and a marble faux finish with texture made from a mix of clay powder and size. I've decided that faux wood grain is one of my new favorite things to paint.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Work of Troy Emery

Yes, I know, I'm a sucker for anything brightly colored and rainbow. But, you cannot deny the beauty in Troy Emery's work, where craft meets some semblance of nature resulting in an eerie sense of life.

Giant Playland

Always in search of crazy/innovative/amazing playgrounds, I found this blog post- the biggest McDonald's Playland ever created, located in Sydney's Circular Quay. I think I will need to visit this at some point in my life.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nice Wallpaper!

I'm doing some research on wallpaper patterns and colors for my upcoming scene painting project. I came across this retro print, which I wish covered all my walls! Oh, how I long for 1950's decor.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Some photos from the last performance of TTAD

Here we are, the motley crew of Program 1 Performers.

Emily Bloudek, our incredible Backstage Tech, made this beautiful cake for our last show!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rainbow Food

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day and inspiring visuals, I share with you this link.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Video Trailer from TTAD

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Walker Free First Saturday

Today I found out that I will be premiering my new series of sculptures at the Walker Art Center's Free First Saturday on April 2nd, from 10am-3pm! There will also be marionette fruit crates who will be wandering around the lobby as families wait to play on the troll bridge, in a giant fruitcrate, or with Ms. Daisy. I am super excited to showcase my works to kids of all ages!!

Troll Bridge In Progress

As part of my thesis installation, Jump On In!, I'm creating a troll bridge that crosses over a small "river" of blue balls. This first image is my small-scale mock up (done in about 6 pieces on the CNC router, plus the floor panels).

Below is just one of four full scale "bridge side" pieces, cut from MDF on the router. Each side was about a 6 hour cut.
Next, I've sandwiched a 2" thick piece of pink insulation foam between the two MDF sides and sanded down the edges.
I painted each side and added some supporting arches (also cut on the router) to the inner half of each bridge side. This is all I will show you for now, although the bridge is currently assembled in its entirety.

TTAD in the Star Tribune

There are two more performances left to Toy Theatre After Dark! Read the review from the Star Tribune.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Split Rock

This July I will be instructing a week-long screen printing workshop for the Split Rock Arts Program. It is titled, From Manual to Digital: Screen Printing Today. I'll be teaching stencil techniques, drawing fluid and screen filler, as well as photo-emulsion processes. If you know of anyone who'd be interested in this, pass the word on!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Toy Theatre in MSP Magazine

Toy Theatre After Dark approaches! The first show is this Thursday night, then continues into this weekend and next. Come out and see us perform! A short blurb in Minneapolis + St. Paul Magazine features an image from my performance, Balls.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Circus Letters and a Gilded Ornament

More from this week's scenic painting class. I've played around with some letter adornments.

Wave Shields Galore!

As I begin the tedious process of wiring all my sculptures to make them interactive and talk, I begin with soldering together my three new Arduino Wave Shields. Two of them worked correctly right off the bat, the third took some re-soldering and fidgeting. However, I now have a total of five Arduinos and five Wave Shields, one for each major sculpture in my exhibition.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Comic Kinect

Today I am going to share with you the amazing Kinect hack that my sister and three of her colleagues in the Human Computer Interaction Masters program at Carnegie Mellon came up with. They are taking a programming class with the infamous Golan Levin. Enjoy!