Documented a little of this mural creation by @fluidtoons . Great work! #fluidtoons #alleyartproject #thelivinggallery #bushwick
A little piece of my art installation from the Alley Art Project show this weekend. #alleyartproject #alleyart #thelivinggallery #bushwick
The beginning of an installation I created for the Alley Art show in Bushwick. Across the night ppl wrote positive wishes for change in themselves or the world on butterflies made from phone book yellow pages. #alleyart #thelivinggallery #bushwick #artinstallation #messagesforchange
Finally on attempt number four it actually looks like a caterpillar. #alleyart #installation #caterpillar #paperart #whatphonebooksaregoodfor
Working on some elements for an art installation on the topic of change for the Alley Art exhibit this weekend. #alleyart #installation #achangingworld
So many great patterns. I am ready for the beach now. I also really love the fan creatures that Lindsay designed. They look like funky little monsters.
Amazing show last night. So colorful and energetic.
Recent shoot for Kate Wright Designs. I love this adorable dress pattern she created. So cute!
Tools of Life-Allowing us to hear the world while living in style with a touch of flair.
Sandy is a mom, a grandma, an awesome lady, and was brave enough to try surfing while on vacation in South Carolina.
Our project was posted on the UK’s Daily Mail and has had some great response.
Photographer Hanna Agar and artist Elana Langer teamed up for this photography series about making the necessary tools of life more glamorous.
TOOLS OF LIFE
This project was conceived by artist Elana Langer who approached me about doing a collaboration, after seeing the photographs I had created with her friend Patricia about a meditative experience and garment she had created.
Elana created bedazzled hearing aids and walker as a way to celebrate and embrace those with disabilities and to have desirable and useful objects that could be seen as fashion statements and that can work against the stigmas of assistance aids.
The first stop on our photo journey was at a unisex beauty salon in Red Hook, Brooklyn. When we walked in with the walker the women went crazy. One of them exclaimed, “I want one of these when I am old. I would take it to the club!”
To read Elana’s story about why she created these items please visit the other segments of this photo project.
Also please check out my newest friend Liz Jackson’s site: The Girl with the Purple Cane. Liz is advocating to have canes be sold through trendy stores like J. Crew.
TOOLS OF LIFE
I have been collaborating recently with the multitalented, ethically conscious, conceptual artist Elana Langer who’s brand What I Live By or WILBy creates consciousness raising ethical sweatshops to educate us on our buying habits and a plethora of other interesting goodies that promote living a better life, embracing ourselves and treating the world better.
The project that we have been working on is about the Tools of Life, a concept inspired by her grandmother. Elana writes:
My grandmother was a real lady. I don’t remember a time when her hair and nails weren’t done and she wasn’t dressed impeccably. In the last year of her life she, like many others in her condition, lost the ability to walk without support. And although she had a strong will to live, the idea of using a walker in public seemed unbearable to her. The force of her vanity had come up against the limit of the body. Life compromised didn’t seem as worthwhile living.
My cousins and I were in her kitchen about to have lunch while I suggested going out to her favorite restaurant right across from her home. She refused. We all looked at the walker.
"We can bedazzle it!" I exclaimed. "We can make you the most beautiful walker in the whole city."
My cousins laughed. My grandmother didn’t. In fact this brought on the first and only fight I ever had with her.
"You are making fun." She stared at me coldly.
"True, I am trying to make this situation more fun. What’s the big deal with a walker? And think of how many other people are like you. We could make a whole business. This would make it something to be proud of like jewelry. We can make walkers for weddings, special occasions, one to match each outfit…you can be our model."
My grandmother didn’t laugh. She didn’t see the condition of necessity as something to be played with.
I never made the bedazzled walker for her and I never stopped thinking it was a good idea. We need to have fun within these places that cause social discomfort. To be able to embrace and play with our desire to adorn and enhance ourselves in both actual necessity (like a walker) and chosen necessity (like make-up, nails, hair, clothing…).
These items and pictures are the result of that. One tool of enhancement, like clothing or jewelry, doesn’t have to compromise another tool of enhancement like the ability to hear or walk with greater ease. Both are enriching our experiences in the world and both are admitting that we need and want help with the conditions that exist within us at any given moment. When used to enhance joy and enjoyment, these are all equally and differently tools of life and living well.
I loved my grandmother deeply and I miss her in this world and I hope these pictures would make her smile.