Laura Amiss

Ok, so every once in a while I take a post to kind of pimp an artist I’ve recently found and really like. I stumbled upon Laura Amiss via Etsy and really like her mixed use of textiles and illustrations. I think her designs are really playful and her stuff has an interesting style. Below are some of my faves…

I REALLY like the Amsterdam one (a.k.a. I want it). Check out some of her other designs from her Etsy page and website by clicking on the links below.

This is her Etsy page.

This is her website.

Multimedia Slideshow: Art of the Masses

Ehhh so I kind of hate this video for very anal retentive reasons. I can’t help but watch it and see everything I don’t like and need to fix.

I made this video for my Photojournalism final this semester. I’m not happy with it yet, there’s things I want to improve, but I can’t change any of it until next semester. I really want some editing software like Final Cut, but it’s disgustingly expensive to legitimately buy it.

In the video, I explore what art means to people and why so many people visit museums all over the world. The audio of that one commentator is really polluted with the outdoor garden sounds so that’s why it’s so hard to hear. Sorry about that. It really bugs me, but I’ll fix it eventually.

Regardless of my doubts, I FINISHED! So, I’m very proud of that fact right now. :]

Happy Easter 2010!

I colored something for easter!! I got it from Fresh&Easy which is obvious by their little plug on the basket. I didn’t make any treats this year, or color any eggs… I feel so un-festive. MY BIRTHDAY IS IN 2 DAYS!!! :]

.. and here’s the original in case you feel like coloring too. [The original size should pop up if you click on it. – if not tell me!]

Marshall McLuhan

After watching both Farenheit 9/11 (again) and Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, a quote from Marshall McLuhan on violence and identity came to the top of my mind…

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“It’s why they have to kill in order to find out whether they’re real. This is where the violence comes from. This meaningless slaying around our streets is the work of people who have lost all identity and who have to kill in order to know if they’re real or if the other guy’s real. I suppose that one could even produce a theory of war to say that when a certain amount of technological change happens very quickly to a whole community, they are so lost about who they are that they want a basic war to find out. It’s another way of crashing through to find one’s identity. Violence as a form of quest for identity is one thing the people who have been ripped off feel the need of. He’s going to show who he is, what his credentials are, that he’s tough. So anybody on a psychic frontier tends to get tough or violent, and it’s happening to us on a mass scale today. It might even be said that at the speed of light, man has neither goals, objectives, nor private identity. He is an item in a data bank – software only, easily forgotten – and deeply resentful.” – Marshall McLuhan