I haven’t posted in a while as I’ve been settling into my New Yorker self. I look back to 2 1/2 months ago when I moved here and I can’t believe how I was operating and making so many things happen even when so much of my life was unsettled. now I feel way more at ease in a way I didn’t know that I wasn’t before.
some transitional/big-girl things & news!
- I got a real job! Creative Time will begin paying me in my role as Community Organizer / Assistant Producer for Living As Form, the big exhibition/show/commission/project we are working on for this fall. I am SO EXCITED! We have a great team of incredible people working on this project, a great cast of incredible artists and projects to present, and a fun summer ahead. as my co-worker Kevin and I have been joking, it will be a summer of short-shorts and tank-tops as we sweat it out in the Old Essex Street Market (the site of the exhibition) getting the space and the projects and the artists ready for the big show.
- I got into the Laundromat Project Create Change Professional Development Fellowship program! a mouthful. I’m really honored & excited to be a part of this program and working with this incredible organization who’s motto is: “Wash Clothes. Make Art. Build Community.” I see this as an incredible resource to combine social justice work and art making in one conversation — not separating out the making and the ideas / impact behind the work. I also see this jump-starting my art making this summer and beyond! It’s been almost 2 years since my senior thesis project. It’s time for the next big piece!
- I organized my room and I am IN LOVE WITH IT! we have a new summer-only roommate moving in this summer into the little room we were calling the “art room” but never set up/ it became the storage junk room by default, and so I cleared out my stuff and used the opportunity to really create my magical studio/bedroom/creation space! I’m most excited about the wall of supplies: a wall of (currently) 12 hooks (and some folders) each with a big plastic bag with a hole in it hung on the hook. there’s a bag for zippers; a bag for buttons; a bag for earring making supplies; a bag for weird stuff I’ve found; a bag for ribbons; a bag for journal-making supplies. one of my old Art-Barn mailboxes is filled with “Delicious Sandwich” bags. the hott-pink embroidery hoop hangs on the buttons hook. There’s a mini-bulletin board for idea sketches, and Corita Kent’s Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules tacked next to that. My beautiful sewing machine has a permanent home on the SEWING desk and I am attempting to keep it clear always.
first project was turning mom’s old “babyblanket” jacket into a poncho.
so excited for some more sewing tomorrow.
the machine even announces it’s place in my new home! (side note: she needs a name!
- i’ve adjusted to using the subway, not making phone calls while traveling, and have even gotten around without using the map or my phone’s map/guiding force that directs me everywhere. I even got refunded the balance I had left on my 30-day metro card I lost back in April!!! BEURACRACY IS AMAZING SOEMTIMES!!
- the silly-version of my business cards is real now!
- I put my name on our mailbox!
- I put up a picture of my family in my room!
- tomorrow i’m going to buy a mattress! WOAH!
- tomorrow I’m also having a spring barbeque in my beautiful backyard! so excited for so many circles of lovely people to collide. and eat barbeque.
- NYSSSA starts in July…. welcome back to Residential Life, aliya!!!
- gotta create a creative personal project for this summer to keep me sane within all these training development programs and producing other people’s amazing artwork. maybe it’ll be as simple as setting aside 2 hours for sewing each week.
sleeping with the window open and no knit hat on my head. this florida girl is loving spring.