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PowerWoman Breakfast

As a semi-culminating event of my Wassaic Project Residency, I hosted a PowerWoman Breakfast. A team of Powerful Women cooked pancakes for the Business Meeting while blasting a montage of business-related music. All in attendance wore a PowerSuit or a piece of the Wassaic Suit Collection, a limited edition series of wearable Business Blazers that combined nostalgia, business, and power into one costume.

All the suits and many of the materials were sourced from 8 Firehouse Road, a house which over the period of my Wassaic stay was going through a period of upheaval and starting over — cleaning out all the materials from it’s diseased resident, who happened to be a very classy small stature man who wore a great suit.

As I was gathering all these suits I realized that they were a bit of a love-letter to Wassaic. They held so many memories of this man I do not know and of the town he lived in. I also have been carrying around many items and pieces of my past filled with memories. I used the excuse that these were “art supplies” as a reason to keep them around. But like the family of 8 Firehouse Road, it was time to throw some shit out.

I combined the found items and my own collections into a series of wearable PowerSuits, imbued with power and nostalgia.

At the PowerWoman Breakfast Business Meeting we discussed power in relation to what we are wearing and how we take on different personae, and the world relates to us differently based on what we are wearing. We touched on topics of class and perceived wealth, and how that relates to how you are received or related to by the world. We talked about wearing make up and “grown up” clothing and how different employers have required different levels of “professionalism” at work. We talked about the differences in what is “business appropriate” for women versus men, and about the difference between wearing a suit and being one of the crowd – wearing what you think you should be wearing – versus wearing a suit and owning that power, and being your own person inside this “costume”. We talked about how we feel more comfortable in different costumes depending on our context, environment, and location.

Everyone spoke and the discussion was so real and vivid, with each person contributing a story or thought from their past. We had the Wassaic Project residents, staff, and local people from Amenia there, and it was lovely.

The pancakes were DELISH as well.

I’m so excited for where this project is going next! I envision multiple performances in multiple locations. One PowerWoman Breakfast in a diner with everyone wearing the same color suits. Another performance in a corporate Manhattan office with many ladies in suits busying around sewing and sorting and doing very important business related tasks. Another performance in a local hand-made tailor shop

Maybe all the performances feature a Corporate Breakfast? Maybe the commonality is just the suits, and the activity of the Meeting changes. Maybe each performance features a different set of suits, made specifically for and with materials sourced from that location.

As a Wassaic conclusion, I was really pleased with how the event turned out. It incorporated so much of what I had done there over my two months, and so much of the materials that I had brought and also found while there. I’m excited to be launching into the next phase of the PowerSuit project! in the city, in far away places, in your house, in mine, left & right, up & down!

STAY TUNED!

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Things I’ve learned about BusinessLady Nails

some things are more or less possible/awesome while one is wearing BusinessLady Nails.

  • opening windows: sorta difficult
  • opening soda cans: pretty impossible
  • peeling a grapefruit: surpisingly do-able
  • writing with a pencil: yes
  • typing on a computer: yes, with much more clacking
  • texting: sure
  • scratching your head/arm: AMAZING
  • riding a bike: yes
  • picking up a bobby pin or a needle from a table: really hard
  • grabbing raisins from a jar: useful!
  • picking your nose: kinda annoying/ grosser than usual
  • being super freaking impressive and slightly old-fashioned all at once: THE BEST.

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BusinessLady Nails

Last Monday I went to Nail School with my friend Breanne who is launching herself into an awesome project/career as a nail technician, exploring the social interactions and intimate spaces created when one paints another person’s nails. View her process HERE.

She had her Week 8 test on Monday, applying a full set of acrylic nails (french manicure at that!) — and needed a model! I was happy I could fulfill that role.

result = FANCY BUISINESSLADY NAILS!

The clicking clacking noise is really the best. So I made a movie. Videography by Ashley May.

This is what I typed while doing that performance (including the first take where we had the camera on the wrong setting):

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I want to eat some more yogurt acutally maybe i’m ok without it because i just ate some yogurt and it was really great to watcfh theat toijg ale.tkci tjw.gion macro now bitchess wahoo wyeah gghccielakd.th agoid galksiyt skjeifhg/llAlkh ^ lkj6.kjsditthaAliyssktheddosithe.rhfg  foihsurh soiehht fhsoijfht sioijt soietu

GOod morning!

It’s BusinessLady Time, Bitches. We are ready to roll and ready to click and clack our way to the FUTURE!!!! FUck that cuz we are getting going this mornign wiht a fucking cup of coffee and some yogurt and friends and we are just ready ready ready ready for ACTION. also, let’s bike our way into the future.

Good Morning!

It’s time for some mega action, Ladiez. We are ready to jump into the wide abys of LIFE. we are ready to jump in with our fancy swimsuits on and our headbands sparkling. we got our ladies in the back seat and also some snacks of course because we have got to be PREPARED. prepared for the hotties that are gonna stop by, prepared for the business meetings, prepared for some amazing things to just COME INTO OUR LIVES!!! we are just pumped. we are ready. we have glittery eyelner and healthy breakfasts in our bellies.

let’s go.


ALIYA

Turns out Ashley is an experienced typing-videographer! when we finished she said, “I did a project called ‘Typing Portraits’ once.” — AWESOME/PERF. Check it out HERE.

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entrepreneurial pursuits

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NOW YOU TOO CAN BE A PROUD OWNER OF AN ALIYA-MADE PRODUCT!

wearable, interactive, hangable, touchable, loveable, many things.

for sale on my ETSY STORE.

Here is a visual journey through the Art Lab Faculty Craft Fair that I participated in last weekend!!

I made $7.

So luckily for you they are still available!!! Check out the online store today!

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DAY OFF: BUFFALO ADVENTURE with mz. juliet

Our day off! so excited to spend the day with my soul sister, Juliet.

Plan: adventure to the big city… Buffalo NY.

  1. Breakfast: DELISH&NUTRISH. Started the day with Gourmet Erie Dining Hall Breakfast: featuring buckwheat french toast!!! “It’s buckwheat so you have to add a lot of extra syrup.”
  2. Drive to the beach: SWEATY&SUNNY. we passed a beautiful peeling-paint sign, and had to take some pictures.
  3. Erie Lake Beach: LOUNGE-Y&SEXY. we have matching bathing-suits (accident/fated to be best friends). the Erie Lake shore was beautiful, windy, perfect. we didn’t even get sunburned (like everyone else has this week…). so weird that the water isn’t salty.
  4. Taste of India: FLAVOR-EXPLOSION. so delicious! total break from our lovely dining hall food. I learned that Juliet drinks her tea black, with no sugar or milk. She also doesn’t drink coffee. She does love onion rings and Indian food versions of onion rings.
  5. AMVETS Thrift Store: BIG. I think we spent about 3 hours here. we perused every aisle. We staked out in front of the dressing rooms. We made tough choices. This I call the “Nautical-NASCAR Boyfriend” sweatshirt. Wish I had one to give it to/borrow it from. Was not purchased. A story and art piece in itself — I want to call Kenny (upstairs) and see what he’s up to. Was not purchased. We left the store with multiple onesies, dresses with potentials & plans, plain solid shirts.
  6. The Mall: AHHHH&YET,PRODUCTIVE. Headed over to the next peak of civilization, the Walden Galleria Mall — to the urban outfitters specifically. Unashamed, we blew into that place under the practical mission of finding shoes for a wedding Juliet is a bridesmaid in this fall. SHOES FOUND! aaaaannnnddd… matching on-sale perfectly sized backpacks for us both!!! Left quickly after with headaches, dizzyness, dry throats, general sense of hopelessness and other symptoms of mall-itus.
  7. Blue Fin Something (Dinner): PERFECT MATCH. On the drive back into downtown, Juliet said, “you know what would be perfect for dinner? Some sort of Japanese noodle, vegetable soup” at the same time that I said “noodle salad? sushi?” AND THAT EXACT RESTAURANT APPEARED RIGHT NEXT TO OUR PARKING SPOT. We both got exactly what we wanted.
  8. SPOT coffee shop flagship store: NOSTALGIC&CUTIES. We went for coffee/dessert next door (our real destination) to SPOT COFFEE!! my favorite down-town hang out in Delray Beach — basically where I was everyday this winter when I lived there. They even have the same menu boards! and same cuties behind the counter! I introduced myself and the guy, Andy, said that he had just returned from Delray — that he was there when they opened up the store down there!! I didn’t recognize him specifically, but he was the same caliber of cute that I expect from SPOT coffee shops. and very friendly. Too bad I don’t really live in Buffalo. Needless to say I went back for many cups of water from Andy over the evening.
  9. (pretend) BusinessLady Time: FUN&UNPRODUCTIVE. we had businesslady time: Juliet made some edits on an ad she’s working on, and I made a phone call and did some very productive Facebooking.
  10. Return home: THE BEST DAY. It was the best day. so full of fun and a total transportation out of all my lives so far (NYC, NYSSSA, etc). The more I hang out with Juliet the more I love her and realize we are incredibly similar in a crazy&amazing way. So excited and a little sad that we only have 1.5 weeks left of NYSSSA. Juliet and I are already planning our next trip together, meals to cook together, futures on the west coast.(some mini projects awaiting me back in my room)back home. the air in the dorms isn’t moving and all the new yorkers are complaining about the heat. I’ll sleep pretending I’m in a Florida sauna spa.
  11. Tomorrow: fashion workshop part 2!!!

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