Monday, October 21, 2019

Off Duty in Houston in Selfies

My last post showed you what I wore during my exhibition in Room 400 at the Hotel ICON StARTup Art Fair Houston.
What did I wear during my leisure time?

I didn't plan this well:
Thursday afternoon, cold brewing teas in the bathroom.
Thursday night. In the main lobby with the StARTup signage.
Can you tell that the hotel's ground floor was originally a bank?
Friday morning. 4th floor landing.
Wait, isn't that the same outfit as Thursday night?
Saturday morning, outside the ICON's main entrance.
Those weird steps over my shoulder almost did me in, I slipped on them
but was able to grab onto the decorative architectural element to avert a face plant on the bricks.
Sunday morning. Trying to dry my one pair of socks that I hand washed the day before.
I wore them damp.
Monday morning, elevator area in lobby.
Here you can see the entire "chilly weather" look:
Flannel shirt
Patterned scarf
Red Fluevog Creepex Tee (you can't see the graphic in my pix)
Leggings (second of the two)
The Socks
Leopard Clogs
I packed a tunic and the Fluevog Dress, and I never wore them.
Used the red tee as my night shirt as well. Could have used a second tee!
Really glad I took the clogs (chiefly for airport TSA. Did not want to be barefoot through security). I needed them!

I have an Excel chart that I use for packing and if I'm super organized I'll make notes on it after a trip of what I didn't need or wear. It helps a lot when space is at a premium. This trip, I need all the space possible for art.

Do you have any packing rituals?

Linking up with
Patti's Visible Monday
Shelbee's Spread the Kindness
Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SpyGirl: The Case of the Mistaken Identity

Melissa thought she was going to visit Anne Bray at the stARTup Art Fair in Houston at the Hotel Icon. She found it curious that during their most recent phone conversation, Anne hadn't mentioned that she'd be in Houston. "Well, I'll just go surprise her," she thought.

She got me instead! Anne M Bray! It's all in the M, folks.
I had to start deploying my middle initial when I learned of my name double, who is also based in LA.
There is also Anna Bray.
We A Brays are legion! Well, legion in LA, anyway. Haha.

Melissa and I had a great meeting of the minds.
It was probably my best experience of mistaken identity!
Melissa is a professional photographer, as you can see from this great portrait:
StARTup Art Fair Houston was a grand experience. Maybe you caught some of my Instagram posts.
There's a great video interview posted on Facebook shot by Ray Beldner, the fair director (which I don't know how to post anywhere besides Facebook. Sorry. It was one of those Facebook Live things).
I'll be writing more about it on the On the Edge blog eventually.
Right now I'm supposed to be doing my taxes and then go to the day job.
Reality bites.

Linking up with
Patti's Visible Monday
Shelbee's Spread the Kindness
Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike

Monday, October 7, 2019

Bauhaus Beginnings at the Getty

It's the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus and there have been many exhibitions world-wide commemorating this milestone.
Cameron Taylor-Brown organized a tour of Bauhaus Beginnings at the Getty, led by the co-curator Gary Fox.
Our group outside the Getty Research Institute
photo by Julia Taylor-Brown
The tour was fascinating and Gary was most erudite and skilled at presenting the information.
Gary Fox
I wish I had taken a wide shot of the space with all the color theory course work. I felt like I was surrounded by all my assignments from Otis Freshman Foundation Design (black and white work) and Color Theory (all those color chips). It bordered on the nightmarish!
Here's an IG post of some students with Gary:

The English translation of the Bauhaus curriculum
(from Instagram because I forgot to take a photo)
I had no idea that the Otis curriculum was so similar! Theresa said it was the same for her, twenty years earlier in 1963.
I guess it's ironic that the school's teachings, in operation for only 14 years, closed by the Nazis in 1933, has universally proliferated the art and design world.
The show closes next week. There's a companion online exhibition which is worth checking out.
There is also a pdf of all the exhibition's wall text.

I posted my "best" photos on IG here:

Linking up with
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Catherine's #shareAllLinkup
Shelbee's Spread the Kindness

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fall Goals -- September Summery

Daily Goals:

Do a Daily Drawing. (Fashion sketches count). 14/30
I have been working (somewhat) diligently on my FierceCon fashion sketches.
It's been very hard keeping them secret.
I revealed two so now I will share them here:
Catherine of Catherine Grace O and the creator of FierceCon
Jodie of Jodie's Touch of Style, FierceCon Excel chart maven
My ultimate goal is to get 54 done for the FierceCon weekend event that starts 10/25.
How is my progress? 25/54

Procreate doodles 4/30
I had to take a break. Was getting too scattered.

Weekly Goals:

Waterlogues from old road trip photos 14/4 / Post to Saatchi Art. 4/4
This got accelerated due to the upcoming Art Fair in Houston. Mostly creating new Waterlogues.
Posting to Saatchi later.

Sew and/or repair at least one garment. 0/4

List at least one item on Poshmark 1/4
link to item

Upload new art to Redbubble. 3/4
Redbubble now prints on SOCKS!!!!! 
I posted a promo image on Facebook and sold a pair within 1.5 hours!
Thank you anonymous purchaser! (Redbubble only tells us creators the country of origin).
Mosaic link
I have to upload new artwork for these -- for some reason, the scale is super tiny.
Very excited about this for all my Fluevog print fans.

Fluevog Adele link
Sew one patch onto Crazy Quilt 0/4
Nope. Just nope.

Fall Goals:


Get taxes done. not yet -- DUE 10/15
Nope. Cue doom music. Guess what I'm doing Monday, 10/14.

DeClutter the living room (again). started and needs more constant/consistent work
Started again! There is hope!

Get sewing machine repaired. (how many years has this been broken now?) still not yet

Do you have any sort of "To Do" list? Or maybe a "Honey Do"?
I'll report back again at the end of the October, progress or not.

Linking up with
Shelbee's Spread the Kindness
Catherine's #shareAllLinkup