Wednesday, December 15, 2010

... and now, time for some street art

Finally! Some street art! Even decided to give stencils a second chance. I did a warm up run here in Barcelona, Montreal styles (idea, cut out and spray all in the same night) with my trusty companion, Sparky. Turns out it's more important to look out for sketchy night wanderers than the police.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Little Treasure Fairy Pouches

Unfortunately, this is what I've been up to. I'm scared I'm turning into one of those Etsy freaks! Someone save me before it's too late! I'm obsessed with making little leather pouches these days and now I plan on trying to sell them for all those holiday consumer suckers/tourists. Gonna make some euros (I hope)! I've put them up for sale at my friend Laura's vintage store, La Petite Parade, in Barcelona and I'm gonna do some street vending at some point. I can't wait till I stop sewing and make some real art!

In my pouch - which I've been wearing everyday for the past 2 months (pouches are the new keys, plus everyone actually uses the keys like the one I had around my neck to get into their houses)- I have the following: an orange crystal that's supposed to be good for everything (Annie, what's the name of it again?), a Herkimer diamond, a tiny b-day card my friend Russell gave me to make me feel better when I'm sad, and a button that fell off my shirt.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nailed It!

I think that a bunch of sections are going to be posted over the next little while.
And the pictures are a little out of order...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jo no te espero

Two of my favorite running jokes finally came together this Sunday in Barcelona: The Pope and Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia, for those of you that don´t know is a huge cathedral designed by Gaudi before he died and has been under construction for 128 years. It´s predicted to be finished by 2026 for the 100th death anniversary of Gaudi but the likelihood of that seems pretty slim. I like to say that they just move the cranes around every once in a while to make it look like they are actually doing something. Sagrada Familia basically looks like magnificent, giant melting candles covered in tonnes of sculptures. My favorites are the giant x-mas tree and the decaying corpses. Every time you loiter in the Sagrada Familia park, you notice something you hadn´t noticed before. I wish the old Pope had come cuz that would have been way funnier. This one is a bit more animated than a waving corpse in a little white golf cart. He plays chess!

These guys had an anti-pope shrine happening, accepting donations.

Jo no te espero - I don't wait for you

This was one of the pushiest crowds I've ever experienced. People were waiting for the pope to drive by in his cute little popemobile. I couldn't for the life of my squeeze to the front. I guess my heart wasn't in it.

Bad ass little skater kid isn't waiting for nobody!

Best view in 500m radius.

Their lives are now complete.

Little pope fans in training. Gotta start brainwashing early.

These women know how to work it. Religious fanatics make awesome consumer whores. The Pope's visit brought about 30 million euros (fact from the two hooligans in the first picture) into an already tourist over-exploited city.
More junk being handed out.

The Pope playing chess for thousands of onlookers.

Security was high, the place was crawling with police. There were protesters (millions of the city's euros was spent on security etc), all the streets were blocked off and guarded, and of course crazy fans.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Last Minute Wheatpaste Invasion... From the PAST

These are wheat pastes I had prepared before my original final exit from Montreal last April but never got a chance to put up. Obviously, I left it until the last night of my month long visit in Montreal this October to get rid of them and frantically ran up and down the alley taking pictures of the men in grey while my car was idling on the corner of St. Laurent and des Pins the next morning. At least I put them up right, cuz the whole point was they're supposed to be everywhere and blend in, and that they are. The little stencil girls I put up across the street from my old favorite apartment in Montreal. Heart. I screwed them up pretty good because a.) they were curing like crazy and b.) in my frenzy I didn't space them out properly... I mean, it was intentional... Serves me right, I deserve less street cred for I wheat pasting stencils.


I had to take this post off due to some ''heat'' with my thankfully, x-landlord. So since efterblivet is lacking these days here's some filler till we get started again:

This is the new Nuit Blanche motivated silk screen-wheat paste experiment and this the first installation of wheat pasting. We wanted to wheat paste them all over the city. We had 713 colour owls and at least another 300 just black line drawing owls. We were going for coverage with numbers.

I put these up for the first time by myself at 3:30am on Wednesday night. The snow plower scared me but besides that easy compared to Argentina. There was a small problem with the wheat paste smearing the black ink so I switched to contact paper glue so the owls on the left look really shitty.
Close up.
Little cut out owls.

We printed 23 sheets of these, 5 layers, which equaled to technically 713 owls including the grouped together owls. I worked on this one with Amy, so there are two styles of owl.