Second "Design Recharge" Interview: April 1, 2015 In this second interview with Diane Gibbs at "Design Recharge" we focus on International Fake Journal Month. If you're wondering just what that is, I give a great description of it, and why you might want to participate. Also check out our earlier interview (below on this list) if you want more information about how I approach visual journaling.
First "Design Recharge" Interview: February 12, 2015 Diane Gibbs of Design Recharge interviewed me for International Fake Journal Month (2015). We get a little side tracked and talk a lot about sketching, visual journaling, and my creative process. It's a great interview.
Danny Gregory and I Discuss Visual Journaling Sadly a two part podcast from May 2008 made with Danny Gregory, author of "An Illustrated Life," is not currently available. We talked about journaling, art media, and materials…If this becomes available again in the future I will let you know.
Finding Bits of Time Ricë Freeman-Zachery, author of "Creative Time and Space," talks to me about finding time to be creative. (Taped October 23, 2009.)
Just before lunch I turned on Facebook and scrolled through the news. I found Katherine Tyrrell who blogs at Making a Mark had put up a link to this video of a scroll drawing by Chrys Allen, winner of the first prize in the inaugural Derwent Art Prize 2013.
It's an incredible drawing and I thought I'd better blog about it so I could always find the link!
Landscape painters fascinate me, with their ability to see the depth in their surroundings. Allen's work, made while taking walks along a particular towpath, is incredible not only for its depth, but for the way in which she has joined and overlapped her experiences to create a scroll drawing that actually functions as a record of that walking.
I had great fun selecting royalty free music from Kevin MacLeod's incompetech.com. If you aren't familiar with his site be sure to visit it and look around.
At the end of May I'm going to have some photos taken of the pages of this journal. I should be able to post some detail shots of various elements of the journal. All that, and more about my character for 2013, will happen over on the Official International Fake Journal Blog. I hope you'll stop by and check it out now and then.
Also, in a couple days when I've compiled it, I'll have a list of links to various other artists who have done an end-of-project write up about their participation in IFJM 2013. They share some thoughts about how the project went for them. (Right now on that blog there is a list of participants in the right-hand column so you can go visit their work.)
This is the craziest thing I've ever tried to do during all my years of fake journaling—the tightest deadlines, the most intense production, and a character who is only superficially similar to me—it's that nearness that almost made my head explode. But it's also a journal from which I've taken a lot of energy and joy back to my regular journal. It has planted new seeds of thought in my mind and made me think anew about something so indelibly a part of me. It was worth all the almost sleepless nights.
Leslie Schram won the quiz with his correct answer of "Munchkin." His was one of only 7 correct entries.
While you may have seen notes from Dick stuck to my journal pages addressed in various ways the key was to recall the nickname only Dick uses. And it is "Munchkin."
Why? I don't really know. I've never asked. Perhaps it's because I'm short and my shoes all tend to curl up at the toes like elf shoes—he always points this out. I believe my shoes' tendency to do this is because 99.9 percent of the time I'm wearing runners of some sort. They naturally break in that way. He seems to think some other force is at work. Or so his comments would lead me to suspect. While I love the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" (and actually know all the songs and dialog) it isn't my favorite movie by any means. Maybe it started as a response to my singing lyrics like the "Lollipop Guild" and anything else from the arrival of Dorothy in Oz; I'm quite a fan of the Coroner. I know I would have been singing that at some point early in our relationship, because I'm still always doing that. His use of the nickname predates the bitches coming to live with us. Emma was named Emma by me, because quite frankly she was Emma. When I met Dottie I had no plan in mind for names, but the little spots on her toe pads made me think of dots, Dottie, Dorothy. And so she became Dorothy, because a split second later I realized that made Emma Auntie Em. (Yes, I know it's Emily, but Emily is a derivative of Emma.) And so then there was a theme and of course no looking back.
The gouache will go out to Leslie as soon as I get his postal address back.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Even if you didn't have the right answer your answers all showed that you have been reading the blog and I'm grateful for your readership. I hope you'll all continue reading. And of course there will be another quiz. There always is.
Above: Self-portrait as a dog. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen in a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Today is the fourth anniversary of Roz Wound Up. In typical "I don't celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc." mode I almost forgot to post. But It was important for me to post today because change is in the air. And because I wanted to have a quiz. I'd been planning the quiz for quite some time!
This is my 1405th post. Readers know I like to keep track of "production" and use it as an assessment for how things are going—to plan, to set goals, to improve.
(I was going to have that be the quiz question, but I used it in a quiz before so no, that's not the quiz question.)
I had intended to blog less the second year, but I enjoyed it so much that I pretty much blogged daily that year too. According to my post total of 1405 posts I've blogged most of the 1460 days (or is that 1461 days because of a leap year in there) that followed.
Since I'm a fan of the long post Dick has pointed out that I've written over a million words. (That actually makes me a little dizzy.)
Sometime in the middle of the summer I passed a million hits. I had wanted to do a quiz then because while reaching a million hits wasn't a goal of mine it was a nice round number. I checked the totals one day and saw I was close, and started planning a post about it and then a family illness intervened. My attention shifted and I missed the day. One day I looked up and I was over a million hits at a non-"round" number.
It was still fun to cross the million hit mark because after Roz Wound Up had been going along for a couple months and was getting lots of hits Dick admitted that he'd thought I'd probably get "maybe 20 readers" and that would be great for a blog about visual journaling, Minnesota State Fair mania, art materials, art paper reviews, movies, TV, general weirdness, and of course my love of ([cough] er—addiction to) bicycling—to name just a few things.
I always knew there would be more than 20 readers because I had hundreds of past students. One part of the blog's original purpose was to replace an email list I once sent to students. The blog was a way for me to keep in touch with them without managing a list. I could let them know what I was up to and with what materials and papers I was experimenting.
I think it has served all those purposes well. The blog has also brought new students from across the country to my classes at MCBA and I'm really excited about that because I love to teach people how to make and use journals.
The blog has also introduced me to people who may not travel for classes, but love journaling. I enjoy hearing from readers both on the blog in the comments section and through email.
Throughout the four years of this blog while it may seem that I've been giving you instructions on visual journaling it has been my cunning plan to also comment on my life's philosophy. I've written over a million words about this in some shape or form or angle so one might think I have trouble being succinct about my philosophy. Actually it's just that I'm excited (or wound up). It's pretty simple. I think we all benefit from looking around and observing and asking questions (hard questions about everything), and keeping track (in a journal or by some method of unique organization) of what we discover. I think such an endeavor keeps us present, keeps us productive, keeps us realistic, and keeps us grateful. It makes us more likely to cherish others around us, and appreciate their unique gifts. We create a space for wonder in our lives. Wonder opens our hearts and minds to "what if" in the most positive of ways.
OK, the real purpose of the blog was to provide an outlet for my bossy-pants nature. Happily you've enjoyed that.
Which brings me to the quiz. If you're a regular reader of the blog this will be a piece of cake. (Sadly there is no actual cake involved in today's quiz.) There's just one question.
What is Dick's nickname for Roz?
Hint: It is NOT "Rozzie," or "Cutie-Pie," or "Cute Person," or a dozen things he may call me throughout the day (though he does call me those things).
There is another name ONLY Dick calls me by. (Yes I have adult friends who call me Rozzie, it's a long story.)
1. DO NOT REPLY IN COMMENTS, that will ruin it for other people. You will immediately be disqualified.
2. Send an email to ROZJOURNALRAT@GMAIL.COM
3. The email SUBJECT should be NICKNAME
4. The body of your email should include your quiz answer.
5. You need to send in your answer by NOON (CST) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED, since the deadline has passed.
6. Choose your answer carefully—you may only enter once. In the event of multiple entries the first entry will be the only one that counts, so don't burden me with multiple answers OK?
I'll draw a winner from the correct entries tomorrow night and announce it on Thursday (if I remember—sheesh I almost forgot the quiz), or as soon as I do remember.
Why? Do you need to ask? Because this blog, though it wasn't intended to be that way, is also about gouache, my love of gouache, my hope that everyone would try gouache, use gouache. I thought gouache would be a nice way to wrap up year four.
Now As To the Change in the Air
I know I've said it before but this time I mean it—I will be posting less in the upcoming year. I'm also teaching less. This is all because I am focusing on some personal projects that require extended time for focus. The free time I have in the past spent on blogging will be used for those projects. I don't know exactly how the change will manifest itself other than I will be posting less. If you subscribe to the blog you won't miss any posts and you'll discover the change along with me.
I'll still be posting my series "Journaling Superstitions," "Project Friday," "Scavenging for Graphics," among others. I'll even make new series (I can't help myself). I'll work on some more videos. I'll keep you informed on what's going on with the MCBA Visual Journal Collective (because I hope our adventures here serve as a model for you to start your own such group where you are). I'll still post what I'm working on in my journal though I imagine many such posts may simply be an image and not much text (yeah you'll believe that when you see it). There will also be book, product, and paper reviews—because when I like something I just can't contain myself, and when something doesn't work I like to get the word out so that people can save their money (or go into a purchase with more information).
I want to thank all of you, whether you are new readers or veteran readers, for spending a little bit of your day with me. Through your comments I've been able to see that my original goals have been met. I've also learned from your kindness and generosity. I hope you'll continue to read along in this next year.
Now go enter the contest—you don't have much time. If you wait until later you'll forget (just like I almost did).
But remember DO NOT PUT AN ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS SECTION or you'll be disqualified.
Go observe something today, see something. Sketch your pet, or your child or parent while he sleeps. Watch him breathe. Make a special meal for someone. Sit and listen to the world around you. Sit and listen to someone without a thought for what you might say next—but just to hear what he or she says. Get up and move around. Remember to breathe. And keep filling those pages.
To switch up my International Fake Journal Month slogan—"Life's short, so get busy now."
Thanks for reading. Thanks for helping me meet some of my goals. It means a lot to me.
p.s. And yes I will post my 2012 Minnesota State Fair Journal soon.
NOTE: THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED as of Wednesday, October 10, 2012, noon (CST) The winner will be announced on Thursday.
My neighborhood cupcake bakery, Cupcake®, just won Food Network's Cupcake Wars Champions! (The show aired on Sunday.)
They had won a regular episode before, but were brought back for a series of shows to win a place in the finals. Cupcake® owner Kevin VanDeraa (and his assistant; they count as one competitor) beat out 15 other contestants to win the grand title!
Of course I knew Cupcake® made great cupcakes. But now EVERYONE knows it.
You can find a listing of their cupcakes here. My likes are pretty predictable, if you know me, and since you're reading this you do. I like the Claire Huxtable, the Red Velvet, the Cup O' Mud, and the Coco Loco. My favorite cupcake from them is the S'more. (I mean really what's not to love about this cupcake!!)
I haven't tried the Chocolate Buttermilk (they must sell out before I get there), but I am sure I would love that too.
For those of you with more eclectic tastebuds—i.e., you want something besides chocolate, or you want your chocolate in a different way—there are plenty of other options for you!
They used to make killer coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate. Not those "French cookie type macaroons" but the dense, moist, sweet coconut macaroons you probably dream of (or should if you don't already).
I don't know why they stopped making those. But there's plenty of other sweet options to choose from. (I just mention this so they know those macaroons are missed.)
I'm not connected with Cupcake® in any way except I'm just a very happy customer who is excited that they have received national attention. You'll probably be able to see reruns of the championship show on Food Network if you consult their listings.
Congratulations Cupcake®! It's great not to have to leave the neighborhood for a delicious cupcake!
There have been some reality shows I quite enjoyed (and may still if new episodes emerge)—the one about the weird store* in NYC, the road trip make-over show "On the Road with Austin and Santino," the taxidermists in Alaska, "Chopped" (which is more of a game show), "Ace of Cakes," and in the past "Project Runway" (until the producers made it all about drama and making people cry, and made it very clear that my choices don't align with the judges; well I'm not known for my fashion sense anyway).
Cooking shows, however, top the list. Currently the search is on for the Next Iron Chef over at the Food Network.
We get to see talented professionals working hard and fast at their craft, with intriguing results. The spirit among the chefs is also more collegial then on other "competition" shows. They may all be playing for a slot on the Iron Chef roster, and all the promotional and merchandise money that can come from such a position, but the emphasis here is on the food. You still get enough information to get a sense of a chef's personality without the TMI that reigns on other reality shows.
Of course one could argue that for me this show is simply food porn, since I don't have a working kitchen right now. That's fine this is a hearty substitute.
(They are only 3 chefs down so you can still catch up.)
Update: I forgot to mention another favorite reality show: Chris March's "Mad Fashion." March is a clothing designer I first learned about when he appeared on a season of "Project Runway." (He finished his season with a collection made of human hair that was outrageously beautiful.) Each week on "Mad Fashion" he dresses a client for an event in about 3 days. The outfits are outrageous and beautiful and it's great to see how his team executes them.
The other day Dick said to a friend: "Roz was the first girl I could out drink and the first girl I couldn't out eat.*
(Dick was a distance swimmer. I was a distance runner.)
____________________ *Actually I could have out drunk him. I just never cared for alcohol.
D (coming into the room and leaning over my shoulder, reading): Actually I don't think you could have.
R: I could and I can. Want to go at it right now? Pour 'em out.
D: Christ, she's a little dog who thinks she's a big dog.
Obviously dear reader Dick and I are not going to do shots at 10:30 p.m, which is when I am writing this. I just know I could out drink him (he only has two drinks a month). Unfortunately all we have in the house is good bourbon, good Scotch, and good beer. "Good" as defined by Dick's tastes; I don't drink any of that. I like Pernod. (It tastes like "Good and Plenty.")
First the background—in 2010 I asked people to sketch me from life into their visual journals if they happened to see me in public (at sketch outs, at MCBA Visual Journal Collective Meetings, at the State Fair, and of course just out and about—one woman caught me at a lecture; it helps that I have pig-tails and am easily recognizable). I called this activity Project Journal Infiltration (PJI), because I was infiltrating people's journals. I have an on-going goal to be sketched into as many visual journals as possible before I die. (We all have to have a hobby.)
I also asked people who couldn't sketch me from life to support the project by promoting it on their blogs with an introductory blog post and placement of a sidebar button that sent people to the information page.
During the contest I received jpegs of sketches from 22 people, 14 of whom asked to be included in the contest, the rest just seemed to enjoy the assignment. Several people did multiple sketches over the course of the contest (drawings done on different days were counted as separate entries and actually gave you additional "chances" to win the drawing).
Out of those two groups two winners were drawn out of a bowl on September 7th.
Congratulations to Suzanne Hughes who won the main drawing and the book made with Barcham Green's Dewint paper. Suzanne lives in the Twin Cities and teaches art and I look forward to seeing what she creates on this now defunct paper. (The link goes to her blog, not her sketches of me.)
In the promotion of PJI Cheryl Gebhart won the drawing. She'll be receiving a 6.75 x 10 inch book I made using Nideggen paper. I hope she also enjoys journaling in her new book.
I love that you rose to the challenge. And I love the wonderful sketches you were able to make. I am honored beyond anything that you can imagine to be included in your visual journal. I hope I sat reasonably still when you were sketching and didn't give you too much difficulty.
Several people have already told me that they wish PJI would continue. Well, frankly it will continue, it's one of those life-goal things for me. I just might have to get a little more blantant about it—walk up to artists and suggest that they sketch me into the scene they are putting into their journal.
I think it is always important to practice sketching people so I hope if you are in my vacinity and you feel like practicing you take a moment and sketch me into your journal. If you then take another moment to scan the sketch and send it to me with a note about where and when you sketched me I'll be even more thrilled.
I don't know if there will be another time period for sketching with a prize at the end of it. I'm sorting through a bunch of projects right now and frankly don't feel as if I have my head attached. But I have to say I think it quite likely that there might be a new phase of the project on the horizon. Keep reading for details. I'll be saving all sketches made after September 6, 2011 in a special folder, just in case!
Also, take some time every day to sketch a friend or a loved one. Maybe you all go out to eat lunch. Well, spend 8 to 10 minutes sketching. If you can't manage that at lunch time then your digestion is going to be seriously impaired and frankly I'm concerned for you.
Developing your skills makes sketching friends from life a worthwhile endeavor. It's also a great way to pass the time productively. When you walk away from lunch you also carry a great momento of the event. Jot down a phrase or two that your friend said. It will bring the moment back to you years from now. Sharing these pages with your friend are also a way for that friend to learn what it is he or she is always talking about (believe me, over the past year and then some I have been amazed to read back some of the stuff I've said when people were sketching me).
It has been a riot to see how people have caught me unawares and worked me into their journals in the past 13 months or so. (I actually can't remember the exact starting date of this quest to get into everyone's journals.)
Well there are only a few days left of Project Journal Infiltration. If you want to be included in the drawing for the handmade journal (with really fabulous paper that is now defunct), you have until midnight on Monday, September 5, 2011.
(Actually you have until about 8 p.m. on that day because after that unless you live with me—and then you aren't eligible for this contest [Dick doesn't care, he doesn't like textured paper]—I'll be in my home, reading a book and getting ready for bed so you won't be able to sketch me. You do however have until midnight to send me a jpeg of any sketches you made of me from life, during the contest period.)
If it hadn't been for Miss T.'s note with this last entry of hers (she's done 7 sketches of me in different journals) saying she wouldn't have another opportunity to sketch me before the contest ended I wouldn't have remembered until the date passed!
It has been that hectic, and I'm not even referring to the Minnesota State Fair goings-on! (Watch for an upcoming post of participants at the third annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out.)
Let this post serve as the following:
• A reminder to get your entries in.
• A notice that while there will be a drawing for winner on September 7, I won't be posting the winner until I go through and check I've posted as many sketches as possible. (I'm also pushing some work deadlines, so your patience is appreciated. Check back around the middle of the month if you aren't a regular reader.)
• A notice that if you haven't seen your image on the blog up until now, and don't see it before I announce the winner, it means I simply thought I had already posted it. (It's hard for me to keep all the blogging straight, even with a blog log; and life has been pretty crazy with projects this year.)
• A reminder that the contest is a drawing and not a judging of entries. Some entrants have entered with several different drawings, executed on separate sightings (as required by the rules). I haven't received an entry that I didn't adore.
• All entries, when I received them, went into the appropriate "drawing" folder so that I wouldn't forget to transfer them. Even if your drawing didn't get posted on the blog it went into that folder. Each drawing you submitted will be an additional slip with our name on it, in the hat.
Thank you again for participating in my quest to be in as many journals as I can, before I die. I have enjoyed every moment of seeing how you depict me! If you find you missed the opportunity to participate in Project Journal Infiltration but see me out and about after September 5, 2011 feel free to make a quick sketch of me in your journal. And let me know! You have my thanks in advance, as it will increase the number of journals I've infiltrated, but it will also give you some portrait practice for 2012's Portrait Party (third Monday in January 2012). Mark your calendar now!
Something fun and creative is always happening at MCBA. Here's yet another opportunity for you to get in on the fun!
DAY OF THE DEAD POSTCARD CONTEST - $250 PRIZE!
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is sponsoring a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) postcard competition, with all entries to be displayed in its Lobby Gallery from September 16 to November 6, 2011. A $250 “best of show” prize will be awarded. Judging will be by MCBA’s staff.
The rules are simple:
1. Create a postcard using any media: collage, paint, drawing, printing, sewing, photography, digital imagery, or any other artistic method.
2. The subject matter should reflect the traditions and art associated with Dia de los Muertos.
3. Postcards must be EXACTLY 4 inches by 6 inches. Entries that do not meet this criteria will not be displayed.
4. Mail postcards to:
Day of the Dead c/o Minnesota Center for Book Arts 1011 Washington Ave South Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55415
5. If the card has dimensional elements or a fragile surface, please mail it in an envelope.
6. Artists MAY submit more than one card.
7. Cards WILL NOT be returned but should contain the name of the artist and some form of contact information (email or phone number at a minimum).
8. Cards MUST be received no later than September 12, 2011