Rethinking The “Scary Clown” form, as court jester, confidant of the King. Kids activities at a funeral. Talking to kids about death & what aspects the “inner child” within adults need similar rituals and #activitystations.
We will need to culturally reconcile the celebratory nature of Festival of Lights as we navigate our #HauntCouture civic art collections in #CorpseBridal #form.
Relate Picasso and Primitive Masks
Light in the Darkness
#DesignThinking: How to reflect on Angels of Light and Resurrected Bodies without sinking into trite religious platitudes. He or she may be in a better place, but this may not be what mourners are yet ready to hear. Good Mourning starshine: “clean” mourning is a #sanitation #exercise. If we mindfully observe rituals like Jesa, Sitting Shiva, Dia Des Los Muertos and All Hallows (Halloween, All Saints and All Souls) we can be more prepared to mourn when we actually need to. Adults, check out Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You for a “get real” illustration of a family dealing with their stuff as they reluctantly observe an old-fangled" ritual.
Investigate which cultures bring food (when, why and how) and which ones don’t.
But before we go….
Melon and Denim
Beginning the #transition from #BirthdayCake #Colorways featuring #Denim and #Melon. We voyaged through #MoonLanding50, anniversary of last episode of the original Star Trek, #WoodStock50 and 4th of July Samurai. I’m thinking about the color White for #CorpseBridal culturally connecting Western Bridal to Asian mourning. As I begin a #Renewal phase at the house, I’m mindfully noticing how the Melon exercises in particular affected my perception and work.
Observed #WoodStock50 this past week by attending #YoungIdyllwild’s live music event. Music history anniversary for music dweebs. Attending year two of a contemporary festival in Idyllwild honored the occasion beautifully- multiple stages and relevant musicianship and styles for 2019.
Transition to HauntCouture
Sustainability and Climate Change Civic Themes
Orchestrating Civic Conversation and Place-Based Affinity #ActivityStations to impact #SocialChange
Seeking commissions and Ava-in-Residence invitations to design and paint the reverse sides of #KelleyPadrick’s FieldNotes doors and panels
Stir for BirthdayCake Colorways
FieldNotes Panels at Spirit Mountain
Dropping off a sample
An edited email:
Hello (Musician) Friend,
I dropped off this funny little ink exercise as an example of one of the civic art collections I'm designing for Idyllwild with the goal of connecting us to other places. These are thank you notes for an event I attended in Texas recently. The venue had a gangster theme and sported gangsta plaid wallpaper. Here I thought to use ants with a plaid picnic tablecloth reference. I thought the exercise could also work well for creepy Halloween crawlers.
#PaintersHouse creates civic context for #Painting. As a live-work production environment, I weave seasonal #Colorways through all kinds of noble and mundane tasks so artists have a reason to get better by #practice over time. The goal is to create economic development opportunities for painting and drawing.
I really enjoyed meeting you recently and am hoping to develop standard performance bits and playlists along with culinary/menus that address civic needs like Christmas, Halloween even Birthday Parties. Since the bits and scenic are reusable, multiple artists can participate. (letter continues below)
Concepts for collaborating #Stir kitchen pods
The Letter Continues…
I'm doing a #BirthdayCake Colorways now:
Here's Holidays 2018- where I'd love to create amazing Caroler Idyllwild brand-unique costumes and music
Developing a Halloween "HauntCouture" approach coming up in October 2019. It can relate to Young Idyllwild's Halloween Haunt or serve as a sophisticated alternative to blood and gore for venues in town who want just a "touch" of Halloween or Harvest Festival with directions to related activities at the Idyllwild Haunt.
Would love to invite you to visit PaintersHouse Idyllwild. I'm looking to establish some steady gigs for us (a nonprofit, donation-based asset for the community) and could use your help!
Romans, RenFaire, Holidays- #BirthdayCake #Colorways weave.
Human Experience Design for ethical wayfinding relating information sciences to Theology- #HXD. Design for ethical logics (programming, entertainment gaming, governance systems)
Ava breaks into TV!
Thanks to CreekStone Inn, Idyllwild for the blackout curtain donation to Paintershouse. We may use them again for Idyllwild Film Fest and can certainly use them for a suggested intro to photography class featuring PaintersHouse props and scenic. I posed in the au natural noon light to achieve this effect. Fun!
It’s been a fun #exercise to weave #Melon through the standard #July4th Red, White & Blue. A summery civic collections update to #BrandUSA and #Denim during #BirthdayCake #Colorways.
4th of July U.S. - Sanctuary pod for #BrandUSA
PinupsPresidential for BirthdayCake Colorways. Need glitter tassels.
Travel to Dallas Clothes- Week of July 4 2019- Ava for PinupsPresidential- PaintersHouse in BrandUSA
Following the simple “Ava’s Double D’s” #CivicDesign standard process, #PaintersHouse #Idyllwild created version one of this signage solution.
A sign designed and painted for a local #Salon artisan. How did we arrive to v1 of this solution? Camille had an existing chalkboard sandwich board she wants to use in front of the salon. The required verbiage included "Custom Hair Design by Camille" at "Idyllwild Day Spa" and "Walkins Welcome" Camille has a relationship with Idyllwild Day Spa, which uses a chalkboard look in their own materials. So we want those to relate. In addition, Camille had a piece of inspiration artwork a friend had made for her. It features a blissful woman with multi-color hair. As an expert colorist, Camille liked the idea of this painting. She also has a business card, shown in the Development phase images below, that I had to if not precisely color match, at least relate to in a relevant way.
I looked at other chalkboard styles around town to see how Camille's sign could relate to the established community signage system (are we used to looking at chalkboard sandwich boards? If so, in which contexts?) I took some pictures.
For our first meeting, I taped the various elements onto the boards and walked Camille through PaintersHouse to see completed paintings with various finishes. Initially, she thought she'd like to move away from the chalkboard look and make a fine oil painting on white like the Bride doors (below). Once we discussed the other chalkboard looks around town, she decided wholeheartedly to pursue the black ground. She preferred the homey look over a modern San serif.
I completed a few chalk/conte crayon drawings both for the 1st meeting and second review (by email) so Camille could get a feel for the layout options. Once we knew we were working with color over a dark surface, I introduced the idea of magnetizing the board and leaving a border around it, so the board might be utilized as a rental for someone else on days when Camille isn't working. This might help her offset production costs or even allow for the v1 solution to serve as an underpainting for a fancier oil painting like the Bride doors in the future.
Functional Specifications and Estimate
With the look decided, I was able to estimate time and materials for Camille. I am looking to design a product small businesses can afford, then relate other economic and funding sources to PaintersHouse (a nonprofit BeliefDNA project). As #PaintersHouse’ #ProjectConcierge designing civic prototypes, I actually put in significant time in addition to what I budget for my client-citizen, but, like many start-ups, that is in the hope that PaintersHouse can then repeat the size, ground and technique again in the future, promoting it as a community standard. In some ways our experience will be like visiting a Beauty School.
My Trip to Home Depot
During production, I tested with a car/fridge magnet style & that option is now available to her (think, a Friday or Saturday night band promotion, since she works during the day, or an event weekend)
See the images at the top of this post and note possible alternatives generated during the #development phase. The issues we imagined may prove true or they may not. Camille will be placing the sign in different positions and in different lighting and weather conditions, so the placement itself will influence how the artwork is perceived.
Documenting the products used and selecting key paints and colors to archive so our client-citizen can call upon us again for revisions- whether those happen quickly after delivery (can we make this darker or lighter, more or less saturated) or for an annual retouch next year. As PaintersHouse, I’ll continue to seek rental clients for the board (magnets like this can be digitally produced or painted by hand) in order to pay for maintenance and improvements and to network on Camille’s behalf (event rental customers frequently need salon services).
With permission, I cleaned and lightly sanded the frame itself and gave the wood a light spray with the Varathane. I am interested in seeing how the UV protector impacts the signage’s weathering. I suggested for v2 that we might wood putty fill some of the rougher edges of the frame itself and give it another coat. We’ll see how things go! Camille was wonderful to collaborate with and I hope we get to design together again. May Camille be blessed by a steady stream of clients!
Trousseau is a civic art collections program for people just starting their adult households
I walked the North and South circle loop in my small town on Good Friday as I proposed in the 2019 PassionWeek calendar. I noted many places where we might add stations of the Cross. A loop walk could be done quite athletically and lead to more advanced trail hiking or in an easy going mode with content and interaction opportunities along the way. I stopped at Queen of Angels 3 p.m. Catholic service and wept. They’ve had several moving services this week.
I’ve LOVED the nonviolence civics theme this year. Referencing the Jesus story as a civics example of what happens when government goes wrong and turns on its own citizens enriched my personal spiritual observance.
PassionWeek Colorways in Gun Metal & Tyrian Purple
Navigating the Transition towards Easter 2019- PassionWeek Colorways