Pods Ecosystem

A Moving Celebration-HauntCouture for CorpseBridal

PaintersHouse HauntCouture in CorpseBridal for All Hallows-perhaps our last civic art collection for Idyllwild from this home. Our totem bride slithers through the #Studio. A bridesmaid, matron of honor, mother of the bride or guest concept from reclaimed local library display materials- Answering the question, “Who are you wearing?” “Shakespeare and Frost.”

PaintersHouse HauntCouture in CorpseBridal for All Hallows-perhaps our last civic art collection for Idyllwild from this home. Our totem bride slithers through the #Studio. A bridesmaid, matron of honor, mother of the bride or guest concept from reclaimed local library display materials- Answering the question, “Who are you wearing?” “Shakespeare and Frost.”

PaintersHouse is Moving! Staging the property for sale.

PaintersHouse is Moving! Staging the property for sale.

HauntCouture CorpseBridal 2019

HauntCouture CorpseBridal 2019

Ava on set of  Harold and Maude-  PinupsPresidential for HauntCouture.

Ava on set of Harold and Maude- PinupsPresidential for HauntCouture.

HauntCouture CorpseBridal Tablescape Elements 2019

HauntCouture CorpseBridal Tablescape Elements 2019

Should we hire this local Idyllwild talent to entertain at our wedding?

Should we hire this local Idyllwild talent to entertain at our wedding?

Haunted Hotel sign- an old sign from PaintersHouse volunteering with Young Idyllwild in 2017 re-purposed for PinupsPresidential’s Hospitality Training programs. #SocialWhiteHouse

Haunted Hotel sign- an old sign from PaintersHouse volunteering with Young Idyllwild in 2017 re-purposed for PinupsPresidential’s Hospitality Training programs. #SocialWhiteHouse

Hotel Lobby- FantasyFloral

Hotel Lobby- FantasyFloral

HauntCouture Wine Service 2019.

HauntCouture Wine Service 2019.

Bow Tie and Harlequin diamonds

Bow Tie and Harlequin diamonds

Tablescape “Crow’s Eye View”

Tablescape “Crow’s Eye View”

Harlequin Skirt & torn heart sweater. I’m looking for diamonds to wear during Renewal-Transition from BirthdayCake to HauntCouture. I’ve been dancing outside the library since internet’s already off at the house since PaintersHouse is changing location!

Harlequin Skirt & torn heart sweater. I’m looking for diamonds to wear during Renewal-Transition from BirthdayCake to HauntCouture. I’ve been dancing outside the library since internet’s already off at the house since PaintersHouse is changing location!

Denim Colorways at PaintersHouse for PinupsPresidential

These purple flowers dry #denim blue! #LifeLongLearning

These purple flowers dry #denim blue! #LifeLongLearning

#BirthdayCake room progress

#BirthdayCake room progress

#PaintersHouse #Sanctuary shelves in #Denim & #Melon- pulled unfinished “stock art” blue on Strathmore Sketchbook Cover as a possible art development activity.

#PaintersHouse #Sanctuary shelves in #Denim & #Melon- pulled unfinished “stock art” blue on Strathmore Sketchbook Cover as a possible art development activity.

A Song and Dance for Denim Colorways 3- PinupsPresidential Summer 2019.JPG
A song & dance for #PinupsPresidential #Summer 2019 at #PaintersHouse

A song & dance for #PinupsPresidential #Summer 2019 at #PaintersHouse

Pulled some “stock art” to play with this summer for #WoodStock50

Pulled some “stock art” to play with this summer for #WoodStock50

PaintersHouse Signage Design Project- v1

Following the simple “Ava’s Double D’s” #CivicDesign standard process, #PaintersHouse #Idyllwild created version one of this signage solution.

Version One of a sign designed for Custom Hair Design by Camille. 2-sided sandwich board.

Version One of a sign designed for Custom Hair Design by Camille. 2-sided sandwich board.

Custom Hair Design by Camille v1 finished sandwich boards_side b.jpg

#BreakItDown

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.

Camille-s Inspiration Artwork- Custom Hair Design Idyllwild.jpg
Idyllwild Day Spa Menu Board- Production pics for Camille Custom Hair Design.jpg
Camille-s Original Chalkboard Sandwich board.jpg

Discovery

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. 

Coffee Time at Higher Grounds Idyllwild.jpg
Vintage Store Chalkboard- Idyllwild California.jpg

Design

Custom Hair Design by Camille initial sketch work for first working design meeting.jpg

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. 

Graphic Rainbow Bulletin Board for initial design meeting with client Camille next to Bride Doors painting to imagine possible paint finishes.

Graphic Rainbow Bulletin Board for initial design meeting with client Camille next to Bride Doors painting to imagine possible paint finishes.

Initial Chalk sketches on original chalkboard finish.

Initial Chalk sketches on original chalkboard finish.

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

The products I chose to create Camille’s chalkboard look with a durable outdoor finish. A simple spray over the magnetic paint produces that wiped down chalkboard look. Camille preferred a uniform dark background, so I dry brushed the varnish immediately to make the finish matte and dark.

The products I chose to create Camille’s chalkboard look with a durable outdoor finish. A simple spray over the magnetic paint produces that wiped down chalkboard look. Camille preferred a uniform dark background, so I dry brushed the varnish immediately to make the finish matte and dark.

Behr Color Smart Kiosk at Home Depot- Tyrian Purple Colorways.jpg
Collecting Behr Color Cards from Home Depot for PaintersHouse Idyllwild.jpg
Noticing Cool and Warm tones in lighting at Home Depot- Camille and I are discussing the possibility of teaching Color Theory together. PaintersHouse can help her design classes and retreats that feature #FigureDrawing for #Hair #Design. I’ll be grateful to have the opportunity to design #PodsProgramming: transform my own career experience and college education into lesson plans that help me expand my understanding of transparencies, grounds, pigments, color for Light/Paint/Fabric. #LifeLongLearning

Noticing Cool and Warm tones in lighting at Home Depot- Camille and I are discussing the possibility of teaching Color Theory together. PaintersHouse can help her design classes and retreats that feature #FigureDrawing for #Hair #Design. I’ll be grateful to have the opportunity to design #PodsProgramming: transform my own career experience and college education into lesson plans that help me expand my understanding of transparencies, grounds, pigments, color for Light/Paint/Fabric. #LifeLongLearning

Noticing Tyrian Purples and GunMetal Grays at Home Depot during PassionWeek Colorways- PaintersHouse PinupsPresidential.jpg
Noticing Tyrian Purples and GunMetal Grays at Home Depot during PassionWeek Colorways - PaintersHouse PinupsPresidential

Noticing Tyrian Purples and GunMetal Grays at Home Depot during PassionWeek Colorways - PaintersHouse PinupsPresidential


Development

Production

2 coats initially of the Rustoleum Magnetic Primer. The instructions say that up to 2 coats of paint can be applied over the magnetic primer in order to retain surface’s magnetic quality, so I kept that in mind while layering. I often used the magnetic paint as my black, instead of acrylic, in order to maintain surface adherence.

2 coats initially of the Rustoleum Magnetic Primer. The instructions say that up to 2 coats of paint can be applied over the magnetic primer in order to retain surface’s magnetic quality, so I kept that in mind while layering. I often used the magnetic paint as my black, instead of acrylic, in order to maintain surface adherence.

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) 

Camille Custom Hair Design- Progress Chalk and Conte Crayon Drawing.jpg
Patch tests on reclaimed PaintersHouse furniture for Custom Hair Design by Camille. I’m interested in painting outdoor furniture up here this way so magnet-prepared props, floral and tablecloths can resist wind during outdoor events. Test patch furniture, clothing, walls and floors are all over PaintersHouse’ home decor, creating unique brand assets that match other community art assets. Over time, the civic art collection weaves will get easier and easier to mix and match.

Patch tests on reclaimed PaintersHouse furniture for Custom Hair Design by Camille. I’m interested in painting outdoor furniture up here this way so magnet-prepared props, floral and tablecloths can resist wind during outdoor events. Test patch furniture, clothing, walls and floors are all over PaintersHouse’ home decor, creating unique brand assets that match other community art assets. Over time, the civic art collection weaves will get easier and easier to mix and match.

I really love how this table looks. Can’t wait to use it in a set somewhere!

I really love how this table looks. Can’t wait to use it in a set somewhere!

Testing varnishes and clear coats over the magnetic paint for different effects at PaintersHouse Idyllwild for Custom Hair Design by Camille. I ended up using the oil-based UV protecting Varathane varnish I purchased for her specifically. I also learned that the Krylon Clear is rated for food service! Its rating is permitted for environments where food may come into brief contact with the surface- perfect for the props and scenic I’m designing for local events. This means I can’t Krylon Clear over the Rustoleum Magnetic paint and serve cheese directly off the table, but placing an hors d'oeuvres tray should be fine.

Testing varnishes and clear coats over the magnetic paint for different effects at PaintersHouse Idyllwild for Custom Hair Design by Camille. I ended up using the oil-based UV protecting Varathane varnish I purchased for her specifically. I also learned that the Krylon Clear is rated for food service! Its rating is permitted for environments where food may come into brief contact with the surface- perfect for the props and scenic I’m designing for local events. This means I can’t Krylon Clear over the Rustoleum Magnetic paint and serve cheese directly off the table, but placing an hors d'oeuvres tray should be fine.

I integrated the chalkier finish to model the figure initially and the make the boards read as figurative from a farther distance. Camille prefers the “clean” dark black chalkboard look in the initial pictures at the top of this blog post, but may change her mind if reading the signage from the street becomes an issue.

I integrated the chalkier finish to model the figure initially and the make the boards read as figurative from a farther distance. Camille prefers the “clean” dark black chalkboard look in the initial pictures at the top of this blog post, but may change her mind if reading the signage from the street becomes an issue.

I did one side with a “clean” finish and one an authentic looking “Chalkboard cloudy” when Camille came by for her final review. I finished both sides in clean, dark black, which makes the figurative lines fine to read from a distance. The distance issue may not be first priority though as the parked cars frequently cover view of the signage completely. Depending on where she places her sandwich board, Camille may be targeting people walking by through the shopping complex over people viewing the sign off the street. Either way, I wanted to make sure the initial read “HAIR” made it evident what she’s offering up close or from a distance: more detail is offered the closer you come to the boards. I still like this look a lot and will be happy to return them to this finish if her results indicate a need. v1, v2, v3 is so normal in the digital world and should be easier in the physical one. That’s another reason I’m modeling affordable, iterative prototypes for civic design.

I did one side with a “clean” finish and one an authentic looking “Chalkboard cloudy” when Camille came by for her final review. I finished both sides in clean, dark black, which makes the figurative lines fine to read from a distance. The distance issue may not be first priority though as the parked cars frequently cover view of the signage completely. Depending on where she places her sandwich board, Camille may be targeting people walking by through the shopping complex over people viewing the sign off the street. Either way, I wanted to make sure the initial read “HAIR” made it evident what she’s offering up close or from a distance: more detail is offered the closer you come to the boards. I still like this look a lot and will be happy to return them to this finish if her results indicate a need. v1, v2, v3 is so normal in the digital world and should be easier in the physical one. That’s another reason I’m modeling affordable, iterative prototypes for civic design.

Delivery

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.

Archive PaintersHouse ActivityStation for Custom Hair Design by Camille

Archive PaintersHouse ActivityStation for Custom Hair Design by Camille

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!

What is Sacred?

What is Sacred?

Starting an Under the Sea collection to link land-locked Idyllwild to another region.

PaintersHouse Weekly- Mood for Spring

PaintersHouse Weekly- Mood for Spring

The mood for Spring at PaintersHouse Idyllwild

Easter Transition via Trousseau PodsProgramming

Trousseau is a civic art collections program for people just starting their adult households

PassionWeek: Going Gangsta on Social Change

PassionWeek: Going Gangsta on Social Change

Catholic School Gurlz Rule- an edgier Easter inspired by Alice Cooper in Jesus Christ Superstar

Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema

Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema

Ava starring as and with extremely famous people at the Idyllwild International Film Festival

Ava Movie Mogul

Ava Movie Mogul

Ava stars as Movie Mogul and Backstage Crew for Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema

FridayChill for MardiGras, Carnival and Carnivale Colorways

FridayChill for MardiGras, Carnival and Carnivale Colorways

Keeping a #CivicSabbath during #mardigras Colorways

HomeMaker

HomeMaker

Home making requires design, engineering, materials management and a variety of #LifeLongLearning skills. Rethinking residential as a #civic standard for the #citizenexperience just makes sense.

PaintersHouse Weekly- Snowed In

facing challenges and making art while snowed in at PaintersHouse

Prospective Client Showroom Set-up in PaintersHouse Idyllwild Studio Pods

Prospective Client Showroom Set-up in PaintersHouse Idyllwild Studio Pods

Prospective client showroom setup in #mardigras, #chinoiserie and #brandUSA>#brandCalifornia (featuring #firetruck) colorways

Carnival Colorways Progress Pics- Mardi Gras Carnivale Valentines and Chinoiserie

Carnivale in Chinoiserie- studio setup

AvasCostumeShop & PropShop: Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnivale Colorways

AvasCostumeShop & PropShop: Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnivale Colorways

Ava’s costume shop and prop shop during Mardi Gras, carnival, carnivale Colorways, featuring chinoiserie and valentines

PaintersHouse Weekly for New Year Renewal 2019- Cream and Flour for Stir, Floral and FantasyFloral

PaintersHouse Weekly for New Year Renewal 2019- Cream and Flour for Stir, Floral and FantasyFloral

Getting back to renewal basics for New Year 2019. #NewYearRenewal

CitizenExperience

Hope, Joy, Peace and Love by Design

Opt-in citizen campaign for Orchestrating Civic Life with #GovernanceStandards

What happy, healthy human beings need for an optimized #CitizenExperience:

  • 8 hours sleep daily

  • Blocking off time for pre-planned weekly activities- usually 3 #activitystations per working day

  • Day of rest once a week: a civic sabbath

  • Local weekly values-based group gathering or face time with friends to educate and be educated about issues affecting the community or neighborhood. Relating “Act Local/Think Global” to larger regional/national/global civic arrangements and impacts. Checking in to a small group civic gathering like this could eventually become our citizen’s only meeting obligation for the week, replacing the staff meeting at work, scouting meeting after work, family/spouse meetings regarding experiences like meals, materials management, shuttling kids around, managing laundry and sporting equipment that can be better handled in technology-enabled community coordination, like a luxury resort or hospitality property. Generating and Combining the to-do lists generated by 50+/-people in a neighborhood or local affinity group to look for efficiencies. Can be branded experiences periodically changed up at home (#PodsProgramming updated with seasonal #Colorways), or attended while traveling elsewhere, as long as the civic group sends relevant data to citizen’s neighborhood for scheduling and materials management. My prototype program is called #Sanctuary on this site- governing ourselves according to what we truly value.

  • At least one activity block reserved for adult sexuality per week

  • Occasional- weekly or at least quarterly- PinupsPresidential variety show formatting for entertaining civic engagement- like a local SNL for civic issues and awareness. These gatherings can take place in theatrical, auditorium or sporting venues can vary in size. They can prompt venue restoration and or construction and feature both professional and citizen-generated content. #MemesThatMatter and Viral Vids can trend to regional, national and global PinupsPresidential arena shows. This could be weekly or at least quarterly.

  • A new Colorways each quarter for education, economic development and entertainment with Renewal #transition between seasons. With reset #practice NewYearRenewal, Spring Renewal, Summer and Fall, residential mimics retail weaving methods with regularly scheduled cleaning and ordering. Commercial work places may also adopt to align themselves with these practices.

  • Annual one week #WishingWell retreat for health consultation, returning home with program plan to local doctor. Activity and #ActivityStation updates (usually 3 per working day) moved to citizen’s BeliefDNA dashboard calendar.

  • Ava’s Double D’s (discovery, design, develop, deliver) every 4 years (currently coinciding with PinupsPresidential’s U.S. presidential calendar) to allow free flow time for innovation as well as an organizing framework for harvesting completed work. 2019 is our #Development year.

Individual citizens, groups or brands can create and share activities and #activitystations for civilization building goals: for example, formatting for groups of 4 to make Korean meals together using specific products, mother and child formatting for a series of kitchen chemistry experiments to meet child’s education requirements and mom’s teaching certification, guy time for neighborhood maintenance projects that combine fellowship with fitness and community service. Scouting, education and coaching resources deploying new and existing content for optimized human experiences as long as formatting adheres to #GovernanceStandards like 3 #activitystations per day. BeliefDNA citizen dashboard automatically generates a proposed weekly schedule of activities for citizen>family>community with appropriate privacy, advising of potential conflicts and possible solutions.

My citizen has automatically suggested and scheduled time with:

children

spouse

sex partner

friends

local community

affinity groups

health care providers and wellness practitioners

educators

My citizen has:

enough stimulation to be mentally challenged

enough organization to feel secure, avoiding unnecessary chaos or stress

opportunity to interact with different age groups and categories by design

automatically scheduled childcare within walking distance of residence (24-7 safe place for kids)

a #LifeLongLearning approach where citizen has regularly scheduled experiences as a beginner, intermediate and expert

a range of modalities employed so citizens from different languages and cultures can interact fluidly apart from verbal communications- cooking, making music, sporting

streamlined, delivered, economically and ethically-sourced materials, pantry, laundered clothing

healthcare, wellness and fitness touchpoints with key brands and providers

optimized transportation- with more place-based livelihood pods in the home or within walking distance, commuting can be limited or eliminated and citizens working out of neighborhood will experience less traffic and faster arrival times. Ecological community benefits.

physical activity requirements met by design of #activitystations

face time with other citizens who have been matched for optimized experiences- professional, familial, sexual or romantic, friendship. Replacing screen time with optimized formatting for human experience (solitude, 2 people, 4 people, 8, 12) for mental wellness, mindbody wellbeing, physical fitness, development of skills and talent by education and #practice time for self-realization connected to community needs

Navigational Wayfinding for New Year Renewal- setting direction towards Carnival MardiGras Colorways

Navigating transition from Holidays through New Year Renewal towards Mardi Gras, Carnival and Carnivale Colorways, passing through Valentines and Chinese New Year via Chinoiserie

PaintersHouse Weekly: New Year Renewal and Trousseau Pods Programming

Trousseau pods programming for #newyearrenewal

Why Civic Art Collections- Letter to an Investor

Why civic art rental collections- a letter to an investor