my week: my summer (part two)

As I figured when I wrote part one, the summer installments of my "weekly" updates will likely conclude with this, the second report. School started on Monday, meaning summer vacation is officially over (but, as my son will quickly remind you, Summer the season continues for a few more weeks). It's been a busy few weeks since my last update, too, with the launch of two new projects on the art macro blog. The first is equal parts weird science, a celebration of randomness, and a penchant for felt. The other is a project I've been mulling over for some time now (8 years, to be precise). I hope you'll save the date and help put the "en masse" part into the idea behind dressing up and going somewhere en masse.

Otherwise, here are just a few things I've been thinking about more recently:


After letting it nearly die a slow, expired domain, I kinda forgot how to use Dreamweaver death, I revived my website! My new URL (I've had a couple over the last ten years) is now my full name. A little boring but pretty standard practice for artist types. And all the possible alternatives were already taken. Have you noticed my handle on other social media has also changed? "I am also Becky G.", after all.

If you're in the DC area, you have but another week or so to dive into the giant ball pit created by Snarkitecture. I have one Facebook friend who went and posted pictures and I'm #sojeals.

I had a brief Twitter exchange with Miranda July (!) when I asked how she and Harrell Fletcher drummed up participation in their web-based project Learning To Love You More. Answer? Word of mouth.

Speaking of Social Practice, CCA (where you can currently declare it a concentration as part of another graduate degree) is rolling out a Master's Degree focused in it, currently recruiting for the first incoming cohort to begin next fall.

Finally for the art category, and perhaps most importantly, I was introduced to the work of Amanda Palmer last week when she did this amazing thing outside the New York Public Library. Then this week she wrote this incredible essay on Medium in response to a "worried" fan about the fear that just about all women have, but particularly creative ones, around juggling career and motherhood and how this little person will affect your art. There's a lot I could write about this and I hope I'll find the time one day soon, but I guess one lingering thought I have right now is, you know, even if she was crowd-funding her baby, how is that any different than mom bloggers taking one freebie after another, writing about it on their blogs with, we can be sure, their honest, unbiased opinions (as my friend Meredith pointed out, free cruises usually make for pretty fantastic family vacations), and then using those blog posts to secure additional advertising income?  And as Palmer articulates much better than I can, the resources she'll need to raise this child are no different than the resources she'll need as an artist when it comes down to the day-to-day nitty gritty of living a creative life. Personally, I hope she uses some of that Patreon support for quality childcare.

CRAFT (and design and stuff)

I'm going to file this under craft because the art file is full this "week." Did you watch  Wet Hot American Summer? Hilarious, no? Of course, one of my favorite lines was when the arts & crafts counselor, played by Molly Shannon, says, "I finally get to put my arts degree from RISD to good use." LOL (oh, wait, the kids aren't saying that anymore).

Okay, I guess I do have one more contribution to the craft category. This yarn installation is designed to help you experience music physically. Far out.

DANCE (and all the other stuff)

I finally watched American Sniper. I have this pet peeve when TV shows or movies use much older babies - obvious 3, 4 or 5-month olds, for example - to represent a newborn. But after seeing how obviously uncomfortable the actors were handling "fake baby" I think I prefer the 5-month old newborn, after all!

I can't believe SYTYCD will be over in a couple of weeks. As usual, it feels like the season only just began. I'm really, really hoping I can make it to the live tour this year (my birthday is right around the corner - hint, hint). How hot was that Argentine Tango that choreographer Leonardo performed with JJ?! This is hardly the first time Leonardo has danced with a contestant and that's okay by me.

Finally, I got reading glasses. I'm still telling myself it's just eye strain from looking at a computer all day. #thisisnoteven40

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