Monday, October 15, 2012

vinyl spiral bunny shirts for AGB!

I drew a little white bunny in a black hole for my favorite music blogger/ husband (Anti-Gravity Bunny/ Justin). He is printing them on shirts and selling them on his website for a very short time. 

It was not easy for me to draw something that met my craving for cuteness as well as complimented his black metal sensibilities. I think the design is a pretty cool compromise. 

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I didn't make art for six whole months. I don't think I've ever gone that long before. It would probably be healthy for me to write a big long essay about the past six months but that feels daunting right now.

I came back to this blog to celebrate that I made something a couple weeks ago and then I made something else and something else and something else and DAMN IT FELT GOOD to make things. 

I've lost a lot recently so I'm really glad to get something back.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Zine Thing!

I have been saying I will make my first zine for probably two years and now I'm going to make one really really quickly in two days. It will not be perfect but it will contain hedgehogs. My zine theme will be my relationship with Acorn my hedgehog and how he is a miserable bitter creature that I adore. The catalyst for speed- zine- making is the upcoming Spring Zine Thing at the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, MA. The event is hosted by my pals Megan and Marissa and every little thing they do is magic so I wanted to be involved.

Their words, "At the Spring Zine Thing you can chat with zinesters, buy zines, swap your zine for someone else's, learn about zine libraries, or work on making a zine with us! We still have room for anyone who has a single issue of a zine at the community table, so email us at Spring Zine Thing if you want in. If you have been thinking about making a zine, JUST DO IT ALREADY, or show up and help us make a community zine."

This will be fun even if my slapdash production embarrasses me. You should come!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

picture list of things I like

I like this place.

I like this heirloom.

I like this treat.

I like my job.

I like my fella.

I like being alone.

I like to dance.

I recently joined Instagram. I like it. My username is elisetowlesnow.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Sparkle in a shitstorm

Things have been bad. So so bad that I stopped even writing about all the bad things because I didn't want to be a drag. "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all." as Thumper would say.

I'm back because I've found something to celebrate. A little sparkle in the shitstorm if you will.

I found a really good job! Meaningful, local, artistic, reliable employment! Last week was my first and it was just as good as I hoped it would be. I'm working in Peabody, MA at the new ArcWorks Community Art Center as manager of the gallery shop and occasional workshop instructor. ArcWorks CAC is a part of the Northeast Arc which provides lifelong support to individuals with disabilities and their families and the Art Center is it's newest offshoot that aims to bring the whole community together through art and craft. As you can expect, I'm ALL ABOUT THAT!

I'll be showing more of what I'm doing soon but this is just an enthusiastic introduction. The photos above are from a workshop I led last week on image weaving. I was so pleased with the way the art turned out and all the individuals who participated LOVED what they made and traded with the other participants. I'll post a tutorial soon if you want to give it a try.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Nothing gold can stay

Elise & Ginny picking blueberries

quiet timeThe camp

This past weekend I had to say goodbye to my favorite place on the whole planet. My uncle's little lakeside cabin in Maine was abruptly put up for sale as well as the entire contents.

I've been lucky to visit "the camp" every summer of my life and I never thought I would have to stop. Everyone always planned to keep it in the family as long as we could- but Dad died and things changed and it seems I am getting a lot of immersion training in the art of letting go.

A real estate agent is assessing the contents of the cabin with an antiques dealer and moving everything out. There were a few sentimental items that I wish we had the chance to rescue; a set of marbles I used to play with, a painting my Aunt Dottie made of the lake and a strip of birch bark sewn into a tiny mouse canoe with my grandmother's name painted on it. I'm heartbroken that it is all gone. Things change too fast.

"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."

Robert Frost

Monday, January 30, 2012

February's Rabbit Rabbit!

Here is an early "Rabbit Rabbit" post for you. A sneak peek of the first digital print I'll be offering in my shop! I'm still not ready to officially open up this new element of the shop because I am working on making some special handmade packaging but "coming soon" is "coming sooner!"

In this picture: The books are Mark Twain's Puddinhead Wilson (which has been sitting on my shelf unread for six months) and Winnie The Pooh (which I started reading every morning because it makes me happy). The little stuffed creatures are Fern Animals made by my friend Ashley. The bouquet was a much appreciated gesture from Daphne. I find product styling a little challenging. It is hard to tell if this arrangement looks good because it is attractive or if I am just sentimental.