I have finished writing Upcycle: Break Cycles of Trauma with Art-Making to Create Something Empowering. It should be available in a month, I expect. Here is a dummy of the cover – waiting for the barcode to make it printer-ready
Seeking Artists & Artisans to sell (no fee) art & furniture made with rescued, recycled & repurposed materials at an event to benefit the transitional housing program for women & mothers with children escaping violence at Operation Care in Shelbyville, KY this July 23rd
Each artist/artisan chooses which percent of their sales goes to the charity.
The program gives women and children who are escaping violence shelter, business classes, therapy, music lessons and a workshop on Upcycling to supplement their income.
The event is part of a project funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW) which includes a book, album, workshop and benefit event about Upcycling: using songwriting & art-making to break cycles of trauma and abuse and make something valuable, and empowering.
Please Read the Call for Artists and Artist Contract PDFs below for instructions and the information you need. Inquiries to email@example.com
(616) 216-4715. Sponsors are needed. Your logo or business card will be on the program or in the newspaper in exchange for donations. Look for a forthcoming post about sponsorship.
i was recently awarded an Art Meets Activism grant by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. with support from the foundation i will spend this year raising awareness and money for Operation Care’s transitional housing program for women and mothers with children in Shelbyville, KY.
i will produce a book, album, workshop and event all called Upcycle. Each aspect of the project promotes Upcycling in the literal sense of using rescued or repurposed materials to make a valuable piece of art or furniture, as well as the more cerebral sense of breaking cycles of abuse and trauma by using one’s own voice for art-making.
Upcycle the book will collect my complete lyrics and a personal narrative of how i found my voice and used it to break cycles.
Upcycle the album will kick off the project of recording my songs, beginning with some of the ones that steered me in my life.
Upcycle the event will take place July 23, 2022 at Operation Care Resale Shop 708 Main St., Shelbyville, KY. It will feature upcycled art and furniture for sale by local artists and artisans to benefit the transitional housing program. The women currently in housing will auction a group piece they make together at the inaugural workshop. Meet the artists and maybe they will share some of their secrets. Buy fresh baked goods at our bake sale. Buy local art. Get to know the mission of Operation Care. Upcycle!
If you would like to upcycle work for the benefit, sponsor, bake or volunteer in another way email Bree at firstname.lastname@example.org with Upcycle as subject.
for a long time i was enamored with the water tower i looked out at from my window in the Old Hotel in Pleasureville, KY. when i wrote or drew i might turn my head away from the screen to finish a thought, my eyes went to the window, and straight to the tower from there. or, i would catch it as i came back inside from my big front porch. i looked back at it when i latched the screen door shut again. sometimes the water tower looked awful white to me. other times it was a hospital blue. it seemed to pulsate. it glowed. it radiated.
i often thought about this. what destined the tower to be which color. what made it white now, blue later on? was it how blue the sky was? was it on account of there being no clouds or many clouds and what type of cloud? what about a gray day compared with a bright one? and time of day, too, may factor in. could it be the humidity?
one day i was leaning down to take off a boot when i turned my head, and inadvertently glanced out the window. today the water tower was white. it was a cloudy day with medium sun. mid to late afternoon. made sense to me. i got off the other boot and climbed in bed.
my bed was also my office, dining car, art studio and home theatre. i leaned back on a sheave of down pillows. looked out the window again; this time the water tower was blue.
i got up for a closer examination; standing close to the window i saw two water towers. a white one directly north, which i could see without leaving the bed, and a blue one just out of the frame. you had to be looking north-east to see the blue one. which i had, many times, standing on the front porch to photograph a sunrise. or talking to Shane who had the other side of the front porch. when he and i talked we did so from each our own side of the porch, sitting in a chair facing out, as opposed to facing each other. how many times did i look out at the blue tower, listening to Shanes life-story? telling him mine. we were probably the only people who would listen to us.
from my front porch chair i could not see the white water tower, only the blue. if i was on my bed i could only see the white one. she stood gleaming like a blank sheet of paper i could do anything i liked with: write, draw, collage, de coupage, design a book, make spitballs, paper aeroplanes, origami. i could make everything in the world (except money) with this white tower. for 17 months i thought she was my one and only.
the thrill was gone with the mystery solved. the towers were a constant that changed colors only according to what light and which shadows, like anything else. the white tower was a muse. she taught me to hold on to awe and wonder as though they were twins id given birth to.
Leather-bound Hardcover Art Book to Benefit the ACLU
An Artist Imagines Political Figures Getting Gussied Up in Solidarity with Their Brothers and Sisters
or any donation of $35 or more gets you a copy of the book and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book
TO ORDER: paypal as friends and family to email@example.com
or cheque to 41 Kings HWY Waddy, KY 40076
There is urgent need for national nondiscrimination protections which include sexual orientation and gender identity in the US of A.
Wile the vast majority of Americans support national nondiscrimination protections, Trump and his administration consistently aim to undermine, rather than protect LGBTQ Americans’ ability to live the American Dream, free from discrimination- and a well-justified fear of violence.
This book should be a welcome respite from the sadness, frustration and anger so many of us feel as a vulnerable minority of our population is bombarded by attacks.
granted, it has only been 25 years since i began writing songs, and meanwhile i never have recorded them!
when i was 18 i sang Billie Holidays ‘Strange Fruit’ at an open mic along with a couple of poems. a dude i cannot recall the name of from the band New Salem Witch Hunters befriended me, and had me in a studio singing ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Fast car’ for a compilation of contemporary songs by folks in Cleveland. but this was the last time i was in the studio…1996.
my bands recorded ourselves only for the purpose of working out songs. but this March i entered three of my original songs in Kentucky Arts Councils Songwriting Grant contest, and will hear back July 1- i stand to win $7000!
it was difficult to choose genre- i write blues songs, but i am not a blues songwriter. i write jazz songs, and much of what has inspired my music has been jazz, but it was not a category up for the grant. i decided on Americana, as this encompasses the ‘sittin on the porch without shoes’ feeling i feel when i sing.
here are a the songs i entered.
if i win i will use the money to press a small numbered edition of a dozen of my songs on vinyl, and put them online for free. been recording with Lewis Mathis who has a music studio near me in Shelbyville, KY and a small cast of local geniuses.
i have been exploring nudes and eroticism with my ‘collages made from a single photograph’ for some months now. truly they are a way to get better at drawing, as photographs have built-in palettes, lighting and shade.
i will put together a book of just a dozen or so, each collage facing the original photo from which it came with applicable info. all of the collages are made from shots i took in various parts of central Kentucky.
not all of them are meant to be erotic. some simply address the human body, while others are explicit.
if you would like to order a copy let me know at FB or firstname.lastname@example.org — if it appears enough people are wanting a book i will produce one before the month of November is up.
here are a few finished pieces to check out. xoxo Bree
i have spent the last half-year creating this 320 page art book, which consists of selected collages from a single photograph. i make the collages on Paint, a program which recently made the news—Microsoft was going to lay it to rest, but a revolt took place, and they will keep it as part of Windows computers.
here are some examples of my work. in the book the photo the collage came from faces the page with the collage itself, so the reader can see where my vision came from. click on link to buy the book, or send $37 here.
well the Artist Enrichment Grant the Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded me has seen its end. i sent in the final report, which is a retrospect assessment of whether my work made impact and affected change, whether i grew as an artist and independent thinker, well–so much to think about, digest, take inventory of-
we are all such houses to clean!
i put as much work into the report as i did the calendar, book or other aspect of the project. today i spoke with a woman at KFW while she held my work in her hands. hours later i would discover i am covered now by Medicare. the rewarding finish of two major looming aspects of my life–the project, and my pursuit of health insurance concurred.
my response was in earnest because the project gave me the opportunity and responsibility of sending more overt messages out with my singular voice.
i find i dont always agree with messages the media labels as feminist because at times it is sensationalised and rather honed to an agenda.
this can cause people to perceive feminists as being up in arms about things which may or may not be relevant, accurate or true–meanwhile, each day women endure actual discrimination, harassment, hardships and barriers most men dont. and i think to focus on my personal experience- my point of view is the most helpful, and the less distracting.