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Work in Progress

I need to apply the finishing touches (aka some gloss medium) to this mixed-media collage but I’m excited to start the first in a series of collage on magazine backing boards. This one has pieces from a 1970s Ms. Magazine, images from a 1960s children’s reading textbook, paper pieces from Flow Magazine‘s first Book for Paper Lovers, the awesome vintage LADIES stamp I picked up at Vintage Charlotte, and a paper towel that was dyed when I dipped it in watercolor-from-tubes and squished it out under a running faucet.

The Jade Buddha

In May, the kid and I had the honor of visiting the Jade Buddha at the Minh Dang Quang Monastery on its last day here in Charlotte. Known as the “Jade Buddha for Universal Peace” it is a travelling statue over 11 feet in length and weighing in at eight tons.  We had never been to this monastery in the Derita area of Charlotte before (another one of my favorite neighborhoods!)  so we enjoyed walking around the grounds and exploring this peaceful place. I was happy to see my child so happy and checking out not only the Jade Buddha, but all the permanent statues around the monastery.  It felt like the hottest day of the year up until that point, so we bought hats that I deemed magic because they instantly cooled us that moment we put them on. Even though we are usually very private about our beliefs, and normally just celebrate and honor our Buddhist practice at home, it felt like such a special day to be at a Buddhist monastery with my child. We talked to the …

Work + Play: Life in South End

The Charlotte Art League is in South End, one of my favorite Charlotte neighborhoods. We have the privilege of being in an area full of good food and art galleries, and we’re within walking distance to Uptown.  Our back door is a few steps from one of the lite rail stops, and we have walking trails around us, so everything is very convenient. I personally enjoy working across the street from the Common Market, so I can get a diet soda and/or mimosa any time I want. At one point South End was very industrial and now it has become gentrified, and there are apartments all around us. While I enjoy the revitalization in vibrancy from the neighborhood galleries and restaurants, I worry about the future of our own arts organization. We’re long-time renters in an old building, and honestly we can be sold (and torn down) at anytime. Our friend down the road, Price’s Chicken Coop is now dwarfed by mid-rise apartments on both sides, but its own little establishment still remains. My hope is that we, …

48 Hours in New York: Part 1

   Last month on the weekend before I turned 32, I treated myself to a 48-hour excursion to New York City. While I’d been before, this was my first time going alone. My husband’s aunt and uncle were gracious enough (as always) to let me stay with them AND give me a key so I was able to come and go as I pleased. I arrived on a Friday afternoon and left Sunday afternoon. After landing and spending some time with the fam, I hopped on the subway to head to my favorite stores in Midtown Manhattan. The minute I sat down on the 6, I reached into my bag for my phone-as all people do-and I realized I’d left it back at the apartment. I was frantic for a second because I thought there was no way I could manage finding my way around without it. Then I reminded myself it’s hard to get lost in Manhattan, especially in Midtown where it’s still on the grid system. My second thought was an ultimate 21st …

Bedroom Sanctuary

I created a sanctuary in our bedroom to encourage me to hang out in the room and keep it tidy. If I respect a space, then I won’t want to trash it with yesterday’s clothes. I managed to shove the husband’s old couch up against the window, and I brought it my little Buddhist meditation center-slash-Virgin Mary shrine (Oh sweet compromise that comes with the gift of marriage!). I will admit I haven’t meditated once in that corner, but I have sat on the couch a lot this summer and somehow burned through about a dozen mediocre summer reads. I also cleared out the space under my side of the bed (Husband the Pack Rat could use a little help under his side) and it really is nice to look down and see a clutter-free zone. I do keep a stack of magazines next to the couch and a small tub of collage supplies and journals I’ll never finish, since I am a lady of leisure. Also, comfort clutter is different from regular clutter, I …