Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trashy Bird on a Wall

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I made this trashy bird a few years ago for a show on recycling. It now hangs in the house next to a walking stick my husband bought me at Serpent Mound in Ohio. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Copyright: Band Member Claims Credit for Album Cover Design

This goes back a bit, but since a book on copyright, in which I am included, is coming out soon I thought I would share one story.
In 2010 I created an evil eye doodle in my sketchbook and then did colour variations on photoshop. After doing a reverse image search on google in 2013 I found this article using my design so I dug further and 
 to my astonishment discovered one of the band members from The Long Time Darlings claiming he designed it. 
 I contacted him immediately but no offer of credit, nor an offer to pay for a licencing fee and his apology felt flat considering he did state he would remove it from his blog and everywhere else but it's still on his blog. As for everywhere else it fell on

me to use up my time to file dmca notices or ask for removal. Whether the album sold or not is beside the point don't ya think ;) This album cover was advertized all over the search engines, news sites, websites, and various social platforms such as spotify, myspace, fb, etc.
I presume that people like to  paid for their work and get credit for it too, ME TOO!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pinkwashing and In the Pink for the Cure - NOT

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I was asked by a reporter if my Bosom Buddy exhibit was related to Breast Cancer Awareness. My answer was no as there is already plenty of awareness when it comes to needing mammograms. There is no doubt that going for my mammogram saved my life BUT that's because I happen to be one of those people that just had the garden variety type of breast cancer and it hadn't spread at that point. I am not knocking the importance of educational outreach and prevention but the big mistake that I think so many make is assuming that supporting pink awareness helps breast cancer patients. As this blogger at pink is complicated wrote; "everyone looks at prevention, but in doing so we are abandoning almost 600,000 Americans dying every year of this disease."  Thousands of dollars pour into the pink campaign but very little actually goes into research and "for the cure" part. If you wish to see a breakdown chart check out PINKWASHED. Huge profits are made by selling us pink stuff, and it might make some feel good to buy a pink kitchen utensil (made in china) for example BUT it's not helping the cure, it's not helping research and it's certainly not helping those (metastic breast cancer patients) who continue to be neglected by the feel good war on breast cancer. 

Critical Questions to Ask

The National Cancer Institute article on Contributing to Cancer Research.

Books
Pink Ribbon Blues - how a billion dollar industry awareness raising is undermining women's health. By Gayle Sulik Ph.D

Charity Recommendations for Breast Cancer

On a local level, (Dayton Ohio) I would like to give a huge shout out to the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Negative Clown

 
Another mixed media hand embroidery for my Bosom Buddies Exhibit in April.

"The role of a clown and a physician are the same - it's to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering." 
Patch Adams


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

International Women's Day


News about international women's day on Twitter

33m ago @guardian tweeted: "International Women's Day 2017: protests.." - read what others are saying and join the conversation.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Rustic Bench in Glen Helen



Glen Helen Nature Preserve | Yellow Springs

Located immediately east of Yellow Springs, OH, the over 1,000-acre preserve was given to Antioch College in 1929. Come walk or hike its over 20-mile trails.