Hey! If you live in Baltimore, you should mosey on over to MICA’s Studio Center in the Station North neighborhood this Saturday (March 30) between 2 and 4PM. I will be there with my pal Lisa hosting a workshop, Paper Fun for Everyone!
Together, Lisa and I form Píccolo, a collaborative illustration project. In January/February we launched a Kickstarter which got FUNDED thanks to so many of you wonderful people. So, Paper Fun for Everyone doubles as a bash for all of our local Baltimore backers, where they can pick up their rewards.
At the workshop, you’ll learn how to make a thaumatrope, a Victorian-era paper toy that mimics animation. You’ll get to make your own. Everyone who participates in the workshop will get their picture taken and be apart of our installation.
So, come to MICA’s Studio Center, located at 131 W. North Ave on Saturday, March 30 between 2 and 4PM for some paper fun and sweet treats!
I’ve featured the work of Julianna Brion on Brown Paper Bag before, and mentioned her last week because she’s apart of my newest exhibition for my online illustration gallery, eyra. Julianna is included in the exhibition Don’t Call Me Honney, a show about the city of Baltimore.
Julianna is local to me, a transplant to Baltimore by way of Connecticut. It’s interesting to see her take on the city, in a series that she’s titled Baltimore Hodgepodge 1–4. A mishmash it is! She captures the banality of row homes, highlighting them with bright accents. Roof decks were new to me when I first moved to Baltimore, so I enjoy that she makes reference to that.
You can own the originals of this work and prints as well! Take a peek in the eyra shop.
This past Saturday I attended the opening for Conectado: Connecting at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. I personally know the artists collaborating on the piece, Jaime Bennati and May Wilson, and I was really impressed with the installation they had put together. Jaime and May had really transformed the space, with a totem-like structure of cement cylinders (casted by May) and shipping pallets, intertwined with wire. Not only was this a visually compelling piece to view, but also was interesting to look at the individual assemblage.
Both artists have spent time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (with Jaime spending upwards of a year there), and Conectado: Connecting is a reflection on the vibrant street culture present in this city. Wires present in the favelas, candy and fruit sold on the street — Jaime and May have referenced it in their installation. The large pallet and cylinder structure felt monumental, lumbering over the attendees of the show, a remark on the rapid speed of Brazil’s growing economy. Also, projected on one wall (which I failed to capture), were bus routes on Google Maps, flipping through different streets at a rapid, almost dizzying pace.