My sweetheart was not sleeping well and felt anxious. I wanted to make something to help. The only idea I could think of was to write him a song... it could get stuck in his head and he could sing it to himself as he tried to relax and in difficult times. I made it plural so it could be for him and our dog... and anyone else who might like it. Below is a ukulele tab for it. I bet if you know how to play other instruments you can figure out how to translate it. As a former flute player I added the breaths. I appreciate the reminders. #breathe [printable pdf available here]
Dreamed up by Jessica Gath
Inspired by Patrick Jacobs', Raj Kottamasu's, Dan Miller's, Dan Waller's, and Christo Wood's hand skills and culinary savoir-faire.
Materials: gingerbread; royal icing; puffed rice cereal; food coloring; edible silver leaf; marzipan; 22" lens
Right: The beautifully illustrated, how-to-fold-this "instant book" comes from page 15 of Esther K. Smith's "How To Make Books." I learned most of what I know about making books from that one. It's a gem.
Instant Books seem like just the right thing for me to make right now. They're bite-sized to make and the perfect size for snacking.
The titles of the zines shown below are links to pdfs if you want to print paper copies. Print one! Print lots! Share with your friends and families! Share with people you haven't even met yet!
They each fit on a single sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper.
"If you can read this book you can make one yourself." -Jonathan Cruikshank (JC), my collaborator on WE | A Zine for Humans #1
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? Equality with Women #1-5 | A Zine for Men (It's not all about her, fellas!) [click title for .pdf]
How to Meet Neighbors [click title for .pdf]
How to Cut The Cheese [click title for a double-sided, printable .pdf]
It's A Human Thing #1 [click title for printable .pdf]
Whatcha Sayin, Dog? [click title for a double-sided, printable .pdf]
It's true, friends. Ivy is just as happy for dogs to pee on it as not (just look around Park Slope and you'll see what I mean). So let's plant more ivy in the city!
A wagging dog welcomes you. She takes some turns before landing on either blanket or grass. The sun sets behind buildings that remind Christo of Ghostbusters. Drinks arrive in jars. Sometimes there are pancakes. Perhaps your friends are here when you arrive. If not, you've likely made friends by the time you leave.
John C. Gonzalez's Sticker Book is a 100 page volume of found photographs organized into a limited edition print book including a subscription of 13 limited edition stickers created by affiliated artists from November 2013 – November 2014. Gonzalez invited a group of 13 artists to create new works for Sticker Book. Each month one artist designs a limited edition sticker and the work is mailed to the owners of Sticker Book. The recipient may then place the sticker on any page within their edition. Each edition of Sticker Book also included a unique sticker designed by Gonzalez. In addition to the Affiliated Artist stickers, there will also be one of a kind unique adhesive prints available for purchase that Gonzalez will create during the subscription period.
Sticker Book artists include: Erik Benjamins, Thomas Willis, Elizabeth Mooney, Francisco Gonzalez, Carlos Jimenez Cahua, Sean Glover, Jessica Gath, Andrew Lee Gonzalez, Adam Parker Smith, Susan Metrican, Kirk Amaral Snow, Jeriah Hildwine, Juanli Carrion
[sticker (for John C. Gonzalez) | tape and pen on a notebook cover, 3.5"x6", 2014]
12 artists have been invited to participate. Each artist will be assigned one hour – randomly. There will be no clean up or set up time, one hour will transition into the next. Each artist must leave the space empty at the end of their hour. The theme will be commitment. There will be no remnants left behind.Read More
Home Depot House residency (for John C. Gonzalez), deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum Biennial Exhibition, 2013Read More
Falling in [Friend] Love is a celebration of that magical experience… the one when you realize someone is really your FRIEND!Read More
We Are The World is a celebration of unexpected kindnesses experienced far from home. The artwork takes the form of small conversations.Read More
Are you bored of feeling bad? Do you still have hope for the human race? Join the Campaign for Good—a movement inciting thoughtful and kind actions. Come be disarmed by the generosity of others. Team up with us to spread a shared wish for the world.Read More
"The final destination used to be my main question. But then I looked and all that I was searchin for was present..."Read More
In 2010 I invited several artists to create designs for stickers stating “Kindness is Contagious.” I printed images by seven of those artists on high-quality, glossy, vinyl stickers. I put out the call again in 2011 and printed stickers designed by sixteen artists. I love the designs and I love the stickers. I can’t wait to see the 2012 designs!
If you’ve got a design to submit for this year, send it my way. If you’d like to order some stickers ($.40 each + postage) send me an e-mail.
Many thanks to the participating artists: Bradley Pitts, Hiroko Kikuchi/The National Bitter Melon Council, Clay Ward, Brandon Hinman, Daniel Deluca, Jen Delos Reyes, Eli Mann, Greg Cook, Karen Stein, Matthew Shanley, Liz Perry, Kye Lee, Laura Fortune, Merritt Johnson, Michelle Jones, Raul Gonzalez, Steve Dildarian, Samantha Fields, Sebastien Leclercq, and Tasha Doremus!