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This site chronicles my art adventures! Enjoy the pretty, the pop culture, and the unsettling. Yumlauts, like yummy umlauts.

Griffith Observatory with O

— 1 month ago with 1 note

More crappy iPhone photos of my headspace.

— 3 months ago with 1 note

London’s Design Museum is…wow wow wow.
Incredibly inspiring and reassuring.

Paul Smith’s method of finding inspiration (very open, very stream of consciousness) really speaks to me.

There was also a “Best of 2014” exhibit. My favorites: a wheelchair for kids that adapts as they grow; classic leather shoes (think oxfords, loafers, and Chelsea boots) that are comfortable enough to walk/bike in, and are dyed so deeply that scuffs don’t show; a mobile game that could last hundreds of years (also the creepiest); a font that is more conducive to learning English and is more accessible for people with dyslexia, and a syringe that proves its sterility by turning red when exposed to air for a long time. I got the most emotional over design that improves human life.

— 3 months ago with 1 note
A roundup of things that make me feel some way or another (good, bad, in-between)

clearly, this is hardly an art portfolio blog at this point. i realized tumblr is probably not the best medium for that. so here are some thoughts instead:

anxious decision-making: Karen- The National on repeat repeat repeat till I can’t listen to it anymore

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^Bunny Holiday, because she’s gorgeous, but I can’t deal with American Apparel’s simultaneous infantilization and sexualization of her (though it’s not at all surprising)

reading articles until I feel sick of them, but pushing because I’m information hungry, I’m social justice hungry, I can’t deal with complacency

Processing and Code Academy helping me realize I can code, and why did I avoid it all this time?

thinking a lot about how stigmatized expressing genuine emotion/excitement is, feeling annoyed by it, deciding not to hide it

coming to terms with other people’s success, finally pushing down any bullshit thoughts that it has anything to do with my own

reading R’s abandoned textbooks, feeling pretentious, thinking about the “being genuine” thing again. I am allowed to unironically enjoy this.

realizing that the “special snowflake syndrome” people seem to think my generation has may just be people being genuinely (there’s that word again) proud of themselves/utilizing their resources/etc. stop giving people shit for being excited about things.

being exposed to so much of the 90s/Weetzie Bat/Rookiemag/riot grrrl/Petra Collins/Maisie Cousins aesthetic that I adore, but also wondering if I should aim to escape it in my own work. I’m falling into patterns of aesthetic inspiration

on that note, badass female artist who take what they need

Arabelle Sicardi’s “Donna Haraway robot blogging" tag

written at 2:15 am; maybe i should try sleeping

— 3 months ago with 2 notes
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EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BODY, TECHNOLOGY AND THE GREY AREAS OF SYNTHETIC AND ORGANIC MATERIALS, THIS BODY ARCHITECT INVENTS IMAGINARY WORLDS UNDERPINNED BY THE TOOLS OF SCIENCE FICTION.”

(holy shit)

— 4 months ago
"HELL FUCKIN YES GURL. YOU GOT THIS. KICK THIS ESSAY IN THE BUTT. MAKE IT CRY. SHOW THAT WORD COUNT WHO’S BOSS. HELL YEAH HELL YEAH HELL YEAH. POWER THROUGH. LOOKIN GOOD. HONHONHONNNN. 2/3 DONE BABY. THAT’S HELLA MORE THAN HALF. YOU’RE IN THE HOME STRETCH. CAN YA FEEL IT. CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT."

-Kate motivating me to finish my essay 

Kate, you are poetry

— 4 months ago with 7 notes
#shewhowandersthemoon 
in other (not-so)news, post-it notes are the best sketchbook-mistake-fixer-uppers
butts and legs and leaves galore

in other (not-so)news, post-it notes are the best sketchbook-mistake-fixer-uppers

butts and legs and leaves galore

— 4 months ago with 2 notes
crappy iPhone photo of sketch referencing this

crappy iPhone photo of sketch referencing this

— 4 months ago with 3 notes
Dear News Media: UCSB shooting is a hate crime

sexologist:

Trigger warning: gun violence, violence against women.

Another mass shooting occurred, this time, near the campus of University of California Santa Barbara, where I have presented two sexuality education workshops in the past. 6 people have been killed.

The day before the mass murders, the alleged killer posted a video to YouTube explaining his explicit plans for the attack, and his motivations. I made the mistake of watching it. And now I’m upset and disturbed.

In sum, he planned to enter the “hottest sorority house” on campus and would delight in “slaughtering” and “annihilating” every “spoiled, stuck-up blond slut” there. He went on a 6+ minute diatribe about how it has come to this because all these women don’t understand what a nice “gentleman” he is, and wouldn’t have sex with him, instead choosing to have sexual relationships with “brutes”. He laments that “everybody” gets to experience “sex and fun and pleasure” during college, and he didn’t. And now he’s a 22 year old virgin because no “girls” would have sex with him. He called this “unfair” and “a crime that can never be forgiven”. He described the “river of blood” which would be retribution against women for this “crime”.

"For the last eight years of my life, ever since I hit puberty, I have been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, all because girls have never been attracted to me. I will punish all of you for it", he said.

And now 6 people are dead- DEAD, life gone, and 7 more injured, because Elliot Rodger, allegedly, felt entitled to access women’s bodies and when he was denied, he felt entitled to murder them.

Already the news media is taking this tragic story in directions that are missing the biggest piece- misogyny and sexual entitlement.

Dear News Media,

Don’t gloss over that:

1. This was a hate crime. This was an act of violence committed against victims that were were, or were sympathetic to, a group of people (in this case, women) in which the motivation for the violence was simply that they were a part of that group. That’s a hate crime. A gender based hate crime.

2. Many men are socialized young to believe they are owed sex and attention from women. They are led to believe that if they are nice, or a gentleman, or do favors, or are a “nice guy”, that this entitles them to sex. The whole idea of “friendzoning” and the indignation around the fear of being an attentive and good friend to a woman and not being rewarded with vagina in return (as if the only thing worthwhile about companionship with another human being is whether or not you get laid as a result), is indicative of this dehumanizing socialization that can lead to extreme and horrifying outcomes like this.

These are messy, complex, and uncomfortable discussion points but PLEASE PLEASE don’t gloss over them. If you need a pundit, use me, or I can recommend other experts on this topic, but either way, don’t ignore this issue which is so central to the heartbreaking murder of these people.

Also have important conversations about mental health care and gun control, but don’t forget the crucial piece on gender based hate crime and sexual entitlement.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jill

^ A post by Dr. Jill McDevitt that sums up my thoughts on the violence that took place near my school last night. 

— 4 months ago with 2000 notes