inspiration

residency at Kala Art Institute

Soooo I am here in beautiful Berkeley, California for the month doing a residency, this is my first screenprint made at Kala. I've been very inspired by the plant life, with huge succulents just growing on ordinary street corners. You can't really tell from this image but the top is metallic bronze, I think this gradient looks like lifesaver candies.
Purify Your Air
I'm also working on lots of new collages made from source material found in Berkeley. Here are some of my favourites I've found from local thrift stores:

Honest Ed's for sale....

from Joële Walinga
This news fills me with desperate nostalgia, even though it hasn't sold yet. Honest Ed's is my favourite store in Toronto. I love the history of Ed Mirvish's life (he was a highschool drop out in Depression era Canada and built this crazy empire and department store for the working class), the hand painted signs, scratched out celebrity photos, the faded dusty quality of everything, the slogans, the carnival style lights.... it's been an inspiration to Alicia's Klassic Kool Shoppe and also a place where I've been able to get affordable supplies for various projects throughout the years.
"Welcome, don't faint at our low prices, there's no place to lie down."
One of my favourite signs would be "Don't bother our help they have their own problems" I dislike being a customer and being bothered so this has always suited me. I wonder what will become of Honest Ed's. I'll miss it so much!!!!!!! Sometimes when I'm feeling depressed I go just to look around and pick stuff up and then put it down again.
 
 

trudging home in giant boots

'Couldn't you ask him here- dinner or something?' said the Mole. 'He wouldn't come,' replied the Rat simply. 'Badger hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.'

I'm reading the Wind in the Willows again as a sort of comfort for the winter blues. I'm trying not to be in a bad mood All Of The Time but I feel like it's increasingly difficult to relate to other people. Does anyone else have this problem? Also I found my demon ring when cleaning my room the other day, I think it's a sign...
As of late I'm into drinking coffee with a ripped mitten and shuffling around and making comfortable things for people I like. Here is a pillow I made, right now I am starting on a quilt. I have green hands right now because every time I dye fabric I forget to wear gloves. Look at these quilts!

In other news here is a nice book 'Trees in the Wild' I found at Value Village, there are different tree leaves someone pressed within the pages! the things people throw out...


Little Man's Day Out

My 13 year old brother is the best. He came into town yesterday to visit, and slept over! for the first time ever. We did lots of stuff! Went out for breakfast, rode our bikes, climbed some trees and then made a pizza and watched Trailer Park Boys (don't tell mom).









Jesjit made this!
by the way on the topic of funerals:
I have a list started of people who aren't allowed attend my funeral. so too bad for you if you don't make it on. I think it will also be PWYC because I deserve that wad of cash at the bottom of my grave

Everyone come to Zine Pox

positive hex says: Spirit Zine Festival
alicia says: Zine Hell
alicia says: RIP zine fair
positive hex says: diy: why bother??
positive hex says: Zine Rash
positive hex says: zine devestation
alicia says: crucial zine
alicia says: zine crisis
positive hex says: is that what this is
alicia says: sometimes i cant tell if something is funny or if its just stupid and lame
positive hex says: im not sure theres a difference

positive hex says: maybe you should use the word
positive hex says: thee
positive hex says: in the title
alicia says: thee zine shoppe

i had a dream last night that i was on my old street that i grew up on and all the snow had melted and there was a naked baby riding a horse and a kid wearing pink goggles and my mom had picnic food there was this woodland pie which turned out to be spinach pie and i turned to my little brother and said Winter's over!

i just woke up with this feeling. and it hasn't gone away yet. leftover dream or leftover yankee jim i don't know

last night

at this garden party there was this kid



and then we went to the last extermination night of the summer, but i was too drunk to take reasonable pictures but it was under a bridge and so great until the police came and told us to go home (fools)



and now i can't stop itching my legs from walking through stinging nettles and i am wasting my life looking at pictures of sex offenders (??)

Cosmicism

The philosophy of cosmicism states that there is no recognizable divine presence, such as a God, in the universe, and that humans are particularly insignificant in the larger scheme of intergalactic existence, and perhaps are just a small species projecting their own mental idolatries onto the vast cosmos, ever susceptible to being wiped from existence at any moment. This also suggested that the majority of undiscerning humanity are creatures with the same significance as insects in a much greater struggle between greater forces which, due to humanity's small, visionless and unimportant nature, it does not recognize.
Perhaps the most prominent theme in cosmicism is the utter insignificance of humanity. Lovecraft believed that "the human race will disappear. Other races will appear and disappear in turn. The sky will become icy and void, pierced by the feeble light of half-dead stars. Which will also disappear. Everything will disappear. And what human beings do is just as free of sense as the free motion of elementary particles."