Summer at the library

Since I learned to read I remember spending summers at my local library. Last summer I spent in residency at the Drummond Island, MI Library and was inspired to create new works during a summer at a library.  My girls have been enrolled in summer reading programs since birth.  This summer was to be the first year my oldest daughter is of age to officially volunteer for the summer reading program. But that is not to be. We fully support continued closures of all public spaces during this pandemic and she will have next summer.

This got me thinking however about how all of us library-goers will get through a summer without our local library activities. Our library has a coffee shop and a used shop. We love to putter around and discover new things. I will miss bumping into displays the thoughtful librarians have pulled together because they understand readers and how our likes are complicated. But the continued closure of our local libraries won’t keep us from reading. Monday, June 1st is the kick-off of the Summer Reading program. Check out your local library online to sign up for their summer reading program. You can still borrow e-books from the library and if you can’t live without a real book call up your local book store. We have the amazing Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix – if you don’t have a local book store order from Indie Bound online.

Happy Summer Reading! I have a pretty high stack of books I plan to get through this summer but I am always open to reading suggestions.

Face Masks by Artists

The marketplace is finally starting to catch up with the demand from regular folks looking for face masks. I’m excited to offer that some of my designs are now on fabric masks over on Redbubble.

Features

  • Non-medical face masks help you express yourself even when you can’t show your face
  • Two layers of soft 100% brushed polyester with sublimation print on the outside layer
  • 7.25″ x 4.6″ / 18.5 x 11.5 cm with over-ear elastic straps for a snug fit over mouth and nose
  • Wash after each use
  • For every mask sold, Redbubble will make a donation to Heart to Heart International
  • Do not use as medical personal protective equipment
  • Adult use only and should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance
  • Designed by independent artist Cyndi Coon and printed for you when you order

 

 

Covid Connections

In this time of global social distancing, it is more important than ever to stay connected. There is more than high tech options such as Zoom.

Consider good old fashioned US Postal Service and send some love via snail mail. Postcard stamps are only ¢.35

To encourage sending love notes – I have attached eight FREE humorous postcards pdfs for your enjoyment.

PDFs:

Covid-19 Veggie Humor Postcards

Covid-19 Humor Postcards

Easy steps to use: 

  1. download pdf
  2. print on your home printer
  3. cut cards at 4.25 and 5.5 inches
  4. write a love note on the back
  5. fill in the recipient’s address
  6. add a ¢.35 postcard stamp
  7. drop in the nearest post office box
  8. Enjoy your thoughtfulness

Starfish Place

The needs are so great. We help with those most urgent first.

The women and their children at the Starfish Place, a housing community in Phoenix for human trafficking survivors, will run out of food next week.

That means 15 women and children, families, will not have food next week.

Join me if you are able  –  QR code and Venmo on the image. All funds go to buy groceries for these families.
Everyone take care out there

Thrive! The Creative’s Guidebook to Professional Tenacity

 

The book is complete, and I want to share it. This book grew out of a class I taught called Professional Practices at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts | Arizona State University (2010 – 2016). This book is filled with all of the class content but bigger than that  – it is a guide to encourage all creatives in their confidence and to get brave.

Rooted in the author’s experience as an entrepreneur and creative professional, Thrive! The Creative’s Guidebook to Professional Tenacity helps those in creative fields acquire the skills and tools needed to successfully market their talents and manage their careers. Speaking directly to how creatives think about and conduct business, the text is filled with engaging and accessible exercises, strategies, and tips.

The six units cover branding, searching for clients, asserting the value of creative work, pitching your talents, leveraging social and other media, managing finances and taxes, and more. Each chapter includes business terms creatives need to know, action tasks to prepare for the professional work ahead and specific guidance about how the content can be applied in the real world.

Fresh and innovative, Thrive! The Creative’s Guidebook to Professional Tenacity understands the importance of speaking to creative professionals in their own language and showing them how to leverage their outside-the-box skills to achieve professional and financial success. The book is ideal for anyone studying or working in the fields of art and design, or any creative endeavor.

 

Thanks for sharing with others!

Thrive! The Creative’s Guidebook to Professional Tenacity

AZ Sci Tech Festival

I am hosting five panels today at the AZ Sci Tech Festival. You can still attend and register on site at the Mesa Art Center.

I am also hosting a lunch meet up at the festival for those who want to create more experiences out of their STEAM and Sci-Tech events. HERE

 

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5
Contact Us at any time – we’d love to hear from you

 

Tumor Paint

Friday, August 18, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm in the TCA gallery

What does glow in the dark scorpion venom and biomimicry have in common? Come find out. I am teaching a workshop tonight.

The Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion’s sting is excruciating, its venom can kill. Yet it’s venom is also being called tumor paint.  The Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion’s venom is also the newest cancer treatment. Tumor paint, derived from synthetically-reproduced scorpion venom, is revolutionizing how surgeons operate on cancer cells. How is this possible? Because it’s venom glows in the dark and when injected into a cancer patient to glows, but it only attaches to the cancer cells. So, surgeons are able to ensure they remove all of the cancerous cells.

If we use glow in the dark paint to trace our pathways will the directions become easier to navigate? Join me for a glow-in-the-dark, map making workshop.

Follow the Glow, learning from the Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion

This hands-on maker project uses Biomimicry to bring together the arts and sciences. Learn that the Israeli Deathstalker Scoprion’s sting can be deadly, but its venom is leading to a medical break-through and is being used as “glowing tumor paint.” Join the TCA in a glow-in-the-dark map-making workshop.

The workshop is FREE and there is a cash bar!

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
Free parking is available for events occurring at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Friday, August 18, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm in the TCA gallery

 

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5
Contact Us at any time – we’d love to hear from you