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  • New fiber piece: Decorations

    In preparation for the Me & My Friends Make Art III show at Washington St, I decided to start work on a new fiber piece I'd been thinking about for a while. This is a quilted wall hanging that is based on some of the medals my grandfather earned during his service with the US 3rd Infantry in World War II.

    While I was aware of my grandfather's service, I didn't get to see his medals until sometime in the past 10 years or so, when he asked my father to arrange them all in a shadow box for display. Rather than being a main focal point of a room, the shadow box frame hangs in the hallway in my grandparents' house-- there among the framed family photos, it is something that you might pass by often without noticing all the details. For some reason it caught my eye when I visited a few months ago, and I thought, hey, the stripes in those ribbons might be fun to use as inspiration for a quilt. So that's what I've done here. I like how the piece came out, but I'm thinking about someday taking it apart and adding more of the badges and medals from the shadow box, or possibly trying it again as a more abstract composition. We'll see.

  • Me & My Friends Make Art III: opening 8/2 in Somerville

    I'm part of the Me & My Friends Make Art III show at Washington St gallery in Somerville in the month of August. For this show, studio members invite a friend from outside to show along with them. I think there are about 14 artists total. I'll have a fiber piece in the show along with my friend Maritza Soto, who is an amazing quilt artist. If you're in the area, come by and check it out!

    I also drew the flyer for the show. I haven't been drawing much of anything for a few months, so after feeling like I was in a creative rut for too long I decided to take an intro to watercolor class. It was interesting and a good stretch for my brain and my eyes, but didn't completely fulfill what I was looking for in terms of color exploration. I wanted more saturated colors, something I could control but also layer in an interesting way. I bought five Copic markers to try them out, and then the a few days later (with the help of a 40% off coupon from a friend), bought a bunch more. This is a very simple application of those markers, but I think it's interesting because it's the reverse of my usual process-- color first, then black ink details.

  • META zine is by Marissa Falco and is about Margaret Kilgallen

    It has recently come to my attention that someone has been selling my zine, META, on ebay. The seller has made upwards of $40 on each of the copies they have sold so far. Good for them, I guess? The thing I want to mention, though, is that the listings for META on ebay don't make it explicitly clear that I am the author of this zine. Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee had nothing to do with the making of the zine--yes, they have/had amazing art careers and produced lots of great art that inspired me to write about them. But aside from some photos I took of Margaret's art at the San Francisco Public Library (with permission), that zine is 100% by me. And if that's ok with you, go ahead and buy it on ebay for whatever it's going for at the moment.

    While I do believe that people should be able to sell their belongings, or give them away, and make a profit or not, I find it kind of sneaky that someone would list my zine in a way to make it look very much like it's BY Margaret and Barry (their names are in the listing tag, the only page images featured are of Margaret's work rather than the rest of the text), and then at the very end say in passing that the zine was made in Somerville in 2011. What's that? Margaret lived in San Francisco, died in 2001, and as far as I know hasn't made any work since. If you haven't read carefully, you're bidding way too much on a zine I have always sold for $4.

    Why am I telling you this? It seriously bums me out that a personal project that I made in tribute to one of my favorite artists is being used for someone else's profit. It's not even about the money, or about crediting me for my work, it's about the dishonesty of trying to pass my work off as Margaret & Barry's. Not cool.

    Copies of META, the zine I made, are available at my shop HERE for $4 plus shipping. Thanks for reading.

  • Somerville Open Studios, May 3 + 4

    Somerville Open Studios, May 3 + 4

    I'll be showing some work this weekend at Somerville Open Studios, stop by and see what I've been working on since the last SOS exhibit. I'll have zines, embroidery, and a couple of other special projects on display. I'm not sure what I'm going to be working on while I'm there for the weekend, but you can see that, too!

    Where/when? I'll be at Washington Street Art Center from 12-6 Saturday and 12-2ish on Sunday... I don't often get the chance to get out and look at other people's work, but I'm making an effort to get out and see some studios this year. If you miss me, you'll still be able to see a recently-finished embroidery piece on display in the Washington Street Art Center's gallery.

    321 Washington Street
    Somerville, MA 02143

    (Note: There is guest parking behind the building, the 86 bus stops right outside, and the studio is a stop on the Somerville Open Studios trolley route.)

  • Alien She exhibit at CMU, Philadelphia

    I just found out that a zine I made in high school, /nothing/, is included in Alien She, an exhibit  examining the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. Looks like you have a couple days to get over to CMU in Philly to see it, but later this year it will be in San Francisco and a couple other West Coast cities, so mark your calendars! It looks like an amazing collection of work from the RG era, and I hope to get a chance to see it in person.