The second of a trial vinyl installation on the exterior window of Grin City Collective’s tofu factory. The paragraph I wrote this winter. Lessons learned: it’s worth the extra money and wasted vinyl to print the paragraph with the dimensions and line breaks you want. Otherwise it takes three hours to install crooked.
A trial vinyl installation for a new series I’m working on. Getting back in the swing of vinyl work on the window of the Grin City Collective factory.
Driftwood Press Issue 2 was just released with the full 36-card story I wrote back in 2010. Check out “DUE DATE" by clicking the link and read it for free by clicking the issue cover. Or pre-order a hardcopy to be delivered to you next month!
I have 35 women to thank for lending me their handwriting for DUE DATE. I’m grateful to all of you for your help and support.
Only one more week until the deadline for the summer Culture Lab. Join us for 2-6 weeks of collaboration and see your projects at the UofI Children’s Hospital, the Science Center of Iowa, and the Des Moines Social Club.
Two weeks left to apply for Grin City’s summer Culture Lab!
Artist Residency + maker space + educational experiment + art + design + science
July 21 - Aug 31, 2014 (apply for 2-6 weeks)
I used to work at a candy store. My boss was a middle aged woman with a heavy smoker voice who’d grown up in the area. Her father had worked at a local vegetable canning factory and he used to bring home dented cans really cheap for the family to eat. Only these cans had been pulled off the line before they got their paper labels, so my boss’s mother and all of the kids became experts at reading canning codes printed on the tin. Sometimes someone got it wrong and dinner’s side dish was a bit of a surprise.
The only difference between brand name and store brand vegetables, she said, was if they had come from the top of the vat or the bottom.
The True Colors of Big Ag
There are a lot of the most basic aspects of the agricultural business that are unknown to those who don’t farm. Gasoline purchased with farm subsidies is dyed pink to be identified from gas bought at full cost. Seed corn is died different colors based on what it’s been genetically modified to do. Here we have a pile of corn from Dekalb/Monsanto. For Monsanto, aqua green means its been traited to be Roundup Ready. Pink is sweet corn. Purple means it’s non-B.t.-traited “Refuse in the bag,” corn that’s not-as-genetically modified in an effort to slow down the buildup of resistance in insects eating the plants. Farmers are required to plant 5%-10% of their fields with non-B.t.-traited corn. There is a color system for organic seeds too.
Caleb Neubauer will be releasing a brand new single from his upcoming Misty Aeons album and Freesia McKee is working hard on her typewriter with a couple of poems. You don’t want to miss this month’s Grin City Monthly Mailing!
Orders close April 1, so buy now!This months mailing includes:zine by Molly Rideout
poems by Freesia McKee
album single by Caleb Neubauer
greeting cards by Anna Ford
schedule of upcoming events at Grin City
Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery is looking for illustrators and writers to create comics on the topics of substance abuse, mental illness, trauma and more. A stipend is provided. Make art! Help folks!
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- My New Favorite Coloring Book
So the twins are barely a month old, ages away from being able to handle crayons at all, but when...