3.1.1. DIY 8/8/2009

Posted in DIY by 311zine on 08/08/2009

by Allison Sparrow

Earring HoldersThis is the first installment of my DIY column for the 3.1.1. zine.  I started projects making useful, creative things out of found or cheaply purchased objects because I thought it would make more personal gifts for friends and family.  I’ve also had a long time infatuation with finding something, a chair or table or strip of fabric, on the street or in a thrift store and transforming it into something completely different, new, and uniquely my own.

Up until recently my earrings were scattered around my apartment, and I was rarely ever able to put together a set.  Luckily, the Madonna, one earring look kind of goes with my aesthetic.  However, I do like to be able to put together a set of earrings every once in a while.  So, I decided to make an earring holder.  This is a super simple project with very little cost involved.  The materials needed are as follows:

-embroidery hoop
-paint (acrylic or spray paint)
-paint brush if using acrylics (most paint brushes will do, but you probably want to have a fairly small tip)
-clear coat or mod podge (this is optional)
-wire mesh or cute fabric
-sand paper (350-400 grit)

First, sand the two separate rings of the embroidery hoop with the fine grit sandpaper.  This helps get the burs off of the raw wood and readies the surface for painting.

Next, paint the embroidery hoop.  Be sure to take apart the two pieces and paint them separately. I had to do two coats to get a solid color on both sides.  After the paint dries, put a couple coats of crystal clear over the paint.  This is not necessary, but I like the look of the gloss coat over the paint.

After that, cut your fabric or mesh wire slightly larger than the embroidery hoop on every side.  Stretch the material or mesh taught between the two pieces and connect the hoops.  Screw the top in place.  Hang your new earring holder on the wall and admire your work.

These little guys are inexpensive and easy to make in sets.  If you are going to make one, you might as well make a few and give them away as gifts.  I hope you enjoy the project.


Calamity Cole

Posted in Visual Art by 311zine on 08/08/2009

unidonkeyCalamity Cole is a fine artist and political cartoonist out of Oakland, California.  She was born in Los Angeles and has studied at The Art Institute of San Francisco and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently pursues a career in the arts. She’s produced and collaborated on collections ranging from photography to oil paintings. Figurative or portrait in nature, her work describes society, culture, and religion with an ironic sense of humor.  Calamity Cole’s work is an ode to the old masters while being innovative in the same stroke.  She paints about the tragedy and comedy of being human.


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Andrew EK

Posted in Visual Art by 311zine on 08/08/2009

A DayAndrew Ek is a painter who recently relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago, with his wife and two cats. He is primarily a self taught artist and began drawing early on. In the beginning, dinosaurs and anthropomorphic animals were his favorite subjects, but as he got older, he witnessed members of his immediate family deteriorate from schizophrenic psychosis. As a result, a peculiar darkness crept into Andrew’s work.

Today,  utilizing his physical surroundings as fodder for imagery while incorporating strong emotional undercurrents within his enigmatic sirens, his work has culminated into a nexus of bedazzling magic realism paintings that seem to evoke an unsettling pathos, as if you are being pulled into a horror movie universe where darkness looms just around the corner. As Andrew Ek has said, regarding this aspect, “I am attempting to record reality as if it were a dream, translating it into a finely wrought, phantasmagorical sequence. My aim is to envelop the viewer into an unfolding narrative in a vivid, cinematic context, similar to a movie still.”

Visit his website to view more of his work: www.andrewek.com

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Theresa Fong

Posted in Visual Art by 311zine on 08/08/2009

boy shortsTheresa Fong was born in San Francisco, CA. In 2002, she graduated with Honors from San Jose State University with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in illustration. Here are some words from Theresa about her work:

“Recently, I started drawing because of my desire to revert back to traditional art rather than generating it on the computer…

In my drawings, I create a small window for the viewer to peer into. A hint of the subject is all that is needed to connect the rest of the story. My belief in the concept of less is more is the inspiration behind my work…

The main medium that I use in my work is charcoal. I like the darkness and richness of the medium, as well as, the bold contrast that it creates. Occasionally, I incorporate ink and spray paint with the charcoal; however, I appreciate the simplicity of just black and white.”

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More of Theresa’s work, including graphic shirts and wood panels for sale, can be found at www.theresafong.com.

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Celine Maublanc

Posted in Visual Art by 311zine on 08/08/2009

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Yes! Please touch my paintings! Ideally I would like everyone who observes my work to absorb it both visually and physically. Using your sense of touch to examine my paintings will allow you to better share my perspective, technique and artistic vision.
In my present series I am using mostly French symbols or writings. My French nationality comes out in my work. But now that I have started a new life here in California, I am becoming fascinated with American culture and themes. Once I have discovered my American perspective I plan to begin a series devoted to that as well.

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