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hello friends! yep. you're at the old dispatchfromla hosted on typepad. yep. it's broken. oyvey! i flipped the switch a bit too soon on the transfer of my blog from typepad to wordpress and inadvertently caused all the blogs &... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Step 4 I punched 7 holes in the signatures. No measuring here, I just eyeball the middle, punch 1 hole there, and evenly space the others on either side of that middle hole. I use one of my pages from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Here's where I'm at so far with the new visual journal. Usually I order a ream of large Fabriano sheets of paper. This time I ordered a 15 page, 14 by 20 watercolor block. I needed pages that were 14... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Couldn't wait to get home to stitch up this practice book. I used scraps of heavy-weight stenciled paper for my book tapes. I sewed the tapes over the signatures. It's not difficult I swear. Under the tapes, over the tapes.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Operation Oddfellow continues! First, I carefully cut out the old text block leaving those stunning marbled endpapers intact. Look at the beautiful stitching I found all along the spine! The craftsmanship of these early 20th century ledgers is a visual... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
As I type this, rain is making a beeline towards Los Angeles. Between the monkey wrangling at my day job and the flu the old blog has hit the skids. Not to worry. Regular programming will resume any day now.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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After school I limped home, dragged myself up the front stairs, and collapsed in a pathetic heap at the art table. Need journal. Must cut things. Must glue things. Must slosh paint around. Must cut new birdy on new branchy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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saturday & sunday diptychs Began working on another visual journal. Let's call this one little and the other one big. For clarity's sake. I have no plan for little. He's taking shape in my mind as I build him. Okay,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
Look what's waiting for me every single morning. This little chick-a-dee comes charging at me full tilt boogie and doesn't slow down until she has MADE CONTACT. Can you imagine starting every work day with a dose of love this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Visual Journal #9 The last page is scribbled on. One year coming to a close. At school someone else finishes her journal entry with a blaze of hearts. "Kisses I am blowing you," she explains. Vintage photo frames meet mailart... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Ms. Moss has been too busy teaching and taking night classes to blog this week. Oh. And there was an earthquake. The monkeys threw their bananas to the ground and everyone hopped under the desks lickety-split. It was an exciting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Good morning bridge. Good morning Chinatown. Looking good giant chicken, looking good. Good morning wild child, good to see you. Where's everyone else? Here they are, with the big bad city as their backdrop. Firetrucks and ambulances roar down the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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On July 1st of last year I got this batch of young punks, fresh out of 1st grade. They were still wet behind the ears. Some of them were only 6 years old and still colicky. If I were the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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i present a few scenes from sunday's epiphyllum society show down in the palos verdes peninsula. the flowers were dazzling. i was excited to add some oranges, a yellow, and more purple/reds to my collection. the society had unrooted leaves... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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ooohhh thanks inga! can’t wait to have a look...
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i leaped out of bed this morning in my characteristic high-energy way, sprinted to my jalopy, and sped off to the south coast epiphyllum show. this post is not about that. although, i will share photos from that event posthaste!... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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hi! it's that time of year. the epiphyllums (also called epi-cactus or cactus orchids) are beginning to bloom and lordy, are they ever showy! my rods and cones are receiving massive doses of stimuli. a fact: the white epis I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Here's what's on the menu: sketchbookery AND notes from students transcribed exactly as written: (remember THIS from last week?) I wish my teacher knew... I am afraid to speak in front of the whole class. I might have AdHd. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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gouache scenes from the last couple of days. you know how i like to get my mind in a hamster wheel stuck on one thing! unlike some people i only have one hamster wheel inside my head though, not 6.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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meredith, OF COURSE it’s written first. in roughdraft form... then it’s published by typing on the computer. i’m pretty sure upper grade elementary (11 y.o.)kids have been typing up papers whether on typewriters or computers for the last 50 years… no worries about the decline of western civilization, all writing begins the old fashioned way with pencil and paper.
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let there be rain! and rain orbs and rain chandeliers and frosty rain spritz covering every leaf on every plant in every garden in this dry dry dry city. i love it when my orders are followed to the letter.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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in the little classroom in chinatown we've been creating pop-art (roy lichtenstein) inspired self-portraits. making all the dots is sort of mesmerizing. in the reading department, i finished reading HOLES and started on the lemony snicket series of unfortunate events.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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oh boy! the school year is speeding to a close. 43 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes, and 15 seconds left to be precise. yes. there's an app for that! i feel it's only right to reveal that my leave of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Skategirls of Kabul in pictures by photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson. See more pics HERE. Behold! Evidence: Of crazy beautiful GIRLS skateboarding in Kabul, Afghanistan. They aren't permitted to ride bikes so they skateboard. Glimmering eyes, posture strong, feet on the ground.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Dispatch From LA