He’s a good boy and his name is Jack and sometimes he pees a little when he’s too excited.
It took over a month to finish writing all of these names of black folks killed by police brutality. I had only intended to use one small part of our fence for names, but as I kept learning and listening there was literally no space left to write after a while. I’m embarrassed that it took me this long to learn these names and the lives they lead.
Our landlords said my chalk art on the fence was causing harm and inviting vandalism and needs to be removed. I’ve sat and listened with people who have asked for chalk to write the name of their black friend killed by police violence. I’ve learned about every one of the lives of the folks whose names I’ve written. I’ve sat with parents who asked for help explaining to their children what is happening right now. I’ve cried with a neighbor when he brought flowers to put next to his dead friend’s name. This is not about me – this is about these black lives. Being told that chalk invites vandalism and needs to be gone just feels not great. My literal blood, sweat, and tears have gone into writing everyone’s name and I’d like to think of it as a work of art in support of BLM. I’m here. I’m learning. I’m listening. Your life matters.
These are the names of black people killed by police brutality. We’re all here to support this movement and amplify your voices.
Arrest the police who murdered Breonna Taylor.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, I have missed you! I hope you’re doing well in this bizarro moment in history. Gonna add some new art soon, but for now I present to you this amazing comic that describes how I view life more concisely than I ever could. Love you and hope you and yours are holding up as healthily and sanely as can be.
I’ve been teargassed, egged, sonic cannoned, flash grenaded, and helped pull folks to safety to treat wounds caused by police instigation in protests here in Seattle while working as a first aider recently and am very tired and haggard. But humans are just so lovely and deserve respect and kindness.
I had a choreographed gymnastics routine to this song complete with back walkovers when it came out in 2003. Every lady got at least a little bit of ancestral witch in her. Plz don’t forget. Collect those dope rocks or shells or dead plants or whatever gives you strength, my friends. ❤ R
Coreografaba(??) una rutina a esta cancion cuando era nina. Cada mujar/chica tiene por lo menos poca bruja en su persona. Colecciona las piedres especiales o los caracoles especiales o las plantes muertes especiales – lo que te da la esfuerza, mis amigxs. (Perdon..mi espanol no es perfecto :D)
More of them are appearing.
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It is enormous and has not moved.
(prints available from $10 – contact me)
Hello my long lost internet friends! Turns out I am not great at balancing working full time and trying to maintain a blog and make pretty Things at the same time. But I gots a new series of Things I’ve been working on and will be posting soon. How have you been? I hope you’re having a lovely day, friend. It’s nice to see you again.
Got a new camera and I’m trying to figure out how to take shots at night. Because I’m a degenerate who associates with other degenerates at night.
Last in the pink and blue and yellow quilt series – time to go curl up under a pile of quilts and take a nap.
Another homage to the skilled folks that make things to keep us warm and to the quilt barns I saw all over while living in the midwest for a few years. How cool to have your own signature square on a barn.
Cards and prints available as always (online or at the Wallingford Holiday Market in Seattle on Nov 30!) Cheers, R.
It’s cold and quilts are nice for when it’s cold. Here’s a quilt square made of paper. My father makes very beautiful quilt squares out of clay. I’m ripping his idea off. Hi, Dad. Send me some photos of your clay work so I can hype you in exchange?
Got cards in the works for this new quilting series! Gimme a shout if ya want some.
Recent art show was very lovely! Managed to smash two of my frames right out the gate during set up, but so it goes right? Never the soft adventure of undoom? All the other artists near me were so incredibly warm and helpful!
I’ve been bad at posting. Been working on lots of new things and getting ready to be in a couple holiday markets! More details to follow. But more importantly: how are you? I hope your brain has been full of lovely ideas and joy lately, my currently-reading-this friend.
PS: boatloads of cards and prints for sale as always, just give me a shout 🙂
A beautiful and terrifying thing found on a street in Everett, Washington.
Some multimedia pieces in progress. It’s winter and quilts are real nice. Turns out the patterns are quite hard to create. Thank you, kind quilters.
I got a new camera! This bar is always full of confusing energy, so I took a picture of it. A friend and I were playing pool here, and were casually given suggestions of other – less competitive – bars to go play pool at. It didn’t hurt my feelings. Not at all. Not one bit. I felt great after hearing that.
Hope you are having the best day. Cheers, y’all. R
Message me if ya wanna buy some prints or cards of anything on my site ($8+)! Including a written love note, and hand mailed from yours truly.
Today, a personal favorite of small round birds: the wren. Ok, I might be biased as a quite small and increasingly round human, but these little friends rock.
Bubbly and energetic, just like their songs. Look for House Wrens hopping quickly through tangles and low branches and, in spring and summer, frequently pausing to deliver cheerful trilling songs.The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I hope you’re having an excellent day. Sending hugs your way.
Hello friends, I drew a thing again! It’s been too long! And it’s another small round bird: a warbler. He is very, very pleased to meetcha.
The male Chestnut-sided Warbler sings two song types; one is accented at the end, the other is not. The first is used before the arrival of the females and in the early nesting cycle. The second is used mostly in territory defense while the birds are raising young.American Bird Conservancy
Males that only sing one song type appear to be less successful at attracting mates than males that sing both songs. The early-season song has a musical quality with an emphatic ending, sometimes interpreted as “very very pleased to meet cha!”
Hello friends! I have a bunch of cards ripe for the purchasing! When was the last time you sent someone you love a card? Why not send em a nice bird? Shoot me a message and I’ll ship em your way!
5 x 7 inch blank cards!
$20 for a pack of all four birds
$35 for two packs of all four birds
I have cards available for most everything on my site, so give me a shout if you’d like any other designs or prints or originals.
Please oh god trying to sell art is terrifying and I’m broke how do people do this help
I hope you are having a fantastic day! Cheers, R.
Hello friends! I’ve been terrible at posting lately! How are you? How has your week been? I hope you’re doing well. I’ve been busy trying to plan out what to show and how to show it at an upcoming show in Seattle. Here’s my space having been turned into a staging ground for how to arrange things.
Also I made a Facebook page because that seems like a thing people do when they want to sell things. It’s here if you wanna follow me: https://www.facebook.com/racheladmasart.
Can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s amazing art that I’ve been missing for the last week!
Hello friends! I made the wings out of wood and fabric and took the photo with my Rebel K2 (film).
His wings don’t work so great, but he does write very beautiful words that everyone should be lucky enough to read: https://sammart.one/. Thanks for being my model, Sam!
$10 matted prints of anything on my site available for $10 (no extra fees/shipping)!
The first cartoon character I ever loved and related to was Gogo Dodo, from Tiny Toon Adventures. He’s generally wildly joyful and prone to utter surreal nonsense. He creates his own bizarre world full of art and puns and foolishness and it’s beautiful and scary and confusing. Thank you for introducing me to surrealism and being a formative influence on me, Gogo Dodo. Here’s a drawing of what I imagine your skeletal structure to be.
Gogo’s father, Yoyo Dodo, first appeared in the visually fascinating and pretty damn offensive Porky in Wackyland (really aged like milk on the race front) in 1939. Yoyo Dodo was officially the last existing dodo. And Gogo Dodo is his son. Being something that by definition cannot exist is a pretty solid commitment to nonsense if I’ve ever seen one.
If Yoyo and Gogo and my father and I serve as anecdotal evidence, it would seem that gleeful malarkey gets passed down.
Found these soft friends in the Atlanta zoo. They’re buddies.
A lovely alleyway found during travels in China. I think I’d like to live there. It looks quite cozy.
Some bits of wires and knobs and slots I found.
Hope you’re having an excellent Wednesday, friends! Cheers, R
Doors are nice. This one happened to be in Antigua, Guatemala.
More trespassing at the abandoned Alabama Insane Hospital. A genuinely historical and spooky place to walk through, fraught with problems and mistreatment of innocent, vulnerable people.
Disclaimer: I know invalid is probably not a cool way to describe a human, but that was the word at the time of the functioning Alabama Insane Hospital.
Happy exploring, all. Cheers, R.