Saturday, September 29, 2007


Here are some (art) links to keep you company while I am gone:

Former classmates that have become more successful than me

James Jean
Tomer Hanuka
Mu Wen Pan
Esao Andrews
Nicolas Uribe
Dice Tsutsumi
Eric Wilkerson

Some of my painting teachers (who have links)

Max Ginsburg
Steven Assael
Mary Beth McKenzie (most recent)
Irwin Greenberg

Some of my favorite painters

John Singer Sargent
Joaquin Sorolla
Jenny Saville
Anders Zorn
Malcolm T. Liepke
Robert Henri
Lucien Freud

Some online discoveries
Here is the post with links to some talented peeps from awhile back

which I'd like to add:
Jannie Ho
Lara Cameron
Amy Earles
Megan Jefferey (check out her finger puppets and awesome house!)
Sally Shim
Lisa Congdon
Dawn Ramerman

this list grows everyday!

Flickr groups I started
Join in!

Cram Cream
Delicious Decole
Feelin' Fruity
House Party
mushroom mania
Shinzi Katoh Collectors
Trees Please

Hmm...what else...maybe I will add more links is almost 2 a.m. and I have to get some sleepytime in.

Friday, September 28, 2007


Available here

Yet another attempt at making myself a wallet

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The other one I made was uncomfortably floppy. I guess I had to use interfacing? This one is sturdier.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thanks Ana!

Super sweet illustrations all the way from Slovenia by flickerite .daliah.
Go check out her work, it is so charming!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

::shop update::

Sunday, September 23, 2007

♪♪ These are a few of my favorite things ♪♪

Decole magnets and fabrics in plastics
Lotta on strings and an owl with wings
these are a few of my favorite things

HERE is the original song...of course mine is much better though ;).

Friday, September 21, 2007

So Softies (tiny) Music Video Clip 2007

{turn your speakers on}

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Adventures in Bookbinding

One day I hope to take a class for it so I can learn the right way to do it. But till then I will make these mutants.

Made from reused chipboard and an awesome paper bag that I saved.

Very underwearish but I like it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

recommended viewing for graphic designers

a documentary about the typeface Helvetica. A tad on the long side but I still found it pretty amusing (apparently European designers are hil-lar-ious, who knew?). I think I would have liked it even more if I was a graphic designer. I don't work that much with typography, but for the people who do - it should be a really fun film.


from grandma's backyard

above you see some *authentic* Brooklyn figs! :) A bit past their prime but yummy nonetheless. My grandparents have about 5-6 fig trees in their backyard so August is non-stop-fig-eating action month for my family.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mutation Craft Fair

My internet buddy Amy and I worked on this poster together for the Mutation Craft Fair that is coming up in November. If you live near Savannah and want to participate you still have time to apply. I am thinking of stopping by for some tourist action in Savannah that weekend. I've never visited Georgia so I'd love to check it out.

Monday, September 17, 2007


A beautiful package from Japan

Another scene from the sketchbook

[that. is. just. great]
my favorite phrase to say after bad $h!t happens.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

obsession of the week:

making envelopes with scrap paper.

I folded the paper over so I couldn't see the writing, added the eyelets, sewed the edges shut and then glued it into my sketchbook. Et voila! A new handy dandy envelope for collecting more scraps of paper/business cards/receipts.

Here's the other one I made with used cardstock.

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W.I.P. Portrait of Mr. McTweedy

I still have to do a few touch-ups and then it will be done.

Friday, September 14, 2007

This is so awesome I am going to explode.

created by Julia Pott

Vengeance of the Vapor Trailer

Here is a trailer that Jok created for the comic book Vengeance of the Vapor that he illustrated and my boyfriend Sal wrote. Is that Argentinian country music I hear?

My new tat to:

and this now concludes today's theme of flesh art.

for flickerite giolou

for giolou, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

She commented that the fingertips would make good beanies for the right critters :D

old glove --> new outdoor painting glove

Timmie (72) goes to San Francisco

Anthony just sent me this pic with theme song lyrics and I had to figure out where Timmie went!

He is in front of the Full House house in San Francisco! Easy peasy!

Below are some more pics he sent over from the road trip from Maryland to California:

double-flippering it
This one makes me giggle because it looks like he is up to no good.

Timmie tummy ache?

entering New Mexico

entering California

blue corner

blue corner, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

office chair elements recycled

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Here are some pics of what my dad + I have done with some of the office chair elements.

He found the wood for the base of the ottoman on the street. He chopped it up and reassembled it according to my sketch. Sort of- he used a bit of artistic license by adding a bombastic drawer to it...then he attached the casters from the office chair. We painted it using left over wall paint which I thought would be a good idea, but I don't really like the way it looks so I am going to just leave the interior parts and knob grey-blue and spray paint the rest black (phase 3). I reshaped the chair cushion with a blade and scissors and covered it with (sheep-patterned) fabric from my stash and staple-gunned it to the lid and sealed the interior edges with a wide ribbon. I will take a pic of the inside after I finish painting it.

Below is a pillow I made using the foam and batting from the top part of the chair. I added some fiberfill to fill out the corners.

I saved the pleather from the chair as well. I think I can possibly rework that into another project.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

♥ polka dots

repurposed cardstock

The Boston Timmies out and about

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What Dat has posted an awesome collection of photos of her Timmies out and about in the Boston Area. You can check them out HERE.

clockwise from the left- " 'Hi' Tea ", "Harvard Yard", "The Law Offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt"

Thanks S!

Monday, September 10, 2007

shoe cabinet in action

Here is the shoe cabinet I've been waiting to get. It is heavily guarded by Grandfather Owl up on top. He is on the lookout for potential shoe thieves. You know who (who) you are.

Warning for potential shoe cabinet purchasers:
High top sneakers, boots, etc. will not fit in here. Seek alternative methods of shoe organization.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

sunday lunch

sunday lunch, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

jalapeño jack cheese panini with questionable freshness mixed greens with balsamic vinegar.

Don't lose your mittens

don't lose your mittens, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

or else the kittens will eat them and maybe you too while they are it!

{gasp} I used my fancy plate


chair search winner

...for now.

Thanks to the kind commenters on Decor8 I found a new office chair. The Skruvsta at Ikea. I was originally going for the plain white one, but the Ikea I went to was out of stock/oversold of 90% of their office chairs including the white Skruvsta and this patterned one was the LAST ONE in stock! I think I am better off with the patterned fabric anyway in case the dye in my jeans rubs off it won't be as obvious. An unexpected plus was when I brought it home it matched up perfectly with my orangey-red inspiration wall. YAY for coordination. Now I just have to test it out to see if it can withstand 8-10 hours of computer work/ internetting every day. My back was seriously killing me after working while sitting on a folding chair! I guess that just shows how important it is to have a good back-supporting chair.

Thanks again for the tips! I ♥ the internet!

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Another member for chair heaven

It is official- I broke my chair. The metal bar holding the seat on to the base completely snapped off! (tear) I asked Holly from the awesome site decor8 for some help in finding a new (+ affordable) office/task chair. Have you seen any good ones out there?

I am in the process of taking the materials from my old chair and turning them into something new. Stay tuned for the results! :)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

my favorite pastime

my favorite pastime, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

Monday, September 03, 2007

wonky wallet from a while ago

, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

MOMA/Muji loot

1. metal bookend / pen holder. YAY for multi-functional.
2. notebook with a removable zip pouch plastic cover. It is reusable, me gusta.
3. rod magnets
4. notebook set. This was the best deal- 5 notebooks for $6. Nice.
5. magnet hooks
6. zip bag w/ handle. Got damaged on the way home from the hooks :( $8 bucks down the drain. Well, I guess it is still functional but it looks bad.

I can't wait till Muji opens its own store in Manhattan. It should be happening within the next few months.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

I think my chair is possessed! It must of noticed that I was postin' smack about it on the internet and an hour later it completely broke down!!! I guess this is what I get for bragging about my handywoman skills (below).

Time to bust out the tools!

I have an announcement:

On Thursday August 30th I successfully stopped the squeaking of my office chair. Needless to say the sound was driving me insane for months. I shall suffer the squeakage no longer.

Thank you for your time.


99 cent store find

Although I've been silently protesting the 99 cent stores in my neighborhood (there is one on every block and I don't need any more crap in my house). I couldn't resist this potato sack(?) silkscreened bag with bamboo handles!