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So I figured out what to do with those crochet frames......

















Jill of all Trades 3/23/12

This Friday me and the gang will be at Cafe Bella for an all grrrrrrl show!
Thanks Manuela & Chicagloe.com!



Tiny Post.

Donated work:



Crochet Frames:



My Little Monkey:

Happy 2012!

Another Year! At my day job I keep forgetting to save documents as 2012 and not 2011. Oh poo…

I would like to share with you a little project that came our way this holiday season. My good friend Adi and I worked on a window display for KIDS RULE Toy Store which just opened in the Wicker Park neighborhood. The owners wanted to show all of the educational and environmentally friendly toys the store carries. I have to say, I believe in the end we met the client’s need and made it look quite lovely….










Adi made the pretty snowflakes :) And thanks to our friend Diana a.k.a. AztecSheWarrior for letting us know about the gig!

Another holiday project I finally took on was in regards to a co-worker and friend. A globe trotting attorney that is ever so dramatic and animated in all that he does, had been asking me for a crochet critter for some time now. He would often ask “Where is my little animal?!” So I finally made him a little animal that I think suited him perfectly!




At the time when the temps plunged I was walking to work and through my furry hat and scarf wrapped head, I peeped a cute chika type girl walking ahead of me. She wore a mustard colored hat and red eye glasses and was lugging a 70’s retro turquoise and olive green flower patterned suitcase. On her way to Union Station I’m sure, as it is right down the street. This is why I love bright colors. You just stand out in a world of glum.

Here she is Monstrochika style:



I recently picked up a cool little book that is helping me explore several watercolor techniques. I can't wait to dive into all the neat projects it contains.

Lastly, I had some time to watch a few movies the several days I had off for holiday. I fell in love with these two foreign films. I highly recommend them :)

Heartbeats – French - Superb. Xavier Dolan is so beautiful.
Nights of Cabiria – Italian - Giulietta Masina is wonderful!

Until next time...

Under the sea and among the leaves....

Bubbles...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................



I've been hangin' out with all those that inspire me. Taking part and sharing in different events around town. Drawing some inspiration from different hoods, stories, films, songs. Plus we are having a bit of an Indian Summer as they call it. The leaves are beautiful and falling all around and crunching under my feet. I'm looking forward to starting some crochet projects to keep warm this winter. Also working on some pieces for a few upcoming shows.

Action Figures! at Cobalt Studio which is part of Chicago Artists Month held every October in Chicago.

13 Souls: A Day of the Dead Celebration an exhibition where 13 coffins will be customized by 13 artists - curated by my super talented artist friend Delilah Santiago.

and another show featuring works on cardboard which I will post more on very soon! :)

So until next time! Happy Fall! Pick a real nice pumpkin and decorate with a good friend :)

Summer days are gone again...

Hello All,

Just some pics to share of the last of Monstrochika's summer fun 2011...





Art Lakeview Paintings



Art Lakeview Plushie Party



Drawing monsters with YOLLOCALLI at Villapalooza



Here I am arranging my piece for El Stitch y Bitch show at Antena which OPENS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd!


TEJER Y JODER
Antena Gallery
1765 S. Laflin Street
Chicago, IL
antenapilsen.com


SEE YOU NEXT YEAR SUMMER! YOU WILL BE MISSED...



Yes, those be my feets :)

Monstrochika @ Art Lakeview 2011

Stop in and see my latest works starting this Thursday evening! With a plushie workshop scheduled for Saturday 9/10!

Show runs through end of September @ Suvarna Chiropractic:



POP-UP ART Galleries 2011

The POP-UP art gallery makes great use of unused storefront space and exposes artist's works to unbeknownst passersby in the neighborhood. This summer I was invited to participate in several POP-UPs! There was one that unfortunately did not end up happening but here are the remainder...




The Candy Store Pop-Up Art Gallery


@ Right-Brained Studio
140 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL

Right Brained Art Studio is a super cute lil' art studio run by my very talented artist friend Kelly Pelka. Kelly and her super rad crew of teaching artists and friends are exhibiting for the month of August! Gallery hours & opening reception info are posted on the Right-Brained Blog.

Workshops are also scheduled with the artists! The Monstrochika monster drawing workshop is scheduled for 8/24 and you can see details as well as view the rest of the awesome schedule here.

The other two POP-UPs are part of the upcoming ART LAKEVIEW FESTIVAL and will run the month of September.

ART LAKEVIEW kicks off on Thursday, 9/1 from 4:30-7:30 pm
@ 3361 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL
Featuring one work from each (30) of the festival's participating artists.

&

A Pop Up Gallery of Monstrochika works ONLY opens that same evening:
@ Suvarna Chiropractic
3453 N. Southport
Chicago, IL

I will be there meeting & greeting from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Plushie Making Workshop is also scheduled (date/time to be announced).




Setting up for Candy Store show @ Right-Brained Studio.

Detroit & Bombers...

Hello again! Wow, lots happening and coming up in Chicago parts. It makes me happy to hear about fellow artists and friends coming into their own and continuing to make things happen!

The sequential art show was lovely and I was excited to see all the other comic art. It's inspiring to see the many different ways to tell your story pictorally and sometimes with no words at all.



The first Pilsen coaster show was a success and everyone contributed such original pieces. It was fun to see what everyone came up with and the coaster trades among the artists was a hit! Here is one of my coasters. I made a set of monster kids on their picture day.



Another show that I was invited to participate in was the "Fresh Paint" show at Cobalt Studio. However, I became so busy that I could not announce it here on time. It was a beautiful night and a nice turn out.

Here I am next to my most recent or "freshest" painting. A piece by Statik is behind me.


Some of that busy-ness included a little road trip with friends for the 4th of July weekend to Detroit/Ann Arbor/St. Joseph. One of the highlights being the Detroit Industry mural by Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts.



And...A couple of nights ago I was invited to be a guest on the Front Street show hosted by Sara McCool. Her show streams live for an hour of discussion on different topics with local artists, activists, etc.

Our topic was “Graffiti-ing. What’s it all about?” and it was myself, local graffiti artists Rome, and the anonymous Ghetto P. I think I did okay despite stumbling on my thoughts sometimes. To me it’s a little nerve-racking to put yourself out there live and on camera forever on the world wide web. Lol.


An advertisement for a home loan below us. Awesome.


Follow this link to see the show


So I’d like to use this entry to say that after seeing the show I thought it was a good show but we might have focused a little too much on illegal graffiti or "bombing". I did throw in some thoughts on street art at one point and had Basquiat, Blek Le Rat, Lady Pink, Faith 47 on my mind to bring up but wow that hour just flew by. I also realized in my camera shock I only mentioned one mural and NONE of my projects or what I actually do and have done! Geez. But not to worry because Sara saved the day and put my website up and there is a link to my blog on there.

I would also like to add here that you don’t have to bomb and you don’t have to be in a crew. That you can be skillful and do it safely and be successful by what you’re saying to the people and even make a little money. Thats what I care most about - the message and being an inspiration to the young people.

Oh also – a correction, I don’t know why I said yes but I have not been paid for any of the mural art I have done so far. It is absolutely possible in the future but it will always be my gift to the people. Cheers to Sara & Front Street!

Last but not least - come out this Saturday to support the 1 year Anniversary of Cobalt Studio Block Party. I am so proud of those cats! Toni & Adi :) There will be much fun to be had!


Image by Adriana Baltazar

@ Cobalt Studio
21st & Damen to Wolcott
12-6 pm BBQ, games, face painting, knitting, arts/goods trade & sale
Raffle & prizes!
Bring the little ones :)

Dolores Bird Girl & Coaster Show...



Daddy-O's & Kitty-Kats:

The first story from my Dolores Bird Girl comic will be part of an "open walls" show at the ARC Gallery's Sequential Art: Comics & Beyond Exhibition opening tomorrow May 27th!

AND another good time show is coming up at Carlos & Dominguez Fine Art Gallery in Pilsen:



Be there or be square :)

P.S. I'm watching Pulp Fiction.