#spikow2 Series Episode Kile

 

Kile McVey and I had way more fun than was necessary during this interview. Follow Kile on Instagram @ugh_itskile.

On 12/13/14 Lindsey Whittle and Clint Basinger held their wedding reception, #spikow, at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center as a way to curate a museum experience. They asked their friends to give them performances as a wedding gift. On 6/13/19 they revisited those performances as part of Whittle’s show, Archives As Action, at CAC. This event was called #spikow2. This interview was part of my performance that night. Follow Lindsey on Instagram @sparklezilla and Clint @cosmicmoustachecomics

#spikow2 Series Episode Jay

On 12/13/14 Lindsey Whittle and Clint Basinger held their wedding reception, #spikow, at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center as a way to curate a museum experience. They asked their friends to give them performances as a wedding gift. On 6/13/19 they revisited those performances as part of Whittle’s show, Archives As Action, at CAC. This event was called #spikow2. This interview was part of my performance that night.

 

#spikow2 Series, Episode Maureen

On 12/13/14, Lindsey Whittle and Clint Basinger held their wedding reception, #spikow, at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center as a way to curate a museum experience. They asked their friends to give them performances as a wedding gift. On 6/13/19 they revisited those performances as part of Whittle’s show, Archives As Action, at CAC. This event was called #spikow2. This interview was part of my performance that night.

what are we talking about? #spikow2 Series, Episode Aubre

A new series of the talk show, what are we talking about? goes live today: #spikow2 Series, Episode Aubre.

This episode of what are we talking about? was filmed at #spikow2, a night of performance art during Lindsey Whittle’s show, Archives As Action, held at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center on June 13, 2019.

You can follow Aubre and see what she’s up to here:

Facebook: Aubre Lightner

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Lots Going On…Free Goetta Tomorrow!

Lots of new things happening this week. I’m a day late with this blog post, in part because…

Yesterday I started a new job as bagel maker/line cook! Lil’s Bagels is a popular establishment in Covington, KY. I’ve been fretting about my new schedule (I start at 6:30am!) But it’s a great work environment with fantastic people so I’m looking forward to it in spite of the early start time. On the upside, I’m done at 1! And an added bonus: it’s an easy bike commute.

Today is FKaT Co-op‘s animation debut at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Project 38 Festival for local schools. Each school is assigned a Shakespeare play and given free rein to make it their own. Our group decided to learn animation in addition to writing an original story based loosely on the characters from Shakespeare’s Henry VI. They’ve even included original music: each character has a theme song.

My talk show returns tomorrow, April 11. I’ve been invited to interview Drew Klein at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center for their Goetta Institut event titled What Are We Doing? It’s a nonsensical fluxus inspired performance that I hope will be as entertaining for the audience as it will be for me. Plus FREE GLIER’S GOETTA SANDWICHES!

Sunday April 14 brings Perform-A-Thon at Pique. The world’s first 24 hour performance art event, it will be livestreamed across many social media platforms. It is free and open to the public too, so watch on your computer, or even better, stop by Pique in person! It starts at 7:13 on Sunday and runs through 7:03 on Monday.

Guest Artist Spotlight: Sam Herbers

You can still register for Studio Class. Click here for more information and to register.

I’m super excited about this guest artist visiting Studio Class: Sam Herbers.

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Sam Herbers creates characters and monsters that reference his favorite elements of retro science fiction or pop-culture.  He considers his installations and sculptures as an uninhibited view of the future offering his own take on inventions and scientific advancements.  The goal of Sam’s artwork is to make stuff that seems familiar but is unrecognizable from any specific media you may have seen before

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We are still working out the details, but Sam will visit Studio Class in late April or early May.  Guest Artist Seth Roetenberger joins us on April 19. And Cathy Ross will occassionally pop into class too.

Follow Sam on Instagram: @samherber_props

Sam’s work will appear in Art Academy’s AAC 150 Block Party on May 3.

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Studio Classes Start This Week

Studio Class is starting on March 15. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about costume fabrication, e-textiles (lights), cosplay, or a light up festival. I am beyond excited about this, partly because you will get to learn from guest artists, people who excel at their craft. Learn more about our guest artists: Cathy Ross and Seth Roetenberger.

Some of your takeaways from the class include:

  • 9′ strand of EL wire to experiment with. Each strand comes with its own battery pack and has 3 different settings: steady, slow strobe and fast strobe.
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    EL wire looks great at night.
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    EL wire in the daylight.
  • A fabric swatch book
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    A swatchbook can help save time and money.
  • A primer on sewing LEDs, microcontrollers and battery packs in clothing. A microcontroller is a mini computer that is preprogrammed to make lights work in a specific pattern.
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    We’ll have a simple LED project to introduce sewing with conductive thread.
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    And then move on to more complex ways to sew circuits, such as this schematic I used to sew 12 LEDS, 3 microcontrollers and 2 battery packs in a coat.

 

 

Guest Artist Spotlight: Seth Roetenberger

Studio Classes start March 14. Click here for more information and to register.

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Don’t let his age fool you. This young man has been fabricating costumes based on some of today’s most popular movies. He’s worked with a variety of fabrics and materials and will share the knowledge he’s gained through his close to 10 years of practice.

 

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Seth built a custom framework for his Wampa costume.

Here is his bio:

Seth Roetenberger has been creating things for almost 10 years. He started by sewing stuffed animals. This has grown into a love for building that continues to influence him today. He is currently a senior at McNicholas High School. He plans to attend UC to study mechanical engineering.

Seth will visit Studio Class on April 18 and 19.

Guest Artist Spotlight: Cathy Ross

Studio Classes start March 14. Click here for more information and to register.

One of the perks of offering classes is that I get to work with some of my favorite people. Studio Class’s first guest artist is no exception.

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Cathy constructed this Halloween costume for her daughter.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cathy Ross for many years. Our first gig together was in preschool. Cathy taught Pre-K, I was her aide. I learned a lot about teaching and working with children during those preschool years. Cathy thoughtfully prepared lessons that fed our students’ curiosity in a playful way. By doing this, she prepared them for kindergarten in a way that didn’t overwhelm the students.

The next time we worked together I hired Cathy to teach sewing at an after school sewing club in a local middle school. We started sewing lessons from the ground up. The students learned hand sewing stitches before they could move on to the machines. Cathy helped students learn how to use the machine and even design simple patterns to sew. Our program was the most popular after school program at the school, averaging 20 students per class. That was due in large part to Cathy’s work with the students.

So I am really excited to get to work with Cathy again as our first guest artist in the Studio Class. Here is her bio:

Cathy Ross has been making costumes for many years in community theater and professionally. She is an actress and singer who has performed at many venues in the greater Cincinnati area. She has many techniques for helping you make your dream outfit come true for BLINK or cosplay and can assure you that as long as you have a seam ripper, you can always go back and fix it! She’ll help you go from 2D to 3D using basic sewing skills that you will learn as you begin to build your costume. (Costumers “build”. They don’t just sew!) During her three weeks with us, Cathy will introduce various fabrics and a variety of materials useful in costume creation. Cathy has used trial and error time and time again, so she’ll be there to help you figure out how to get your pieces built. Technique is not about secrets and perfection is in the wearing of your creation. No one but you sees the inside construction, so bring your ideas and learn while doing.

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A costume for Cincinnati Music Theater’s production of Camelot.