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Idolatry: Gilles Larrain’s 70s Transvestite Portraits

May 16, 2012
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Who can possibly resist the glamour, extravagance & strange allure of  drag queens!? After seeing these images from Gilles Larrain’s 1973 book, Idols, documenting the 1970s New York transvestite scene, I am dying to get my hands on the 2011 version, which includes even more selections from his archives. Also dying to have some raging dress-up...
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Blackstock’s Collections

May 9, 2012
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I brought my copy of Blackstock’s Collections to tutoring today and my student got a kick out of Gregory’s drawings of collections of items- shoes, noisemakers, animals, hats, warplanes, etc. She also then read ALL the names of bees aloud. Gregory Blackstock is a Seattle-based artist, accordion player, singer, ex-potwasher and autistic savant. His...
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Hair Over There

May 8, 2012
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Diggin’ on Frank Hallam Day‘s photos of hand-painted signs of hair salons in rural Ethiopia. Day explains that these are part of a larger project exploring the Western influence on African ideals of beauty & self-image. But the images are also just a grand collection of work of amateur artists and sign painters in...
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NEW dullDiamond x BIG THINGS bracelets in the BT SHOP!

April 30, 2012
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So you may have seen the photos of my most recent mini-vacay in Palm Springs…but what I was waiting to share was the NEW dullDiamond bracelets that I took with me on the road to photograph in the desert! FINALLY they are ready to go in the BIG THINGS SHOP!!! I’m particularly excited about the fuchsia...
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Palm Springs

April 13, 2012
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Mid-week vacations are a rare bird. Caitlin drove down from Portland and stopped over for an Oakland hangout when we decided on a whim to rendezvous in LA for some Palm Springs desert action. We called up our old friend Ursula to see if she and beau, Maxwell, could tag along and BLAMMO a...
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World Party Day in San Francisco!

April 11, 2012
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I am officially recovered from World Party Day! The party in SF was a great success despite the rainy Tuesday night. We packed Asterisk Magazine’s headquarters with streamers, alien and earth balloons, got hopped up on cupcakes and pixie sticks and Whirled Party Drinks! We limbo-ed, we danced, we g-chatted and had a ball. Smiles...
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WPD Flower Swizzle Sticks w/Kit Palaskas!

April 5, 2012
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My partner in planning all of these World Party Day shenanigans is none other than artist/designer/craft-lover, Kit Palaskas in Sydney! I had admired her blog for so long and asked her to do a project with me several months ago, which developed into World Party Day! Operating on an 18 hour time difference and using...
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More World Party Day Tutorials!

April 5, 2012
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I hope everyone had an awesome World Party Day yesterday!!! The San Francisco party had me running all over town in preparation, so here are a few tutorials from our WPD series…a little late, but always applicable! Find out how to make all kinds of confetti (like the rectangles above!) with Jenny from Hank...
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World Party Day Button Tutorial!

April 2, 2012
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Well everyone, World Party Day is right around the corner! It’s actually starting TONIGHT in Australia and Kit is busy prepping her party in Sydney while we here on the West Coast have one more day of waiting… By now, those of you who requested buttons should have received your package in the mail-...
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PARTY in SF for World Party Day!

March 31, 2012
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It’s almost here…WORLD PARTY DAY! Join BIG THINGS, the party experts at The Adventure School, Sydney-based crafter extraordinaire, Kitiya Palaskas, and Asterisk San Francisco Magazine in SAN FRANCISCO this Tuesday, April 3, 2012 for the ultimate synchronized worldwide celebration! Don your very best PARTY OUTFIT… Impress us with your PARTY TRICKS… Decorate a festive PARTY BUTTON… Make...
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