Pick of the Week: Fischerspooner New Truth

fischerspooner new truthFischerspooner: “New Truth”

Fischerspooner: New Truth edited by Meredith Mowder is a book about the art and journey of the band Fischerspooner in the beginning. It`s 336 pages, and large format bombard you with a well curated and exact viewpoint of how Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner formed the band in 1998 and made their amalgamation of sound, art, and everything performance art,  the art pop project that just happened to release music. Fischerspooner is one of those bands of my 20`s who were my soundtrack to everything I did, even though their music itself seems so random and hard to pinpoint what exactly made it brilliant and meaningful. For my group of friends at the time Fischerspooner was EVERYTHING, and I think out of us 10 or so people we had never actually even seen Fischerspooner madness live. We just fed off of the music and videos, insane interviews and the rumblings of what happened live in New York. These two art majors from the Art Institute of Chicago made this happen from what appears to be a shear will to make music and preform, and I can tell you the amount of time in the book during interviews that Casey Spooner talks about experimental theater will make you roll your eyes a little. The book is love letter to this aspect of the band, as it documents the 1998 to 2003 period of their `band ‘career in-depth to an extent I think only a truth lover of art would appreciate (and maybe an appreciation of the band). The art pop performance project entailed a group of 25 performers and artists at the beginning and this book shares much of their story as the two central figures. There are ticket stubs, slides, album artwork, set lists, grainy photos of shows, professional photography of set and props, and wigs. There is also essays by curators and others in the art scene and an interview of Casey and Warren to give context to what you`re viewing. The book is largely trying to give the background to the project itself, and all the little elements that were obsessed about and apart of each unique performance during the beginning. Yes, there is a full page of a fake moustache, followed by a press photograph of a member of the band wearing it. That`s what you should expect when going through this book, if nothing else. And yes, I loved it, every moment of it.

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Monthly DIY: Tie Dye Soap

tie dye soap (1)This month’s DIY is cute and simple homemade tie dye soap that you can gift to your loved ones or make for yourself. April showers bring May flowers so I made a bunch of Spring flowers that smell like the tropics. I love making these soaps because it’s really fun to see how they turn out and each one is a surprise just like when you are tie dying. I also love that I can make my own vegan soap that has less than 10 ingredients, no parabens, and not boring like the ones I find at the store. One thing to keep in mind with tie diy soap as you are not mixing the dye with the soap all the way is that it will bleed the color during use (kind of like when you dye your hair with temporary color).

What You Need: monthly diy (2)

 

  • melt and pour soap
  • soap dyes
  • a mold
  • fragrance oils
  • stir stick / brush
  • glass measuring cup
  • rubbing alcohol

Material Information and Cost:

You can use almost anything as a soap mold but I bought mine from Amazon for around $10 because I liked how it was a standard size for soap and the shape had enough detail for some interest but still usable for everyday. For the melt and pour soap you can pick up a container for less than $10 and it will make roughly 10 large soaps.  For the colour and fragrance it will depends on how many you wish to do. I use a lot of different colours and fragrance oils so I probably spent $30 on that alone. In total on average I say $40 is fair price to start out but once you have everything you will just need to buy the soap. I buy all my soap essentials from NewDirections because it’s cruelty free, affordable and they sell vegan products but they do have a minimal order amount so you may want to buy your ingredients at a local craft/hobby store or another online soap supplier. De Serres here in Montreal has everything you’d need so it’s easy to find.

Steps:

  1. Design your tie dye. This can be done by deliberately or randomly applying dye in drops or using the brush to paint it on. The more interesting the mold the more creative you can go.
    I prefer to dot complimentary colours directly into the mold and create gradients or patterns similar to actual flowers (or whatever the mold is).
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  2. Cut the melt and pour soap up into small pieces and place inside a measuring cup.
  3. Place the measuring cup  in a double boiler until melted stirring throughout or in a microwave in 45 seconds bursts until it’s completely melted and free of any solid chunks.
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    *if you want to avoid left over soap you can use water first to measure how much ml or cups you will need of soap to fill the mold, but keep in mind you will want to melt a bit extra as some soap will attach to the measuring cup. 
  4. After the soap has melted, let it cool slightly before adding in your fragrance oil as it can burn off and your soap will not smell. For more info on how long it’s best to cool check the fragrance oil packing.  If you want to do several different scents simply separate the soap into different measuring cups before adding in the fragrance oils.
  5. Pour in your soap.
    *This is my favourite step to do! After pouring you an use a stir stick to swirl in the colour or leave it the way it is. The first two soap had a lot more dye in the molds so you can see how vibrant it will be and in the last two the colour is mostly going to be white with hints of colour.
  6. Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to get rid of the bubbles.
  7. Wait minimum 1-3 hours for the soap to cool and harden  before removing from the mold. However it’s better to wait over night to get the sharp lines of the mold.
    *I like to place a sheet of baking wax paper on top of the mold while the soap is hardening.
  8. Remove the soap from the mold and see what you’ve created! With a silicone mold like mine it’s very easy to release with no effort, simply pop out. However if you have a plastic mold and are having issues getting it to release simply place in the freezer for 15min and run under hot water for a moment and the soap should be freed.
  9. Don’t forget to wrap your soap if you are not going to use them right away. Melt and pour soap will be affected by the water in the air and can shrink over time. I shrink wrap mine but you can use kitchen plastic wrap as well.

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Multiple Exposure: Parking Lot

mulitple exposure lost sky (1)Last week I shared some multiple exposures from a trip to Ontario where we got lost and stopped by the side of the road for a few minutes. I had a few more of the parking lot I thought were interesting. Not the most ideal landscape but overall I thought they turned out quiet interesting, night silhouettes are some of my favourite to shoot. Even odd times like then can be the perfect opportunity for taking photographs. You can check out the other sets of photos, here!

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Monthly Mixtapes: April Trances

April Trances is a electro style mixtape of some of my fondest electonic indie rock bands during my early 20’s. Including this month’s music inspiration We Are Wolves, from Montreal and others like The Knife, Thom Yorke, Fischerspooner, Crystal Castles, iamamiwhoami, and others.
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If Spotify isn’t your thing, I made a playlist on Youtube as well although only a few of them have actual videos. Oh yah the polaroid is of me as a kid in my Sunday dress, clearing feeling myself and my smooth tunes. 

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Vintage Tuesday: Landscape Vintage Slides

vintage slidesLast year I made Victor a slide lamp with landscape vintage slides with voyages from around the world, including the Great Wall of China. I found the perfect selection of slides for him out of my collection for his travelling spirit. Before I make anything with slides I always scan them as I hate the idea of the photo be lost forever so here is look at some of slides I used on his lamp from various people! Ps. If you are interested on how I made the slide lamp, check out my DIY here.

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Pick of the Week: Valérie Bastille

Valérie BastillePick of the Week: Valérie Bastille

This week I’m sharing artist Valérie Bastille also known as Naylemonstre from Montreal. I adore her style and think she does really unique compositions within her work. Her work reminds me a bit of the Sky Doll and other comic bases artists which I love. I’ve shared her work before but had a few more pieces that I thought I’d share like her coloring book Quolia, and my personal favourites the stickers which she customizes. You can check out her website here and her store.

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Multiple Exposure: Lost

Sometimes you are lost, and I mean actually lost not existentially lost and you come upon the greatest thing. This weeks’ multiple exposure is from a trip a few years ago when we stopped for gas and directions and unlike my fellow passengers who were so focused on getting home I noticed the sky from the parking lot and stopped and stared (and took a few photographs).

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Just a Cloud

just a cloud (2) just a cloud (11)just a cloud (10) just a cloud (8) just a cloud (9)just a cloud (4)just a cloud (6)spring wavesjust a cloud (12)just a cloud (14) just a cloud (1) just a cloud (15)I know I am writting this at the bottom but scroll to the top and start playing “Cloud” by Fischerspooner and go from the top down again and enjoy the gentle sky photography lull you into the amazing “just a cloud” chorus.

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Vintage Tuesday: Girly Thrift

girly thrift (3)When I’m thriting or at antique fairs I normally end up seeking out and buying mostly camera and photography related type items so today I thought I’d share some of my ‘girly thrift’. I know girly might be considered a stereotypical nonexclusive word but I was looking for a broad term that included all the little nick nacks I have around the house for no other reason than they are cute. Anyways, starting off are my retro kitty porcelain salt and pepper shakers and cat figure that I adore.

girly thrift (8)Hello Kitty phone that lights up bought for $1, I don’t know who uses a landline anymore but I use it as a book end.

girly thrift (6)Two vintage frames of mixed media art consisting of an oil painted background with the swans and doves  made with real feathers.

girly thrift (7)A retro Coke Cola wooden display, likely made in the 1970’s based of an older tin sign.

girly thrift (15)A retro My Little Pony missing it’s tail given as a trade.

retro my little pony (3)retro my little pony (2)Found at Puces St-Henri this last weekend, I rarely find My Litte Pony’s while at flea markets that are worth buying so I was excited. The price of $20 for all 3 was a bit much but I caved.

girly thrift (9)Vintage taxidermy keychain, I consider it my Pokemon.

girly thrift (12)Darling chocolate tin featuring a cat, unsure of year but probably after 1950s.

girly thriftA vintage Talc tin for Evening in Paris, likely 1920s era.

sailor moon (2)Not thrifted but had to include my desktop Sailor Scouts.

girly thrift (14)And lastly my grandmother’s perfume bottle, which has a delightful shape and color.

Happy Thrifting!

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Zine of the Month: Shimotsuma

April’s zine of the month is Shimotsuma produced by Stray Gang with various artists like Jane Mai, Punimelt, Jean Liang, Koyamori, and more. It’s a 40 paged limited edition illustration zine that is based of the story Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls). I’ve never read the book or seen the movie but I fell in love with the zine the moment I saw it a Expozine last year. The colors and great combination of various types of illustrations work really well. There is comics sections, typography, and silk screening to name a few. Not to mention Shimotsuma is really well editted and put together beautifully. You can pick up the zine through Fan Grrlz and have a look below.

Shimotsuma by Various Artists

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