ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

For Luck

one of my recent digital deconstructions...

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Last Chance Texaco, or what's good for the diet is good for the soul

With a tip of the hat to Rickie Lee Jones for my post title, and to ABQStyle for this cool pic, just wanted to let y'all know tomorrow is the last day to get copies of Pasticcio at March Madness sale prices ('cuz I know you're no April Fool), and also the last chance to bid on the shrines for the auction to benefit the street kids of Oaxaca. Hope you will consider both Pasticcio and the auction worth throwing away that hard-earned grocery $$!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

More Forbidden Fruit, OR, If I were King of the Forest,

or at least a Casting Director there, I would have made one very different choice from Deborah Aquila, Jennifer L. Smith, and Mary Tricia Wood, who did the casting for Twilight. Before I saw the movie, I had finished both Twilight and New Moon. These books are like candy; they may not be good, or good for you, but they have a kind of tasty and addictive flavor. While I think the Cullens as characters are each intriguing, I really *dig* Jacob. He's well-developed (yes, that's a pun), mostly sensible, and just plain likable. The one character of whom I am not fond is Bella. She's an awful whiner, obsessively needy, and honestly, I can't fathom why either Edward or Jacob is interested, except for that thing about even intelligent guys falling for cute girls regardless of anything else...but all that's neither here nor there. The gist of this post? When I saw the movie a few months ago (the soundtrack was great, by the way) I was struck dumb (I know, hard to imagine THAT!) - not only does Robert Pattinson not fit the details of Stephenie Meyer's descriptions of Edward, to my mind he is NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO FABULOUSLY DROP DEAD GORGEOUS.
The actor I would have cast as Edward Cullen in his stead? How aboutJesse Spencer?

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Forbidden Fruit

Not sure about my three kid brothers, but I know I've mentioned before that growing up, I was NOT allowed to 'read' comic books! Maybe my parents were just not communicating clearly to me - maybe it was that I wasn't supposed to SPEND MONEY on them. Which doesn't make a lot of sense, since there was NO MONEY TO SPEND~!~
If only Free Comic Book Day had existed. Free Comic Book Day happens every year on the first Saturday in May; that's just in time for my birthday. May 2 this year.
Anyhow, I love comics and graphic novels, yet having lacked early exposure, am not well-versed.
For example, had never met up with the Spectacled Blade before...
Okay fine, I admit it, Spectacled Blade is MY secret identity self-portrait; I evolved here. But shhh, mum's the word. Please! It's only not a secret if YOU tell.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

War by Numbers + Shepard Fairey + 2007
When we go on our road trip back east this summer, I may try to do an In This Garden signing at Ink About It in Westford, Mass. If you have any additional suggestions, let me know. Also, would love if we can get by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston where, among other things, there's a Shepard Fairey exhibit running through mid-August...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

my luve is NOT like a red, red rose, but more like a suburban of Irish descent...

Being a TRUE BLUE Scots woman (Campbell clan) myself,
I still wish all the Geretys to whom I'm related,

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Free-for-all art OR, free art for all?

I have collected SOOO many atcs! Would love to give a few away.
If you're interested, please leave a comment to that effect & I will
happily send some of them off to YOU. (Include your mailing addy!)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spare change? or "Getting the kids to school."

Remember that shrine I constructed for my mum last fall? Here it is again, in case you forgot what it looks like. 1946, the year of the vintage ACTUAL newsreel filmstrip in the shrine, my mum was 14, still a kid, almost a woman. The picture on the front with a baby sis is a few years earlier (Mum was born in 1932). I love that wide grin. My mum always told us she wasn't really a happy kid, and it's true she looks pensive in many pics, but I do have a few where it looks like she just let herself revel in the pleasure of a moment. So this shrine is to all the facets of my mum, the kid she was, the woman she became, even the things she dreamed of that never came to pass. If only the good and beautiful dreams of all of the children of all the world could come true. I know that sounds REALLY cheez. And yet...
Love the way Jill Berry describes it, yup, gotta get those kids to SCHOOL! Anyway, the auction is in full swing over at the SICYS site. Detailed info below. I included pics of my shrine, "Once when she was happy". (It's actually even brighter & prettier than the photos show.) If you want to bid on mine, you can find it on page 5 of the catalog on the auction site. I will be so happy if the shrine I made to honor my little mother benefits these kids. I know times are really hard for many of us, and a little hard for most of us right now, but please, if you have even a little change to spare, consider the children. You will end up with a groovelisciously fun piece that was constructed with not only vintage scraps & ragtags, but a lot of heart & soul! Thank you!
(Oh and I mean that even if you bid on someone else's!!!)


Soroptimist International Central Yavapai Sunrise (SICYS) proudly announces an online auction of over eighty memory box shrines, original art pieces that all started with a simple cigar box. Led by SICYS member and artist Rebecca Brooks, the shrines were donated by artists from all over the world to support the efforts of Street Children of Oaxaca Grassroots. Oaxaca’s poorest families cannot afford education, basic health care, or a nutritious meal for their children. Government services are minimal and difficult to access. Education is not “free” in Mexico as it is in the US, so the poorest often must choose between feeding their children or sending them to school. Following the international mission of Soroptimists to support programs for women and children, the proceeds from this auction will send children in Oaxaca, Mexico to school.

Let the Bidding Begin
In each artist’s listing, please click View/Bid and then click the 'Instructions' link to see a full size view of his/her shrine. If you wish to see additional views of each shrine, visit: corazon.typepad.com where multiple high-quality images are available. You will need to return to the auction site in order to place your bids.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


RIP "Bill Buchanan"
You were not just good, you were hot.

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