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.

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.