Posts Tagged ‘california’

Dude, I could like HEAR the colors

Dec 14
Eleven new backgrounds are up.
There’s another new toile, this time about California history. One of the biggest challenges for this was finding a grizzly bear in New York City (hell, they’re not even in California), but then I remembered there’s a stuffed one in the Museum of Natural History. There are plenty of lovely French and English toiles out there, but alas they are very expensive and never seem to feature the Pony Express or the mountains where the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism.

I also experimented a bit with making glitch art, a process known as databending. The results are unpredictable and usually look like either television static or the eye-melting patterns found on bus seats in the 1980’s. There are a few ways I destroyed and remixed the raw image data, from basic edits in Wordpad to chopping up image files in a sound editing program. While it seems psychedelic to be able to listen to an image (dude, I could like hear the colors) it sadly sounded nothing like a Big Brother and the Holding Company song and everything like an angry fax machine. The whole process is a little too post-modern for me. Maybe I’ll just stick with toiles.

Cheers,
Sarah

if you ain’t got the do-re-mi

Oct 8
Hello there.
It’s been a while since my last update, so I’m adding some extra stuff this time.
Right now California’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in 70 years. And so my latest wallpaper features a quote from a Woody Guthrie song written 72 years ago, back when the unemployment numbers were similar.
California is a garden of Eden, A paradise to live in or see; but believe it or not you won’t find it so hot if you ain’t got the do-re-mi.
On a personal note I’ve recently had some good news on the employment front, and my soul-crushing search for work has finally, thankfully, turned up with something. All the best to all those searching for work right now- it’s rough out there but don’t give up.

There are three new backgrounds available.

I finally figured out how to make my own fonts. I’ve been wanting to make fonts for years but I never knew how. So… without further ado, here’s four new typefaces in TrueType format. All these fonts are free to download and use, even for commercial purposes.
That’s all for today. I’m working on another embroidery so hopefully that will be done soon.
-Sarah