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Jean Arp In Da House! (literally…) January 6, 2009

Filed under: Badonkadonk,Home Improvements — nikatnoon @ 12:21 pm
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What’s for lunch this afternoon, Party People? For me, it’s leftover pasta from dinner last night. Last carbalicious lunch for this girl…I’ll be heading to Trader’s tonight to pick up some leafy greens and healthy snacks for the rest of the week. (Jogger’s Update from last night: Patrizio flaked. So I ended up going by myself. Never realized that my neighborhood has NO street lights. Is that legal? I live in a very safe neighborhood, so it wasn’t the Creepies that I was scared of. I was more freaked out that I was going to get attacked by a fox or a coyote. Or, like, maybe Sasquatch or something. Needless to say, it was freezing and I will definitely be wearing my Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas earmuffs on my marathon tonight.)

Anywho, on to my real topic of conversation…my latest project. I know, I have like 14 projects under my belt at this point between my resolutions and my crafts. But, hey, what’s one more? Actually, there are many more projects that you party people don’t know about yet, but we’ll save that for a different blog. Gotta keep you in suspense! So, my project: Let me preempt this by saying that I have kind of a love affair with Dada Art. I don’t know why, I have always had this connection with it. Like, I just get it (I think most people don’t). I wish that I could have been a part of that movement. I mean, I don’t know why or anything: Anti War graphics? Abstract Art? Kids playing rebel music in the street? That doesn’t scream my name or anything. Hehe. (For those that don’t know me personally, that’s me being sarcastic.) One of my favorite projects in Art School was when we had to create a Jean Arp style collage from the Dada period. I fell in love with collages. I soon started reading biographies on Jean Arp and George Bracques, and was surprised at how Pablo Picasso was so Dada-ish as well.

Ok, enough with the art lesson, on with the project. So, Chapel and I have this empty wall in our dining room. It’s friggin’ long. Long and white, and bare. Basically screaming out at me, “Nik! Hellppppp! Make me pretty!!!” I didn’t want to paint it or put a print on it or anything run-of-the-mill like that. It’s a special wall. He’s so big and handsome and clean. He deserves more than that. He deserves a Dada-inspired installation. Oh yeeahhhh. Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you my Masterpiece Design Plan:

dinartinstall1

Ya, so I sketched this in two minutes while sitting in traffic on the Bay Bridge this morning. But you get the idea. Let me explain. In a nutshell, I want to get some fishing line, so it’s kind of invisible against the wall. Stretch it tight and plumb around two nails on opposing ends. So there are six rows of line on top of each other. Then. I’m going to create these “kites”. The kites will basically be diamond shaped frames made out of ½” wide Balsa wood dowels. I’m going to hit up Paper Source in Berkeley this weekend and get buy some Japanese Rice paper, maybe even some imported Italian paper (if I’m feeling really sassy). In different colors and patterns and textures. But related somewhow. (I’m starting to write in fragments, guess I’m getting excited!) So then, I will wrap the paper around all of the frames so they will resemble kites, kind of. All different shapes. Then I will attach the “kites” to the fishing line, in a kind of random pattern similar to what I sketched. Hopefully, (and I stress hopefully), it will come out in a cool, random pattern and be somewhat pleasing to the eye. More so than some West Elm wall art or something. Maybe I can put on a bowtie and channel Jean Arp while I’m working. That may help…

So, peeps, that’s my latest endeavor. I am hoping to have this finished by Sunday, in which case I’ll snap a few shots and post them on Monday. We can then compare and contrast between my masterpiece illustration above. Maybe if I am feeling extra drunk sassy, the Badonk and I may even step in the photo with a glass of Pinot Greeeeegggg! Until then, hang in there Party People. Tomorrow is hump day!

Party on Wayne,
Nik

 

Two Double Oh Nine. January 5, 2009

Filed under: Badonkadonk,Big Plans — nikatnoon @ 8:27 pm
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Howdy Party People,

 

            As I sit here enjoying my Egg Salad on Multigrain from StarBee’s, I can hardly contain my excitement. My First Blog. WHOA. Like, this is really serious business. I clicked “Public” on the privacy settings for WordPress. In the great words from my dear friend Raechel, “O-M-G, Princess.”

 

            So, let’s begin, shall we. On to why we started a blog in the first place. As new beginnings seem to be the running theme nowadays, I have three New’s Years resolutions this year. The first of which, you guessed it, is starting (and, ahem, maintaining) an everyday blog. I know, Everyday. *gulp*. I have accountability issues, so for this resolution, it’s up to you…Hold me accountable, party people! If I miss a day, put me in timeout and take away my iPod.

 

            Second resolution – slim down the Bodonkadonk. I’m just going to throw it out there now, I have a huge one. Can I stand a Pepsi can on it? No. But it is a topic of conversation time and again, so you might be hearing about it quite often. I may even categorize that J So, my resolution is (so original) to kinda get in a bit of shape. I have found a running buddy, my friend Patrizio, who I will be running with every night when I get off work. And I’ll be grocery shopping tonight or tomorrow for healthy grubs. I’m not going crazy with it…I refuse to give up my brie and baguettes, but will only have them maybe once a week. I’m just going to play nice with veggies and get a run in everyday and see where it takes me. I’ll keep you posted. For this resolution, I have Patrizio to be accountable to. I told him to come over and dump cold water on my face if I tried to make an excuse for not running with him one day.

 

            Third resolution – Birthday cards. I love getting handwritten birthday cards in the mail, and have made an executive decision that everyone else does, too. So, with that said, I have purchased a shiny, new 2009 planner to keep track of my family peeps’ and my friend peeps’ birthdays. My goal is to send out a card to everyone this year on their special days. Of course, being the get-in-over-my-head kinda girl that I am, I also want to make handmade cards. Probably this weekend I will take a trip to Michael’s (O-M-G, I got a $50 gift card from the boy for Christmas!) and pick up some supplies and cutesy embellishments to make cards. I think my conscious can handle holding me accountable for this one, however if I forget your birthday, feel free to send me a box of dog turds in the mail. Oh, we haven’t met you say? But you still would like me to send you a card? Of course, my new blogger friend J Leave your name and address and I would be more than happy to send you a card! Also, leave your D.O.B.!

 

            Okay, not all of my blogs will be short novels, I promise. But ya know, it’s the first one, there is pressure from the blogger gods. Let’s face it. So for now, I am getting back to work. First day of jogging tonight! Wish me luck! Feel free to share your New Year’s resolutions if you please. First Blog Written…Check!

 

Party on Wayne,

Nik