Archive for November, 2010

Crocheted scrubbies

Friday, November 26th, 2010

M’s grandma’s neighbour/friend in Korea gave her this cute little hand-made crocheted dish scrub — supposedly a popular craft project in Korea right now. The colour combination is so happy and vibrant that it makes me even happy doing the dishes. I’d love to make some of my own, so I’m on the hunt for this unique material. It looks like a nylon or cotton thread entwined with sparkly mini threads of plastic easter basket grass type of material. Rather than washing your dishes with a wet sweater, this material actually feels good wet. So if anyone knows exactly what this is and where to get it, please let me know!~ Lurgs

Here’s a video on how to crochet rounds with changing colours (lots of video crochet tutorials from Traceyishh):

Umuzi Photo Club Exhibition – Brooklyn, New York!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

An update from David Dini of the Umuzi Photo Club!

There will be an exhibition of the photo club’s work at the powerHouse Arena, opening night on Thurs. Dec. 9th with viewings till Sun. Dec. 12th. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the Umuzi team on opening night and prints will also be on sale. So if you’re in Brooklyn, go go go!!

Invitation details  can be found here.


Monday, November 15th, 2010

Looking forward to a feature length release in 2011! Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul is a documentary about the first co-educational skate school in Afghanistan that offers skate workshops and other educational classes since 2007.

Read more here from wired. com.

Check out their website and you can help donate to keep their school going! ~ Lurgs

Suite Suite Chinatown

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Ventured out into the foggy foggy night to catch Suite Suite Chinatown, a series of short films that’s part of Toronto’s Reel Asian Film Festival. The question “What is your Chinatown?” was posed to seven local Chinese Canadian filmmakers. The result was an interesting mix of media, collaboration with a film score performed live by the stage band from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School and the EXERCISERS. It was a unique and entertaining experience to have the mix of film, animation, and live performance and also getting the opportunity to participate when the audience was asked to be the foley artists for a segment with sound effects props already distributed throughout the theatre. The films were both poignant and funny — though my Korean friend felt a bit left out as the Chinese-speaking cackled at the nuances between the cantonese and mandarin dialects in one part.

There’s a free encore screening of Suite Suite Chinatown next Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 7:30pm. at the Scarborough Civic Centre! Click here for more info.

The festival continues for the rest of the weekend, so still opportunities to check out some films. Here’s the full schedule.

~ Lurgs

“Who is Theo Gallaro?”

Friday, November 12th, 2010

“Um, pardon?…what?”

Had to blog about this awesome young artist, Theo Gallaro (12 years old!). So lame that I come across him the day after his showing at Sleeping Giant Gallery finished! Check out this great video from Francis Mitchell interviewing him! I love how he’s incorporated magic tricks into his pieces.

“So I’ll have a character who’s supposed to be pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but instead he’s pulling a head off a dude. Which is sort of weird”…and then I love how embarrassed he gets after this part. I want to hug him. Or pinch his cheeks. ~yy

Theo Gallaro Interview / Sleeping Giant Gallery from Francis Mitchell on Vimeo.

A Room with A View

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Here’s my new view! Hoping the change in scenery will bring some new inspiration. Good times to come! ~ Lurgs

The Power of Pictures

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I was listening to the BBC last week and heard about the Umuzi Photo Club. The club teaches primary and secondary school students in Johannesburg’s developing communities through workshops led by volunteers. Recently, they had an exhibit to bring attention to the needs of the Diepsloot Township. The youth of the community set out to capture photos of problems in the community that needed to be addressed by the government.

Photo from the Umuzi Photo club website. Photo by Beauty Mokwena showing a burst pipe leaking hazardous material near an area where children are playing.

The Umuzi Photo Club sounds like a great organization that exposes youth to the art of photography, self-expressions, social-consciousness and leadership. Definately check out their website for more photos and info.

It also reminded me of the documentary “Born into Brothels” about a photographer who started a photo club with children in Calcutta’s red-light district. From that experience, her organization Kids with Cameras has expanded to hold workshops in various other cities in the world for underprivileged children. It’s so interesting to see the world through the lens of a different culture and through the eyes of youth.

~ Lurgs