Wednesday, April 29, 2009

mark your calendars

fundraising art auction benefiting Resolana
Saturday, May 23 | 4 p.m. until at least 7 p.m.
F. is for Frank Studio

1216 Manufacturing, Dallas, Texas 75207
$5 admission. Free for kiddos! |

It’s a collective art happening and fundraiser where everyone is invited and encouraged to make and donate a diorama to be auctioned. Event proceeds will benefit Resolana, a Dallas-area nonprofit that assists incarcerated women through psycho-educational and creative programs that provide the skills, tools, and inner resources for self-improvement. With this support, these women are able to more successfully transition to their new lives—a benefit to themselves, their families, and communities. All dioramas created by female prisoners of the Dallas County Jail in art workshops will be displayed and several lucky folks attending the event will be given the dioramas.

It’s a three-dimensional re-creation of a scene that displays multiple objects and portrays a specific theme or moment in time. Dioramas usually bring to mind small-scale formations—as seen in museums—but dioramas can be life-size, too. Any type of interesting container adds to the unique meaning behind a diorama. The possibilities for design are limited only by the imagination, as there are no restrictions or real rules at all.

Ten trophies will be awarded in categories that could include, but are not limited to, most rad, low rent, fluorescent, kinetic, teepee, peaceful, anarchic, illuminated, unicorn-esque, and clever. Or, whatever. It’s irrelevant. It’s about having fun, creating good karma, and raising lots of money for Resolana.

- $5 admission fee. Free for kiddos.
- The first 50 attendees to pay the $5 admission will receive a cool tote screened with an illustration by Dallas artist Tania Kaufmann—and it’s loaded with goodies from neighborhood businesses.
- Open to the public. A homemade diorama contribution is not mandatory. All are encouraged to attend and bid on dioramas created by artists and non-artists alike.
- Auction winners must pay for and collect their diorama at the end of the auction. CASH OR CHECKS ONLY!!!
- Free beer while it lasts. Tacos and palletas will be for sale.
- Have your picture taken in our life-size diorama photobooth for $5.

Diorama Pre-Registration
If you’re making a diorama, pweeze do us a favor and let us know ahead of time!
Email us at Give us your name, email/website, and cell phone number. Pre-registration ends Thursday, May 21.

Diorama Drop Off Details
Friday, May 22 | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
F. is for Frank Studio
1216 Manufacturing, Dallas, Texas 75207
Please have your entry ready to display and complete with all necessary supplies (battery packs, extension cords, etc).

To arrange an alternate drop-off time, contact Shannah Frank at or 214.749.0709

Diorama-O-Rama Event
Saturday, May 23 | 4 p.m. until at least 7 p.m.
4 p.m. Silent auction begins
6:30 p.m. Silent auction ends
6 p.m. Live auction begins
7 p.m. Awards ceremony and dance party

Rawlins Gilliland | Writer, KERA commentator
Jeff Whittington | KERA

Catherine Cuellar | La Reunion TX
Zac Crain | D Magazine
Tracy Hayes | F!D Luxe
Anne Lawrence | CADD Art Lab
Chandra North | Kim Dawson
Tina Parker | Kitchen Dog Theater
Stuart Sikes | Elmwood Recording Studios
Barry Whistler | Barry Whistler Gallery
Cris Worley | PanAmerican ArtProjects
Angus Wynne | Wynne Entertainment

David Page
George Baum

Allison V. Smith

Tania Kaufmann

Diorama-O-Rama Contacts
Holly Jefferson |
Jennifer Dunn |
Malina Pearson |
Shannon Driscoll |
Shannah Frank |
Tish Brewer |

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

day at the races

super fun "dollar day" at lone star park. it's very possible i'll be there every time this event happens, twice a season.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

kiddos are the funniest

see proof of this here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

paste papers

i made these paste papers during our workshop last week. i'd almost forgotten how fun they were. get ready for pretty packages!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

gocco print

paper nerds will be offering a gocco workshop this summer. we've been playing around with the machine and figuring out what supplies we need to order. to test out the printer, i drew this picture and then made about 75 prints in a super short amount of time. it was addictive, and i decided i could do this all day every day. let me know if you'd like a print, and maybe i'll send one your way. also, let us know if you spot any gocco stuff for sale.

Monday, April 20, 2009

sunday dinner

my own recipe for bread salad (panzanella)...with shrimp, heirloom tomatoes, fennel, herbs, and homemade vinaigrette. and of course there is always wine...last night we had prosecco.

a sighting in the garden

we saw this on our huge parsley plant yesterday afternoon...the biggest dragonfly i have ever seen. ever.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

a practice in patience

double stick tape rendered two areas of this paper transparent. i removed the still sticky adhesive with a crepe eraser, and now i am removing residual adhesives with solvent over the suction platen. it's always slow progress, but the paper gains a little more opacity every few minutes as more adhesive is dissolved and sucked from the reverse of the document.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

texas flowers

these flowers were cut from the block around the studio. the sidewalks are all lined with wildflowers, and climbing roses keep folks from scaling fences around secured parking lots. in the spring, when all these flowers are in bloom, we end up helping the landlord prune pretty often:)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

last night's dinner

pasta with bread crumbs, sardines, and puttanesca salad. yum.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

gum bichromates

Monday, April 6, 2009

trace paper and soot

today i am surface cleaning a large fire damaged piece of tracing paper. this is the reverse. the scene is religious, and the paper is in the shape of an archway, so i'm guessing it was meant for a small mural above a door in a church somewhere. it was folded, a lot, so the outermost surface has a large accumulation of soot, and it's very crispy. i will humidify and flatten it before surface cleaning it again...because right now the creases and folds are causing difficulty in handling, and they are hiding soot.

weird science

i wish this were a better picture, but i was in the darkroom with safe light... mixing chemicals to make gum bichromates.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

last evening's harvest

a bunch of parsley, along with some rainbow chard; a whole lot of young kale, because we are thinning the huge amount that came up from seed.