PhotoFinish 5K – Team VSW – We Did It!

TeamVSW (2015)

PhotoFinish 5K (2015)

YAY, we did it! This past weekend Team VSW ran in the PhotoFinish 5K. We raised $2,165 (goal was $1,500) to support VSW – THANK YOU to everyone who donated!

I was happy to run to support my Alma Mater AND this was my second 5K! With the Lilac Run & PhotoFinish under my belt, which one should I sign-up for next?

Top photo from VSW’s Instagram which of course I had to #regram!

Team t-shirts were hand-printed by Hey Buddy! – you’ll remember his handiwork from when he printed my Collaborator totes!


a summer day



A few weekends ago I took a Saturday off from work to go to the 2015 Corn Hill Arts Festival. This was my first year attending! I still find it hard to believe I’ve lived in Rochester for nearly a decade and there are parts of this city I have yet to experience. Anyways, the festival was great!

PhotoFinish 5K – Team VSW


A few months ago I started running! I know, right? My first ever 5K was the Lilac Run and it was an AMAZING experience. I’m excited to say I’ve caught the “running bug” and have signed up for my next 5K: the PhotoFinish 5K!

I’m running in this particular 5K to help support VSW! Our goal is to raise $1,500 – help us out? You can donate any amount: $5, $10, $20 – it all adds up.


fall in nyc – 2014

Fall in NYC, Fall 2014

This past September I drove down to NYC for the NY Art Book Fair & Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC) presented by Printed Matter. This was my third year attending both the fair & conference (2012 | 2011). I honestly didn’t spend as much time at the fair as I have previously: 1. because I am broke and 2. I was only there for a couple of days and I wanted to visit my baby brother who is currently living in Manhattan on a co-op from RIT.

My favorite session this year at the CABC was on Saturday, “The Re-Materialization of the Art Book: Contemporary Livres d’Artistes“. Sheelagh Bevan (Morgan Library), Jenni Quilter (NYU), & Maddy Rosenberg (Central Booking) all spoke about various examples of how the livre d’artiste has evolved into a collaboration opportunity between visual artists & writers. I walked away from this session with a ton of notes – but one word I had written in bold with stars around it in my notebook, and that was the name Iliazd. Bevan’s talk about Poésie de mots inconnus, Iliazd, & the Lettrist debate really piqued my interest! Over the last few months I have been reading up on Iliazd and I’m excited to say I’m currently obsessed. His work is fascinating – I’ll obsess more in a future blog post.

Back to the fair. Yes, that is a picture of an Artist Book Vending Machine! Fun, right?

That selfie with my brother is with one of Dan Graham’s pieces at the Met. I can’t go to NYC without visiting the Met! This was one of Graham’s smaller pieces indoors – we also went up onto the roof to see his Roof Garden commission Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout. Apparently I didn’t take any photos from the roof – or, I just can’t find them right now. I can’t believe I didn’t take a single picture!

I spent Saturday night and most of Sunday hanging out with my brother. Sunday, before I drove back up to ROC, we took a walk on the High Line – my FAVE place in NYC. I really lucked out that weekend, the weather was beautiful.

Now, I’m back in ROC and in the middle of a winter snowstorm. I’m not looking forward to digging out my car tomorrow morning. Maybe I’ll snowshoe to work.

drawing my fingers off

ilssa - working group 5

I recently renewed my ILSSA membership and yesterday just so happened to be the annual Festival to Plead for Skills. This year I decided to focus on drawing for my skill. I have been working away at my #365iterations project and I wanted to challenge myself to do more. These drawings are all small and I spend roughly 15-45mins per piece – sometimes a little longer depending on my mood.

For the Festival to Plead for Skills I spent HOURS on a VERY LARGE drawing. I’m going to set it up to photograph tomorrow and will share the photo over here ASAP.

image via ILSSA co-operators. AS MANY HOURS AS IT TAKES!!!

change of plans!!

Keith Haring - NY is Book Country

As much as I have been looking forward to visiting with my BFF and attending the NY Art Book Fair later this week, I’m now going to be staying here in ROC. A couple of weeks ago I was offered a position at my “dream job” and started yesterday. I’m really excited for this new adventure and will just have to plan another trip down to NYC later this fall.

image from The Museum of Modern Art Library

planning: fall in nyc

NYABF 2013

I’ve been busy making plans to head to NYC next month for Printed Matter‘s 2013 NY Art Book Fair! Are you planning on going? I’ve been the last two years (2012 | 2011) and it’s one of my favorite events. Also, I love Fall in NYC! Anyone have any recommendations of other events/exhibitions/etc that I should check out while I’m in the city that weekend? Last year was pretty great.

image from NY Art Book Fair website