Tuesday, March 30, 2010

bikini girl

bikini girl
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

A Time Life image maybe...this was at a time after college when I was burnt out on art but wanted to make sure I remembered how to draw. It looks like the drawing of an artist who hadn't picked up a pencil in a while, but I was satisfied at the time that I hadn't "lost it" completely :)


Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

Scanned in some older work, will be posting it here, on tumblr and on facebook

Monday, March 29, 2010


Please visit my etsy store:


And order before April Fools Day and get free shipping on any item you purchase!

If you have seen something in real life that you're not finding in the store, let me know, I either have it or I can make it.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

life gets in the way of living sometimes

there's major drama in the boys swim club, so much so that we are considering changing teams.

there's as much drama at work and I'm not at all sure how it will turn out.

and really, all I want to do is strategize and create fine art or even fine craft. I think I'm going to apply for a grant from the art guild to produce and frame the alphabet series at a larger scale and then present it to local galleries.

I also want to document some work for the society6 & urban outfitters print possibilities.

I need to get the alphbet series I have printed on paper ready to show at the art market at the honeytree gallery in KCMO.

I am also planning an auction. I recently met a good friend of a good friend who has breast cancer. just had the mastectomy yesterday actually. she list her job and home after she found out. I want to donate a piece or three to raise funds for her. but I'll need maximum exposure so I want to be a bit strategic about it.

so guess I better hit it...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

xerox transfers | alphabet series

xerox transfers | alphabet series
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

something to do while basketball is on in the background and snow is accumulating out my door 

Friday, March 19, 2010

artist statement generator

here's a fun little ditty:

emily eakes's Artist Statement

Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of betty boop as a methaphorical interpretation of both andy warhol and dancing.

What began as a personal journey of fuckism has translated into images of sushi and foot that resonate with germans people to question their own redness.

My mixed media house embody an idiosyncratic view of jim jones, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between corey haim, feet and nachos.

My work is in the private collection of gavin mccloud who said 'YES!!, that's some real creative Art.'

I am a recipient of a grant from Folsom Prison where I served time for stealing mugs and tie clips from the gift shop of The MOMA. I have exhibited in group shows at taco john's and ARC Gallery, though not at the same time. I currently spend my time between my bedroom and Berlin.

Click on the link to generate your own! :)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

the first rule of swim club is...

the first rule of swim club is...
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

first winter short course D1 meet ever. I'm not so much a fan of "the bunker" aka the Wichita swim club pool aka Garvey Aquatic Center, it's condensation nor the fact that they ALWAYS get this D1 meet, BUT John had the best swims if his life today!

he dropped 2seconds and change off his 100 breast and 4 seconds off his 400 IM!! incredible!

ANDhe was promoted into the senior group in his swim club! we couldn't be more proud :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

This is a shot of our hallway. The office/shop has (2) 24" doors that slide open (or to the left or right). The 2 bedrooms have 30" doors each. It's been 3.5 years without doors - while they aren't completely necessary, they are pretty great! :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

parent teacher conferences

I need to post an update on our house :) We've reached a milestone! We have interior doors! :) But I need photos before I can make that post...SO...instead, I will talk about parent teacher conferences for the boy yesterday :)

He just keeps getting more awesome and more awesome the older he gets, which is pretty amazing considering how awesome he was when he was born :) They do grow up fast, but EVERY stage, EVERY age has something to offer! And don't get me wrong, he's a full-blown teenager, he's moody and he thinks his parents don't know much, if anything and he thinks it's us against him instead of us being his biggest supporters, but he's a great kid in spite of it :)

Met with his social studies teacher first, solid A, he's doing very well, no complaints. The teacher loves his sense of humor and said last conference that he has to keep from being too amused because while he's not inappropriate, he's sarcastic and witty and a teacher can't always laugh openly at such things in the classroom :) we understood :) And it's great to hear because I was always concerned I'd scarred the kid :) I laugh a LOT! a LOT-a lot...and when he was about 2 he used to hide when I laughed...which was hard for both of us since he was SO freaking amusing :)

Okay, so I won't go into detail for each class (since he has 8!) but basically, he's performing like his teacher (and we) knew he could in algebra, we are all very proud as math is one of his best subjects and he needed to step his game up...but really he's smart across the board...if school wasn't so boring for him, he'd get a 4.0 every quarter...

Orchestra: he's deeply talented
Work & Family: doing well, 1 missing worksheet and he has an A
English: he's a voracious reader, great comprehension, great writer
Science: we didn't get to meet with his teacher, but she's also his advisory teacher and the science olympiad coach, we know she likes him very much and he does well in her class :)
Spanish: will have to find out more later...she was sick...
Foods: great student, can really toss a pizza crust :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

prints for sale! prints for sale! ...soon i hope.

I'm not yet sure what prints I should consider for sale...but there are some GREAT opportunities out there right now!!!


Society6 & Urban Outfitters dot com

...might continue to add to this when I find more.

I currently have a consignment with bon bon atelier and they are great. I've sold at least 1 piece every month since I started...sometimes more. My prices are super low though, so I would need serious volume to make any real money at it. And most of the opportunities like above are more about exposure than a paycheck...though one hopes the result is both.

I really wish I had serious time to devote to art! Though be careful what you wish for, right :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

landscape art - is it dead?

the full post

"Landscape paintings are so ten years ago, yet artists today continue to create them in abundant supply. After all, there was a time (10 years ago) when art galleries sold nothing but landscapes. Those days are over. Buyers are more sophisticated now. They demand more, well beyond safe and mundane paintings of a quiet stream, a grouping of trees or a wispy field on a cool fall day.

Buyers today want modern, abstract, surreal, out-of the-ordinary realism, engaging figurative work. They are drawn to and demand art full of emotion and intrigue – landscape paintings don’t even come close to fulfilling this need."

Having painted 2 commissioned landscapes in the last couple of years, I think there will always be a market for it. And I'm not sure if pop-surrealism is on its way out or just now hitting the midwest, but I think that style can be a whole new take on landscapes and woodland creatures :). And really, landscapes are so not my thing, and if I had to date them, I'd suggest they went out of style more than ten years ago, but beyond landscape there's a lot of work out there that I'm not in to...

I think it's an error to say that landscape painting is dead, but I do agree with the sentiment of the original post.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Facebook Event Pages | ARC Gallery : MATERIALITY | honeytree gallery : Art Market

Click on the link to go to the Facebook even pages for the First Friday opening in Chicago of "MATERIALITY" at the ARC Gallery:
I will have 2 pieces from my "domestic | domesticated" series in the show. If you can't make the reception this Friday, but you are in Chicago in March, stop by - tell me what you think :)

Click on the link to go to the Facebook event page for the First Friday Art Market at the honeytree gallery:
Art Market
I will have a booth with lots of affordable art for sale! :) And if you can't make it out that night, then click on the event listing to see links to many of the artists' work.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

performance art ?

Check out the rational living blog where a family of 4 lives on the equivalent of civilian rations from WWII for a year.

Very interesting stuff...makes you think about what you need vs. what you want. I have a feeling it's healthier too than the typical American diet.

I feel like we already live pretty close to a greater emphasis on need vs. want, but I bet we could be more conscientious about the choices we do have.