The episode of Design on a Dime that I filmed finally aired! I just figured out how to upload my segments to YouTube, so for those of you have emailed me because you missed it, here ya go!
If you have questions about having your own commission done, check here for more info!
Nov 18, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
I am so annoyed with myself that blogging has fallen by the wayside! I love it here And I am going to work my butt off to not neglect my poor lonely blog anymore! I know I have said it before, but this time I MEAN IT! :)
So much has been going on. The hub and I decided we were going to re-do the closet in our second bedroom, which led to a major renovation, at least major for us. We found the original Parquet floors under the carpet in the closet, and decided it would be awesome to refinish the whole room, which then meant emptying the entire contents of said room into the rest of the house, (which became an entirely new project for bookshelves in the living room!) We sanded and refinished the Parquet, and the end result was awful. There were ancient stains that wouldn't come up, and after sealing the whole thing turned yellow. No thank you! So then we had to rip that floor out completely (see photo on the left of poor exhausted hub) and put down a new one.
We are thrilled with the end result, but what a long road!! It is now a lovely little guest room for visitors to enjoy!
In addition to home reno, I have been doing back to back art shows. Yes, the economy has been tough, but what can you do? I have had fun at each event, and have so much new work along with a bunch of really cool new images I am excited to get working on now that I have a week off!
Also been working part time at the very swanky and cool Henry Road. Paula is so much fun to work for. I continue to learn the ups and downs of owning your own shop (something I would like very much to do in the future). She has such a great eye for the totally cool, from vintage to new. I am getting better at arranging displays, which makes me feel like I am conquering the world! I am also the stores Fall artist. I have a had a fun few moments of people coming in and recognizing the work and not realizing I am the artist. That has been kind of cool!
My partner in crime, Hannah, continues her planning for a move to Portland, OR. She is super excited to leave LA, which I understand, but I am seriously considering hobbling her to prolong the inevitable. Would that be so wrong???? ;)
So for now, that is my update. I am going to try to be more regular with the posting! There is so much fun coming up. I want to make sure that I share the details!!! TTFN
Posted by mcaplan at 8:15 AM
Sep 30, 2008
Solo Show at Henry Road!
Oct 2nd, 6pm-9pm
3949 Laurelgrove Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
(South of Ventura, 2 blocks west of Laurel Canyon)
SAVE 15% ON ALL PURCHASES (INCLUDING ARTWORK) MADE OPENING NIGHT!!!
See more pics of the event, click HERE
Posted by mcaplan at 9:46 PM
Sep 17, 2008
Have you seen the new issue of the fab Design This Design That online zine?? It is chock full of interviews of artists from around the world, 68 to be exact!! I was lucky enough to be selected to participate! You can see my interview on page 124!
Posted by mcaplan at 7:56 AM
Sep 3, 2008
Sep 2, 2008
In case you have missed it, let me share with you that Etsy has put together a Handmade contest based around all things Kid! My piece, Lola2, has made it into the final 40 art pieces! If you have a chance, head on over and vote, vote, vote!!! You have until Sept 8th to make your picks!
Posted by mcaplan at 6:19 PM
Aug 12, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
I am so excited to be one of the contributing artists to Uppercase Gallery's newest project, Old School! These two above are my pieces for the show. Over 80 artists are participating!! The pieces will be exhibited at the gallery through Sept 30th. The exhibit has also been translated into an awesome book!! It is my first time having being published in a book (excluding cover work of course ;) You can click through this fun little widget to catch a glimpse of the publication. I cant wait to get mine!!!
Posted by mcaplan at 10:43 AM
Jul 9, 2008
Jul 1, 2008
Where, oh where, is this year going! We are half way through 2008, and what better reason to have a sale? I have loaded up my Shop with tons of new work, ready for the taking! From July 1st-July 6th save 25% on all purchases over $100.00!! Purchase though Etsy and enter the code SUMMER08 in the message to seller box. Please complete the shopping cart process and then wait for a revised invoice that reflects your savings! (Please Note: Discounts can not be given on orders that complete the Paypal process prior to receiving the revised invoice.)
There are lots of brand new pieces that I have been cranking out for the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. I havent added any of them to my Etsy shop yet. They can all be seen here.
Posted by mcaplan at 11:12 PM
Jun 27, 2008
I am sad to say that Modishoppe, the fabulous online shop for all the cool handmade and Indie items you would ever need, is closing down as of June 30th. There are lots of really cool items on sale!! Remember, it is never too early to start your holiday shopping! ;)
Posted by mcaplan at 11:36 AM
Jun 24, 2008
I spent all day yesterday photographing, editing and uploading lots of new work to my Shop! I am now busy preparing lots of new goodies for the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco!!! This is going to be my first long distance show, and I cant wait! Plus, Hannah is going to be sharing my booth, so we get to go on an adventure! What better reason to go on a ROAD TRIP?
OK, back to the glue! ;)
Posted by mcaplan at 8:43 AM
Jun 17, 2008
I was just clearing my desktop and realized I hadn't cracked open my downloaded issue of Blanket Magazine (Issue 9)! As I strolled through, low and behold what did I find on pages 10-11, but this lovely spread featuring my work!
Thank you Blanket for the awesome lay out! The issue was busting at the seams, full of amazing art and great articles! Definitely worth clicking over and checking out!
Posted by mcaplan at 10:01 PM
Jun 10, 2008
A lot of my time away from blogland has recently been spent at the fabulous new Henry Road shop in Studio City, CA. Paula Smail, the design phenom behind the Henry Road fabric line (LOVE!), has opened this sweet boutique chock full of unique finds and rockin' gift ideas.
In an attempt to be more social and get the heck out of the house every now an then in a non collage related capacity, I am working at the shop one or two days a week. So far, it has been a blast! I love watching a strong, smart woman make her mark and be brave. Paula astounds me! I am soaking up every bit of knowledge I can!
This Thursday, June 12th, we are having an opening at the shop showcasing the work of Michelle Moode, one of my fave mixed media artists! If you are in the area, you have to come check out her gorgeous work! In addition to the fab art, there is a ton of new merchandise on the floor.
Here is the opening night info:
Date: Thursday June 12
Address: Henry Road, 3949 Laurelgrove Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
(south of Ventura, two blocks west of Laurel Canyon)
Tel: 818 762 9866
Hope to see you there!
Posted by mcaplan at 5:30 PM
May 16, 2008
I am a bad bad bad bad blogger! All is well here in what I am now referring to as "Gluetown". Since getting home from NY I have been working feverishly to get ready for shows. One was last weekend, and turned out to be a little slow, but lots of fun. Hubby came and lent a helping hand which was nice. I secretly hate hanging the work. I get overwhelmed by the packing materials and stuff everywhere. It just never goes well for me. Hannah normally steps in to save me, but with her not being there Hubby stepped up to the plate with gusto! Filling 2 tents was daunting, but I think it all turned out well! I even won a white ribbon, and "Honorable Mention"! ;)
This weekend is the Affaire in the Gardens Art Show in Beverly Hills. I went to this show a few times as a kid, so it is a little intimidating to be showing there. It's going to be a scorching weekend, so just getting out of the valley will probably be a good thing! (It is generally 15 degrees cooler on the other side of the hill!) I cant wait to have the tent set up, and work hung. Then I can relax and enjoy the experience!
OK, I know this was short but sweet, but I have a ton of bits and pieces to do now for this weekend! Catch you next week with photos!
Posted by mcaplan at 9:30 AM
Apr 26, 2008
NYC has been a BLAST!! I have had so much fun trekking around the city and catching up with old friends. I have only been here 3 days, but it feels like WEEKS!
I had a chance to hit a few great exhibits. I made it to the MET, which as always, was just mind blowing. There was a Courbet exhibit, a Jeff Koons exhibit, AND a Jasper Johns exhibit going on. Each was so different, and left me very inspired!
There was an incredible Gustav Klimpt show at the Neue Galerie. Klimpt is one of my favorite artists and I loved seeing so many of his sketches. The audio tour was really fascinating.
I also went to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. There was a great show on all things Rococo, and in the basement gallery they had a small exhibit called Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product which was drool-worthy! The cases were filled with pages of antique fabric samples, and 100 year old sketchbooks from interior designers, with the most amazing handwriting and drawings. You know I anted to glue down everything in the room!
This morning I am grabbing the train to Long Island. I hope y'all have a great weekend and week. I will share more when I return!
Posted by mcaplan at 6:09 AM
Apr 18, 2008
I swear I am still a blogger!!! Dont take my absence as anything more than just my complete and utter overwhelmed-ness. Plus, I am a total dork. There is at least one thing a day where the "OH! I have to blog this!" light bulb goes off, and then I am knee deep in some other project or who knows what! I am getting emails of concern, which are so sweet and I am very touched that anyone has noticed my absence!
The past few weeks have been hectic to say the least! I have been doing shows and getting ready for upcoming ones. On the 22nd I am headed to NY for a 2 week Vay-Cay! I can't tell you how excited I am! There will be four days in the city, and then I will be headed to Long Island where I will become a Godmother (of the fairy variety, of course ;). Then hubby and I are headed out to Sag Harbor for a few days to visit our friends who just welcomed a brand new baby boy (Can't wait to meet ya Spencer!), and to eat cheese at their shop, Cavaniolas Gourmet (one of my favorite places on Earth!!!). Then, back to the in-laws for a few days of niece and nephews, sundaes at Friendlys, and no glue whatsoever! This is the best kind of trip for me. Long enough to make me really be able to relax, and lots of variety to keep it exciting! I haven't been back to NYC in so many years, and I will have four whole days to roam the Met, and the MoMA, and I have even promised myself a trip to the Cloisters.
Once I get back from getting all relaxed and chilled out, I have two really big 2 day art shows (details in the sidebar) back to back which is what I have mainly been focusing on in my radio silence. I need BIG art for these shows, especially as at one, I have to fill 2 canopies. I am looking forward to such big events. Really, these are the first "white tent fine art shows" I have done, and the nerves are kind of exciting.
So there you go! The blog intervention worked!! You can all thank Tyn for taking the time to nag me back into the Blogosphere! ;)
Posted by mcaplan at 7:17 AM
Mar 19, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
My friends just built a fabulous house in the Hamptons and I am so excited to have been asked to create a piece for their new walls!!
They got me researching fabulous old equestrian pics, many of which I have fallen in LOVE with!
So here are a few new horsey pieces that were the precursors to this soon to be jumbo piece! They have all been added to my shop!
Posted by mcaplan at 10:02 AM
Mar 17, 2008
I know I am a week late with this video, as I am sure that everyone and their momma has seen it, but whatever! ;) I already miss PR! Every time Amy Poehler makes that BIG SMILE face, I cant help but think of her Kim Jong-Il impression. A cha cha cha!
Speaking of which, did you catch the Vanity Fair which feature the hot Female comediennes on the cover?? Awesome photo spread and article on the darling dames of comedy. I really thought it was interesting to hear about the boundaries they have pushed. It is so easily taken for granted how I, as a woman, have the ability to do as I please without dealing with really any kind of sexual discrimination. Every now and them maybe something very minor, but nothing close to the feeling of having to prove myself solely driven by my sex. Hell, you want to carry a huge stack of oversized canvas to the car for me because you dont think I can manage, be my guest! See, thats not too bad. . . . In all seriousness, it is empowering to read about what these ladies have accomplished. Check it out!
Posted by mcaplan at 11:23 AM