I am proposing FairytaleFashion.org for a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and Obama’s initiative to “Reimagine Learning”. I would like to create Fairytale Fashion Lab and expand FairytaleFashion.org into a program for classrooms. The grant applications are now open for public feedback before we revise them. I welcome your feedback! http://www.dmlcompetition.net/pligg/story.php?title=664


I had a nice interview with MotherBoard.TV. Claire & gang were very nice.


This makes me wish I had a big fat marker with me to cover this up in something other than this insidious shit. And i don’t really ever have the impulse to tag.

Canal and Broadway. All you Chisel-tippers and KRINKers go after it.



From October 2008… this post was caught in WordPress limbo. I publish it now, well after this NYC microtrend has gone national, if not global. The questions remain the same, the scope has just increased…

Head Scarf


My first ham radio press interview on page 18 in World Radio Magazine. I always feel extra proud of my ham radio achievements because I work twice as hard to get them since I only have a fashion design background.

screenshot courtesy of makezine.com

88 de KC2UHB


All of the Fairytale Fashion videos are finished and now we are getting ready for Fairytale Fashion Runway Show on Feb. 24th. Things are busy, busy.

Yesterday morning I interviewed with The Business Insider. Then I met with Peter Kirn and am very excited that he will be putting together a circuit bending orchestra for the fashion show. A long time ago, live orchestras used to play while models walked the runway. The Fairytale Fashion Show will have DJ’s playing music from hacked electronics. Last, I went to Meet Up’s Fashion 2.0 to try and get together the last bit of funding for the fashion show. I met a lot of interesting people there.


Two things happened on my bike today, one which is about advertising and the other isn’t but both are about public space and it’s uses and controls.

One: who owns the street sign posts

This morning I rode my bike to a not-so-close subway stop because I had to run into Manhattan for a meeting and make another meeting in Brooklyn right after that one. And I was late. I get to the station, find a street sign to lock up to, and the guy hawking the Daily News comes up to me yelling. He tells me that is his sign, and that he is going to lock up his newspaper rack AND stool to it, and I have to go find somewhere else. I tell him he doesn’t own the street sign and start locking up, and he says that if I do that he will simply lock his rack up around my bike and I will not be able to get it out. And I’m running late.


Screenshot of dirty dealing by Health Insurance Companies

I guess there is a reason they call it Mafia Wars. Business Insider has broken a story about insurance company shills paying Facebook users into sending emails to their Congressional Representatives opposing health care reform.

This is interesting in the context of the Health Care debate (see the attempt to push Komen for the Cure to dump Leiberman’s lobbyist wife) but is more significant as a marker of the way that advertising and advocacy are creeping into places and forms where the information consumer does not expect them.


Steve sent me someone’s inquiry that came in off of the AAA contact page. Usually these are either “hey you guys rock” or they are lost advertisers who try to sell ad space somewhere they shouldn’t and don’t get it when we shame them.

Here’s the full email. I put it out there in full, and then I will ruminate on why i wavered for two weeks on writing this post at all:


There are bunch of line drawings that will go into this book, along with screen shots of websites, CAD images, and pictures. I spent a LOT of time before I even got the contract figuring out the best way to do line drawings without fancy software because

  • I didn’t want to spend the money to buy it and
  • I didn’t want to download a cracked or non-legal version on my pristine new laptop
  • The book will be black and white, so in a way that should simplify things. So… I found Inkscape, which is a free and open source program similar to Adobe Illustrator. There’s also a free, open source program called Gimp that’s similar in capabilities to Adobe Photoshop. Then I found paint.NET which is kind of like MS Paint on steroids, and also free.

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