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I am very excited to be the recipient of one of the 2010 Rhizome commissions for my art piece Fictional Jewelry and Other Wistful Adornments. Thank you everyone who voted for me, as I received a member award.

Project Description

Fictional Jewelry and Other Wistful Adornments take the whimsical idea of jewelry that blooms, breathes, and moves, and makes it a reality through the use of interactive electronics. This is a collection of jewelry pieces each with a personality fit for fiction and characterized by it’s movements and design. Some ideas that I will explore are clusters of delicate lace and tiny beads that tremble when someone is too close. A beating heart necklace, that glows to the exact beat of the wearer’s heart. Flowers that continuously bloom, wilt, wither, and bloom again. Rings that are animated with personality, breathing gently, moving playfully, shaking nervously. The style of the designs will be inspired by runway fashions and the personality of the jewelry’s animations.
I will explore the mechanisms of inflatables, muscle wires, and small motors and combine these with microcontrollers and sensors to animate the jewelry. Based on the movements I am able to animate, I will design jewelry pieces with character, that comes to life when turned on and worn.
Fictional Jewelry and Other Wistful Adornments will be viewed in the same manner as traditional jewelry. The jewelry will be shown in a gallery setting on traditional jewelry displays. Jewelry will function in displays. Video footage of some of the jewelry functioning on a model will accompany the displays.
Fictional Jewelry and Other Wistful Adornments are pieces of a fashion fairytale.  In a time of emails, text messages, and one-click delivery food, let’s use technology to create whimsy in a world that’s still fantastic, fashion. This is a collection of jewelry that is real life fiction.

Digital Foundations has been given a glowing review on The Tech Static and has appeared on Google Books

My plugins got a historical shout out in Nicholas Knouf’s statement about his new plugin.

The Graffit Fail Video is making the rounds.  Wooster Collective blogged it, and it has dispersed from there.  My favorite is this post by the Denver Egotist, a blog *for* advertising agencies warning their peers “Take it as gospel: the next time you think about wheatpasting your slogan on a popular graffiti wall…don’t.”  ASDLabs covered it, as did FACT

I just discovered this old Boing Boing post on the Bright Bike

Today my Nightlife Necklace project from my book, Fashion Geek: Clothes, Accessories, Tech is featured on Etsy’s How-To Tuesday. Follow the link for full instructions on how to make it. Or of course you could buy the book!


Today my Nightlife Necklace project from my book, Fashion Geek: Clothes, Accessories, Tech is featured on Etsy’s How-To Tuesday. Follow the link for full instructions on how to make it. Or of course you could buy the book!


Black Market Type and Print Shop

July 9 - August 14, 2009
Opening July 9, 6-8pm

This installation is guest curated by Joseph del Pesco. He has created font alphabets based on the handwriting of famous contemporary artists, which are available for use by visitors.

Image is from Black Market Type and Print Shop Installation

The Black Market Type & Print Shop starts with a collection of 30+ type-fonts extracted from the artwork of an international array of artists. Scanned and converted into working computer fonts, these letterforms are available for use by visitors to the exhibition via a free print shop.To take advantage of the free printing services visitors are obliged to use the types in at least part of their design. Through this process the visual language of contemporary art is subtly distributed beyond the gallery through street-level ephemera such as rock-show flyers and for-sale notices. Other material produced in previous iterations of the exhibition include personal letters, out-of-order signs, and ‘free kittens to a good home’ posters.

Utilizing the Black Market Type, a group of 15 artists have been invited to make a text-only poster, to be posted in the public area surrounding the gallery. These include a small line of text at the bottom that quietly points back to the gallery. In the gallery these posters serve to incite the imagination of the visitor, offering possible formats and outcomes for their own ideas to take shape in the print shop.

Artist types included in the project: John Baldessari, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mel Bochner, R. Crumb, John Cage, Henry Darger, Julie Doucet, Jimmie Durham, Marcel Dzama, Tracey Emin, Howard Finster, General Idea, Thomas Hirschhorn, Chris Johanson, Jasper Johns, Ray Johnson, Mike Kelley, Margaret Kilgallen, Duane Michals, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, Adrian Piper, William Pope.L, Richard Prince, Ad Reinhardt, Dieter Roth, David Shrigley

And the artists making posters using the type:

Mike Arcega - SF
Anne Walsh - Berkeley
Gareth Spor - SF
Aurelien Froment - Paris/Dublin
Stanislao Di Giugno - Rome
Chris Sollars - SF
Dan Seiple - Berlin
Germaine Koh - Vancouver
Arnold Kemp - NY/SF
Jan Estep - Minneapolis
Marisa Olson - NY
Michael Mandiberg - NY
Amanda Ross Ho - LA
Matt Keegan - NY/SF
Lee Walton - North Carolina

Richard L. Nelson Gallery: Black Market Type and Print Shop.

“Black Market Type and Print Shop”

Author: Micah Malone

05.07.09-06.27.09 Feldman Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art

Creating fonts can be a touchy subject, raising issues of intellectual property—touchier still when the fonts in question sample hand-drawn lettering from well-known works of art. However, for the exhibition “Black Market Type and Print Shop,” font generation becomes a clever game of connoisseurship. Curator Joseph del Pesco appropriated mostly handwritten texts from single pieces of art (or series of works) as source material for his exhibited typefaces, without seeking permission from the sampled artists.

Ironically, John Baldessari’s Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, 1966–68, was originally meant to look impersonal, and yet the font generated from his work is more identifiable than anything else on view. Recognizing Baldessari’s presence yields one of the most delightful moments in the exhibition. By extracting only the handwritten text from artworks, thus ignoring original semantic content and rhetorical nuances, del Pesco frees the text from its context, though it remains bound by the artists’ authorial presence. Fetishizing well-known lettering has vast implications, including the potential for mischievous profits; yet here, it mostly just generates delicious fun, allowing viewers to match each artist with his or her font.

In a separate gallery—the so-called Print Shop—a computer awaits, loaded with the fonts in Adobe Illustrator. Visitors can design and print posters with their favorite “black market” font and are encouraged to add their creation to a forest of prints accumulating on a bulletin board in the same room. Amusing as it is to simply click the font menu and choose between Margaret Kilgallen, Duane Michaels, R. Crumb, and twenty-seven others, the results illustrate the font variety without ever spawning an inventiveness that surpasses novelty. This remains true in the first gallery, where, alongside del Pesco’s typefaces, text-only posters created from these fonts by participating “international artists” lack anything more than droll punning—making the implications of the exhibition’s font usage frustratingly safe.

“black market type and print shop” - / archive.


Others perform “I WILL TALK WITH ANYONE ABOUT ANYTHING” at the Weatherspoon Museum of Art. Pictures from the opening.

Drawing Contemporaries at Eyebeam

I have been trying to find a way to distribute my CC licensed master files, from little Illustrator files, master video files, to the 500MB InDesign file for the Digital Foundations book ( This is an experiment. Because these are all graphics and master files, i am going to put them in “Other.” We’ll see how this goes.

Digital Foundations Textbook master file including all files, links, images

This zip contains all of the inDesign files used to publish Digital Foundations. A description (from the intro) is below. Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite integrates the formal principles of the Bauhaus Basic Course into an introduction to digital media production with the Adobe Creative Suite.

via LegalTorrents™ - Digital Foundations Textbook master file including all files, links, images.

Jeff Crowse, Kenseth Armstead, and myself presented our work at the open video conference. There was a great Q&A afterwards that lead to some interesting copyright questions and dialog.