Monday, July 11, 2011

SUMMER SPECTACULAR GIVEAWAY #1 - Urban Baby Bonnets


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Hi everyone!!! Here is the much awaited Summer Spectacular Giveaway!!!!
We have 12 great giveaway items from 8 fantastic sponsors!

They are each listed below - each having their own Rafflecopter entry form.

Once you've entered one..CLICK "ENTER NEXT GIVEAWAY"
........and then the next and then the next one and on and on :)

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GIVEAWAY #1
One (1) UB2 Secret Garden Summer Bonnet 










Urban Baby Bonnets - In Her Own Words
The Urban Baby Bonnet project is a worldwide sculptural installation. As a painter, I am entranced by color. Its richness and saturation tantalize me. The idea of this project is to spread Urban Baby Bonnets all over the world; the goal is to make small, but brightly visible contributions of color to a world that is ever darker and more gray as the monotony of corporate hegemony fogs our lives. Each bonnet is a unique combination of fabrics on the form of a sleek and modernized version of the traditional baby bonnet. The Urban Baby bonnet Project takes art out of the gallery and into people's everyday lives. Because the project is available and open to the public 365 days a year, people can (in their own time) take a bit of art and enjoy its color and form as they live their lives. Using etsy and real-life as my gallery, the UB2 Project brings color into our average everydayness. 












Although I do not intend the bonnets to be objects of “fashion” but rather intend them to be live collages of color, I find that my work treads a line between fashion and fine art. Where is that line? How can we know when an object has crossed from one category to the next? When a formally trained artist and self-taught (but widely exhibited) painter turns to mixed media/fiber as her medium and chooses everyday life as her canvas, how are we to categorize what is created? I’ve always been intrigued by the way Andy Warhol appropriated commercial forms and brought them into the world of the arts. This project takes objects from the art world and democratizes them via commercial exposure.


Finally, this project also has a more personal, documentary dimension. My daughter was born in 2007, and the Urban Baby Bonnet project evolved from what happens when the artistic drive to create meets the constraints of motherhood. From her photographs in the very first-ever Urban Baby Bonnet, to the picture of her with her finger in her mouth teething, the photos used in the documentation of the project also document her changes and development. Because this project is a long-term installation, it will continue to record her growth as she slips away from infancy.

In the midst of the rigorous conceptual nature of this project, my deepest hope is that the lives of individuals who take part in the project by purchasing or trading for an Urban Baby Bonnet (or those who receive a donated one) will be brightened by my work. Already, with the Project less than a year old, UB2 bonnets have made their way to Sweden, Norway, Germany, Italy, France, Singapore, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Celebrate color!











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