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So I haven’t been painting…but I did go see Emergency Response Studio

Here’s the thing: I’m headed to Houston this weekend for a dear friend’s wedding, where I will see some more dear friends who live far away.  So of course, this past weekend had to be devoted to acquiring fancy new shoes, as well as attire for the urban cowboy-themed rehearsal dinner.  And that meant that the living room / soon-to-be bedroom has suffered.  The trim still needs one more coat of glossy.  I also kind of need to wait for another pay check (monthly pay days are rough) until I can shop for fabric and make a headboard.  In the meantime I’ve been drooling over Marimekko.

And because I really don’t have much to update as far as the apartment goes, I thought I’d give a little plug to a really great Arthouse / Fusebox Festival / testperformancetest / Long Center co-sponsored public art project that will be in Austin for the next 10 days: Paul Villinski’s Emergency Response Studio,  originally created for Prospect.1 in New Orleans.  I won’t explain it in full detail (click the link for extensive information), but see below for pictures I took today.  Seriously, you have to see the trailer in person to really appreciate how beautiful – and simply functional – it is.  Having heard stories from a friend whose family is still living in a FEMA trailer post-Ike, I know they are cramped, dark and fairly miserable.  This is the exact opposite.  So really, if you are in Austin and reading this (that means you, my five friends who read this), head over to the Long Center sometime over the next week or so and visit it.  DO IT.

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Paul Villinski (left) training volunteer docents under the geodesic dome skylight.  Paul described the project (and his practice in general) as “an exercise in what is possible.”

dsc01395a page from the Emergency Response Studio guest book

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