Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Social environmental connections in visual culture

Finishing up an article for IJEA (En)Countering Social and Environmental Messages in
The Rainforest Cafe, Children’s Picturebooks, and Other Visual Culture Sites. Long title I know but clear about what it is. Language is a bit academese I know but that's the professor's life. I explored mixed messages in visual culture focusing on the Rainforest Cafe and kids books and how they forget that indigenous people live in rainforests and are affected. The article also looks at how things that provide environmental messages often have unsustainable practices within the paradigm of uber capitalism. Am looking forward to being done. Mostly tedious work of putting in references at this point. I was delighted to include Animal Poems of the Iguazú by Fancisco Alarcón and Maya Gonzalez. My favorite kids book. You can see a film I made about Maya that Francisco is in at http://www.mirareisberg.com/maya_movie2.html

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Here's what I'm doing

Leaving being an art education university professor in Illinois to return to Northern California to be an artist, kids book illustrator, web designer, and teach in more informal settings, redesigning my website, designing Jane Ryder's website www.janeryder.com (should be up next week), setting up my first blog, teaching a class on eco-felted jewelry next Wednesday at Bliss Beads Studio and Gallery www.blissbeadstudio.com using beautiful organic wools from www.esthersplacefibers.com where the lusty ram jumped the fence to impregnate ALL the sheep and now there are lots of darlin lambs, trying to get back to adding more stuff to my Etsy site www.MiraArt.etsy.com, trying to figure out how to remove the Blogger bar from the top and how to bring images in, finishing up an article on teaching peace through picturebooks about war, finishing another article about mixed-message rainforest images in visual culture and edutainment, working on grant applications to do a fabulous project with seniors in Sacramento, and quietly reprimanding myself for such a shockingly long run-on-sentence.