Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Small Spaces: 5 Questions with Lisa Wicka

lisa wicka

Zach and I paid a visit to the Brooklyn Art Library when we were in NYC earlier this year. We have been participating in the Sketchbook Project and the Print Exchange for the past couple of years and we eager to see where all the sketchbooks were housed. We also wanted to see who else from Lafayette might have participated in the project, so we searched and found Lisa Wicka's submission. That sketchbook would be our very first introduction to her work. 

lisa wicka

Lisa was amongst the first artists Zach confirmed for Small Spaces. Her work is very analytical and meticulous so it was interesting to see how she would translate her ideas into the street.

Here's Lisa's answers to my 5 questions ...

lisa wicka
Here are the three pieces Lisa did for Small Spaces ...

On the Lafayette Printing building,

lisa wicka

lisa wicka

 Haywood Printing Company,

lisa wicka

lisa wicka

and the wall by Bernadette's Barbershop.

lisa wicka

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Garden Update: September 2014

I just had to take a break from making Small Spaces-related posts to share a little garden update.

After the freaky hail storm in August, Zach pulled up most of our destroyed eggplants, tomato, and pepper plants. The ones that we saved, have now fully recovered.

It's a little late in the growing season though, so we're hoping everything will have enough time to ripen. Especially those mellow star peppers. They are so delicious!

The week after the hail storm, we planted for fall. We have broccoli,



collard greens,

bok choy,

rat's tail radish,




and carrots.

We are growing a lot of these veggies for the first time, and we're not even sure if some of the varieties we have chosen do well in containers. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. One thing I do know for certain, is that it's a royal pain to grow brassicas. The white butterflies will not leave our plants alone and we battle them everyday. I don't mind the search-and-destroy game with the eggs, but I hate finding cabbage worms. Hate!!!!! For the first couple of weeks, I was using row covers for the collards, kale, komatsuna, and bok choy. But they were really cumbersome to work with and some of the plants still ended up at the mercy of the cabbage worms. I'm starting to wonder if it'll be less stressful to just buy brassicas instead of trying to grow them!

Our herb corner is a mess! Our tarragon plant is covered in cobwebs, our mints are gangly looking, the thyme and the marjoram look sad, and the cilantro have bolted. But it seems the oregano,


and shiso are still hanging in there and loving this slightly cooler weather!

It's also a lot of fun for us that our everbearing and "wild" strawberries are making a fall comeback and putting out handfuls of treats every couple of days!

We may lament the loss of our 15 tomato plants, but the cat is definitely happy to have space on the patio to roam again! He snacks freely from the catnip plant,

and occasionally, he even finds a friend to play with!

p.s. in case you're wondering, the chipmunk survived the ordeal!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Small Spaces: I Got My iPod On Shuffle

throughout the month of september, i've been meeting with a group of kids at tippecanoe arts federation to design and install a mural to be part of the small spaces: lafayette project. we started by walking over to Haywood Printing to see our space. then we had brainstorm/sketching sessions for the first 3 weeks and came up with a theme of music. each student designed their own character elements in the mural.  then we spent each day after school last week installing.

this is one of three educational pieces being created for small spaces. branden aptiz is creating a piece behind lafayette theater with kids from tippecanoe youth services day reporting program. and carrie wing is creating a piece with the lafayette jeff high school art club behind lafayette printing. it was important to me that we had elements in this project that included education. projects like this give kids a bit of community ownership and it helps to build a sense of social responsibility as they move into adulthood.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Small Spaces: Latest pieces at Haywood Printing

The Small Spaces artists have been busy painting up Haywood Printing Company! Here are some pictures of the new works.

cathryn english
artist: Cathryn English
carrie wing
artist: Carrie Wing
artist: Alejandra Carrillo-Munoz
aaron bumgarner
artist: Aaron Bumgarner
pete brown
artist: Pete Brown
temre stanchfield
artist: Temre Stanchfield
sagan newham
artist: Sagan Newham
richard brumbaugh
artist: Richard Brumbaugh
bethany hohman
artist: Bethany Hohman
artist: Jason Profant
aaron bumgarner
yarn bomb, artist: Aaron Bumgarner
lisa wicka
artist: Lisa Wicka
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