Wednesday, May 9, 2007

harriete estel berman

Artist Harriete Estel Berman is known for her use of found/recycled materials, and now she's working on a new project. Harriete is trying to collect used #2 pencils for a piece about standardized testing, and she's accepting donations. Here are the details:

Seeking #2 pencils:
Any and all used pencils, including
broken, chewed, stubby, or erasers worn to a nub.

I need over 30,000 pencils to assemble a new
sculpture about education and test taking.

‑‑Clean out your junk drawer of leftover pencils;
--Rub out memories of erasers too small for mistakes in life;
--Protest the tyranny of standardized tests.

Ask local schools, students, or teachers to help.
Share or send this email to anyone and everyone else who might like to participate and contribute pencils.

Send pencils to artist:
Harriete Estel Berman
657 42nd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403-5059

If you include your name, address and email, I’ll send you a card of the finished piece. If you would like to write a comment about your experience with standardized tests, send a statement with your pencil contribution.

· The testing industry is calculated to be a $400 million to $700 million industry.
· In 2001, the New York Times reported that the U.S .Department of Education set aside $400 million to help states develop and administer the tests that the No Child Left Behind Act mandated for children in grades 3 through 8. Among the likely benefactors of the extra funds were the four companies that dominate the testing market .
· Do you know that Educational Testing Service (ETS), best known for its administration of the SAT college-entrance exam, won a three-year, $50 million contract in October 2001 to develop and score California's high-school

(via Midge's Mind)

You can also see more of Harriete's work on her website.

Monday, May 7, 2007

imogene + 2modern design blog

Annie from imogene just sent an email announcing that she will be the new Sunday guest blogger at 2modern's design blog. So be sure to tune in every Sunday for some great jewelry posts!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

kristin beeler

I was excited yesterday to stumble across the flickr site of Kristin Beeler. Not only does the site showcase Kristin's work, it also has her student work. A great insight into what the next generation is working on. Click here for Kristin's work, and here for student work.

Note: I will be posting here with less frequency over the coming months, as I'm looking at a full summer show schedule, and some exciting exhibition opportunities for 2008. I will be posting from time to time, so check back in. And, you can always see what's keeping me occupied by checking out my other blog.