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San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party, Thursday Aug 18th

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
Balsa Betty being built at the 2010 Tiny Art Party

Balsa Betty being built at the 2010 Tiny Art Party

Are your Xactos sharp? Is your glue ready to stick? Got wood?

Actually I don’t care what your answer is come anyway, even if you only have an ounce of an idea and not a scrap of balsa. Supplies will be provided as will the creative spirit! You may walk away inspired or just have fun lending a hand to other tiny artists trying to realize their small dream.

This art party is welcome to Tiny Artists who are attending the main event or the Black Rock Balsa Regional. The Black Rock Regional Lead, Feral will be there if you have any questions about the regional or if just want to congratulate her!

San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party

Thursday Aug 18th
6:30pm to 11pm-ish
Location is near Guerrero and 16th St in the Mission. Email gro.namaslabnull@ofni for exact location.

Note to the allergy prone and the ailurophobic: there are cats.

RSVP on the Facebook event page

Build Party FAQ

  • Will there be free food and booze?
    • Maybe but don’t count on it. While it’s not required, anyone who brings potluck food will be greeted with joyful squeals of glee!*
  • Will there be art materials & tools for me to use?
    • The BPAF has donated some art materials (wood and glue) and tools (pencils, knifes, and rulers); however is is highly recommended that you bring your own art supplies/tools if you have a specific project in mind.
    • In-kind donations of extra art materials are always welcome!*
  • Can I buy tickets, patches and stickers to help support tiny art at the event?
    • but of course! As long as we have received them in time.
  • Can I hand deliver my art grant proposal at the event?
  • I have fear of leaving the East bay
    • There will be likely be an Easy Bay Tiny Art Party later this month.

*Particularly bountiful (or delicious) in-kind donations of art materials or shared food will be receive a special gift from the Black Pebble Arts Foundation.

We hope to see you and your creativity at the San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party!

Teenystarter: Wee Fundraising

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

teenystarter, wee fundraisingAnnouncing Teenystarter, wee fundraising for tiny artists! Tiny artists set a meager monetary goal and if they reach that goal they get to keep all the proceeds.

Due to the minute amounts of these goals, donations can only be made in person (either directly to the artist or to a BPAF representative). We are beginning this wonderful program with two Teenystarters:

Teenystarter: The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art (Goal: $10.64)

Due to the BPAF shrug bylaw The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art did no get the full funding they requested. In order to make up the $10.64, QueGee has announced she will be raising funds at this Sunday’s San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party.

Of course, admission to Tiny Art Build Party is free. The CTWTBA Fundraiser will be hosted at the same location, with suggested donation of separate sliding scale of 1¢–25¢ per person with all proceeds going to the CTWGBA Teenystarter. QueGee will also be accepting small donations for her teenystarter in person prior to the event.

Teenystarter: Black Rock Balsa Man Regional (Goal: $20)

Steve Courtney will be having a fundraiser for the Black Rock Balsa Man Regional and his small camp Fandango this Thursday, 6-10pm, at The Sycamore (2140 Mission Street, SF).

Voluntary admission fee at the door, (pay whatever you want) and that will get you Happy Hour prices all night. If you come down and donate a few bucks to us at the door, you get to knock a buck off your beer and/or wine all night. Also, PBR is $2 and Miller High Life is $3. A percentage of the door donations go to the Black Rock Regional Teenystarter; the rest goes to Fandango so they can afford to buy a camp chair or two.

In addition: there will be a Balsa Man Regional “Build-Night” in the back yard. You can come down and build tiny art to be burned in the desert, even if you aren’t going. (Tiny art materials will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own if you have a specific project in mind.)

Fandango & Black Rock Balsa Regional Fundraiser Happy Hour
Thursday, Aug 19th, 6pm-10pm
The Sycamore (2140 Mission Street, SF)

UPDATE:

The BRD Balsa Man Regional received it’s first Teenystarter relatively large donor! Carnivillian, photographer and blogger of TheBlight.net has donated $6.66 towards their meager goal!

Elegance in Balsa

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Every Tiny Art Build Party is a fount of inspiration. Some people arrive with materials in hand and an idea ready to go and others with a bottle of tequila and the desire to make something. This past weekend’s Tiny Art Build Party in Oakland saw all kinds from Doug Worley chopping toothpicks down to size to Hot Damn’s protest signs for the Bity Billion Bunny March to Adam’s popsicle stick gate.

Wooden Horse by Suzanne Forbes (photo by mikest)

Wooden Horse by Suzanne Forbes (photo by mikest)

The Oakland Tiny Art Build Party also saw the appearance of the marvelous artist Suzanne Rachel Forbes. Suzanne is a distinguished Bay Area portrait painter, sketch artist, and illustrator… who just so happens to be an amazing balsa sculptor! In 2009, she made an exquisite balsa wood horse using only the scrap wood that the BPAF brought to the Tiny Art Party. Amazingly Suzanne crafted the horse freehand without a single reference image. Piece by piece it came together using nothing but glue, an X-ACTO, and whatever materials are on hand at the time.

Balsa Betty by Suzanne Forbes

Balsa Betty by Suzanne Forbes

This year, Suzanne has continued her tradition of refusing to ask for a tiny art grant. Instead, she comes to the Tiny Art Parties to build using whatever materials have been gifted. She is also pushing her tiny art farther this year: Suzanne has taken on the challenge of sculpting the female form—specifically the iconic Bettie Page, again using only scrap balsa wood, an X-ACTO and glue. It was truly astonishing to watch the hips, waist and bosom slowly gain form from her talented hands.

More of Suzanne’s stunning art can be found on her website, Flickr, and Etsy. She also is a writer for the sex-positive website CarnalNation.

2010 Tiny Art Placement Map

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Announcing the Balsa Man 2010 Placement Map for Tiny Art & Theme Camps!

Due to the record number of tiny art stomping incidents last year, Balsa Man 2010 will have a Deep Playa Protected Art Area fenced off to protect from the potential danger of participant feet. Also this allows for a better viewing of all the tiny art on display! Tiny artists are still allowed to place their art in the Inner Playa Stomping Grounds, but should do so at their own risk.

Speaking of Tiny Art, the Black Pebble Arts Foundation is eager to see your Tiny Art Grant Proposals! Send them in today!

Balsa Man 2010 Map

Tiny Art Build Party, Oakland, Aug 8th

Monday, July 26th, 2010

It’s the first Tiny Art Build Party of 2010! Bring your pencils, brushes, x-actos, glue, wood, plastic monkeys, whatever your art requires and most importantly your creative energy!

This party is open to tiny artist going to either Balsa Man or the Balsa Man Regional in Black Rock Desert, NV.

Oakland Tiny Art Build Party

Sunday, August 8th from noon till 8pm
Two blocks from Rockridge BART.
Contact gro.namaslabnull@ofni for exact location (same location as last year’s Oakland Build Party).
facebook event page

@likethegoddess paints tiny houses for her project House on Fire

@likethegoddess paints tiny houses for her project House on Fire

Build Party FAQ

  • Will there be free food and booze?
    • Maybe but don’t count on it. Bring your own and while it’s not required, anyone who brings potluck food will be greeted with joyful squeals of glee!*
  • Will there be art materials & tools for me to use?
    • The BPAF has donated some art materials (wood and glue) and tools (pencils, knifes, and rulers); however is is highly recommended that you bring your own art supplies/tools.
    • In-kind donations of extra art materials are always welcome!*
  • Can I buy patches and stickers to help support tiny art at the event?
    • but of course!
  • Can I hand deliver my art grant proposal at the event?
  • I have  fear of crossing the Bay. Will there be another Tiny Art Build Party in San Francisco?
    • Ideally yes. We are still searching for a location for a San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party. If you are interested in hosting and live in San Francisco (ideally close to public transit) please contact us at gro.namaslabnull@ofni.
    • Also, if you are interested in organize another East Bay or South Bay or North Bay Tiny Art Build Party please contact us at gro.namaslabnull@ofni.

* Particularly bountiful (or delicious) in-kind donations of art materials or shared food will be receive a special gift from the Black Pebble Arts Foundation.

We hope to see you and your creativity at the Oakland Tiny Art Build Party!

Tiny Inspiration

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Here’s a couple bits of tiny art inspiration to get your creative juices flowing for this year’s Balsa Man!

World’s Smallest Postal ServiceWorld’s Smallest Postal Service

The World’s Smallest Postal Service (WSPS) is a teeny tiny transcription service and roaming post office. Artist Lea Redmond is the Postmaster, setting up her tiny mobile office in cafes and shops where passers-by can write a letter and have it turned into a “world’s smallest letter.”

Your letter is transcribed on a miniature desk in the tiniest of script, sealed with a miniscule wax seal with the sender’s initial pressed into it, packaged up with a magnifying glass in a glassine envelope, and finished off with a large wax seal. It is a double delight: for both the sender and the recipient.

When: Saturday, March 13th from 2pm to 6pm
Where: The Curiosity Shoppe – 855 Valencia Street (twn 19th & 20th) – SF
Cost: Free to watch letters being made, $8 to order your own.

(via FunCheap: World’s Smallest Postal Service)

Miniature cities on a power strip

Miniature cities on household objects

The senior thesis exhibition, at the Kyoto University of Art and Designhas some amazing small works on display which perfectly fit into this year’s theme, “The Forged Village.” I wish I could go to Kyoto myself and see these wonderfully detailed cities atop common household objects.

More info and photos at Spoon and Tomago: Student Work | Kyoto University of Art and Design.

(via Boing Boing: Miniature cities on household objects)