wooden box with a photo of Damonte Ford and his girlfriend inside the cover and in the body of the box are many bits of ephemera from their time together

Wk 10: Fiber Art Social Network



Need Help?

  1. Ask online
  2. Come to before class OH on Wed 11:30-12:30 @Robek’s / Coffee Bean umbrella tables
  3. I can go to AS-120 (AS building is next to The Beach Hut, next to The Library) after class on Wed, at 3:45 and help anyone with anything.
  4. Make an appointment to meetup another time

California State University, Long Beach, College of the Arts, School of Art, Art Gallery complex. View from the Art Gallery Courtyard showing students in conversation in 3 areas: inside the Max L. Gatov gallery, outside the Gatov Gallery, and outside the Maxine Merlino gallery

Brewery Artist's live-work colony in Downtown Los Angeles. A large wooden structure made of hexagons and circles becomes a kid's jungle gym and kids and parents play and converse at the Fall '16 artwalk at The Brewery

Glenn Zucman

Points on BeachBored

All points through Week 9 are now up on BeachBored. Be sure to check your points and know where you stand! So far we’ve had 479 points possible. Here’s how many points you should have to be on track for each grade level, and how many peeps in 1p / 2:30 are currently at each grade level:

A = 431 points – 58 / 49
B = 383 points – 2 / 4
C = 335 points – 3 / 2
D = 287 points – 0 / 2
F = 286 points – 2 / 5

  • 1p GPA = 3.75
  • 2:30 GPA = 3.45


Top 5 @1pm:

  1. Hannah Adams, 577
  2. Stephanie Arciva, 553
  3. Maritess Anne Inieto, 536
  4. Joy Elizabeth Uba, 525
  5. Carlos Villicana, 525

Top 5 @2:30:

  1. Nathan Davalos, 642
  2. Lydia Chang, 562
  3. Yesenia Hernandez, 556
  4. Jamie Van, 555
  5. Adriana Maciel, 551

Wk 10 – This Week!

  • Art Talk Discussionat the bottom of this post
  • ActivityFiber Art Social Network @FO4-267
  • Artist Conversation@SOA Galleries
  • Classmate Conversationnone this week

Write next week’s Classmate Question OTW here: Classmate Question OTW

Last Week: Art Care Packages

Nice work everyone! Here’s a few samples:

An Art Care Package from Emily Tomasello to her dad, featuring old records, baseball glove, ticket stubs, and other ephemera

Emily Tomasello

On October 21, 1991, my parents, Jim and Kristi Tomasello, got married, and last Friday, they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Getting to celebrate this milestone with my parents was very important to me. They have both shown me so much love and support throughout my entire life, and I thought it would be nice to send them a care package. I do plan on sending my mom one, but this week, I’m sending my first care package to my dad, Jim, in San Pedro, California.

In the back, I packed a Nat King Cole vinyl LP featuring the song “Unforgettable”. I packed this because my family likes to dedicate this song to my grandpa, Tony (my dad’s dad) because that was the best word to describe him: unforgettable. He passed away in 2008, but I can see so much of my grandpa in my dad.

What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?

I definitely think ephemera is precious. You’re talking to the girl that actually did keep her first parking ticket! Hey, I thought it would make for a good story later on in life! I think everything has meaning, big or small. Though I don’t believe in excessive hoarding, I think it’s important to keep certain things that have meaning to you. Speaking of Coachella, I hope my grandkids think I’m the coolest grandma EVER for going! That’s why I kept my wristband and the box it came in, obviously!

Emily Tomasello

a collection of ephemera of life in Los Angeles, parking tickets, Target name badge, etc

Hailei Reyes

I decided to send my art care package to my sister, a 22 year old wandering college graduate. I wanted to send her an art care package because she is like a lost child looking for a job, and an apartment, and something stable to do with her life after making it through SDSU. I wanted to send her some stuff to show her what moving out of San Diego might be like. My art package has the good & bad of Los Angeles. Well at least from my prospective. I have included parking tickets, speeding tickets, my first target name tag, a map to the Getty Center, a ticket to the Paley Center for Media, a train ticket, an airport luggage tag, a stop homophobia sticker from LA pride, an “I voted” sticker, and a post card from Mel’s Dinner.

Hailei Reyes

a white tyvek envelope filled with bits of ephemera

Janett Moctezuma

I decided to send this art care packages to 22-year-old Lizette Cabrera from Riverside, CA. Lizette was my best friend from middle school. I say was because after our 8th grade promotion she moved away and I didn’t hear from here until few months ago. I found Lizette on Instagram about 6 months ago and we’ve been catching up on the 8 years of friendship that we missed. I think this art activity fit just perfectly because a few weeks ago I was telling her about some old letters that she wrote to me when we were in middle school. She burst out laughing when I read some of them to her so I decided to include a few of the letters so that she can read them herself. I also included a drawing of an octopus that she drew when we were in 7th grade. Lizette named the octopus Ms. Octopussy and put braces on it because she wore braces at that time. During middle school, we went to many amusement parks so I included tickets from the time that we went to Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags. Also, I included a colorful heart beaded necklace because we would always give each other beaded jewelry when we were best friends. Another item that I included was a program from our 8th grade promotion which was the last time I saw her. The items in this picture are memories from our friendship when we were in middle school.

The other set of items symbolizes what she missed when she moved away as well as current things that are happening now. The item that looks like a scroll is an invitation to my Quinceañera which I want her to see because that was a very special party for me. I included the eyelashes and nail polish to show that we have grown up and now we are into getting out manicure done as well as our makeup. The CSULB sticker was also included in the package because I remember we would always tell each other that we were going to go to the same college and live in the dorms together. Now, the Pink gift card is in the package because she loves Pink just like I do. Since I’ve been talking to her now she tells me she really likes that store as well as choker necklaces that’s a reason why I included it too. Finally, I included headlines from a magazine that have to do with the presidential election that is coming up.

Janett Moctezuma

An Art Care Package from Pamela Ajoste to a friend in Korea featuring many small photographs of their times together

Pamela Ajoste

This art care package activity was very enjoyable as I got to look back on pictures and memories that I haven’t seen in a while. I decided to send this package to my friend in Korea because I haven’t seen her in a while. This package mainly consist of pictures as each picture has a story full of memories with it.

Pamela Ajoste

hand written letter by Stephanie Valdivia

Stephanie Valdivia

For this activity I decided to send my best friend Vanesa an Art Care Package. I decided to send it to her because I miss her and I don’t see her as often anymore. I think she’s such a great person and it makes me so happy that she sees me as a best friend as well even though we might not talk everyday. She told me once how she felt like she didn’t know me because I never talked about personal things; we had a funny friendship where we seemed to talk about everything but personal things. So, in the box I included a poem about my feelings towards the friendship and how much it meant to me, a picture of myself from the second grade, a couple notes we passed to each back in high school, concert tickets, and a drawing of us. Making this package brought back a lot of memories and it was nice. It made me want to reach out to all the friends I don’t talk to as much. This activity also made me sad because I remembered how things were nicer before entering the “adult life.” This was an overall bittersweet experience. I hope Vanesa likes it. I think ephemera is so precious. I didn’t know there was a word for it but I’ve always loved it. I love knowing that in 10 years, I can open a box and see concert tickets only to remember and relive the moment. I wish I had more ephemera but I’m starting to collect and save more things.

Stephanie Valdivia

Art Care Package from Yesenia Hernandez to her sister studying abroad in Florence, Italy

Yesenia Hernandez

I loved this idea!

Why? You say?

Because I have always wanted to send a package to a loved one through mail. I always liked the idea of a pen pal. No matter how long mail takes it is a sweet gesture, which I think is greater than instant messaging. It takes more thought, time and effort to create a package than a text. It demonstrates real care.

I decided to send my package to my sister, she is living abroad in Florence, Italy for a year or so. I really miss her as she is my best friend. We did everything together before she moved.

Yesenia Hernandez

Nike shoe box that Abigail Manuel has transformed into an "Art Care Package" to her sister up in Northern California. Contents include polaroid pictures, a hand-written journal, and other ephemera

Abigail Manuel

Because I am from Northern California, I miss out on a lot of things with my sister. So I sent her Polaroid pictures of me and the friends that I’ve made here in college to give her a little glimpse of my life in Southern California. I also sent her a sticker that I got in the mail saying “girls bite back”, just because I love feminist art and I wanted to share it with her. I included a journal that I write in frequently as well, because literary art has to be my favorite kind of art. In the journal I already have a few entries that are poems, recollections of my day, and other little things like that. I also included pens in the care package so that my sister could also write her own literary masterpieces within the journal. The last two pieces were random pieces of art that I feel like my sister would appreciate, which are a wall fixture that reads “kind people are my kinda people” as well as a Dia de los Muertos skull that is a plant holder. I loved these pieces of art and I thought my sister would, too.

Abigail Manuel

ephemera collected by Brian Sath for his brother

Brian Sath

To the brother that I once knew. I’m not too sure where you are nowadays. I’m supposed to send this out, but I’ll leave it at our old house and maybe one day you’ll perhaps run into it… literally and figuratively of course. These are just some items that I would like to give to you.

Brian Sath

wooden box with a photo of Damonte Ford and his girlfriend  inside the cover and in the body of the box are many bits of ephemera from their time together

Damonte Ford

I decided to send my care package to my girlfriend and fill it with items that resemble our love. I had the idea to put many different memoirs from dates we have gone on throughout our relationship. That includes movie ticket stubs, amusement park tickets, flowers, a few pictures of us, and more. In my opinion ephemera are great in that one is able to reminisce on the past from different objects that mean a lot to that particular person. It may also bring back many warm and meaningful memories. Overall I enjoyed this activity not only because I was able to learn about ephemera, but also because I was able to make my girlfriend happy, and you know what they say, “happy wife, happy life”.

Damonte Ford

photo of Hannah Adams at her desk with an Art Care Package she has created. The package is a large envelope filled with many small illustrations by Hannah.

Hannah Adams

I got to have the entertaining experience this week of creating something and actually sending it through the mail. I was intrigued when I heard about these “art care packages” and I didn’t initially know what they were going to be about. I did decide early on who I was going to send my envelope of art to though; my boyfriend Ramiro. It’s really quite funny that I have known him since high school, been dating him for a year and five months, and yet have never sent him a single paper letter. I literally had to text and ask his apartment address because despite visiting many times, I never actually knew his full address. Creating the art care package was much easier, and actually quite enjoyable. I loved thinking of all the funny little things I know about my boyfriend. I made one “picture” just a bunch of sayings that my boyfriend has. I liked making so many small works of art. I’m so used to making a single piece that often takes up a whole page. It was fun to worry less about making one perfect piece, and instead get to explore many different ideas with lots of smaller pieces.

Hannah Adams

a large tan envelope filled with various bits of ephemera including a drawing, a letter, and a CD

Janis Vernier

My Art Care Package is going to one of my best friends in Hamburg who is going to visit me at the end of December. I sent her some drawings of the projects I’m doing for my furniture class, a CD from the supporting act of a Devendra Banhard concert I visited some weeks ago, a funny little guidebook for America that I read on my flight to L.A., a postcard designed by Carly Lake (from my artist conversation wk4) and of course a letter. I can’t remember ever sending a package like that – even though I’m sometimes writing actual postcards and letters. Having these kind of personal things with it makes it somehow a lot more exiting.

Janis Vernier

an art care package filled with bits of ephemera including a book, a t-shirt, and a concert ticket

Monique Alcala

Art Care Package: Former Lover / Current Stranger.

We were high school sweethearts and I can say that because of him, I truly learned what love is and why so many people seek and crave it. Although many believe that I was the bad person for ending the relationship they never saw the struggles and hardships he put me through.

The wristbands in the package are the wristbands I got on my 21st birthday two weeks ago. Coincidentally we have the same birthday, October 4th, and we had been planning our festivities for years. I went bar hopping with all of our friends but didn’t invite him. I would give him those wristbands to show him how much I wanted to wish him a happy birthday and that he was still on my mind, as a friend. The next would be a ticket stub to a concert I recently attended. We both were deeply in love with the artist, Majid Jordan, and always talked about how much we wanted to see them live. Sure enough the artists had announced that they would be coming to LA months after we broke up. I would like to tell him about how much fun I had and if he ended up going and whether he liked their performance. I included a book that I read over the summer called “This is How You Lose Her”… Lastly I would give him my favorite perfume and the first t-shirt that I stole from his wardrobe. He truly loved the scent of my perfume and he never realized I had stolen that t-shirt from him until a year later, although I would always wear it around him.

While creating this ACP I felt a rush of emotions. I felt a mixture of sadness and happiness. I was able to reminisce about all of the good times we shared within our time together and it helped me focus not so much on all of the bad times we shared. I also experienced a rush of happiness and joy when I was able to reflect back on the relationship and look at how much I had grown.

Sending an ACP is not like sending a Snapchat in my opinion. When I use Snapchat, I use it in a very impersonal fashion, but sending an ACP is something that requires a lot of thought and effort into it. An ACP may not be the ideal view on what art is but to me I believe that art can be a form of self expression and that is what this is. The ACP is like a collage but instead of art or paintings it is a collage of your feelings and things that have sentimental value.

Monique Alcala

Jacques Louis David @ Getty Center, Westwood

With our Art Talk about the 19th century I offered that you could go out to The Getty Center in Westwood and visit his 1818 painting The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis. A few of you took up the offer:

Adriana Maciel at The Getty Center in Westwood. Photo of Adriana with Westwood and Los Angeles behind her. It's a bright afternoon with rare to Los Angeles puffy white clouds hanging on the horizon

Adriana Maciel

I had never been to the Getty before, so I was completely lost once we arrived but everyone working/volunteering there was very friendly and helpful! The buildings were organized by time periods and even with that information, it took us about an hour to find this painting! And let me tellllll you, seeing a photo of this painting does not do it justice. The details were amazing and while I was there I learned more about the painting and it was actually based on the Odyssey–which I remember watching in middle school. Overall, the painting was very large and beautiful and I enjoyed being able to see this incredible piece in person.

Adriana Maciel

Melissa Rios at The Getty Center in Westwood, California, standing in front of Jacques Louis David's 1818 painting The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis

Melissa Rios

My visit to The Getty turned out to be a family field trip, which I didn’t mind at all. I didn’t really know what to expect from my trip to The Getty. However, once I was there I didn’t want to leave… I think it was the first time I’ve ever attended a museum where there was so much content to look at… The The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis was a lot more vibrant in person. The colors made the painting stand out in the room filled with other paintings.

Melissa Rios

Brewery Artwalk

Some of you also visited The Brewery Artwalk in Downtown LA:

Jisel, Hannah, Nathan Davalos & Jim standing and smiling for the camera in one of the Artist's Live-Work spaces in The Brewery Artist's Colony in Downtown Los Angeles

Jisel (photographer, B&W) Hannah (Nathan’s GF) Nathan Davalos, Jim (photographer, color)

After visiting the Art Walk of Downtown Santa Ana earlier this month I decided to also be in attendance at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles. I made the 40 minute drive from Orange County to Los Angeles with my girlfriend. I was very excited to see all of the art, and I got even more excited when I did not have to pay for parking or have to pay for an entry fee. It was a very fun experience and I am planning to return in the Spring for the next Art Walk.

Nathan Davalos

Teale Hathaway & Damonte Ford

Teale Hathaway & Damonte Ford

This exhibit is Teale Hathaway‘s Cityscape Paiyand. This exhibit consists of soothing and relaxing paintings. The artists intentions were to create something that allows someone to feel as if they were completely relaxed. Her art is meant to relieve stress. I enjoyed this exhibit because it was actually meditating in a way. As I walked through the exhibit I began to feel at ease.

Damonte Ford

Art Talk OTW

  1. 3 Million Years of Art History
  2. Joseph DeLappe
  3. Mahsa Soroudi
  4. The Mind in the Cave
  5. Graffiti Writing: Bomb It
  6. Classical Greece & Rome
  7. Renaissance & Baroque
  8. 19th Century
  9. Aesthetics & Beauty and Realism & Romanticism
  10. 20th Century

Interactive Art History Timeline

If you want to play with the Art History Timeline that you see me using in these talks, you can get your very own copy & the Freemind software to view, modify, or make your own, here: