Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

Ch ch chaaaaanges… Anyway, here’s the deal: this here little blog is getting moved to the official fuzzy grapefruit site. So to stay informed of all the fuzzy grapefruit goings-on, head over there and check it out!

Also, did you guys know I make wedding stationery? Designing papergoods for weddings is actually one of my favorite types of projects. What’s not to love about pretty paper, colorful envelopes, and content created to celebrate LOVE? So stay tuned for some exciting updates about a new fuzzy grapefruit wedding venture.

Until next time, my little pamplemousses 🙂

Heartmade Art Market: This Saturday!

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Heartmade Art Market at Art Blocks: The Big Bash!

Guys! I’m so excited — This Saturday, the Downtown District is kicking off its inaugural public art project at Main Street Square with Art Blocks: The Big Bash. I hope you’ll grab your friends and family and head over to Main Street Square to celebrate with us as we showcase a talented bunch of local artists at the Heartmade Art Market! There will also be the Stella Artois Beer & Food Truck Garden, live entertainment featuring Amy Ell and VauLt, a kids crafts zone sponsored by Young Audiences. And dude. Houston’s own The Suffers will be there! Art + music + food & drink + an afternoon outside? Winning.

Saturday, April 16
Noon to 6:00 pm

Main Street Square
900-1100 Main Street
Downtown Houston

It’s FREE!

Entertainment Lineup:
Noon-6 pm    DJ Sun
12:30-2:15 pm    Craig Kinsey & Crew
12:30, 1:30 & 3:30 pm    Havikoro
1, 2 & 4 pm    Amy Ell & VauLt
1:15-2:15 pm    Divisi Strings
2:30 pm        Second Lovers
4:30 pm        The Suffers

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P.S. I’ll even make this goofy face for you.
P.P.S. Hope to see you there!

Houston Drivers: STOP Being “Nice” to Me!

A couple of months ago, I purchased my very first bicycle (well, the first bicycle of my adult life.) I was a late-bloomer and didn’t really learn to ride until I was about thirteen. I blamed it on all kinds of stupid things, like growing up in the “desert” (um, do you know what a cycling hotspot Tucson, Arizona is!?) Really, I think I was just scared. It’s hard to explain, but I was never an adventurous kid. I didn’t really like making a commotion, I was fairly quiet, and I loved quiet, lazy activities such as drawing and reading and staring off into space to contemplate things like trees and wolves. And although I had a wonderful upbringing with loving, nurturing parents, my mother was a worrier (as I suppose most mothers are). I do think I was somewhat shaped by this. Throughout my childhood, I was aware of this unspoken fear. That by simply leaving the house, you were opening yourself to the possibility of injury, and danger was always lurking just around the corner.

Eight years or so went by before I found myself on the seat of a bike again, and let’s just say that experience did not go so well (I have four words for you: “muddy ditch” and “no breaks”). Jump ahead a few more years to present tense and here we are. I was apprehensive and a little frightened to get into biking in a city that I am already afraid to drive in. But the ability to get from place to place without a car is really appealing to me, so I was (and still am) determined to make this work. But Lord Almighty, does the incompetence of drivers make it hard sometimes! I just biked home from the gym, and considering this has happened not once, not twice, BUT EVERY SINGLE TIME I HAVE RIDDEN MY BIKE SOMEWHERE IN THIS CITY, I feel that I really need to get this off my chest…

When I approach a two-way stop at an intersection and the cross-street traffic does not have a stop, DO NOT STOP FOR ME!!!! Especially do not stop for me when I have already slowed to a complete stop and am sitting there, staring at you, waiting for you to continue on your bloody merry way. You know that awkward experience you encounter when you are on foot and reach an intersection at the exact same time as a car? If you’re anything like me, the voiceless conversation seems to go something like this…

Me: “Oh, after you.”

Faceless Car Person: (inches forward, then breaks) “Oh, no please, after YOU.”

Me: (takes a step) “You sure? I think you were here first, also you are bigger and faster than me. It will take me longer to cross the street.”

Faceless Car Person: “No no no, I insist.”

(Pause, pause, pause, crickets chirping…)

Me: “Dammit this is ridiculous, I have places to be!!!” (angrily storms across the street)

Do you know how much worse that is when you’re at a complete stop, on a bike, on a slight incline and you have to clumsily hurl your feet back onto the peddles, and pretend to still have strength left in your thighs after an hour-long bar method class, all the while frantically steering your handlebars to-and-fro in an effort to not tip over? SO MUCH WORSE. I know I should be more patient and I should be thankful that these drivers are cautious and courteous, rather than mowing me down. But what people might not realize is that these rules of the road are there for a reason. I need to follow them and you need to follow them to keep cyclists and drivers and pedestrians safe. Last week, I was waiting to cross a busy street on my bike and a woman actually stopped her car to let me go, forcing the eight cars behind her to also stop. Though she had the right-of-way and did not have a stop sign, she stopped. Didn’t motion me across, just stopped. A line of cars a few blocks in front of her meant I couldn’t see whether I had a clear shot from traffic in the other direction. She was being “nice” but as the cars behind her impatiently began laying on their horns, this put me in an awkward position. Do I say thank you, and ride across the street without full view of the traffic? Do I follow the rules of the road and appear ungrateful, shaking my head and motioning her to continue? Now I’m the one holding up traffic, which sucks, because as I mentioned earlier I’m not one for making a commotion… On the other hand, I’m not that crazy about getting hit by cars.

So I’d like to know: Are you a cyclist? Are you a driver? Are you a Houstonian? Have you had the “nice” experience? Have you had similar experiences in other cities, or is this unique to Houston? Am I crazy for complaining about this? Should I shut up now?

K, thanks for listening to my rant…

Be safe out there!
Xoxo Allison

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Animals for People — From Concept to Completion

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Over the past few months, I have ventured out into unknown territory: the territory of solo art shows (gaaaah!!!) Unsurprisingly, it’s been a learning experience. I initially felt overwhelmed by the prospect of creating all new works of art with no real outside direction placed upon me — Anyone with a background in graphic design will understand the comfort associated with having project constraints. But a blank page (or really, 15 blank pages), 3 months, and no requirements for media type, dimensions, or theme? Terrifying.

Luckily, I am a list-maker, which means I had a plethora of concepts to choose from, some of which had been stewing in my brain for years. I narrowed it down to two possibilities and eventually settled on the one that I thought was realistically doable in the amount of time I had available. The result is Animals for People.

In a nutshell, the concept for Animals for People is relatively simple: animals, doing people things. But (and forgive me for getting all art-school-critiquey for a moment), for me the concept is slightly deeper than that. Yes, I wanted to draw animals in clothing, but I also wanted to allude to our human feelings of discomfort, inadequacy, and feeling troubled by what is expected of us. I think we can relate to the beaver who knows it’s in his nature to cut down the tree, but feels ashamed by his own destruction. We can relate to the hippopotamus who feels the pressure to “be fit” and reluctantly laces up his sneakers, despite a body type less suited for running.Refined Dog Sketch

Throughout, I struggled with balancing imagery of cute furry creatures with more serious topics. And now that the pieces are complete, there are perhaps changes I would have made here and there. But my hope is that in the end, the work reflects life: fun, playful, and humorous with just the tiiiiiiniest inkling of sadness hidden beneath.

Animals for People: A Solo Art Show by fuzzy grapefruit
Saturday October 4th, 7-10pm
Space Montrose, 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Free Admission & Open to the Public
Music, drinks and nibbles provided
*First 25 attendees will receive a limited edition fuzzy grapefruit print!*  Bodie Looks for a Job

Winter Holiday Art Market — THIS WEEKEND!

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Okay, so I’m freaking out about everything I have to get done before this thing, but it’s going to be awesome!!! I have three entirely new holiday-themed notecards, a slew of new art prints and a new running animal! (I’ll give you a big hint… he’s known as the king of the jungle.) Stop by to see my new work, grab some beautiful handmade gifts before the holiday rush, and rock out to sweet tunes. Can’t wait to see y’all there!

Winter Holiday Art Market
Winter Street Studios – 2nd Floor, 2101 Winter Street, Houston TX 77007
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  ($10 general admission/Free for Fresh Arts members)
Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Free admission)
Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Free admission)

A New (Silly) Notecard!

Hi friends,

Do you ever find yourself absentmindedly scrolling through facebook, when you notice a multitude of comments on a friend’s page and it suddenly dawns on you “oh crap! I forgot so-and-so’s birthday! Blerrrrrgh!” It happens to the best of us. Well, here’s a new card I created in honor of such occasions! Whaddya think?

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Art! Puppies! Cupcakes!

Dearest art lovers,

I have been a terrible blogger lately 😦 But sometimes, life just gets in the way. I recently had a TON of design work and custom orders to complete, then went on vacation to the United Kingdom, and now I am back and full of inspiration for new work (hooray!) Stay tuned to see some new prints and notecards inspired by the landscape across the pond.Lucky Lucy

In the meantime, you should totally check out the fantastic art submissions recently put up at Celebrity Cupcakes here in Houston. I was honored to be asked to submit a piece and I’m really happy with how my “Lucky Lucy” painting turned out. All the work is available for purchase and all proceeds benefit Corridor Rescue, a fantastic organization committed to rescuing abandoned and mistreated animals. So support local artists, help animals in need, and eat cupcakes… sounds like my kind of party.

‘tiny’ Arts Pop Up – Artists OpeningAugust 18th, 2-4 pm
Celebrity Cupcakes (Rice Village)
2343 University Blvd., Houston, Texas