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Friday, September 5 was Art Break Day. Various locations around the world celebrated by holding their own Art Break Day with free activities and supplies for whomever wanted to join in. I was lucky enough to stop by the event in Venice, CA where I got to meet Lisa Rasmussen and Ceylan Hulya of Art 4 All People. Such lovely women and such a lovely idea. Lisa is one of the co-founders of Art Break Day.

They had art supplies for drawing and painting and an inspirational point for those looking for inspiration. Wish day. There was even a board to write your wishes down on. You can view images from the event on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/amybauerdesigns.

Here is what I drew:

Art Break Day 2014

Photo by Richard Heaven

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Silence on the blog means my hands are covered in glue, paint, thread, or all three! Which is why I have three shows coming up all within one week of each other! From California to Florida I have 33 pieces of art work on view.


The First Reseda Fun-A-Day Gallery Exhibit (For this show I created 31 original collages of various sizes and themes. More images will be uploaded in another post.)


Fun-A-Day Reseda Flyer

Fun-A-Day Reseda Flyer

Action 3" x 3" paper collage  First piece done for Fun-A-Day

Action 3″ x 3″ paper collage
First piece done for Fun-A-Day


Friday, February 28, 7-10pm
Saturday, March 1, 7-10pm

7143 Baird Street
Reseda, CA 91335
“10 by 10” Exhibition

Balloon 3" x 3" acrylic, fabric, glue on canvas

Balloon 3″ x 3″ acrylic, fabric, glue on canvas

WHEN: March 7-16, 2014

GALLERY OPEN DAYS & HOURS:  Friday-Sunday, 11a-4p starting 3/7

LOCATION: i5 Gallery at The Brewery Art Complex

RECEPTION: Saturday, March 8, 2014  (3-5p)
Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando
Benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes

Experiments in Glue  4" x 6" paper, acrylic, glue on illustration board

Experiments in Glue
4″ x 6″ paper, acrylic, glue on illustration board

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 6-9PM
Show runs March 20 – April 11, 2014

CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery | Orlando, Florida, USA

Robin Maria Pedrero

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I have a piece of work in THE FEMAIL PROJECT.

A show in the UK!


The ARTicle Gallery

Birmingham City University

Margaret Street


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P.V. September 6, 2013 6-9pm

Sat 7th and Sun 8th 10am-4pm

9th – 11th 10am-5pm

The image below is what was chosen from my blog to be in the show. It is from my series: “Corresponding Emotions: A guide about females for males“. The whole series can be seen here

LustLust – Charcoal & Colored Pencil by Amy Bauer Designs.

There is more info. about the show on their Facebook page:

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While in the studio I pondered what to do. I had taken all of my paint out and fixed a sewing machine, but had no spool of thread. No painting. No sewing. Just lots of containers of glue. I looked around and wondered what I could do with all this glue. And how do old pieces of art work resurface unexpectedly behind furniture? Luckily I had a collage I made a few years back and started to play around with it. Gluing some old pieces back down (glue sticks have an adhesive life apparently).  Then I started shredding random scraps of paper I had dropped on the floor (gosh I love being able to make a mess on purpose and leaving it) and gluing them on to the collage in essence transforming the look of the piece and the meaning. If I didn’t have to have a day job to cover my rent I would have stayed all night working on it.

Below is a close up of a tiny section. I glued paper onto a section and covered it with more glue. Drawing with glue. The experiment part will be to see what it looks like next time I go to the studio.

Close up of glue on a collage being redone

Close up of glue on a collage being redone

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Continuing my letter series I wrote a letter to myself. This one as all of them is simple and direct. There is a PS that is inspired by what a friend posted on Facebook and is to be taken in the way lyrics to a Morrissey/The Smiths song would be. Not of loneliness, but of being alone, you are not.

Letter to Self

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I drew a portrait of my friend James upon his passing in August 31, 2011 (wow has it been that long?). It was sudden, unexpected, and impactful on my myself and others. We all reacted differently and we are all still feeling the lose. It has brought us back into each others lives and has bonded us for life (if we weren’t already). I am not saying the way we feel is different than others who have lost friends/family, just sharing how James keeps popping up in my life even as time goes by. And it is in a most pleasant way.

Back to the portrait. So I drew this portrait (more here) and I think it came out nicely. Since then I decided to cut the plain white back ground out and have taped him to a wall in my studio. When I was moving things around in my studio in January I moved him once again and incorporated him into a multimedia collage of sorts. Not sure yet where my portrait will go next, but I do enjoy having my friend smiling at me while I create.


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Last night I had a bite to eat with my friend Rachel. As always we had great conversation. Discussed ideas, goals, our progress, and actions we should each be taking. But last night was a little different. It wasn’t just what Rachel said to me nor the exact sample, but her hesitation in possible offending me. Because of my deep appreciation of critical critiques and my upbringing of hard love, I was not offended at all by what she said. It actually touched and motivated me. She wouldn’t have offended anyone in my opinion and she certainly just said what I knew already, but some times it takes a friend (or outsider) to just state the obvious and give you a verbal kick in the butt to get you off the polka-dotted futon and back to doing what you love.

She told me I should be posting more, sharing my work and not just talking about it. Using my inner aggression more. Not just when I am selling at a craft fair, but all of the time.

I went home and took a photo of a piece I did and then did seven more drawings. SEVEN! You never know what is going to inspire you. I am lucky. It was my friend and colleague and creative person herself Rachel. So take a look at one piece (will photograph the rest later) and then go thank her for me on twitter @RaqElle.

*the photo below is one inspired by the #lettersfrom project I participated in the Brooklyn Art Library. It is not the original piece it is a reaction which I may make into a series. Image

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Last weekend I finally got around to making my I CAN hand. It turned out to be a lot of fun making art on my hand… then again it is always fun to get messy from art supplies.

Here is what it is all about (from https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=477191755646921&id=189349094431190):

‎”I CAN”

I CAN WE CAN: Participate! Do this simple thing: decorate your hand with the inspirational words ” I CAN,” take a photo of it with your phone or camera, and email the image to Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) Member Brenda Oelbaum at brendaoelbaum@gmail.com

WCA is joining forces with 2012 President’s Awardee Cathy Salser’s A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) and Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising to draw attention to domestic violence. The I CAN WE CAN Solidarity Campaign is dedicated to building solidarity with the arts, social justice, academic, and feminist communities together with domestic violence survivors and the courageous women and men who work in the front lines of this issue.

The February 14, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards falls on the same day as Ensler’s One Billion Rising global action event. WCA will show its solidarity wiht AWBW and One Billion Rising by displaying a mosaic of hands projected on the screen during the awards ceremony. SO TODAY submit and help us make a statement —- send your I CAN hand art to Brenda!!

So like the WCA NY FB page states… go make your hand today! and email it in.. Below is some pictures of mine. I sent in the one with my feet in it..

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The month of November flew by thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Conceptual Environmental Revolution, Thanksgiving, and moving.What’s that you say? The hurricane displaced me for two weeks (I was one of the lucky ones who lost no worldly possessions and still had a home to go back to) while I was in the midst of relocating said possessions. Yet with a holiday and a hunky helpful partner a revolution meeting still took place.

A Conceptual Environmental Revolution (CER) description:

Amy Bauer & Richard Heaven (Hecht)

Come to a conceptual environmental revolution meeting! Attend, View, Raid!
A peaceful playful expression in mixed medium drawings and sculptures.

The CER was held on November 17 & 18 and was part of the Hoboken Artists Studio Tour. It was in my studio! For the first year I was not a renegade and had an actual studio in the building I am usually always in. Here was one of the invites https://www.facebook.com/events/210728849058266/.

Here are some images from it.

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Listening to the water dripping off a newly acquired freshly hand-washed sequined covered sweater from the good will I reflect upon the multitude of projects that was May. AND IT AIN’T OVER YET!

Tomorrow I start a “project” I paused a few eons back so as to retain my sanity. The only time in my life that I had gone over my limit, so I yielded a bit and smartly so. The universe dumped the opportunity back into my lap and I jumped at it. I am officially on my way to continuing my patternmaking education. More on that in the near future….

Now reflection. May has been jammed packed and isn’t holding back. SEWING: So I made two hand sewing samplers (examples of my work) and one button sampler, a zippered pouch, and altered two  jackets (sleeves). AND made a pair of ruffled panties all by hand, no sewing machine used. Below are some photos.

More reflecting. ATCs or Artist Trading Cards were a new topic I tried out. I was asked to co-teach an overnight art class. Yes it began at 11:15pm and I think we finally kicked the last person out at 1:30am! I got home at 3:00am and got back up at 7:30am! But I digress… For excellent work was made and fun was had! Here are some samples I made and two class shots. Look at them, they are way into it.

And that was some of what I have been up to besides the other May posts already written! Time to go make some more art!

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