Thursday, August 30, 2012

School's in session

I just signed up for two classes at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. They sound fun! Anyone want to join me?

Batik Workshop
Location: Scaife Building   Room: Sculpture A
Oct 3-17, 2012  Meets 7-9 PM on Wednesday nights    Tuition: $110.00
Bold, colorful patterns can be made using batik. Selected areas are covered with molten wax, which then resist dyeing. Once the fabric is dyed and dried, the wax is removed, revealing the chosen colors and design of the cloth. Design and complete your own original batiks. Supplies discussed at the first class.

Night Photography Workshop Sep 7-8, 2012   Meets 5:30-7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday  Tuition: $70.00 Join Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Martha Rial for this unique collaborative workshop. First we meet Friday evening at Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) for a lecture and demonstration exploring techniques for shooting in low light, timed exposure, and capturing movement. Then we’ll hit the streets where you can document the fun art event known as Unblurred, where hundreds of people stroll in and out of venues that are showcasing a variety of art, music, food and live performances.

This fun workshop will reconvene on Saturday morning at the Media Lab at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) to critique selected images from the previous night’s work.

The first meeting is on Friday September 7, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
The second meeting is on Saturday September 8, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Polymers of a different sort

If you have  the condition known as TWHE, this is for you!

What is TWHE? It is The Worst Hair Ever, a condition I've had for most of my life. Stick-straight, baby fine, goes flat in damp weather. It's like spiderwebs touching my face. ick. Two products have helped me overcome my condition:

Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hair Spray

John Frieda's Frizz Ease hair spray. It is intended for girls whose hair curls up in humidity but it also works fantastically if you have hair that does the opposite...completely limp in humidity. Supposedly the spray applies a protective barrier that prevents the dampness from affecting hair. Whatever the magic, I just know it works better than any other I've ever tried. I am brand loyal for life. He better never quit making it!

got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Styling Powder

I just recently discovered this powder that you sprinkle on your finger tips and gently rub them together. The powder disappears and there's a slight stickiness on your fingers. I hang my head upside down and rub my fingertips directly on my roots, sort of pushing toward the top of my head as I do so. Flip back over, arrange, and then spray the heck out of it.

I think there's one other thing going gray hair to old mousey brown ratio is about 75:25 now and it's a bit stiffer than my "normal" hair and seems to give it more body. However, because of the gray ratio, I've gone blonde again. I'm going to let the gray grow in and dye it the lightest blonde in Miss Clairol's collection. Catch me next year at this time and I should look like my three-year-old self again!


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