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My friend, Cristen, tagged me in a Facebook status to share 15 things you “may not care to know” about me. My immediate reaction was “ugh, everyone already knows everything”, so this is a little difficult for me… I’m a pretty open person! Give yourself one point and ten pieces of confetti for each thing you already knew about me.

15 Things You May Not Have Cared To Know About Uncustomary

  1. The only time I ever took the SAT’s was when I was 13 and my school thought I was a genius. I am not a genius.
  2. The first alcohol I ever had was orange flavored 151.
  3. As a child, I preferred playing with my Batman figures to Barbies, but still had way more Barbies because my friends didn’t like Batman.
  4. I played piano for seven years. My teacher quit because I was “as good as” her and she could “no longer teach” me. I was equally angry and grateful, because I hated practicing.
  5. On the last days of school every year in elementary school, I would stay after to help the teachers clean and organize. They would give me their extra worksheets, and I would force my friends to play school with me during the summer.
  6. More often than not, concerts and other places with loud, booming music (bass), makes the cartilage in my ribs inflame in a condition called Costochondritis. It hurts and I get sick. I’ve gone to the hospital for it on multiple occasions.
  7. My mom’s Costco ID in the early 90’s (ahem, Price Club) had me in the photo because I refused to not be in the picture. I’ve always loved photography + cameras
  8. Although I identify as heterosexual, I find women objectively more attractive and have kissed many.
  9. For more than half my life, I thought I was allergic to coconut. Turns out I just don’t like it.
  10. My elbows are hyper-extended.
  11. I’ve had Tourette’s since I was eight years old. I didn’t know how to spell it till I was fifteen.
  12. I’ve made many, many sleeping dreams come true in real life, premonition style. This went away for years while I was on a large dose of psychotropic medications, but has come back recently. I can also predict things short term if they’re dealing with numbers or colors. (I recently guessed 11 cards correctly in a row.)
  13. Touching the front of my throat makes me gag.
  14. I feel weak whenever I use my GPS.
  15. Most nights, there is confetti in my bed. (Oh wait, you knew that one already, didn’t you?)

You can also check out my FAQ for more basic info.
Photo credit: April’s Twisted Entertainment

PS – I’m supposed to tag three people in this. Feel free to just do it on Facebook, though. [Carly, Michelle, and Jaclyn.]


Last month, I decided to take a chance on doing a disposable camera installation while I was on vacation in New York. I’m so glad I did! On the first try the camera got full of pictures of strangers and no one stole it! Perfection. Thanks to Brooklyn for being so understanding of the art scene and the generally strange + unusual!

Disposable Camera Installation (Brooklyn, NY) | Uncustomary Art

Disposable Camera Installation (Brooklyn, NY) | Uncustomary Art

Disposable Camera Installation (Brooklyn, NY) | Uncustomary Art

Disposable Camera Installation (Brooklyn, NY) | Uncustomary Art

Disposable Camera Installation (Brooklyn, NY) | Uncustomary Art

Disposable Camera Installation (Brooklyn, NY) | Uncustomary Art

Disposable Camera Installation (Brooklyn, NY) | Uncustomary Art

Here are the rest of the photos in a slideshow:

Which is your favorite?

Browse more disposable camera installations.


I’m excited to introduce Cara, of Chewy Tulip, to you. She’s a self-proclaimed artist since the age of five, textile designer since college graduation, general merry-maker, letter enthusiast, kind of a weirdo. Read on to find out more about what inspires her, how to balance a creative lifestyle, and some small business advice.

Chewy Tulip Interview on Uncustomary Art

1) Your style is very specific and wonderful, and I’m certain I could spot it from a mile away. Is this something you’ve worked hard for, or does your style/brand just pour out of you naturally?

My art/business/brand/style is definitely an outgrowth of my self-expression. I devote a lot of brainwaves to defining my style (even just fashion-wise), but it doesn’t feel like work to me. It’s just what I do. Self-expression is a major part of why I’m here (I kind of made it sound like I landed here from another planet, but I pinky-swear that I’m human. Just like you…). It’s a lifelong process, though, and part of the fun is that it changes all the time, while still paying tribute to what came before it. There are echoes of my five-year-old self in most things that I do. Take this photo, for example. Not only do I still love to play “dress-up,” I will often wear strands of silly beads just like those…even if I’m just making a run to the grocery store.

Chewy Tulip Interview on Uncustomary Art

2) As someone with a successful Etsy shop, what advice can you give to someone just starting out in the world of selling handmade goods? Any resources you’d recommend utilizing?

Shoot high! Keep trying! You might start off not having any idea at all about what you’re doing, and that’s totally okay. If you’re afflicted by the deadly disease of perfectionism in all that you do, don’t let it stop you from starting anything – there will always be a landslide of improvements that you could make, but you’ve got to start sometime. Now is good. :)

I really like Etsy’s articles for advice about everything from taxes to photoshoots. They were tremendously helpful to me when I first started my shop. The best advice I can give is to value your work. And price it appropriately: you put your time, your thought, lots of effort, all your skills, and maybe a little bit of your heart into this thing. That’s worth a lot.

Chewy Tulip Interview on Uncustomary Art

3) You dabble in an array of paper arts, as well as 3D crafts like puppets! Is there an area of the art world that you haven’t tackled yet but would really love to?

I am currently working on my origami skills, because I think it’s cool to be out in the world with just a little piece of paper and be able to leave behind a neat critter. (I assume you’ve all seen Magical Daydream’s paper crane project? Because wow.)

I already paint, draw, knit, crochet, weave, dye, screen print, etc. I love how embroidery looks, but I generally don’t have the patience to work on such a small scale. Pottery? Black smithing? Welding? (Actually, I did try that once, and it’s pretty neat, but the likelihood of catching on fire increases dramatically as soon as you get near the torch. I try to pick activities where I won’t have to stop, drop, and roll.) I do intend to revisit some old favorites, like painting “for real” on a canvas, and playing the clarinet. Playing music used to make me feel really energized; I think it lights up a different part of my brain. I don’t usually plan learning a new skill, but I always say yes if an opportunity to learn happens to drop in my lap. Although often, the “opportunity” is me inventing an excuse to try something new.

Chewy Tulip Interview on Uncustomary Art

4) Something I really like about your art is that you often incorporate animals, and you regularly feature your cat, Taco, on your blog. What about animals inspire you?

Animals are silly, and they don’t seem to get caught in any identity-crisis stuff. They just are, and you can take it or leave it. Plus, they are super cute and generally covered in a fun texture (fur, feathers, scales). It’s amazing how diverse life is, and that all of these different organisms all evolved together to live on this tiny speck of a planet.

Pets all have their own personalities – which is part of why I have so much fun giving them “human problems” in the Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project, which is a mail art exchange that I run from my blog.

Chewy Tulip Interview on Uncustomary Art

5) Speaking of inspiration, I’m sure we’d all love to hear a list of things that you love!

Ummmmm, aaaaaaaanimals? (Okay, okay, we covered that.) Unexpected color combinations, close up photos of insects, textural contrasts, kazoos and didgeridoos, We Are Enfant Terrible, children’s books in French, patterns in nature and textiles, silly things people say, absurdity, fountain pens and inks, toys, rainbows, neon, Daft Punk, outer space, mythical creatures, invisible friends, bubbles, polka dots.

Chewy Tulip Interview on Uncustomary Art

6) What are your thoughts on having a day job, making money from creativity on the side, and living a creative life all at the same time? Is it overwhelming or a good balance?

I’ve experienced the gamut, I think – from a day job with a 70 hour workweek (which left me no time for a creative life) to no day job at all (where the only constraint on my creativity was a lack of money). A creative life is fueled by new experiences (and sometimes boring experiences) which can come from a day job, so it can definitely work…as long as you can juggle your time. I’m still looking for that ideal balance, but I think I may have nailed it with part time freelance, part time chewy tulip, and part time play time. Or maybe I need one more part time freelance job…we’ll see!

Chewy Tulip Interview on Uncustomary Art

Isn’t she so bright and fun? I love it. Be sure to visit her blog and Etsy store, and tell her Uncustomary sent you!


Get Messy Art Journal | Uncustomary Art

Happy Thursday, everyone! Life is good, and I’ve only got a couple pages to show you this week. This one is inspired by one of my favorite scenes in Arrested Development, where Gob finally swallows a key for a future trick. I’m a professional magician, too. In fact, we all are.

Get Messy Art Journal | Uncustomary Art

The left page features an envelope, with the idea that you never know what’s inside. And the right is a timid little cat, making human hands. Fierce, right?

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal
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