Tag Archives: DIY

Roots of Motive Power – Steam-punky sights seen at Kinetic Carnivale

20130908-140924.jpg
Decorative and informative, this fine ursine railman invited us up into his hot greasy steam engine for a tour. Old #45 on the Skunk Train route. Please note that showing face on Gay Highwaymen doesn’t mean these guys are gay. It means we are. Ok? Thanks, Man!

20130908-141930.jpg
Old number 15 looking at old number 45. And vice-versa. Mystics and quantum mechanics Noh: the eye with which I view God (or the multiverses) is the same eye with which the Universe (or the gods) view me. Whistle starts the races. All part of the Kinetic Carnivale. Willis, in Mendocino County, California.

20130908-142801.jpg
U.S.S. Yellow Submarine. Handcar races. All human-powered rail transport. Some are funky. Others are fast.

20130908-180518.jpg
Do they call this a glory-hole? They do with glass kilns. This is the vent in the coal-bin on Engine 45. Water and oil to the rear.

20130908-180804.jpg
Apple Jack handcar and 4-man crew. Handcar races. Best hauler. Not the fastest – but rugged and strong and quick enough to travel and pull what you need!

20130908-180958.jpg
Sun Leather. Custom boots, hats, belts, etc. Artisan at work.

20130908-181158.jpg
Finished product. Hand-made boot.

20130908-181313.jpg
Poplock Holmes. Chap-hopper and Steampunk entertainer extrordinaire.

20130908-181601.jpg
19th century metal stamp press. 21st century operator.

20130908-181727.jpg

20130908-181737.jpg
Cute boys playing with their balls.

20130908-181938.jpg
Better a century-plus ago than never…

20130908-182021.jpg
The Train Singer

Uriner no Ruiner – Recyle What?

20130604-151646.jpg

20130604-151700.jpg

20130604-151725.jpg
Not what we might usually think of when yellow hanky and recycle both are tags for a post! Sight seen by pal of this site C. Jacob Hale in the tiny town of Murphy’s, California. Tucked up in the Sierras, it’s where to go when you need a urinal. Which, as it turns out, we really do. Those who knew infamous gay archivist Willie Walker may know why. Mike? Others may speculate. Selavy. C’est la Guerre. Tout le Monde manges Pommes de Terre.

Inking the Bear – words and images

20130525-112843.jpg

20130525-112921.jpg

20130525-112941.jpg

20130525-113006.jpg
Inking the pet bear
Spring may be more than skin deep
Signed but still wild

Words, ink and photos: GH

Big Bite Bait Shop Art Brut…Boss!

20120501-172159.jpg
Hand-painted sign on a Nor Cal bait shop. Wouldn’t want to be the boy on the skis. Gulp! For more ski-doodle doings,here.

QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival. Call for Artists and Makers. Big Gay June Show in San Francisco.

As a part of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, “A Sustainable Queer Planet,” the Visual Arts Committee of the Queer Cultural Center presents: QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival

Inspired by the late 1960s utopian builders’ guide A Whole Earth Catalog, QIY – Tools for Survival presents an exhibition of queer do-it-yourself culture and alternative world making.

QIY is envisioned as a laboratory for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. As an antidote to anti-sociality theories of queerness (that suggest queerness can only be rendered as a negation of heteronormativity), Queer It Yourself invites artists to forge their own tools for surviving the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence.

This exhibition encourages artists to develop workstations, participatory spaces, hands-on training areas, maps, and information kiosks. We seek workshops and lectures that create immersive and interactive experiences for viewers. We also encourage educational workshops that will help artists and newly forming artists groups to write grants, and to better understand the arts funding world.

Queering the index of the original Whole Earth Catalog, the various sections of the QIY exhibition include:

Land Use / Dig it (organic farming, community gardens, eco-projects, cruising sites, earthworks, recycling projects, rural gay culture, hippies and rednecks, RFD zine, Billy Club, 420 cultures, mountain men, off the grid living, survivalism, subsistence, indigenous and third world land use, border disputes)

Shelter / Sheltering (guides to urban and rural homemaking, urban and rural homelessness, cars, tents, bridges and freeway overhangs, tiny houses, pre-fab housing, visionary architecture, greening your living space, creating mood lighting with energy efficient fixtures, housing collectives, polyamorous living)

Craft Making / Queering it (queer arts and crafts, craft demos, how-to guides and workshops, how to use etsy.com, Blurb and self-publishing software, QIY kinky toys, homemade fashion and couture)

Commerce / Selling it (experiments with capitalism, fashion collectives, sexwork, alternative book, art, and product distribution, queer & LGBT marketing demographics, critiques, small businesses, barter, trade, resource-based economy vs. commodity-based economy)

Community / Join in (political organizing, queer community organizing, ad hoc political action committees, queer pride, gay shame, organizing your first demonstration, social & political groups, leather clubs, s/m networks, bike clubs)

Nomadics / Roaming (the culture of the road, the runway, the superhighway, jetsetting, transnationalism, queer diasporas, queer immigrant and exile cultures)

Communications / Connecting (zines, homo-hop and homo-core music, queer speed-dating, independent publishing, social networking, blogging, listserves, social media, flashmobs, promotional strategies, writing your first press release, street art, posters, stickers, queer graffiti)

Learning / Get Schooled (community art and culture projects, health activism, continuing education, grant writing and fundraising, guides for queer survival, mentorship, “training” in leather circles, drag “mothers”, informal or marginal methods of transmitting culture, service, apprenticeships)

Style / Working it (working the runway, drag king & queen culture, ball culture, leather, gear, street styles, rural styles, international styles, fashion and make-up tips and tricks, makeover demonstrations, finding the right photographer for your head-shot)

We welcome artwork, ephemera, documentation, publications, zines, music, videos, installations, DIY kits, guides, instruction manuals, maps, charts, top-ten tips, alternative cosmologies, proposals for live demonstrations, workshops and interactive QIY workstations.

Propose a history of Zine culture, show work of collective art projects, show artifacts of ad hoc political action committees, give live demonstrations of quilting and queer homemaking, offer a do-it-yourself stencil-making so that you too can be a street artist, and much more…

If you are a San Francisco based artists’ space, gallery or collective and would like to propose a satellite show, we’d like to hear from you!

Qcc’s 2011 curatorial committee members include: Terry Berlier, Cheryl Dunye, Josh Faught, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley, Pam Peniston, Jordy Jones, and Tina Takemoto.

Grab your seeds and shovels, duct tape and twine, glitter and hot glue guns! It’s time to Queer It Yourself!

National Queer Arts Festival 2011

Visual Arts Exhibition

SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco. June 2011

Deadline: February 22, 2011

To submit a proposal: QIF Call For Proposals

Home Sites: Sights seen in the Studio and the Kitchen

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Installations of objects, books and ephemera in a home office/studio. Phresh phallic cheese bread tastes as good as it looks…hot from the oven. Goes great with phallic zucchini. Slather with butter and enjoy!

DIY – maker culture an antidote to consumer culture?

Build your own house. Write your own code. Fix your own sink. Grow your own vegetables. Sew your own clothes. Kill your own chickens. Play your own music. Run your own festival. Recycle. Reuse. Be independent. Be interdependent. Don’t buy it. Make it. Mod it. Do it yourself. Add to the list.

Look at a nice slide show of Butch Anthony’s backwoods design via the New York Times.