Buongiorno! It’s about midnight New Orleans time, but I’m excited to give you updates! : ] My apologies for my lapse between posts, it has been BUSY the past couple of weeks, all in great ways & I am thrilled about it!
This week 4 MBA’s, YES FOUR! have been assigned to BirdProject from DePaul University and are in New Orleans this week helping us w/ our business plan, fundraising strategies, ways to fund upping production [ceramics!] which reduce our manufacturing costs… Natasha, Jason, Pinar, and Tisha we have been thrilled to be working with you! Merci Beaucoup for your hard work and so excited to see your ideas!
Also this week I have submitted for a local fellowship [fingers crossed everyone!! bittebitte!!] and Alison has been working on our submission to a socially-responsible business plan contest [fingers crossed again!!] Ooh ooh! and if I didn’t mention MATTER is now amongst the first L3C’s in the state, this Low Profit Limited Liability is new as of September in Louisiana!! We met w/ the most brilliant lawyer at Tipitina’s co-op, thank you Ashlye! [pro-bono + law students arranged through the Arts Council] to form MATTER and we are legit! We have also included B-Corp framework within our articles of association [since currently only B-Corps can incorporate in MD, but you may become certified in other states] – I am ecstatic about this!! C’mon legislators pass the laws to enable and aid more L3C’s and B-Corps!
+Gift boxes are finally arriving tomorrow & will be on the way pronto-tonto to be printed by the excellent local print shop Purple Monkey
+350 ceramic birds were created in the past week & soon on the way to Emily the wonderful soap maker! They are looking so pretty, so happy to see them.
+Tote bags, postcards are complete and looking awesome!
+Washcloths on the way!
=YAY! These past weeks have been doubly densely packed.
ps – Christopher Walken bit: Today I rode my bike to meet the fabulous four business students downtown and then rode my bike to the Bywater [it was a beautiful day] to pick up a box for artwork tests.. on the way there, riding through the Marigny a movie was being filmed on Frenchman Street – I chatted with the nice people guarding/blocking the street and the kind lady said – that’s Christopher Walken over there dressed up like a homeless guy, if you wait you can go down and maybe see him, so I did! I waited a couple of minutes, then when they cleared the street post film-take, I walked my bike through and sure enough on the right was Christopher Walken and as I walked by w/ my bike, was I glad I had something to lean on! And we locked eyes for a few minutes! I must have had a massive dorky grin, he is completely my FAVE!!
making the soap mold.. before pouring silicon in. the bucket acts as a mother mold [not needing then to create a plaster mother mold] once sets, you pull the silicon mold out of the bucket, slice down the sides to get the clay bird out & voila!
first test w/ the fired ceramic bird inside shown here in his soapmaking environs [glycerin cubes in foreground]. unfortunately the first ceramic birds were too large, you could see them at the top ridge – so we had to remake our plaster molds for smaller ceramic birds that wouldn’t show through the soaps. the soaps turned out beautifully though! was a real treat to see the final birds in soap form, plus they smell like heaven! emily is amazing!
I was completely craving a ny slice for weeks, while visiting emily and waiting for the test soaps to cure we went to emily’s husband’s recommendation spot for pizza [he is from new jersey] to nino’s pizza in uptown, nino moved here from brooklyn 25 years ago & that crust is like heaven! yum!
re-creating the new molds w/ a smaller bird model.. you build up the first half w/ clay being careful around the edges of the bird to keep the detail & create the proper parting line without any undercuts..
pour the plaster on top, then use your newly created side 1 – lube it all up with petroleum [ironic i know] jelly so that the plaster doesn’t stick to it self, then pour again for side 2, repeat! moldmaking is so tiring, i’m not sure what it is about it, but alison and i have done 2 days of moldmaking now & each one we are both suprisingly KNACKERED! we did make eight total..
REWARD! Alison’s husband Rajko and my buddy Alex Podesta were both in a great show EMERGE at the Ogden Museum of Southern art [it was awesome! a great collection of work, I was impressed] so I went to represent [to borrow Meg’s lingo] & then shared a beer and yummy fries w/ Alex & Mark afterwards, thanks for an awesome eve guys!!
building the flock! we have had some wonderful helpers – some of my Tulane amigas came in one day – thank you Tanvi and Ann! And Rajko and Thomasine each created Century Days where we cranked out 100!! Merci, merci, merci!!
TEDxTU was On Nov. 22 – I’ve been helping students from the Social Entrepreneurship department plan this for the past few months and it was truly a wonderful event, some amazing work going on here in New Orleans and I am thrilled and honored to have been a part of this!! Check out the inspiring speakers here!
On Thanksgiving I actually took the day off! I made ice cream for Thanksgiving din [maple syrup, ginger vanilla] caught up with my dear amiga Cécile in Italy and just had a lovely relaxing day, was nice to get up and not bolt out the door! : ] palm trees at thanksgiving was AWESOME! i missed the opening day at the races though – next year!
first batch bisque fired, so very exciting! and luckily any that split, simply split & did not explode!! please can this continue kiln gods? we are very grateful & will gladly do special dances!!
the flock continues to build.. : ]