Chalk it Up

10.09.2012

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{an original piece by Dana Tanamachi}
Technology has evolved leaps and bounds in the last century; we see it with our phones, our television sets, and for those of us that have gone through school in the 21st century, we've seen it in the classroom. For the better part of my schooling, chalkboards were considered old school (pun intended!). Most of my high school classrooms came equipped with ActivBoards--digital monitors which allowed us to take quizzes, view videos, and play interactive learning games. But, life is funny in that most things from the past come full circle, and what used to be "cool" suddenly resurfaces as a trend later. Currently trending? Chalk art.

Oprah played her part in pushing this trend with her O magazine cover in February
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and now it can be seen as a way to primp your party,
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add a modern twist to your wedding invite,Photobucket
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or make a crafty blog header.
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Most popular of all, it's taking over the walls of homes, most commonly featured in kitchens
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as cabinet covers,

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menu displays,

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or just modern artwork.

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Some people ditch the whole pretty design idea and just let the little ones have at it.

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I, for one, thinks it makes the perfect backdrop for a cozy office

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or a good way to keep a log of brainstorms, have visitors write messages, and be the biggest and best doodling board for your bedroom.

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My sister, as many of you know, is extremely artistically inclined. She's the most dazzling doodler I know, which has led her to be a self-trained caligraphist and now she too is a chalk artist, which you first saw in her darling digital Christmas card.

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She's had a couple gigs like the one above, which was for the Dennison magazine. Her interest in this fad led her to a talk featuring Brooklynite, graphic designer, and chalk letterer Dana Tanamachi (genius behind the photo at the top of the post and the O magazine work).  

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I put Erin to work to add a decorative touch to my apartment earlier this year and to this day, this is my favorite thing in 304. She left the back blank so we could make our own designs, but I don't foresee that happening any time soon with our skills being incomparable to hers. She also contributed some artwork for a little Kappa celebration during rush week.

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I got several requests for custom made chalk art from Erin, and after some negotiating she's willing to do some work! If you're interested, contact her at erinmodglin@gmail.com. As appealing as this might be as a DIY project, this ain't no hopscotch, so please hop on the chalk trend and support my talented sis!


1 comments:

Erin said...

Thanks, Moll Doll! I feel so loved and a little inspired to go make the greatest hopscotch ever. You should come over :)