Monthly Archives: August 2008

Jasmine Zimmerman’s Bottle House at Bumbershoot

This year, Seattle’s arts and music festival, Bumbershoot, has followed in the steps of festivals around the world and gone carbon neutral. What that means is they’ve paid for all of the carbon that needs to be offset, including that created from round-trip travel for performers, and that which is created as a result of the festival itself.

Multi-disciplinary artist Jasmine Zimmerman‘s Bottle House ties in perfectly with this theme of going green. The purpose of her igloo created out of used water and pop bottles is to drive home the message that Americans consume more than 70 million bottles of water, in disposable plastic bottles, every day. As only one in six bottles are recycled and only half of U.S. residents have access to curbside recycling, the number of plastic bottles that are incinerated or sent to landfills are gigantic.

According to the message posted on the igloo, there ARE some things you can do.
– Employ a water filter at home.
– Take water with you in a permanent container.
– Refill your soap / shampoo / conditioner bottles at your local co-op.
– Reuse any plastic containers, rather than disposing of them.

For more resources and information, visit the Container Recycling Institute or Fast Company.


Artoleptic Urban Arts & Music Festival 2008

Artoleptic threw its first event last year, in the parking lot adjacent to the 619 Building and the Snowboard Connection. Some decent art pieces were created, but the sense of community was lacking, partially due to the fact that the event was barely publicized.

Earlier this month was year two of the Artoleptic urban arts and music festival. The non-profit rented out the same space but gave out free booth space to artists, got sponsored by Glaceau, enlisted the participation of many more mural artists, chose a much more diverse selection of music, and brought on Skate Like A Girl for girl skate workshops.

Here were some of the highlights from the event:

Ego and 179 join hands for a mural.

Ten Hundred, who was covered in the Spring 2008 Issue of REDEFINE, gives away free drawings at his well-stocked, colorful booth.

Sticker Crazy? Label 228 Project & Hello Sticker Project

Are you obsessed with sticking crap on street poles?

Then get your work published alongside artists like Zoso and Aaron Kraten!

We covered this project in the Spring 2008 print issue of REDEFINE, but it’s time the web got a taste of the Label 228 Project, an unpaid labor of love started by artist Camden Noir.

One of Camden’s images.

Another project that has recently caught our attention is the “Hello, my name is…” art book project. Not quite sure what their official name is, but one thing is clear: they need a better name. Haha.

To our knowledge, the Label 228 Project is still seeking a publisher, and the Hello Sticker book will be published in late 2010. Thus far, however, it seems that the Label 228 Project as a head start in terms of content quality. It will be interesting to see how all this pans out.

(And wait… what’s this right here? Is there’s another? How many of these projects are there?)

Illustrator Alberto Cerriteno and His Digital and Analog Prowess

Fine artists sometimes dabble in digital art, and digital artists sometimes dabble in fine art. Unfortunately for those crossover artists, however, most of them are either only good on one or the other. It’s quite difficult to excel in both the paintbrush and the mouse, it seems.

Good thing illustrator Alberto Cerriteno is adept at both. Residing in Portland, Cerriteno combines the best of street art with rich textures lifted from aspects of his Mexican heritage. As a result, his pieces are equally commercial as they are not; they are cute and chock full of personality, yet feel perfectly at home gracing the cover of a magazine.

His painted pieces are whispy and emotional, while his digital pieces are sweetly assembled to the point of looking as though they were collaged with pieces from dozens of publications. Still others are a combination of both analog and digital, and they draw strengths from both.

But enough yapping. Look on for some samples of his work, and visit his website to see more.

alberto cerriteno
Ink and watercolor come together with digital treatment in The Cloud, The Boy, The Stars & The Umbrella.

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A totally digital piece, Fishing With Love!

Dung and Dunger Buffalo Poop Paper!

In this green day and age, people are constantly trying to find alternatives to paper. Now comes an alternative you may not even have heard of. POOP PAPER. That’s right — paper made of poop.

Buffalo poo is the newest star in this movement of animal poo products, brought to you by the cleverly (and/or atrociously) named Dung and Dunger! Made in Idaho and printed by artist Daniel Hidalgo and Victor Bruha, it’s the American version of elephant dung paper. They sell one of a kind animal prints using the paper, primarily targeting national park-goers. They even set up shop at Yellowstone National Park once in a while.

The first buffalo dung print made by Dung and Dunger!

Detail of the dung… doesn’t it look so silky and smooth?

Let’s break down the paper-making process for you into easy-to-digest terms.

Heaping globs of steaming or rotting buffalo poop get scooped up… not an easy thing considering they consist of grasses and foliage and are therefore quite delicate. The heaps are collected from private bison herds in Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.

The dungy poo gets boiled in a pot, possibly in something like a pot, possibly in something similar to what you’d make soup in. Apparently, though, it doesn’t smell all that bad.

The boiled poop is combined with recycled paper pulp, because by itself, it’d be much too fragile to hold together. The wet sheet is molded and transferred onto a “couching sheet,” for drying.

Rinse and repeat. Most custom papers are created using a similar process… poop-free or not.

Need more poop products? Try these cute Mr. Ellie Pooh cards and books.

Bending Minds With Photographer Rodolphe Simeon

Our recent trip to Canada brought with it many, many introductions to talented young artists… one of which was Rodolphe Simeon, who currently resides in Paris. The images shown below are from Simeon’s M-People series, a series which is heavy on makeup, concept, and androgyny — all good things when done correctly. Other galleries on Simeon’s website include a portrait study of street people, women, musicians, and miscellaneous fun characters.

Simeon doesn’t really need our help, as he has been published internationally and domestically in publications such as Esquire and Rolling Stone, but his work is definitely worth taking a look at.

6emeia’s SÃO and Delafuente Beautify Urban Sprawl

For those of you who have been paying attention lately, some of the latest greatest accomplishments in the street art world seem to be originating from South America. What better place for 6emeia to be than in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo?

6emeia (which loosely means “six and a half” in Portuguese) is comprised of Anderson Augusto, also known as SÃO, and Leonardo Delafuente, also known as Delafuente. What they’re doing is beautifying urban sprawl and decay. Manhole covers, electrical boxes, and storm drains are all fair game for being painted with sickingly cute animals or homages to past artistic innovators like Jackson Pollock and Vincent Van Gogh.

Batman and Robin!

Mouse and cheese!

Vincent Van Gogh and ear!

Lighter and… light!

Many more examples of these works and full-fledged murals can be found on their website, at!