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Monthly Archives: January 2016

An Interview with artist Jovencio de la Paz

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I recently conducted an interview with artist Jovencio de la Paz for MAKE Literary Magazine.  He spent several years in Chicago, as both a student and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now lives in Eugene, OR, where he teaches Art at the University of Oregon. As an immigrant to the U.S., he is interested in the Batik method of dying textiles with natural indigo, as is common in Southeast Asia. He is also cofounder of Craft Mystery Cult, which he started along with some fellow classmates at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Check out the interview here!

Christmas eats

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Undeniably, food is a big part of the Christmas holiday. This year, my family tried a new chicken recipe from The Kinfolk Table Cookbook, which is a marvelous book if you don’t know it. It’s actually one of the first recipes I’ve tried from this cookbook, but surely not the last, because, again, it’s a beautiful book filled with unique delicious-looking recipes. My mom and I also made our annual traditional trip to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, which we look forward to all year. The hot chocolate, spiced wine, crepe booth from Paris, and authentic German Christmas ornaments really pull at our heartstrings. Fortunately, we stumbled upon a French booth run by Catholic nuns, who were selling French pastries and desserts. Not only were the nuns the sweetest, and very happy to speak French with my mom, their desserts were to die for. We bought an apple pie and a chocolate Buche de Noel, which were as yummy as they were beautifully-presented. This year, we also made our own egg nog for the first time, and I have to say I thought it was better than the store-bought egg nog!

My Internship at MAKE

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Check out my blogpost about my internship experience with MAKE Literary Magazine in Chicago.  It’s now up on my grad program’s blog!

Christmas 2015

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Not unlike others, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays – not because of all the presents, but because of the opportunity to decorate the house with cherished decorations – both ones that have been in the family for generations, as well as new ones picked up every year to add to the collection. Let’s not forget the scent of fir trees that permeates the house, from the actual tree and candles prominently placed in every room. These are just some of my favorite decorations from this year, because Christmas doesn’t have to be over quite yet!