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    Tuesday, November 22
    9:57pm

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    I’m so excited about all of the amazing events/projects/ideas on the horizon for 2012…but I’m most electrified (!) by my new project Mirifique , a collaboration with my wiccan life partner/co-conspirator Laura Leon.  One of our installations was recently featured on Apartment Therapy, and we’re about to debut a large-scale installation at the Union/Pine Give Good Gift! holiday pop up event. We have even grander projects in store for next year, so please follow us on Tumblr and “like” us on Facebook.
xo
Amanda

    I’m so excited about all of the amazing events/projects/ideas on the horizon for 2012…but I’m most electrified (!) by my new project Mirifique , a collaboration with my wiccan life partner/co-conspirator Laura Leon.  One of our installations was recently featured on Apartment Therapy, and we’re about to debut a large-scale installation at the Union/Pine Give Good Gift! holiday pop up event. We have even grander projects in store for next year, so please follow us on Tumblr and “like” us on Facebook.

    xo

    Amanda



    November 22, 2011, 9:57pm  Comments

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    Tuesday, October 4
    1:40pm

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    This weekend! Here in Portland! A group of incredibly talented and lovely people, including my partner in crime, Laura Leon.  Be there or be rectangular?
lauraleon:

dear friends,
please join randall garcia, jeremy pelley and myself as we welcome UNION/PINE to SE industrial portland and the tradition of the first friday artwalk.
friends, drinks, music by shu.
what more could you ask for?

    This weekend! Here in Portland! A group of incredibly talented and lovely people, including my partner in crime, Laura Leon.  Be there or be rectangular?

    lauraleon:

    dear friends,

    please join randall garcia, jeremy pelley and myself as we welcome UNION/PINE to SE industrial portland and the tradition of the first friday artwalk.

    friends, drinks, music by shu.

    what more could you ask for?



    Reblogged from there are some things i'd rather not forget..

    October 04, 2011, 1:40pm  Comments

    Sunday, June 19
    5:41pm

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    Thanks to the frustrations of the Tumblr app, I accidentally just posted a photo intended for my new Tumblr, Smell the Magic. So yeah, you should check it out!

    Smell-the-magic.tumblr.com



    Sunday, June 19th

    5:41pm   Comments

    5:34pm

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    Learning how to seduce Libras over breakfast with LL at the J & M Cafe. 
SE Portland.

This is actually a post intended for Smell the Magic…

    Learning how to seduce Libras over breakfast with LL at the J & M Cafe.
    SE Portland.

    This is actually a post intended for Smell the Magic…



    June 19, 2011, 5:34pm  Comments

    Friday, June 17
    3:36pm

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    » http://smell-the-magic.tumblr.com

    A new, photo-only blog documenting our charmed Portland experience…check it out! Xo amanda



    June 17, 2011, 3:36pm  Comments

    Monday, April 11
    3:40pm

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    Hey, Tumblr friends!
I am really excited to announce a special event at the Urban Outfitters in Portland!  This Thursday, we are hosting a Kid Robot Live Sketch Session featuring local artist Ryan Bubnis (I’ve featured his work RIGHT HERE in the past).   From 6-8 pm, Ryan will be customizing ANYTHING you purchase at UO that day.  As an added bonus, all customers receive 25% off all Munny brand products purchased that day. 
Since I’m the UO Visual Merchandiser here in Portland, I will be at the store from 6-8 taking photos and just generally playing hostess.   Stop by to visit!  I’ll be the one with the long dark hair and girly tattoos!
xo
Amanda

    Hey, Tumblr friends!

    I am really excited to announce a special event at the Urban Outfitters in Portland!  This Thursday, we are hosting a Kid Robot Live Sketch Session featuring local artist Ryan Bubnis (I’ve featured his work RIGHT HERE in the past).   From 6-8 pm, Ryan will be customizing ANYTHING you purchase at UO that day.  As an added bonus, all customers receive 25% off all Munny brand products purchased that day. 

    Since I’m the UO Visual Merchandiser here in Portland, I will be at the store from 6-8 taking photos and just generally playing hostess.   Stop by to visit!  I’ll be the one with the long dark hair and girly tattoos!

    xo

    Amanda



    April 11, 2011, 3:40pm  Comments

    Sunday, February 27
    3:26am

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    Dear Tumblr friends,
One year and three thousand miles ago, I was in a very different place:  a city that never felt like home, separated by the width of North America from most of my closest friends.  Even worse, I was wrapped up with an individual that would break my heart not once, not twice, but three times (first on a romantic level, next by being a terrible friend, and lastly, by unapologetically stealing a project from me).  In other words, it was a sad, dark time.  There were many lonely days and so many moments when I questioned my ability to survive until the next instant.  As silly as it might sound, I found solace in Tumblr.  I loved searching the internet for new art and I was excited about the new friends I was meeting via the blog world.  All of your messages and submissions made me feel so much better about everything.
Now I’m on the other side of the country, reunited with my friends and the city I love.  Life couldn’t be more different.  It’s becoming harder and harder for me to find time for Tumblr.  And as overdramatic as it might seem, I can’t help but be reminded of the painful moments of last year every time I log in to Tumblr.  So…I’m taking a break from Frightened By Bees.  It might be a month, six months, a year…however it long it takes to flip the reset button and find myself inspired again.   In the meantime, I will still be contributing to my other blog Swap Meet.
Thank you so much for all of your reblogs and kind messages.  If you would like to be real-life friends or just talk about art, please feel free to email me:  vonlonewolf@gmail.com.
xo
Amanda

P.S. The painting above has been my desktop background (both on my wretched work pc and on my personal macbook) for years…a painting by one of my favorite living artists, Kime Buzzelli.  Not only is she a talented visual artist (she’s done collaborations with Vans and Urban Decay, to name a few), she’s also an amazing style icon.  Formerly the owner of Show Pony (a boutique in Echo Park, L.A.), she’s now the wardrobe stylist for the new 90210.

    Dear Tumblr friends,

    One year and three thousand miles ago, I was in a very different place:  a city that never felt like home, separated by the width of North America from most of my closest friends.  Even worse, I was wrapped up with an individual that would break my heart not once, not twice, but three times (first on a romantic level, next by being a terrible friend, and lastly, by unapologetically stealing a project from me).  In other words, it was a sad, dark time.  There were many lonely days and so many moments when I questioned my ability to survive until the next instant.  As silly as it might sound, I found solace in Tumblr.  I loved searching the internet for new art and I was excited about the new friends I was meeting via the blog world.  All of your messages and submissions made me feel so much better about everything.

    Now I’m on the other side of the country, reunited with my friends and the city I love.  Life couldn’t be more different.  It’s becoming harder and harder for me to find time for Tumblr.  And as overdramatic as it might seem, I can’t help but be reminded of the painful moments of last year every time I log in to Tumblr.  So…I’m taking a break from Frightened By Bees.  It might be a month, six months, a year…however it long it takes to flip the reset button and find myself inspired again.   In the meantime, I will still be contributing to my other blog Swap Meet.

    Thank you so much for all of your reblogs and kind messages.  If you would like to be real-life friends or just talk about art, please feel free to email me:  vonlonewolf@gmail.com.

    xo

    Amanda

    P.S. The painting above has been my desktop background (both on my wretched work pc and on my personal macbook) for years…a painting by one of my favorite living artists, Kime Buzzelli.  Not only is she a talented visual artist (she’s done collaborations with Vans and Urban Decay, to name a few), she’s also an amazing style icon.  Formerly the owner of Show Pony (a boutique in Echo Park, L.A.), she’s now the wardrobe stylist for the new 90210.



    February 27, 2011, 3:26am  Comments

    Thursday, February 24
    11:40pm

    (via swap-meet)

    71 notes

    swap-meet:

My mom has told me (more times that I can count) that I am “hot-headed.”  While it’s true that I once picked up a coffee table and threw it at boyfriend, I generally consider myself fairly calm and even-tempered.  
Okay, wait…that’s not absolutely true.  And although most of you don’t know me in real life, I don’t want to mislead you.  In reality I’m a whirling dervish of anxiety and impulsiveness/compulsiveness.  But I’m really, REALLY skilled at keeping it all inside.  Credit my childhood in a household ruled by WASP-y stoicism, or my rarely relenting stubbornness.  Emotional outbursts just aren’t very dignified!
However, if I’m completely alone and/or I’ve had an excess of four alcoholic beverages, all bets are off.  And so one cold night in early winter, after a few strong happy hour drinks, I swooped into my empty apartment in a fit of rage.  I can’t remember exactly why I was upset, but even now, I could give you no less than three reasonable guesses.  I grabbed the wooden cigar box of the soon-to-be Never-Sent Mixtapes from their home on my desk and sent them hurling down the stairs into my grimy basement.   I smoked a forbidden cigarette at my kitchen table as I considered my actions.
My first thought:  It serves him right.  He’ll never appreciate them because he’s a selfish, self-absorbed fuckface.
My second thought:  That was stupid. I spent so much time on them.  I could have given them to Robyn.  She has a tape deck in her car and she would really appreciate the tragic element.
And then I thought about the past summer…one of the best times in my life, to date.  Non-stop sunshine, late night bike rides, backyard slumber parties.   Maybe he wasn’t so bad.  Maybe there really had been something special there…even if he was a selfish, self-absorbed fuckface.  
Softened by nostalgia, I descended into the basement to retrieve the tapes and their broken cases.  I stuffed everything I found into a box of my faux-Canadian, non-boyfriend’s belongings.  
When I decided to share these mixtapes via the magic of the internet, I rummaged them out of that box…only to discover that the liner notes for the third tape were missing.  I searched every inch of my apartment, even the darkest corners of the basement.  No luck.  This was/is especially sad, because they were the best liner notes…made from an amazing photo of women praying in Cairo.  I found it in the Life Nature Library’s The Desert, published in 1961.

I’m telling myself that on the day I find these lost liner notes, I will finally present him with the tapes and the vintage Walkman, even if it’s also the day I move out of my beloved apartment.
Side 1 (download it here)
Bob Dylan, Cat Power, Phosphorescent, Beck, Dr. Dog, Elliott Smith, Beach House, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deerhunter, The Beatles, M. Ward
Side 2 (download it here)
Liz Phair, Band of Horses, Here We Go Magic, The Kinks, Mimicking Birds, Twin Sister, The XX, She + Him, Mayer Hawthorne, Best Coast, The White Stripes
To maintain track order (it’s especially important!), please create a new playlist in iTunes and then click and drag the folder to import.
P.S.  This is my favorite of the four tapes…I wouldn’t change anything, except maybe losing the Best Coast song, because I’m just kinda over it.  Or maybe not…

    swap-meet:

    My mom has told me (more times that I can count) that I am “hot-headed.”  While it’s true that I once picked up a coffee table and threw it at boyfriend, I generally consider myself fairly calm and even-tempered.  

    Okay, wait…that’s not absolutely true.  And although most of you don’t know me in real life, I don’t want to mislead you.  In reality I’m a whirling dervish of anxiety and impulsiveness/compulsiveness.  But I’m really, REALLY skilled at keeping it all inside.  Credit my childhood in a household ruled by WASP-y stoicism, or my rarely relenting stubbornness.  Emotional outbursts just aren’t very dignified!

    However, if I’m completely alone and/or I’ve had an excess of four alcoholic beverages, all bets are off.  And so one cold night in early winter, after a few strong happy hour drinks, I swooped into my empty apartment in a fit of rage.  I can’t remember exactly why I was upset, but even now, I could give you no less than three reasonable guesses.  I grabbed the wooden cigar box of the soon-to-be Never-Sent Mixtapes from their home on my desk and sent them hurling down the stairs into my grimy basement.   I smoked a forbidden cigarette at my kitchen table as I considered my actions.

    My first thought:  It serves him right.  He’ll never appreciate them because he’s a selfish, self-absorbed fuckface.

    My second thought:  That was stupid. I spent so much time on them.  I could have given them to Robyn.  She has a tape deck in her car and she would really appreciate the tragic element.

    And then I thought about the past summer…one of the best times in my life, to date.  Non-stop sunshine, late night bike rides, backyard slumber parties.   Maybe he wasn’t so bad.  Maybe there really had been something special there…even if he was a selfish, self-absorbed fuckface.  

    Softened by nostalgia, I descended into the basement to retrieve the tapes and their broken cases.  I stuffed everything I found into a box of my faux-Canadian, non-boyfriend’s belongings.  

    When I decided to share these mixtapes via the magic of the internet, I rummaged them out of that box…only to discover that the liner notes for the third tape were missing.  I searched every inch of my apartment, even the darkest corners of the basement.  No luck.  This was/is especially sad, because they were the best liner notes…made from an amazing photo of women praying in Cairo.  I found it in the Life Nature Library’s The Desert, published in 1961.

    I’m telling myself that on the day I find these lost liner notes, I will finally present him with the tapes and the vintage Walkman, even if it’s also the day I move out of my beloved apartment.

    Side 1 (download it here)

    Bob Dylan, Cat Power, Phosphorescent, Beck, Dr. Dog, Elliott Smith, Beach House, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deerhunter, The Beatles, M. Ward

    Side 2 (download it here)

    Liz Phair, Band of Horses, Here We Go Magic, The Kinks, Mimicking Birds, Twin Sister, The XX, She + Him, Mayer Hawthorne, Best Coast, The White Stripes

    To maintain track order (it’s especially important!), please create a new playlist in iTunes and then click and drag the folder to import.

    P.S.  This is my favorite of the four tapes…I wouldn’t change anything, except maybe losing the Best Coast song, because I’m just kinda over it.  Or maybe not…



    Reblogged from swap meet..

    February 24, 2011, 11:40pm  Comments

    Tuesday, January 18
    1:00pm

    57 notes

    Walmart.
Acrylic + enamel on panel.
Melissa Loop describes herself as “primarily” a painter, but her installations are pretty amazing, too.  They really are just 3D versions of her paintings.  She uses party supplies, home improvement materials, and everyday craft items.  I’m always super-inspired when artists are utilizing easily accessible materials to make something beautiful.  See more of her work here.

    Walmart.

    Acrylic + enamel on panel.

    Melissa Loop describes herself as “primarily” a painter, but her installations are pretty amazing, too.  They really are just 3D versions of her paintings.  She uses party supplies, home improvement materials, and everyday craft items.  I’m always super-inspired when artists are utilizing easily accessible materials to make something beautiful.  See more of her work here.



    January 18, 2011, 1:00pm  Comments

    12:57pm

    73 notes

    City park #3.
Melissa Loop.
Acrylic + enamel on panel.

    City park #3.

    Melissa Loop.

    Acrylic + enamel on panel.



    January 18, 2011, 12:57pm  Comments

    12:56pm

    28 notes

    Melissa Loop.

    Melissa Loop.



    January 18, 2011, 12:56pm  Comments

    12:54pm

    25 notes

    Throwaway utopia.
Melissa Loop.

    Throwaway utopia.

    Melissa Loop.



    January 18, 2011, 12:54pm  Comments