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Studio Sicilia

Art of Place: Studio Sicilia

Nothing's simple in this world anymore, now that it's run by the internet – but was it ever? Sometimes after a long day, I wish I could just say to friends: "I'll pop home then meet you for a drink …

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How I Bought a House off the Internet

One morning several years ago, I took a break from typing notes. I sank into a chair on a deserted Thai beach, turned on the flickering satellite internet, and pulled up my bank account. I stared at the screen for …

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Traveling Bookshelf in Sicily

Movana Chen just completed a 2-week residency at Studio Sicilia, and was working on her Traveling to Your Bookshelf Project. She's been knitting my paper book manuscript into part of a giant scarf she's been making for years, made of …

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Books into Art

There's a lot of controversy these days in the publishing industry. Traditional ways of publishing are no longer viable options: they involve killing lots of trees and shipping them around the world to bookstores. Pixels are a lot lighter, and …

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Studio Sicilia’s Finished!

  Blue windows shocked the neighbors last year ("Nobody paints their windows blue around here," they said) but they've grown to like them Studio Sicilia is finished!  Well, the upstairs is, anyway. After years of dreaming and saving and slogging away, …

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From Dusty Warehouse to Art Studio, Part 2

See Part 1 here Renovating a house is never easy, but the first time is always the hardest. You never know quite how excruciating things will be until you’ve thrown yourself in the midst of them – when it’s too …

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With a Lot of of Help from my Friends

Late last year I sent out an email to a few special people. It went something like this: “Hey Nearest and Dearest friends, “If you’ve got an adventurous spirit, some handy skills and 1-3 weeks free time from Feb-April 2011…I’m …

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Tetris with Tiles

“You should really put white tiles in the bathroom of your art studio,” friends said as I began to renovate a small dusty warehouse into a creative studio. “People love white tiles.” And they’re right. Many people really do like …

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Succulent Danger

Much like certain Chinese officials who have a penchant for tiger bits and shark fins, I’ve always liked to eat things that could kill or harm me – provided they’re not endangered, of course. Like sea urchins. A single step …

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An Uphill Battle

When I rented this house in the Sicilian town of Cianciana to renovate┬ámy art studio, people raved about the location: “You’re staying at the best place in town to see Jesus getting flogged on Good Friday!” they said. In the …

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