So, Marissa (who is my roomie extraordinaire and often mistaken as my twin – it’s the Russian nose!) stumbled upon the gold mine that is this series of vlogs featuring none other than one of my favorite people, Pahole Sookkasikon (known to many also as Mr. Hyphen… AND Mr. Mesa – zot zot!). In these vlogs, he gives us a behind the scenes look at the makings of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

And yes, I included 3 episodes. You can thank me later.

This last one is a little hard to see/hear, but it’s fun nonetheless.

To learn more about the film festival, the Center for Asian American Media, or to volunteer, check out their schnazy website: http://caamedia.org/festival/


A Visit with The Revolution

by tatiana on August 21, 2010

Refusing to let the HAND of the MAN hold them down.

Traci and Patrick made a stop in San Francisco and stayed at Casa Barker/Jimenez last night. It was really really great to see them. They’ve embarked on a journey from Orange County to Portland. I know, I’m jealous too. But we can live vicariously through them via the blog.

Patrick modeling the Mustard Crocheted Headphones

Kate and Jesse were also here and it was a lovely evening full of vegan-friendly dinner (fried gnocchi with amazing sauce) and chats about the food industry, our mutual loves of all things knit/crochet, and craft fairs. Big big plans always occur when I’m around my like-minded crafty people.


Happy Monday, kids. I thought I’d share a web banner that I made tonight for the good folks who are organizing International Beer Day. [click to continue…]


Absolute Kinography

by tatiana on July 15, 2010

Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) is without a doubt one of the most visually inspiring films I have ever seen. It’s a big statement, I know. But it’s the truth. [click to continue…]

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Craftgasm, or: Renegade Craft Fair

by tatiana on July 14, 2010

Oh yes… OH YES! It’s happening. It’s free. It’s at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Hopefully the weather will be a lot nicer than the last time Renegade was in town. And hopefully I’ll see more of my favorite crafty people IN THE FLESH! The crafting world has its share of celebs as well – “you better believe it” – as my Dad likes to say.

Anyway, we’re two weeks away! I have a lot of friend/family birthdays coming up. I can’t wait to see what I can find.


From Chaos Comes Clarity

by tatiana on June 30, 2008

So, after seeing 311 this past Saturday night, I can pretty much die a very very happy lady. I rocked out to the songs that got me through high school, and totally remembered why I loved them so much. I, sadly, had slightly forgotten. In anticipation of the sounds of 311 taking me back to my high school state of mind, I wore my bright red Converse sneakers just as an inside joke to myself.

In other news, my roommate and I went to the Long Beach Antique Market on Sunday and boy oh boy was it hot!
Fra-gee-lee… that must be Italian
I don’t know why… but I assumed it would be indoors so I didn’t wear any sunblock. Needless to say my skin is pretty mad at me today. BUT I found a lot of great deals. I was surprised by the wide variety of goodies the Antique Market vendors had to offer. From vintage clothing to old comic books and action figures. There was something for everyone. My favorite find of the day was a Paul de Longpre framed print for only $5. Yeow Yeow. All in all good times were had.

Anyhoo, it’s been a while since I’ve last updated, so here’s a little visual update:

Otis College of Art and Design Senior Exhibit, Chandra Mallaroy, Harajuku Charm Doll Otis College of Art and Design Senior Exhibit, Disney Costume ReDesign
Otis College of Art and Design Senior Exhibit

Otis College of Art and Design Senior Exhibit Rocking out to Nephilim.

Helping the sister re-vamp an old thrift store shirt Experimenting with screenprinting

Being a good Bridal Shower co-host These sandwiches were my fave.


Indie Arts & Crafts Festival

by tatiana on April 24, 2008

What? What! An indie arts and crafts festival is happening in Orange County? I know. I’m just as amazed as you are. It’s nice to feel the blood of the DIY revolution pumping through our often bland county. I’m so glad my roomie saw the poster for this festival at the Gypsy Den yesterday, otherwise I would have never known about it. Check it out kids! I’ll be there, fo sho.
Let’s get dirty… I mean… crafty.

Patchwork – Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
The Road Less Traveled & Harvey’s Lots
2202 1/2 North Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(the corner of Buffalo & Main St. right off the 5 freeway)

Sunday, May 4th, 11am-5pm

How Much?
The event is free, but be prepared to spend that moola. Independent artists & crafters need your support!

I STILL don’t get it.
According to the website…
Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Fair celebrates local handmade goods, transforming Buffalo street in Santa Ana’s museum district into a hub for emerging artists to showcase their items. Complete with live music, delicious food from local resturants and over 50 vendors, Patchwork is an event like no other in Orange County.

It sounds like this is going to be a great event. I can’t wait.

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Ancient Renaissance man climbed rocks for exercise… I guess.

So, I went to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for the first time ever this past Sunday. Why it had to be a record breaking 100+ degrees that day is beyond me, but I came home appreciating the fact that I don’t actually live in the Renaissance times. I would be pretty sad if I could only take one shower per year. And probably really grumpy.

Sanitation aside, I had a pretty great two hours at the Faire. I did a lot of people watching, and was amazed at how animated the cast members were considering the sweltering heat and layers of Renaissance garb. Kudos to you guys for keeping the magic alive. So be sure to visit the Renaissance Pleasure Faire! If only for the giant swing that only costs 300 pence and the boobs (if you’re into that). I recommend planning on going on a cooler day or later in the day for ultimate comfort, and minimal sunburning.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire

15501 E. Arrow Highway
Irwindale, CA 91706

April 5th – May 18th, 2008

How much?
Adults – $25
Kiddies (Ages 5 – 12) – $15

I STILL don’t get it.
Basket people?
I’m sure you’re wondering what motivated me to go to the Renaissance Faire and spend 2 hours of my Sunday in the hot hot heat. Well, it all comes down to two things: I love crafts. And the Renaissance Faire was full of vendors who had tons of unique goodies to offer and display. Secondly, I love anything that is themed. Just ask my college roommates. I love themed parties, themed movie nights, you name it. So any chance to dress up or make an unusual outfit is right up my alley.

Anyway, here are some photos from the Faire. Enjoy and fare thee well! I must away!

A hat tree.

This lady was so dainty on her little piano.


A chance to meet the experts…

by tatiana on September 4, 2007

The sewing and quilting experts, that is. OMG. I can’t even begin to express to you how excited I am about this festival.

So, Sunday afternoon I moseyed over to my favorite fabric store of all time (M&L Fabrics in Anaheim) with my friend Hava. As she was paying for her fabric, a bright pink flyer caught my eye. The flyer was advertising none other than…

The Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival

Yes, this is a quilt.

Pomona Fairplex
101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

October 18-20, 2007
Thurs.-Sat., 10am-5pm
How much?
$8, but $7 with coupon …one time admission good for all 3 days of the show, so save your ticket!
I STILL don’t get it.
This festival will consist of exhibitors who will fill us all in on the latest and greatest supplies in the quilting/sewing/crafting world. In addition, “Make and Take” workshops and free educational seminars will be available. I’m a beginner when it comes to quilting, so I think this will be a great opportunity to see quilters in action and get some tips from people who have been doing this stuff for years (probably even before I was born… maybe even before my mom was born). Anyway, it’s hard to learn how to quilt by reading about it. So go check out the festival and learn some quilting tips that will impress your grandma like whoa.