The Love Bunnies hit the streets of downtown Petaluma on April 4, 2021 to coincide with the Easter Sunday. Six locations in high traffic areas were chosen at random.
The Love Bunnies were created to inspire joy and spread the language of love!
160 Love Bunnies were created, each with a bright brilliant heart and
the word love, translated into a different language, on their back.
Handmade and homemade in Petaluma.
The Love Bunnies are made from cast painted plaster with paper appliques.
A few weeks ago I started a project I have been calling the Love Bunnies. The thought underlying this project is that symbols carry meaning and transmit energy. Symbols are often universal and are used to communicate ideas or concepts beyond language.
With spring in the air, I had rabbits on the brain. I was seeing them everywhere. So, I decided to create little rabbits to leave around town, as positive tokens, on Easter Sunday. The Love Bunnies were created to inspire joy and spread the language of love! 160 Love Bunnies were created, each with a bright brilliant heart and the word love, translated into a different language, on their back.
I made the Bunnies using plaster in silicone molds. The rabbits were then hand painted and later the heart and translation appliques were attached. Below are some of the production photos.
I installed a portrait version of The HUman element in the front window of the Museum of Sonoma County this afternoon. The installation is part of the Open and Out program, which put artists to work and brought art out into the open in downtown Santa Rosa.
Many thanks to the City of Santa Rosa for this opportunity and to Jessica Rasmussen for coordinating and assisting in the installation of this "mur-all." I also wish to express gratitude to all the lovely people who participated in the project. I literally could not have done it without you.
I am growing this project. So... get ready for it... here is the pitch... If you would like to donate time, materials or funds. Or learn more please visit the shop & support page for additional information!
Sweet Frau Strikes again!
I installed some bright, fun, seasonal signage this afternoon at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. There are five signs in the series. So, time permitting, we may see a few more.
Hoppy Holidays! & Season's Tweetings!
So, my studio kitchen has spread into the rest of my apartment. While it is loads of fun working on multiple projects, space can be an issue. Why not use the rest of my tiny place to the best advantage?
I inherited a used wide format printer, which is named Bertrand, about two years ago. Being impatient, I took the printer home and began to use it immediately, without investing adequate time to learn about or calibrate it. Consequently, I have been frustrated with intermittent quality issues from time to time.
Yesterday, after spending about an hour trying to research the source of color banding in the prints, I gave up the task and tuned into Netflix for solace. This morning, I thought I would try again. I spent six hours researching, reading, cleaning, calibrating and experimenting. And, the results were well worth it.
Thank you for your patience and all your efforts Betrand!
I have received a request to participate in a window display for the Open & Out project in Santa Rosa. The Museum of Sonoma County is featuring works, from several program participants, from December through March. What a freaking awesome opportunity to share The HUman element project with passersby and museum visitors.
Now it's time to get to work. I have two weeks to put together a new mural using a different format. Frantically fun and fabulous!
Thank you to everyone for including this project which is so close to my heart.
The Human element. I installed The HUman element "mur-all" this morning. It was amazingly easy to do alone and in costume. Dressed as SweetFrau I put up the three panels quickly and easily. And, had an awesome and inspiring conversation with Juan, who works for the City of Santa Rosa and is an aspiring photographer. He showed me some of his images they were great. He seems especially talented with portraits.
The mural is located in front of Miso Good Ramen at 507 4th street near the corner of 4th and B.
SweetFrau Strikes again... with a self-service table for safe social distanced Trick or Treating. Thanks to the intrepid souls who came out today, masked and observant of others. It was nice to see your costumes and share some joy.
I wore my costume all day and did some shameless promotion by giving away candy AND free stickers and pins that I made. Putting them out on the table for trick or treators felt more intimate, and was perfect for the small number of participants this year. FYI-On a regular year we go through 1200+ pieces of candy and/or stickers between 6-8:30, when we close up shop to cruise the neighborhood ourselves.
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