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Monday
Jun152015

Pimp My Artwork 089: Signs & Cards

I created this sign for my friend and fellow reader Damon Stang. I loved making it so much that I'm now taking commissions for signs, posters, business cards etc. Message me at kat@katelanfoisy.com for prices.

Monday
Jun152015

Killin It': Postcards for Prisoners

The postcards for Prisoners project has been doing very well. I've heard back from some people saying the prisoners would like to send extras to their family members. If you would like to send a postcard to an inmate please email either me kat@katelanfoisy.com or londonconjure@gmail.com with the inmates name and address and we will happily send one to them. Below is a description of the project. If you would like to help you can donate to my patreon which helps to fund printing and postage.

 "I feel like this is God’s will. I feel like I’m the instrument in hopefully abolishing the death penalty forever." - Kenneth Ransom (Azra El-Malik Mohammed)

Those were Kenneth Ransom's last words as he prepared himself to die. He spent thirteen years on death row for a crime he not only didn't commit but tried to stop. Under Bush's regime (Texas in the 80's and 90's) if you were person of color, poor, or Muslim you had no chance. His first lawyer came to court disheveled and unwashed. He apologized profusely for his lack of hygiene. This seemed to be the norm for appointed defense lawyers. Some even fell asleep at the trial. They were often fired due to alcoholism or in Kenneth's case unprofessionalism. The trial went on, lies were told, evidence lost until later. He was sentenced to death row. He was 21 years old. Over the years his fiancee and family rallied together to get letters of support from religious groups, public officials, and everyday people. His appeals lawyer contacted Amnesty International.

The prison itself was described by Pierre Sane of Amnesty as 'one of the most horrifying experiences' in his years of working human rights. The inmates in Ellis Unit spent most of their time in 5 x 10' cells allowed only one visit a month and sometimes at only odd hours by their attorneys. Some were thrown into solitary. They withheld mail, dehumanized them, and then were shocked when prisoners rioted. Although a written confession came in from the murderer, the state said it was too late. Kenneth lost his life strapped to a gurney. He sputtered his last words and inhaled his last breath. At 6:20 p.m. October 28th 1997 he was pronounced dead. He was 34 years old.

The postcards will go to inmates that have been unjustly imprisoned. Kenneth's fiancee and I will be sending some to a forensic psychologist working with prisoners on death row in NC but anyone who would like to have a postcard sent or knows an inmate that would like one is welcome to request one. The front side of the postcard is the portrait of Kenneth. The back is the poem he wrote while incarcerated scanned from the original. Both are posted below. If this goes well we are hoping to start other services such as poetry programs etc. The amount made here goes to postage, envelopes, and extra printing of cards. We have a starting run of 1000.

 

Saturday
Jun062015

Killin' It: Luna Luna Mag

I wrote up this piece on being a Dream Gratherer at the Rubin Museum's anual Dream-Over. Click the image to be taken to the article.

Wednesday
Jun032015

Crosses Palm With Silver: Pre-Register Palmistry & Physiognomy Course

  • Learn how to read the palm and face

  • Strengthen your sense of detail

  • Simple systems and exercises for remembering what to look for

  • Learn to read palms and faces without relying on books

  • Create confidence in readings

 

This course is a video program that allows you the freedom to learn and explore on your own time. It includes a hour long video discussing techniques and tricks and download of original drawings, writings, and helpful notes compiled and sent straight to you. Plus I will answer any questions that may arise. You will also receive an additional download of the Palmistry color print featured above. You can take as little or as much time as you need to learn these techniques

There are no tests or grades for this course, it is a set of tools to help create the path that works best for you.

 

 


 Some images from my notebook for the palmistry part of the course.

Price: $180

Start Date: September 15

  

What You Need:

Your hand, your friend's hands, and I supply some pictures of hands too!

A journal to document your findings.

 

How The Course Works:

You will be given a link and a password to the video lecture. Watch it at your leisure. You will also be sent a pdf with drawings, charts, and tips to help you learn to read the palm and face.You can also print out the palmistry poster for a quick guide at any time.

I will also have a secret password protected page with the video and info from the pdf on it.

 

Terms And Conditions:

Students must acknowledge my copyright of the videos and information booklet and must agree to not copy the material in any medium, including paper, audio, or any electronic methods of reproduction, and not to give their their passwords, share links or booklets in any form. Any student that is found doing this will be expelled.

Students will be given a student number. This allows me to keep track of new and ongoing students.

Payment plans available. Drop me a line kat@katelanfoisy.com

Monday
May182015

The Caravan 049: Seth Kushner - Offering Up the Night

Seth and I took these back in 2012. He was interviewing me for a podcast for Trip City. We had been mutual fans and friends for years before, brought together by wonderful friends such as Molly Crabapple, Jeff Newelt, Dean Haspiel and Chris Miskiewicz. The day we met to photograph and record I had promised him into Gramercy Park. Inspired by a story of me hopping the fence and claiming I could because my great grandmother lived there. We decided we'd enter no matter what. It was up to me to find a way in. "Meet me at the gate and I'll have the key." I messaged him.

The morning came and I managed to snag a key from one of the clubs for my ID and some personal belongings. I find when you tell a story and there's truth in it that those around will connect to that story. They want to be a part of that story being told. I told them about my great grandmother, how she grew up with Claudette Colbert and how Seth and I were going to walk in my great grandmother's garden.Seth laughed as I opened the gate and we pushed our way through. We had exactly two hours.

We went out for coffee after and he photographed me with my tarot.

"Tell me your favorite card." He said.

"Wheel of Fortune. It keeps me on my toes."

These are things I remember in between tears. Sentences are really easy why your eyes aren't spouting water and your throat closing up. I want to pound my fists into the ground and summon him back but you can't wish someone back from the other side, no matter how hard you are wishing.  You can't rip up the floorboards and resuscitate them. You can't write them back into the pages of an already written book.

All I can do is be happy for the times we had. I can rejoice in being a collaborator, muse, and friend. I worked with Seth on two other projects. We were supposed to do two more. Seth fought hard to beat leukemia. He did it for his family, for his friends, for all those that loved him dearly and deeply. I spoke to him two days before. It's times like this that nothing seems real. I want to call but can't, so instead I reach out to friends and collaborators. We share our stories and images. We share our memories.

Click the images to read the comics.

Seth was a master to work with. I was honored when he and Dean wrote the character "The Tarot" for me. Our shoots went easily with a lot of laughs. He pulled in good people. He was good people. I often told him of projects before I said yes. If Seth thought they were good I'd give it ago. Seth was loved amongst the community. He was loved amongst his friends. If anything shows it look at this beautiful write up by Hannah of Bleeding Cool of his birthday party at Speakeasy Dollhouse.

We never got to do our Burroughs project or more of the costumed characters. I'm grateful for Seth's presence in my life. I'm grateful I got to know him. Last night I walked the streets of Astoria searching for a thought and to calm my racing heart. My iphone does this thing sometimes where it likes to repeat one song. "Tonight Tonight" played over and over as the cool breeze washed over my skin. "Seth would have liked this." I said  giving a blessing to the winds.

Tonight, so bright
Tonight
We'll crucify the insincere tonight
We'll make things right, we'll feel it all tonight
We'll find a way to offer up the night tonight
The indescribable moments of your life tonight
The impossible is possible tonight
Believe in me as I believe in you, tonight



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