START ME UP

Nov 30

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Oct 31

Dear Friends, 
I hope you have weathered the storm. As the city begins to recover from the devastation of hurricane Sandy, there will continue to be great need for volunteers and funds to support relief efforts. Though this list is sure to grow in the coming days, here are a few organizations in the NYC area that are on the front lines helping with recovery efforts that could use your financial support today: 
Citymeals on Wheels: Delivers meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers
Food Bank NYC: Warehouses and distributes free food for over 1.5 million hungry New Yorkers each year.
NYC Mayor’s Fund : contributions will help support relief efforts in New York City 
Red Cross : Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. 
Brooklyn Community Foundation:in the process of working with local business and government to establish a charitable fund to benefit recovery efforts in Brooklyn.  
Masbia: Providing hot meals to evacuees at the Park Slope Armory Shelter 
RedHookRecovers: A community organized site that allows people to offer/request assistance. 
Red Hook Initiative: Need donations especially pre-prepared food (including food for children), candles, utensils such as spoons and bowls, jugs of water, flashlights, batteries, power strips, toiletries, papers towels, and paper for printing fliers.


[photo credit: BillSosin_City]

Dear Friends, 

I hope you have weathered the storm. As the city begins to recover from the devastation of hurricane Sandy, there will continue to be great need for volunteers and funds to support relief efforts. Though this list is sure to grow in the coming days, here are a few organizations in the NYC area that are on the front lines helping with recovery efforts that could use your financial support today: 


[photo credit: BillSosin_City]

Sep 22

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Aug 20

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Jul 23

Photographer Daniel Kukla's images reflect a curious sensitivity to the study of the natural world and serve as a beautiful testament to his background in biology. This is especially true with his most recent body of work, which was produced after spending a month in Joshua Tree, CA, hiking alone with a mirror and an artist easel. Kukla's Edge Effect is an exciting series of landscape photographs that challenge the viewer to consider not only the beauty they see in front of them, but the possibility, complexity and contrast in the things which are out of their line of vision. See Daniel Kukla's Edge Effect images here.

Photographer Daniel Kukla's images reflect a curious sensitivity to the study of the natural world and serve as a beautiful testament to his background in biology. This is especially true with his most recent body of work, which was produced after spending a month in Joshua Tree, CA, hiking alone with a mirror and an artist easel. Kukla's Edge Effect is an exciting series of landscape photographs that challenge the viewer to consider not only the beauty they see in front of them, but the possibility, complexity and contrast in the things which are out of their line of vision. See Daniel Kukla's Edge Effect images here.

Jul 13

I am enamored by this series of beautiful environmental performance art works that were produced by London based artist, Evewright’s along the British coastline. Would love to walk along one of these myself! 
An excerpt from Evewright’s website describes the piece:”A Walking Drawing is a large-scale drawing undertaken with a combination of freehand and mechanical tools on a vast landscape (canvas) of at least a quarter of a mile in the early hours of the morning. People of different ages, genders and cultures all dressed in black are then led onto the drawing and invited to walk its lines in various formats and patterns. The entire process is filmed and photographed.”

I am enamored by this series of beautiful environmental performance art works that were produced by London based artist, Evewright’s along the British coastline. Would love to walk along one of these myself!

An excerpt from Evewright’s website describes the piece:”A Walking Drawing is a large-scale drawing undertaken with a combination of freehand and mechanical tools on a vast landscape (canvas) of at least a quarter of a mile in the early hours of the morning. People of different ages, genders and cultures all dressed in black are then led onto the drawing and invited to walk its lines in various formats and patterns. The entire process is filmed and photographed.”

Jul 07

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Jun 17

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Mar 15

Thesis update…the writing continues!! Months have gone by, winter is turning into spring, and I’m still writing every day. Fortunately, the sun is shining through the windows and I’m quickly approaching the home stretch! Special thanks to my friends and family who have been patient and supportive…summer is just around the corner and I have a feeling its going to be wonderful :)

Thesis update…the writing continues!! Months have gone by, winter is turning into spring, and I’m still writing every day. Fortunately, the sun is shining through the windows and I’m quickly approaching the home stretch! Special thanks to my friends and family who have been patient and supportive…summer is just around the corner and I have a feeling its going to be wonderful :)

Feb 01

4 Year’s ago I STARTed ME UP

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People always say it, but the older I get, the more true it becomes: Time goes by incredibly fast.

Four years ago today, I began Startmeup. It began as a result of my annual new years resolution making in which I select one word to be my focus for the entire year. For 2008 my word was START and my goal was to spend the year focusing on things/ideas/projects/friendships/good habits to start. I decided 2008 was going to be a year to create positive action-based resolutions, instead of compile a laundry list of vices to quit.

Four years later, I’ve learned that through starting positive initiatives in areas of your life often causes those other less desirable things to become obsolete as result. (Example: START running- you may just decide to quit smoking after a few weeks, START cooking more meals at home- may result in spending less money.) STARTMEUP has continued to be a place to collect, document, and note some of those positive things that inspire, motivate, and drive me. It has also shown me that it is possible to start something, and if you enjoy doing it, years can go by without even noticing that you are still working on it.

Jan 31

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Jan 30

Tumblr Artist Friends- I Need Your Help!

If you went to art school or studied some form of art in undergrad, I am seeking your brilliant insight and feedback! I am currently working on my Master’s thesis, which includes doing a study of the undergraduate art school educational experience: the good, the bad and the ugly.

In order to best capture solid data about what art school alumni really think about their art education I have compiled a short survey. The survey should only take you approx. 5 minutes to complete and your answers will be so helpful to the research!

TAKE SURVEY HERE!: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8YVVPRD

ADDED BONUS! If you complete the entire survey (please finish!) you have a chance to win a $100 gift-card to Amazon.com! (Who doesn’t love free money to get stuff)

I need as many people as possible to participate. So PLEASE REBLOG THIS POST!

Thank you so much for your help and constant inspiration!

xo: startmeup

Jan 25

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Jan 24




I love the whimsy and humor of this London based guerrilla gardener who calls himself The Pothole Gardener. The images above are from a pothole garden inspired by the Royal Wedding. Check out more here.

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I love the whimsy and humor of this London based guerrilla gardener who calls himself The Pothole Gardener. The images above are from a pothole garden inspired by the Royal Wedding. Check out more here.

Jan 20

My friend, the talented Veng, is having a show in LA next month. If you are in the area, I recommend stopping by!
Opens Saturday Feb. 11th, 2012
Cave Gallery
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA 90291

My friend, the talented Veng, is having a show in LA next month. If you are in the area, I recommend stopping by!

Opens Saturday Feb. 11th, 2012

Cave Gallery

1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA 90291