Welcome back to teatime! Genius Teatime, that is...
On February 24, 3:30 PM PST Andrea Jennings will talk about authentic representation in entertainment, March 9th at 3:30 PM PST Deb Sivigny will cover set and costume design and her immersive installation on Korean adoptees, and April 27 at 12:30 PM PST Ellice Patterson will share her stories of Abilities Dance Boston and intersectional disability dance. Thanks so much for joining us!
We'll be throwing in some new ideas too. Stay tuned... and enjoy the archived talks on the Opulent Mobility channel.
Talks are mostly 3:30-4:30 PM PST on Zoom unless otherwise specified. Suggested donations $10-35, no one turned away for lack of funds. Your donations benefit our speakers, their charities of choice, and the Opulent Mobility accessibility fund. Thanks to you all, and to Pamela Samuelson of Embodywork LA for providing the boost to get this party started. We've been going a full year now!!! How did that happen?!
So hey! I've started out on Substack with transcripts from the artist interviews for Opulent Mobility. The plan is to do the same for the archived Genius Teatime talks. You can go direct to the posts or subscribe for free.
All the archived GT talks on YouTube are captioned and corrected for accessibility purposes. I really enjoy having the talks in text form, though, since it lets me catch up details I may have missed or forgot about during the Zoom sessions.
I hope you enjoy these too.
This weekend we welcome back Genius Teatime and have our final panel talk on Chronic Illness and Art for Opulent Mobility!
Saturday from 3:30-4:30 PM we meet on Zoom for Genius Teatime with my co-curator Anthony Tusler. We'll discuss disability art and why it matters! This talk will benefit Disability Rights Advocates, our speaker, and the Opulent Mobility accessibility fund. Suggested donation of $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds. Click on the picture of Anthony in his wheelchair to sign up.
Sunday from 2-4 is our final panel talk for Opulent Mobility on Chronic Illness and Art with artists Patricia Fortlage, Monica Marks, and me (A. Laura Brody). Join us in person at the Los Angeles Makery at 260 S. Los Angeles St, LA CA 90012 or get in touch for the Zoom link.
Many thanks to all of you who have helped keep these exhibits and talks going. Can you believe it has been 9 years of Opulent Mobility and a year of Genius Teatime? Looking forward to year 10- and we have some great surprises coming up!
Please stay tuned.
The artist interviews for Opulent Mobility have begun!
Please check out the Opulent Mobility YouTube channel to get to know a bit more about the artists, their work, and their process. So far, there are interviews of Patricia Fortlage, Bronte Grimm, and Abigail Stockinger with Ash Hagerstrand of jesusluvsmemes coming up on Saturday the 16th and Austin Lubetkin on Monday the 18th. Many thanks to the artists, to Karen Taylor and Joe Roger Rivera Perez for ASL interpretation, and to all of you out there for following along on this wild ride.
If all goes smoothly, the rest of the interviews will be popping up every other day, and the exhibit will be online and ready to go by the 20th. (Fingers crossed.)
Let's take good care of ourselves in these tough times.
Please enjoy a sneak peek at Opulent Mobility at the Makery!
The opening is Sunday, January 7th from 1-4 PM at the Los Angeles Makery (260 S. Los Angeles St, LA CA 90012). There will be live music from GRAMMY© nominated composer Tom Peters and ASL interpreting for our Deaf audience members.
We're doing a panel talk on neurodivergence and art on the 21st and another on chronic illness and art on January 28th. Check the teaser page for details and pretty pictures.
And many thanks to all those who have helped keep Opulent Mobility alive and well. Can you believe that next year will be the tenth anniversary!? I sincerely hope to have the book I'm writing on this magical, frustrating, and rewarding experience ready by then.
You are awesome.
All through November I am interviewing the artists of Opulent Mobility. As of today, I've met with Bronte Grimm, Patricia Fortlage, Ellen Mansfield, and Priya Ray of DIY Abled. So excited to share their art and their stories with you!
These interviews will have ASL interpretation and will go online beginning December 10. Please click the links to find out more about the artists and artists and stay tuned for the exhibit in January!
My friend Johanna Siegmann and I know how hard it is for self-employed folks to stay focused, motivated, and upbeat all on our own. We want to start a once a month meet up called Employer Lounge- Brainstorming for Freelancers.
Want to join us? Contact me! Any field, any job is fine, as long as you are self-employed and want feedback, ideas, support, and motivation from fellow freelancers. Totally casual. Let's toss some ideas around and keep ourselves afloat!
James Baldwin says this so much better than I can.
“The world is held together, really it is held together, by the love and the passion of a very few people. Otherwise of course you can despair. Walk down any street in any city, any afternoon, and look around you. What you've got to remember it that everyone you look at is also you... You could be that monster, and you have to decide, in yourself, not to be.”
Let's not give in to that inner monster.
Sending so much love,
Please welcome A. Laura Brody, Kat Chudy, Julie Forbush, Patricia Fortlage, Bronte Grimm, Ash Hagerstrand, Austin Lubetkin, Ellen Mansfield, Monica Marks, Lisa Merida-Paytes, Joy Murray, Tom Peters, Elizabeth Rajchart, Priya Ray, Abigail Stockinger, Emily Tironi, Celeste Tooth, and Rachel Ungerer.
Online artist interviews will air beginning December 10, a sneak peek at the online show goes up in December, and the in person exhibit at the Los Angeles Makery will be in January 2024. Stay tuned! So excited to share the wonderful art and artists with you all. In the meantime, please enjoy all the past Opulent Mobility exhibits.
Welcome to the next piping hot batch of #GeniusTeatime speakers! This Saturday at 3:30 PM PST Mindi Trimble walks us through getting your teen ready to stand out and get into their dream school. She's protective like bubble wrap and ready to help your teens' dreams come true. Sign up at the link!
Diana Elizabeth Jordan will share how she made her own Happily Ever After October 14 and Anne Horjus will share stories and beautiful pictures of old and new world landscapes October 28. November 11 Micol Hebron covers AI and a crisis of truth and Heather Woodbury will share her canvassing secrets to getting out the vote November 18. All talks are 3:30-4:30 PM PST on Zoom. Suggested donations $10-35, no one turned away for lack of funds. Your donations benefit our speakers, their charities of choice, and the Opulent Mobility accessibility fund.
Many thanks to you all, and to Pamela Samuelson of Embodywork LA for providing the boost to get this party started. Can you believe we are all booked up with speakers through January 2024!?!
You are all awesome.
The gods have had their time... it is high time for the goddesses to take center stage! Celebrate the Divine Feminine at the Los Angeles Makery at 260 S. Los Angeles St, LA, CA 90012. Curated by A. Laura Brody, founder of of Opulent Mobility.
Give me that real old time religion! Goddess worship, that is. Goddesses come in a wide variety of forms and guises and we celebrate them all.
Opening events: Sunday, September 3 from 1-4 PM
Invocation to the Goddesses by A. Laura Brody
Poetry reading by Lisa Broadway Chow
Interactive art by Adele Satori
Music by The Morrigan
Music by The Morrigan and interactive art by Adele Satori at the First Thursday event, Thursday, September 7th from 6-9 PM.
Sunday, September 10, 4-6 PM: DIY goddess jewelry and short Tarot reading with Troy Cantu and an Orisha inspired poetry reading by Tricia Alkmia Cochee.
Sunday, September 17, 4:30-6 PM: Autumnal sound bath and guided meditation with Adele Satori
Sunday, September 24, 4-6 PM: Goddess talk with the artists of Enter the Goddess(es)
Artists: Regina Argentin, A. Laura Brody, Oscar "Vomit" Cano, Troy Cantu, Mary Cheung, Rebecca Contreras, Edith and Jolly de Guzman aka dearantler, Elizabeth Estrada, Patricia Fortlage, Malcolm Hoffman, Shireen Jamehdor, Lois Keller, Austin Lubetkin, Cathi Milligan, Lola Mitchell, Mahtab Mohammadi, Penny Richards, Adele Satori, Catherine Singer, Kellie Thomas-Walker, Lisa Tomczeszyn, and Cheyann Washington.
Thank you all!
We're making and mending at my downtown studio this fall! Learn fun, simple, and fabulous ways to mend your much loved clothes, create fancy fabric portraits, and make your own rag rugs from scrap.
You are most welcome.
Visible Mending at the Makery is Sunday, September 10 from 1-3 PM PST. $95.
Let’s mend the world instead of trashing it.
Visible mending makes repair fun, meditative, and beautiful. We’ll use techniques inspired by classic Japanese Boro and Sashiko hand sewing and turn your worn out clothing into wearable art. This is a great way to keep old clothes out of the landfill, save their memories, and to sew in good company.
Bring items you love that need mending!
Supply your own materials or purchase on site: embroidery floss and needle, patching material, and pins. Instructor provides pins, scissors, and thread conditioner.
Textile Portraits at the Makery is Sunday, September 17 from 1-3 PM PST. $95.Our inspiration for this workshop is the artist Faith Ringgold! She is a painter, sculptor, teacher, performance artist, and writer best known for her painted story quilts. Her work covers personal, political, and social issues and is often a combination of images and text using both fabric and paint.
Bring in a picture of loved ones (or a favorite scene) that you want to create in fabric, and we'll break it down into parts and create your own work of art.
Supply your own materials or purchase on site: packets of fabric, embroidery thread and needles, and marking wax. Instructor provides scissors, pins, tracing paper and pencils, and fabric glue.
Image by artist Kim Kyne.
Rag Rug Making at the Makery is Sunday, September 24 from 1-3 PM PST. $95.
Turn your old clothes and fabric scraps into beautiful rag rugs! Rag rug making is fun, meditative, and a great way to keep worn out clothing and materials from going to the landfill. We'll cover basic twisted and braided rag twine and use it to start building a rug of your own.
Supply your own materials or purchase on site: scraps of material or old clothes in colors you like and a hand sewing needle and thread. Instructor provides safety pins, scissors, and thread conditioner.
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.