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Contributors to this issue:

Joe Sonnenblick/We All Know Where We Are Going to End Up
Joe Sonnenblick is an actor and writer, has studied under the tutelage of New York’s dope fiends, pushers, vagrants and women. Thanks to coffee and pot.
jsonnenblick@gmail.com

Nia Nottage/BROOKLYN DENIM CO: A Denim Oasis in Brooklyn
Nia Nottage is a Detroit born, classically trained, contemporary vocalist and creator of experimental sounds. She writes poems, simulates immersive environments, interviews artists, arranges bodies and lives in the performative. Her art is influenced by limits of the body, human nature & responsibility, spirituality, gender, queer culture, the quotidian, multimedia, perspective shift, sensuality, childhood, and the condition of woman. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her 3 imaginary cats.
nianottage.squarespace.com

Mindo Cikanavicius/Ladies’ Night
Mindo Cikanavicius born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1976, lives and works in New York City. Mindo is focused creating story based unexpected moments with touch of cinematic drama, mystery and humor. His work is a blend of ideas, imagination, observations, experiences and emotions into making intriguing constructed reality photographs. Mindo holds a MFA degree in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
www.mindo-c.com

Alaina Varonne/In Stitches
Alaina Varrone is an embroidery artist from New Haven, Connecticut. Born in 1982 to a family of weirdos and storytellers, she uses this natural creativity to tell her own stories in thread. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art as a fiber arts student, then attended Columbia University to study cultural anthropology with a concentration in theology. She is influenced by history, culture, and the esoteric, with a focus on strong female characters.
alainavarrone@gmail.com

Aurora Lopez Mejia/Golden Words
Inspired by the power of language and sharing of deep personal experience. My work takes form as talisman of balance, strength and meaning.
These talismans of gold, inscribed with sacred words, serve as a creative source of power and a positive symbol reflecting the infinite possibility.
Distilled from profound personal stories and created with intention, each piece captures a meaningful moment.
Through the ritual of creation, the weight of words and weight gold fuse to serve a higher purpose as an inspiring and powerful reminder of all that is important in life.
This ritual becomes both the root and beacon – illuminating one’s path.
To document and preserve experience, aspiration, imagination, love … one’s own story…
This is the heart of my work.
Info@TalaveraNYC.com

Kara Walker/The End of Sugar

New York-based Kara Walker is best known for cut-paper silhouettes and tableaus that complicate traditional narratives of power and repression. Walker’s provocative work, which has taken the form of drawing, painting, text-based work, video, film, performance, and cyclorama, retells historic moments, such as slavery in the Antebellum South and Hurricane Katrina, and has frequently been the subject of controversy. She has received numerous awards, perhaps most notably in 1997, when she was the second-youngest person ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.”
info@creativetime.org

PDW Photography/Bugging Out in the East Village at The Black Ant
Patrice D. Waite is a NYC based photographer and videographer. Born and raised in Brooklyn Patrice, better known as Tricey, spends most of her time on the streets of New York capturing moments with her 60D. Never without her camera, she plans on traveling the world capturing every moment one snap at a time.
pdwphotography1@gmail.com

Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young/Fearsome Feets of Art
Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young are East London based artists and have been working together as Fantich & Young since 2008.
The art practice of Fantich & Young address’s parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world: Nature as model or nature as a threat.

Fantich & Young create art that subverts Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution with elements of supernatural ceremonial ritual. The concepts of nature and super-nature are explored in the work. Fantich & Young view this process as Darwinian Voodoo.
http://fantichandyoung.co.uk/

Janet Echelman/The First Lady of Light Sculpture
Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.
Recent prominent works include: “Her Secret is Patience” spanning two city blocks in downtown Phoenix, “Water Sky Garden” which premiered for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, “She Changes” on the waterfront in Porto, Portugal, and “Every Beating Second” in San Francisco Airport’s new Terminal Two.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest 2012 Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages and is estimated to have been viewed by more than a million people worldwide.
http://www.echelman.com/

Charis Tsevis/Mosaic Man
Charis Tsevis is an award winning visual designer living and working in Athens,Greece.
His client list includes companies like Nike, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Toyota and IKEA, advertising agencies like TBWA\Chiat\Day, Saatchi & Saatchi LA, DDB Berlin and Leo Burnett Hong Kong and media like Time, Fortune, Wired and the Wall Street Journal.
Tsevis studied Visual Design in Athens and Milan and he now teaches Visual Communication at AKTO College in Greece. He frequently contributes to prominent publications with articles on design theory, aesthetics and cyberculture. His work has been featured in many prestigious publications around the world. His works have been exhibited in exhibitions, galleries and museums around the world.
http://www.tsevis.com

GKD/Harpies
GKD is the author of numerous stories, both fiction and non-fiction, and has also written for multiple media productions. An award nominated writer, GKD is currently pursuing a publishing venture on building healthier connections.
GKDscribe@gmail.com

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