6.7.15

#34weeks 4th of july bump jump antics



barefoot and pregnant just about sums it up 'merica


  
4th of july in seaview walking in the parade



a collection of images of gendered cakes, confections, and foods-- studies for our gender reveal next week!


thesaurus helping me to sift through nicknames for a boy




 thesaurus helping me decipher nicknames should it be a girl



4th of july breakfast #bathroomselfie


mary and jesus


sauvie island striped bump selfie


it has been near 100°F here in portland and a wet tshirt in front of a fan has kept me sane


28.6.15

#33weeks and counting



this week my baby is the size of a pineapple

video

i did a little #bathroomselfie dancing. two bodies/one shirt


some #bathroomselfies



21.6.15

#32weeks father's day



father's day is today--breakfast in bed! i'd hoped to make these cardamom muffins a surprise, but they're too deliciously fragrant


this week i found myeslf collecting images from more historical texts of the maternity world







i think this will become a tshirt for me while breastfeeding


giving birth to myself


bump over newly scrubbed apartment floors


happy father's day boo


a bathroom selfie in a house we thought we might be getting news we had purchased today, but alas, outbid


15.6.15

#31weeks



the baby has been tossing and turning a ton!


i've also been pondering gender. we don't know the baby's gender yet, and in my mind it doesn't have one, it's almost like one of those flying cherubim in a painting--a fair and innocent creature floating in my atmosphere


 so i've been thinking about how much our culture is wrapped up in gender identity right now


i really like the idea of a gender reveal cake that has some anatomical accuracy. i'm thinking about putting together a cake-decorating workshop where people could learn to pipe icing, and at the same time explore how they would represent their gender through confection

 
when i became pregnant i thought i was going to balloon into a size 42 or something and bought all of these enormous mumus that i am engulfed by because i'm petite and short. i'm finding tight, form fitting garments are helping me feel less whale-like


i'm also still going around portland taking shots of images and landmarks that i fear will be gone before i get around to it. i have been meaning to take a shot of this pink food sign for months


 #bathroomselfie in a deconstructed tshirt i make for the antique mall spaces i have. they are usually pretty long if the shirt was huge, so they've been really nice to wear in the heat


 

10.6.15

portland is for sale


i've been working on a series examining some of the changes in portland. my focus isn't necessarily nostalgia, but i'm focusing mostly on my personal experiences in the real estate market. i have been hashtagging images #onlineshoppingformyfuturehome and posting on instagram and facebook


i have done screen shots of homes from real estate shopping sites.  i'm realizing how much this is part of my nesting practice as a new mom, and how much it relates to my midland project looking at prior interiors i have lived in, and landmarks from my childhood


portland is the city of roses under constant construction. the color palate on this tiger rose collage is taken directly from this all-too-familiar orange cone that now decorates our city


i find it curious that people watermark their real estate photography. perhaps that would be the best way to document this project in the end



part of my fascination came with an app from john l. scott, a realtor we used for a while. i realized i could not even see all of the homes for sale in a few square blocks at one time because it overloaded the screen. i think the limit was something like 67


i posted this image comparing the median income in portland to the average housing price on social media and it was quite popular. interestingly was shared a couple of times, and i was fascinated by seeing how other crowds of people responded. i regret not having screen shots of some of the comments from other people's postings because it generated lots of conversation that was then deleted



 
i have also enjoyed cropping text to create juxtapositions




i wouldn't feel nearly as strongly about this whole situation if i felt like portlanders who live and work here were capable of participating in this feeding frenzy, but it seems to be largely big investors from other states who care little about the impact their absence has on the community and culture of our city


i recently talked with a baby boomer who is now 70 and retired, who admitted in casual conversation to having way more money than he needed. he has two homes and claimed he was very much enjoying his retirement.  later on in the conversation he remarked that he and a partner who is also in his 70's were going to start buying up little homes at the beach for $50,000, flipping them, and reselling them for $125,000.  i listen to this kind of greed and think to myself, "if you are 'enjoying your retirement,' and living in the lap of luxury (you can't even dwell in all of the homes you own at one time as it is). why not leave some of the real estate in the world that is affordable to those who are desperately looking for a home that will not make them house poor? especially in coastal regions where homes are notoriously used as vacation rentals making the workers who help those vacations happen (dish washers at your favorite restaurants or the house keeper who is doing the laundry and placing that chocolate on your pillow) drive in from god-knows-where because affordable housing isn't even built within the city limits of that vacay destination

 
i find myself getting particularly heated as a pregnant woman, looking for a very modest home we can comfortably afford-- even as small as 800 square feet, and we're at the point where 650 is even something we compete heatedly for with the other desperate couples in town-- we all know that we will inevitably be beaten by cash offers multiple times before we land somewhere

this was the most expensive home in portland listed that i could find on zillow one day. the irony to me is that i would assume the baby boomer generation would hope to see their children do better than they have, as they have far exceeded their own childhoods most likely. but instead of creating an economic environment wherein their heirs thrive, (not to mention the actual planetary environment...) they are constantly competing with their children for the same raw materials, jobs, homes, etc that they no longer even need. it's baffling to me. if someone has no retirement, no pension, then i understand the draw of owning an income property to survive once one has passed a viable working age. but someone who comes into portland and purchases multiple properties for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and just rents them out, that's a different story

and frankly, while i understand the temptation, i'm ultimately disappointed in the portlanders who are selling off the history of this city to the highest bidder. i have taken to photographing buildings and signage that i have come to hold dear because i have experienced the loss of so many landmarks that this no longer feels like my city. i don't recognize it anymore. sometimes it doesn't even feel like home