honeymoon (he)art bombing: seaside

29 Jan
downtown Seaside

downtown Seaside

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honeymoon (he)art bombing: hug point

29 Jan

How could we not stop somewhere named Hug Point?

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Mother Nature had already left a heart on the beach

Mother Nature had already left a heart on the beach

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a little more tillamook

24 Jan

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honeymoon (he)art bombing: tillamook

23 Jan

Greetings from our (belated) honeymoon on the Oregon coast. Of course, no trip is complete for us without a (he)art bombing or two. Today we (he)art bombed downtown Tillamook.

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facebook photo roundup

12 Jan

Since there may or may not be much overlap between those who check out our blog and those who are following us on Facebook, we just wanted to take a moment to post a few photos we’ve gotten on our Facebook page over the past few months.

Stephanie at WWU

Stefanie at WWU

We first handed out hearts to some of our friends in early August at an art event in Vancouver. One of those early hearts made its way up to Western Washington University with our friend’s daughter Stefanie. Thanks to the whole family for their support and for posting this photo.

a happened upon heart in Vancouver

a happened upon heart in uptown Vancouver

Remember the (he)art bombing in uptown Vancouver and the lovely ladies who wrote massages on the backs of hearts? We assume this is one of their hearts since the message “Live in pure love” is on the back. Good work, ladies! And thanks to Katherine for the photo!

somewhere in Seattle

somewhere in Seattle

The most recent photo posted to our Facebook page came from Seattle and it’s lovely. We’re not sure where in Seattle this was taken (or even if it’s somewhere we hung a heart or if it got moved to this location by someone – we know at least some of the hearts have migrated and we love it), but we give big thanks to Kim for taking the time to take a photo and share it with us.

We’d like to remind everyone that we love getting photos of hearts you happen upon, photos of hearts you have hung yourself, and any other love-related content you’d like to send. Post them to our Facebook or send and email to loveisaradicalact [at] gmail [dot] com.

happy new year!

1 Jan

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Wow, can you believe it’s a new year? Looking back, so much has happened with Love is a Radical Act in such a short time. We’ve shared a lot on the blog – (he)art bombings, trips, photos from other folks, and our wedding – plus we’ve enjoyed a lot of smaller interactions such as emails from people who happened upon our hearts and looked us up or photos posted to our Facebook page. Just this week we had the pleasure of meeting up with someone who heard about us in a roundabout way from a friend and contacted us to buy some hearts to take to a wedding.

We look forward to doing even more in 2013. Of course, our biggest focus right now is planning our trip to San Francisco to (he)art bomb the Bay Area and many places along the way. Thanks to many kind and generous gifts from friends and family for our wedding, we have raised about $1500, leaving $1000 left to raise. If you would like to help, we appreciate donations of any size (see the Paypal button on the side bar and at the bottom of the page) or purchase some hearts or love-themed art. You can order some custom hearts for Valentine’s Day or a wedding. Have other ideas? Just ask!

We are also interested in applying for grants – both art grants as well as grants that would pay for us to do some educational work. We are both art educators and would love to have the opportunity to use Love is a Radical Act as a way to teach about various topics: ceramics, installation art, conceptual art, families/relationships, etc. If you have any ideas or leads for us, drop us an email. If you would like us to lead an art activity with your class/youth group/group of any size or age, please contact us.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that you can now follow our blog on Kindle if that’s the kind of thing you like to do.

Of course, we will still be (he)art bombing in Vancouver and Portland and blogging about it. We hope to hear from all of you and share your photos, words, and more on this blog.

Thanks for being part of Love is a Radical Act!

weddings in olympia

26 Dec

After reading about the upcoming December 15 weddings in Olympia in the capitol rotunda, we decided we had to make a day trip up to Olympia to be part of history and congratulate the happy couples.

The weather outside was very cold and crummy, we arrived a bit late, and we didn’t know what to expect – but inside the capitol it was warm, welcoming, and busy with happy people.

the capitol rotunda

the capitol rotunda

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program for the day

program for the day

Every so often we’d hear cheers from one of the balconies, signaling another couple finally getting their wish to legally marry. We hopped from floor to floor taking photos and passing out hearts, but there was no way to catch everything that was happening. And, in a way, it’s pretty cool to get to say that there was so much going on that there was no way to see all of it.

(Note: the lighting in the building is, shall we say, rather subdued, so we also had a hard time getting really good photos of what was going on. We regret we don’t have more to share, but we did find one nice album online and a few photos with an article in The Olympian, and would love to share any others we come across.)

near the end of a Native American ceremony - these ladies also provided the amazing cakes at the reception!

near the end of a Native American ceremony – these ladies also provided the amazing cakes at the reception!

another view of the rotunda

another view of the rotunda

the 0:00 wedding of ten couples

the 1:30 wedding of ten couples

onlookers as another couple gets married

onlookers as another couple gets married

a beautiful couple and their family and friends

a beautiful couple and their family and friends

a generous and delicious assortment of cakes at the reception

a generous and delicious assortment of cakes at the reception

It was a lovely afternoon where the spirit of love and community, even amongst those who had never met before, was clearly felt and expressed. One newlywed couple even invited us to their wedding dinner!

On our way out, we did a little replacement (he)art bombing since our hearts from October had disappeared one way or another. This time we were able to hang them in an act of celebration.

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porcelain hearts

22 Dec
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ooooo, pretty

We’ve been making a special batch of hearts using fine porcelain clay and this awesome glaze that makes a wide range of reds, from a slight blush to a deep near-black. There is a limited number of them and no two are alike.

a table of hearts at our wedding

a table of hearts at our wedding

These unique porcelain hearts are $10 each. We’re hoping to sell a bunch of these so we can raise money for our (he)art bombing in San Francisco.

Sam's mom getting hearts ready for the wedding

Sam’s mom getting hearts ready for the wedding

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Porcelain heart, 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, $10.00

hearts: from mel & tim

22 Dec

mexico

 

Our friends Mel and Tim recently went on a trip to Mexico for their anniversary. They were kind enough to take time from their busy beach-dwelling schedule to hang two hearts down there for us. They look lovely in such a picturesque location, yes?

palm tree in Los Cabos

palm tree in Los Cabos

hearts: from jodi

18 Dec

HIVclinic

We were delighted to find out that a friend of a friend had hung one of our hearts at the Multnomah County HIV and Homeless Clinic in downtown Portland where she works. We love to find out where the hearts end up. Thanks, Jodi, for sharing with the folks who come to the clinic.