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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

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we’re getting married!

2 Dec

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I know we’ve been pretty quiet lately, but we’ve been extra busy with many things, the biggest one being our wedding! We had already decided to get married on the first day it was legal if marriage equality passed in Washington, so once we found out it was a done deal, we only had about a month to plan.

We did a couple of small (he)art bombings in November, one at a private residence and one at a book reading. The project has been on the back burner a little, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about it every day.

We read about a mass wedding on December 15 in the state capitol building, and we are seriously considering driving up to Olympia to pass out hearts to all of the newlyweds and to give the city a fresh (he)art bombing. We’ll let everyone know if and when we decide that we are definitely going.

The biggest plans we have in the works is a trip down to San Francisco to (he)art bomb the bay area. We are so committed to this trip happening that the only wedding present we are asking for is contributions to our travel fund. We really hope we can meet our goal in a couple of months. If you can donate any amount, large or small, or help us spread the word, we would be very grateful.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

custom hearts

4 Oct

We had a request about making custom hearts, so we worked out the details and would like to share them with everyone.

We are using a vintage cookie cutter to cut out these hearts so we can assure a uniform size that will fit the decals. The hearts are just under 3″ tall. The text area is about 1.5″ wide and can accommodate 4 lines of text. As you can see above, between 10 and 20 characters can fit in a line, depending on if you are using a wide letter like capital M or a narrow letter like lowercase i.
You can order hearts with a custom message for $3 each (plus shipping if necessary). As always, the funds we raise selling hearts and other art will help keep this project going. Contact us at loveisaradicalact (at) gmail (dot) com to discuss details. As always, we have our regular hearts for sale and would love to see them pop up all over the place. Thanks!

P.S. The quote on the example in the photo is from the decision on the 1967 Loving v Virginia case. The decision affirms that marriage is a basic civil right and rightly calls out anti-miscegenation laws as racist. It also gives a sweet but not-too-sentimental definition of marriage: “Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.”

buy some art: inspired by keys to the city

27 Sep

I made a couple of mixed media pieces based on the Love is a Radical Act piano we made for Keys to the City. They are both made with ceramic hearts, paper, and paint on wood. Artwork will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.

 

 

Heart Flower, 13 1/2″ x 9 1/4″, $40.00

 

 

2 Heart Flowers, 15 3/4″ x 12″, $45.00

buy some art: collages

13 Sep

Kelly also makes the sweetest collages on reclaimed wood. She is a true believer in love and you can see it in her work. All collages are shipped via USPS Priority Mail.

 

 

Home Sweet Home, 8 3/4″ x 7 5/8″, $20.00

 

 

Together, 4″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″, $20.00

buy some art: birds and robots in love

12 Sep

Here are some more of Kelly’s adorable love-themed ceramic plaques. Again, each plaque is handmade and has a wire hanger. All ceramic plaques are shipped via USPS Priority Mail.

 

 

Small Broken-Hearted Robot and Bird plaque, 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″, $15.00

 

 

Medium Broken-Hearted Robot and Bird plaque, 3 3/4″ x 7″, $20.00

 

 

Birds in Love plaque, 7″ x 5 1/4″, $20

 

 

Small Birds in Love plaque, 3 5/8″ x 3 1/2″, $15.00

buy some art: ceramic plaques

11 Sep

Kelly has started making some cute ceramic plaques celebrating couples and marriage equality. We sold one at the beginning of August to a nice lady from a small town in Idaho who said she was buying it for her son and his partner. How sweet.

Each plaque is handmade, white clay with a red stain, and has a wire hanger.

 

 

Love is Love plaque, 6 1/8″ x 3 3/4″, $12.00

 

 

Love is Love plaque, 6 3/8″ x 3 1/2″, $12.00

order your own hearts

6 Sep

One of the most important parts of this project is for people to have hearts to hang, and we definitely want to see them pop up all over the world, not just where we live. We wish we had the funds to give them away for free, but right now we just can’t do that. Instead we need to use them as a fundraising tool as well as part of the art project. (If anyone would like to make a sizable donation, we would be happy to offer up as many free hearts, postage paid, as possible.)

We invite you all to become part of Love is a Radical Act by ordering a few hearts and hanging them where you live. Click below to visit our online store (payment made via Paypal). Thank you!

click to visit our online store

click to visit our online store

Note: all of these hearts are cut by hand so sizes and shapes vary. Some are white on the back, some are red. In other words, no two are alike and yours may or may not look like any of the hearts pictured on this blog other than being red and heart-shaped. Hooray for variety!

we have big plans

5 Sep

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As explained in my intro post, a big part of this project is hanging ceramic hearts out in public. I envision hundreds and thousands making their way out into the world. I am okay with making these objects and letting them go, putting them out in public unattended where people may simply admire them or they may choose to take them or even destroy them. It is up to chance and whatever the outcome, it will all have meaning.

I like the idea of people encountering a random bit of art and smiling at the unexpectedness of it all. Even if they do not know all of my meanings and motivations, they will see a red heart and know it is about love.

Some of the hearts will be hung by individuals and make small statements where they hang. Some will be hung in big public installations that will gain more attention (and where we can talk about our project with people more in depth). Part of the plan is for Kelly and I to raise the funds to do these actions around Washington this fall. We are starting close to home, but we would like to be able to travel to as many cities and towns as possible.

We are selling the ceramic hearts and other related artwork in an effort to raise funds to further this project. We are currently trying to move things very fast to get our project out as much as possible before the November election. But this project will also continue beyond November. We already have a gallery show scheduled for February 2013 at Milepost 5. And we are looking for more opportunities.

I hope you will contribute to this project first and foremost by contributing content – photos, essays, poems, video, etc. I hope you will contribute to this project by sharing it with others. Someone who needs something beautiful in their life. Someone who is already bursting with love. And then, if you can, I hope you might have a dollar or two to contribute so that we can put our full energy into our art. Either buy some art from us or just donate a little something. We value 100 donations of $1 as much as a $100 donation from one person.

The funds we raise will first go to covering the cost of supplies. Then to travel costs to do installations around the state. Then, heaven forbid, to paying ourselves (or others if we can afford it) for the time it takes to make the hearts and related art, to run this website, to do the installations, and to do all the behind the scenes work that makes it all come together. If we are financially able to make this a full-time endeavor, we are happy to pour ourselves into fighting the good fight for all the families out there who are looking for acceptance and support.

Please consider buying one of our affordable, love-themed pieces of art or donating a couple of dollars. Feel free to contact us with questions or with commission requests. Thank you so much for your support.