E023.3 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Kilolo Luckett

This is the third interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Kilolo Luckett.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Kilolo Luckett is here in Pittsburgh via Mississippi and Ohio.

We mentioned a bunch of artists on the show today, here are just a few:

Frida Kahlo


Diego Rivera


Norman Lewis


Alma Thomas


And of course, Naomi Sims, the subject of Kilolo’s research for an upcoming biography.


*All images labeled for “noncommercial reuse” on wikimedia commons or flickr

Kilolo is something of a Pittsburgh celebrity, here are just a few of the articles that she shared with me while I was preparing for this interview, including a write up of the By Any Means symposium that she organized. Read up and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

E023.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Amanda Gross

This is the first interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Amanda Gross.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Amanda Gross is a transplanted Atlantan, living and working in Pittsburgh for the last few years. You might know her if you helped knit the bridge.



Her presentation is on the artwork she’s created for her blog, Mistress Syndrome, which is “part of a lifelong journey of personal and collective healing from the multi-layered, generational trauma of what it means to be a white woman.”


Amanda Gross | mistresssyndrome.com

Visit her blog, make sure to check out the gallery, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

S02E07 Clayton Merrell

Clayton Merrell is on the show to talk about, among other things, his ongoing project at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

That project is a piece of public art done in terrazzo and will cover the entire center core when finished.

For reference, the tops of the escalators that bring you into the center core are at the right side of the left-most rectangle.

Intricate patterns are possible with careful workmanship, like the river that runs through the food court.

S02E07 Terrazzo tour_01 enlarged food court

The terrazzo is laid out like a paint-by-number, with metal transition strips separating each of the 13 colors. Clayton completed the drawings using a Wacom tablet, which were then cut into full-size pieces of corrugated plastic that fit together like a puzzle.

S02E07 Terrazzo tour_02 no paint

Photo Credit: Bob Grubb


Then they were painted with orange paint so that the transition strips could be laid out after the plastic was removed.

S02E07 Terrazzo tour_03 with paint

Photo Credit: Bob Grubb


If you have 1.5 extra acres in your backyard and want to replicate Clayton’s design, maybe you can fish through the airport dumpsters for the next few months, looking for the used plastic templates. I’m sure that won’t get you arrested.

Once the transition strips are laid out, the spaces between are labeled with the color they are to receive …

S02E07 Terrazzo tour_05 PBN

… and then filled in.

S02E07 Terrazzo tour_06 filled

Don’t worry, the colors are much more vibrant once the floor is polished:

S02E07 Terrazzo tour_07 polished

Photo Credit: Bob Grubb


When finished, you can follow the trails of different flying machines around the airport.

S02E07 Terrazzo tour_08 apparatus

Photo Credit: Bob Grubb


If you visit the airport right now, you’ll see the project in all phases, from the original tile being removed to preparing the concrete underneath to receive the terrazzo and the locating of utilities.

This is Clayton’s biggest public art project and it was partially inspired by his experimentation with covering a sphere with layers of paint, then peeling that paint so that it would lay flat.

And despite an initial avoidance he’s done a lot with landscapes. On the show he talks about using a technique of placing hard-edged “cartoon” objects in otherwise classical scenes.

You can see more of his work on his website, or keep an eye out for exhibitions in the area.

Or take one of his classes at CMU.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E06 Kahmeela Adams Friedson and the 48 Hour Film Project

Today we hear from Kahmeela Adams Friedson about her work with the 48 Hour Film Project. We also chat with a participant in the project, Andrew Wolf.

Andrew and I go way back. See his entry for the Pittsburgh 2014 48 Hour Film Project here, called Stiff: A Living Statue’s Tale:

He is participating in the horror film project with Cipher Eye Media. Their entry is called Begin the Sanguine and will be screened on October 25. Details below.

Kahmeela is a busy woman. Keep up with her at her website, Rugged Angel, and follow her on Twitter @The_RuggedAngel.

In addition to running the Pittsburgh chapter of the 48 Hour Film Project, she has a day job at MCG Jazz.

And she’s promoting the science fiction movie Coherence:

Like I said. Busy woman.

Here’s the details for the screening of the horror films:

Sat Oct 25 6pm to 10pm
18 short horror films all made in 48 hours.
The Hollywood Theater $10 or 2 for $15
Complimentary beverages provided by Clique Vodka


Here’s the short film that we mentioned in the show, it should whet your appetite for Saturday:

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E05 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 19 Presenters

Today on the show we have four of the presenters for PechaKucha Night happening this Thursday, October 9: Addy Smith-Reiman, Freddie Croce, Julie Mallis and Nikki Dy-Liacco.

Come out and see these people present. They’ll be joining many others, including Phyllis Kim, who you remember from last time.

PKN vol. 19 takes place on October 9 at 6:20 pm at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Center, 805 Liberty Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh. Admission is $15 and includes, drinks, eats, and entertainment.

To start out the show we have a fun audio tour of the sand casting process. Here are the pictures that accompany that tour.

S02E05_Tour forms

the forms, made of high density foam, sitting inside a flask

a tool for packing sand, and some more flasks

a tool for packing sand, and some more flasks

the resin

the resin

the mixer. you'll be hearing a lot from the mixer

the mixer. you’ll be hearing a lot from the mixer

scrap iron ...

scrap iron …

S02E05_Tour iron2

to be broken down …

... all the way down

… all the way down

… so it can be melted to be poured into the sand casts. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

First we hear from Nikki Dy-Liacco. When she’s not working for DDI, she’s looking at cities through their lamp posts.

See more in her Facebook album.

Julie Mallis’ digital prints can be seen on her website. I like this one a lot …

… but they’re all good. Make sure you check out the moving images, too.

She’s got a million other things going on, too. Like helping run BOOM Concepts (who you can like on Facebook), or her collaboration with DS Kinsel, Magic Organs (getting some press here).

Freddie Croce runs inter*ARCHITECTURE with his wife, Jennifer Lucchino. More on him in the near future.

Addy Smith-Reiman is a Master Gardener working with Rivers of Steel to highlight the plant life at the Carrie Furnace.

She’s with creating the plaques which will be poured on October 25. Details here.

I recently took a tour of the Carrie Furnace, I wrote about it here.

It turns out I had a picture of some plant life creeping in:

S02E05_Carrie FernAce

That’s all for this time. As always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E04 CLX – Jessie Rommelt, Lillian Denhardt, Phyllis Kim

Today I talk to the founders of the Creative Labor Exchange, Jessie Rommelt, Lillian Denhardt and Phyllis Kim

Come to the launch party on September 5th, 2014, at Bunker Projects (5106 Penn Ave).

Visit their website: [http://www.clxpgh.org/]

Join the Facebook group: [https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativelaborexchange/]

Read the essay by Casey Droege that I quoted in the monologue.

Find out more about Bunker Projects, another endeavor co-founded by Jessie Rommelt.

You can get your own cricket cookies here, and there are energy bars made with cricket flour out there as well. And maybe someday you won’t think eating bugs is gross. Until then, Jessie recommends the movie Snowpiercer, where they evidently make some kind of gross sounding plum jelly out of bugs for the “other half” to eat.

Your reading assignment about James Rhodes, the pianist Phyllis brought up towards the end. Book Club!

If you still haven’t, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E02 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 17 Presenters

UPDATED: 6/3/2014 with video

Today’s podcast is a special episode, featuring five of the presenters for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 17.

If you count the full hour I did with Eric Fisher last year that means over half of the presenters have been on the show.

PKN vol 17 is this Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Screening Room. Admission is $15 for AIA/AIGA members, $20 for non-members and includes drinks and snacks. Doors open at 7:20, don’t miss it! More details can be found at AIA Pittsburgh’s website, or like the page on Facebook.

And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

Christine Holtz is a photographer teaching at Robert Morris University.

An example of one of her interior landscapes:

For more information about Allegheny CleanWays, visit their website. [http://www.alleghenycleanways.org/programs]

Corey Escoto is an artist currently exploring photography and sculpture. He teaches at Chatham University.

Examples of the photographs he has made using the technique he discusses on the show as well as other works can be found on his website. [http://www.coreyescoto.com/#]

Casey Droege is an artist who teaches several courses at the Art Institute and Carnegie Mellon University. She also organizes several events for artists in the city of Pittsburgh.

SIX x ATE is a dinner and lecture series which you may have to travel to be a part of this year.

Shares of CSA PGH are available now. [http://www.csapgh.com/]

You can see more of her work at her website. [http://www.caseywhat.com/]

Anne Jackson is an information designer who took the long road to becoming involved with creating a poster exhibition with the AIGA.

The poster exhibition needs funding! Check out the Beyond Borders page at the AIGA website for updates about how you can help. [http://www.aiga.org/beyond-borders/]

You could be a part of bringing posters like this to the United States, maybe even to Pittsburgh:

Follow her on Twitter, @annedesigns.

Blaine Siegel is an artist currently exploring “volume, breath and impermanence” in his work, which currently includes sculpture, video and set design.

Go see Dream Body at 709 Penn Avenue.

Buy a share of CSA PGH.

And go see The Ubiquitous Mass of Us at the New Hazlett Theater:

And why not visit his website as well. [http://blainesiegel.com/home.html]

S01E04 2013 Three Rivers Arts Festival

In a special episode of the D:i Podcast I visit the artists in their booths at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Images of the artwork and links to all the artists’ websites can be found below, in the order they appear on the show.

Abstract Woodwork from karawooddesigns.com

Jewelry by Dolores Fawkes at http://www.camertondesigns.com

Illustration by Eric Zawrotny at boxelder-design.com

Lex Covato’s famous “Jesus Loves Ink” at lexcovato.com

Collage by Seth Clark (from the “Collapse” series) at sethsclark.com

Mixed Media Collage by Sarah Collier (the one I didn't buy) at thecharmschooldropout.com

Mixed Media Collage by Sarah Collier (the one I didn’t buy) at thecharmschooldropout.com

Painting by Micah Mullen, "Kure Beach", at micah-mullen.fineartamerica.com

Painting by Micah Mullen, “Kure Beach”, at micah-mullen.fineartamerica.com

Kreepy Dolls (pictured: James Bong) by Daniel Baxter at kreepydollfactory.com

Abstract Painting by Annette Poitau (pictured: Ventre Orange) at annettepoitau.com

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