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I have not updated in a long time because of my busy day job which runs from August-Early June, so I barely get time to post because I spend all my extra time making work. Anyway, this past July, my work Threaded Together‘s documentation photos were exhibited in the group show Widening the Cycle, which was curated by Jen Lewis. The show was held at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Jen did an amazing job putting everything together and although I was unable to attend, I was informed it went very well! The exhibition was about social justice surrounding women’s menstruation and reproductive health, a great theme and just absolutely relevant to what we, as women have been working towards in the U.S. to protect our reproductive rights and to eliminate the stigma around women’s bodies.

You can check out the exhibition website, www.wideningthecycle.com and you can buy the book at: http://www.blurb.com/b/6289744-widening-the-cycle-a-menstrual-cycle-reproductive Both hard copies and soft are avaliable.

Also, I have completely redesigned my website, so go check out how pretty it is now that it’s all in HTML5! www.johannafalzone.com

Finally, below are the three latest paintings I have completed in 2015! It’s a slow process, because even though it’s summer, I am still very busy with other obligations. I am going to be shooting reference photos for my next round of paintings which is an entirely new concept. Think Beauty and think Stereotypes. When the first painting is done that will officially reveal the theme, but I will not give away anymore details (surprises are good). I will also be taking new, I guess you could call them publicity photos. Basically just photos of me trying to look cool to display on my website and social media pages. I have an “updated” look (new glasses) and my current image is about a year old, so I need to update it if I’m updating everything else to look new and awesome! 🙂

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So I have more new work that I have completed for an upcoming show. I’ve embedded pictures from my Instagram. The show is going to be at the Plum Art Gallery in St.Augustine, FL and the opening reception is September 5th, 5pm-9pm.

Also, I will be smoothing into a new collection of paintings that will be heavily reliant on the theme of textiles, patterns, and fashion. It will be Pop-Culture/Familial influenced with a homage of colors and prints from the 60’s and 70’s. I also have other ideas for paintings that are for a whole other collection, but it’s very far fetched. One of my dreams is to be able to paint my favorite musicians and not from other people’s photography, I would like to do my own photo shoots etc. but this seems a little out there because I don’t know any successful musicians personally. I often think if I approached someone of high musical caliber they might think I am some creep, no I am not, I’m a weird nerdy artist, but you cannot be an artist without being weird and nerdy.

Website has also been updated, go have a look at the new works. www.johannafalzone.com

Remember I also have work up for sale on my Etsy store and some other items too, www.etsy.com/shop/johannafalzone

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Here are just a bunch of pictures of paintings I have been working on for the past month.

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New completely edited video on my Vimeo called Stingray, it shows filleting and dissecting of a stingray. There are also two other videos I uploaded, one is Curtis’s Test Shoot and the other is of my dog licking yogurt out of the cup.

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Enjoy!

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Marilyn Monroe Leggings I own by Betsey

As we all know Betsey Johnson is officially closing her clothing line forever and all of time after a long 30+ years. For 21 of those years I enjoyed the colorful clothing designed by her. As a child I dreamed of wearing the clothes, once I got older I still dreamed of wearing them. As a child what I did not realize was how expensive Betsey’s line was; I was too infatuated with looking at the models wearing the flowery fun bright creations that I assumed I would have a wardrobe full of  when I could fit into them. When the time came that I could wear her clothing I was saddened that my mother could not afford to buy me Betsey Johnson. I found it very hard as a teenager finding clothes that mimicked her designs, after all teens my age only wanted to wear preppy clothes and I just didn’t want to look that way. With the

The Betsey Dress I wanted to wear to Prom, but was around $350.

lack financials I also lost much confidence in my body with gaining weight and

attaining womanly curves that just were not flattered by the Junior Section.Over the years I obtained a necklace, a pair of leggings, tights, leopard pajamas

and 3 pairs of socks by the famed designer when they were on sale at Macy’s and the boutique. Still dreaming about her clothing, I just became so jealous of those rich girls

Betsey bikini I bought on clearance at Dillard’s

who got to wear her dresses to the prom. All I wanted was a Betsey dress.A couple of years back I gained enough confidence to finally wear bikini’s again, after shopping up and down I could not find anything that had underwire or was cute that would lift and flatter my Double D chest, but then at Dillard’s there it was on clearance, a Betsey Johnson Blue and Red Rose bikini. I went into the fitting room, tried on the top and BAM! that was it, lift, cute, fits, supports. I bought the bikini and felt so awesome, but still I had yet to own a dress.Three months ago I was shopping in my favorite resale shop and stumbled upon a Betsey dress, yes finally. I paid $26 for the dress, it’s black with white lace that synched

Betsey Dress I bought at the re-sale shop.

at the waist, it showed off my Marilyn Monroe curves and my Kat Bjelland baby doll

look. Although the dress needed some altering, I bought it anyway because it was an easy fix.Last month I found out the dreadful news that my favorite childhood designer would no longer be in business and all of her clothing would go into liquidation. My Mom and I were shocked and decided that this would be my last chance to own something special from Betsey’s collection. We drove to the boutique at the fancy mall in the city. When we entered the store there were sale signs

Betsey Dress I bought at the boutique with price tags showing the original price before the discount.

everywhere and bunches of cute dresses. We looked at all of the racks, we oohed and awed at the

designs, but we kept seeing the $300 price tags, and in reality 40% off of $300 is still notaffordable. As we made our way to the back of the store my Mom and I spied a beautiful black lace floral baby doll dress in my size. The price tag was $138 + 40% off, still too much. I became extremely saddened, once again I could not afford a Betsey dress from the boutique even when they are on liquidation. I began to wander to other dresses as Hole’s song Doll Parts started to play, I became even more sad because at that moment Courtney’s lyrics described how I felt, I wanted to cry. I just wanted to be able to buy a brand new Betsey dress, a dress that doesn’t need alterations, a dress that fits like a glove, flatters, and reflects my personal style since the tender age of three.

The full Betsey Dress

My Mom kept telling me try it on, try it on, just see. I was hesitant because I did not want to fall more in love with the dress, but I caved when one of the workers came over and asked if I wanted

a dressing room. I followed the girl to the dressing area, closed the curtain, and slipped the dress on. As I looked at myself in the mirror I was amazed at how well the dress fit. I came out and my Mom lit up and began to say how great the dress looked, and then all three of the girls working atthe store gasped, complimenting me on how good I looked in the dress. I felt like Courtney Love on the 1995

Courtney Love on MTV Unplugged 1995

episode of MTV Unplugged with the lace sleeves, flowing short length of the baby doll dress, and my wavy platinum hair messy from lifting the dress over my head. My Mom said that we were going to buy the dress and we would split the cost. I agreed. I felt like part of my childhood dream came true, I finally had that one Betsey Johnson piece that I longed for, I can forever remember my childhood every time I wear it.

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