I’ve been working, under the guidance of digital designer Karen Tsugawa, to create the LP cover, disc labels, and an insert booklet for Love Cry Want, an avant-garde/psychedelic rock album by the band of the same name, recorded live at an antiwar rally in Washington DC in 1972. I wanted to focus on the non-violent action aspect of the performance, and collected images illustrating the passion and intersection of the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
We just got the InDesign files ready to go to press last night, and expect to have albums back from the pressing plant in the autumn.
The blue lettering on the spine and in the green box will be printed in black. The blue signals that these pieces of font text have been outlined in preparation to go to press.
The 11″ x 11″ insert booklet has eight panels, the first and last of which are the same as the front and back of the album cover. Inside are my liner notes, a review by Dave Segal published in Jazz Times in 2005, bios of the band members, and a map of the cover photos with information about each photo.
The two photos on the front cover were taken by Howard Ruffner during the May 4, 1970 Kent State Massacre, when Ohio National Guard fired on students protesting the US invasion of Cambodia, killing four and wounding nine.
Laurel Krause, co-founder and director of the Kent State Truth Tribunal, introduced me to Howard Ruffner, who granted me permission to use these photos, as well as the one he took on the back cover of a radiant Coretta Scott King and Senator George McGovern, arm in arm, leading a peace march in Washington DC in 1969.
I just drew this yesterday, July 24th, 2022, by request of the publisher, Editions Ulmer, which had decided to add a dustjacket at the last minute, and needed something for the flap inside of the back cover. This week, the book goes to press.
I made a color version of this drawing as my winter 2022-2023 holiday card.
Seven fortune-telling cards commissioned by Creomoir, an aromatherapy and massage spa in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Please click on the images to enlarge them.
Drawing printed on Creomoir’s catalog cover and canvas tote bag.
Illustrations for souvenir ceramic tea mug set and organic cotton bath towel, featuring Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess carrying the sun over Mount Fuji, for the Artist Power Bank Music Festival, 2018, Tokyo, Japan. The double-sided saucer/lid bears a Pagan proverb, “As above, so below.”
Drawing, wording and lettering for 25th anniversary commemorative canvas tote bag for People Tree, a fair-trade fashion and craft import company and chain of stores, Tokyo, Japan.
Logo drawing for Miho Ogura’s hula studio, Tokyo, Japan
Illustrations and lettering for Orie Ishii’s cookbook, Rainbow Sweets: Cover, title page, end papers, chapter headings.
Logo for Orie Ishii’s organic vegan bakery, Rainbow Caravan (used on packaging and website), as printed in her cookbook, Rainbow Sweets:
Logo and commissioned drawing for AO Birth Clinic, Tokyo, Japan:
New illustrations for the two author introductions to the 2019 Spanish translation of Being of the Sun (Ser Del Sol), hand-lettered by the translator.
Logo and hand-lettering for Good Earth Sandals, Hilo, Hawaii. Used on signage, stationery, advertising, web site and stamped into the sandals.
Juan Antonio Martínez Sarrión, who had translated, relettered and published (in 2017) Living on the Earth as Viviendo en la Tierra, was translating and relettering Ser Del Sol, a Spanish edition of Being of the Sun, with the idea of also publishing it through his company, Kachina Ediciones, when he painted the cover art on an old, traditionally styled house in the ancient Moorish village of Milinicos, in the mountains near the city of Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.
This year I am having a multi-decade solo art exhibition from September 1 through 20 at fashion designer Aya Noguchi’s Sison Gallery in Daikanyama, Shibuya, Tokyo. The opening event will be recorded as part of a documentary about my work by Setsuko Miura’s environmentalist television show, Kotonaha No Midori.
My concerts are also CD release parties for my newest recording, “Alicia Bay Laurel: Live in Japan,” which you can buy here.
Here is the tour schedule in Japanese and then in English:
09/01/2018 Art Gallery Opening Party for Alicia Bay Laurel’s solo exhibition, “Dancing with Nature,” and her concert, at Sison Gallery, Daikanyama, Shibuya, Tokyo. 15:00 to 20:00. Live at 19:00, with hula by Miho Ogura. Address: 150-0033, 3-18 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-6886-8048
09/06/2018 Concert and CD release party at Thumbs Up Live House, Yokohama. Open 18:30, start 19:30. With the Inoue Ohana Band, hula by Miho Ogura, and translation by Kimberly Hughes. For more information, call 045-314-8705. Advance 2800 yen, Door 3300 yen. 3F Movil, 2-1-22, Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0005. http://www.stovesyokohama.com/
09/09/2018 Concert and CD release party at Cafe Yukkurido, 125, Yabe-cho, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 244-0002. Open 17:45, peace prayer 18:25, start 18:30. Hosted by Naoko Baba. With interpretive dance by Rie Nobuso.
09/15/2018 Concert and CD release party at Modern Ark Pharm Café in Kobe. 19:30 to 21:30 中央区北長狭通3-11-15 Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan 650-0012. For more information, please call 078-391-3060. https://www.facebook.com/ModernarkPharmCafe/
09/16/2018 Intimate Concert to benefit The Branch Arts and Ecology Center in Osaka. Open 15:30. Start 16:00. 2-8-20 Kitakagaya, Osaka 559-0011 http://branch.sociecity.org
09/17/2018 Concert and CD release party at Urban Research Doors Chaya-machi (Eco fashion store and café.) Live in the café 19:30 to 20:15. 15-31, Chaya-machi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0013. Tel: 06-6485-0178 (Ryoko is the coordinator)
09/22/2018 Concert and CD release event Saikouji Zen Buddhist Temple, in the mountains west of Hiroshima, near the town of Miyoshi. Event organized by Souken Danjo, the head monk. Start time 14:00. Includes a vegetarian curry dinner. 729-4207 Hiroshima-ken, Miyoshi-shi, Kisa-cho, 610 Saikouji. For more information, please call: 080 5338 6274. https://www.facebook.com/SAIKOUJI
09/23/2018 Autumn Equinox Party, Concert, CD release party, and country market, at Italia Kaikan Fukuoka / Centro Italiano di Fukuoka. Address: Tokirikyu – Nakarikyu 2F, 1-18-25 Imaizumi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0021, tel: 092 761 8570. Start time: 16:00. Please contact Ayako at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
09/28/2018 Concert and CD release party at Shoumyouji Buddhist temple. Start time: 18:00. Address: 〒899-6404 鹿児島県霧島市溝辺町麓 溝辺町2563 Kagoshima-ken Kirishima-shi Mizobechofumoto Mizobecho 2563 出演者 アリシア ベイローレル 他 出店 ワークショップあり
09/29/2018 Concert and CD release party with shrine-building workshop in Nichinan, Kagoshima.
09/30/2018 Concert and CD release party at Kaze No Oka, outdoor restaurant and music venue. 〒899-2431 鹿児島県日置市東市来町美山 東市来町美山2591 風の丘 Kagoshima-ken Hioki-shi Higashiichiki-cho Miyama 2591 Kazenooka 出演者 アリシア ベイローレル Start time is 13:00.
My mother, Verna Lebow Norman, a sculptor and painter, taught me and my siblings to blow eggshells and paint them when we were in elementary school.
My method: I use a thick hand sewing needle to pierce one end of the shell and to chip off tiny pieces until there is a hole about 1/4 across. Using the same method, I make a bigger hole at the other end. Then I use the needle to break up the yolk. I blow through the small hole, so the raw egg goes into a bowl through the bigger hole. (If it’s very hard to blow out the egg, make bigger holes, and scramble the egg more thoroughly.) Then I let the egg shell dry for a day or two, so the remaining raw egg white seals and hardens the inside of the shell. I don’t cook with the raw eggs that are blown out of the shells, because they have shell fragments in them. Once the shells are completely dry inside and out, I like to seal up the holes by gluing circles of colored tissue paper over them. By gluing on a loop of ribbon or cord at the narrower top of the shell, the decorated eggs can be displayed by hanging them from a horizontally suspended, slender tree branch. This allows each eggshell to be viewed on all of its curving surfaces.
Most of these painted eggshells are from a decade of my life inwhich each spring I would prepare blown eggs for myself and some children I knew, and we would paint them together, using enamel paints and nail polish, and sometimes glue things onto them. Mine were mostly “wish eggs” – visualizations of experiences I wanted to materialize.
I will also share here a couple of eggshells that I prepared and decorated around the age of 10.
I painted this eggshell (with nail polish) shortly before I turned 40. It says: “I am a precious being at every stage of my life.” Yes, we all are.
Here are three views of an egg I painted a few years later, in celebration of vegetable gardening. I painted asparagus, rutabaga, radishes, crookneck squash, scallions and tat soi.
Here’s an eggshell with the opening line of Paul Desmond’s jazz classic, “Take Five,” a song I learned to sing and to play on guitar.
This egg is a wish from my 25 years based on Maui, to make friends with a whale in the ocean.
This one depicts a lop-eared rabbit of my acquaintance, contemplating a carrot patch after a long night of hiding Easter eggs.
This one reminds me of the last line of Amanda McBroom’s song, “The Rose.”
“Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed, that, with the sun’s love, in the spring, becomes the rose.”
A (purple!) guitar and a colorful stream of musical notes: a wish egg for joyful song.
Here is a wish egg for romance! It came true, too.
Here are a couple of the eggs I decorated when I was about ten years old:
“The Girl in the Pink Turban,” and “The Lady in the Lace Mantilla.”
Sophia Rose, very creative herbalist, writer, photographer, designer, life artist, and my good friend, assembled this video collage of art from my books and photographs of me and my communal friends in the early 1970s in Northern California, to a fragment of my autobiographical jazz waltz, “1966.” You can savor Sophia Rose’s divine herbal and artistic offerings at La Abeja Herbs.
Here’s how an antimacassar (a lace doily, often affixed to the arms and backs of overstuffed chairs, in bygone eras) can be made into a lace ornament for a Christmas tree. At a crafts store, buy a bottle of stiffening agent. Lay some waxed paper on a table, put the antimacassar on top, and paint the stiffening agent on both sides of it. Let it dry on the waxed paper (and wash the stiffening agent out of your brush!) When it’s dry, it will hang perfectly flat. A small paperclip, unbended into an S shape, makes a good hanger for it.
My friend Randy Carnefix explained how these doilies got their peculiar name. A century ago, many men used an oily hair dressing made in Makassar, Indonesia, from coconut or palm fruit oil, perfumed with essential oil of frangipani (plumeria) blossoms. In an effort to protect their appolstered chairs from the greasy heads and fingers of men thus groomed, housekeepers began placing lace or embroidered pieces of cloth on the backs and arms of their chairs. When styles changed, the antimacassars began to show up in thrift shops. That’s where I found the ones hanging on my tree.
May 13, 2011. Today the t-shirt and towel that I illustrated (both designed by Aiko Shiratori of environmentalist non-for-profit arts organization Artist Power Bank in Shibuya, Tokyo) were posted for sale on their Kurkku shop website. Both items are fundraisers for the survivors of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, and will be sold at the annual music festival Artist Power Bank produces each summer to raise money for its projects.
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