Tart Party

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Marie Antoinette is having her toenails painted. She’s surrounded by luscious cakes and tarts. What an image! I wanted to create a shrine for Marie made of tarts. My tarts will look mouthwatering from a distance but they are inedible, formed out of old barrettes, doll house figures and plastic fruit. I used a plaster image of my upper and lower teeth. I made whipped cream using white tile grout and lots of glitter. A few friends came over to make tarts, and when they were done I made many more. Thank you Allison, Paul, Preston and Galen.

Here are some photos of Preston and his roommates hard at work.  You can see our work at my exhibit at Lillstreet Art Center now.




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Sylvia Archive: Daily Vegetables

Be sure your fridge has only the best and most nutritious. Click the strip to follow Sylvia’s lead.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sylvia Archive: Doing Too Much?

Join Sylvia and others who do, too.  Be sure to add it to your To Do List.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Costumes

Need advice on how to dress for highest spookiness? Check out Gina Barreca’s article.

Halloween costume


She’s Back!

Allie Brosh is a talented storyteller, well in my opinion, a brilliant storyteller-artist. Maybe a genius. She doesn’t publish new work on a regular basis, so when a new post comes out, I am very excited. Friend Tom G. always alerts me, or else i would miss it. I haven’t yet figured out how to subscribe.  And now she’s written a book!

hyperbole and a half


Yes, she’s a brilliant creative genius.  But don’t take my word for it.  Take hers.

This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative— like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it—but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book: PicturesWordsStories about things that happened to meStories about things that happened to other people because of meEight billion dollars*Stories about dogsThe secret to eternal happiness* *These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

In My Living Room

My living room is quite empty. Not completely but very. It felt strange for 24 hours and then it felt great! Like a new opportunity….

As my friend Connie said: “Like a blank canvas.” Some friends didn’t take me literally when I said my furniture was being moved to Lillstreet. They thought, “Well maybe, it’s paper mache” or some other facsimile type thing. But No! It’s there.

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The show “Will You Step Into My Parlour?” is now open.  The Reception is this Friday! http://lillstreetgallery.com/nicole-hollander/

Sylvia Archive: Suspicions Confirmed

The woman who is easily irritated is annoyed with SUV culture.  Relate? Share in a comment.

Monday, October 21, 2013

LinkedIn. What The Heck Is It?

A post to warn Bad Girls and Guys about LinkedIn.

Please don’t ‘friend me’ or comment on my resume on LinkedIn. I believe with John Oliver, of The Daily Show, that LinkedIn has figured out a way to monetize annoying people. I don’t respond to any of their requests. Have you gotten a request from me, Sylvia or Deanna? None of us sent them, LinkedIn did.  Like Facebook and Twitter isn’t enough.

Thanks, Nicole and Sylvia


Will You Step Into My Parlour?

The soft opening for my exhibit at Lillstreet Art Center is tomorrow.  Are you in Chicago? Come! Prefer excitement and rubbing elbows? Then bring your elbows on Friday, October 25, and view while rubbing your two elbows together.  Just don’t start a fire with them… .

Not only will there be artwork on exhibit, each with a story for background or explanation, but there will also be a few pieces for sale.  Lillstreet Art Center is located at 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640.  It’d be great to see you there! The exhibit runs through November 17.

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Sylvia Archive: Deeply Annoying Dreams

What visited you in your sleep? Share in a comment.
Saturday, October 19, 1997