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Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop-Up 2016 / Re-Cap

Down to the last few posts! –  This year LLP celebrated the 10th Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop-Up Shop! We teamed up with City Lore Community Arts Gallery space in the lower east side for a 2 day event. A total of 20+ vendors gathered for the fun. Our LLP photographer Samantha Morales took some lovely photos of the crew this year, here are some of my favorites. Shout out to all the vendors, friends, family and guests that came thru to support the #shoplocal, #shophandmade, and #shopsmall movement —-> Follow us on our facebook page for the next vendors call!

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Ladies Love Project 2016

Its a wrap for 2016! Thank you everyone. Community vibes build community tribes <3

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Fiona Marie Soaps

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Mincho Vega Art

Micho Vega Booth

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Kids Reading LLp

Crafty Cocktales Coquito

Junkprints and Rokafella LLP

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

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TOOFLY WORKSHOP X AD HOC ART

October 27th, 2016 | Category: Community,Events,Project Girlz,Workshops

There’s a lot going on this fall and I have to make the best of it. I’ve been taking trips to NY every June/July and every November/December now for the last 5 years and it’s working out great! These seem to be the best weather months, and a perfect time to reconnect with my NYC community and friends. I enjoy getting them together for dinner/brunch parties, dancing missions, road trips, exhibits, and pop-up shops. Now that many of their little ones are grown up I can organize events for them too. Our community is filled with beautiful parents, it’s nice that we have reached an age where the whole family can enjoy it. It gives me great pleasure to set-off the #TOOFLYWORKSHOP this year with the AD HOC ART organization at 17 Frost Gallery in Brooklyn. This year they celebrate their 10yr anniversary.  Back when Brooklyn was just getting on the map, Ad Hoc Gallery was a perfect location for graffiti and street artists to showcase their work before the big boom in street art gallery work. A lot has changed, and the team has since moved on and back to the streets for the Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria Queens. It’s great to see your friends grow and transform spaces for the artist community to get together. I love it! Thank you Allison and Garrison for all your hard work! I look forward to this lovely workshop with 12 young girls and women in a space where our art/stories inspires the next generation.

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DCON, Pasadena CA Nov 19th & 20th

October 27th, 2016 | Category: Community,Events

I’m all set and ready for my trip to Los Angeles this year!!! Making the best of my short time there so I teamed up with CREWEST STUDIOS team. They have a been a huge help getting me set up for the opening on November 17th at OPEN SPACE GALLERY where ManOne curates exhibits. This year the team is hooking up a booth at DCON and I have been invited to participate and set up shop as well as join one of their panel discussions. More info will be posted on IG: TOOFLY_NYC as dates get closer. This will be my second time at Designer Con and I am looking forward to the Secrete Walls battle between my hommie Kano and I. Starring our friend DJ Synapse! It should be a great time, make sure you get your VIP Tickets for the VIP Party!

Designer Con 2016 Kano Toofly Secret Walls

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LADIES LOVE PROJECT HOLIDAY 2016

October 04th, 2016 | Category: Community,Fashion,Ladies Love Project,POP UP SHOPS,Younity

SAVE THE DATE! We are gearing up for the next ladies Love Project Holiday Pop-Up Shop!

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QUITO ARTS WALK

August 28th, 2016 | Category: Community,Ecuador,POP UP SHOPS,Travel,Uncategorized

That’s right, a #QuitoArtsWalk! There is none, so Erin Yoshi and the Trust Your Struggle crew got together and hooked it up in 1 DAY. It’s arts month in Quito, Ecuador ( AUGUST ) and the city spreads the word on Talleres Abiertos De Quito. I think it’s a great idea to have open studios by artists for public view, but once a year tho? If we’re gonna build a strong”all inclusive” arts community you gotta do it yourself. That means organize local crews, shops, and artists of all angles to come together for the cause. Professionals, youth, kids, families, even the older folk who love to water color down the block. We’re here to spread that creative love, and good vibes with others who are down. A foundation for local economies starts with each of us, and that means “manos a la obra” mentality. It’s how we do, and how it’s done here when it’s time to clean up a street, build a house, or rock a food garden. The historic center of Quito is an amazing place with streets like calle Junin and others like La Ronda providing spaces for the artists to take over public space. Is it safe? Yes, but sometimes the cops fuck with us/them. Harassing an artist using a spray can to create, or an artesano setting up shop on the floor to make a living is not cool. So we’re out here trying to create a safe space for them too, because art it not only for an elite class with fancy galleries and glossy pamphlets. We’re independent, and rep the streets where the heart and soul of people lives.

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Collaboration with Trust Your Struggle Collective, Toofly, Alm Crew, and Sirka.

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Gracias a todos!

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PANORAMA NYC X 5POINTZ CREATES

August 04th, 2016 | Category: Community,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

Yeoooooooo what a trip! — I got back to studio after July 4th in New York, and a few days later I was booking to go back. I love it! That’s what that summer fun is all about when you travel to create. You never know when somethin’ gonna pop-up, and you gotta jump on the next flight. Super shout out to Meres & Marie of @5PointzCreates for the invitation to collaborate with the one and only legendary LADY PINK! Pink and I have painted at events in the past, and worked together last fall at the Warmi Paint Festival I co-produced in Quito, Ecuador. Re-connecting in 2016 to paint a digital MTA train was awesome!!! Not the real thing of course, but as close as I will get at this time. It was such an honor, and will go down as one of my favorite moments this year:) — If anyone follows the culture they know how full circle this is. I met Pink back in 2002 (15 years ago ) at the Graffiti Hall of Fame at 106 & Park Ave. Who remembers that?! It’s was an important day in graff history, especially for the ladies. I entered unchartered territory, with Muck that year. The only 2 women to paint. A year after others followed suit and it was our time to shine. We empowered many more years after, and the rest is true herstory! One day our story will be told and the graff ladies will hold their place. This and much more is why Pink will forever be an inspiration to all of us. One of the very first graff ladies to unapologetically represent and stay true to her art.

Big ups to the Panorama NYC Festival at Randall’s Island, I dig it! ART MUSIC TECHNOLOGY.  Amazing work by the #allcityexpress ( AST STUDIOS ) crew for introducing new technology with graffiti artists/writers to the masses. If you saw it in person you were able to see how amazing and awesome it looked. To the #5Pointz Team lot’s of True School Love, until next time!5Pointz Creates Panorama NYC -1

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Lady Pink, and Toofly Collaboration ( 45 minutes speed painting! )

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Photo by Nic Lyte // Green Screen + 95+ heat

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Photo by Nic Lyte / We did it!

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Da Saturday Schedule Crew…

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( Street ART NYC ) — All-City Express, a hugely impressive interactive art exhibition, made its world premiere last weekend at Randall’s Island’s Panorama. Under the curatorial direction of 5Pointz Creates leaders Meres One and Marie Flageul, Lady Pink, Tkid 170, Toofly, Meres One, Jerms, Topaz, and See tf painted live, covering digital subway cars with original artwork. Fusing graffiti’s underground roots with innovative video technology, the project was developed by Brooklyn-based AST Studios with Tangible Interaction. Here are a few images captured in the course of this three-day cutting-edge homage to traditional graffiti art.

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I LOVE NEW YORK

 

 

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Wellingcourt Mural Project 2016

July 09th, 2016 | Category: Community,Graffiti / Street Art,Project Girlz

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Photo by ©Garrison Buxton

This year’s #wellingcourtmuralproject was chill. I didn’t make a crazy plan to shoot video like I did last year. It was a lot of fun, but an intense process under the hot sun. Painting, and shooting film can get complicated with the weather, camera angles, and time. On a time lapse you have to stick to the piece from beginning to end, and try to finish it all in one day. This means I have to prepare a piece that is a lot more graphic and simple. It’s tough, and when it’s crazy hot even worse! I love the video fun though, hopefully next year. This year I needed to chill. Every wall is an opportunity to produce something new and bring forth a new experience. I reached out to Daniella, a young sistah who loves graffiti, and street art. She was down to help me prep the wall and learn how we do what we do. She was very excited so I decided to turn it into a PROJECT GIRLZ aerosol workshop! It was a lot of fun. She is now officially part of the women youth team that comes together every year on my walls, pop-up shops, and exhibits. Their assistance is greatly appreciated, and I enjoy passing on all that I have learned to them. Each one is going to art school and pursuing the arts so it’s perfect! Daniella got the hands on aerosol skills scoop which reminded me of the many times I taught other women the same on their “come up” – It makes me smile as I look back in time and remember. Ha! time flies, amazing what the years reveal. If you have good values instilled in you then all shall be well. Today I see young people with a lot more supportive parents in the aerosol arts which means this generation is gonna be allright’. We have done our job right! Community spaces like Welling Court allow young women like Daniella to experience a welcoming environment to paint. YES, it’s easier for young people in the urban arts these days. We didn’t have it that way. We carved out what didn’t exist. In the end that’s it’s everything we strived for when we were her age. We made the way….a place to paint in peace and not be harassed by the cops, a place to make friends, and a place to learn valuable skills from each other. It’s what 5Pointz was all about. Today we only have Welling Court, because other spaces are on another agenda. @daniellaharris has since been practicing, and painting her own characters. Happy to see her on the path to the artist she aspires to be. Thank you for the company, Joe’s flicks, and the yummy pizza!!! Good times:) Lot’s of love and thanks to organizers Allison and Garrison Buxton for a lovely summer at Wellingcourt. It’s what brings “good peoples” and a positive community vibe together.

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Daniella Harris and Toofly / PROJECT GIRLZ hands on aerosol skills workshop:)

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Sinned and his beautiful wife hangin’ under the sunshine:) Fun day to paint with good peoples <3

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Toofly Welling Court, Astoria Queens NYC 2016

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Shout out to the #PROJECTGIRLZ team Ana, Nicole, Tati, and Daniella! Keep up the good work ladies. I see you!

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WARMI PAINT PHOTOS

December 02nd, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

#warmipaint – words and more flicks coming soon!

Martha Cooper Toofly Warmi Paint

Warmi Paint Festival Flyer

Warmi Paint 2015 Quito Ecuador

Warmi Paint 2015 Internacional an llegado a Quito, Ecuador Nov 12, 2015! Aqui con Lady Pink.

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Toofly Y Ache Vallejo Photos by Carlos Duran

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Martha Cooper Confrence Photo by ©Alexandra Henry

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LADY PINK Photos by ©Carlos Duran

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Floresta Warmi Paint

Ledania Warmi Paint Artist

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Photo by Alexandra Henry

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BELU LOOPS Photo by ©Deluxtoy

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LIE Photo by ©Deluxtoy

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BLN BIKE Photo by Mavizu

Bln Bike Warmi Paint

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Abusa Crew Warmi Paint

ABUSA CREW @marthacoopergram

Abusa Crew Warmi paint

Gracias a todos!!! #warmipaint

 

 

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WARMI PAINT FESTIVAL, Quito Ecuador

September 04th, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

Warmi Paint Festival Ecuador

Warmi Paint™ is an all women arts, and culture festival ready to launch in Quito, Ecuador this fall. A celebration of women street artists from Latin America who focus on; graffiti, street art, murals, and empowering others, especially young women through their colorful work. A group of local and international artists will be selected by Maria “Toofly” Castillo and HTM that will include countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and others.

Warmi = Woman in quechua, the name of a people of the central Andes of South America and their language. Women of all ages from this part of the world will create a new vision of themselves, nurture their community, and reflect a powerful message.

Special guests + 20 women artists will paint collaborative murals, host workshops, and present their life’s work to the Ecuadorian community. We will have graffiti films, slideshow presentations, panels, youth workshops, pop-up shops, and a live art DJ set! People of all ages will benefit from this unique cross cultural exchange, and community building experience.

Help support artist/curator; TOOFLY (NYC), and artist/curator HTM (Ecuador) get started! http://warmipaint.tumblr.com/

Here’s our fundraiser link —> www.gofundme.com/warmipaint

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QUITO TRANSIT GRAFF!

New York is always  hectic for me year after year, and now the projects in Quito are growing too. SO much so that I am short on time to catch up on my blog posts as you can see. As soon as I get a chance to relax I will get to them:) The easiest way for me to share at this time is via INSTAGRAM @TOOFLY_NYC or on my Facebook Page. In the meantime check out the Quito Transit Bus Project we had this past weekend. A first for Ecuador, happy to have been part of it.

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TORONTO, CANADA 2015

July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Community,Travel

Before heading back to the mothaland I had an opportunity to work closely with Chilean graffiti woman BOMBA on Toronto, Canada. I had a really nice time in the city while we worked on a community city project Bomba organized alongside Kamplex. The best part of the trip was the yummy food we had every single day, and the street strolls through her neighborhood. One of the loveliest homes and gardens I have seen in a while. Its a beautiful city. Looking fwd to the project flicks!

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LADIES LOVE PROJECT 2015 RE-CAP!

July 15th, 2015 | Category: Community,Events,Ladies Love Project

So the weather in New York is really off this year. We used to rock the LLP event in May but found it too windy and rainy so we figured June would be sunny, hot, and, dry but NO! The rain came thru on Saturday and washed us out. Every single tent that weekend was booked. Luckily our friend Randy had some backups and we did the best we could to hold it down outdoors but when the rain came down hard we moved inside and closed up shop:( It happens. We were like fuck it, mother nature calls the shots. We gathered in the hallway and inside of the shop. We gobbled up all the ceviche and drank all the sangria! A few of our friends dropped by, and to our surprise so did the Brooklyn Boro President secretary! Patty Dukes and I received an LLP Salutation certificate for the community work we are doing and are in talks about getting a big space for next year in BK. The highlight of our rainy day. Shout out to our friend Jose from Latino Life who sponsored us this year for making it happen. We want to give thanks to everyone that made an effort to pull through RAIN OR SHINE!

SATURDAY // DAY 1: Rain or Shine

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CHECK out Samantha Morales LLP event photos on our LLP  FACEBOOK PAGE

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Want to follow all our vendors? Check out our instagram page @ladiesloveproject or hashtag #ladiesloveproject to find them all <3

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 SUNDAY // DAY 2: LLP Comeback!

Day two was better, the sun came out, and we made an excellent comeback. We invited our Day 1 vendors and a lot more people came thru. Faces I haven’t seen in years! It was really nice to catch up with folks one on one. Hommie Yvey was holding down the Toofly booth, Clara was holding down the LLP mini bar with special sangria $5 drinks that was selling out and making everyone tipsy, the BBQ chicken wings with mango sauce was going fast, sales were picking up, vendors were happy, Samantha was clicking away, Randy started his live silkscreening, Reph and Dj Enygma on the tunes were making us boogie, and a lovely summer in the Brooklyn outdoors  the way we envisioned it came together. Big thank you to everyone who joined us, on Sunday and supported the LLP crew at Rebelution Ink. Our Ladies Love Project Pop-Up Shop is back!!! New and improved and ready for next year. Thank you BROOKLYN NYC!!!

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THANK YOU LLP CREW 2015!

 

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WELLINGCOURT MURAL PROJECT RE-CAP!

July 15th, 2015 | Category: Community,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

Hello World!!! — I’m back from my summer travels and catching up on my blog posts. This summer was hectic, hardly had any leisure time but the small breaks I took made up for it. My first mission as soon as I arrived to NY was to rock a fresh new wall at Wellingcourt Mural Project in Astoria Queens. I decided this year that I will begin to document the painting process as a time lapse to bring a little more fun to the project. I touched base with my friends Serge, and Fubz at MOTIONGRAFF who worked on a stop motion video for me a while back entitled; STAY FLY Episode 22 – We had a lot of fun then and was excited to hear they were down to shoot the Wellingcourt wall with their friend Stephen. Luckily this year there was no rain in the forecast so we worked for 2 full days under the hot sun. I enjoyed building with Stephen he’s such a cool guy!!! Very professional and loves what he does. The energy was on point and the best part is we had fun during the process. The video looks awesome!!! I love the music they chose, and how the edits came out. THANK YOU GUYS <3 and thank you Alice and Garrison for keeping the family style street art community event alive year after year. Especially these days when all other events are turning into corporate media takeovers, and hipster trash parties. The work on the walls of our ever changing city is to bring communities together, locals together, and to enjoy the chill summer vibe where kids can run around and hang out with the big kids.  It’s not about corporate media piggy backing off our work and hipsters getting drunk and making a mess of our hood. Authenticity is not for sale, so back the f**K up! Our neighborhoods are going through a tough change with all these greedy mofo’s who have no respect for our people and hoods. Watching the change of my beloved city year after year is sad, but many of us ain’t going down like that. We’re warriors of this shit
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LADIES LOVE PROJECT 2015 BKLYN’ POP-UP SHOP!

May 13th, 2015 | Category: Community,Events,Ladies Love Project,Younity

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Ladies Love Project 2015

PRESS CONTACT: PATTY DUKES: 646-467-4917

LADIES LOVE PROJECT PRESENTS: 2015 BKLN’ SUMMER POP-UP SHOP!

Curated by TOOFLY & PATTY DUKES

Shopping Event Showcases Handmade Goods, Fresh Vintage Fashion, Home Decor, Independent Artists, Local Flavors + more at Rebelution Ink in BK!

NEW YORK, NY May 13, 2015 — On Saturday, June 27th, and Sunday June 28th 2015, the LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its ninth POP-UP SHOP! – to be held at Rebelution Ink from 12pm – 8pm.

Williamsburg Brooklyn, a neighborhood flourishing with galleries, storefronts, restaurants,  and busy sidewalks – LLP is ecstatic to bring its 2015 SUMMER POP-UP SHOP Market to BK for the first time! We invite you to welcome a much anticipated summer with our favorite local and out of state artists and designers.

The Ladies Love Project, a brainchild of renowned street artist TOOFLY, sound sensation Patty Dukes who teamed up back in 2010 to bring together NYC’s most creative underground artists, and designers. These ladies felt it was important to keep the “local artisan spirit” alive in the changing face of New York City neighborhoods. The two-day-only event allows for an intimate, yet energetic “marketa style” shopping experience – designed to familiarize the community, consumers, media representatives, and trendsetters with artists/designers from NY as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Japan!

This year will be a fun filled, and colorful summer outdoors! LLP will welcome’s 20+ designers like; LADY SOUL FLY from Los Angeles who specializes in beautiful handmade jewelry which Ana Tijoux loves; Brooklyn designer BKLN TSHIRT FACTORY debuts her new cut & sew kids collection; SHIRO, hailing from Japan has some new, and funky styles; LADY FANCY NAILS will be stationed under the sunshine to rock some fresh live nail art; and graffiti artists WENCOD with MASTRO will be rock’n some custom airbrush works on hats and tees!

This year we also open up our first LLP MINI BAR! with $5 happy hour drinks and fresh fruit snacks to keep you hydrated. Have a sweet tooth? CUPCAKES BY JENNY KINNS is back with her fun and colorful cupcakes; MARTHA’S KITCHEN infamous chicken, beef, and vegetarian empanadas will hold you down if you get hungry, and this summer we welcome CHEF MODERN’S CARIBBEAN KITCHEN which is sure to make you lick the BBQ sauce off your fingers!  LLP will have plenty of sweet, savory, and palate satisfying treats for you, fam and friends all day!

CIRCA ’95′s REPH, and DJ ENGYMA will rock the 1’s and 2’s for non stop jams all day. Hip Hop, Classics, and more!

Our event photographer, SAMANTHA MORALES, is back for those lovely family and market-goers candids at the LLP PHOTOBOOTH! so get ready to put that selfie face on!

Don’t forget to enter our LLP $5 TOTE RAFFLE for a chance to win beautiful gifts valued over $50 from a variety of our designer vendors!

Art on canvas, handmade goods, jewelry, t-shirts, graffiti, food, classic music—you name it— the LADIES LOVE PROJECT 2015 SUMMER POP-UP SHOP is back and ready to spread love in Brooklyn!

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PROYECTO ESPORA, QUITO 2015

April 25th, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Graffiti / Street Art,Green Living

I’ve been building with some really awesome peoples here in Quito. The talent is great, and many of them have been on the grind for years with the city to try and make some dope shit happen. Their ideas are finally coming into full fruition, and with each event it keeps getting tighter. They are taking over more, and more public spaces + organizing events that push the boundaries of what has been done before. It’s nice to see it all unfold. I am used to checking out some really cool stuff in NY all the time, but now that I’m here in the mothaland I feel proud! Shout out to Vera and Alm Crew for the opportunity to join them on their latest project #PROYECTOESPORA in collaboration with one of the coolest design studios in Quito; TORNO CO.LAB.

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The project came about because as a community they felt the need to come up with solutions to a theft and garbage problem they were having in their barrio. They connected with their neighbors and shop locals to propose a street project that can help them, as well as other barrios with issues in a creative way. Kids, and grown ups drilled, gardened, painted, and prepared for a day of creative justice. The street artists took the “Vigilante” theme throughout their pieces to let thieves know this area will now be looked out after by everyone and they have no more business there. The area was dark so extra street lights were installed. Large garbage containers were built and some have a creative twists so kids have fun throwing away their candy wrappers and plastic bottles after school. Educating the public is a day to day process here still. There are no street lights, and garbage cans on every single street corner like there is in NY. Quito is still a developing city. Barrios are left to handle theirs, and this is a creative example of that.
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I got an opportunity to rock one of my favorite illustrations “MAS AMOR” near a funky little tree where the leaves added to the design of the piece, especially when the sun went down. The shade created a beautiful pattern design. These days any chance I have to paint near plants, trees, or nature is a big +!

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“MAS AMOR” 2015 by TOOFLY, Quito Ecuador
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As the evening arrived there was a special video launch planned to close out the day’s event. Ecuador has strong ancestral roots and with the guidance of a native shaman we gathered in a circle for a personal, and neighborhood cleansing. It was a beautiful ceremony, and it was my first one. I’ve been meaning to go to some but never got the chance. As I joined the circle by Vera’s invitation I giggled at first but then realized something amazing. I had arrived!  That feeling you get when it allllllllllll makes sense. It lasts a few seconds but your like oh shit! The connection to the land, art, friends, community, and all I love reminded me why I had returned to my very first home. It felt good…and I’m still processing it…Ancestrial Ceremony 2

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It was then time to start, and end the late night show. Mixed media artists, dancers, and musicians set the tone for a mapping video projection at one of the big big walls. There was a lot of blank space for a reason. As the lights came on the projection started, and beautiful animated graphics took over the blank space along side the black and white line art illustrations. A collaboration effort by the ALM CREW that has been in the works for weeks. It was a sight to see! As the mural came to life I wondered, has this been done in Quito before?  Felt like a whole new level to street art was in the making. Elders, kids, and young people “ahhhed” and “oohed” and clapped as the show came to an end. For a minute I thought I could be in Dumbo Brooklyn or something. This was great!!!

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Big thanks to all and everyone who made this event happen. Much continued success, and looking forward to more.

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