Art Activism: Rhinos for Kids

Do your kids want to get involved in our Art Project for Rhinos and Pangolins

Here are some ideas.

FACE PAINT RHINO (or foot paint):

Our tiny activist requested that her rhino get eyelashes!


Post on Instagram & Facebook & use hashtags: #JustGiantToenails #tinyactivists #WorldRhinoDay



ART ACTIVISM PROJECT: Rhinos and Pangolins

Attention Artist & Conservationists:

We are requesting your participation in a social media campaign to raise awareness against rhino and pangolin poaching. Rhinos and pangolins are being poached in record numbers to supply an increasing black market demand for their horns and scales (which are made from the same proteins as our toenails). On World Rhino Day we plan to speak out.  Join with us and lend your talent to support this important cause.


Please draw either a rhino or a pangolin. Replace the rhino horn or pangolin scales with toenail / nail clippings. GROSS! We know. But that visceral reaction you just had... that is the point. These animals are being killed in masses so people can ingest horns and scales that are made of the same materials as our toenails. We want to gross them out!

A few simple rules:

  1. Please do not post until September 21st (the day before International Rhino Day). We want to flood social media.

  2. Our main focus for the artwork is Instagram so please post there. Square images work best on Instagram.

  3. At 9 am EST on September 22nd, we will send out an e-mail with a blog post that will be shareable to all other social media outlets (facebook, twitter, pinterest ect). If we all share from this blog post it will be the best method to get our project noticed.

  4. Please use all of the following hashtags (many are in Vietnamese and Chinese): #justGiantToenails #sátcánhcùngtêgiác #ourhornisnotmedicine #WorldRhinoDay #savethepangolin #穿山甲 #犀牛 #contete #contêtê #worthmorealive #CoP17 #DemandAppendix1

  5. Feel free to use your existing artwork and just replace/cover the horn or scales with nail clippings.

  6. Please share with other artists who may be interested in participating.

If you are interested in learning about future projects sign up here.




In case yours are too short or you are too grossed out to use your own.


No, problem. You can still help. Please download the top image and post it on social media with our hashtags.

Why it is especially important right now?:

September 22 is World RhinoDay.

September 24 is the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

September 24-October 5 CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) CoP17 is taking place. We need to demand better protection for Rhinos and Pangolins at CITES!


FOR KIDS? see this post


see our infographic on Rhino and Pangolin Poaching

Rhino and Pangolin Poaching Information

Surtex 2015

I'm going to Surtex again this year! Booth 554 with the Forest Foundry girls. I will only be there on Monday and Tuesday but my stuff will be there on Sunday.  Contact me here if you want to make an appointment.


I'm going to Surtex!

I've wanted to check out Surtex for years and this year it is finally happening! I will be exhibiting with the lovely ladies of Forest Foundry Art Collective. We will be at booth #726. Please come by and say hi or email to make an appointment. SURTEX 2014 . MAY 18 – 20 . Jacob K. Javits Convention Center . New York, NY

Surtex 2014 Daughter Earth Flier

Surtex 2014 Flyer for Daughter Earth

Here is the work of the brilliant creatives in my art collective.

Surtex 2014 Forest Foundry Flyer

And the talented Zoe Ingram who will be at booth #317 with Lilla Roger's Studio.

Zoe Ingram Surtex Flyer

On my walls...

by lauren collings

by me

vintage color by number, arcane arts, ikea

by me, urban outfitters (must find artist), and me again.


I don't actually like my own art so much that half the stuff on my wall is mine. It's just that no one buys it so i have nothing better to do with it.


Noticing… diamonds are a girl's best friend

girls in diamond dresses 1. Catherine Campbell, 2. Jazmin Berakha 3. Lisa Congdon, 4. Elisha Smith-Leverock, 5. Little Doodles, 6. Laura Miss?, 7. Emma Leonard, 8. Peggy Moffit?, 9. Angeles Pena

I want a diamond rainbow dress.

see more diamonds

every Wednesday.. or every wednesday that i feel like it I’ll be post a new  art trends I’ve been “noticing…

please confirm the question mark credits if you know the sources!

Noticing... zeals of zebras

1. Woop Studios (also check out their Zeal of Zebras Book), 2. Vintage TWA airline poster, 3. Becca Stadtlander, 4. Aadmore Ceramics, 5. Charley Harper, 6. Miranda Skoczek

I tend to notice trends that are ideas that were already floating around in my head as something to create. This is yet another artwork I've been meaning to do.  It will be a small part of an upcoming project.  At least I have some excellent inspiration.

Sorry I've been mia. Life has been a little crazy. Hopefully will be back on track for at least my weekly post!

Good Art Weekend.

I accidentally happened on so much good artwork this weekend!  First these amazing paintings by Jennifer Mercede currently showing at  Ver Unica in Hayes Valley. I think I am gonna head back down there and buy one. I really love this floral painting.

Vintage Flowers by jennifer mercede

Vintage Flowers, a photo by jennifer mercede on Flickr.
jennifer mercede paintings
More great Jennifer Mercede paintings.  see more on Flickr and Etsy

vintage owl painting

Isn't this owl painting fab? Not sure who the artist is. It was in a vintage store also in Hayes Valley.

I saw this painting at Mama's in North Beach (top left).  Don't the colors really remind you of Bonnard's paintings (top right and bottom)?