Friday, May 22, 2015

Loc Update and YouTube

Around six years ago I decided to loc my hair after a whirlwind of devastating events and I knew there was no turning back. I studied a bunch of loc torturials on YouTube and became even more inspired and empowered by the rich natural hair community. I decided to start my own channel archiving my own loc journey. Well, it was short lived because I can honestly say, I'm more of a writer and experimental artist -than a TV personality. Nonetheless, I want to thank all my viewers who are still with me today, I had my highest ratings when I was making loc videos years ago. My page is still alive! I still post from time to time. This is a time of challenge, determination and passion and I will attempt to conquer being in front of the camera. Feel free to check out my videos and add PiddleProVision on YouTube. If you comment I will add you.

With this new project,  I'm going to be using my YouTube channel PiddleProVision to keep you informed on my travel adventures. I am exploring new ways to use art as a healing medium in under served communities. It is a narrative of quieting, listening, healing and metamorphosis. I'd like you to take this journey with me.

Here is an update of how my locs look today.

Stay Curious,
Zoe Blaq


Friday, May 1, 2015

BlaqNomad Tales

                                                             Artwork By Zoe Blaq 

Greetings loved ones!
 I will be traveling extensively for research, study and creative growth to explore new and innovative ways to promote art as a healing medium. Traveling helps me connect with the world. It assists with my personal development of compassion and human understanding. Challenge your fears every chance you get!

My creative intent is to be an artist that creates new dialogue by motivating people to become closer to their higher self. My intent is to express our relatedness and not the distortion of fear and limitation which is the illusion of human separateness.  My intent is to create with my soul. My role as an artist is to let go of societies expectations by erasing boxes that keep us from growing.

I would like to serve as a vessel for thriving relationships and human connections. I intend to create from my heart space based on value and community. My work will remind humanity of unity. I intend to be the hero of my own story in order to inspire people. This project will prompt my next book and short film.

Your donations will support any challenges that I may face while in the Jungle. Thanks in advanced!

It is not easy to just pick up and go to another country for an extended period of time. However, where there is a will there is a way. Make travel part of your daily affirmations. Be open to the way travel presents itself in your life.
I've lived in Europe before and often get the urge to travel for extended periods of time so I decided to get a TESOL certificate several years ago. My tip is to always be prepared. Invest in yourself. Get a passport. With a bachelors degree or higher (any subject) and a TESOL certificate you can teach English class to grades K-12 or teach business English at college level anywhere in the world. No experience needed! Look into it if you want to try at least one year abroad. I know several artists teaching while being adventurous in other parts of the world.

I will be traveling through Central America this summer to explore the organic sequence of life through community, wellness and holistic health. This is a narrative inspired by healing, quieting, reclaiming, and envisioning.  It will be an experimental journey through photography, writing and video.

Your life is a product of your awareness. Choose wisely and don't be afraid to move about the world like a child eager to learn.

I'll be in touch here:
Urbansoulfarmer.tumblr.com
IG: ZoeBlaq

Ciaos,

Zoe Blaq




Saturday, April 25, 2015

What Does Piddle Mean?

What Does Piddle mean?
Piddle can mean a lot of things. Piddle Productions is a multimedia hub for under-served communities. To our community of artists, free thinkers and leaders it means we will continuously express ourselves without limitation or boundaries. We are committed to experimenting with several forms of art in order to heal ourselves and our communities. The time we waste here is exploring new ideas that help humanity come together with art, wellness and understanding. 
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

I'm Reading at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

The CAFAM Shop is thrilled to introduce a new zine/small press section, curated by L.A. Zine Fest and The Pop-Hop. We're celebrating the launch of the new collaboration Saturday, April 18th, and you're invited. Work from The Blk Grrrl Show, John Pham, Yumi Sakugawa :: Comic Book Artist + Illustrator, Tiny Splendor, and Selfish.


This is really exciting for me because I have been a zinester since 2010 with the launch of my Black Punk Rock themed zine "Abstract By Nature." I'll be there representing with the #blkgrrrl show and reciting a few of my poems from my chapbook "Rage Love Complexity."  Very honored to share the stage with Pam Ward and Teka Lark Fleming. I donated books and I will have chapbooks available at the Pop Hop in Highland Park, Ca.


See you there,
Zoe Blaq

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blkgrrrl Book Fair opening ceremony

Positive Vibes Only! 

Blk Grrrl Book Fair Review 2015

                        Blkgrrrl Planning Crew 

The 1st annual BlkGrrrl Book Fair was insane!! It is one of the best new things to hit Los Angeles and I'm not just saying that because I curated the Julie Dash film festival section. This is what happens when you put Black women together that have vision, drive and determination.  LA weekly picked the book fair as one of the top places to be that weekend and I won't be surprised if it remains at the top for many years to come. The BlkGrrrl book fair set a tone and a reference for Women's month in Los Angeles. There was definitely something for everyone with a wide variety of literature for children and adults. Art exhibits, open poetry, panels, workshops, food, and vendors kept the stimulation going all day. 
Every chair was filled and people stood in the back of the room to watch the Julie Dash film festival. I will always remember the belly laughs when watching the comedy LA'Temperamental and the sniffles around the room while women were deeply engaged in Beyond Suicide In "Tristesse." From my observation, the audience was fascinated by the making of Black Cotton. I screened three short films by Los Angeles based filmmakers Patsy Moore, Lisa Holly and Tomeekha Pitre Escott El.The films touched on topics like Black women and depression, self care, guilt, shame, perseverance and determination. Piddle Productions pop up zine library was also posted up in the lounge area. 
Use #BlkGrrrl and #BGBF2015 to find several photos floating around and feel free to add yours if you attended. I am still trying to process the greatness of this complexity. Being Black is political. Being a woman is political. Being a BlkGrrrl and reading a book is political. It was a joyous occasion not only because it was a success but because people were relieved to finally have a safe space that related to their experience. The book fair was a direct image of what it looks like to uplift and empower Black girls and women.  I witnessed powerful programming in a safe space for book lovers. It can only get better from here!
I'd like to thank all the people who came out to support an event that at times was misunderstood and underestimated but in the end proved to be fun, full of substance and passion.  I would like to thank Teka Lark Fleming / founder BlkGrrrl Book fair for pulling me into this project, Skira Martinez / Owner Cielo Galleries, Thomeekha Pitre Escott El / Workshop,  and Reese Charleswell / Workshop for such a dynamic and memorable experience.
 The future looks bright,

 see you next year !
  Zoe Blaq / Film Curator BlkGrrrl Book Fair 2015