Monday, December 23, 2013

"The Legendary $IDE MONEY Pop-Up Book"

 This past July and August I decided to externalize the effort I have put into working 6 jobs that have here to fore paid for the construction of my home on wheels. I am a very hard, thorough and diligent worker, always have been, but I vastly prefer to live a life of more freedom for my time and imagination.. that part of why i am building my home; to free myself somewhat from the struggle to survive and work for money so as to devote more of my life force to expressing this experience of life through the gifts I happen to have been given in this life, rather than trading my life force for money by the hour. I have been afraid that my identity would get attached to this struggle for money to buy supplies to build the house. so I created this book for sale about the whole process. I made 20 of these books, in the 24 hour prayer room, and in my trailer. Since it is a story about the building of my home, it was built in my home and photographed in my home it seemed like I should also post about it on this blog, as well as my creative work blog There is another book In have recently competed that is pictured and described there also. ENJOY!!!
 They are for sale for #60.00
" Really and truly, isn't money the best tool for metaphorical communication?!?! People all over the world, up/down through time have used it to share all manner of understanding and lend form to the power of ideas. More than anything it is useful for expressing our deep desire to co-operate. Aside from being extremely versatile and useful tool for conducting affairs with the visible world, the influence of money extends into the invisible world; there fore it also has the potential to be a spiritual, or magical thing, in and of itself."
Give my A$$ a smooch! please xoxox!

 The basic gist of the book is about how I am building this contraption from scratch, don't want to go into debt, so I got a bunch f side jobs to pay for it as I go.. hence $IDE MONEY!
 The first spread all about the pop up trailer. recycling, environment, criminal banks + view of the trailer from space.
 The second spread is about my work as a "red-neck construction general service handy woman." I was working one renovation job in particular way out in the middle of no-where. The house has been trashed by the last tenants, beyond the point where the house could continue to be rented, We found a 3 ring binder in one of the top floor bedroom closets, titled The Legendary Side Money... with a list of all the things to be done to earn $side Money. The last thing on the list was making trailers!!! BAHAHA!!! This is how I earned my nick-name "$IDE MONEY!!"
 This is a self portrait of the original $ide Money expert, sweaty, shifted eyed-so-and-so!

 I also work as a waitress at an all-night, all American diner!
 Restaurant views as seen moving out from inside and outside.
 Moving out.. moving in, with stories about relationships built there and events that have happened on my shifts.
 The view of the neighborhood where the restaurant I have worked at the longest is located, and the mega mess o dishes we waitress clean up!
This spread about BIKE POWER and GIRL POWER! I find change on the side of the road constantly, and an average of 5 times a year huge wads of cash! Plus, I save a great deal of money riding my bike everywhere.
 This spread also talks about all the extra little side jobs I have, from making puppets, delivering singing telegrams, baby-sitting, dog walking, cream pie fight catering, etc....
 This spread is about my work with the local stage hands union. We stage hands were originally pirates who were on sabbatical from sea-faring, a motley bunch who made the show go on!!!

 One of the most memorable shows I ever worked was the touring Broadway production of The Fiddler on the Roof! I ran off with the Fiddler himself after the show, toke him on a brief tour of the town, in particular to a rope swing that carries it's rider out over a cliff, hanging from a tree along side the train tracks. When you lift up the accordion Victorian peep show you see a layer image of the rope swing.

 This is the graphic logo for the Athens Local 824, who I have worked with for the past 3 years.

 The final spread is about the modeling work I do, for painters, and sculptors. Pictured also is the work of a few local artists I have worked with over the years, Leah Mantini, Rich Panico, and Alejandro Lopez-Tasso.
 There are the artists on the left, and Money and me on the right
 There he is! Monkey, my dog.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A few new photos from my friend and SHERO Emily Monetsinos!

 Bad A$$ plumbing. this is one of two assemblies alike in kind. this one is built for servicing the bathroom, the other for the kitchen sink.

these are the decks. I am using them as walking platforms inside before I finish installing them
 Port side deck, will mount along side the three paneled door.

 Port side deck, will mount along side the three paneled door.

Port side deck, will mount along side the three paneled door.
 bath tub
 been collecting pallet wood to build frames to stick-build the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling panel frames
 tight wiring
 scrap roofing for them, ceiling tiles for me. I have been eyeing these tiles for more than a year, on the roof of a vacant, decrepit house on the street front in the neighborhood near where my trailer is parked. On Thanksgiving day, on my way to meet the one eyed grandmother I stopped there because the man who owns the house and in restoring it, and his helper were ripping the tiles off! He is giving them all to me to create ceiling panels, framed with wood
 the same fellow who has given me all the ceiling tiles has also given me a fair amount of copper sheet to keep working with, I want to use it to create a back splash to the kitchen counters.
the two blocks have the negative space to allow for the backing washers, to be able to take the whole thing off the wall if something goes wrong It will just be mounted with L brackets, and also the top can serve as a shelf.
  working @ chiseling out these left over hunks of cherry to make a fixture mount for the bath tub facet.. perforating before chiseling, because tapping the wood too hard causes it to split.
 this is where and how to goes, I just need someone to hold it up while I attach it to the ceiling

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Canadian Bike Friend Bike Touring because of FRACKING!!! SAVE OUR WATER WITH ART!!!! Rejuvenated @ my trailer

I have long held it as a part of the dream that my home will be a beacon for other travelers. I have done several bike touring trips for the planet, to nuclear weapons facilities, to coal fired power plants, but now I have met another person who has done the same!! My Vancouver friend Nathan Barrett, an actor and play-wright who stopped off to rest and recuperate at my trailer on his way from New York to New Orleans. We met years ago, when he was only a teenager as a part of an anarchists street band, The Carnival Band!, and now I have met him again as he is traveling and raising $$ to fund a tour of his play "Fresh Water". Here are some videos he posted about his sojourn in Athens and the Indie-go-go link to his campaign.



VIDEOS Nathan made about his time @ my Trailer:



Friday, September 20, 2013

Photos by my friend Russell C. Andrade

I would like to open this blog post with a word of praise and thanks to Michelle and Kim of Chase Street self Storage, who do so much to protect, encourage and support my work on this project at this location over the years. Thank you Thank you Thank you ladies!!!  Gretchen

notice the finished trim around the bottom. I got a new/old oven to re furbish
notice the trim around the bottom
monkey's full time job: the box s when I got him said he could run @ 10 miles an hour and scratch @! 35 miles an hour, and boy he sure does!
notice the trim around the bottom

filter in it's place, home made mount,, charcoal filter for all water coming into trlr
this is the wiring, (almost done) for the running lights, required by law. they are twisted together, then encased in heat shrink tubing, then wrapped with electrical tape.
his is the small pump that will deliver water filter and stored in the 30 gallon tank out for drinking
this is the hose bib that delivers cleaned water ready to drink from the 30 gallon storage take
the little door opens, and inside is this hose bib
pull the hose bib out, turn on the tap and any surface water that was put into the trailer will come out clean and ready to drink or cook with.
this is the pump, mounted, that pulls water once used for bathing, then sand filtered and stored in a 15 gallon tank under the bathroom up to use in the washing machine. the corner of the washing machine can be seen in the upper right corner. Under the washing machine is a second 15 gallon tank, to receive water used for washing bodies and then re-used for washing clothes. This final collected grey water is removed from the trlr by feeding the faucet of the pull out utility sink accessed from outside.
this is the pump that pulls water out of the 30 gallon tank and delivers it to the bathroom for bathing
back doors skinned with recycled signs

looking at the bathroom door way. the sheets of metal there are the paneling for the bathroom walls
I was given this antique post civil war era tub faucet as a gift. I had its' valves re-packed and bought the necessary connecting hardware to install it in my bathroom
this is the composting toilet I have built. It uses worms
yup, just have a seat
toilet on wheels
inside the cedar box, built with half lap joints and thru pegs is an apartment style worm composter and a urine collecting bucket
re-built reproduction faucet for the bathroom. bought @ habitat 4 Humanity and refurbish for cheaper than buying new
the bathroom sink, not quite nested right in the opening in the counter top, but seen here with the faucet i bought @ the habitat 4 humanity thrift store and then had re furbished for a total of $75.. much cheaper than buying a piece of crappy crap new at the store.
as alwasy, thank you to Brandon Shultz
the bathroom floor, finished and installed. those two holes are for the cold water feed that will flow through the copper manifold pictured
this is the bathroom floor, finished and installed.
this is the framing support in the floor that frames the openings of the under the floor storage compartments.

there will be four under the floor storage compartments total.
here is pictured some of the wiring and junction boxes.
monkey parts

the under the floor storage compartments are built with dish washer trays with the tines cut out, line with yoga mats and anchored to the steel frame with zip ties. the walls of the compartment (not pictured) are made from burlap sacks I fashioned to fit the dimensions of the compartment, and they are held in place to the steel frame with magnets sewn into the top facing
it is kind of hard to see, but here is the frame that I had made from old plastic vacuum molds, given to me by Justin Roberts that will trim the wood floor and hatch door of the compartment once the floor is installed. It is here pictured situated over the frame supports for the opening
This is a better picture of one of the floor storage compartment frames made for me by Andrew Flage of Saint Udio, from materials given to me by Justin Roberts
this is a pile of insulation I dumpster dived from the remodeling of a bank down town. it ha sbeen inside the suspended ceiling of the bank, perpetually heated and cooled at a constant temp for 20+ years. seeing as it had no mold or even any water damage on it I decided that I would rather use it than buy even newly made product.
these are the copper assemblies dry fitted together that accumulate hot and cold water the be delivered to the bathroom and kitchen faucet fixtures
this is the dry fit up of the copper manifold I am building that will be mounted to a cutting board made from the stripes of cherry seen below the blue foam the copper is resting on. the copper tank seen in the upper part of the picture will accumulate water pumped from the 30 gallon tank in the basement. the intake for that is in the top right of the picture. the next intake to be seen, just below the top one is where cold water will come into the system from a "city water" or pressurized source. water then travels either to the cold outlets for either the sink or the shower head, or to the on demand hot wate heater, the white appliance on the right. once water has been heated it will accumulate in the tank pictured in the lower portion of the frame, and then distributed to the hot outlets for both the sink and shower head.
here are the batteries in their places in the trays anchored under the floor. the vents seen on the font outside of the trailer lead to this compartment. the batteries themselves sit in trays made from dish washer racks, lined with yoga mats and attached to the frame with zip ties.
in the center of this picture is the steel frame supports that will be the opening of the floor hatch access to the battery storage compartment. the largest of the pairs of aluminum frames built by Andrew Flage of Saint Udio will frame this opening. the frame were made from re-cycled plastic vacuum molds given to me by Justin Roberts

here are the batteries in their places in the trays anchored under the floor. the vents seen on the font outside of the trailer lead to this compartment. the batteries themselves sit in trays made from dish washer racks, lined with yoga mats and attached to the frame with zip ties.
mc cable wiring and junction boxes
the pink gives a view of the profile of the loft bedroom
looking into the basement when there plumbing is. the the left is the tank below the washing machine
looking into the bathroom
spent a lot of time working under the trailer in this position
the framing under the floor that supports the wiring junction boxes. this is a view of the underside of the bathroom
this is one of two old ammunition crates passed down to my from my maternal grandfather. I built them into the design of the trailer to provide steps to get into the bedrooms and storage as well.
in this photo is shown the two ammunition crates in situ as stairs and storage. underneath the white crate will be an open spaces providing ventilation for the bathroom fan to be vented out the bottom of the trailer.
looking forward into the trailer. I used left over corrugated plastic from the lining of the under belly of the trailer to create a partition that dives the battery compartment from the rest of the basement area. The white seen forward in this image is that partition.
everybody loves the rock ladder. i have 2 more rocks to install as hand holds on the roof, and then it will be complete!
Monkey hard @ work sniffing
components collected thus far to build the hood vent that will be over top of the over. I bought some of the copper engraved artwork of Justin Roberts girl friend, Justine, and made it riveted together and annealed as trim for when I get it all built. there will be a box made of the box elder wood I have that covers the metal cowl that supports the fan, and the copper will go around the bottom of the wooden box. the metal cowl will be what is firmly anchored to the steel framing of the house.
here also are pictured the two fans I have gleaned from the habitat 4 humanity thrift store. one for the kitchen fan and one to be installed in the wall that separates the loft bedroom from the main living area, pictures in the album "Living the Dream" as a pink foam paneled profile of the loft bedroom size and shape. The fan will be installed in that wall to help provide circulation. the oft also has a window that opens

these are the frame I had built from the re-cycled plastic vacuum frames given to me by Justin Roberts. They are aluminum and were welded by a local artisan metal worker named Andrew Flage. The out frame will trim the opening of the floor, around the wood that will be installed on top of the honeycomb sub flooring I am saving for ($3000). The inner frame will trim the hatch door itself, and they nest snugly inside each other.
these are the boards that were once a book case and will be my decking, presenting employed as flooring planks to give me something to walk on inside. I am saving for the sub flooring, a recycled plastic honey comb paneling that weighs 15 lbs a 4'x8' sheet, but costs 180 a sheet. I need 10 sheets and to ship them from Montana, where they are made, to Georgia, where I am.
this is one of the decks I had built from the aluminum Stage pieces built by and given to my by Justin Roberts. this one will be attached to the port side of the trailer, opening out from the three paneled glass door. It will be stored for travel up against the wall of the trailer, protecting the door. the decking material are pine boards from recycled book cases I bought @ the habitat 4 humanity thrift store, and am working on staining a light blue and varnishing. also pictured is my patio furniture, given to me by BIG JOHN
this is one of the decks I had built from the aluminum Stage pieces built by and given to my by Justin Roberts. this one will be attached to the port side of the trailer, opening out from the three paneled glass door, the other that is leaning against me will be attached on the starboard side, opening for the two paneled glass door. Monkey always gves me good input and listens attentively to me explain where and how things go, he just can't help with any of the work. I am holding the hinge parts that will be attached directing to the outside wall of the trailer.
these are the hinges that Andrew Flage made for me. They will allow me to detach the decks from the side of the trailer and if need by use them as ramps.
here is the starboard side deck positioned to show how it can be used as a ramp if needed

I went over to my friend William Jackson's house one night, and he remarke that this matel piece was crowing his living room and he would very much like to have it removed. I confessed to him that I had always admired it and had been looking for something like it to transform into a piece of furniture that could serve as a head board for my master bedroom. So we got to work, removed it from his house, i brought it to my site, cut it down to size, and refinished it to look like this. the panel inserted into the back is made from the last remaining pieces of an antique milk crate given to me by my paternal grandmother, some cut plywood pieces of scroll work I salvaged from an old piano found in the back of an abandoned school house I passed once while on a bike camping trip way out in the country side, and an vintage hand painted outer kimono, the fabric of which is too fragile to use for making clothes.
this is the steel support for a fan in the master bedroom ceiling
these crates are anchored to the wooden left over bits from the mantel, and will be worked on further to create storage compartments with doors of some kind

this is the under side of the lid to the toilet. It is built froma piece of re-cycled coutner top from habitat 4 Humanity Restore and trimmed in cedar wood. The metal is a gutter and splatter shield, the gutter diverts urine to the clear plastic jug and the little glass jar receives the rob that holds the roll of toilet paper.