We Have Some Exciting News!!!!!! We will be attending RISCA's press conference at 10 am January 19th at the Linden Place Ballroom for the announcement!!!!!
Dirt Palace is looking for a new Artist in Residence April 1st
The Dirt Palace is a self organized collective that supports women artists by providing affordable studio space, facilities, shared resources, opportunities and a culture of cooperation. The Dirt Palace is trans-inclusive, strives to be accountable and to work intersectionally.
Seeking experimental feminist with projects that will make use of our current facilities: Legal live/work space with: screen printing shop, letterpress, animation stand, music rehearsal room, wood shop, large shared space for building bigger projects, and library.
Members are expected to attend weekly meetings, monthly work days, do regular chores, keep the kitchen clean, and take a leadership role over running some aspect of the collective project vaguely falling under the conceptual roof of “The Dirt Palace”. If you are interested, all of this (and more!) will be explained in our epic 20 page document called “the Occupancy and Consciousness Agreement” that we will e-mail you upon request. Residencies at the Dirt Palace average about 24 months. We are looking for a commitment of at least a year minimum.
Rent and expenses end up breaking down to about $450 - $470/month: Rent - $293/month Heat - $62/month (paid all year round) Electric - $57 - $69/month (varies) Internet - $13/month Sundries - $10/month (TP, dishsoap,etc) Netflix - $5-$6/ month (optional) Parking is included. We have one cat (baby) and can not take any other cats at this time.
If you would like to learn more contact us at dirtpalace @ yahoo dot com
2014 - 2016
Second-hand denim and leather clothes, wool, canvas, tencel, thread, bugle beads, suminagashi on
denim, silkscreen on denim, snaps. All are hand-sewn.
This series of flags was created in response to the 2012 City of Boston Nuisance Ordinance which
spurred a rash of underground venue shutdowns in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The show
houses memorialized in this series are but a few of many private residences where live music was
hosted, and whose tenants were charged with fees, eviction, or legal action as a result of the ordinance.
These are homes where I've played music or shown art, met and grew a family of peers. TYFYS is a
thank you to these houses, as well as a goodbye.
Melanie Bernier is an artist and activist working in fibers, music, performance, and aerobics in
Cambridge, MA. An involvement in underground culture influences her artwork and projects, including
Punk Rock Aerobics, an alternative aerobics class, and Bardo, a house gallery in Cambridge.
Melanie's work has been shown in NYC, Miami, the Greater Boston Area, and featured in Papercut Magazine, Strangeways, Creative Time Reports,NPR, and 99% Invisible. She was recently
awarded a residency at OxBow School of Art. Melanie has performed in dozens of U.S. cities
with her bands, including NYC, Brooklyn, LA, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Boston. Her
music projects have been featured in Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll, NPR, Impose Magazine, and VICELAND's
skate show King of the Road. Essays she's written have appeared in the Boston Hassle and the Advocate. Melanie has acted in films such as Love Between the Covers, Nautical Nymphs, and Don't Drink the Devil's Blood. Her work has been used to raise funds for tribal resistance of the Dakota
Access Pipeline, Planned Parenthood, Ladyfest Boston, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and Girls
Rock Campaign Boston. Additionally, she has worked for organizations benefiting artists with
disabilities and advocating for marriage equality.
She was born in 1985 in Hartford, CT, the seventh of nine children. She stopped making trash in 2013.
Xander will be doing some things at two of her favorite institutions this month: The RISD Museum & Anthology Film Archives.
Jan 17th 7pm: Broken Vision Flaherty Seminar event at Anthology Film Archive - programed by Ruth
Somalo. "This visually striking program focuses on eyesight and its influence on our experience. Xander
Marro’s haunting animation work on shoe catalogues, silver molecules, and melting chemistry, and British
artist Dryden Goodwin’s philosophical film both explore the physical act of looking and the tools we use to perceive the world."
Jan 19th 6pm: RISD Museum: Artist Fellow Xander Marro presents a series of new graphic works that
re-mix garments and textiles swatched from the archive of the Tirocchi sisters, whose dressmaking shop
brought Paris fashions to Providence between 1915 and 1947, into repeat patterns. Influenced by the
Museum’s exhibition on the Tirocchi shop and its accompanying catalog, Xander’s fellowship allowed her
to examine works of art relating to her interests in Providence history, the history of fashion and textile
design, female entrepreneurship, and the New England Italian immigrant communities. Free.
Hint: This program ties in with the mysterious forthcoming announcement we reference at the top of this
Returning to the Dirt Palace for a few quick but sweet months after a year-long absence, RRLEW is taking
a brief hiatus from performing and, instead, pouring creative energy into the craft of routine and
home-building. Cheers to a winter of patience, self-rediscovery, and peace peace peace!
MONTHLY PICTORIAL TREAT FROM THE DUSTY SHELVES OF THE DIRT PALACE
FURTHERING THE QUEST TO SPREAD FUN LIKE GIN AND JUICE, MOSTLY GIN
In the 1960s, a UFO/conspiracy theory magazine called PROBE (also known as THE CONTROVERSIAL PHENOMENA BULLETIN) was published out of RI by JOE FERRIERE, late owner of Woonsocket record store JOE’S MOLDY OLDIES. There’s not a lot online about this publication but a few of us library rats/conspiracy freakos are trying to get more info...if you know more about Joe and his work on the
paranormal, or own any issues of Probe and want to share them with us, please get in touch!! This
LA-based mag, unfortunately unrelated to Joe’s work, was originally published under the title PROBE THE UNKNOWN. It’s got some sick articles- writing by Asimov, behind the scenes of the Close Encounters
movie, and some spooky paranormal psychology stuff….
the dirt palace is a feminist art collective located in the olneyville neighborhood of providence, rhode island. visit http://dirtpalace.org for more info! also: subscribe to our mailing list (only 1-2 mailings per month) also: buy zines and comics et cetera from our ETSY STORE!!!!!!!