"I had a new clarity of how midwestern I was, and what the midwest looked like. I got really excited about something that had seemed very ordinary to me."

In Waving Goodbye from United States Artists Assembly in Chicago, artist Deanna Dikeman guides us through her photography, billboard and poster projects. Her unassuming work, while humble is rife with intention and artful curiosity, relatable and resonating. Based in the Midwest, she explores the themes of family, childhood memories, dance, fashion, lost and found, life and death.

Bravo to Chicago for holding back no sizzle in this provocative design by Juke Tastrophe for their PechaKucha Night Vol. 35! Be sure to check our all the amazing designs that come in daily over at our Official PechaKucha Poster Tumblr! Be inspired to make a poster for your city's next PKN!

"The choice to plant, transplant, weed, harvest, winnow, dry, compost, and ferment indigo entirely by hand is longer one of necessity. It is political. It is beautiful. It is labour. It is life." 

In The Profound Beauty of Indigo from Chicago's Powered by PechaKucha Event: United States Artists 2014 Artists Assembly, Ronald Ricketts shares his story of moving to Japan to teach English and explore Japanese craft heritage. He discovered indigo leaves and had an apprenticeship at a Tokushima dye factory. He became an indigo farmer, dyer and visual artist. His work developed into creating installations, establishing a social practice and spreading the indigo art. 

"The pride I felt for the rest of the day was unbelievable. We knew we were doing was right and strong and true."

In Campaigning for President Barack Obama from PechaKucha Night Chicago, Vol. 25, campaign design team. project manager Traci Wile talks about her experience working on one of the most impassioned, innovative, and truly historical presidential campaigns in US history. She gives details full of humor, passion, and inspiration about her experiences such as many of the long nights of stress, eating and drinking (bourbon) in a noisy and smelly office. However, the rewards are repaid with grateful words and a hug by President Obama himself.

Last week in Chicago, United States Artists (USA), an organization that has distributed close to $20 million to over 400 artists in nine disciplines since 2006, held its first annual Artists Assembly. Selected artist and guest speakers presented their projects at USA's Power by PechaKucha Event. Check out the event page and all the amazing presenations that came from it!

What is the simplest vessel — that you can send out into the world — to contain your passion?

Lindsay Muscato is guessing that it's been a while since you've written a letter, but that's alright, leave it to her to write one for you! In “The Tiniest Best Boat” from PKN Chicago Vol. 33, we see that Lindsay has written hundreds of letters for strangers on typewriters, and has discovered something really special about herself through it all — find out just what that is!

Butter-sculptures of local beauty princesses, impressionist quilting, homemade cakes from scratch. 

Philip Berger discusses of the arts and crafts that he discovered at the Minnesota State fair. In "Arts and Crafts of the State Fair" from PKN Chicago Vol. 32 we learning that there is no clear definition of art and craft, and that the celebration of locally grown agriculture is truly a sight to see. 

Want to know what it's like to attend a PechaKucha Night in Chicago? A good place to start is this fantastic event report by Andreea Ciulac, following her attendance at the city's Vol. 33, held earlier this month.

There’s a moment in the beginning of a PechaKucha Night when you wonder if you mistakenly end up at the wrong show. It happens quite often actually, because for a first-timer, it looks a lot like a TED Talk. But comparing the two would be like explaining the differences between a red velvet cupcake and a cake pop. While equally delicious, they're nothing alike. On many levels though, PechaKucha (the Japanese word for “chatter”) steals the show.

Read the full report here.

"Every Tuesday I get 10 cartoons together to send to the most demanding outlet that there is: The New Yorker."

Each week Ken Krimstein agonises over his drawing board in the quest to please the most gruelling editor in the history of publishing - the cartoon editor of the New Yorker magazine. In “Climbing Everest” from PKN Chicago Vol. 33, see how Ken draws parallels between his week and reaching the world’s tallest peak.

“He sucked a sad poem right out of America, and onto film.”

Writer/Producer J.A. Ginsburg speaks about the iconic Photographer Mickey Pallas, and the magic of photography. In “Mickey Pallas - Photographer” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32, she discusses Pallas’ photographic style, and the historic events he captured through his lens.


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