From the Mixed up Files of Hoshi Hana: A Blog

Updated: Jan 26


1. Learning to appreciate EVERYTHING

In 2021 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My first response: utter fear in confronting mortality. Getting treatment during a time of global pandemic and political upheaval, everything felt especially intense. Surprisingly the diagnosis brought many positive experiences. I was able to take a leave of absence from work and focus on health and art. Daily yoga, breath and meditation alleviated pain and allowed for calm well-being.


2. Collaborations with Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens

https://sprinklestephens.ucsc.edu

When I got my diagnosis, I shared the news with Annie Sprinkle who has been a great mentor and friend for over 20 years. She supported me so much with great advice and kindness, and gave me opportunities to work with her and her wife Beth Stephens. Annie and Beth were awarded a 2021 John Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for film making. Their films, Water Makes Us Wet (https://watermakesuswet.ucsc.edu) and Goodby Gauley Mountain (https://watermakesuswet.ucsc.edu), have paved the way for environmentalism to be fun and joyful. Getting to design the collages and layouts for 2021with my SHEROS of art was a treat because they are both genuinely kind and loving people who REALLY care about our planet and art. Our first project of the year was a two-page layout based on their work 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth. The layout was featured in a beautiful art book titled Wicked Little Town published by Archive Books in Berlin, Germany. Quoted from the Archive book website, "Wicked Little Town gathers more than fifty artists and critical thinkers traversing trans-temporal imaginations of resistance, unruliness, and non-compliance across genders, abilities and national borders. Highlighting companionship, alliances, and bonds, this publication tunes to critiques of normativity and dialogues around the interdependency between intersectional oppressions and collective paths of liberation. It assembles non-violent grammars and vocabularies, especially of those artists, scholars, and activists who are often excluded from dominant narratives." The book was edited by Fanny Hauser and Viktor Neumann and released on September 10, 2021. (https://www.archivebooks.org/wicked-little-town-2/)

This project led to a collaboration on a series of posters for the Neon Digital Arts Festival (https://neondigitalarts.com/event/assuming-the-ecosexual-position/) in Scotland, UK. With artist Saul Villegas, (http://modernobysaulvillegas.com) we designed 4 x 6 foot collages.



Photo credit: Kathryn Rattray

The collages were printed as posters and displayed on the streets of Dundee, Scottland at the same time the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow was taking place. (https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-glasgow-climate-pact-key-outcomes-from-cop26) Annie and Beth's display shared a narrative about love for the earth in their inclusive and humor-infused style, bringing hope to a time of a meeting of nations that would be instrumental to the future health of our planet. (https://neondigitalarts.com/bread-roses-coal-water-and-the-ecosexual-position/)

The version of 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth here was a redesign of a poster we had created back in 2018. It was a thrill to see it in Annie and Beth's new book, Assuming the Ecosexual Position, The Earth as Lover, published in 2021 by the University of Minnesota Press. (https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/assuming-the-ecosexual-position)

The book has aptly been described as "a Kama Sutra for the environment, a text about the nature of love and the love of nature" by Constance Penley, coeditor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure.

4. Art Love Friend - commerce as art on Shopify and Etsy

As the year progressed, so did a project I've envisioned for some time: the Art Love Friend shop at (https://www.artlovefriend.com, and https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtLoveFriend).

The vision designed for Art Love Friend began to come to life:

  1. ART: Share positive vibrations through art and design world wide.

  2. LOVE: Model ethically and ecologically sound business practices.

  3. FRIEND: Contribute funds and designs to support positive causes.

5. Donation to E.A.R.T.H. Lab SF

It felt like a proof of concept to begin seeing sales on the Art Love Friend platforms in November. As a result, I was able to donate over $250 to Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens newly founded non profit, E.A.R.T.H. Lab SF, whose mission is to "build community by creating multidisciplinary art projects that envision the Earth and all of its beings with fresh eyes." They go on to explain, "Our organization questions and expands prevailing notions of environmental art, challenges the mainstream’s binary concepts of gender, sexuality, and race, incorporates inclusive, diverse, and imaginative possibilities for sustainable living, and supports the adoption of public policies based on scientifically informed environmental practices. Our multidisciplinary arts projects promote love, tolerance, sustainability, and peace." It was a full circle moment when I was told the funds would be used to complete the new website for the organization (https://earthlabsf.org.)


For next steps on this journey, please join me at these two accounts on Instagram!

Art Love Friend (@artlovefriend) at: (https://www.instagram.com/artlovefriend/)

Hoshi Hana at: (@hoshihana) (https://www.instagram.com/hoshihana23/)


Special thanks for 2021 love and support from all friends, Charmaine, Kim Jordan (http://become.support), the Sewing Circle, Miyuki Yoshikami (http://miyukiyoshikami.com), Wahine Kai Surf Club (http://wahinekai.org), all health care workers, and my family.💕

Inspired by fellow artists who have helped raise money to support a friend whose son is in need of post operative health care, I'm having a raffle for a $100 Art Love Friend gift card.

Here are the rules:

1. Anyone who donates $20 or more to Luke's Go Fund Me between January 19 and February 1st, 2021 will be entered to win!


2. The winner of the gift card will be chosen at random on February 2nd, 2021. The gift card has no expiration date and can be used at my little shop at artlovefriend.com.


3. Click Love for Luke Post Op for more information about Luke and click Donate to donate and join in the fundraising fun.


Why I'm doing this and hope you'll participate:

I couldn't ignore the needs of a fellow artist/friend whose son is dealing with the monumental task of trying to get health care without the ease of insurance support.

Luke has had to endure 4 brain surgeries, countless medical procedures and doctors visits, and has had to re-learn much of what people take for granted as everyday functionality. Giving a little bit, can ease this young man's burden and it feels good to help a family in need.




I've always wanted to have a little shop where I could design and sell things with a positive message, and raise funds for awesome organizations and causes that promote peace and love. With this dream in mind, I've been developing an online shop called Art Love Friend to do just that. It's like an online corner store with quirky items created with the help of on-demand and digital resources researched to deliver quality goods in a reliable way. The store is currently open but a planned grand opening will be in March of 2021.


Please join the ART LOVE FRIEND / HOSHI HANA email list to get news and updates on the shop, new projects, and special offers.


♥Sign up here and get a free Envision calendar download specially designed for 2021.♥

(see last blog post for more info)

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