Disaster Etiquette Cards

Disaster Etiquette Cards (from left to right: Quake, Flood, Spill, Volcano, Twister)

5.5 x 4.25 inches each when folded. ink on paper. 2010.

   

The cards were created as I metabolized the sobering fact of the increasing number of natural disasters in the world. In particular, I was reacting to the 2010 BP Oil Spill of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that had just occurred. (This leak, that took 87 days to cap, was estimated to have poured 3.19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.)

  

Meant to bring subtle humor into the normalities of everyday, these cards could be given to friends with light-hearted sympathy for recent personal "disasters" – a romantic break-up, a flooding basement, or a tantrumming toddler, for example.

Quake Disaster Etiquette Card (above top)

5.5 x 4.25 inches each when folded. ink on paper. 2010.

  

Spill Disaster Etiquette Card (interior of card) (above middle)

5.5 x 4.25 inches each when folded. ink on paper. 2010.

  

Volcano Disaster Etiquette Card (just above)

5.5 x 4.25 inches each when folded. ink on paper. 2010.

Lovebirds Placemat

22 x 22 inches. sustainably sourced paper milled with 100% hydropower energy. 2011.

Placemats: another way to deal with life's messes.

Heartbreaker Doilies

7 x 7 inches and 9 x 9 inches. silver and metallic red paper. 2010.

A kitschy, contemporary take on your grandmother's lovely lace ones up in the attic.

Baby Burpers (burping cloths inspired by global fountains)

24 x 8 x .25 inches. organic cotton sateen, organic flannel. made in USA. 2010.

    

Drippily irregular with soft-toned colors so it won’t be quite so clear where the spit up hit.

Bellagio Burper in Creamsicle: Whether in Italy or Vegas, Bellagio rings of opulent fountains and true decadence. This burper is meant to keep you luxe and chic while the babe fountains up breakfast.

  

Berlin Burper in Lemon (above): Let your baby’s early morning spray mingle with the fresh graffiti of the Berlin hipsters. As luck would have it, infants inherently know how to tag things.

  

Trafalgar Burper in Pink: A huge bubbler right in London proper. Let your sweet little one gurgle amidst the grace and orderliness of the Brits.

  

Antalya Burper in Sky: Wax idyllic with patience as strong as Turkish coffee with those late nights up with the little one.