Lately I have been hearing a lot of chatter about local police forces, nation wide, receiving the “gift” of armored military trucks from the federal government surplused from war. (2,717 MRAP vehicles via US Navy awards contract M67854-07-D-5032 Jan. 9, 2012). For example here, here, and here for starters (there are many additional articles).
photo credit: Sentinel Tribune instagram via twitter
Then it happened. This morning the local newspaper‘s twitter feed reported that the county I live in has received it’s lovely gift, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (aka “MRAP”).
“The Wood County Sheriff’s Office’s new MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, to be used by the Wood County Special Response Team (SRT). The armored vehicle, formerly used as a communications vehicle by the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, is on loan to the Sheriff’s Office at no charge, and is replacing a former SRT vehicle from 1983. All monies used to retrofit the vehicle for the SRT came out of the the drug fund”. - Sentinel Tribune
According to this NYT article, this vehicle was “developed for the military to protect troops from improvised explosive devices, land mines and other sneak attacks, to respond to natural disasters and terrorist attacks.”
I find this unsettling. I wonder what they believe will happen. But there is a part of me that also thinks I know. Financial collapse & chaos? Terrorism? I feel like I am a fictional character in a book sometimes. What a strange America it is becoming!
Today my friend and I went to the Maumee Antique Mall. I love exploring the shelves for things from a different time. We saw a lot of creepy dolls and clowns, but also some really neat retro radios, weird Victorian medical devices, pretty embroidered tea towels, and lots of fabulous print and pattern inspiration!
Here is a cute little rose print I designed. I could see it being used for “shabby chic” style bed sheets. They would look so cute in my pink apartment!
Tonight I am using watercolor and oil pastel to create imagery for future textile pattern designs. This is inspired by a vintage bed skirt I bought a while ago at the Maumee Antique mall.
Lately I have been focusing on my textile designing, and in the process of building my portfolio, I decided to start a fabric shop on Spoonflower
Thankful for my friend Rachelle! We had a great time at “Lobster Fest” today!
Here is a textile print I did this morning. It started out as a hand painted rose image, acrylic paint on paper. I then scanned it, color reduced it in photoshop, and turned it into a “half drop repeat pattern”. To see some of my other textile designs, click here to my textile portfolio.
These have been one of my best sellers! They come in either black (as pictured here) or a mirrored silver. $16 plus shipping – they are available in my etsy shop
Here is a basic repeat pattern featuring a hand painted motif I made. If you need textile design, surface design, or illustration, please check out my website www.thecriticsdarling.com
Today my mom and I went to the Cat show in Toledo, Ohio. This is somewhat of a tradition for us since we both love cats and proclaim them to be the cutest animals in the world.