Alison Garwood Jones

How to stop a mean girl

Originally published in February 2016 in Blog

A reprise of one of my favourite posts: I wasn’t a mean girl in school. That automatically made me a target. I didn’t solve this by auditioning to join the girls on their power trips. Rather, I tried to exist in the world despite them. My refuge was drawing. Trays of rainbow markers thrilled and distracted me […]

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It’s hard to be interesting

Originally published in May 2012 in Blog

… but every now and again something sticks. Thanks guys.

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Idea loop

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

  The circle of inspiration goes round and round and round. My thanks to Neil Farber for sending and signing a copy of his latest book, Constructive Abandonment. And in case you’re wondering how I inspired him …    

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Show me the money: Part deux

Originally published in January 2012 in Blog

For all you old-school print journalists still wondering how to make a buck from blogging, here’s how it works: Editor sees your McSweeney’s post reposted on Facebook (you’re not even friends … yet), and says, “Oh my God, I own a print of “Poster Making” (a.k.a. the FUCK OFF poster). She purchased it at the […]

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In conversation with Royal Art Lodge

Originally published in January 2012 in Blog

How did I go from this? To this? Royal Art Lodge, Poster Making, 2007, mixed media on panel, 6×6″ To recap: Last week I was randomly flipping through the book, More Things Like This, a loot bag of art and musings curated by the editors of McSweeney’s, when I stopped dead in my tracks because […]

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It can happen to you

Originally published in January 2012 in Blog

VIEWERS POUNCE ON CRUNCHY CONTENT   For those of you who still haven’t tried letting the internet do your networking for you, here’s an edited list of some of the organizations who came knocking at my door yesterday after I posted this. BTW, I crested at 870 hits and 1,100 pageviews. List courtesy of Google […]

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McSweeney’s found me

Originally published in January 2012 in Blog

While I was waiting to hear from some of my editors yesterday, I made soup and messed around on the internet. Later that afternoon, I  went to the library and pulled a book off the shelf that looked interesting only to discover a painting of me inside its pages (I haven’t sat for anybody). Turning […]

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