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rainbows forever… (tnks, mom :)

Nineteen eighties has never been so alive… So here is a bit of awesomeness that was mine growing up… I never really appreciated all the love and creativity my Mom put into the cool clothes she made me, but I sure do now!  She is a true inspiration and keeps...

Squatter guest Artist for Eastside Artisan & Flea… Porn Nail$ Rosemarie Romero

You wouldn’t think of getting your nails done as art… But you will now! Artist Rosemarie Romero of Porn Nail$™ is an interactive installation & performance project that functions as a mobile queer-feminist nail salon. Employing tropi-camp performances and latina kitsch, She create humorous social encounters and cultural exchanges that...

“Pinta Mi Cuna” completed baby cot…

Here’s a quick recap & after pics of the “Pinta Mi Cuna” collaboration with Give Wink & Babyhome I had approx. 7 weeks to “recreate the crib” according to my vision/style. The cradles will then be exhibited and auctioned in an effort to raise funds for TECHO during Art Basel...

Local Artist to Present Outdoor Pop-Up Market & Flea

Hollywood, FL – Alissa Alfonso and SquatterPopUp are pleased to present, Eastside Artisan & Flea, a curated outdoor pop-up market featuring local artisans, upcycled, vintage, live music, food, and drinks in a local vintage setting. This “can’t miss art & flea event” takes place November 5th from 6-10pm at The...

Halloween vi·gnette

Pulling out the Halloween box this year has lost some of its anticipation, my boys appreciate the Halloween styled throughout the house, but they no longer get down and dirty decorating with me. Goldie is a different story, she had me take down the Halloween stuff two weeks ago!  We...

Eastside Artisan & Flea

I’m gearing up again for another Squatter event at one of my favorite hidden gems in east Hollywood.  Squatter’s event Eastside Handmade was such a huge success.  The support from the Hollywood community inspired me to bring an Artist & Flea event to the hood…  When you enter the winding...

Superfine Art Week Mention

Miami’s freshest and most affordable art fair takes its philosophy on the road with info sessions in the Big Apple and abroad in Mexico City plus a 2016 teaser highlighting some of the top-notch talent you’ll see at this year’s Superfine! during Miami Art Week. Work from past series by...

Pinta Mi Cuna means paint my crib!

When the peeps from Give Wink, the super hip baby & kid everything store in Aventura Fl contacted me about recreating this baby cot, I was hooked!   The baby cot is a highly designed travel cot, it was super easy to assemble, and this is coming from a mom...

A new “bud” for the family….

June’s Photo shoot all stemmed from plastic bags…. Fusing plastic creates a material that is easiely transformed into whatever you fancy. I fuse plastic by layering plastic between parchment paper and ironing till melted. I mix the plastic similar to the paint, layering colors and decals, labels, designs and words....

Fairy Tail Endings

Fairy Tail Endings…  The Humane Society of Broward County is thrilled to have a feeding partnership with Purina, so all the dogs & cats at the shelter are fortunate to benefit from it.  We thought we would pay tribute to Purina by including them in May’s photo shoot.  The staff...

Squatter at Sailboat Bend….

Sunday was a beautiful day… The first annual Sailboat Arts Festival was a success.  There was a great turn out, and so much good art!  Here’s some pictures of @squatterpopup in nautical style, and a link to squatters’s featured paper collage artist Peter Matcau  New squatter dates coming soon…

come sail away…

I’m super excited to let you know about this Sunday’s first annual Sailboat Bend Art’s Festival.  I will be there with @squatterpopup… The festival is in conjunction with the 1310 Gallery and Artist Lofts in Sail Boat Bend Ft. Lauderdale.  There will be indoor working artist studios to explore as well...

HELLO spring….

Yesterday was my March photo shoot at the Humane Society of Broward County .  It all began with two vintage curtain panels I thrifted from a local Hollywood thrift shop.  I hate to brag, but I scored about 30 yards of mint condition floral fabric from the mid-sixties.  The curtains we’re...

Squatter what…huh?

What the heck is Squatter, You ask… Well, “@SquatterPopUp” is a curated mobile Art Gallery space.  Artists, Craftspeople and Art Installations as solo or a group will exhibit their artwork using a mobile platform.  Squatter started as an idea for a pop-up art exhibit in my hometown of Hollywood Florida… Hoping...

Arting it up yesterday at Children’s Harbor…

 I spent part of the day yesterday at Children’s Harbor creating a fabric collage with some of the girls.  Bringing art to these young ladies is such a rewarding experience.  When I arrived with all the materials to make the collage, I think they thought I was nuts… Working in a...

Hearts of Space

In the early-to-mid 80s my pre-teen bedroom was overflowing with the following decor: Hearts Unicorns Couds and… RAINBOWS. From rainbow shoelaces, stickers, barrettes, corkscrew earrings to a fabric puffy rainbow wall-hanging above my bed I, along with every other girl in the sixth grade, had rainbow fever.  My love of rainbows...

introducing the “Pom”

Today was a beautiful winter day… It actually looked & felt like Fall outside.  I know it doesn’t look like it, but Goldie stayed home from school because she was “sick”.  I don’t advocate playing hooky from school, but spending the day with her was so refreshing and creative having...

a little sunshine on a cloudy day…

I’ve been saving “Cloud Accessory” for January’s photo shoot at the Humane Society Broward County for almost a year.  The 3-dimentional piece was created with upcycled plastic bags that I fused, using an iron as well as a heat gun.  The plastic “material” was then cut, machine stitched, and stuffed...

rocked out & patched up

It might be far-fetched to think that the embroiderer patches my Mom put on everything I owned as a kid would shape the adult I am today, but it’s impossible to deny the emotional sway the patches of my youth still have over me.  Embroidered patches are little pieces of...

“Deco Dreamazing”

“Deco Dreams”  seems like yesterday!  But it was actually shot last spring here at my house.  The collaboration took months of planning, designing, making and months of waiting for the editorial to be picked up by a publication.  These gorgeous  photos were taken by Shaina Leigh Photography .  The models were...

*Star Light, Star Bright*

December’s styled photo shoot at Humane Society of Broward County was for the stars…  I created fused plastic stars with upcycled plastic bags, a couple of them I stuffed with battery operated lights.  The photo studio that I photograph the animals in at the Humane Society is a tiny room,...

thankful for southwest inspirations…

I’ve always had a thing for the American Southwest. I’m drawn to its bold colors and its rugged beauty.  My November mantel is pure southwest inspiration.  A collection of handmade paper Teepee’s that my kids have created throughout the years, and a few that I made for samples for an upcoming...