Plus-sized actress Giletta Montrose is thrilled when she lands a gig to host a new reality show called Where Fat Girls Haven't Gone. While enjoying the show's weekly stunts such as kayaking around the New York Harbor, starring in a music video and playing competitive sports, Giletta learns to navigate the broad egos, intricate politics and false friendships she encounters. Ecstatic to finally be in front of the camera, Giletta is not as surprised as everyone else when the show becomes a hit. But with success lighting her path, she can no longer ignore her dream to grace the boards of Broadway and must choose between following her heart or her bank account.
Rena Sutcliffe is not on your average Goddess-guided journey!
There's no prophecy from Machu Pichu. No mutant message. No one surfing the Himalayas. Just four Goddesses, living in Rena's head overseeing her
path of self-discovery. Wander through the keyhole of Rena's mind and lurk in the shadows as Erishkigal, Kali, Inanna and Kuan Yin steer Rena around and sometimes into Recreational drugs, Anonymous sex
Corporate politics, Past lives and Mountains of junk food... All without Rena knowing she's not in charge of her own life!
Second edition coming soon!
How do you know who's REALLY in charge of your life? There's only one way to find out. You've got to Out Your ego! Inside this gem of a book lie the keys to recognizing when ego-the perceptions and beliefs you don't even know you have-is running your life. With humor and real-life stories, Out Your ego! enables you to claim the power of your true Self and make life choices that honor who you really are.
Everything you need to raise your awareness about ego's role in your life. Easy to navigate, the book includes exercises and real-life examples along with tools and tips to nurture insights and change behavior. A real A-Z guide to help you recognize and manage your own ego.
Practical advice and encouragement for anyone who's been downsized or is just unfulfilled in their current career. This guide includes plenty of exercises and tools, all written in an easy-to-understand way, that support your journey to discovering the next step on your career path. Second edition coming soon!
Using the journey of Goddess Inanna, this workbook was created for a class at the Learning Annex in New York City. It's currently out of print but a new edition is on the horizon!
To support businesses in downtown Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership put out a call for artists to design a holiday window.
I was partnered with the Peter Lawrence Boutique on Wood Street and created a cape, hand-inked with two original Haiku and a variety of words and phrases around the theme of Space and Grace.
This was one of the most satisfying projects I've ever done because it pushed me so far out of my comfort zone. And I'm over the moon at how it turned out!
You can read about the project and hear some of my thoughts here.
The Corona Crafted Art Show - sponsored by Dormont Arts.
In July 2020, the call went out for art for the Corona Crafted Art Show. Hung in the windows of businesses along Liberty and Potomac Avenues in Dormont, the show's only requirement was that the art was created during or inspired by the pandemic. It provided a safe way for people to enjoy art from August 20-September 19, 2020. I created an Indiegogo campaign and gathered the funds to create four paintings with the first month of collaborative Haiku. The art connected viewers to each other through the common ground of emotion and experience.
I was commissioned for the Fifth Anniversary of this Earth Day fashion show to capture the stories from 10 people about a pivotal moment in their lives that changed the way they see and behave around the environment, then transform them into Haiku to be projected at the end of the runway during the show in April 2020. This project was postponed due to COVID19 and has been rescheduled for April 2021.
MISSION STATEMENT: We connect people to each other, themselves and their environment through the ancient Japanese art of Haiku.
Before the shelter in place came to Pittsburgh on March 23, 2020 the first Haiku Happiness Zoom Party had already taken place in collaboration with hyper-local news source, The Incline. That first event provided an opportunity for 20 people to discuss their concerns and fears surrounding the pandemic. You can read the resulting Haiku here.
The next event, two weeks later, was in celebration of National Poetry Month. The group drew inspiration from a painting by local artist Frank Harris and created a collaborative multi-stanza Haiku (you can see it below in the photo slide show of all the art we've done).
By the middle of April, it was clear that it would be beneficial to continue talking about what everyone was going through with the enormous changes and adjustments brought on by COVID.
Each week, we started with a discussion about the pandemic, created a Ku-Ren, and then got inspired by pieces from incredible artists like James Simon, Jacob Lawrence, Mary Cassat, Harper Henry and Ashley Longshore. Then I took the words and designed a new piece of art using the original work.
The unique piece is that each line is written by a different person so every Haiku has three authors! Each week, we write a multi-stanza Haiku called a Ku-Ren. Some of these poetic nuggets are funny, others thoughtful, and all reflect how collectively we’re experiencing and processing these very strange times. It’s awesome how such a small group of words can be bring such comfort.
The Collective is on a break now, but beyond thrilled to have connected people to their thoughts and feelings around COVID and other current events for over a year. I turned the first month of collaborative COVID Haiku into art that was shown at the Corona Crafted Art Show in September 2020. In January, three of our Haiku about navigating the pandemic went up on bus stop shelters around Pittsburgh and two more joined them in March. And in in early 2021, our Haiku on my original art was selected by the Art Against Racism Visual Culture Gallery.
Our book, Absurdity, Buffoonery and Calamity: The ABCs of a Pandemic in Haiku will be published in 2022.
The violence against people of color and the BLM movement are often topics of conversation during Haiku Ninja Collective conversations. We honestly share our thoughts, feelings, vulnerabilities and fears with each other and transform them into Haiku.
In February 2021, the national non-profit Art Against Racism put out a call for artwork to include their gallery exhibition of BLM inspired art. Using an original acrylic painting, staci created a collage of the Haiku written by the Collective on the subject and submitted our work.
On March 24th, we received notification that they'd received over 1000 entries and that our piece had been chosen as one to be included in the Art Against Racism online gallery.
Their plan was to add new pieces on Mondays and Thursdays until Junetheenth. On May 4, 2021, Art Against Racism site added our work to the gallery. You can see it on Instagram - but be sure to check out the entire gallery for thought-provoking and inspiring art.
Bus stop shelters with COVID-19 related Haiku written by The Haiku Ninja Collective. Thank you to Awesome Pittsburgh for the November 2020 award, which made our first three possible!
Butler Street and 50th Street in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
Centre Avenue and Euclid in Shadyside - Pittsburgh
Banksville Road and Crane Avenue in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's North Shore near the Carnegie Science Center.
Cedar Street near Allegheny General Hospital on Pittsburgh's North Side.
A vivid description of a work of art, The Haiku Ninja Collective has taken ekphrastic poetry to a whole new level! Honoring art of all kinds, the Collective has thoughtfully shared their observations and feelings about each piece and then collaboratively transformed them into a Ku-Ren. We've invited sculptors, painters and photographers to take part and the results are amazing!
"Y'all inspire me!!" ~ Ashley Longshore
Haiku Happiness parties enabled everyone to draw inspiration from a fabulous piece of art and discuss their observations and thoughts. Those words were used as a jumping off point to create a Ku-Ren - a multi-stanza Haiku where each line is written by a different person. One Haiku - Three Authors! staci then took the Ku-Ren and designed a new piece of art using both the original work and the poetry.
"So beautiful!" ~ Harper Henry
Below are some examples of what we've created!
Tattooed Proclamation by Lex Covato