ELFWORLD: You may already live there…

A piece by Tom and Barbara (Elfworld) now available on their Etsy page…


Their description…

“Floating baskets” 36.5″x48″
A truly collaborative piece by Tom and Barbara inspired by Britta water filters? No really, this painting is inspired by quilted textile designs, basketry and the motorcycle riders of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Tom and Barbara have a show on right now at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. Here’s the promo text…

Elf World: Inneractive Apiecolypse

1026 Arch Street (2nd Floor)
Philadelphia PA 19107
Opening February 6th, 2009 7-10pm
show runs through February 28th

Nomadic peoples pulled by yaks and holding candy colored machine guns. Skulls of past histories hold secrets of future breaths. Pie, cake, tea, food for the spirits. New visions in an ancient mind. Natural blessings in artificial spaces, welcome to the Tree Cafe.

Sweetness reins as the colors engulf the soul. Sadness take hold of a still installation representing the presence of peoples hanging onto dreams of natural worlds. Community gathers to nourish the holes of torn dreams and sweet hearts.

Sugar cakes and fruit tarts washed down with a cup of hot tea is sure to appease the gods and grant us forgiveness from our ancestors. Come join us in mind, body and spirit in the beginning of a new age.

Tom and Barbara have been living in Bedford Stuyvesant, NY for the past seven years. Barbara enjoys making one of a kind garments for her company, Bobbi Clothes, making music with the experimental group, Animental, and hanging out in parks with Jimmy, the dog. Tom enjoys fishing, reading Native American poetry as well as playing music with theusaisamonster and Elvish Presley. This is Barbara and Tom’s second collaborative art show. The first being, New Wijiji, New Age Frontier shown at Mountain Fold gallery (mfoldgallery.com) in September. 2008.

Please check out our etsy site, www.elfworld.etsy.com!

And here’s another painting available from their Etsy page…


“Kindling the frontier fire”
acrylic on canvas 36″x27″

This painting was created while living in the woods in upstate NY. We were lucky enough to set up our studio in a large tent on a friends land.
This painting depicts life on the New Age frontier highly recommended for those inspired by firelight.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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