It always amazes me when I think back on the various things we do, looking at the steps that took us from A to B to C. This one comes with more ratiocination than some, but I still get a kick out of where the final product came from.

My little guy came home with a piece of rubber band art he bought from a buddy at school. It was all part of a math project. The first graders earned “tickets” for a period of time to purchase hand made items from the second graders. The second graders learned what was of value at their “market” and with the profits, they “bought” themselves a pizza party.  A friendly way to learn about free enterprise! As for the art acquisition, this just might be the first of many for my young Herb Vogel.

So, we have said piece of rubber band art sitting on our kitchen counter for months. One day, at the beginning of the summer break, my 16 year old suggested we do a larger version of it on the wall in our stairway.

Thus, the adventure began.  We made an afternoon of going to the fabric mart in down town Los Angeles and in true “eco friendly” style we went for the leftovers. We found a shop that sold all of its damaged and remnant fabric for $3.00 USD per pound. There we rummaged through, filling a bag with pieces we have all vowed will be put to good use.

At home, we turned up the tunes playing a mix on Songza. We measured and hammered. We cut and tied.  After a couple of hours, the final snips were made but only after an impromptu dance off! The body can’t help but move when Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson pulses through the speakers. This is what happens when you throw the plans out the window for a summer afternoon. This mama is still getting an edumacation!

* Herb Vogel(who worked for the US Postal Service) and his wife Dorthy (a librarian) were working class art collectors living in New York. In the 1970’s they had made a name for themselves within the art community. They lived off of her salary and used his salary of less then 25,000 USD per year to amass one of the most important private collections of their time. They have donated their approximately 3,900 pieces (all of which were housed in their 1 bedroom apartment) to the National Gallery.


Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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