167 GISHtravel TeamMeeseItem 163 IMAGE: If GISHWHES were a destination vacation, what would the brochure look like?
All of the images were from either Misha’s Twitter feed or GISHWHES’ feed. Misha actually composes better than many client provided images I’ve received, so this was a blast! I’m not a fan of copywriting too much either, but apparently it just depends how seriously you have to write…

83ChurroUsesItem 83 IMAGE: Mexico is famous for the perfect dessert: the churro. We know churros are delicious, but what else are they good for? Improve on perfection by modifying a churro to serve an alternate non-food purpose.
I shot all of the photos for this, and luckily I had a friend and her son, who were very willing accomplices! I guess my design background is obvious when an ad is what I immediately chose to do, rather than just one image…

GISHWHES 2016 Item 111 IMAGE: Magazines get a lot of flak for airbrushing models, promoting unrealistic expectations and contributing to body image issues. Take a photo from a magazine that depicts a body that is an unrealistic ideal… and, using Photoshop, recreate what you believe to be the original, unretouched photo. Your Photoshopped image must include all of the following: additional limbs, machinery, tentacles, and at least one additional enhancement.
This was definitely something different than I’m used to as I’m usually removing stuff from photos! Apologies to Meisel though as I’m sure he would have noticed an adorable octopus sneaking onto the set.

38RageAgainstDyingLightItem 38 IMAGE: Rage against the dying of the light.
A friend had the perfect lamp to murder, and a son who could be rather melodramatic.

GISHWHES 2015Item 99 IMAGE: The problem with growing kale is that hipsters are always trying to sneak into my garden to steal it! Show what a trap would look like to catch these pests. Extra points if you capture (alive) a real life hipster.
A “hipster” friend of ours really nailed what I was going for in my concept! And I even make a 14 inch tall “Almond Milk with Kale” package for the bait… (tweaking the main imagery off an existing brand and adding several elements). I apparently can’t just do anything simply… I was going to add the cheesy starburst again, but just couldn’t find room, and though the design is meant to be a bit cheesy, I couldn’t bring myself to lose any more imagery! **Update** This was chosen for inclusion in the official 2015 GISHWHES coffee table book. I get nothing, but am glad at least for the recognition as I loved how it turned out! Special thanks to photographer Cliff Jette, who worked with me to get this all shot.

GISHWHES 2015  Item 28 IMAGE: Blow us away with your amazing cosplay as a famous inanimate object.
For whatever reason, I immediately thought of a Monolith, and I knew exactly which shoes I wanted. Credit to Cliff Jette for the composition and lighting as I couldn’t see a thing in there!

Item 15 IMAGE: Groucho Marx a piece of fruit. No, we don’t know what this means either, but we’re excited to see what you come up with.
It is suggested that Groucho Marx once said, “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” It’s apparently debatable if he actually said it, but it is what I decided the item means. And it’s amazing how a strobe, some fishing wire and a wrench can simulate flight. Side note, I kind of amazed myself with the structural stability of my Banana Corsair, I didn’t want to take it apart, though I knew it would become disgusting at some point, so I sacrificed it to my “edible spaceship” item later in the week…

GISHWHES 2015  Item 119 IMAGE: Create the Impala or any iconic object from “Supernatural” out of compost scraps.
I’m not usually quite as good at the items where you create from non-traditional objects, but I was pretty happy with how this turned out. Especially that it was mobile and allowed for a “usage” photo! Fortunately we have curbside “Yardy” (ie, compostable stuff) pick-up, so we already regularly collected the materials. And it turns out we drink a LOT of coffee apparently… I chose the “First Blade” btw, and the second image represents the character, Dean, wielding it. (photos by me) Materials in use: sticks, old lily leaves, lots of coffee grounds, paper towels with coffee staining, egg shells, strips of tomato and a bit of parsley for texture to the background.


GISH Challenge #3: It’s Mother’s Day this weekend in the US – Macaroni necklaces are so passé. Everyone knows what moms really love are high-end fashion designer macaroni handbags. Create an haute couture handbag from any or all of the following: pasta, beans, or rice… inspired by a maternal figure in your life. Post a photo featuring your fashion bag artistically displayed to social media tagged #BagByGISH
Oh the challenges of constructing with pasta! GISH changed their name and began issuing random challenges throughout the year rather than just during the annual hunt. My pasta didn’t quite cooperate as much as I wanted, so I tried to make up for it with the photo, taken in a nearby vacant lot. Also, apologies to McQueen… though I doubt they’ve ever had to get pasta to behave!

Item 075 VIDEO: TIMELAPSE. Icarus isn’t the only winged legend who shouldn’t fly too close to the sun. Create a wax figure of Castiel (complete with wings). Then, in timelapse, slowly melt him. Set it to your favorite dramatic score.
I’m actually rather proud of this one. Not only did I carve something for the first time, but I really like how all the pieces came together too. It gave me some practice in Premiere too as I had to condense the 23 minutes it took to fully melt down to about 14 seconds, but as I really wanted certain parts like the flame in the beginning, and an area towards the middle when the wing fell off, I got to make different cuts to vary the speeds. I also got to use Audition some as my personal version uses Social Distortion’s “Ring of Fire,” but the particular clip is 2-3 seconds too long, so I had to work to get that to fit without sounding weird (that one isn’t shown as, well, copyrights and all… )

GISHWHES 2015Item 201 IMAGE: Show us something you find beautiful that most others would deem ugly.
The bunny lover in me immediately claimed this item. People think “oh! bunnies are so cute! I want one!” but don’t bother to think about how much work they are. You can’t just leave them in a cage, they need a lot of attention and plenty of space to run around– which means lots of bunny proofing so they don’t hurt or even electrocute themselves (cords are chewy and yummy!). But I digress… With a house bun, it’s “all about the poo.” It’s often the first sign you’ll see if anything is wrong, before it’s too late. So good, healthy poos is BEAUTIFUL as it means your bun is healthy! People get grossed out, but they’re not like other animal poo, they’re dry and mostly grass… and a sign of a healthy bun, which is the most important thing!

C.O.W.S. Team BrandingTeam Logo and Social Media Items
Teams don’t always come up with logos, and it’s certainly not required, but we changed our name this year and it just kind of needed one! The logo is based on what unofficially became the official emoji of our group, and the coloring and stylized social media usage (Facebook Group and icons for miscellaneous) is tied to the look of Gish for this season. And, yes, I actually even made a shirt.

Item 121 VIDEO: This submission may be 1 minute or less. Go to one of these places and have a local tell you the story of how the place got its name. https://www.instagram.com/sadtopographies/ The video must start with you next to a sign that identifies the location.
Got to play around with Premiere Pro, and make a trip to What Cheer! Though the population is way down, it’s a really pretty area, and though mostly abandoned, the buildings are really cool. Photos/video by me (except the two archive photos which are the city’s). Music is the Welsh anthem, which is actually an incredibly cool tune.

Item 158 IMAGE or VIDEO: A novel life form.
Novel: adj. of a new kind; different from anything seen or known before
We’ve had a bun in the house for 17 of the past 20 years, and to this day we still will stop and stare at it, wondering just what the heck that little fuzzy creature really is…
I actually played a little with Final Cut. Not much, but as it was my first time using it, it isn’t too bad…