december 21, 2011, 11am - 3pm


Can't find a gift for that really picky, hard to buy for friend, sister, or neighbor?  Stop by the HDTS HQ and Mt Fuji in downtown Joshua Tree this Wednesday, December 21, 11am - 3pm for a last minute gift sale!

Shop for all new succulent and cacti planters at the HDTS HQ while you stay warm with spiked cider and GF cookies.

Stop by Mt Fuji General Store for lots of new gift items - most under $10, with lots of stocking stuffers for $2.

Happy Holidays from Joshua Tree!

A Workshop for Conjecture
November 12th 2011

26 Danielle McCullough and Gabie Strong, Blast Site: A Monument to Future Failures, 2011. Cyanotype fabric, painted leather, slipcrete, silver, ash, paint, pallets, wood, 16mm film with pen and ink, 16mm projector. Photo by Gabie Strong.

Artists Danielle McCullough and Gabie Strong will lead a sun-print cyanotype process workshop using 19th century photographic techniques and contemporary materials gathered from the desert floor to produce images of white on a sea of bright blue. Blast Site is a monument to future failures, marking survival in the high desert, invoking both the ancient and the new. The workshop includes a post-apocalyptic narrative hike through Blast Site—through the urban, rural and mythic areas of the high desert—followed by a cyanotype process printing demonstration using sunlight and detritus. Workshop attendees will learn how to create beautiful, blue-print like photographs to commemorate their travels through Blast Site. The workshop demonstration will be followed by a barbecued vegetarian lunch including native vegetation.

Gabie and Danielle have designed and printed an exclusive, hand-made limited-edition artist book and CD soundtrack for workshop attendees. Titled Blast Site: A Field Guide to Excavating Our Future Failures, this book presents high desert field research including essays on the military-industrial complex, indigenous mythology of the region, poetry, survival cooking recipes, maps and ephemera.   

JUDGEMENT DAY: portraits of queer style
a reading by tania hammidi

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 11 am
HDTS HQ, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree author Tania Hammidi teamed up with fine art photographers Leon Mostovoy, Love Ablan, and Lola Flash to explore queer and LGBT fashion and clothing styles emphasizing stud, ftm, gender-queer and butch masculinities. JUDGEMENT DAY, a book of photography and essays, is the result.

Tania will be reading from her opening essay. Photographer Leon Mostovoy will discuss his photographic techniques and concepts for the book.



Thank You!

39 OutOut Houses by LeRoy Stevens, HDTS 2011HDTS 2011 was amazing!!  Thank you so much to everyone who turned out for the event last weekend...we are so grateful for your support and involvement.  As things slowly return to a more normal pace here at the HDTS headquarters, we are spending lots of time reminiscing about all of the highlights of the weekend.  Besides wanting to thank all of our awesome attendees, we want to put out a huge thanks to the following people who helped make it all happen.

A huge thanks to our guest curators Brooks Hudson Thomas, The McCarthy Family, and Robert Stone, for bringing us a bunch of artists, designers, and architects who were committed, smart, resourceful, and a total delight to work with.  We are so grateful for your participation, as we know that it took a lot of time and energy to curate such well considered selections!

Another massive thank you to the entire lineup of HDTS 2011 artists: Ball Nogues Studio, bodycity, Bob Carr, Claude Collins-Stracensky, N. Dash, Sam Falls, and Kol Solthon, Sid M. Duenas and Naotaka Hiro, Shari Elf, Dawn Kasper, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Ephraim Puusemp, Kiersten Puusemp, ROLU and WELCOME PROJECTS, Scout Regalia, Adam Silverman, LeRoy Stevens, and Von Tundra, for all your hard work and relentless dedication to your HDTS projects!  We truly hope that you feel all the waves of good will and appreciation for your efforts, and that you will return to say hello or possibly even evolve your high desert projects further in the future.

And a super loud shout-out to Mary, Laura, and James Sibley and everyone at the Palms, for so graciously hosting us - serving up a delicious lasagna dinner AND performing the very same night!

David Dodge, for designing our lovely publication - on a really tight deadline (true to HDTS tradition)

Tellef Tellefson, for designing our website and helping us make it as informative and easy to use as possible!

Ari Marcantonio, for good-naturedly tackling any task, from installing HDTS signs and spearheading the sandwich board project, to baking up several batches of delicious gluten-free cookies!  (We know you are going back to LA, but hope you will be back out to help with future events.)

Suzanne Calkins, our smart and dedicated archivist, for your continued hard work on the website and for bringing your amazing friends on board!

Patrick Woody, for your sparkling energy, and for being on call and ready to assist with any and all HDTS-related needs at a moment’s notice...

E*Rock, Tara Jane ONeil, Lisa Schonberg and Tyler Held, who made us want to put Portland, Oregon as our next destination on the HDTS driving map.

The Sibleys, for your warmth and authenticity - and for always keeping it cool no matter how much is piled on your plate.

Jamuel Saxon for making the long haul to put on a great show s at the Palms!

Llano del Rio, for uncovering the long lost High-Desert Peace Pipe Archives and sharing this rich material with HDTS.

Our core team of headquarter volunteers - the driving force keeping everything up and running at the HQ: Catharine Stebbins, Jay Lizo, Brian Bosworth, Jena Lee, and Sofia Arreguin.

Our new HQ volunteers who turned out for the weekend: Montana Graboyes, Vivian Haesloop, Samantha Plakun, Lia Griesser, Laurel Bybee, Eva Struble, Danielle McCullough, and Marie Saldana for holding down the fort at the HDTS HQ and keeping an eye on the sites during the event!

David Eaves, Tano Ferrer, Bucky Glaubitz, Katya Khan, Roman Khan, Stephanie Lie, Kate Moxham, Geoff Tuttle, Kerri Tuttle, and Bari Ziperstein for giving our artists a hand with their installs!

Shaun Regen and Regen Projects, for your continued support of HDTS and for hosting the lovely artists’ brunch.

Hannah Rose Vainstein and the Lower Lodge, for providing HDTS guests with a shady spot to retreat from the sun and enjoy a cup of tea.

Hannah Stearn, Andrea's ultra amazing A-Z West intern from the UK - and covergirl of the HDTS 2011 publication

Andy Stillpass for generously offering your Gamma Gulch parcel as a HDTS project test site!

Molly Sullivan, for your block printing expertise!

ForYourArt, for your continued support of HDTS!

David John for sharing some great interviews with HDTS artists on YHBHS.

John Schuster and Clea Benson, our landlords at the Starlite, for your ongoing understanding and support.

Gordon and Miriam Zittel, for all your help behind the scenes.

Thank you so much!

HDTS 2011 October 15-16

35 Photo by Aurora Tang.
The HDTS 2011 Event is immanent!  There are a lot of important last minute details that need to go out.

*Shari Elf is looking for singers to participate in The World Famous Crochet Museum’s Gospel Revival.  If you have ever sung gospel, or just fantasized about belting it out, give Shari a shout.  There will be rehearsals in Joshua Tree the week before the event.  Contact Shari Elf for more info.

*Support and learn more about Claude Collins-Stracensky's United States Artists fundraising campaign for his HDTS 2011 project Solar Distiller/Fountains.

*An Indian Casino is proposed for Joshua Tree, just east of the dinosaurs on Highway 62. There will be a meeting at the Joshua Tree Community Association in the JT Community Center (6171 Sunburst) at 10 am on Saturday the 15th to discuss these plans.  It is critical to get a large turnout at this meeting because Sen. Feinstein's representative has told us that he will make his recommendation based on community input.  Please help protest the casino and come to this meeting before heading out to see the sites. Read about it in the Joshua Tree Star.

The HDTS 2011 Driving Map will be posted the week before the event.  Download it if you are driving in from out of town so that you can check out the western sites such as Andy’s Gamma Gulch Site (Pioneertown) and Sky Village Swap Meet (Yucca Valley) on your way to the HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree .

The HQ will have lots of things for sale, including the HDTS publication, books, cool succulents and planters, life enhancement accessories, and refreshments. *Bring lots of cash.  The Dinner at the Palms will be a cash only event as well.

Plan your trip wisely.  Bring lots of water, snacks, big hats, sunscreen, a trash bag for your refuse – and be ready to help dig fellow travelers out of the sand.

Remember – HDTS is run on a shoestring budget.  Our entire event is built upon the generosity of our artists (who are totally self-funded) and our awesome volunteer force.  We need you to help make lots of goodwill between HDTS and our local community – so be cool, be respectful, spend money in their shops, and don’t hesitate to jump in and help out.