Bonnie Fan

Bonnie can be found staring too intently out the window on the red line, trying to play along to "Down by the Riverside" at Old Town jams, or perfecting a left hook to the smell of sugar cookies above Dulcelandia piñata store.

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The Architect’s Dream House

A dreamscape is born when you empty a place of people. Just east of the Beverly Shores Camping ground, a treeline dangling its fall leaves beckoned me and a few friends out of of the water during a camping trip made one year ago to the Indiana Dunes. “This looks exactly like a Hans Christian Anderson fairtyale book,” …

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A Month of Boundaries: Red Line Book Club

Hillel gifted us with this idea of creating a space within a space after he started busting out moves at a club. The audience told him, “You’re a really good dancer!” But rather than rock out to the dance club grooves he didn’t care for, he had popped in his earbuds. The club was just …

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A Month of Preview: Genius Gambler

This month’s theme is “Genius: Be an Inventor.” Unfortunately for me, no genius source of inspiration came readily, until I stopped wracking my brain for ways to make something original and new. I’m going to try to borrow from one of the oldest tropes associated with “The Genius” – as someone who games the system, …

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Gaslighting with Bonnie Fan

For “A Month of Gaslighting,” I went fishing for babies in the Chicago river.

What do you catch with babies, you ask?

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Girl With a Face Tattoo – A Month of Gaslighting

I used to help out with a comics studio called Sunbros Studios, and this year for the comics convention C2E2 I returned to the booth with Beijing opera-style Monkey King face paint, to emulate the main character of their book Monkey Fist (an adaptation of the Journey to the West tale). Afterwards, I met up …

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20 Chicagoans Map Chicago

“Excuse me!” “Excuse– oh I’m so sorry ma’am, you’re eating.” “Yes, okay! I’m doing a quick little project here. Can you draw me a map of the Chicago neighborhoods?” For this month’s prompt, A Month of Maps, I briefly considered revisiting a Ghost Bikes of Chicago project, before I stumbled on this crowd-sourced world map, …

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