No Door Ukes (the ukulele project)

Following a prototype (#1) in December 2015, five more ukes have been modified and labeled with the “No Door” masthead (still under development), and several more are slated for production starting in July 2016, including one concert-size uke and one mini-size uke (for smaller children, but still playable by an adult).

The ukulele project, simply put, is a series of mixed media artworks applied directly to a ukulele, rather than to a canvas or matboard.  I don’t construct the ukuleles – I just artifiy them (due to autocorrect, ARTIFY is sometimes corrected to RATIFY, which I kind of like.

The Prototype (#1) includes lines from the Irish play “No Door” by Edward Honan.  The branding of the ratified ukuleles as “No Door Ukes” pays homage to Mr. Honan’s memorable play.

Instrument #2:

The full text reads:  “Fall in love with a person who enjoys your madness, not one who forces you to be normal.”

Instrument #3: “80% of success is showing up” (Woody Allen)

Instrument #4:”Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Instrument #5: “Every professional artist was first an amateur artist.”


Instrument #6: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant” (Emily Dickinson)