100 Creatives

25: Tara Logsdon

25: Tara Logsdon
Tara Logsdon
grew up in Arizona. She escaped to Seattle for a short time, where she owned gallery ent>tourage and discovered her love for digital animation. She returned to Phoenix in 2001 and worked as a graphic designer, photo stylist, display coordinator, curator, and as an event planner in the downtown Phoenix area. After working at many different companies she finally found a home at bluemedia where she is currently the office "momager." ("Eat your heart out Kris Jenner," she says.)

In 2002, she rescued her first bear from a yard sale and a surgeon was born. She's currently building a bear army (the EKL Bearmy); she rescues teddy bears from valley thrift stores and performs "rehabilitative surgery." After a full recovery, each bear is given a unique prescription that must be followed until it has adapted to its new environment. Once they have acclimated into the world, the bears become soldiers in the war against mass production.

Read more about Logsdon and her bear obsessions after the jump ...

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).
- Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
- My grandparents' wedding photo
- Frank Stella's agbatanas
- Kerseone riding a donkey
- Googly eyes

2. What was your last big project?
My last big project was developing the different branches of the bearmy. I have introduced the 101st bearborn and am now in the process of developing the bearmy's DC&S (data collection & storage) Agency.
These bears engage in covert activities of surveillance and storage of mission data and provide intelligence gathered for security purposes. Kind of like "nanny cams" with an edge.

3. What's your next big project?
I am working with Wade Blackmon on a 10-foot-6-inch armed bear made from re-claimed material for a show entitled "Hindu Hug Orgy". It is in homage to the Hindu god Ganesh and his ability to clear and overcome obstacles.

4. Why do you do what you do?
I am strongly opposed to mass production and consumption. I feel like we live in such a disposable culture without any remorse. When I go into a thrift store and I see all these bears who once belonged to someone who loved them now face down, left for dead, WREAKING of that awful cinnamon air freshener smell, I just want to rescue them.

It seems like the value of things disappear when you have the opportunity to instantly replace them. I love flipping it and making something that has been discarded into something cherished. It makes me feel like I am making things right.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
Animal Chin lives in my attic.

(And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)

I am a compulsive bear hoarder (but some of you already knew that).

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner

98. Carol Panaro-Smith

97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

36. Kade Twist

35. Cindy Dach

34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle

32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan

29. Lesli Yazzie
28. Nathan Feller

27. Cassandra Coblentz

26. Matt Dickson

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