I’ve been up to my pointed little ears in work. Gallery Nite was last week, so that’s always kinda epic on November because everyone is trying to get everyone else to buy what they’re selling.
(NB: I actually sold a skein of yarn. Mind, y’all, it was like a $15 skein of yarn, but baby-steps, right?)
I was also busy because my bookmaking class at the ARTgarage went (and I think it went well, but I also haven’t looked at the evaluations because evaluations scare the bejeezus out of me after years teaching College Composition. Just no.)
We made six book-types in six hours: instabooks (five forms), hard-backed concertina/accordion books, pamphlet books (they did 3-hole, and I showed them 5-hole), “easy” Coptic bound (still took an hour and a half), Japanese stab stitch (the easiest version but with supplemental instructions on the other three I have wandering around), and a folded altered-book form.
So, yeah, a lot of books in a very short amount of time.
These are two of the books that we made. Everyone chose their own colors for everything, so no person’s book was like anyone else’s unless the person chose it to be. These were the ones I made during the class so that I could show the students what to do.
It’s actually kinda difficult to make the book and talk about making the book at the same time. I hadn’t expected that for some reason. I think, if the class goes again, I’ll be better prepared for that difficulty.
…it totally didn’t help that I hadn’t made books in a while and kinda hadn’t expected the class to actually go.
I’m thinking about talking to the SAW coordinator at the ARTgarage and seeing if a bookmaking class (or papermaking or some sort of fiber arts class) might not be a good addition to the standard curriculum of painting, pastels, and drawing. Not that that isn’t all well and good and necessary, but it seems like it might be nice to start introducing them to alternative art-making forms, right?
What got me thinking about seeing about these additions is that an art!friend of mine asked me (and a bunch of other artists) if we would be interested in helping out with a high school (portable) mural project. I was, so I am. *\o/*
And, another art!friend of mine is putting together another show and has asked me if I’d like to play. This is my friend who coordinated and curated the Circus Nerve show last April, which was amazing and bizarre and we should totally do another circus-themed show because that was fantastic! The piece I made specifically for the show was this guy:
So, yeah, that’s exciting!
And, NaNo is proceeding apace. I’ve actually cracked 40,000, so only 10,000 to go!
Mind, y’all, I think I’m only through about a third of my actual plot, but meh. This silly thing is actually going to be a fully conceptualized and plotted out novel if I die trying! <–There shall be no dying; there shall only be victory!
And, that brings us to poetry. I have been promising, so here are some of the poems I’ve been writing and posting on my on-the-go studio Tumblr/fandom Tumblr (because, if y’all have noticed, a lot of my art-practice is highly conceptualized from visual culture/popular culture, fairy tales, myths, legends, and well, yeah).
Okay, I really must go off and commit more literary atrocities.
Have a good Thanksgiving or Thursday, depending on where y’all are!