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so–things

and, yeah, i realize that the first post i’ve done in forever being at almost 3(-ish)am my time is peculiar, but insomnia and depression do strange things to your brain.  *hands*

this post comes in five parts.

first part the first:  definitely depere starts this week, and I have been remiss in saying anything about it.

(my brain is/has been an unhappy, tumultuous place, and for some reason, art-related anything has been difficult for me to talk about?  idek.)

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lootcrate, gallery nite, pretty deadly, and wicdiv

so–i’ve been busy again, especially since i just picked up reviewing several comic series for The Rainbow Hub:  Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnickThe Wicked + The Divine by Kieron GillenSex Criminals by Matt Fraction (who wrote Hawkeye), and Saga by Brain K. Vaughn (who wrote Runaways).

my Sex Criminals and Saga recap reviews come out later this week, but DECONNICK AND GILLEN BOTH REBLOGGED MY REVIEWS ON TUMBLR.

is this real life?!?!

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jellyfish, sketch-a-day, dominion, and teen wolf

I swear, these subject lines just keep getting longer and weirder and longer.

So–if you’ve somehow missed this because it was really only decided on, like, Friday–I’m going to be doing video reviews of Teen Wolf for The Rainbow Hub.

(Video of me talking about it and testing out my new, incredibly craptastic camera is below.  And, if you’ve seen me blathering about it already, sorry?)

Also, Dominion just started on Thursday, and I’m reviewing that too, so y’all should check The Rainbow Hub for all the reviews.

Sketch-a-day is still going.  I drew some particularly bamf things, so here they are.

 

So, Toothless and The Blue Caterpillar from The Looking Glass Wars.  I’m pretty pleased.

I won’t go all the way to punch-pleased, but pretty-pleased I can do.

And–the jellyfish I finished at Gallery Night.

Yeah, I just kinda wanted to share the things with y’all early because nervous and excited.  Nervcited?  Exvous?

NERVCITED.

Best of both worlds.

And, video:

I’ll be doing vid reviews of the first four three seasons also.  Just, ya know, summations.

Remember, I’m taking commissions now and that there are shirts and things on my Redbubble.

Courage.

Gallery Nite

So, yeah, Gallery Nite is tomorrow night from 5-8 if any of y’all are in the Green Bay area.

As per usual, I’ll be demo-ing at the ARTgarage.

And, maybe–just maybe–things will be a little less sporadic around here with the actual posting of the art and art-related things because–*pauses dramatically*–I HAVE GOTTEN A NEW LAPTOP.

That actually, ya know, does the things that laptops are supposed to do.

*pets darcy*

So, yeah, posting and stuff.

I AM VICTORIOUS.  I DRINK FROM THE KEG OF GLORY.

*wheeeeeeeeeeeezes*

…so, I might just have to suck it up

And, move my blog days to Fridays for now?  With my current writing schedule, which has the majority of everything due on Monday with Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD due on on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, Tuesday’s been acting like a–day off?

Not even really that because I do the preliminary watching of Sleepy Hollow to write that week’s review, so make of that what you will.

…it doesn’t help that, with the embroidery series (THAT STILL DOESN’T HAVE A NAME FOR SOME REASON), I really need something that I can just sit and watch/listen too while I work.

I need to get used to just streaming something like whoa on Netflix or Hulu.  Y’all wouldn’t believe how much embroidery I got done mainlining the first eight episodes of the Supernatural anime (Who thought that was a good idea?  It’s all sorts of not-right. <3)

So, speaking of getting work done, this is what I’ve been working on this week:

This is currently what the larger of my two work surfaces looks like. The other work surface has glass over a huge portion of it so that I can do monoprinting. I also has a huge cutting mat underneath it so that I always have a measuring/positioning grid, and when I’m doing fabric things, I have a huge cutting mat to, ya know, cut fabric on.

But, the piece that I finished (for certain values of “piece”–for my money, it’s an interesting experiment, but who knows, yeah?) is embroidery over mixed media (paint, ink, and pastel) on handmade paper that started off looking like this:

And, now that I’m done with the embroidery, it looks like this:

I thought I was having a kinda Cardcaptor Sakura/CLAMP moment, but when gnome came home and saw it, gnome’s first thought was that this is what The Lights Over The Arby’s (Welcome to Night Vale) look like.

So, The Lights are Wheels.

Kk.  It’s possibly.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to accept and adapt that interpretation, but it’s certainly more interesting than my whole lotta nothing I had going on.  *hands*

So, yeah.  Slow art-ing week is slow, but I GOT SOME THINGS DONE.

I’m–gonna go do something.  *shifty-eyed*

Okay, I’m probably just gonna go play Candy Crush or make a cuppa tea or something.  idk.  It’s like 11:30 pm here, and I have to go into Green Bay tomorrow to see Runner, Runner so that I can write my review on it for The Rainbow Hub.

And pay my studio rent at the ARTgarage.

THE LIFE OF AN ARTING AND WRITING SQUID.

It’s tragic, yeah?

Courage.

Gallery Nite Green Bay Debrief

So, a pretty decent turn out at the ARTgarage despite the Wisconsin weather being its typical can’t-decide-if-it’s-gonna-snow-or-rain-or-be-ridiculously-bright-and-cherry self.  (FYI:  It’s snow right now.  *SIGH*  What-EVER.)

So, if y’all have been following tentacle-made studios at home via FacebookTwitter/Vine (I’m triesquid on Vine too.), or Tumblr*, you’ll already be fairly versed in all of this, but meh, feel free to skip ahead to the videos if  ya’d like.

*I always feel like I should explain about my Tumblr.  It started out as a on-the-go, more-free-wheeling art blog and has quickly become a weird hybridization of my studio practice, activism, art morgue, fic and poetry (some written by me and some not), and fandom artifacts (which are important because my art practice is informed by Visual Culture/Popular Culture and fandom iterations of VC/PC have become a part of that for me with fandom’s critical thinking and free-range creativity), so my Tumblr is a bit wild and wacky.

So, stuff sold, which is kinda a nice change of pace, and I’m starting to thing about revisiting the idea of the plushie unnamed friends since I had a bunch of kids kinda go mental over the fungoid owlets.

unnamed friends: fungoid owlet (18/100)
2012
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I dunno.  I think the other unnamed friends could translate nicely to something Ugly Doll-esque.

unnamed friends: Stymie
2011
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

And, that’s kinda beside the point.  Gallery Nite debrief–GO!

Miss Zoe from Knits by Zoe and ‘Lain (We went to art school together.) came out and spun with me.  It was nice.  I don’t get to spend enough time with either one of them since they live in Green Bay, and I’m way-the-way out in BFE-Shawano.

Instagram photo taken by whee71 (aka Gnome)

This was my display filled with all sorts of fun things, which the break down was basically–

14 art batts, 10 drop spindles, 5 ball-winders, and 4 knitty-knotties (which I misspelled on the tags because I can never decide if “knotty” has one t or two–what can ya do?).

Additionally, there was some handmade jewelry, fungoid owlets, button packs, and plot bunnies.

Here’s a better idea of what the display looked like.  That’s ‘Lain in the back–fighting with her wheel.

This is the wonderful and talented Miss Zoe of Knits by Zoe spinning away on a Hello Purl art batt in order to make her dreads that she sells at The Glass Monkey in Green Bay.

And, speaking of Hello Purl (I could explain the tangent, but I don’t wanna!  Mwhahahahahahahaha!), there’s evidently a new Arts Events website being developed called something like “Whoa New”.  I didn’t quite catch their name, but I did have a nice chat with the Writer and Photographer (who we’re having a One-Degree of Separation thing).  So, that’s exciting and totally something that the area needs, like whoa.

Also, my very own Gnome is going to be the musical entertainment at the June Gallery Nite, so yeah, y’all should come out and listen to him play.

Courage.

…I don’t know.

After the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday (and always, always, always, the bombings that happen everyday all over the world that I know are happening but am able to push away)–I don’t know–I don’t really feel like I have anything to say today.

Thursday is Gallery Nite.  Come out and play with us.  I’ll be at the ARTgarage; I’ll be demo-ing and have art yarn, knitty-knotties, art batts, drop spindles, and ball winders for sale.

Definitely DePere is coming up.  I’ll be at that too.

So, instead of blaming people that we have no evidence to blame, let’s instead watch John Green:

“Look for the helpers.  You will always find people that are helping.”  (Mr. Rogers)

I have committed dye-ing–

BOW BEFORE ME!

Well, not really.  Y’all don’t have to do that.  I’m just being silly.

But!  I have washed like 10-12 lbs. of (local) alpaca today and dyed it and a bunch of domestic wool, silk, merino, and mohair today.

I may not have gotten my studio cleaned today, but I did do this…basically, so I had more stuff to spin.

Which means, I’m going to have to card all of this first.

*SIGH*

…I’m never going to get the black to come our right. *is sad*

But, see–

Sudsy alpaca.

Mind you, this was about 10 minutes before I managed to face-plant into the (mostly) empty vat and bruised the hell outta myself.  I’m graceful, I am.

Never let it be said that artists don’t sacrifice for (to) their art.  Art gets pissy if it isn’t sacrificed to on the regular.

I’m totally not joking.

*is joking–kinda*

Oh!  I classed on Saturday, and it was the largest class I’ve had yet:  eight people.  I even sold some yarn.

So, if y’all wanna know the super-basics of drop-spindle making, here’s vidlet.

I love drop spindles.  They’re totally physics in action!

For art!

For science!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the quiet set-up before the storm class.

Okay, I’m gonna go and tend to my various bruises by flumping somewhere comfortable.

Courage.

So, stuff. THINGS. /oblique TWD reference

Yeah, I don’t even watch The Walking Dead.  I started to watch it back when it first aired, and it just moved too slowly for me.

…or, that could have been Grad School sucking out loud.  Maybe I should try it again?  I have sorta picked up A Game of Thrones.

…kinda…

Do I really have to read the novels?  I really don’t want to.

So, before that massively weird tangent happened, I have stuff and things to tell.

I’m evidently moonlighting in the (dark part of the) unnamed friends series again, so that’s all sorts of exciting–and messy.  Have I mentioned the messy?

unnamed friends: falling
2013
pastel on canvas
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, basically, I’ve had kinda a sucky day, so how better to make myself feel better?

TORTURE ONE OF THE UNNAMED FRIENDS!

This is something that’s been happening in this series.  They kinda stopped being all cute and fluffy and started bleeding from the eyes or having huge, massively, rip-your-throat-out teeth.

So, from kawaii to kowaii while still being kawaii.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because I’m kind of a tech-dork (or, at least, a tech-dilettante), I started using Vine (I’m triesquid for those of you who do that sorta thing.), so now, y’all get process vidlets where I don’t talk to you.

In other news, I SOLD TWO PIECES OUT OF MY SOLO SHOW!

I know, it’s not like a huge THING, but I’m excited.  I mean, spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement is a completely conceptual series that (largely) isn’t remotely traditional in it’s format, and people bought pieces.

In Green Bay?!?!  <–Surely, this is a sign of the Mishapocalypse Apocalypse.

Okay, okay, I’m done being silly for now.

Courage.

spinning demo not-instructional video

So, yeah, last week I had that opening at the ARTgarage, and I decided that, since I was there and everything demo-ing, I would go ahead an make on of my not-instructional videos for it.

This is what I ended up spinning during the night (It’s not really done yet, but yeah, it’s well on it’s way.)

So.  Not-instructional video.  <–Please forgive my cinematographer; he’s still getting a handle on it.

 Yep.  That’s me and my wheel.  It’s exciting, yeah?

In other news, I got my acceptance(?) letter for NWTC’s ArtWalk thing.

Please note the question mark.  No where in the letter was it clear that this was in any way, shape, or form an acceptance letter.  So, really, it was “Here’s when to have your stuff here to be judged, and judge you we will.” letter.

*whistles*

Okay.  I’m out.  I’m going to go see Skyfall at the Cheap.

Courage.