Category Archives: teaching

#kitsunekon, #artour, character creation, & other suspects

hi, y’all, it’s been forever and ever and ever, but it has not all be for naught!  because i’ve been doing things like restructuring my patreon, formalizing my commissions, preparing for cons, and doing the writing thing (with potential ‘zines in the offing) bc i WILL have a completed a glittering venery novel-thing at some point, i swear.

(if you’re interested in reading some of what i’ve already written with deeply questionable editing, check the writing & books menu, or y’all could just click here.)

so–FIRST THING THE FIRST!

kitsune kon is this weekend in green bay, and i will be there, my intrepid cephalopods.  so, if you’re gonna be there, come by and see me!

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catching up: illinois trip, projecTransparency, and–other things

my trip to illinois totally wiped me out, and i came back sick and sunburnt and behind on a million and four things.

so–that was fun.

i have not finished the special video that i am touting about in the vids; it will be completed soon.  <–it’s at least started now, which is more than i can say at the time of filming.

i am also bungling about in adobe premiere for video editing because movie maker makes me angry and my mac is old so no imovie, and i’m not importing all the video onto my ipad just to edit it in imovie.

I AM AN ADULT; I WILL LEARN ACTUAL PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS.

or, at least, poke at them and swear creatively.  *hands*

i’m also thinking that this week i might projecTransparency about influential-for-me artists since they’re not necessarily the same as my favorite artists?  <–this directly relates to the projecTransparency supplimental down at the bottom of the post.

opinions?  is that something that’s interesting?

remember, definitely depere is next friday–july 18th!–and i’ll be at great harvest bread company in depere, wi, which i think is funny because i keep getting places that are severely bread-heavy and i have a gluten-intolerance.

(re:  it’s not funny.)

but, chief bread-head brent was super-cool, and yeah, i think i’ll like it there for the july and september definitely deperes.

i will also be premiering one of my redbubble shirts because OMG IT’S SO COOL.

and, related (because art) but not connected to definitely depere–can i write “definitely depere” a few more times?–i am leaving my studio at the ARTgarage.

that doesn’t mean that i won’t be teaching for them or participating in gallery nite or participating in shows or just generally showing there anymore, because i will; it just means that i’m not going to have a studio there anymore.  there are many, many reasons why this is happening–first and foremost, that i just don’t get in as often as i’d like–but a lot of it has to do with the ARTgarage and its board not fulfilling (or taking more steps) to fulfill its mission.

i also think that i’ve largely outgrown them, and that there are other, better venues for me to focus my time–like entering shows and making prints to sell on etsy and, potentially, conventions–on than at a place whose patronage comes from people who thing thomas kinkade and pretty pictures of ducks are the epitome of art.

which sounds incredibly elitist of me–and probably is.  there’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s not what i do, and being at the ARTgarage isn’t doing anything that i need it to do for me. (which also sounds selfish.)

ffs, WE’RE JUST NOT COMPATIBLE AT THE MOMENT.  that sounds nicer, yeah?

*HANDS*

and, i’m busy like whoa with The Rainbow Hub, so there’s that too.

i’ve also started a Patreon for those of you who might like to donate to the cause of keeping tentacle-made studios up and running.  <–i do not currently have the goals and perks up yet; they will appear soon.

please excuse the particular ridiculousness of this video.  like i said earlier, i’m learning adobe premiere, and it apparently doesn’t like videos of different sizes.  (and, i have figured out how to fix that yet.)

*hands*

artists mentioned:

_________

*tentacle-made studios and projecTransparency’s Patreon

*remember that shirts and things are available over on tentacle-made studios’ redbubble.

*and, that tentacle-made studios has commission page!

tentacle-made studios everywhere:

and, in case y’all are really curious about what i write for The Rainbow Hub, y’all should check out my tag there.

okay.  i’m done blathering at y’all.

courage.

The Art Assignment (Episode 3) and What Is Art?: A Prezi

me ghost-posting in that way that’s not for gnome’s CMN Humanities class.

The Art Assignment (Episode 3) and What Is Art?: A Prezi.

What is Art? and The Art Assignment

this is me ghost-posting (except not) for the CMN Humanities class again:  What is Art? and The Art Assignment.

nick cave, soundsuits, the heidelberg project, and some ephemera

another one of my guest (ghost) posts for CMN’s Humanities class:  nick cave, soundsuits, the heidelberg project, and some ephemera.

*tra lala la la*

So, evidently, I flaked last week in getting the blog done. In my own defense, it was hella hot, and neither Hemlock House nor tentacle-made studios has air-conditioning.

I really managed to work in like 45 minute increments and watched a lot of Numb3rs.

But, since you’ve all been so very, very good while I was trying not to die, I have an image-heavy post!

*whistles*

So, yeah, this is the first embroidered drawing (in-process) in this project right.

It’s kinda slow-going because I don’t always have the patience to sit still and embroider.  It’s why I never learned to do it when I was a tiny squidlet.

I’m much better with papermaking because it’s really active.  And messy.

PAPERMAKING IS HYDROPHILIC.

It’s water-loving, which means that you’re going to get wet.

So, the first thing that you need is pulp.  I don’t have a hollander beater, so I order my pulp pre-beaten from Twinrocker Handmade Paper.

And, yep, everything with papermaking sounds abusive and vaguely pervy.

You’ll also need waterproof, non-slick footwear.  Trust me, especially when you’re using retention aid, floors can get slick.

 

Yes, those are my tentacles.

You should also wear shorts so that you can stay as dry as possible.

You need a mold and deckle, which I kinda threw these together to see if I could make it work.  It was an experiement for my papermaking class that didn’t go, but it’s good to know because it means that I can make them quickly and cheaply (or have students make their own in class).

 

It’s funny that it took me so long to do this since, when I first took papermaking, we did, in fact, make specialized deckles.

I just kinda–forgot about it, I guess.

In my defense, this was like 6/7 years ago.

And, then there’s water and containers and pulp and pulling paper and pressing paper and doing inclusions (if you want) and laminating and ALL THE THINGS.

 

Once the paper’s dry, you have a couple of options.  I wanted my paper to have a bit more translucency, which is difficult to see in the images, so I bees-waxed them and polyurethaned them.

 

 

 

 

 

So–that’s it?  That’s a lot of what I’ve been doing?  Not all of it, but a lot of it.  I’ve also been planning classes and drawing in Procreate and starting some larger scale embroidered pieces (which don’t look like anything currently), and as always, I’ve been writing for The Rainbow Hub.

It’s seriously the best job ever.

So, yep.  That’s what you missed in Night Vale.

Courage.

…I’M SORRY THAT I’VE BEEN A FLAKE THIS WEEK.

I really, really have had the worst case of exhaustion-related-to-teaching flakiness to ever happen this week. I just can’t. I’m so mad about it.

Luckily, the things that absolutely needed to be finished were completed (a little late but in no way that was more-than-slightly inconveniencing for anyone but me).

I TRY!

But!  In all of this, I’ve been developing a couple new series including predator-prey, which is a corollary series to the unnamed friends series; eloi, which was a series I started back in art school and had largely abandoned (but it was inspired by Stargate:  Atlantis and its obsession with Frank Lloyd Wright); scales and method, which is  an investigation and return to fundamentals and principles that we learn in art school; and something I’ve been referring to as “studio waste” which is still in it’s infant stages, and I’m not certain how or what I’m actually going to be doing with it.

It exists though.

I’m also wandering back into Artist Journals with a series of embroidered, mixed media journals.  We’ll see how that goes.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo, evidently teaching actually can spawn ideas for me?  Who knew?

So, the first of the predator-prey series.

predator-prey: Khnum
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
predator-prey: Stiles
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
predator-prey: All Hail the Mighty Glow Cloud
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
predator-prey: Kodoma
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I’m sorry if y’all have seen them before; they’ve just suddenly decided that they are their own series, so I’m having to shuffle around the designated brain-space for them.

But, the concept behind them–so far–is:

A corollary of the unnamed friends series. While predator-prey shares similar ecology to the unnamed friends series, the predator-prey series is more focused on the potential hybridity of chimeric creatures and non-realistic representations of the natural world.

Of course, because this is me, a lot of this is happening through visual culture products like tv and movies in addition to fairytale structures.

So, yeah.

Also, don’t forget y’all, that I do that thing related to writing over at The Rainbow Hub, so if y’all need more of my spaz in your lives, you have a place to get that fix.

Courage.

*hand-waves* It hasn’t been that long. Really.

These are not the droids that you are looking for.

Okay, so seriously, I’ve been teaching SAW for the last bit, and it hasn’t been leaving me capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

So–that’s a thing.  That’s why I’ve been MIA.

But, it also means that there are really interesting images from my classes and the samples that I’ve been making for those classes (which were Drawing Basics, Mixed Media Sculpture, Mural Painting, and Acrylic Painting:  Nature Painting–that last one’s been weird for me since I’m not really a painter and have been pinch-hit teaching).

the mural (in-progress)

The class, which consists of two students (11 and 16), is really banging this thing out.  They’ve designed it, made the decisions about it, and have done 85% of the work on it (me and a facilitating instructor have been helping).

But, yeah, this is their baby.  They’re doing such a good job; I just wanna squish their faces, I’m so pleased.

Okay, the following are going to be my sample/example pieces from the Drawing Basics class…I have pictures of the kids’ work, but I don’t have them uploaded anywhere.

Yet.

That’s a different post?

fabric still-life in India ink
conceptual furniture: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in colored pencil
abstracted still-life
colored pencil, pastel
abstracted still-life
colored pencil, pastel

So, yes, all the excitement.  There were articles too and everything–and that information is going to happen soon too–but, now, I have to get ready for the Mural Class to come in and work.

Courage.

 

don’t mind me; been busy

I’ve been working on a commission all week and getting ready to teach at SAW for the next couple of weeks (It’s not too late!  You can still sign up for classes!  There are adult ones too!) and with the writing for The Rainbow Hub (I’m Trie over there.  And did I mention that my BAMF Women Superheroes series has been extended and now has it’s own drop-down menu?  Tell me that isn’t seriously awesome.  And–if that isn’t all amazing enough–Kelly Sue DeConnick liked my Captain Marvel article.  Take that, snarky voices!), so yeah, I’ve been busy.

unnamed friends: velveteen lynx
2013
fiber sculpture/art doll
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

 

This guy’s almost 2′ tall (he’s 22″).  He took like 30-40 hours to make, and he has a huge washer in his bottom (*snicker* bottom) with magnets so that he sits all proper-like.

…he also came out more Tom Servo that my drawing but whatever.

He was a pain to sew, ngl.

I’ve also gotten hooked on Welcome to Night Vale and have committed fanart–after a fashion:

All Hail the Glow Cloud!
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

Basically, he’s the Glow Cloud from Welcome to Night Vale but in the style of my unnamed friends series.

So, “fanart” in the same way that At-At is a Star Wars fanart or God-Emperor is a Dune fanart?  Like, only if you squint?

unnamed friends: At-At
2011
pastel
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
unnamed friends: God-Emperor
2011
pastel
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

New Quarter’s also going up, and I’m not certain what I’m showing.  *hands*  It just hasn’t been important this week.

unnamed friends: vulture-loon
2013
acrylic and ink on recycled materials
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

unnamed friends: just a squid
2013
acrylic and ink on masonite
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because I’ve had spinning in my life recently:

Both are Hello Purl art batts; both are just amazing and the best.

*loves on them*

I’ve also set up a Society6 shop, and I am working on setting up a RedBubble shop for all of your tentacle-made studios shopping needs.

So, yeah, just wanted to touch base with y’all while I’m running crazy.

Courage and cake (mmmmmm, cake).

Soooooooo, I’ve been up to my pointed, little ears in busy.

Sorry-not-sorry for having been gone without even a postcard.

Okay, I’ve been tweeting, so technically, there’s been postcard-ish things.

Kinda.

BUT!  It’s all been work-related.

Except for the Eureka mainlining…and the Jekyll mainlining–that wasn’t strictly work-related.  Oops?

I also had a job interview and was offered the job and didn’t accept it.  I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN TO Y’ALL WHY I DID THAT.  IT WILL PROBABLY COME BACK TO BITE ME IN THE ASS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

eloi: jellyfish
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I just finished this guy today.  He started off as a quick one-off piece during the painting day of the Children’s Art Workshops I was teaching for the ARTgarage.  I like him so much that I decided to re-envision him digitally–and evidently, revisit a long ago series I used to do called eloi.

So–that’s a thing that happened.

I dunno.  I kinda like him.

And, other pictures from the workshops (kids more-or-less removed for safety’s sake).

My table at Kids Try Art Free Day!  Yay!

Obviously, I was teaching bookmaking.

Missie and her kiddo at the painted mosaic table.

My unfinished maquette from my sculpture class.  The kids crit’ed mine and everything.  I was so proud.

One of my sculpture kid’s piece.  This is the kid who was adamant the week before about realism.  Maybe I helped to shake something loose for him?

We’ve also had Gallery Nite relatively recently.

It was nice.  I didn’t sell anything, but it was nice.

I’ve also been trying to refine my table because–let’s face it–I’m tired of schlepping everything everywhere. C’est la vie.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because if I don’t Gnome will be mad (and an angry Gnome is a no fun Gnome), here is Crinoline Vortex (feat. me ‘Trie, eep!) at Gallery Nite.

Okay, I’m gonna go hide my head in shame now.

Courage.