projecTransparency and results of the postcard printing

So, I asked y’all for your suggestions about what I should print for the upcoming Definitely DePere–which, by-the-by, I’m going to be at Polito’s Pizza on May 9th if y’all wanna come see me–and here were the final decisions.

 

If your faves didn’t make the cut this time, DO NOT DESPAIR!  They’ll be in the next batch.  I swear.

And, because–omg–busy week was busy, here’s my new display at the ARTgarage:

left to right: abacus-map, gilt hive, and Medusa

And, projecTransparency videos because I have been doing them!  I just got behind last week (in a fit of the anxieties about ordering prints, actually), so didn’t do a dedicated blog post.

Also, Eurovision reviewing for The Rainbow Hub.

Yes, this is a thing I do now.

VIDEOS!

Last week’s:

This week’s:

Okay, y’all.  I HAVE ALL THE THINGS TO DO.

Stay safe out there.

Courage.

the end of one year; the beginning of another

And, if that isn’t some of the most prosaic wanking I’ve ever written.  Sheesh.

I’m finishing this year with two new (very intense) works from my studio made in just the last month (and maybe a half…I can’t remember when I started the dress uniform, and I’m feeling to lazy to check).

So, here they are (in Instagram snaps because I haven’t processed the actual photos of the dress uniform and the installation can’t really have good pictures of it taken until it’s, ya know, installed):  The Dress Uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus and The Festival of Lights in the Church of Architeuthis in the Aspects of The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer.

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A reminder that, in the New Year, y’all will be able to see these pieces–up close and in person–at the ARTgarage in Green Bay.

We’re installing the show on Thursday, and the Opening for The Steampunk Extravaganza is January 9th from 5-8 PM.

I’m putting together a steampunk playlist and everything (like I don’t already have 7 just sitting around on my iPod *whistles*).

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We’ve all (nearly) survived 2013!

THE YEAR IS DEAD; LONG LIVE THE YEAR.

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).

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So, I kinda missed last week because I was up to my ears in all this word for the as-yet-unnamed Fiber Arts Group that I have, somehow, become involved in.

…I’m not sure why I decided to do this.  It seemed like a good idea at the time–and now?  *thppppt*

Alas, alack.  One day, I shall learn better.

And, this week, I have a book demo (for the same group) tomorrow (the normal blog day–for certain values of “normal”), a drawing class, and Definitely DePere.

I’ve also got to sneak off and watch Man of Steel at some point too. <–Still got the freelance gig with The Rainbow Hub should y’all chose to read my work.

This week on the menu?

  • The Internship, or this is me writing with my angry foot;
  • and BAMF Women Superheroes:  The Life and Times of Wonder Woman, or me being an angry feminist.

Good times.

So, yeah.

Therefore, this post is kinda catching both things up, yeah?

Oh, and Definitely DePere.  Y’all should come.  I’m going to be in the Lee Building which is where hey daisy is:  see, I’m a map.

And, guess what?  I now can take cards, so if anyone wants to buy art, I can take the payment.

Can I tell you how excited I am?  Like, I got a new phone and everything just so that I could take electronic payments.

*is so proud of self*

Soooooooooooooooooooo, I am owing bloo another book-binding type, so here it is:

…please ignore that this was shot in profile.  The assistant has already been beaten.

I also wanted to kinda talk about physical contextualization and how it can change the aesthetics of an art piece.

Y’all probably remember the moss from Allerleirauh’s tree that I sold back in March.  It looks something like this:

 

Y’all also might remember that it kinda changes appearance depending upon it’s context (and how I hang it that day:

 

Well, I have just recently managed to get the moss from Allerleirauh’s tree shadow-boxed for the people who bought it.  They wanted it shadow-boxed because of where they live:  an old farmhouse in The Back of Beyond that has all sorts of insect possibilities that aren’t always caught immediately (because that’s just how things go sometimes–especially in the summer in Wisconsin), so I agreed to it because they’re trying to do the best they can to keep the piece safe.

And, there’s always the possibility that they don’t understand that all art–and especially the art I tend to make–has a short lifespan.

It’s just the nature of the beast unless it digital art and even then–

So, yeah, here’s the piece shadow-boxed:

 

So, yeah, there’s a big change in the aesthetic, yeah?

What do y’all thing about the change?  How would you characterize it?  What happened to the vitality?  Is it still there, or has it been mitigated somehow?

I’m going to keep my thoughts to myself for now; y’all tell me what your thoughts are.

Courage.

 

So, yeah, it’s evidently my WordPress-anniversary?

Not that I have exciting things today.

Okay, that’s a lie.  I always have exciting things.  I AM THE GOD OF EXCITING THINGS.

…they’re exciting to me at any rate.

Untitled artwork 2013-05-28 (08.45.17-328 PM)
unnamed friends: algae primate revisited
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
wall-eyed Morph-bird 2013-05-28 (08.45.14-918 PM)
unnamed friends: wall-eyed Morph-bird
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Balsingame
Untitled artwork 2013-05-28 (08.45.20-775 PM)
unnamed friends: bubblegum-bitch
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
unnamed friends_ brain-bird 2013-05-28 (08.45.18-504 PM)
unnamed friends: brain-bird
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, evidently, I’m getting a handle on using my iPad for painting-purposes.  Yay me!  It’s letting me continue the unnamed friends series without being in my studio. <–Sssshhhh…these guys currently aren’t on my Flickr yet.  As special thing for y’all.

On-the-go arting.  I likes it, my precious.  It’s like arting out of my backpack when  I was in art school.

Good times.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denoument: Eater of Worlds (left) & S.G. Dagon (right)
2013
mixed media (like whoa)
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame


spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: palimpsest
2013
mixed media
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

One of my most recent mixed media pieces: palimpsest. A palimpsest is “a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and which can be used again.”  So, not literally but yeah.  This was once part of a color field diptych that I’ve recycled.

It’s also kinda combining several different modes I’ve been working in:  fiber/art yarn, color field painting, and my taxonomy series. So, that’s a thing.

Honestly, this is totally not my favorite piece; however, I have had several people really love it. I think it’s kinda safe and pedantic and not really doing more than being pretty, but conceptually, the idea is embedded in the idea of the palimpsest as well as making references to Beauty and the Beast (which is so often the safest of fairytales in my mind) but problematizing it by being on the outside of the story–we are but observers hearing the stories told over and over and going to see ruins–and placing visuals cues for women’s work and how Beauty is both the paragon and the subversion of femininity as well as cue-ing for Rose Windows: symbol of the Virgin Mary as well as being one of the main points of Biblical education in pre-literate Europe.


spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: non-Euclidean geometry (or, The Queen’s Mirror)
2013
mixed media
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, I have a massive thing for the Queen’s magic Mirror. Mirrors (and windows) kinda freak me out because they’re these places of Otherness and alterity.  They’re, theoretically, showing us reality, but that reality is different for each person, so how can it really be reality.  It’s very quantum.

And, the Queen’s Mirror is even more-so because it sees everywhere, sees the future, sees the past, is a voice and face that only exists for one person, and can move into our world to become something even more horrifying, more grotesque.  So, yeah, the Mirror is kinda a thing for me.

non-Euclidean geometry is kinda the Mirror taken to different places: objects in space, bulbous and grotesque, the Sacred Heart, and the vagina dentata. All of this framed in fairytale, illuminated manuscript ways. There’s even some Scott Treleavan reference in there in the framing.

I kinda like these little Vine-vidlets for documenting my pieces. They’re so difficult to photograph; I think the vidlets do better.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, this has gotten really long again, so I’m out.

Courage.

As always, I am remiss.

So, yeah, I’ve been missing again. Busy, busy, and–just for a change of pace–really massively busy.

And, currently, I’m sitting at the Traveling Treadlers spinning meeting not doing anything fiber-related. Because of reasons?

I have all sorts of things to tell y’all, but like I said, I’m out and about.

Oh, what the hell.

So, I was at Definitely DePere, and these are the pictures I took at it.

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There are vids too that I’ll upload too.

I’ve also recently finished three new, mixed media, conceptual pieces:

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Aaaaaaaaaand, if that hasn’t been enough crazy, I taught a bookmaking class over the weekend, taught a bunch of 4th and 5th graders how to make books, picked up a writing gig with The Rainbow Hub as a media reviewer, and have picked-up another fiber guild/group (that needs a lot of help).

Which our last meeting, Sandy Melroy did a silk painting demo for the group. This is what I did with my sample:

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I’m demo-ing bookmaking next month.

So, yeah, all the busy. When I’m back at the studio, I’ll try to be a little less list-y for y’all.

Courage.

I have no title; there is not title.

IDK, I’m just not feeling clever, I guess.

So, been up to my pointed little ears in work:  I finished a new piece, and I’m in the middle of two more; the new Quarter is starting at the ARTgarage; I photographed a Supernatural cosplay; Definitely DePere is a week away; and I’m teaching a bunch of classes for the ARTgarage is the following months.

Busy is a squid.

So, I guess, let’s start with the two pieces I’m in the middle of, shall we?

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: A Rose Window
(working title; in-progress)
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: The Queen’s Mirror
(working title; in-progress)

So, obviously-not-obviously as pieces from the spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series, they’re missing their spun-bits.  They’re coming, I swear; I actually have 2/3 of the art yarn for A Rose Window crocheted up.

…they’re kinda taking forever. *sigh*

But!  I also just finished a new piece that’s going to be up at the ARTgarage during this Quarter.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:  S.G. Dagon

2013

mixed media, art yarn, paint on board

Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

Eater of Worlds & S.G. Dagon
2012
mixed media, paint, art yarn, copper
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I think they converse quite well.  What do y’all think?

Someone I know commented that there is a definite gendering that’s occurring here–she wasn’t wrong.

They go up tomorrow.

Oh, and since we’re talking about the ARTgarage and all, I’m selling art yarn and art batts in the ARTgarage’s gift shop–if y’all need tentacle-made yarn for yourselves since things keep getting in the way of me putting it up on Etsy.

I NOW KNOW WHERE I WILL BE FOR DEFINITELY DEPERE!!!  I WILL BE AT GYRO KABOBS!

Yes, this is a weird place to be.  Do I care?  Absolutely not!  They have kabobs.

So, y’all should come down next Friday and have kabobs and see art!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the freshly scrubbed studio.

Sorry for the hodge-podge post.  This is what happens when everything is happening at once.

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)