i’ve been up since 1 am, and now, it’s 3:45 am, and i have to be up at 8:30 am so that i can venture into the world to work in my ARTgarage studio (and attend the ARTgarage’s annual celebration of existing–i think? evidently, i wasn’t paying attention.).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.
I like this. Triggers of experience is really what most of us are trying to do, and I think there’s an argument to be made that this what conceptual art is at it’s most basic: experience, memory, thinking, connection.
I also think that this definition really allows for those grey places between art and craft and artisan.
…I still need someone to explain how the watercolor paintings of pretty ducks counts as art, but viewed through this lens, I can see how someone might have an experience trigger with it.
Unfortunately, because of this definition of art-as-experience-trigger, it’s easy to fall back into the outmoded “I know what I like./I know art when I see it, and that’s not it./My kid could do that.” mentality because this lens leaves out the critical thinking (and the encouragement of critical thinking) that’s inherent in art.
So, there’s that.
And I’ve made myself sad.
Like ya do.
So, yes, I may have mentioned that I started doing some freelance writing?
Well, if y’all are interested in that sorta thing, I’m writing for The Rainbow Hub as Trie.
Here are my articles thus far (NB: My articles usually come out on Tuesday, but if I write two for the week, the second comes out on Wednesday.):
I’ve totally got more things to show y’all, but this post is getting way long…and I really should be in my studio working on things and trying to sort out Life, The Universe, and Everything, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY!
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).
So, yeah, I went to see Savage-a-Go-Go last Friday with the lovely Miss Z, of Knits by Zoe.
(NB: The next Savage-a-Go-Go show is November 30th; if you’re in Wisconsin–I don’t care where you are–y’all should come.)
It was A-MAZ-ING! Seriously, like whoa. The music was fantastic; there was a nice mix of silly and sensuous and gore (It was a Halloween show after all.). The ladies (and gentlemen, ’cause there’s a few lads) are all incredibly talented and are having a fabulous time.
So, this is Ruby Stardust performing at the Bustin’ Out show in September. I couldn’t find a good picture from the Halloween show. *meh*
Ruby does this interesting mix of Middle Eastern Dance combined with Krunk and Pop-Lock. To Dubstep. Seriously. This routine was to Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”
That is maybe my only complaint: not always being able to track down songs that I really like later. Some I’ve heard recently enough that I can track them down, but sometimes, I’ve only heard them a couple of times.
I WANT PLAYLISTS DAMMIT!
…of course, they could totally be posted on the Facebook page, and I just don’t stalk it enough to see. <–Facebook makes my head hurt a lot of the time, tbh. *should probably go look*
And, a video of one of their other performances!
Okay, so on the squid-art front, I’ve been spinning through just about everything I have to spin that I haven’t already cleaned, carded, and dyed. *sigh* That’s going to be happening soon, isn’t it? *eyes studio warily*
Please, don’t mind the mess. My studio desperately needs to be cleaned and reorganized. Again.
I also have some commission spinning waiting for me, but I’ve been having problems sitting down to do it (probably because it doesn’t have a due date).
I WILL SPIN ON IT TONIGHT! *is resolved, see my Resolved Face?*
But, that’s because it’s the new Quarter at the ARTgarage Meet The Artist–thingie. So, yeah, I’ll be there demo-ing in my corner feeling kinda meh because, most of the time, people are interested in seeing me spin rather than seeing my art. <–The problem in being a conceptual artist in Wisconsin, yo. *is kinda frustrated*
So, yeah, if y’all are free tonight–and, ya know, in the area–Opening at the ARTgarage from 5-8.
And, since we’re chatting about the ARTgarage, my November Bookmaking class (Nov. 10th and 11th) is running. I think the book-types are going to be insta-book, accordion/concertina, pamphlet, basic codex, Japanese stab-binding, and altered (via folding). What do y’all thing? Good types that can easily be worked from?
Also, because I actually don’t suck for once, it seems like my November drop spindle class is running too (Nov. 13th)!
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD?
Okay, enough of that. I swear I am working on art, but it’s all in these really weird early forms at the moment that I haven’t taken pictures of. Soon, my precious. Soon.
And, I still owe y’all a poetry post. <–Which may very well relate to my next Quarter’s offerings.
I don’t have anything done from it yet (actually, I’m kinda still incubating it a bit), but I think I might be ready to talk a little bit more about it.
So, for those of you playing the Home Game, once upon a time, I was a dyed-in-the-wool academic.
Still am, actually; I just do art-y things now that write papers or present at conference mostly.
And, if you’ve heard this all before, please feel free to skip to the end. Just like in Princess Bride. I promise there will be no damaging of perfect breasts in this. No breasts were remotely harmed in the making of this post. Swear.
But, yeah, academic, and I don’t fanart well because, while I’m an artist, I’m not really a draw-people type artist. I’m conceptual and mixed media with sculptural tendencies and a hankering (sic) for fiber. So–drawing, not really part of my wheel-house except when we’re talking about things like my unnamed friends or the beast series.
It’s just how I roll: fast and outta control.
I’m also post-postmodern (or quixotic postmodern or conscientious postmodern–something of that nature), which means that I deconstruct, analyze (and is it just me that “analyze” is kinda a pervy word?), meta, reconstruct, and meta some more.
Again, this is why popular culture/Visual Culture, fairytales, and mythology are like my THING. They’re inherently meta, and I can just fiddle meta about.
What I’m planning is kinda a two (maybe three?) pronged series where bits and pieces of fanfic are going to be translated into embroidered pieces and/or giant Word Art (because Word Art was always one of those things I enjoyed playing with and working on, but I really haven’t had anything Word Art-y in the process since I left Art School because it always seems to take up so much space and there’s already a space issue in my studio because old art hasn’t sold or hasn’t been boxed properly to be sent to storage), and there’ll be sculptural not-installations that are meta character studies like I’m totally cos-playing evil-werewolf!Stiles from Dogs of War by Saucery and this image by creature13 and have plans to install the costume as an art piece with these sources cited. And I have ideas for semi-Cubist metal sculptures/wall pieces that are, like, gestural experiences of certain characters or moments from fandom and stuff with exquisite-corpse-esque interpretations of media.
So, yeah, it’s gonna be fanart, but it’s gonna be fanart in that was that isn’t in a traditionally-fanart way.
…I’m likely to end up being really unpopular everywhere? Maybe?
I’m very good at citation. I swear.
And, because I know most people don’t read my blog for me being all wordy and blathery and stuff, here’s some yarn (imaged as a process) that I just finished up.
And, believe it or not, I sold these three skeins:
Also, since we’re here and talking about yarn and fiber and things, I’m going to be at ArtStreet off and on all weekend with the Traveling Treadlers. Also, I have my class information, if people are interested in classing with me:
“Give Spinning a Whirl.”: An Introduction to Spinning Yarn <–Sorry bad!title is bad. We tried “Spinning, yo.”, but I didn’t want a Knitta-Please-level of awfulness; the only other thing we were coming up with was “You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round.”, but we figured it was wrong for the demographics.
When: Thursday, September 13th 4 – 6p.m.
Saturday, September 29th 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Tuesday, November 13th 4-6
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $50–includes drop spindle and roving
6-in-6: Six Books Types in Six Hours
When: Saturday, November 10th 1-4
Sunday, November 11th 1-4
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $60–includes materials
Additionally, Gallery Nite is coming up on Sept 20th. I’ll be there demo-ing and trying to be charming.
Questions, comments, concerns? What to ask me what I’m thinking with this fandom stuff? Go for it! I do enjoy chatting about this stuff.
Leave your thoughts in the comments, and we can all have a nice chat about it.
Okay, yes, real art-blog business. Right. A real post.
*tra lala la la la la la*
The ADHD is bad today. Sorry about that.
*insert segue here*
So, my studio at the ARTgarage is the size of a sneeze. Totally. Like, if I take Vincent (my spinning wheel) in there with me, there’s about a foot to a foot-and-a-half of space in front and behind me with maybe 8 inches on either side.*
*I don’t know how accurate those measurements are since I have never actually measured when I was in my studio spinning. That’d be weird.
This is the view into my studio coming through another Ahliah Zia Shashonah’s studio. We actually confuse people because our aesthetics are similar enough that it looks like one big studio. It’s not, though.
Most of the work that I do in this studio is pastel work, spinning, ink, bookmaking, sewing, or the occasionally layer media over monoprint (this is still a developing thing for me). I get a lot done in a small space and have some lovely display space.
…it also means that I actually have to talk to people on occasion. If I only worked in the tentacle-made studio at Hemlock House, then I’d probably never speak to anyone other than you lovely people.
And, lastly, my easel, which I have had since I was a teenager, with the first piece in the beast series still on it.
So, yeah, that’s my sneeze-sized studio. Come by the ARTgarage, and you might see me in it.
And, since we’re on the ARTgarage and me haunting the place on a semi-regular basis, I’m teaching some classes for them this fall: 3 drop spindle workshops (Sept. 13th, Oct, 13th, and Nov. 13th) and a 6 books in 6 hours bookmaking class (Sept. 29th and 30th). So, if any of those are interesting to you, let me know or check out the classes section of the ARTgarage website.
Mine are not currently listed because they were just turned in last week, but yeah, they’ll be there soon. I hope.