Take two.

Before I get bogged into the crazy that my art practice has been for the last bit, I just wanted to mention to Green Bay area peoples that tomorrow night is Gallery Nite, so if y’all want to come and chat with me in person, meet the girls from Hello Purl or Zoe from Knits by Zoe, or really just see a whole bunch of art, y’all should come to Gallery Nite.

The four of us are going to be at the ARTgarage.

So, yeah, stuff and things.

Really, for those of you playing at home, I haven’t been getting much more done that spinning art-yarn and some writing.

Although, I did teach my first drop spindle class at the ARTgarage last week.  It went really well, like, really well.  The drop spindles I made worked just fine, and I had plenty of material for the students, which go squid!

top-whirl drop spindles, handmade by me

 

class kits, fiber provided by Interlacements

If anyone’s interested, I’m teaching another drop spindle class on the September 29th and another on November 13th.  Additionally, I’m teaching a 6-books-in-6-hours class on November 10th and 11th.

…really, I need to make more drop spindles. *sigh*  Sanding is so not my favorite thing.

So, ArtStreet was fun and I picked up some fiber to spin from Hello Purl and picked up some commission spinning, which was one of the strangest things I think I’ve ever done, but it’s spun, plied, and ready to be handed of to it’s owner at Gallery Nite.

Of course, I don’t think I took a picture of the art batt I got at ArtStreet before I spun it up.

Hello Purl art batt plied with lattice/stain glass commercial yarn stretched on a knitty-knotty.

 

Hello Purl art batt plied with fun commercial yarn still on the spindle.
Skeins of plied yarn all from Hello Purl art batts.

Do y’all sense a theme here?  I really do get everything from either Hello Purl or Interlacements.

Customer loyalty and all that.

The skein on the far right is from this art batt.

Hello Purl art batt, pre-spinning.

And, y’all get to see how just messy my office desk is all the time.  Although, now, it’s being protected by four of The Avengers in bobble-head form.

The commission spinning went well (because commission spinning is cool like bowties and fezs but not like stetsons).

commission spinning on spindle

 

commission spinning skeined and stacked

I also got this obnoxious thing spun.  Really, this stuff just sucked to spin.

domestic wool and teal angelina

I’m not going to subject y’all to the writing today, though y’all might like it.  I do have a bit of talent with words with all that education I have, but yeah, this is what I’ve been doing during my Funk to End All Funks.

I’m not sure it’s better, but I’m freaking out about so many other things that I’m getting art and writing stuff done in self-defense.

Because I freak out like no one y’all have ever met (maybe), and I have productive freak outs.

It’s like productive insomnia.  We should bottle it and sell it to all the people.

And, if y’all want to keep up on my writing and things a bit more real-time, try my Tumblr.  Yeah, it’s kinda fandom(s) heavy, but it’s kinda fun.  I’ve totally come out all of it with new things to read and listen too because fandom is huge and awesomely weird.

Courage.

 

 

So, yeah, the new series, or let me raise my geek-flag high!

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.

a self-carding mix from Hello Purl

And, believe it or not, I sold these three skeins:

mini-art batts from Hello Purl

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.

Courage.

re: pricing. again. applied to classes too!

So, yeah, here we are again with pricing.

 

It’s my fav-or-rite subject, let me tell ya.  Yep.  Favorite.

 

*whistles*

 

So, back in May, I did this whole blog post about pricing and ensuring that one is fairly compensated for you own time and effort.  The pricing formula I use for my pieces is also the pricing formula that I use for my classes (with some modification–it depends if all the materials are included or not on the materials list).  The reason that I’m talking about this (yet again) is that I keep seeing other artists that are teaching severely under-price their classes–which is fine if you’re independently wealthy, but most of them are not wealthy and are trying to make ends meet with supplemental teaching.

 

Let’s back up a second and remind everyone what the initial pricing blog and it’s follow-up-with-time-sheets said, okay?

 

Now, as any artist knows, pricing one’s work is the most torturous endeavor ever.  Critics, professors, fellow artists, openings, grant writing–all of these things pail in comparison to self-pricing.  And, a lot of it seems to stem from none of use ever being told a formula for pricing.  Anything our art school mentors tells us seems to be vague and unclear.  I think the clearest I had ever heard was something along the lines of “figure how much it cost to make and multiple that by seven” (*potentially a very bad paraphrase).
 
Mind you, this was not told to me.  It was told to ‘Lainy.
 
‘Lain’s fair-going parents (they’re Feywood) told her something similar about pricing, but it was more like “figure out materials and time and then tack an extra 50% on it.”  Again, I potentially really misheard this.  ‘Lain, please feel free to chime in with a clarification.
 
The most consistent–and probably fairest–pricing formula that I have found has been on Etsy by daniellexo with a complimentary article about discomfort in pricing by Tara Gentile of Scoutie Girl on Oh my!  Handmade Goodness, and it comes out to something like this:
 

Cost Price (Labor + Materials Cost) x 2 = Your Wholesale Price

 

Wholesale Price x 2 = Retail Price

 

So, basically, the price of materials and labor–how much an hour do we make as artists?  I’ve read it’s best to think in terms of $10-15/hr.  I don’t think this is terribly unreasonable since, as artists, we are highly skilled and trained practitioners.–multiplied by two equals your wholesale price, i.e., the price that people would pay if they were buying a large stock of your pieces to sell in their stores.  Multiple the wholesale price by two again and that’s the retail price, or as I like to think about it since I don’t make a whole lot of multiples (yet), the price for an individual, unique piece of art.  There was another pricing formula that I had that said that the formula should look like this:
 

Cost Price (Labor + Materials Cost) + 10-15% of cost price (to cover utilities used like electricity) x 2 = Your Wholesale Price

 

Wholesale Price x 2 = Retail Price

 
That 10-15% covers any utilities that you used like electricity or water–things that a lot of us take for granted in the art-making process.  I can’t really bring myself to use this second formula yet.  I barely can get myself to use the first formula, and I still end up short changing myself because I’m not used to keeping track of the amount of time or the cost of the supplies used to complete a piece.  I’m getting better, but it’s still really hard.
 
The problem is that under-valuing your own art doesn’t just hurt you, but it hurts other artists because potential buyers end up with a skewed notion of what art should sell for.  And, really, accessibly art for all:  isn’t that why we all have smaller, less expensive pieces or prints?
 
The formulas take a long time to get used to, and if you’re anything like me, you’re totally going to experience severe sticker-shock and thing “how can my pieces be worth this much and who in their right mind is going to buy them?”  I’m still thinking like that.
 
Also, remembering that if you show at a gallery, they take a percentage of your sale to support themselves, so you’ll likely have to accept the loss from your pocketbook or you’re going to have to tack on that percentage to the existing price.  <–I haven’t been able to make myself do this yet.

 

I’d like to revisit the under-pricing-hurts-other-artists-as-well-as-yourself part of this.

 

Grace Dobush (2009) writes about pricing as “a terrifically tricky area. When you’re first starting out it’s tempting to charge just what you spent on materials…(c)harging for the time you spent making each item might make your sticker price seem high, but a person who makes things by hand can’t compete with big-box stores’ prices. Most people are so far removed from the manufacturing process that they have no idea of what making something really costs” (emphasis mine; p. 27). Dobush goes on to quote Samantha Lopez of Knotstudio on pricing consistency with “It’s important to keep in mind that, although lowering the prices may attract new customers, established clients may feel that they were ripped off and take their business elsewhere” (as cited in Crafty superstar, 2009, p. 29).

 

Which all leads to how de-valueing your own work causes problems for other producers.

 

What it boils down to is exactly what Dobush says: under-pricing (or over-pricing) skews people’s perceptions of what it costs to actually make something by hand. If, for the purposes of this example, two crafters made the exact same blank journal–same paper, same binding, same adhesive–and one charges what it cost her/him in materials alone and one charges what it cost in time, materials, utilities (cause you totally have to wash out those glue-y brushes when you’re done) plus a bit so that s/he was actually making a marginal profit on the deal rather than (maybe) breaking even, whose book is going to bought? And, really, is that fair?

 

Yes, yes, yes–I know. Capitalism. *thppppppppppt* Whatever.

 

Fair and consistent pricing by all independent producers so that everyone can win out in the end.

 

This also applies to class pricing. I know a couple of very talented artists that are teaching children’s classes for not-for-profits at ridiculously low rates (like a 4 hour class–materials included!–for $30, maybe $50 dollars). Unless the classes have 30 kids in them, these talented artists/teachers are barely recouping the costs of class time.

 

Forget about materials. Forget about their prep time.

 

The worst thing is, since they’ve set these prices now, they’re never going to be able to really raise them. Parents will continue to expect these classes cheaply because, in a lot of their minds, it’s just babysitting.

 

I think babysitters actually make more per child than teachers do anyway. *throws in towel and become a babysitter*

 

Part of the reason that this is coming to light again is that I’m supposedly teaching an Artist Book class on November 11th and 12th, and some people (not people that have signed up for the class, but other people who have not let me finish telling them what we’re going to do in the class) have been making an ado about the $150 price tag of this class, which is a 2 day workshop lasting 12 hours in total materials included.

 

Now, here’s a break down of the materials that I have to come up with for each students:

 

  • PVA
  • x-act knife
  • x-acto blades
  • awl
  • bonefolder
  • needles
  • brushes
  • book clothe
  • book board
  • linen tape
  • utility knife
  • utility blades
  • binder clips
  • clothes pins
  • sandpaper
  • wax
  • thread
  • paper
  • cutting mats

 

Assuming that I dip into the materials ‘Lain and I already have and I make people share, that’s still close to $50 of materials per student. That doesn’t take into consideration the handouts I need to print (which are many), my prep time (which is already at three hours and counting), or my time in class.

 

Also? I’m going to be teaching them to make 5 forms of insta-books, concertina books, 4 kinds of Japanese stab-binding books, pamphlets, codexes, tunnel books, do-si-do books, folded structures, and “catepillars” as well as piercing cradles.

 

So, yeah, $150 is really, really inexpensive for a class. Has anyone looked at what classes cost at the local technical colleges?

 

Okay, I’m done being the whiniest whiner of whining-ness. But, I do think that accurate(-ish) pricing bears consideration.

 

On everyone’s parts. Producer or consumer.

 

This concludes the cranky!artist portion of y’all’s day.

 

Courage.

playing catch-up like I do

So, I have been woefully remiss in posting the last week. I have been sick, sick, sick. <–I still have the cough, actually. But! There's nothing like a mega-dose of antibiotics to set one right.

 

Or a pint of tequila.

 

Your mileage may vary. *shrugs*
 
So, one of the things that was missed in last week's dead, dead, deadski squid was that October 15th had been the 4th Quarter Artists Reception/Demo Night at the ARTgarage.
 
Here are a few pictures.
 
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This is Heather Peterman working diligently.
 
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The amazing Jennifer Aldrich contemplating her next step paint-wise.
 
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Adam Fulwiler. The youngest of the gallery artists.
 
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And, me! Finishing off a piece. Yes, my name tag is on my back.
 
It was a fairly successful night. It kinda had low attendance, but that had more to do with the 15 other events going on in Green Bay that night.
 
The November 17th Demo Night will be better since it coincides with Gallery Night. <–See what I did there? Letting y'all know when both the next Gallery Night and the next Demo Night are? Clever, clever me.
 
…I think all the coughing is making me a bit sillier than usual, which is totally saying something. *whistles*
 
Okay, I totally owe y'all a Branding conversation, and believe or not, I really do have it ready to go, but I'm also getting tired and coughing and need to go take some more drugs, so I think I shall leave you with the pictures and anticipation in your little hearts.
 
I.e., I'm totally doing a secondary post tomorrow.
 
Don't forget that y'all can get your Art Meets Heart canvases at the ARTgarage or Trade Winds. If I remember correctly, the deadline for the canvases has been moved to the middle of November.
 
And! There’s also a juried competition coming up in conjunction with Art Meets Heart! \o/
 
Okay, calendar time.
 

Artist Books: A Bookmaking Workshop–November 11th-12th $150.00

Bookmaking techniques and artist books! \o/

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night–November 17th

Same sitch (yes, I did use “sitch”) as the other one.

 

Artist Dolls–November 18th-19th $150.00

Really, this is ‘Lain’s gig; I’m just co-teaching.

 

Black Friday Mixed Media for Kids Class–November 25th

Co-taught with the fabulous Miss Carrie. Bring your kids to be babysat to learn about and make mixed media art while you get some peace and quiet some Yule/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Saturnalia/insert-your-holy-day-here shopping done.

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night (I really hope we come up with a better title soon.)–Decemeber 15th, 5-8 pm

This Demo Night happens during the ARTgarage’s annual Holiday Sale/Show, so it’s a double header.

 

Miss ‘Lain is also teaching a couple of other classes that I’m kinda helping out with (Mostly so that I can take the class without paying for it! Don’t tell!).

Circuit Bending 101–October 28th $60.00

Puppetry–December 2nd and 9th $150

 
Until tomorrow.
 
Courage.

IQ’s Fall Art Reception and Fourth Quarter Art at the ARTgarage

So, I’m not really ready to be think-y about Branding yet; I’m still trying to figure out what it means for me specifically and what it will look like in practice.  I could totally parse it out here, but I really don’t want to subject y’all to that sort of babble–and it totally would be disconnected babble!–so, instead, owls!

 

Fungoid owlets, to be specific.

 

And my Fourth Quarter exhibit at the ARTgarage.

 

And, an Art Reception at IQ’s!

 

So, I’m going to begin at the end and work back through to the beginning.  Cause I’m tired.  And it makes sense in my head.  Have I mentioned I’m tired?

 

The Fall Art Reception and Open Mic at IQ’s in Green Bay.  It’s totally a Heather Peterman gig, but she totally shares her stage with other artists.  She invited me to come and play with everyone else–to the point I’m on the flyer. *hands*  Heather is totally awesome and makes beautiful art and bags (I have one; it’s my favorite bag!).

 

Fall Art Reception and Open Mic at IQ's Green Bay, October 6, 2011

 

Actually, she had invited me to participate in the last Art Reception, but I wasn’t feeling ready to be out with my art and potentially not sell anything sell my art.  <–Have I mentioned that I have raging insecurity?  And a height-related inferiority complex?  *whistles*

 

So, yeah, come out to IQ’s on Saturday and see a bunch of fantastic art–maybe even buy a few things–and listen to a lot of good music. The Fall Art Reception coincides with an Open Mic. We might even get The Husband up there to play!

 

*and we segue over to here in a non-awkward self-aware fashion because I don’t have a good transitional idea right now*

 

Sometimes, ya really just have to go for the obvious transitions, ya know?

 

I finished putting up my Fourth Quarter Exhibit at the ARTgarage. Here are some pictures.

 

2011 Fourth Quarter Art Exhibit at the ARTgarage

 

detail

 

From left to right:  unnamed friends:  AT-AT ($140), unnamed friends:  sheepapillar ($150), and unnamed friends:  twitter-tail ($130).

 

detail

 

Still talking about the framed pieces, from left to right:  unnamed friends:  squid attacked by bird-blob ($150) and unnamed friends:  uni ($130).

 

detail

 

Sculptures, from left to right:  unnamed owlets:  fungoid owlets (1-3/100; small owlets $65, medium owlets $85), unnamed friends:  from the 100 acre wood ($1200), and unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (5-7/100; small owlet $65, medium owlet $85, large owlet $120).

 

The unnamed friends: fungoid owlet artist doll edition is going well. I’ve already sold one–mind, it was sold to Miss ‘Lain, and she always buys my stuff. She’s my own personal patron.

 

Here are the little buggers (in close-up!) so far:

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (1-3/100)

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlet (4/100)

 

This little guy was #4 in the edition.

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (5-7/100)

 

And, I have 10 more owlet carcasses waiting to be stuffed for Saturday.

 

Have I mentioned that I really like not being afraid of my sewing machine anymore?

 

So, here’s the currently updated calendar:

Story Beads:  Beading to Heal–September 30th    $30.00

The ARTgarage has a class cooperative with St. Vinny’s, and this class is being offered through that program.  This class is also totally based upon one that I took with Lisa Kay a couple of years ago.  She’s totally as awesome as you’d think she’d be winning a Fulbright.  Share the love!

 

So, I had one person signed up for this class, but we had such a good time, I think!  Definitely going to see about doing this again in the Spring–maybe as more of a series of “come and learn; come back to hang out and work together!”

 

“Visualizing Your Hopes and Dreams”:  An Art Night for Freedom House–October 3rd, 6-8 pm

It’s basically an art class being taught for the families that Freedom House helps out.

 

Kelly and I had about 10 people (though 2 were too small to do more than run around) plus Freedom House’s coordinator-lady Robyn (who is totally awesome).  We all had a good time, one student tried drawing for the first time in her life, and I made a new friend.

 

Studio Tour–October 7th, 12-6 at the ARTgarage

It’s really Chris Style’s studio tour, but all the ARTgarage studio artists were invited to join the fun.  This tour happens the 8th and 9th also, but I’m only going to be there the 7th and the 9th.

 

Bay Area Watercolor Artists Opening–October 7th, 5-8 at the ARTgarage

Not necessarily my art scene, but ya know, I’m still gonna be supportive!

 

 

IQ’s Fall Art Reception–October 8th

3-8 pm at IQ’s Bar 2105 University Ave., Green Bay

 

Studio Tour–October 9th, 12-5 at the ARTgarage

Same sitch, different day.

 

4th Quarter Artists Opening Reception AND the first Artists’ Demo-ing Night (hip name yet to be chosen)–October 13th

5-8 pm at the ARTgarage.  The Artists’ Demo-ing Night is something new that we’re trying, so if you’re an artist in the Green Bay area, come to Demo Night!  We all aren’t ARTgarage artists either, and we’re willing to share our windfall awesomeness!

 

Japanese Stab Binding:  Books to Heal–October 14th    $30.00

Also, a St. Vinny’s class.

 

Artist Books:  A Bookmaking Workshop–November 11th-12th    $150.00

Bookmaking techniques and artist books! \o/

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night–November 17th

Same sitch (yes, I did use “sitch”) as the other one.

 

Artist Dolls–November 18th-19th    $150.00

Really, this is ‘Lain’s gig; I’m just co-teaching.

 

Black Friday Mixed Media for Kids Class–November 25th

Co-taught with the fabulous Miss Carrie.  Bring your kids to be babysat to learn about and make mixed media art while you get some peace and quiet some Yule/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Saturnalia/insert-your-holy-day-here shopping done.

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night (I really hope we come up with a better title soon.)–Decemeber 15th, 5-8 pm

This Demo Night happens during the ARTgarage’s annual Holiday Sale/Show, so it’s a double header.

 

Miss ‘Lain is also teaching a couple of other classes that I’m kinda helping out with (Mostly so that I can take the class without paying for it!  Don’t tell!).

Circuit Bending 101–October 28th    $60.00

Puppetry–December 2nd and 9th    $150

 

So, that about covers everything…okay, probably not, but it’s all I’ve got right now.

 

Courage.

studio update

I’ve been being kinda cagey about what’s been going on in the studio, and I haven’t meant to be.  Just too much crazy lately to be chatty. <–Okay, I’ve been chatty, but it’s also been coming out as chatty spaz.

 

And, more often than not, half in squid.

 

 

Yeah, I have my own language.

 

So, studio.  I recently took a class with the amazing Ahliah Zia Shashonah, and between her and Miss ‘Lain, my sewing machine phobia is well on it’s way to abatement.  \o/  Do y’all know how long it takes to hand-sew my unnamed friends?  This is going to be so, so, so helpful.

 

…okay, the scrump are still going to have to be hand-sewn because that’s part of their concept/process, but everything else is going to be sewn with the sewing machine!  *bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha*

 

 

For mine is an evil laugh.

 

 

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 

I’ve also been learning to spin my own yarn.

 

roving=my new crack

 

Well, roving and Tazo Passion tea (hibiscus/blood orange tea).  *whistles*

 

So, because my friend Hel is awesome-upon-awesome and made me drop spindle, gave me roving, taught me to spin, and generally makes certain I get to the Shawano Weavers’ Guild meeting (’cause I still don’t know the area very well yet), she gets an unnamed friends plushie.  The first machine sewn one, in fact–unnamed friends:  fungoid owlet.

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlet

 

Additionally, an admirer of my work asked me why I just don’t sign my pieces with a tree since most people call me ‘Trie.  I, after some thinking about, really like the idea.  Plus, my last name?  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to fraking long for a play.  <–a little paraphrase Love’s Labors Lost for y’all. *is a recovering Shakespeare-dork*

 

signature

 

…it even sorta looks like my initials.

 

I also sold a couple of piece on Saturday.  Nothing big and expensive, but enough to pay my studio rent at the ARTgarage with enough left over for a cuppa chai or Passion tea.

 

That reminds me.  My art and I are going to be at IQ’s Fall Art Reception on October 8th from 3-8 pm.  Heather Peterman invited me to participate, and I can’t tell Heather no; she’s too awesome.

 

So come, drink, and buy art!

 

Here’s my Calendar of Up Coming Appearances and Teaching (I need to figure out how to insert a permanent Google calendar into the blog, I think):

 

Story Beads:  Beading to Heal–September 30th    $30.00

The ARTgarage has a class cooperative with St. Vinny’s, and this class is being offered through that program.  This class is also totally based upon one that I took with Lisa Kay a couple of years ago.  She’s totally as awesome as you’d think she’d be winning a Fulbright.  Share the love!

 

“Visualizing Your Hopes and Dreams”:  An Art Night for Freedom House–October 3rd, 6-8 pm

It’s basically an art class being taught for the families that Freedom House helps out.

 

IQ’s Fall Art Reception–October 8th

3-8 pm at IQ’s Bar 2105 University Ave., Green Bay

 

4th Quarter Artists Opening Reception AND the first Artists’ Demo-ing Night (hip name yet to be chosen)–October 13th

5-8 pm at the ARTgarage.  The Artists’ Demo-ing Night is something new that we’re trying, so if you’re an artist in the Green Bay area, come to Demo Night!  We all aren’t ARTgarage artists either, and we’re willing to share our windfall awesomeness!

 

Japanese Stab Binding:  Books to Heal–October 14th    $30.00

Also, a St. Vinny’s class.

 

Artist Books:  A Bookmaking Workshop–November 11th-12th    $150.00

Bookmaking techniques and artist books! \o/

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night–November 17th

Same sitch (yes, I did use “sitch”) as the other one.

 

Artist Dolls–November 18th-19th    $150.00

Really, this is ‘Lain’s gig; I’m just co-teaching.

 

Black Friday Mixed Media for Kids Class–November 25th

Co-taught with the fabulous Miss Carrie.  Bring your kids to be babysat to learn about and make mixed media art while you get some peace and quiet some Yule/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Saturnalia/insert-your-holy-day-here shopping done.

 

Artists’ Demo-ing Night (I really hope we come up with a better title soon.)–Decemeber 15th, 5-8 pm

This Demo Night happens during the ARTgarage’s annual Holiday Sale/Show, so it’s a double header.

 

Miss ‘Lain is also teaching a couple of other classes that I’m kinda helping out with (Mostly so that I can take the class without paying for it!  Don’t tell!).

 

Circuit Bending 101–October 28th    $60.00

 

Puppetry–December 2nd and 9th    $150

 

So, I think that y’all are caught up…oh, wait.  There’s some more.

 

The last bits and bobs that haven’t been said in the update:

  • I have a ton of new unnamed friends that y’all can see on my Flickr.
  • I haven’t heard anything from my interview yet, so we’re all just going to have to hold our collective britches and wait.
  • I haven’t taken new pictures of the studio yet because it’s still a wreck, just a more organized wreck.
  • The preliminary returns are back on the Marathon for Literature, and it looks like the ARTgarage made over $2000 dollars for the ARTgarage and over $1000 for Literacy Green Bay. \o/

 

Okay, now I think that’s everything.  It’s been busy, yeah?

 

Courage.