lion con, a webcomic, and being a fanartist

so–lion con is this weekend in st. cloud!

i’m particularly pleased with vending at this con again because last year was its first year, which was an excellent if exhausting time, and this year is shaping up to be even better, so yay on justin and katie for making it happen again!

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welcome to a new year at tentacle-made studios!

for those of you just joining the show, i’m your host ‘trie (sounds like “tree”), and i’m a mixed media, conceptual artist and writer who has recently become a con-kid/exhibitor, doesn’t like capitalization, and lives in the backwoods of wisconsin.

which makes being a con-kid and an artist a little bit difficult.

at least the trees recognize me as one of their own.

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meet the artist, nerdcon: stories, storenvy, & #fanworkstaughtme

this blog (which is a lot of word and not a lot of image) comes in four parts–mostly because it’s tidy, and i’m ridiculously tired.

part the first:  meet the artist at the ARTgarage in Green Bay is tonight from 5-8pm.

be there; be the geometric shape of your choosing; watch me demo things; talk to all of us artists.

it’s a thing.

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the end of the art walk season and the possibility of nerdcon: stories

(re:  here is a more thorough presentation of information, likes, and reasonings because there is no such thing as overkill, there’s just enough kill.)

before i forget, there’s a meet the artist at the ARTgarage on thursday, august 20th from 5-8pm.  so, come a meet some artists?

so, as per usual, the definitely depere art walk ended not with a bang but with a wimper.

okay, there was some bang because storm but yeah.

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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.


Last week’s:

This week’s:


Stay safe out there.


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
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!
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
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
unnamed friends: God-Emperor
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
acrylic and ink on recycled materials
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

unnamed friends: just a squid
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).


I’m spent.

I’m done.

Really, honestly, it’s been going on since I got up ridiculously late today.

And, yeah, y’all did read art!hangover.  I get hangovers from strange things (e.g., arting, people, people), but interestingly, I don’t get normal hangovers from drinking.  Mostly, because I have a ludicrously high tolerance so that it takes so long to get me even going on a good buzz that I get bored with drinking and I find something else to do.  Or the party ends.  Whichever comes first.

So, yeah, the art!hangover has to do with the change of quarter at the ARTgararge combined with a massive funk that took up most of the last two months, so the last week has been a Case of the Amazing Arting Squid (coming soon to a theatre near you).

installation view of new works from spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: the ur-Prince
electronics wire, jewelry wire
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: before there was Ariel
handmade flax paper, ink, copper wire, handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), commercial yarn

The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:

a little sea-woman (not really, just a stupid girl)

all operatic beauty and siren-song strength
(there’s always a BeforeBefore always seems
like a place to have remained if we were sane
rather than rapid, rabid liminality)
then–oh, then–a glance, a rescue
and it’s all idiotic love-at-first-sight
and forego present-identity
for the encompassing ambiguity
(submission, subsumission)
of the Loved-Self
but–she’s soulless
destined for 300 years
that ends in sea-foam dissolution and
then Nothing(ness)
(how Sarte)
enter the Sea Witch
driving a hard (maybe cruel)
eternity and salvation available only
through idiotic romantic love
through true loves kiss
(because, of course,
she is Abomination and Fallen
not because she’s Mer
but because she’s a She)
fins to sword-sharp, rending
(mutilating) pain
voice for legs
like Morse Code
self-sacrifice and transmutation
sword-sharp pain to legs to dancing
(because there’s always a
lateral trade in these things)
Mer to something not-quite human (simian)
fish to ape
…and there’s betrayal–
there’s always betrayal–
and betrayal breeds betrayal
dancing to heartbreak
(not everyone knows that its possible
to die from heartbreak
the walking wounded
missing more parts than in that
mythical Before)
and all that’s left is more betrayal
the only salvation is blood and death
betrayal and another’s heartache
(there’s a lot of betrayal)
knife to blood to pain to legs to fins again
of course, yet–
because she’s heroic and stupidly in-love
and some oddly skewed feminist ideal
of courage and curiosity and so much
self-sacrificing fearlessness
so, there’s no betrayal;
instead there’s suicide and sea foam
water sprite to air elemental
sacrifice and suicide and 300 years of
playing some sort of St. Nicholas scavenger hunt
(for the naughty and nice)
gains some sort of salvation
(eternity) (soul)
that a heartless god denies those of
the Water
(the Moon)
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: Scheherazade
copper wire, handmade flax paper, beaded trim, fabric, ink

The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:

tell me about the bodies

drug from the water

track-lines and bruises visible on

pale, mutilated flesh.


tell me a story

because we are all


just stories

left in the wreckage


tell me a story

spanning a 1001 days, a 1001 nights





tell me about the bodies

drug from your memory

graceful lines and shadows

full lives lead in echoes of you

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: oyster emotions
found object, gutted lightbulbs, fiber
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: Zellandine
copper wire, handspun silk, handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), handmade flax paper, commercial yarn, ink

The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:

This piece was actually inspired by Spiritflesh by 1001cranes.
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: echoes
electronics wire, silk and stainless steel yarn, jewelry wire, copper wire

*waves hand*

That one’s really more Tuttle-esque in that it’s more about the shadows being cast than the shapes themselves.

Okay, I’m going to go.  I’ll try not to be such a slacker.


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.