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 committed dye-ing–

BOW BEFORE ME!

Well, not really.  Y’all don’t have to do that.  I’m just being silly.

But!  I have washed like 10-12 lbs. of (local) alpaca today and dyed it and a bunch of domestic wool, silk, merino, and mohair today.

I may not have gotten my studio cleaned today, but I did do this…basically, so I had more stuff to spin.

Which means, I’m going to have to card all of this first.

*SIGH*

…I’m never going to get the black to come our right. *is sad*

But, see–

Sudsy alpaca.

Mind you, this was about 10 minutes before I managed to face-plant into the (mostly) empty vat and bruised the hell outta myself.  I’m graceful, I am.

Never let it be said that artists don’t sacrifice for (to) their art.  Art gets pissy if it isn’t sacrificed to on the regular.

I’m totally not joking.

*is joking–kinda*

Oh!  I classed on Saturday, and it was the largest class I’ve had yet:  eight people.  I even sold some yarn.

So, if y’all wanna know the super-basics of drop-spindle making, here’s vidlet.

I love drop spindles.  They’re totally physics in action!

For art!

For science!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the quiet set-up before the storm class.

Okay, I’m gonna go and tend to my various bruises by flumping somewhere comfortable.

Courage.

Wireless: 10/10, would recommend.

In other words–OMG!–yesterday was “Gnome and squid get their internet back today! Yay!” Day.  So, the tentacle-made studios (and by extension Hemlock House) are wireless running the universe again! \o/

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, I’ve been promising a Reception-y debrief, and now, there’s also an ArtiGras debrief to subject y’all to.

Sooooooooooooooooooo–IT ALL WENT INCREDIBLY WELL!

The reception for spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement was fairly well-attended considering NorthCoast Gallery is new gallery in Green Bay (and I’m a relatively young, somewhat-known artist), and the reception was on a Thursday night (which if y’all don’t know, is the traditional day to have a reception for a show).

 

We even had a little bit of an international contingent (i.e., a Gnome-side-of-the-family was in the states from Germany).

ArtiGras was a fairly decent event.  People weren’t buying a lot, but I did manage to sell a few things, which is nice.  Have to pay the bills somehow, right? <–Speaking of, I sold at piece at my reception!

The Traveling Treadlers Fiber Guild was in fine form with the girls of Hello Purl, Anne of Shepherd’s Purse, and Tracey of Interlacements…and me, of course, from tentacle-made studios.  Other members of the Guild were there too, but I’m not sure if they have company/shop names.

So, yeah.  There are more photos of the Traveling Treadlers Fiber Guild here if y’all are interested in them.

…I think I’m going to go collapse somewhere for awhile.  I have my semesterly Humanities presentation for Gnome’s class tomorrow (I’m doing two this semester!), and I should probably do things like read my notes and make sure I can follow my own presentation.

Wouldn’t want to get lost.

Not that I would.

*whistles*

Courage.

An overly productive week, i.e., ArtWalk piece completed.

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! *\o/*

So, the piece for the ArtWalk show/competition/thingie was a ridiculously multi-stepped process and all the mixed media.

Seriously, this think is like 5 feet of schizophrenic.  Welcome to my brain, yeah?

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:
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handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), paint, copper, fishing line
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:
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handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), paint, copper, fishing line
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:
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So, yeah, can we say Cronenberg?  ‘Cause I totally have those references going on.  And Lovecraft and eldritchian tendencies.  Seriously, body horror, vagina dentata, and the Uncanny are totally my jam.

Ginger Snaps?  Totally one of my favorite movies.

Naked Lunch?  I saw it when I was, like, 11. <–I kid you not; my brother brought it home to watch.  I was home sick with the worst flu ever and watched Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gothic, and Naked Lunch all in the same day.

With a 103 temp.

Somehow, I think this may be to blame for me and my visceral, bodily, grotesque (but in really bright colors!) art thing I’ve got going on.  Don’t y’all?

…it probably also explains the wiggins I get from anything with more than 10 legs.

THANK YOU, YVES CLOQUET, YOU CREEPY BASTARD.

Though, Julian Sands, yeah?

…maybe it’s just a Julian Sands thing.  He was in both Gothic and Naked Lunch, and he kinda looks like Richard O’Brien.  That’s a very interesting coincidence.

But the title is a reference to Galactus, Eater of Worlds.

*dooooooooooooooooooooooooork*

But!  It seemed like a reasonable title, even though there are also references to the Necromongers, the Narada, starfish, and octopodes.

…and maybe a touch of the Shadows from Babylon 5.

So, loads of references=me. *SIGH*

Also, because I’m kinda a freak and evidently an exhibitionist now, I made more of those not-instructional videos while I was working.

*HANDS*

IDEK.  Really, why am I doing this?

Okay.  Yeah.  I’m going to go now.

Remember there’s an opening at the ARTgarage for the First Quarter artists.  *waves*  And, I’m teaching a spinning class on Saturday, so if y’all want to take it, y’all need to sign-up for it super-quick.

Courage.

Controversial Wednesdays: Fair Use Appropriation vs. Intellectual Theft via Hyperallergic

So, lovies, I hope that y’all had (or will have) the pleasant holidays or not-holidays of your choice.  Mine was insane what with the not!Apocalypse intervening.  Although, it did make liveblogging the apocalypse so much fun over on my Tumblr.

Okay, things that I’ve been up to since the last time I was here chatting with y’all:

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Still working on the spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series (which is going to be in a show not-at-the-ARTgarage in February!).

Spinning 450 yards of the worst spinning to ever to have existed.  Ever.  It was like spinning freakin’ elastic.  So not something that I ever want to do again.  Seriously.

Thor and Loki. Loki has evidently been up to some sort of mischief.
“Brother! What have you done now?!?!?”

Making weird vignettes with my bobble-heads and posting them to my Instagram and my Tumblr because I can…and because I’m kinda insane.  BUT IT’S FUN THOUGH!

Sorry-not-sorry.

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Evidently, the unnamed friends series (or, at least, it’s severely dark and twisted incarnation) is still going.  IDEK.

Being a pop-gun pirate.  Because I can. <–It’s my weapon of choice.

I’ve also been cleaning and re-arranging my studio, so that was a thing that happened.

Okay, now to actually relevant-to-the-art-world sorta things.

So, evidently, there was more-than-bit of controversy at the Miami Scope, which Hyperallergic took some extra time to talk about in “When Is Appropriation Just Copying?

MAKE CERTAIN TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE!  Maybe even click some of the links.  Ya know, before anyone throws a fit.  Okay?

when he noticed something: work by an artist named Josafat Miranda that looked exactly like his own. Miranda had taken photographs shot by Levesque years ago and painted them nearly to a tee — recreations with added color and flair. He had done the same thing with some photos shot by Marie Killen. Miranda’s pieces were being sold for $4,000 a piece at a gallery booth at Scope.

Levesque didn’t say anything at the time, but a few days later, he lined up the pairs of images side by side and posted about it on Tumblr. The post went viral, newspapers picked up the story, and the repercussions for Miranda were swift: within days, Robert Fontaine Gallery had pulled his work, canceled his pending sales, dropped him from its roster, and denounced him.

It’s actually a very complicated discussion, and this may not be the best example as the basis for this discussion because, honestly, we’re not really getting whether or not Miranda had a conceptual re-contextualization of Levesque’s work or not; therefore, a truly informed conversation about this particular incident is difficult to have. <–I actually kinda want to know whether or not he was indicating where he was getting the imagery from. It doesn’t necessarily change anything, but it would expand the breadth of the conversation.

Yet, this is a very interesting fair use vs. intellectual theft conversation–especially since Levesque was less concerned about his work and more about his friend, Marie Killien’s, whose a young, struggling artist and that Levesque provided examples about what Miranda could have done to tread the line of fair use BETTER.

And, maybe, this is the difference between artists that came up through the ranks of deviantArt and Tumblr and other places that have a heavy fan-culture association, who came out of fan culture to begin with, versus those that come out of a purely fine art background: we live off of the mash-up; we borrow heavily; we synthesize, and usually, we’re very good about saying where our inspirations are coming from. Because that’s how we survive as a fan culture.

We also police the hell out of ourselves so that everyone knows where the lines are.

This is a conversation that’s going to have to happen more and more as artists of all flavors come out of these fan places (I see it on Tumblr a lot with cosplay, oddly.) because, as much as it may seem simple and straightforward, there is rarely anything that IS simple and straightforward.

So, what do y’all think about this?

Remember, be reasonable, be thoughtful, be considerate.

Courage.

drive-by posting on-the-go

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

So, it’s kinda official (in that way that the contract has been sent to me and there’s an actual month planned and all that jazz): I’m going to have a solo show! <–Please note, I’ve probably totally jinxed myself in telling y’all this.

But, yeah, this is part of the reason that I’ve been kinda absent; I’ve been art-ing like a fiend because (originally) the show was supposed to be the end of December through January.

There will be more about this (like the location and such) in the coming weeks. \o/

They’re all part of my spindle’s work; Zellandine’s denouement series:

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The Wolf-Prince

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Grey Haven

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kirin

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Artemis of Ephesus

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Persephone

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wisdom, warfare, and weaving

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Imperatrix

So, yeah. Loads of art-ing. And, then this week, I’ve been cleaning my studio because–damn–my studio is (was? I’m almost done!) a wreck and needed a total organizational-overhaul.

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So, that was a thing that happened.

Okay, so those are just picture of my studio storage area, but y’all get the idea.

Oh, my friend Miss Z of Knits by Zoe was interviewed by Robin Hunter Designs.

Okay. I’m done for the night.

Courage.

NaNo successfully navigated; Art Meets Heart completed.

So, I’ve been the sickest of little squids the last couple of days (I caught a cold at Thanksgiving from my extended, loving family), and then I had to kind of rush to finish my Art Meets Heart canvas for the ARTgarage, which totally makes it sound epic but it totally wasn’t. <–It was basically spray painting the canvas and then attaching all the bits and pieces to the canvas.

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canvas, spray paint, handspun yarn from a Hello Purl art batt, copper wire, jewelry wire, cast silver object

And, because it’s a very 3-dimensional work, a collaged photo-set!

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And!  I finished my NaNo!  I have proof!

If, say, y’all would like to read what I have been writing for NaNo (and I know y’all do ’cause, seriously, why wouldn’t y’all want to hear my manic characters be manic because who wouldn’t), check my NaNoWriMo tag over on my Tumblr.

I kinda like my novel (what I have of it because–OMG!–plot-y novel is plot-y!), but I have 50,000+ words and am nowhere near being done with the actual novel. <–This is freaking me the fuck out.  Seriously.  I’ve never had a novel be so–novel-y.

And, since I have been sickly-squid, I’ve been watching movies.  We all have movies that are our go-to movies when we’re sick or upset or whatever;  The Avengers has totally become one of those movies for me (and I could go on and on for weeks–and have!–about how amazing it is), but my other movies (and long-time readers will be aware of this) is Julie and Julia.

I know, they don’t seem to have anything in common, but emotionally, they do for me for some reason.  I think it might be that entire “searching for our places in the world thing” that they both have going on:  everyone in the Avengers Initiative because they’re all considered freaks because they aren’t “normal” people (whatever that means) and are still unfinished people for various reasons, and Julie Powell and Julia Child because they’re both trying to find who they want to be.

These are themes that are relevant to my interests.

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And, I love this moment in Julie and Julia because it comes so close in the movie after Dor and Julia talking about how they never fit in Pasedina and the near-fisticuffs about McCarthy that Julia gets into with her pops.  I just love how they reach for each other like “this was the only place we belonged, with each other” and then, just after, their husbands shake hands, and then there’s this feeling of “and now we fit here too with these valiant individuals who are brave enough to love us.”

I like it.  I like it a lot.

And, this theme of belonging and trying-to-belong I think is something that always permeates my work since, fairytales, really do have this undertone of belonging and not belonging and figuring out how to belong in them.

So, yeah.  Belonging.

And, I have waxed rhapsodic in a drugged haze a bit too long, I think.

Courage.

Art-ing, bookmaking, NaNo, and poetry.

Sorta.

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.

5-hole pamphlet bound sample book

 

“easy” Coptic bound sample book

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.

*whistles*

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:

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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).

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Henry, or Meeting Aurora
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Rumple
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If you want to see more, and you just can’t wait until the next time I post some, don’t want to follow my Tumblr, or be my friend on Instagram, I have a folder on Flickr for my Instagramed-poetry.

Okay, I really must go off and commit more literary atrocities.

Have a good Thanksgiving or Thursday, depending on where y’all are!

NaNo on!

Courage.

burlesque shows, new quarter openings, and just general craziness

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.

*shrugs*

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*

But, yeah.

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Yep, I had quite the backlog.

Please, don’t mind the mess.  My studio desperately needs to be cleaned and reorganized.  Again.

*grumbles*

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.

Courage.