debriefs, reduced color palette memes, and–things

IDEK.  I don’t eve know why I decided to do a debrief this time, but I did.  It’s below–somewhere.

But, first!  There’s this reduced color palette meme thing going around on Tumblr, and I decided to just do it for myself since no one’s challenged me.

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Come on, y’all.  I know y’all can’t follow for me for my sparkling personality and charming demeanor because I have neither.

So, ya know, challenge me.  If I like what I do well-enough, I’ll probably put it up on Redbubble to be shirts and things.

In a connected thought, would people really be interested in seeing more of my random videos?  Of me making things, of just random is random-ness, or of me doing challenges?  Let me know in the comments.

This continues to be entertaining:

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It’s all gnome’s fault.  And, now–

projecTransparency supplemental: Definitely DePere Debrief

as advertised, me talking about June’s Definitely DePere.

can you feel the excitement?

also, did i mention that kelly sue deconnick favorited my captain marvel design on twitter?

yeah, that happened.  WHAT IS AIR?!?!?!?

remember that shirts and things are available over on tentacle-made studios’ redbubble.

and, that tentacle-made studios has commission page!

tentacle-made studios everywhere:

and, in case y’all are really curious about what i write for The Rainbow Hub, y’all should check out my tag there.

So, yeah.  I live my life online.  And, at art things.  And, yeah.

Courage.

stuff and things

So, I’ve kinda started a new project that currently has no name–well, I’m kinda referring to it as Project Transparency, but that seems kinda pretentious–and it’s a vlogging project so–yay?

I made the first entry today:

And–I ended up with me saying something ableist, and I’m sorry.  I’m working to eradicate that sort of oppressive language (that totally encourages my own internalized ableism towards myself) from my usage.  I messed up; I’m still working on it.

I was really trying to wait to start this project until I had a better video camera but who knows when that will be,  so instead, I decided to just jump in with all tentacles.

But, yeah, the idea is to make the art-making process transparent for non-artists.  Maybe even do some more of the stand-and-stir arting (with a fuckton more editing because, omg, those were awkward) or process vids.

Are there things that y’all would like to see done?

I mean, I’ve been doing some digital painting and procreate has this neat function where you can export the history of your piece as a video.  Here’s a playlist of them thus far.

They’re kinda neat to watch.

(NB:  Gnome and ‘Lain are discussing putting my time-lapse art vids to music.  That’s exciting.)

(By-the-by, I’m still trying to be brave enough to put commission prices up other than in that one post I did–what can I say, I’m kinda scared.  Is there interest?  Because, if there is, I’m likely to be, well, I still be scared like whoa, but at least, I’ll know I’m not annoying anyone with it.)

saint ravenstag
2014
digital painting
‘trie blasingame

So, I’m not going to put a whole lot of  the new sketch-a-days in this post because it’s already getting ridiculously long, but again, if you’d like to see the sketch-a-days in their entirety, either check out my #studiosquid or #sketchaday Tumblr tags (since I’ve kinda been doing Pacific Rim and Hannibal sketches for the last couple of weeks).

Also, it’s really easy to just duck into my sketch-a-day Flickr set.

But, I’ve actually managed to complete a conceptual, mixed media piece so–yay!

gilded hive
2014
found object, aluminum mesh, spray paint
‘trie blasingame

And, on a side note with More Information Forthcoming, I’m going to be participating in Definitely DePere again this year.

(It’s also my birthday today.)

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.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: (pre-born) Thumbelina
2012
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
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!

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: (pre-born) Thumbelina
(details and multiple views)

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.

by downeyclaus

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:

unnamed friends: pyramid-bird
2012
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

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).

untitled
2012
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

 

Henry, or Meeting Aurora
2012
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

 

Rumple
2012
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

 

deadlights
2012
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

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.

inside the tentacle-made studios (the ARTgarage edition)

So, yeah, before I do anything else, y’all have got to go check out the dance sequence in last week’s episode of Bunheads.  Just, go to minute mark 39 and watch.

I’ll wait.

So.  What’d y’all think?

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.

Introvert=me.

My work desk with some of my as-yet-photographed Nothing(s) hanging about and some of my hides series.

I like used atlases too, if anyone has any that they’d like to send my way.  Or old books.  Or sheet music.  Or, ya know, stuff.

Panning to the right, you can see my Ur-bag taking up valuable floor space, my craptastic storage (that’s gotten a bit better, admittedly, since I got a little storage cart that goes underneath the work table), and art displayed from the unnamed friends series, the taxonomy series, the impression portraits, and spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series.

Further to the right is more of my storage, my ARTgarage pastel box (I have one in the tentacle-made studios too), and more of my art:  the scrump series, the chimera series, the unnamed friends series, more of the spindle’s work series, and some random book arts stuff.

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.

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.

There’s this thing called a “day job”–

And I have a couple of them that total over 40 hours a week.

This makes for less arting than I would like.

But!  I have a not-quite-commission for a friend of mine and her daughter.  I’m making the wedding tutus! \o/ There’s a horrible, horrible sketch of the adult tutu (which I will not subject you kind folks to) over in my El-Jay.

I might have even uploaded it to my Flickr, but I don’t really remember at the moment.

Basically, I have ~144 feet of tulle in my studio waaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiting for me!

*SCARED*

It’s looking at me!  It’s going to strangle me in the night!<——If you haven’t guessed, tulle is not my most favoritest of things.

But!  It’s kinda exciting.

In other news, I’m a Script Frenzy ML for my region.  If you haven’t joined Script Frenzy, you should.  *looks STERN*