*drags tentacles in*

So–yeah.  I’ve not been around.

*hands*

One of the big ones is all the writing I’ve been doing for The Rainbow Hub, especially since I have a new series starting next week called “Libertine Ladies.”  It’s kinda like the literature and media answer to the “BAMF Women Superheroes” series, except about–villains?

Here’s our promo:

There’s a video around here somewhere, but I can’t for the life of me remember where it was.  I’ll find it!

Yeah, but for some reason, November is ridiculously busy and throw in that I’m still on my ancient-upon-ancient laptop.  Not only is it NaNoWriMo, but it was also the beginning of the new Quarter.  And, there was the Meet the Artist/Quarter Opening, and Gallery Nite’s coming up, and I have three freaking meeting tomorrow plus Guild, and then, there’s another Guild Thursday, and I’m–

I’m kinda legitimately done with the universe.

I had a really bad night at the Opening last week and the week before that when I installed because other exhibitors were being–less than kind, and yeah, I suck.  I’m an elitist snob, but I’m never actually cruel about it.

Actually, I never say anything negative to the other exhibitors.  I do kinda complain in the direction of people who I know feel the same way, but none of us would ever give any indication that we were less-than-supportive.

These are not people that respond well to concrit or conversations that don’t revolve around how amazing their work is.

I decided that, since I was behind in everything in the universe, I’d display some pieces from my chimera series since they really haven’t been shown outside of End of Semester Critiques or small things at Columbia, so why the hell not, right?

Especially since I’ve ceased giving any fucks about whether I sell anything ever (because, let’s face it, I live near Green Bay) or being situated within the local scene remotely.

I’m a little cranky about the art scene lately?  Theoretically, I’ll feel better after the Community Arts Meeting tomorrow?

But, yeah, these are my friends that are up:

It is extraordinarily difficult to take pictures of the installation where they’re at.  There’s another wall, like, right there.

left to right:
chimera: Alice and chimera: Gryphon (or Griffin depending on how I’m feeling that day)
mixed media assemblage
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chimera: Alice
chimera: Griffin

And, because they really don’t all fit in the same picture:

left to right:
chimera: Gretel and chimera: Hansel
mixed media assemblage
katrina (‘trie) blasingame
chimera: Gretel
chimera: Hansel

So, literally, I had a photographer, who photographs kinda meh landscapes, say to me just as I finished my install “Three dimensional work.  That’s different.”

And, not in the excited \o/ sorta way but like my work might contaminate his work.  Just–IDEK.

At our Quarter Opening, I had this woman–who makes these pretty pictures of I’m not even certain but they look like scarpebooking papers?–ask me where my work was (I was demo-ing and not–exactly–near my work) and when I told her say “you mean you don’t have any art up.”

And–I just kinda lost it.  I managed not to yell at her or say dispariging thing about her work, so we’ ll call it god, except it’s not remotely good and this is just adding to my OMG I AM SO DONE.

*hands*

I do have some very nice people coming to my rescue–other artists who have been through the same fuckery.

Courage.

…so, I might just have to suck it up

And, move my blog days to Fridays for now?  With my current writing schedule, which has the majority of everything due on Monday with Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD due on on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, Tuesday’s been acting like a–day off?

Not even really that because I do the preliminary watching of Sleepy Hollow to write that week’s review, so make of that what you will.

…it doesn’t help that, with the embroidery series (THAT STILL DOESN’T HAVE A NAME FOR SOME REASON), I really need something that I can just sit and watch/listen too while I work.

I need to get used to just streaming something like whoa on Netflix or Hulu.  Y’all wouldn’t believe how much embroidery I got done mainlining the first eight episodes of the Supernatural anime (Who thought that was a good idea?  It’s all sorts of not-right. <3)

So, speaking of getting work done, this is what I’ve been working on this week:

This is currently what the larger of my two work surfaces looks like. The other work surface has glass over a huge portion of it so that I can do monoprinting. I also has a huge cutting mat underneath it so that I always have a measuring/positioning grid, and when I’m doing fabric things, I have a huge cutting mat to, ya know, cut fabric on.

But, the piece that I finished (for certain values of “piece”–for my money, it’s an interesting experiment, but who knows, yeah?) is embroidery over mixed media (paint, ink, and pastel) on handmade paper that started off looking like this:

And, now that I’m done with the embroidery, it looks like this:

I thought I was having a kinda Cardcaptor Sakura/CLAMP moment, but when gnome came home and saw it, gnome’s first thought was that this is what The Lights Over The Arby’s (Welcome to Night Vale) look like.

So, The Lights are Wheels.

Kk.  It’s possibly.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to accept and adapt that interpretation, but it’s certainly more interesting than my whole lotta nothing I had going on.  *hands*

So, yeah.  Slow art-ing week is slow, but I GOT SOME THINGS DONE.

I’m–gonna go do something.  *shifty-eyed*

Okay, I’m probably just gonna go play Candy Crush or make a cuppa tea or something.  idk.  It’s like 11:30 pm here, and I have to go into Green Bay tomorrow to see Runner, Runner so that I can write my review on it for The Rainbow Hub.

And pay my studio rent at the ARTgarage.

THE LIFE OF AN ARTING AND WRITING SQUID.

It’s tragic, yeah?

Courage.

idek

So, my old laptop has died. I am currently down to my ancient-upon-ancient Mac that I bought in 2006 and runs Tiger.

Yep. Old is old.

So, yeah, that thing where I easily do anything on the interwebs is disrupted for the foreseeable future.

If someone wants to donate to the cause, just let me know.

/draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaama

I’ve been running around with art-related activities and everything and pulling paper, and I have THINGS to tell y’all, but I’m tired and I hurt and I think that it’ll have to wait until later.

I should tell y’all that Thursday is Gallery Nite, and we have a new stop this month:  East High School Institute for Fine Arts.

My friend Abby (bacon-cloud) has art in East’s show.  Y’all should definitely go and see.

In the meantime, head over to The Rainbow Hub and catch up on my articles. It’s be just like I’m sitting next to you.

Sorry that this is a boring post?

Courage.

*tra lala la la*

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!

*whistles*

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.

It’s seriously the best job ever.

So, yep.  That’s what you missed in Night Vale.

Courage.

*hand-waves* It hasn’t been that long. Really.

These are not the droids that you are looking for.

Okay, so seriously, I’ve been teaching SAW for the last bit, and it hasn’t been leaving me capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

So–that’s a thing.  That’s why I’ve been MIA.

But, it also means that there are really interesting images from my classes and the samples that I’ve been making for those classes (which were Drawing Basics, Mixed Media Sculpture, Mural Painting, and Acrylic Painting:  Nature Painting–that last one’s been weird for me since I’m not really a painter and have been pinch-hit teaching).

the mural (in-progress)

The class, which consists of two students (11 and 16), is really banging this thing out.  They’ve designed it, made the decisions about it, and have done 85% of the work on it (me and a facilitating instructor have been helping).

But, yeah, this is their baby.  They’re doing such a good job; I just wanna squish their faces, I’m so pleased.

Okay, the following are going to be my sample/example pieces from the Drawing Basics class…I have pictures of the kids’ work, but I don’t have them uploaded anywhere.

Yet.

That’s a different post?

fabric still-life in India ink
conceptual furniture: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in colored pencil
abstracted still-life
colored pencil, pastel
abstracted still-life
colored pencil, pastel

So, yes, all the excitement.  There were articles too and everything–and that information is going to happen soon too–but, now, I have to get ready for the Mural Class to come in and work.

Courage.

 

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
2013
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!
2013
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
2011
pastel
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
unnamed friends: God-Emperor
2011
pastel
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
2013
acrylic and ink on recycled materials
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

unnamed friends: just a squid
2013
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).

Definitely DePere tomorrow; tentacle-made studios will be at Inspired Athletica.

So, yeah, me and my art are going to be at Inspired Athletica tomorrow, which–yeah–sounds kinda odd for me since I’m around little thing…

BUT!  They print their own shirts and have some really kinda awesome graphic design going on, and they’re three sibs all in their 20s.  Y’all have to admit, that’s kinda bamf.

I’m kinda digging some of their gear.

all designs are by Inspired Athletica

Seriously, I may have to buy this shirt while I’m there.

I’m also liking this one:

all designs by Inspired Athletica

Ya gotta love a local company being operated by younglings that makes clothes that are purely about helping to promote a healthy self-image and self-confidence–particularly for kids.

And, Callie (one of the sibs) is super-sweet.

I’M SO EXCITED!

Okay, sorry, I’m gushing ’cause they’re just so adorable (in the best way), and the world could use a little more positivity.  <–I know, the curmudgeonly misanthrope is gassing on about positivity; the world’s finally decided it’s 12/21/2012 in earnest.

I’ve been making some new buttons for the occasion (mostly because it’s about where my brain is working the last couple weeks).

green is not a creative colortentacle-made 1 slash responsibly

friends don't let friends eat the rude damsel

This isn’t all of them, but it’s a few.

Okay, I’ve got buttons to make and paintings to try and finish and freaking out to do.

Remember to check out The Rainbow Hub.  I’m over there writing as Trie, and basically, I’m writing film reviews, the BAMF Woman Superheroes series, and, right now, review Orphan Black.

Once Fall hits, I’ll be review Agents of SHIELD, which is \o/!

Courage.