the end of one year; the beginning of another

And, if that isn’t some of the most prosaic wanking I’ve ever written.  Sheesh.

I’m finishing this year with two new (very intense) works from my studio made in just the last month (and maybe a half…I can’t remember when I started the dress uniform, and I’m feeling to lazy to check).

So, here they are (in Instagram snaps because I haven’t processed the actual photos of the dress uniform and the installation can’t really have good pictures of it taken until it’s, ya know, installed):  The Dress Uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus and The Festival of Lights in the Church of Architeuthis in the Aspects of The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer.

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A reminder that, in the New Year, y’all will be able to see these pieces–up close and in person–at the ARTgarage in Green Bay.

We’re installing the show on Thursday, and the Opening for The Steampunk Extravaganza is January 9th from 5-8 PM.

I’m putting together a steampunk playlist and everything (like I don’t already have 7 just sitting around on my iPod *whistles*).

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We’ve all (nearly) survived 2013!

THE YEAR IS DEAD; LONG LIVE THE YEAR.

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).

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 no title; there is not title.

IDK, I’m just not feeling clever, I guess.

So, been up to my pointed little ears in work:  I finished a new piece, and I’m in the middle of two more; the new Quarter is starting at the ARTgarage; I photographed a Supernatural cosplay; Definitely DePere is a week away; and I’m teaching a bunch of classes for the ARTgarage is the following months.

Busy is a squid.

So, I guess, let’s start with the two pieces I’m in the middle of, shall we?

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: A Rose Window
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spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: The Queen’s Mirror
(working title; in-progress)

So, obviously-not-obviously as pieces from the spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series, they’re missing their spun-bits.  They’re coming, I swear; I actually have 2/3 of the art yarn for A Rose Window crocheted up.

…they’re kinda taking forever. *sigh*

But!  I also just finished a new piece that’s going to be up at the ARTgarage during this Quarter.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:  S.G. Dagon

2013

mixed media, art yarn, paint on board

Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

Eater of Worlds & S.G. Dagon
2012
mixed media, paint, art yarn, copper
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I think they converse quite well.  What do y’all think?

Someone I know commented that there is a definite gendering that’s occurring here–she wasn’t wrong.

They go up tomorrow.

Oh, and since we’re talking about the ARTgarage and all, I’m selling art yarn and art batts in the ARTgarage’s gift shop–if y’all need tentacle-made yarn for yourselves since things keep getting in the way of me putting it up on Etsy.

I NOW KNOW WHERE I WILL BE FOR DEFINITELY DEPERE!!!  I WILL BE AT GYRO KABOBS!

Yes, this is a weird place to be.  Do I care?  Absolutely not!  They have kabobs.

So, y’all should come down next Friday and have kabobs and see art!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the freshly scrubbed studio.

Sorry for the hodge-podge post.  This is what happens when everything is happening at once.

Courage.

Gallery Nite Green Bay Debrief

So, a pretty decent turn out at the ARTgarage despite the Wisconsin weather being its typical can’t-decide-if-it’s-gonna-snow-or-rain-or-be-ridiculously-bright-and-cherry self.  (FYI:  It’s snow right now.  *SIGH*  What-EVER.)

So, if y’all have been following tentacle-made studios at home via FacebookTwitter/Vine (I’m triesquid on Vine too.), or Tumblr*, you’ll already be fairly versed in all of this, but meh, feel free to skip ahead to the videos if  ya’d like.

*I always feel like I should explain about my Tumblr.  It started out as a on-the-go, more-free-wheeling art blog and has quickly become a weird hybridization of my studio practice, activism, art morgue, fic and poetry (some written by me and some not), and fandom artifacts (which are important because my art practice is informed by Visual Culture/Popular Culture and fandom iterations of VC/PC have become a part of that for me with fandom’s critical thinking and free-range creativity), so my Tumblr is a bit wild and wacky.

So, stuff sold, which is kinda a nice change of pace, and I’m starting to thing about revisiting the idea of the plushie unnamed friends since I had a bunch of kids kinda go mental over the fungoid owlets.

unnamed friends: fungoid owlet (18/100)
2012
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I dunno.  I think the other unnamed friends could translate nicely to something Ugly Doll-esque.

unnamed friends: Stymie
2011
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

And, that’s kinda beside the point.  Gallery Nite debrief–GO!

Miss Zoe from Knits by Zoe and ‘Lain (We went to art school together.) came out and spun with me.  It was nice.  I don’t get to spend enough time with either one of them since they live in Green Bay, and I’m way-the-way out in BFE-Shawano.

Instagram photo taken by whee71 (aka Gnome)

This was my display filled with all sorts of fun things, which the break down was basically–

14 art batts, 10 drop spindles, 5 ball-winders, and 4 knitty-knotties (which I misspelled on the tags because I can never decide if “knotty” has one t or two–what can ya do?).

Additionally, there was some handmade jewelry, fungoid owlets, button packs, and plot bunnies.

Here’s a better idea of what the display looked like.  That’s ‘Lain in the back–fighting with her wheel.

This is the wonderful and talented Miss Zoe of Knits by Zoe spinning away on a Hello Purl art batt in order to make her dreads that she sells at The Glass Monkey in Green Bay.

And, speaking of Hello Purl (I could explain the tangent, but I don’t wanna!  Mwhahahahahahahaha!), there’s evidently a new Arts Events website being developed called something like “Whoa New”.  I didn’t quite catch their name, but I did have a nice chat with the Writer and Photographer (who we’re having a One-Degree of Separation thing).  So, that’s exciting and totally something that the area needs, like whoa.

Also, my very own Gnome is going to be the musical entertainment at the June Gallery Nite, so yeah, y’all should come out and listen to him play.

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.

video: a guided tour of my spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement exhibit

So, here I am hiding out in the Shawano Public Library, stealing there internet.

I have fallen so low.

…not really, I’m just frustrated with the entire lack-of-useable internet.  See all my frustration.

BUT!  I have managed to get the SPL’s internet to work long enough to upload my exhibit video for y’all, so there’s that.

Yep.  That’s me in all my tiny, round, tentacled glory.  And, with the big words and flailing.

Again, don’t forget that the reception for this show is Thursday, February 28th from 5-8(-ish).

Courage.

spinning demo not-instructional video

So, yeah, last week I had that opening at the ARTgarage, and I decided that, since I was there and everything demo-ing, I would go ahead an make on of my not-instructional videos for it.

This is what I ended up spinning during the night (It’s not really done yet, but yeah, it’s well on it’s way.)

So.  Not-instructional video.  <–Please forgive my cinematographer; he’s still getting a handle on it.

 Yep.  That’s me and my wheel.  It’s exciting, yeah?

In other news, I got my acceptance(?) letter for NWTC’s ArtWalk thing.

Please note the question mark.  No where in the letter was it clear that this was in any way, shape, or form an acceptance letter.  So, really, it was “Here’s when to have your stuff here to be judged, and judge you we will.” letter.

*whistles*

Okay.  I’m out.  I’m going to go see Skyfall at the Cheap.

Courage.