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.





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*




…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?



Marathon for Literature at the ARTgarage

So, today’s gonna kinda be a drive-by advert for the Marathon for Literature being held at the ARTgarage this upcoming Friday and Saturday (9/16 @ 6 pm-9/17 @6 pm).


I might throw in a little Kurt Halsey if y’all are good.


Here’s the advert:


15 minutes. A book. You.


That’s all it takes for you to help support the ARTgarage and Literacy Green Bay.


Your support (and the support of anyone that is willing to sponsor you) will go to fund Arts programing at the ARTgarage and fund Literacy Green Bay as well as to help purchase new books for several area shelters.


September 16th and 17th already full up? Support the Marathon for Literature by sponsoring a reader (or many readers!).


You can even donate food for all those starving readers (and their hungry audience–can’t have them eating the readers, ya know)!  Honestly, I think I’ve managed to hunt down enough food to kill a water buffalo.


If you’re interested in reading or donating, call the ARTgarage at 920.448.6800; otherwise, we’ll see y’all at the Marathon!


Come to read; stay to listen!


We are still short several readers, so–come on!–come and play with us.  Books, reading, coffee–all late into the night and into the next day.  It’ll be fantastic!


If you’re an artist and you wanna do one of those “create art to the music reading” things, that can totally be arranged.  Just call the ARTgarage or email me.


We’ll hook.  You.  UP!  <–I’m a little excited about all of this if y’all couldn’t tell.


Come to the Marathon.  We have cookies.


Okay, since you were all so good–Except for you, ‘Lain.  I see what you’re doing over there.–Kurt Halsey.


He’s kinda a quintessential hipster artist, but in a non-sucky, non-pretentious  way.


I really like him, and I learned about him from my friend Genna (of deconstructing pierrot fame).  For some reason, Halsey and Bright Eyes are inextricably linked in my head because of her.


I enjoy the almost cartoon-ish whimsey of his images as well as the stories-within-stories that he creates and the way that post-it note kinda conversations happen sometimes.  <–I think part of that is because I have a tendency to sketch my unnamed friends on post-it notes before they become large-scale drawings or sculptures. *should totally start scanning those images also*


I also enjoy that his people/creatures are gestural and (almost) ephemeral–like they are nascent beings or they are coming into being.


He also totally has a fandom.  How many artists can say that?



…I kinda want my own fandom.  *looooooooooooooooooooooooongs for it like a bungalow*




shameless plugging. it’s all the rage.

So, as is usual, I’m running around completely late because there’s a zillion and five things that need to get done before I sit before my computer and type furiously for y’all.


I had a Marathon for Literature meeting this morning (of which y’all will be hearing more about in the coming weeks). <–See how I did that?  Shameless, shamelss squid.


*waves tentacles* Come to the Marathon.  Donate to the Marathon.  Sponsor a reader for the Marathon.  You know you want too.  All the cool kids are doing it.


*is ashamed at shameless plugging*  But it’s so fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!


*ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuns away*


Sorry ’bout that.  That’s the sleep dep speaking.






When I left y’all on Sunday, I had proposed a couple of questions.

But, a final thought/question:  what do y’all think the artist’s persona has been and is becoming and how has this been fostered/rejected by society?

Also, what are some stereotypes of The Artist?


It used to be that artists were eccentrics (occasionally stark-staring mad–Hi Vincent!  I see you over in the corner with Theo.), but they were still expected to (more or less) conform to deadlines, communicate well, run their workshops, and keep their patrons not-angry.


More or less.  There’s only so much you can do sometimes.


Now, we have the artist as flake–if not a full-on artist as elitist hipster correspondence.  If we’re really unlucky, artists (like chefs used to be) are social deviants who are artists because they can’t be anything else, because they are so far outside of what is socially acceptable that being an artist is the only way that they can have some position in society.


*so totally trying not to over-identify here*


There’s this weird idolization of artists, but it’s also paired with an even odder not-quite anxiety.


I don’t know.  I’m just thinking out loud here, ya know?


We have these stereotypes of artists:  artists are disorganized, flaky, academically deficient (Okay, I totally blow this one out of the water and most of the artists I went to school do too.  We were all Honor’s Students.), depressed, have addictive personalities, schizo-typal (There was a study and everything.), can’t really communicate in anyway other than our art, yada, yada, yada.


Seriously, what’s with all of that?  I’ve know a bunch of artists, and while occasionally true, these kinds of stereotypes are largely inaccurate.


Honestly, it seems like, when these stereotypes hold true, it’s because someone took them too much to heart and decided it was a good way to get out of doing things they didn’t like (e.g., Maths for a lot of artists).


*head on tentacle* I think it’s kinda silly that this artist paradigm exists (And what’s the first thing that we all learned about paradigms?  They are made to be deconstructed.), and even sillier that we all seem to get sucked into them sometimes.


I know I do on occassion.  I don’t want to, but I do.


So, what do you think Interwebs?  Do artists=the stereotypes, or all they all hype and an extension of anxiety?


short post; been doing things

Today, the drive-by post.  In chronological order ’cause I’m OCD that way.


The most important this week? The Third Quarter Artists’ Reception at the ARTgarage.  So–snacks, booze, art, and crazy artists.  What could be better?


Come on out and meet the crazies behind the art!


And, if the reception isn’t enough crazy artists in one space for you, try Colloso Picasso at the Wabeno Arts Consortium. <–I can’t go because I’m at the ARTgarage holding the fort down, but y’all should go and then report back to me how awesome it was so that I can be sad in my lameness.


Also, as of Monday, Miss ‘Lain–artist, friend, pain-in-the-ass, and all around good egg– will be a resident of Wisconsin.  *rubs tentacles together and adds another artist to the Wisconsin list*  We’re going to take over, ya know.


There are still some SAW spots open if you hurry!  I’m going to be helping to teach “Painting and Mixed Media.” *hyperventilates*  No, not really.  It’s going to be awesome.  Me, Co-teacher Carrie, and 12 1st-3rd graders.  It’s going to be fantastico!  <–This is in addition to the three class that I’m scheduled to teach this fall.


In a never-to-early-to-pimp-an-event event-pimping, mark your calendars for September 16th and 17th.  It’s the ARTgarage’s Marathon for Literature.  If you’d like to sign up to read, let me know, and I will direct you to the person with the reading schedule.  If not, come be our audience!  96 different books in 24 hours with snacks!


And that’s it!  That’s the post.  No deep philosophical ramblings.  No pictures.  Just all sorts of excitement!


Don’t y’all wish you lived here to?



things and things and other things

So, I’ve been promising and promising to share my studio forms with y’all:  time-sheet, materials, and project (which is basically a combined time-sheet-materials form with a built in cost assessor and place for conceptual notes).  I had been putting it off because WordPress has created a way to share your Google Docs on your blog, and I, honestly, hadn’t gotten around to sussing out how it worked.


*is a bad and laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy squid*


But!  Now, I have done it!  You all can share my OCD tendencies that have extended into my studio!  *bwahahahahahahaha*


Really, only I could be this excited about record keeping stuff.



The time-sheet is really just a way of keeping track of the amount of time that I’m spending in the studio.  Nothing big, but when you kinda feel mooch-ish (like me), it’s nice to be able to quantify as well as qualify my time.



The materials sheet helps me to keep track of what materials are being used in the studio and how much they cost.  Really, I use the time-sheets and materials sheets just as much for miscellanious, non-specific activities in my studio–like the box I’m working on to put the masses of buttons I have so that I can sell them at the Art Garage or twin!Sarah’s graduation present.


Euclid’s First Solar System



The project sheets are really the best of both worlds with chocolate (Cadbury Dairy Milk, specifically) on top.  I can break down my time by project, break down materials by project, and keep notes, due dates, and prospective titles all in one place, making the entire pricing of art an easier (if just as frustrating) task.


I likes them a lot.


In other news, the end of the quarter is coming up at the Art Garage, which means that my wall space is going to be moving (closer to the front of the gallery!) and a new featured studio artist will go up.  This happens on Thursday, so if you were wanting to see my featured studio artist wall in person, make a trip to the Art Garage!



Okay, off to finish coffee, work on organizing studio stuff and the stuff for the Marathon for Literature (there’s a post coming up on this, especially since I’m in charge of Food Donations and Thank You letters), and framing.


So.  Much.  FRAMING! /o\