minneapolis comic con is coming

and, it’s coming on may 6-8th.

THAT’S VERY SOON.

although–RIGHT NOW–i’m on-hold on a live chat with overnight prints WAITING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO TWO SETS OF MY PRINTS.  there is no chill, and i’m lowkey murderous because i’ve been on-hold a weirdly long time.  okay, so they were printing when i finally got a hold of someone.  (let’s hope that what i was told was accurate.)

and, this week–on thursday the 21st–i have gallery nite where i’ll be all tucked in at the ARTgarage.  i’ll have an abbreviated selection with me at gallery nite.

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the end of the art walk season and the possibility of nerdcon: stories

(re:  here is a more thorough presentation of information, likes, and reasonings because there is no such thing as overkill, there’s just enough kill.)

before i forget, there’s a meet the artist at the ARTgarage on thursday, august 20th from 5-8pm.  so, come a meet some artists?

so, as per usual, the definitely depere art walk ended not with a bang but with a wimper.

okay, there was some bang because storm but yeah.

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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.

IQ’s Fall Art Reception and Fourth Quarter Art at the ARTgarage

So, I’m not really ready to be think-y about Branding yet; I’m still trying to figure out what it means for me specifically and what it will look like in practice.  I could totally parse it out here, but I really don’t want to subject y’all to that sort of babble–and it totally would be disconnected babble!–so, instead, owls!

 

Fungoid owlets, to be specific.

 

And my Fourth Quarter exhibit at the ARTgarage.

 

And, an Art Reception at IQ’s!

 

So, I’m going to begin at the end and work back through to the beginning.  Cause I’m tired.  And it makes sense in my head.  Have I mentioned I’m tired?

 

The Fall Art Reception and Open Mic at IQ’s in Green Bay.  It’s totally a Heather Peterman gig, but she totally shares her stage with other artists.  She invited me to come and play with everyone else–to the point I’m on the flyer. *hands*  Heather is totally awesome and makes beautiful art and bags (I have one; it’s my favorite bag!).

 

Fall Art Reception and Open Mic at IQ's Green Bay, October 6, 2011

 

Actually, she had invited me to participate in the last Art Reception, but I wasn’t feeling ready to be out with my art and potentially not sell anything sell my art.  <–Have I mentioned that I have raging insecurity?  And a height-related inferiority complex?  *whistles*

 

So, yeah, come out to IQ’s on Saturday and see a bunch of fantastic art–maybe even buy a few things–and listen to a lot of good music. The Fall Art Reception coincides with an Open Mic. We might even get The Husband up there to play!

 

*and we segue over to here in a non-awkward self-aware fashion because I don’t have a good transitional idea right now*

 

Sometimes, ya really just have to go for the obvious transitions, ya know?

 

I finished putting up my Fourth Quarter Exhibit at the ARTgarage. Here are some pictures.

 

2011 Fourth Quarter Art Exhibit at the ARTgarage

 

detail

 

From left to right:  unnamed friends:  AT-AT ($140), unnamed friends:  sheepapillar ($150), and unnamed friends:  twitter-tail ($130).

 

detail

 

Still talking about the framed pieces, from left to right:  unnamed friends:  squid attacked by bird-blob ($150) and unnamed friends:  uni ($130).

 

detail

 

Sculptures, from left to right:  unnamed owlets:  fungoid owlets (1-3/100; small owlets $65, medium owlets $85), unnamed friends:  from the 100 acre wood ($1200), and unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (5-7/100; small owlet $65, medium owlet $85, large owlet $120).

 

The unnamed friends: fungoid owlet artist doll edition is going well. I’ve already sold one–mind, it was sold to Miss ‘Lain, and she always buys my stuff. She’s my own personal patron.

 

Here are the little buggers (in close-up!) so far:

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (1-3/100)

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlet (4/100)

 

This little guy was #4 in the edition.

 

unnamed friends:  fungoid owlets (5-7/100)

 

And, I have 10 more owlet carcasses waiting to be stuffed for Saturday.

 

Have I mentioned that I really like not being afraid of my sewing machine anymore?

 

So, here’s the currently updated calendar:

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!

 

So, I had one person signed up for this class, but we had such a good time, I think!  Definitely going to see about doing this again in the Spring–maybe as more of a series of “come and learn; come back to hang out and work together!”

 

“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.

 

Kelly and I had about 10 people (though 2 were too small to do more than run around) plus Freedom House’s coordinator-lady Robyn (who is totally awesome).  We all had a good time, one student tried drawing for the first time in her life, and I made a new friend.

 

Studio Tour–October 7th, 12-6 at the ARTgarage

It’s really Chris Style’s studio tour, but all the ARTgarage studio artists were invited to join the fun.  This tour happens the 8th and 9th also, but I’m only going to be there the 7th and the 9th.

 

Bay Area Watercolor Artists Opening–October 7th, 5-8 at the ARTgarage

Not necessarily my art scene, but ya know, I’m still gonna be supportive!

 

 

IQ’s Fall Art Reception–October 8th

3-8 pm at IQ’s Bar 2105 University Ave., Green Bay

 

Studio Tour–October 9th, 12-5 at the ARTgarage

Same sitch, different day.

 

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, that about covers everything…okay, probably not, but it’s all I’ve got right now.

 

Courage.

*waffles*

I think today’s post is going to be drive-by-y and preview-y–mostly, because I’m still the sickliest squid to ever be sickly (i.e., I have the Cold That Will Not Die And Makes Me Want To Expire).  <–It’s a wordy cold; it really is–ask The Husband and PA/Minion.  They’ve had to listen to me be up half the night for the last week with the worst cough ever.

 

*is a miserable whiny bug*

 

So, understandably, it’s been a bit difficult to do think-y things.  The most impressive things I think I’ve managed during this cold is reading The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt and working on an edition of unnamed friends:  fungoid owlet artist dolls.  <–The proto-type of which went to my most excellent friend, Miss Hel, as an artist trade.

 

unnamed friends:  owlet (sketch)

 

unnamed friends fungoid owlets

 

Now, the edition is coming along just fine. I’m up to four of the little owlets–using a sewing machine? so much quicker than hand-sewing, and I think I’m getting pretty okay at it–but I’d like to get a couple of more done before Friday, which is the Change of Quarter at the ARTgarage. That means that (theoretically) all the artists switch out their art for new art so that the gallery is full of new art.

 

 

It doesn’t always happen that way, but that is the theory.

 

The Court of the Air was–okay. Too much “it’s the end of the world,” and too little “cheesecake, jellybean, boom.” There are so many buried popular culture/popular literature references going on in there that I could only say that at least Hunt is well-read.

 

Really, every other page, I had any combination of “Really? Are you really doing this? Are you really going to moralize quite so obviously? Are you really going to be that awful with the punning?” responses going on.

 

There were very few things that felt unexpected (or were expected, but I was actually pleased about the presence of the expected). I wanted way more of the Steammen Free State ’cause, really, they were the most interesting characters for me; I wanted more character development because, seriously, the entire novel is about endings: the end of family, the end of security, the end of reality (quite literally), the end of previous identity, the end of life. There was only really one moment of “beginning” that happened for me, and that, of course, had to do with the steammen.

 

I wanted the world to actually be developed rather than all of these really, potentially great ideas being thrown together with little-to-no explanation or history.

 

But that’s just me. It could totally be someone else’s cuppa; it just wasn’t really mine. Your mileage may vary.

 

So, yeah, I veered of there into an elitist literature rant, I think. That happens on occasion.

 

What I’ve been thinking about is Branding. How artists brand themselves and their work, and how that branding can be extended to promotional/networking pieces like business card, website, yada.

 

 

I’m working on it, I swear.

 

Okay, so I’ll be think-y about Branding for the next week and get back to y’all on how that’s working out for me–probably, with references since I’m still Research Girl (no Buffy references intended).

 

And, so the calendar is delineated where everyone can find it (I’m not all-that-pleased with the inserted Google calendar):

 

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

 

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.