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lion con, a webcomic, and being a fanartist

so–lion con is this weekend in st. cloud!

i’m particularly pleased with vending at this con again because last year was its first year, which was an excellent if exhausting time, and this year is shaping up to be even better, so yay on justin and katie for making it happen again!

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drive-by: gallery nite and earth day

a return to the annoying reminder of Things I’ll Be At because it’s that time of year again.

gallery nite is April 16th, and i’ll be at the ARTgarage demo-ing–something.  DO Y’ALL HAVE SUGGESTIONS WHAT I SHOULD DEMO?!?!?!  i’ll also have things to shill, and a ‘lain freaking out in the corner.

additionally, i’ve also been asked to show at the college of menominee nation’s earth day thingie on april 22nd.

what do y’all think?  you think i should participate in the show?  what do i take with me if i do?!?!?!?!

(that’s the point in having chimera:  gryphon as the featured image of this post.  because gryphon–all the chimera–are recylcled/upcycled, mixed media pieces, so i should take some of them, yeah?)

why has it been so loooooooooooooooooooooong?!?!

honestly, some of it’s been that work at The Rainbow Hub has been particularly work-y since we’re preparing for Marvel’s Secret Wars event and DC’s Convergence event.

and, Jem.  we’re all atwitter about Jem.

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museum trips and other things

so, one of the newer things that we’re doing at The Rainbow Hub is that we’re covering ballets, operas, and art shows.

which means that i get paid to go to art shows now.

we’re also starting to do kinda features on artists, and i’m writing the first of the visual artist profile this week. \o/

(NB:  if you’re a visual artist or know a visual artist, send them my way, yeah?  i mean, we’re really trying to feature young, emerging, and/or unknown artists because–dammit–artists need more exposure.)

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Soooooooo, I’ve been up to my pointed, little ears in busy.

Sorry-not-sorry for having been gone without even a postcard.

Okay, I’ve been tweeting, so technically, there’s been postcard-ish things.

Kinda.

BUT!  It’s all been work-related.

Except for the Eureka mainlining…and the Jekyll mainlining–that wasn’t strictly work-related.  Oops?

I also had a job interview and was offered the job and didn’t accept it.  I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN TO Y’ALL WHY I DID THAT.  IT WILL PROBABLY COME BACK TO BITE ME IN THE ASS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

eloi: jellyfish
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I just finished this guy today.  He started off as a quick one-off piece during the painting day of the Children’s Art Workshops I was teaching for the ARTgarage.  I like him so much that I decided to re-envision him digitally–and evidently, revisit a long ago series I used to do called eloi.

So–that’s a thing that happened.

I dunno.  I kinda like him.

And, other pictures from the workshops (kids more-or-less removed for safety’s sake).

My table at Kids Try Art Free Day!  Yay!

Obviously, I was teaching bookmaking.

Missie and her kiddo at the painted mosaic table.

My unfinished maquette from my sculpture class.  The kids crit’ed mine and everything.  I was so proud.

One of my sculpture kid’s piece.  This is the kid who was adamant the week before about realism.  Maybe I helped to shake something loose for him?

We’ve also had Gallery Nite relatively recently.

It was nice.  I didn’t sell anything, but it was nice.

I’ve also been trying to refine my table because–let’s face it–I’m tired of schlepping everything everywhere. C’est la vie.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because if I don’t Gnome will be mad (and an angry Gnome is a no fun Gnome), here is Crinoline Vortex (feat. me ‘Trie, eep!) at Gallery Nite.

Okay, I’m gonna go hide my head in shame now.

Courage.

Tomorrow’s the day! The happiest of days! It’s RECEPTION DAY! *\o/*

So, yeah, this is basically a casual reminder that the reception for my show–spindle’s work, Zellendine’s denouement–is tomorrow from 5-8(-ish) at NorthCoast Gallery (inside NorthCoast Productions).

Yep.  Just gonna leave that right here.

*whistles*

“Behold! For I am really not kidding!” <-Yes, I know I used it yesterday…

But, I think that it bears repeating, especially since I just finished The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. Evidently, someone somewhere is making a The Stupidest Angel movie. For realz. o.O

 

I kinda want to know what crack he’s on, because it’s obviously the really good Metals Crack*, but I kinda want my own stash.

 

*spiiiiiiiiiiiiiiins and tra lala las*

 

So, I am feeling better–or, at least, I’m not going to die and have made it out of Hemlock House for my date with the Illustrious Miss Sara–and, therefore, I am owing y’all a post (or seven). <–Okay, this was like 8 hours ago.  WordPress was being stupid, and I lost my post.  Twice.

 

Asshats.

 

Sorry, I have much anger today.

 

 

 

Okay, it may not be much of a post since, between SOPA/PIPA last week and feeling like I was going to die this week, there hasn’t be a whole lotta thinking going on in my little squid head.

 

There was some thinking that Umberto Eco has some pretentious paranoia going on and an ugly, deep-seeded love/hate/lust thing going on with the Templars and all the numerous other secret societies that are scarpering about the planet. <–I just finished reading Foucault’s Pendulum too.

 

 

 

Nota Bene: The focus of my studies in Classics were Religion (specifically Mystery Religions), Mythology, and Art and my Senior Thesis in History was on Early Modern Mysticism, so I actually am really interested in these sorts of phenomenon. I also really like certain aspects of the book like Belbo’s fictionalized historicism of Kelley and the pages and pages and pages of really interesting history. There were just other parts that made me go “Really?” like the 3-4 chapters of false ending.

 

Can we say The Return of the King here?

 

Yes, I really do read multiple books at once; it’s easier when one has the attention span of a gnat.

 

*whistles*

 

So, before I got completely side-tracked by Eco and Moore, I was going to say that I have loads of nifty pictures by way of a pseudo-blog post today.

 

‘Cause, even ill, I’m completely bee-like.

 

But just a few. *feels stingy today*

 

full tunnel book

 

A tunnel book sample that I made to go with the physical advertising of my bookmaking class at the ARTgarage. I’m rather fond of it, although the picture kinda sucks. <–My photo area is still down due to a massive reorganization after ‘Lain moved out.

 

I also made a folded structure book sample to display. This is a picture of it in process; it’s done and on display, but I haven’t taken a picture of it yet.

 

sculpture book

 

I’ve been making some Kindle covers. This is mine and The Husband’s respectively.

 

question bird

 

hello owl

 

The handmade insult series is also continuing apace.

 

stupid head

 

Did I mention that I’ve also learned to perform basic knitting? <–No picture, just a random question.

 

And check out the amazing old china I found at Goodwill.

 

tea

 

It wasn’t a complete set, but it had the tiniest tea cups and a large-ish bowl and a plate. I <3 it like y’all wouldn’t believe.

 

Classes at the ARTgarage:

 

Storybeads:

  • Saturday, January 14th: basic beading structures & open studio
  • Saturday, January 21st: fiber incorporation & open studio
  • Saturday, January 28th: pendant structures & open studio
  • Saturday, February 4th: wire work & open studio

 

When: Saturdays, January 14th-February 4th, 10 am-12 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $25 includes use of tools and basic materials (sign-up for 3 classes and take the 4th free!)

 

Bookmaking:

  • Saturday, January 14th: Instabooks
  • Saturday, January 21st: Concertina books
  • Saturday, January 28th: Pamphlets
  • Saturday,February 4th: Japanese Stab Binding
  • Saturday, February 11th: Codex books
  • Saturday, February 18th: Tunnel books
  • Saturday, February 25th: Flag books
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Carousel books
  • Saturday, March 10th: Folded structures
  • Saturday, March 17th: Altered books

 

When: Saturdays, January 14th-March 17th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $60 for first session, $40 for each following session

 Papermaking:

  • Saturday, February 11th: History, equipment, initial pulls
  • Saturday, February 18th: Cotton pull
  • Saturday, February 25th: Abaca/flax pull
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Kozo, dyeing, and forming
  • Saturday, March 10th: Inclusion papers
  • Saturday, March 17th: Pulp-painting and collage pages

 

When: Saturdays, February 11th-March 17th, 9-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Mixed Media:

 

Possible projects include 10-layer drawings, altered books, and assemblage and techniques such as photo-transfer.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 10-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Sculpture:

 

Possible projects include mini-installation, guerrilla fiber, fiber art, assemblage, wearable art, and/or environmental art.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

*”Metals Crack” was a joke when I was an undergraduate.  I took several Metals classes, and there were some people in them that should just not have been allowed near fire.  We kept telling them that Metals Crack was the really good crack that caused you to grow an extra eye in the top of your head.  Scarily, a few of them seemed to believe us.  *le SIGH*

 

Courage.

Teaching Schedule at the ARTgarage

As promised, my teaching calendar for the ARTgarage.

 

…so, ya know, y’all can come and take classes with me.

 

‘Cause all the cool kids are doin’ it.

 

*whistles*

 

I’m scheduled to teach five classes at the ARTgarage:  Storybeads, Bookmaking, Papermaking, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.  I’m going to list the class dates categorically so that y’all can just *waves hand* skip to the class that you might be interested in…’cause that makes sense to me.

 

Storybeads:

  • Saturday, January 14th:  basic beading structures & open studio
  • Saturday, January 21st:  fiber incorporation & open studio
  • Saturday, January 28th:  pendant structures & open studio
  • Saturday, February 4th:  wire work & open studio

 

When:    Saturdays, January 14th-February 4th, 10 am-12 pm

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $25 includes use of tools and basic materials (sign-up for 3 classes and take the 4th free!)

Bookmaking:

  • Saturday, January 14th:  Instabooks
  • Saturday, January 21st:  Concertina books
  • Saturday, January 28th:  Pamphlets
  • Saturday,February 4th:  Japanese Stab Binding
  • Saturday, February 11th:  Codex books
  • Saturday, February 18th:  Tunnel books
  • Saturday, February 25th:  Flag books
  • Saturday, March 3rd:  Carousel books
  • Saturday, March 10th:  Folded structures
  • Saturday, March 17th:  Altered books

 

When:    Saturdays, January 14th-March 17th, 1-3 pm

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $60 for first session, $40 for each following session

Papermaking:

  • Saturday, February 11th:  History, equipment, initial pulls
  • Saturday, February 18th:  Cotton pull
  • Saturday, February 25th:  Abaca/flax pull
  • Saturday, March 3rd:  Kozo, dyeing, and forming
  • Saturday, March 10th:  Inclusion papers
  • Saturday, March 17th:  Pulp-painting and collage pages

 

When:    Saturdays, February 11th-March 17th, 9-12 am

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $150 for all six classes

Mixed Media:

 

Possible projects include 10-layer drawings, altered books, and assemblage and techniques such as photo-transfer.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When:    Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 10-12 am

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $150 for all six classes

Sculpture:

 

Possible projects include mini-installation, guerrilla fiber, fiber art, assemblage, wearable art, and/or environmental art.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When:    Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 1-3 pm

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $150 for all six classes

 

I also have been working on a tunnel book on and off all day; it’s currently in about seven pieces awaiting assembly.

 

And, if y’all don’t get snowpacalypsed in, there’s an opening at the ARTgarage tomorrow for the 1st Quarter Artists.  <–If we get snowpacalyped, I may not be going. *shrugs* So goes it.

 

Courage.

at The Attic–

So, I’m at The Attic, which is a coffeehouse/used bookstore near The Art Garage and is just off of Main Street.  I’m sitting beneath their art wall and thinking thinky-thoughts and killing time before I go volunteer at The Art Garage at noon.  <–See, this is me totally plugging the places I like to go.

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The opening at The Art Garage was nice.  My sculptures totally did not look like anyone else’s work, but I’m not entirely certain that not looking like anyone else’s work is a good thing.  The In-Laws the Wisconsin Edition say that it’s good.  The Husband say that it’s good.  Me?  I’m not so easily convinced.  Maybe my art is too different to be successful in this area?

I’m totally the only person who could be stressed out by this, but I always seem to need something to stress out about.  Why not stress about this, right?  At least, it’s important to me.

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But, something that I noticed at the opening that kinda worried me was that my pieces were so much more expensive than other artists’ work (mine were also far larger than anyone else’s)–and it wasn’t just because my sculptures were so much larger either.  I think that it may be the classic instance of artists under-pricing themselves.

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Now, as any artist knows, pricing one’s work is the most torturous endeavor ever.  Critics, professors, fellow artists, openings, grant writing–all of these things pail in comparison to self-pricing.  And, a lot of it seems to stem from none of use ever being told a formula for pricing.  Anything our art school mentors tells us seems to be vague and unclear.  I think the clearest I had ever heard was something along the lines of “figure how much it cost to make and multiple that by seven” (*potentially a very bad paraphrase).

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Mind you, this was not told to me.  It was told to ‘Lainy.

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‘Lain’s fair-going parents (they’re Feywood) told her something similar about pricing, but it was more like “figure out materials and time and then tack an extra 50% on it.”  Again, I potentially really misheard this.  ‘Lain, please feel free to chime in with a clarification.

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The most consistent–and probably fairest–pricing formula that I have found has been on Etsy by daniellexo with a complimentary article about discomfort in pricing by Tara Gentile of Scoutie Girl on Oh my!  Handmade Goodness, and it comes out to something like this:

Cost Price (Labor + Materials Cost) x 2 = Your Wholesale Price

Wholesale Price x 2 = Retail Price

So, basically, the price of materials and labor–how much an hour do we make as artists?  I’ve read it’s best to think in terms of $10-15/hr.  I don’t think this is terribly unreasonable since, as artists, we are highly skilled and trained practitioners.–multiplied by two equals your wholesale price, i.e., the price that people would pay if they were buying a large stock of your pieces to sell in their stores.  Multiple the wholesale price by two again and that’s the retail price, or as I like to think about it since I don’t make a whole lot of multiples (yet), the price for an individual, unique piece of art.  There was another pricing formula that I had that said that the formula should look like this:

Cost Price (Labor + Materials Cost) + 10-15% of cost price (to cover utilities used like electricity) x 2 = Your Wholesale Price

Wholesale Price x 2 = Retail Price

That 10-15% covers any utilities that you used like electricity or water–things that a lot of us take for granted in the art-making process.  I can’t really bring myself to use this second formula yet.  I barely can get myself to use the first formula, and I still end up short changing myself because I’m not used to keeping track of the amount of time or the cost of the supplies used to complete a piece.  I’m getting better, but it’s still really hard.

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The problem is that under-valuing your own art doesn’t just hurt you, but it hurts other artists because potential buyers end up with a skewed notion of what art should sell for.  And, really, accessibly art for all:  isn’t that why we all have smaller, less expensive pieces or prints?

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The formulas take a long time to get used to, and if you’re anything like me, you’re totally going to experience severe sticker-shock and thing “how can my pieces be worth this much and who in their right mind is going to buy them?”  I’m still thinking like that.

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Also, remembering that if you show at a gallery, they take a percentage of your sale to support themselves, so you’ll likely have to accept the loss from your pocketbook or you’re going to have to tack on that percentage to the existing price.  <–I haven’t been able to make myself do this yet.

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According to formula one, unnamed friends:  narwhal should cost $1200 (really, it was higher, but I knocked it down a little).  Most of that happens because it is completely hand-sewn, and that takes forever.

Please excuse the blurry photos.  The Father-In-Law took them.  *sigh*

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According to formula one, unnamed friends:  from the 100 acre wood should be $1400.  Similar reasons apply.

Yes, this is me mugging for the camera.  To give y’all an idea of scale, I’m just under 5 foot (a little more than 5 foot in the shoes I was wearing).  *refrains from blurring me out of the photo*

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So, I feel like they are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over-priced, but I also wonder if that’s just me being insecure and small.

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I do think I need a time-clock.  A really big one that goes kachunk and ticktickticks and dings.  Make myself clock-out of the studio.

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What do y’all think my little artist-y friends?  Do you think that these formulas will help you?  Do you feel like you’re work is totally under/over-priced based upon them?

Last time, on the trials and trevals of squids,

I think I mentioned (once, twice, a million times) that me, the kitties, and the Husband were moving.  We are safely tucked into our new house, but we are still totally in the unpacking stage; therefore, there’s not going to be a whole lotta art talk today.  However, there will be pictures of the house and the beautiful, beautiful studio.

Also, if y’all are in the Green Bay area on Saturday, come by the The Art Garage and see my art in person!  I have two pieces in the show.  You might even get to see me win some money.

So, without further ado!  Our new house!

     This is our gianormous cloakroom.  There will never be a need for coats or shoes to be misplaced again.

     The front room.  There’s one of my sculptures hanging out in the back.  It’s guarding the back hall (below).

     The bedroom replete with a sleepy kitty (above), and the library/music room/office replete with confused identity (below).

     And, the pièce de résistance, my amazing studio–still a wreck! /o\–but still completely awesome.

     So, that’s the new house.  Of course, there are rooms I didn’t show–because I didn’t want too!  *cackles maniacally and runs about sill-li-ly*  Really, I thought the complete wreckage was just too much to share.  When it’s less wreck-ish, there will be better pictures.

     Ciao, my doves.