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).

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.

Wireless: 10/10, would recommend.

In other words–OMG!–yesterday was “Gnome and squid get their internet back today! Yay!” Day.  So, the tentacle-made studios (and by extension Hemlock House) are wireless running the universe again! \o/

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, I’ve been promising a Reception-y debrief, and now, there’s also an ArtiGras debrief to subject y’all to.

Sooooooooooooooooooo–IT ALL WENT INCREDIBLY WELL!

The reception for spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement was fairly well-attended considering NorthCoast Gallery is new gallery in Green Bay (and I’m a relatively young, somewhat-known artist), and the reception was on a Thursday night (which if y’all don’t know, is the traditional day to have a reception for a show).

 

We even had a little bit of an international contingent (i.e., a Gnome-side-of-the-family was in the states from Germany).

ArtiGras was a fairly decent event.  People weren’t buying a lot, but I did manage to sell a few things, which is nice.  Have to pay the bills somehow, right? <–Speaking of, I sold at piece at my reception!

The Traveling Treadlers Fiber Guild was in fine form with the girls of Hello Purl, Anne of Shepherd’s Purse, and Tracey of Interlacements…and me, of course, from tentacle-made studios.  Other members of the Guild were there too, but I’m not sure if they have company/shop names.

So, yeah.  There are more photos of the Traveling Treadlers Fiber Guild here if y’all are interested in them.

…I think I’m going to go collapse somewhere for awhile.  I have my semesterly Humanities presentation for Gnome’s class tomorrow (I’m doing two this semester!), and I should probably do things like read my notes and make sure I can follow my own presentation.

Wouldn’t want to get lost.

Not that I would.

*whistles*

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.

It’s Installation Day! The happiest of all days. *\o/*

Okay, maybe not with the snowpocalypse part 54864115564 having happened yesterday/early this morning or the Epic Ear Infection to End All Ear Infections.

…how did my brother survive into adulthood getting these things as often as he did as a kid?

But, yeah, Installation Day!  There should be balloons and confetti and the Stark Dancers reenacting scenes from Moulin Rouge in the background.  Or, at least, a really massive chai.

I’m not picky.

For those of you who maybe aren’t as caught up on my shenanigans as others, today I’m installing (after a brief delay that involved some confusion about the space between the Northcoast Gallery and the building it’s housed in) a large chunk of my spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series.  So, scads of excitement.

I’ve also got the Heart Meets Heart Gala tonight, installation of my piece for NWTC’s ArtWalk tomorrow, and ArtWalk, the Artisan Market at ArtWalk, and a spinning class on Saturday.

Can we say “epic people hangover?”  I know you can!

Again, made all the better by the Epic Ear Infections.

My life.

And, in other somewhat related news, I finished this huge piece that I’d been working on.  Here it is:

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: Year of the Snake
2013
fiber, fabric, copper wire, jewelry wire, nylon cord, plastic-coated electronics wire, handspun yarn, commercial yarn, spray paint, dryer tubing
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

He’s kinda hugely huge, right?  And he expands into space and had several ways to be installed.  I’m so proud.

Okay, I should go do things like get the last of my stuff ready so that I can go install today.

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.