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So, my old laptop has died. I am currently down to my ancient-upon-ancient Mac that I bought in 2006 and runs Tiger.

Yep. Old is old.

So, yeah, that thing where I easily do anything on the interwebs is disrupted for the foreseeable future.

If someone wants to donate to the cause, just let me know.

/draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaama

I’ve been running around with art-related activities and everything and pulling paper, and I have THINGS to tell y’all, but I’m tired and I hurt and I think that it’ll have to wait until later.

I should tell y’all that Thursday is Gallery Nite, and we have a new stop this month:  East High School Institute for Fine Arts.

My friend Abby (bacon-cloud) has art in East’s show.  Y’all should definitely go and see.

In the meantime, head over to The Rainbow Hub and catch up on my articles. It’s be just like I’m sitting next to you.

Sorry that this is a boring post?

Courage.

*tra lala la la*

So, evidently, I flaked last week in getting the blog done. In my own defense, it was hella hot, and neither Hemlock House nor tentacle-made studios has air-conditioning.

I really managed to work in like 45 minute increments and watched a lot of Numb3rs.

But, since you’ve all been so very, very good while I was trying not to die, I have an image-heavy post!

*whistles*

So, yeah, this is the first embroidered drawing (in-process) in this project right.

It’s kinda slow-going because I don’t always have the patience to sit still and embroider.  It’s why I never learned to do it when I was a tiny squidlet.

I’m much better with papermaking because it’s really active.  And messy.

PAPERMAKING IS HYDROPHILIC.

It’s water-loving, which means that you’re going to get wet.

So, the first thing that you need is pulp.  I don’t have a hollander beater, so I order my pulp pre-beaten from Twinrocker Handmade Paper.

And, yep, everything with papermaking sounds abusive and vaguely pervy.

You’ll also need waterproof, non-slick footwear.  Trust me, especially when you’re using retention aid, floors can get slick.

 

Yes, those are my tentacles.

You should also wear shorts so that you can stay as dry as possible.

You need a mold and deckle, which I kinda threw these together to see if I could make it work.  It was an experiement for my papermaking class that didn’t go, but it’s good to know because it means that I can make them quickly and cheaply (or have students make their own in class).

 

It’s funny that it took me so long to do this since, when I first took papermaking, we did, in fact, make specialized deckles.

I just kinda–forgot about it, I guess.

In my defense, this was like 6/7 years ago.

And, then there’s water and containers and pulp and pulling paper and pressing paper and doing inclusions (if you want) and laminating and ALL THE THINGS.

 

Once the paper’s dry, you have a couple of options.  I wanted my paper to have a bit more translucency, which is difficult to see in the images, so I bees-waxed them and polyurethaned them.

 

 

 

 

 

So–that’s it?  That’s a lot of what I’ve been doing?  Not all of it, but a lot of it.  I’ve also been planning classes and drawing in Procreate and starting some larger scale embroidered pieces (which don’t look like anything currently), and as always, I’ve been writing for The Rainbow Hub.

It’s seriously the best job ever.

So, yep.  That’s what you missed in Night Vale.

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).

Definitely DePere tomorrow; tentacle-made studios will be at Inspired Athletica.

So, yeah, me and my art are going to be at Inspired Athletica tomorrow, which–yeah–sounds kinda odd for me since I’m around little thing…

BUT!  They print their own shirts and have some really kinda awesome graphic design going on, and they’re three sibs all in their 20s.  Y’all have to admit, that’s kinda bamf.

I’m kinda digging some of their gear.

all designs are by Inspired Athletica

Seriously, I may have to buy this shirt while I’m there.

I’m also liking this one:

all designs by Inspired Athletica

Ya gotta love a local company being operated by younglings that makes clothes that are purely about helping to promote a healthy self-image and self-confidence–particularly for kids.

And, Callie (one of the sibs) is super-sweet.

I’M SO EXCITED!

Okay, sorry, I’m gushing ’cause they’re just so adorable (in the best way), and the world could use a little more positivity.  <–I know, the curmudgeonly misanthrope is gassing on about positivity; the world’s finally decided it’s 12/21/2012 in earnest.

I’ve been making some new buttons for the occasion (mostly because it’s about where my brain is working the last couple weeks).

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This isn’t all of them, but it’s a few.

Okay, I’ve got buttons to make and paintings to try and finish and freaking out to do.

Remember to check out The Rainbow Hub.  I’m over there writing as Trie, and basically, I’m writing film reviews, the BAMF Woman Superheroes series, and, right now, review Orphan Black.

Once Fall hits, I’ll be review Agents of SHIELD, which is \o/!

Courage.

blah

So, I kinda missed last week because I was up to my ears in all this word for the as-yet-unnamed Fiber Arts Group that I have, somehow, become involved in.

…I’m not sure why I decided to do this.  It seemed like a good idea at the time–and now?  *thppppt*

Alas, alack.  One day, I shall learn better.

And, this week, I have a book demo (for the same group) tomorrow (the normal blog day–for certain values of “normal”), a drawing class, and Definitely DePere.

I’ve also got to sneak off and watch Man of Steel at some point too. <–Still got the freelance gig with The Rainbow Hub should y’all chose to read my work.

This week on the menu?

  • The Internship, or this is me writing with my angry foot;
  • and BAMF Women Superheroes:  The Life and Times of Wonder Woman, or me being an angry feminist.

Good times.

So, yeah.

Therefore, this post is kinda catching both things up, yeah?

Oh, and Definitely DePere.  Y’all should come.  I’m going to be in the Lee Building which is where hey daisy is:  see, I’m a map.

And, guess what?  I now can take cards, so if anyone wants to buy art, I can take the payment.

Can I tell you how excited I am?  Like, I got a new phone and everything just so that I could take electronic payments.

*is so proud of self*

Soooooooooooooooooooo, I am owing bloo another book-binding type, so here it is:

…please ignore that this was shot in profile.  The assistant has already been beaten.

I also wanted to kinda talk about physical contextualization and how it can change the aesthetics of an art piece.

Y’all probably remember the moss from Allerleirauh’s tree that I sold back in March.  It looks something like this:

 

Y’all also might remember that it kinda changes appearance depending upon it’s context (and how I hang it that day:

 

Well, I have just recently managed to get the moss from Allerleirauh’s tree shadow-boxed for the people who bought it.  They wanted it shadow-boxed because of where they live:  an old farmhouse in The Back of Beyond that has all sorts of insect possibilities that aren’t always caught immediately (because that’s just how things go sometimes–especially in the summer in Wisconsin), so I agreed to it because they’re trying to do the best they can to keep the piece safe.

And, there’s always the possibility that they don’t understand that all art–and especially the art I tend to make–has a short lifespan.

It’s just the nature of the beast unless it digital art and even then–

So, yeah, here’s the piece shadow-boxed:

 

So, yeah, there’s a big change in the aesthetic, yeah?

What do y’all thing about the change?  How would you characterize it?  What happened to the vitality?  Is it still there, or has it been mitigated somehow?

I’m going to keep my thoughts to myself for now; y’all tell me what your thoughts are.

Courage.

 

Words of reason from Brian Eno: not art but triggers for experiences.

In this article about Brian Eno on art, Eno said that we should

Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.

I like this.  Triggers of experience is really what most of us are trying to do, and I think there’s an argument to be made that this what conceptual art is at it’s most basic:  experience, memory, thinking, connection.

I also think that this definition really allows for those grey places between art and craft and artisan.

…I still need someone to explain how the watercolor paintings of pretty ducks counts as art, but viewed through this lens, I can see how someone might have an experience trigger with it.

Unfortunately, because of this definition of art-as-experience-trigger, it’s easy to fall back into the outmoded “I know what I like./I know art when I see it, and that’s not it./My kid could do that.” mentality because this lens leaves out the critical thinking (and the encouragement of critical thinking) that’s inherent in art.

So, there’s that.

And I’ve made myself sad.

Like ya do.

So, yes, I may have mentioned that I started doing some freelance writing?

Well, if y’all are interested in that sorta thing, I’m writing for The Rainbow Hub as Trie.

Here are my articles thus far (NB:  My articles usually come out on Tuesday, but if I write two for the week, the second comes out on Wednesday.):

Can y’all tell that I still title things like I’m in academia?

So, I’ve been making bookmaking demos for my friend bloo, and yeah, I think they’re kinda horrible, but she seems to be enjoying them.

Maybe y’all will too?

insta-books

3-hole pamphlets

Soooooooooo, I mentioned Definitely DePere (which, by-the-by, I will be at June and July also).

tentacle-made studios’ display at the May Definitely DePere.

Crinoline Vortex (unplugged!) at Definitely DePere…basically lazing about my display.  He does this a lot.

IDEK, what I’m doing this week.  I think I’m trying to finish catching y’all up, but largely, I’m just kinda blah and meh.  I’ve got emails to respond to and research to do for my next article (re:  reading Black Widow comic books) and finishing processing photos from the Supernatural cosplay that I shot for some of my friends.

I’ve totally got more things to show y’all, but this post is getting way long…and I really should be in my studio working on things and trying to sort out Life, The Universe, and Everything, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY!

Courage.

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
(working title; in-progress)
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.