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.
There are vids too that I’ll upload too.
I’ve also recently finished three new, mixed media, conceptual pieces:
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:
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.
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 denouementwas 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!
…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.
So, we’re only a couple of hours away from the beginning of day 2 (the last day!) of ArtiGras, and somehow, I don’t think I’ve seen y’all there.
Y’all should come! It’s fun! And there’s cool art and cooler demos: Kelly from NWTC is demo-ing woodturning, NWTC’s ceramicists are there, and most importantly, Traveling Treadlers is there with their fleet of spinning wheels. Y’all could skip the rest of the event and still be content!
Not that you should! Oh ho, no!
Rose Instruments is there with his amazing and someone has to get me a uk! cigar-box instruments and amps.
And Jessie Fritsch is there with her conceptual encaustic paintings that explore the way that she experiences everyday events through layers of information to be processed, a process that is replicated through the necessary layering of wax which is the backbone of encaustic painting.
So, yeah, and that isn’t even mentioning everyone else.
Come by and see all of us! Today’s your last chance until next year!
I’m gonna be spinning with the rest of the Traveling Treadlers Fiber Guild, so y’all should come by and see us all! There’ll be fiber and yarn and things made out of yarn and maybe some baskets and some of the weird little things that I make in the vain attempts to scrape out a living.
Like, this little guy:
A little clutch of these guys are going with me as well as some little plot bunnies, some tea snugs, snug sheaths (i.e., fiber versions of coffee sleeves), and a fuckton of art yarn–all of it very, very weird yarn.
Also, casual reminder that my show is up until March 31st, and I will be posting things about the reception later this weekend/early next week. <–I spent all week getting ready for ArtiGras, so I’m behind. Surprise, yeah?
I don’t have anything done from it yet (actually, I’m kinda still incubating it a bit), but I think I might be ready to talk a little bit more about it.
So, for those of you playing the Home Game, once upon a time, I was a dyed-in-the-wool academic.
Still am, actually; I just do art-y things now that write papers or present at conference mostly.
And, if you’ve heard this all before, please feel free to skip to the end. Just like in Princess Bride. I promise there will be no damaging of perfect breasts in this. No breasts were remotely harmed in the making of this post. Swear.
But, yeah, academic, and I don’t fanart well because, while I’m an artist, I’m not really a draw-people type artist. I’m conceptual and mixed media with sculptural tendencies and a hankering (sic) for fiber. So–drawing, not really part of my wheel-house except when we’re talking about things like my unnamed friends or the beast series.
It’s just how I roll: fast and outta control.
I’m also post-postmodern (or quixotic postmodern or conscientious postmodern–something of that nature), which means that I deconstruct, analyze (and is it just me that “analyze” is kinda a pervy word?), meta, reconstruct, and meta some more.
Again, this is why popular culture/Visual Culture, fairytales, and mythology are like my THING. They’re inherently meta, and I can just fiddle meta about.
What I’m planning is kinda a two (maybe three?) pronged series where bits and pieces of fanfic are going to be translated into embroidered pieces and/or giant Word Art (because Word Art was always one of those things I enjoyed playing with and working on, but I really haven’t had anything Word Art-y in the process since I left Art School because it always seems to take up so much space and there’s already a space issue in my studio because old art hasn’t sold or hasn’t been boxed properly to be sent to storage), and there’ll be sculptural not-installations that are meta character studies like I’m totally cos-playing evil-werewolf!Stiles from Dogs of War by Saucery and this image by creature13 and have plans to install the costume as an art piece with these sources cited. And I have ideas for semi-Cubist metal sculptures/wall pieces that are, like, gestural experiences of certain characters or moments from fandom and stuff with exquisite-corpse-esque interpretations of media.
So, yeah, it’s gonna be fanart, but it’s gonna be fanart in that was that isn’t in a traditionally-fanart way.
…I’m likely to end up being really unpopular everywhere? Maybe?
I’m very good at citation. I swear.
And, because I know most people don’t read my blog for me being all wordy and blathery and stuff, here’s some yarn (imaged as a process) that I just finished up.
And, believe it or not, I sold these three skeins:
Also, since we’re here and talking about yarn and fiber and things, I’m going to be at ArtStreet off and on all weekend with the Traveling Treadlers. Also, I have my class information, if people are interested in classing with me:
“Give Spinning a Whirl.”: An Introduction to Spinning Yarn <–Sorry bad!title is bad. We tried “Spinning, yo.”, but I didn’t want a Knitta-Please-level of awfulness; the only other thing we were coming up with was “You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round.”, but we figured it was wrong for the demographics.
When: Thursday, September 13th 4 – 6p.m.
Saturday, September 29th 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Tuesday, November 13th 4-6
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $50–includes drop spindle and roving
6-in-6: Six Books Types in Six Hours
When: Saturday, November 10th 1-4
Sunday, November 11th 1-4
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $60–includes materials
Additionally, Gallery Nite is coming up on Sept 20th. I’ll be there demo-ing and trying to be charming.
Questions, comments, concerns? What to ask me what I’m thinking with this fandom stuff? Go for it! I do enjoy chatting about this stuff.