Feelin' Crafty

Archive for August, 2007

Upcoming Shows

Several  of shows coming up in the next few weeks. This weekend I will be at the Civil War Muster in Jackson, MI. This is my first time doing a show in Jackson.   And then on Sep. 9th I will be at the Kerrytown Bookfest. It is in the same location as the weekly artisan market I am at, but the focus will be books and booksellers.  I am working on making some special edition VHS cover notebooks for the event. Hopefully I will have some pictures to post in the next few days.

Here are some of my plain vhs notebooks.

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Mag-neato pt. 2

So, my first batch of magnets is going over really well. I am thinking of adding to the styles I offer. Here are the ones I am contimplating…

Any thoughts? Ones I should omit, ones I have forgotten that I should add?

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What to do? What to do?

So, I haven’t had much time to do anything creative lately. I am getting a bit antsy to try my hand at some thing. Unfortunately I have to clean my apartment before I can actually get anything made. All my work spaces are covered with stuff. My other problem is that I just don’t know what I want to work on. I have lots of shows coming up and feel like I should redo some of my stock, but I also want to work on some new ideas.

On a happy note the Etsy Poster contest entries winners were announced and I was featured on 2 of the posters. I was on 20 of the 901 posters that were submitted. SuchPrettyColors, who is at the Artisan Market with me, also got on a poster! My entry didn’t win this time, but I will try again for the next poster.

Here are the photos that made the grade.


Triptych

Three of my favorite graffiti photos.  I like to keep copies near my work area just to remind me how important it is to keep trying.

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Purpose

Yesterday I wrote about the word “interesting” an how it was like nails on a blackboard for me. The other thing that I get a lot of is “What do you do with it?” One of the things I sell a lot of at show is melted record bowls. They get a lot of attention and I search really hard for fun records I think people will like or really great labels that grab your eye. Sometimes the crowd gets the bowls, other times it eludes them. I even have examples on my table of uses as a candy dish or gift basket. I even tell people they can hang them on the walls. By the end of the show I am telling people they can wear them as hats if they like. I really just want to say that the purpose of the bowl is just to be a fun conversation piece. All the bowl wants is for you to smile when you see it. It is that simple. Maybe people just think it needs to be complicated.

I am also tired of people asking how they are made. I discussed this with my mom last night and we came up with some fun responses. Here are a few of the best…

“It is an old family recipe that died with my grandma.”

“Some people get the ability to fly, I can melt vinyl with my mind.”

“Ancient Chinese secret”

“Can’t remember, I outsourced it awhile ago.”

“The elves come in after I have gone to bed and do my work for me.”

“Sorry, I am a little foggy from the fumes. Ask again later.”

Any others I can add to the list would be appreciated.


Interesting

One of the hazards of being an artist/crafter who puts their work out to the masses is having people trash it in front of you. My step-mom helped me with a show once and told me “you have to be really strong to do this all the time”. And you do. To hear people say “They want how much for this?” or “I could make this.” even “Huh. ” All of these things a bit demoralizing, but to me they pale in comparison to the word “interesting”. Honestly I would rather have you tell me you think my work is crap than that it is “interesting”.

A friend uses that word all the time for my art and one day I called her on it. I told her she didn’t like it and was trying to be nice. She said no that she just wasn’t sure what to think of the new direction I was going in. I asked that she just say that then. “Interesting” is just a word to fill in when they don’t know what to say. Use the words “unique” or “unusual” or even nothing at all.

I have a pretty thick skin when it comes to these back handed complements that I hear at shows. But once in awhile I just want to toss these people a thesaurus or scream at them. I don’t think either is a good idea, but I let it play out in my head once and feel better for it.

According to flickr this is my most interesting photo

Sorry… couldn’t resist.

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Slump

I have been so busy the last month or so that I haven’t had a chance to anything new creatively. I really want to get out and take  new photos. I carry my camera with me at all times, but the weather and lighting have been off and am not inspired by much around me at the moment. Maye I am just tired, which is possible, but I also think going on some mini road trips would help rejuvenate my creative side. I am also going to have to start scheduling my create time so that I am actually getting stuff done.

My work space has exploded and has taken over the apartment. It is normally contained in the dining room area, but lately it has decided it can not be held back. Part of this is that all my stuff is out for my shows. And since I am doing the market weekly it never gets put away. I am looking around to see if there is studio space I can afford. It would really kick my butt and make me go out and make (and hopefully sell) things.

Any hints from people about making the jump to official studio space?

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