Monday, March 17, 2008
Etsy has this wonderful tool called Treasury. Basically, if you happen to be able to snag a treasury (which is fuckin hard!), you get to 'curate' your own display of wonderful etsy items. Most people have a theme as did I for my very 1st treasury! My theme is Orange sun and blue sky. I love orange and blue together. They are an unbeatable combination. The picture shows a screen shot of my treasury. I think it is gorgeous! Feel free to check it out and check out all the other wonderful treasuries. There are some talented folks on etsy!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I recently joined the The California Crafters Club of Etsy and posted on their yahoo group about wanting to meet Humboldt County crafters. And lo and behold someone actually responded! Today I am going to meet Velma of Color Bomb Creations for coffee. I am stoked to 1)meet another crafty person & 2)meet someone I've only spoken with online. She makes the most beautiful yarn. I think I need to come up with a project to use it cause it is so damn pretty! My hope is that, if we like each other lol, I can talk her into sharing a booth with me at The North Country fair this year and the craft fair held in Eureka in Nov. I wanna get the word out about my art and do it with other fun people. So if you live in Humboldt County (HC, hahahahaha) and make stuff write me!
Friday, March 14, 2008
I am a bit overwhelmed these days with how much my art has grown. I am working on 3 custom cigar boxes (see photo), a bigger piece for an art show at The Ink People in April, as well as adding pieces to my shop on a, hopefully, daily basis. Don't get me wrong, I am excited! To know that my work is appreciated thrills me and makes me blush. It also keeps me going on those days when I don't want to work. But I am also struggling to keep up with all that needs to be done. I should also mention that I work full-time as mental health case manager and I go to school part-time. I don't know how artists that are also parents do it! I am struggling just to keep my head above water as it is. Oh! But I love it! Isn't this what we, as artists, live for? To have our lives consumed by our passion? So I struggle, yet I am thrilled and inspired by it. Such a contradiction!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I am killing my back for my art! I live in a small one bedroom apartment (your typical starving artist dive) and have no place for a studio other than my living room floor (I can hear the violins now...). This means that a)my living room is a pigsty and b)that I make my art hunched over like an old man. Doing this for days on end has made my back hurt like a motherf****r! Luckily for me, my friend Laurie is on her way over to work on me for awhile and she's a certified massage student, by golly! It doesn't help that when I am not making art I am sitting in an old school 70's style office chair in front of the computer. That's right, I am an addict...to Etsy. I bet you were thinking I was gonna say WOW, weren't you? I am NOT a gamer, merely an artist. Anyway, I digress. In the photo you can see my messy livingroom/art studio with a project in process. Also, Atticus (the black kitty) and Elke (the gray kitty) decided to pop in the picture. They love art too! And they know the only way to get fed is to crawl over one of my projects...while I am working on it, *grin*. So can anyone relate?
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I decided that as part of my new blog I would give some love to other artisans. You'll notice on the right hand side of my blog some linky-poos. Those all go to artists and crafters and I am going to pick one a week or maybe more to give a review of! So this week I have chosen: an'a'mano. This girl's work is quirky, zany and a little creepy...right up my alley. But let's not forget it is also well done creepy! She sews, she draws, she paints. Lot's of talent with this one ya'll! Check out her little doll's! I am particularly smitten with Alaric the Alien. She includes brief bits of his family history which I find fascinating! I mean, who knew an alien doll would even have a family history? Check an'a'mano out and give her some of your love!
I have a blog! Welcome all. I hope you enjoy my subversive, art, ideas and humor. I can be kinda wild sometimes, *grin*. I will be showcasing art that I love here, mine as well as others. And I may throw out a political thought a time or two, but no worries, you won't be drowning in politics here! So far starters you can go here to see my art that is currently for sale: http://www.katilady.etsy.com
I'll see you soon!