I think last time I posted I said something about trying to post weekly... well, what's the saying... the road to hell is paved with good intentions? Anyway, a little run down of the past and we can move on to the (more exciting) present and near future...
Last week was AwesomeCon and I think I am still tired from it. For months I had told myself that I pretty much had everything ready and wouldn't need to turn into a whirling dervish at the last minute. I don't what the hell I was thinking. It was down to the wire getting everything done... the usual staying up to 1am the night before to finish sewing comics, finishing stringing ornaments at the table. Oh and not finishing the lit'le mushroom gals until the convention was in full swing. They sold very quickly and unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take a decent photograph of them. But I am going to start a few new ones... which is a good segue into what's going on now...
I am very excited for the next event I have coming up. I will be at the Amuse Art Fair in Winchester, VA on May 26 & 27. I am so pumped for this because it's the first time (well, in recent history at least) I will be doing something that is located where I live. I am use to either not being able to attend because it's much too far or having to travel. Even AwesomeCon which is somewhat "local" is still a good two hours from where I live. Having to plan travel and accommodations is huge cause of stress and it's such a relief knowing my house is only minutes away. I am also really looking forward to meeting other locals involved in the arts. Since moving here a year and some change ago, I haven't really been much of a social creature. My sense of time is awful and I (willing admit) can be flighty as hell, which makes for difficulty in making social plans. If you are considering coming in for the event (and you should!), but are not familiar with this fantastic little city please do not hesitate to shoot me an e-mail. I'd be more than happy to give you recommendations on where to stay, eat, and play! In the spirit of my excitement and the change of seasons I want to work on some new pieces within a theme of renewal and fertility. that will be available at the fair. The Ovum Mimic (pictured) I just finished will be part of this set and I am starting on at least one more of those. Progress photos will be posted as I go. Instagram really gets to see the bulk of these as it's so easy for me to update it.
On last thing, on the topic of an online shop. I took my Etsy shop down a while ago as I became disillusioned with the site after some changes they made. I will be re-opening a shop through another avenue this spring. The soft timeline for that is immediately after the fair, so end of May. In the meantime, if you are looking for an original sculpt piece, there are two available for online sale through galleries. They are linked in the shop section of my website.
Well, it has been a very long time since I last did a post. I am not really sure why. I think it just comes down to still not figuring out a good balance between art and motherhood. No matter what I do, I can't help but feel a sense of dreadful guilt. And while I have been working on pieces, I have let staying on top of posting (outside of on Instagram which doesn't require much effort/time) fall by the wayside. I'd like to say I have things organized now and figured out - but I don't. I don't think I ever will. By nature I am a bit of a unstructured mess. But I am going to put in extra effort to devise a better daily system so I can get back to updating weekly on the blog and monthly on the newsletter.
With all that out of the way, there are two events coming up for March. First, my piece "Study of Persistence" will be part of the anniversary group show at Cactus Gallery in L.A. opening on March 10th. She will be available for sale through the gallery.
Later in the month I will be at Awesome Con in Washington DC. I don't have a table number yet, but will do an update when I find out. It runs March 30 - April 1. I will have some mimics, ornaments, prints, and homemade comics. Again, I'll post an update with some pictures of the full spread when it gets closer to the event.
I have done an atrocious job of keeping up with the blog and newsletter... and pretty much everything outside of Instagram. I just haven't had the time... or more accurately, I haven't made the time, I have been a ball of chaos all summer and now with fall approaching, I am going to bring myself back to living slightly more structured,
There is a lot to report, so this will be a rather long post.
First, I will have a piece called "Vessel" in the upcoming group show "Heart's Blood". It's curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine at the Haven Gallery in Northport, NY. It opens September 16th (this coming Saturday!). I will be at the opening. You may send purchase inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a couple photographs - you can see more in the dolls section of my website
Second, I will have another piece, "Dyad", in the group show "Hide & Seek".. It is curated by the fantastically talented and all around lovely Marie Larkin at the Weswal Gallery in Tamworth NSW. It opens October 15th. Here is a teaser photo of her - I will post more about her as it gets closer to the opening.
Third, Hobbes Holluck and I will have a table at the Baltimore Comic Con this year. It spans three days: September 22 - 24. I will have a few dolls, ornaments, two small homemade comics and Hobbes will have his comic, Fuzzbuquet, for sale. In the next week I'll post some images of what I will have available as well as our table number.
What is this I see? Why, two heads staring back at me. I was hoping to have everything finished by this week and now, upon reflection, I see that was an unrealistic expectation on my part. I haven't been able to squeeze as much work time as I had hoped out of the last week, but the moments I did carve out for work proved to be productive. Head number two is finished and body one is very close to done. This head is a bit different from what I have been doing. I was feeling slightly experimental and wanted to play with larger facial features on the same skull size. I am still not sure how I feel about it. I am very eager to move on to the mold and casting phase.
My annual autumn cold has it's grip on me, so apologies if this is all a bit incoherent. I have not been able to get a substantial amount of work done since finishing the Wayfarers. We are still waiting for our house to be completed (hopefully not too much longer) and with most of our things being boxed up and limited space resources where we are currently staying, my ability to produce is spotty at best. Although I haven't finished anything new since the Wayfarers, I do have quite a few dolls hanging about waiting to be listed for sale in time for the holiday season.
There are the five umber mimics from August that will be available with prices ranging from $325 and $375 USD. Also available are three original dolls from 2015 that have made their way back to me from gallery shows. I have posted updated photographs below to show any changes that may have occurred with them during their long travels. Most notably is the fabric and thread on the Ragbot doll has had some substantial fading. These three dolls will have prices ranging from $625 to $800 USD. I also have a few ornaments hanging about that I will post, in case your Christmas tree is in need of a head or two.
First a bit of business about the September update... well, there isn't going to be one. But, wait you may say... there are five dolls that should be available. And you would be correct; and they will be posted for sale soon. But, with SPX last weekend and trying to finish up two dolls for an upcoming show I just don't have the energy or time for the rigmarole of creating listings, packing and shipping. So, all five of the austere umber mimics will be listed in October. I'll post more about it in the coming weeks.
Now on to the good stuff... what I am currently working on... two mimics for the upcoming Dollmakers V show at the Cactus Gallery in L.A., opening on October 8th. A little background on them...
For at least a year now I have had this idea for an extensive project that will blend illustrated writings, dolls, and film to tell a four phase story. I have loosely started it in comic format by fleshing out the basics of the second phase with the one page stories Verdun and Prelude. Moving forward I am going to be incorporating this overreaching story into a lot of the dolls and writings that I work on. These two mimics are from that drafted second phase: Wayfarers from 'Prelude to Verdun'.
I have a few news items outside of the current pieces I am working on...
One... I have a new comic, titled Prelude, featured in the current issue of Magic Bullet that released this month. As with the others, I wrote and did the art concepts and then roped Hobbes Holluck into illustrating it. The issue is available (for free!) all around Washington DC and the surrounding areas.
Two... I will be at the SPX in Bethesda, Maryland on Sept. 17 & 18 with the DC Conspiracy at tables G9-14. I will have a collection of some of the comics Hobbes & I have done available.
Three... I will have a wee feature in the upcoming issue of Beautiful Bizarre due out on Sept 1st in their Artist on the Rise section. It is an incredible, and well... beautiful magazine and I am very humbled.
do you come here often? because it seems that i do not. my head feels a bit scattered today, so i am going to keep this short and possibly incoherent. i stagnated big time with work this summer. i was completely consumed with trying to buy a home before my husband's new job started this month. things did not go smoothly, to say the least. we finally bought a place, but with the caveat that it isn't built yet. so, i am in a holding pattern staying with family until our home is ready in four to six months. i have settled as best as i can and have resumed working this week. while it won't be quite as plentiful as i had hoped, there will still be a september shop update.
i have finished the three umber sprouting tuber mimics (minus still needing to stain their bases). the two remaining umber mimic dolls should be completed by next week. i have started a new original sculpt and sincerely hope i will be able to finish it for the september update.
yeah, yeah, yeah... lots of boring text... here's some photographs.
I feel relatively accomplished this week... and I have the scary bloodshot eyes from working late into the night to show for it. Along with five pairs of umber legs finished a couple of days ago, I just finished five dresses as well. Everything is sewn by hand and dyed with coffee + cinnamon. I dry them in the oven, giving those little burnt touches. Man, does it smell good when they're heating up. My nose keeps telling me there must be a fresh cake around and I somehow get tricked enough to feel disappointment when all I see are little dresses. My daughter and I keep sniffing the dyed legs like fiending addicts. It reminds me of fall... and for a moment I can forget it is unbearably sunny and hot outside. I have a defect body and head that I use to make patterns that I had try on the dresses for reference.
I probably won't be able to do any casting this weekend, as I am all booked up with personal things. But, I should be able to finish the arms next week and cast the following weekend. My goal is to be able to have these five done by the end of the month.