Sunday, April 01, 2007

Lost in the in-between

Hey there, fair readers. I've been a bit of a slacker lately--craftingwise and postingwise. I'm at this strange in-between place where I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and a touch of trepidation. I was entirely uncreative this weekend, slept late and watched TV when I could've sewed. Thankfully it was a much better and restorative weekend than the last few. But I really need to get going if I'm going to have some new things to show at the Big Art Show in Brooklyn on April 14, which is immediately after a work-conference from April 10-13 in New Orleans.

I think I'd better list all the things I want to accomplish in my creative life. Maybe getting it out out of my head and seeing it in black & white in public will make the list more tangible. Items on a list are meant to be crossed off with satisfaction. That's what I'm after.

Here goes. Things I want to do:
  • Linocut printing. I'd like to make a few first edition prints this week for the Big Art Show. This is pretty scary in that I've never displayed my work for a big mass of people besides art classes. Does my Etsy shop count?
    • To do: get supplies at Blick TOMORROW.

  • Make some more bags. Even simple tote bags with the cool accoutrements I've got. In the midst of that I can work on Jen's bag, too. Forego the bias tape (I thought single-fold was something it is not) and use fabric ties. No need to go to P&S Fabrics; especially helpful since they might be closed due to Passover (and are they even open anymore? Wahhh...)
    • To do: Lay out some fabric, press it, cut it up, and fire up the sewing machine. If I'm busy with printmaking this week, then this weekend.

  • Paint the long living room wall and my bedroom. Tree mural? Maybe.
    • To do: Get inspired at Home Depot and go through Apartment Therapy posts I've saved. This is to be done after the conference.

  • Learn to play guitar.
    • To do: Buy a frigging guitar. My friend bugs me enough with links to pretty guitars for sale in my price range. Buy a book about guitar playing. Bug friend to show me some chords. This summer I hope.

  • Sew some clothes for myself, namely skirts.
    • To do: Pick out a pattern from Sew U and get going in May-ish.

  • Network some more and think about contributing to crafty zines and sites.
    • To do: Get things on list done first!
So I hope this post might help anyone in a similar situation. I think I'll go do one of the creative exercises in the printmaking book I borrowed from the library. With the TV OFF.

P.S. Be sure to check out the following :)
  • The Big Art Show in Brooklyn, featuring my friend Jen (a.k.a. Mellowbeing) and moi:

  • and CROQ Zine. I recently bought all the back issues and a subscription and am loving it so far. Thanks to Heather for combining shipping and for being so speedy!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Books, Art and Rock & Roll--Oh my!

I love the library, always have. I love the quiet, the smell of books, the old computers. I've even thought of a Masters in Library Science. What's to be said about liking "loud" music but the love of bathing in such quiet, interrupted only by whispers and creaky covers of old books and flipping pages? I guess I don't like the in between--the steady din of distracting noise and chatter. Funny I still love the noises of New York outdoors.

Why the library love post? I went there tonight to pick up some crafty books. Not only do I like to make things with my hands from materials, I also have a lifelong history of drawing and painting and always being in some sort of art class when I was in school. When college came around, although I got my photography fix, I didn't enjoy my silkscreening class in college and access to black & white darkrooms for photography is limited now post-college.

But then, last month I opened up my copy of Craft Magazine and...cue the angelic Hallelujah symphony...

An article on Linocut (linoleum block) printing! Sorry, I can't find a link to the article--it doesn't seem to be online. The tutorial is great and reminded me how much I liked carving the blocks and printing in high school, plus it can easily be done at home--so I decided to get back into it. Hence the trip to the library. While the tutorial is enough to get going, I wanted to refamiliarize myself with all the aspects of the craft. Reading one of the books on the subway was enough to bring back memories of my art teacher demonstrations. And damn, I just love the graphic look of linocut prints.

I can't wait to get started and will be gradually gathering supplies from the city to Brooklyn. This is also an excuse to buy cool paper, another obsession of mine.

On a [mostly] unrelated note: Patti Smith was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Read what she wrote about the experience here:,,2032488,00.html

She's so amazing and makes me want to go change the world. I'll start with my dorky prints and wallets.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Crafty to the core, not afraid to talk about mistakes, living by the Girl Scout motto. I'm also a bit of a nerd about a bunch of things.


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