Monday, September 29, 2008

Austin City Love

Oh noes!  A pictureless post.  

I just wanted to write a quickie post to say that Austin City Limits was a success! I was so pleased to have been amongst so many talented artists and craftspeople (shout outs to my tent neighbors Ornamental ThingsLeighElena, and RubyPearl -- they were all so sweet), and I met so many great folks from all over the place.  

So, thank you, Austin City Limits, and thank you to everyone who stopped by, and lastly thank you to all of you who bought some handmade crafty goodness.  
Sadly, I'll have to pass on the possibilty of ACL 2009, since it's cutting it too close to our wedding time.  But watch out 2010 -- I've got my eyes on you! 

Also, I got to see Gillian Welch!  She and David Rawlings are simply amazing. I had goosebumps.  Come back to Austin soon and often, please!
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Stack O' Sugar Skulls and Sensory Flashbacks

I'm still here, and I'm still tirelessly toiling away in preparation for the Austin City Limits Festival, and the upcoming store update.  In the mean time, here's a sneak peak of a stack of new sugar skulls. Busy girl! 

I promise more pictures of new work will be coming up within the next few weeks, but for now I thought I'd share some old work with you. 

Y'see, I've been crafting like there's no tomorrow, and my soundtrack has been a HUGE playlist I made sometime last year that I titled 'songs to paint by.' It contains every song of which I never get tired, and in particular ones that spark me with creative inspiration, wandering thoughts, and ideas for current and future projects.

But the past few days have had songs sending me into sensory flashbacks of past projects.  More specifically, I've been having flashbacks to my college days. I haven't listened to some of these albums in a while, and hearing them in the context of furiously working away on a tight deadline makes me transport back to Syracuse (which is where I attended college).  

The photo above is a picture of a book project I made in my freshman year....that's 10 years ago, folks. Yeah.  My personal sense of style has developed a lot. Or at least that's what I think. : P

I chose to make it about my foundation group, of all things, which was the group of students with which I had all of my art classes for my freshman year.  Many of my classmates from foundation remain some of my closest friends, actually.  There were two books within the one big book (about inside jokes and professors and whatnot): one for the girls, and one for the boys, featuring little drawings and rhymes about each person.  

Here's a shot of some of the book of girls. Sorry for the crappy pic, but to be honest, I look at my aesthetic sense back then and I think "What the hell was I thinking? What a waste of so many cute vintage buttons! Colored pencils?!? Yeesh!" So, crappy artwork, crappy pic, I reckon. C'mon, I was only a newbie freshie at the time.  And I decided it might be fun to share some old work with ya.

Besides, digging this out has extended my sensory flashback trips.  I find myself walking around the studios and classrooms in my mind's eye, and suddenly recalling slideshows, scents, smells, sounds, and shenanigans.  And it's been really nice to remember all of it.

Then it hits me that it was ten years ago that I started my time at college. And then it hits me how much I miss my college friends, who are now scattered all over the nation.  So I thought I would post a little shout out to my college peeps (they know who they are, and many of them are in my art links off to the side).  

So, hi peeps!  Wish you were here. 

And now, it's back to craftin'.

p.s. my apologies for the mispost earlier today.  I accidentally hit enter, and um, yeah.  Sorry bout that! 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Yay! Austin City Limits (and my birthday)!

Well, I've been withholding some news from my blog reading public for a while now: I (aka The Small Cat Club) will be a vendor at the SoCo Art Market at the Austin City Limits Music Festival!  Hooray!!!

I am beyond excited and flattered about being selected and amongst such great company like Parts and Labour, The Austin Craft Mafia, and Naughty Secretary Club along with tons of other local favorites.

That's yet another one of the reasons I've been so dang blasted busy this summer.  I've been cranking out as much merchandise as I possibly can (like some of the 100+ bats you see pictured here...I am my own urban bat colony).  Plus, I've been wanting to give this tidbit of news it's own special post, and today happens to be my birthday, so I figured how much special-er could the day be for finally spreading the word?  Not much! So there you go. Good news on a good day. 

If you're going to be at ACL, make sure to head on over for a visit between the greatness musical acts (like Man Man, Gillian Welch, David Byrne, Neko Case, Beck, Manu Chao, Iron & Wine, Old 97's, Mates of State, and so many much more that I probably won't be able to see, but wish I could...) .

And if you can't make it there, I'll be making a much needed update to my etsy shop on October 4. Excitement!

Now I'm off to spend birthday time with my mama.  Mamas are the best.  Especially mine. 
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