Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's a Good Day As Any

Hello Dahlings, I've decided to align this digital stream of mental diarrhea with my budding business brand- You will have noticed the bright new look. This means two major changes.

Friday, November 11, 2011

My Brand

Hi everyone. Today in business practice, my class is talking about branding and its significance to one's business. It's very interesting!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I have a Googly Cookie Monster Eye

I discovered this when I was brushing my teeth. I have an electric toothbrush as since it does most of the work, I stand there in front of the mirror and my mind wanders. When my mind wanders, my eyes glaze over and go out of focus. I noticed this because of the bathroom mirror, and really it is good to know, because I have a pretty short attention span.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

This Saturday: The Hamilton Art Crawl

Hey Youse Guises. I am doing a craft fair this Saturday and for a change, I actually remembered to blog about it ahead of time.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Long Overdue Site Update

I finally got around to updating my website, It wasn't nearly as painful a process as I remembered it being.

Oh, Hi There.

Hello, my dear, quivering meatbags, I hope everyone is enjoying summer.

I have been working with some really exceptional people on a goofy summer job, where chuckles are to be had daily. The latter of these fine fun ladies I have linked has introduced me (along with a glowing review from these nerds) to the sparkly-cuteness of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which is the last show I would ever expect to like, what with growing up fairly indifferent to all things equine and frilly... But the beaming cuteness of this show was (not unlike a Care Bear Stare) enough to overcome even godly powers of grumpiness, and in the end I gave in and now have one more thing (besides childishness) in common with my very young nieces. Yay?

Other than just boring work stuff, I've made some new things like colourful felted jewellery (no pictures yet, I'm afraid) and had a chance to get out with good friends and set up shop here and there around the Toronto area. I'm still trying to build my inventory and really forge my brand and admittedly, have a long way to go, but it feels inspiring to get out and see how people respond to my first tentative steps toward becoming a semi-professional artist.

To be honest though, I'm not really interested in doing the Etsy thing so much as attempting narrative pieces and installations. I think it would be really amazing to create something that encourages people to sort of delve into the realm of intuitive thinking and subjective interpretation. When it comes down to it, I guess I'd rather confuse people than make them smile with adorable handmade goods. Besides, many people do it much better than I ever could.

In this vein, I've been thinking a lot about what to put on my business cards. Here is what I've decided on. What do you think?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Back From The Dead For Some Shout-Outs

I wasn't dead actually, just busy doing the textile thing, and lately, It's been all Facebookish instead of Bloggy.

I'll be updating my site soon with some more current work including some lovely bags. I love the showy functionality of bags and would love to brand myself as The Bag Lady, but such an obvious title is doubtless already taken.

The other thing that has taken up a lot of time lately is music. I'm not very good at it, but manage to have a pretty good time messing about with the guitar and making a fool of myself in public. I'm hoping to have time to attend some guitar workshops when summer arrives. I never would have suspected it in a town like Oakville, but there is a great supportive community of local musicians of every age and background.

Now comes the time for shout outs.

First some textile ladies:

Sister Valentine: This lady is amazing, plain and simple. It is hard to express my admiration without gushing like a dork, so I shall direct you to her Etsy shop and you can see for yourself. Right now we are collaborating on a neat project proposal. Will there be pictures? Maybe!

This is Sarah Dee
, who is a comedy genius with a very unique sense of style. She also has a massive boner for handsome British nerd/actors. For a good time, watch her review of Hot Fuzz.

BrittniJoy on Etsy is another wonderful Textile Lady who knits like the wind.

General Art Stuff:

Paint Eater Medley is the blog of a promising young illustrator and if you like ballsy colour and luscious line, you should peek.

Nicole DeCaria is another illustrator I quite admire. Her use of wet media is stunning.

Now for some music:

Kevin Butler/Charles Noir is ridiculously talented and a great listen. If you like gentle melodies and haunting, poetic lyrics filtered through fantastic new folk sounds, you should pay him a visit.

Speaking of new folk, here's a guy, Benjamin Theodore, who manages the purity of sound and earnestness that the original folk movement fell over themselves to achieve but could never quite pull off. His music is just so bloody charming I could die.

Blame Mumford and Sons, I guess for the explosion in folk lately. Or maybe it's just the pendulum swinging back to sanity from overproduced mediocre studiopoop. Anyway, I like it, and I really like this Zoe Boekbinder, who calls herself geek glam and does sexy things with a loop pedal while paying homage to classic jazz. Her voice is deep, warm and rich while her songs are quirky and sentimental without being cloying. In a lot of ways, this new wave of folk sound is a remedy to the excessive eye-rolling of hipster culture. Zoe's music is a good example of this. Also, she has a blog.

And finally, just plain interesting:

JoAnn has a blog.
She goes on adventures and has an interesting brain. The blog is still new but I am sure good things will be posted here soon.

Well that's that for now. I shall put up some pictures soon.