Monday, September 28, 2009

Work, Work, Work...

So I am warning everybody again that I probably won't be doing many Crafty-style Blogs for the next couple weeks cause I'm finally working!!! YEA!! I'm not so excited about actually doing said work, but I will be super excited to get my paychecks! My savings have slowly dwindled down a jingly piggy bank, so a couple weeks of work will do me & my bank account well!

It's nice to be back to work, I feel a bit more motivated & feel good with moving my body & doing manual labor all day. I have today (Sunday) off, so I'm trying to get some stuff done around the house. I also signed up for Weight-Watcher's again. Since I've been off, I been kinda REALLY bad about eating healthy & working-out. I was lucky that a pair of my work pants fit, or I wouldn't have had anything to wear!! So with working 11 hour days, I figured now is a perfect time to get back in it!! I've done it before & I really like it!

So hope everybody had a great weekend. I wanted everybody to send some Good Wishes & Prayers to a friend of mine who had a really bad accident at work yesterday. It was kinda scary, with a nasty fall & I'm not sure of his status, but he's a super guy & really strong so I'm sure he'll be fine.

So here's what movie I'm working on... Don't know anything else about it except what I found on the Sony Picture's website. So when you hear about it coming out, go see it cause I worked on the sets!!!

Based on the comic book by Min-Woo Hyung, Priest centers on a warrior priest (Bettany) who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff (Gigandet) who is part vampire and a priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped the priest's niece.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Artist Statement!!

Blogger is great cause I can pre-write posts and have them post at a future date. That's what this is... But I wanted to do my Blog Carnival for this month which is "Show us pictures of yourself & tell us a little bit about you!" So like I said yesterday, I wanted to take this opportunity to post my first official draft of my Artist's Statement to you guys. Please tell me what you think. I need some constructive criticism. I think it's pretty much what I want to say when applying to Graduate School, there might be a couple of wording changes, but overall I think this sums up what my artistic philosophy & ideas are. So here are a couple of picts of me & my new Artist's Statement....

For the past seven years I have been making art for other people. I have lived and worked as a Scenic Painter and Sculptor on both the East and West Coasts. Scenic work ranges from painting small silk poppies for a "Wizard of Oz" themed birthday party to sculpting 50 foot tall polystyrene foam rock cliffs for Major Motion Pictures. It's not the most artistically fulfilling job, you are often constrained by client concern's, timing, and money. But it's because of these limitations, I've learned invaluable practical knowledge and experience that I could never have learned in a classroom. What is the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to build this project, but also have it look awesome? It's like a puzzle; a client comes to you with an impossible idea, and it's your job to figure out all the steps to complete it: aesthetics, construction, and delivery. I apply this approach to my personal art. How am I supposed to take all this fluffy wool and transform it into this impossible idea I have?

I am a felter. There is something so tactile and personal about felting wool by hand. Each felting technique serves it's own purpose; wet-felting is great for speed and quantity, Nuno felting is perfect for transparency and structure, and needle-felting allows for controlled sculpting and details. I am not a felting purest though, I mix these techniques freely in order to accomplish the goals of a specific piece. I also use additional materials like foam and wire armatures to reinforce structure. With each new piece I make I try to incorporate a new technique or process or material. I see it as just adding one more weapon to my felting arsenal. Then I can pull these experiences out for endless possibilities for the future.

This practical view of materials doesn't always translate to highly conceptual subject matter. My pieces are rarely driven by ideas that illustrate political or social statements, but rather to learn and master techniques. For instance I wanted to create translucent felt, so I made a "JellyFish" sculpture, or I wanted to make Fire, so I created the "Burning Dollar" piece. Despite the straight forwardness of my subjects, the philosophy behind my creative process is full of conceptual contradictions. One contradiction I see within my art is the relationship Fine Art versus Craft. Traditional felt-making is one of the oldest known crafts in the world. The potential of using this well established medium is extremely underrated, and it's my goal is to expand upon the practicality of the material and bring it into the more experimental and expressive Fine Art environment. Another contradiction I'd like to explore more is the super labor intensive nature of the felting process versus the scale of the piece. I would love to make giant felted sculptures or fully felted environments, but fell overwhelmed by the amount of work that would need to go into creating them. Many fibers artists create small pieces to keep the work manageable, but to me, this is an exciting part of the challenge. I am constantly looking for ways to streamline the process to make it more efficient. And finally, I strive to bring more relatability to the viewer within the Fine Art Gallery or Museum setting. Too much art hangs on walls or sits on pedestals. I would much rather have the viewer interact with my work that admire it from a distance. This is why i prefer to make "objects". The obvious comparison between stuffed animals or toys to felted objects invites people into making an intimate connection with my pieces. I am currently working on enhancing this interactivity by incorporating technology and electronic components. The addition of lights, sensors, and (hopefully in the future) independent mobility helps bring human personality and life to my pieces.

I believe the ultimate goal for an artist is to completely master all aspects of their chosen medium. Only after an artist can create pieces without worrying about the technical details, only when creating becomes second nature, can they move to expressing more complex conceptual ideas and subject matter. It's at this point that one encounters the most challenges, but also when true innovations are created.

So Please let me know what you think about my Statement. I know it need some editing & some revisions. I usually wrote some of it, let it sit for a couple weeks, then rewrite it, then let it sit, and now it's sat for like a month & I'm still kinda happy with it, so I think it's a winner!!!

FYI - I'm planning a super-fun-awesome-possibly-wicked thing soon for my blog. With the new pieces I'm working on, I feel the need to MAYBE-POSSIBLY give away some of my old pieces. So possibly-maybe in the next couple weeks I might be offering a special something-something for my blog readers!!! Cause I love ya!!

**** Okay, I just re-read my Artist's Statement and... It's pretty Okay. I know there are some type-o's and weird wording, so I need to re-write, yet again. Are there any parts that I might need to expand upon? Too much wordiness? I'm feeling kinda vulnerable right now, so please be nice!!!! ****

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Was gonna post for my Blog Carnival today, a long post telling you a little bit about myself. Actually I was going to post my artist statement because I'm planning on applying to Graduate School & I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to put it out there & get some feedback... actually I did type it up so maybe I will just copy & paste it in the next couple days. I would appreciate any CONSTRUCTIVE criticism that you guys might have....


I didn't get around to it....


I got a call for my "day job". Thank goodness, the movie business here in Hollywood has been REALLY slow for the past year or so. BUT I GOTS ME SOME WORK!!! Yea! Just a couple of weeks of work, but that's enough to give me a little $ cushion. I need it!! But that means that I might not be posting that regularly (not that I've been so great at it in the last couple weeks). So now I gotta go to bed early, gotta be at Sony Studios at 6 AM!!! Then I'll be dead tired cause I'll be working 11 hour days + maybe Saturday!! YEA OVERTIME!!!

So I apologize in advance for my lack of postings for the next couple of weeks. I have been working this week, but pictures would be useless to post cause I'm just making little felted blobs. But when I get to a point for picts, I'll share my fun new designs with you!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Just Spreading the Etsy Love!!

Wanted to shared with you some amazing Etsy News!! A super-awesome-great friend that I knew while living in Baltimore is the Etsy Feature Seller this week!!! It's so great because her & her husband have been working hard for years to build their crafty business. PLUS, she just quit her day-job as an elementary school art teacher this year & was nervous about how well she would do by supporting herself with her art. Well... Shawna... it seems to be working out great for you!!!

Congrats Shawna!!! Please click on the links & check out her interview & shop!!!

I work on my pots the same way I would work a collage, adding layers and layers until I have the image that makes sense to me. I think of little stories as I work, imagining that one creature is running from another or that a bunny was just caught nibbling on some radishes in the garden.

Read the interview

pinkkiss on Etsy

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Fire has been lit -

So I finally have some inspiration & motivation!! YEA!! This weekend I have decided to apply to my first Craft Show. We went to this show last year & it was really nice & fun!! I'm excited about selling my work in person, & hopefully will do pretty well. I have to apply & get accepted first, so I'll know in a couple of weeks!! In the mean time I'm working on some faster, cheaper ways to make stuff, like sushi pieces & cupcakes. I'm working on covering small pieces of foam with wet felt, then needle felting over top. I also have lots more ideas that I'll be working on & showing later. Wish me luck on getting accepted!!

December 5 & 6

Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm Tired...

A full day at the fair can wear you out!! We had a great time, ate too much junk, & spent too much money!! I got a couple new plants, a sushi making kit, & Lance got some new car wax. Yes, we got sucked into buying the stuff in the "As seen on T.V." area. But it was our day & we had fun!! Didn't go on any rides, just walked around. It was pretty hot, which is how we ended up in the air-conditioned seller's area. We did make it to the Farm area (my personal favorite) and they had soooo many baby animals!! I think the baby goats were my absolute favorite for the day!! There were like 10 or so week old baby goats. They were running around & playing & getting into trouble. There were also a ton of baby piglets, so adorable!! I could sit and watch the babies all day!! Here are a couple of picts from the day....

And here are the finished pictures of the little piggy I made this week for a friend. It's made for an 11 year old girl's Birthday, I think he's cute & I hope she likes it!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I've been bad...

I haven't blogged all week so far. I don't really have a good reason, just lazy. But then I haven't really done that much else this week either. I'm finishing up a custom order for an old friend from Baltimore, it's a piggy, and he's almost done, just gotta do details & make him look good. He looks a little "special" right now, but almost there.

I also finished up soldering all of my electronics for my robots!! It's really fun, I learned and got better at actually sodering & all the electronics work, but the only thing is that the kits were kinda just plug & solder boards. They had everything labeled so you just put the part in & finish it up. They also didn't really explain out the parts & the circuit works. But it's a baby step, huh? Now I just have to put the body together for the robot kits, It's a "walking" "sensing" robot. Maybe I'll do that tonight. Soldering is fun, so next I guess I need to go back to my robot book & learn more about the parts & building circuits.

And finally, we are going to the fair tomorrow!! BY GOLLY WE ARE GOING!!! I love the fair, and the L.A. Country fair is super awesome, they have the best advertising campaigns!! Here are a couple of the HILARIOUS ads that they have done....

This is the ad from last year! So funny!

I think this is the new one!

And this is just one of the many HILARIOUS T.V. ads that they have made. I love how the city makes fun of it's self. There are several more, with the same girls, you can google them & watch the fun!! Aren't you jealous?? Wish you were here!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Techno-Crafty Weekend!!!

So does anybody have plans for the weekend?!?!?! I'm excited cause tonight I get the house to myself! My boyfriend is starting up his weekly bowling again. I'm gonna play video games all night!!

Also I'm SUPER excited cause I got my Electronics/Robots kits in the mail yesterday!! I got a "learn to solder" kit & a fun little robot with sound & light sensors. It is my first time trying soldering & I'm not so good at it yet. I think there might be something funny with the iron or the plug cause it doesn't really melt the solder that often. You are suppose to "Tin" the tip of the iron, but my iron rarely "Tins". I don't know... But hopefully with these kits, I can learn a bit more about the electronic parts & then maybe I can start to design & incorporate more techno-crafty fun into my pieces!!!!

** If you have any soldering experience, please pass on any super easy tricks-of-the-trade you might have, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


We were supposed to go to the L.A. County Fair today... but... I was dumb on Tuesday & decided to do like a thousand lunges while hiking & now I can barely walk. Boo!! I didn't feel that bad when I did them, so was dumb & didn't stretch, so now it feels like my legs are on fire!! It's supposed to be kinda hot today anyways, so it might be better to wait, I want to be in tip-top shape when we go & eat foot long CornDogs!! Man, I love the fair, I'm so excited!!!

I do have another new piece to today!! YEA!! Here's another piece using the glowing "El Wire". This was the felted foam cylinder that I used the pre-felt for. Then I dyed them red with some Kool-Aid, and airbrushed the shadows and highlights with acrylic paint. The battery pack for the "El Wire" is stored inside the sticks of dynamite, with a zipper opening on the underside. This was fun to make & I think I'm going to make some more bomb type pieces in the near future. Also working on a custom piece for a friend, a little piggy!!

Dynamite 4Dynamite 1

Dynamite 2Dynamite 3

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Exciting News & New Pieces!!

So I just got an email that has some exciting news! 2 of my pieces got accepted into a fibers book for publication!! It's called 1000 Artisan Textiles and I think it's like a giant book of fun fibers art. Both of my fish sculptures (the Goldfish & Pufferfish) will be included!! So this will be my first official publication!! It's supposed to come out next May, so I'll let you know more info when the times get closer!!

Also I've finally got some pictures of the newer pieces that I finished last week. I'll show a couple today & the other tomorrow. They will be listed in my shop, for a little cheaper than the past couple pieces that I've put up!!!

Felted Dollars 1

These are a couple of Budget & Economy inspired pieces. I usually don't feel the need to make political or social statements with my art, but I think money has been on my mind (and everybody's too) for a while. I also wanted to accomplish a new technique with each piece. The "Burning Dollar" piece was made because I wanted to try my hand at making some fire. It's pretty stylized & cute, but I love how the charred & burnt parts turned out!! And the "Wood Grain Dollar" was made cause I wanted to try to make, well, wood grain. That one was really fun with trying to blend the wood grain into the graphics of the Dollar!! I also used stencils while airbrushing to layout the different colors for the graphics. And sped up making decorative line work by pre-felting tiny cords of thin wool to use as lines.

It's fun when you can see good progress with understanding the different way to work with you material. You find that the creation process goes much faster & that you can take on more challenging projects!!! I'm not uber excited about them, but I like 'em well enough, & think they were successful with what they taught me!!!

Felted Dollars 2Felted Dollars 3

Felted Dollars 4Felted Dollars 5

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Artist's Block...


So I think I've got writer's & artist's block. I just don't have any ideas. I am finishing up a couple of sculptures that I've been working on for the past week, they are pretty cool, not my best. I learned alot of new techniques & tricks to speed up future projects, but nothing to inspire me into jumping into a new project. I will take some pictures today & share them tomorrow. I practiced some surface design ideas, tried my hand with stenciling, practiced airbrushing, & found some great ways to do some quick line work (which I hated before cause it takes too long.)


Need some inspiration. How do you work through an artist's block, do you take time off, or do you just keep working through it. I know it will pass & I'll be up & running with some uber ambitious piece sooner or later, but I got nothing else to do for the moment. Maybe I'll work on organizing my supplies & making some prefelt for when I get an idea. Anybody got any suggestions!?!?!?!

Maybe I'll visit a museum, or read some books that I have stacked up, or play with electronics & making a robot. So sorry if I'm a bit flaky with posting things for a short time!!!!!

I hate posting things without pictures, so I'll leave you with a list of my Etsy Favorite's for your viewing pleasure!!

Maybe something from one of these amazing artists will inspire you!!!