Saturday, February 28, 2009

Squirrely Art

LOVE this piece by Ryan Berkley -

He does the artwork for Crafty Wonderland -

I heart them both.

And now I have some of Ryan's artwork finally. Now for a tinymeat wallet!

Happy Saturday people.
I'm working on some arts. See you at Saturday Market on Sunday? I'll be there!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Goals and Ambitions

I am living through my 20's the time of life when you question everything and try to find what you really want to do with your life. There has been a lot of confusion over the last few years, a lot of odd jobs and strange bosses. What I am discovering is what is important to ME. I am learning who I am as an individual, as a community member and as a human on this earth. I am finding my place. I am finding the voice within. I am searching for my path, where to go? What job should I be working at? What do I even want to DO in life?

So tonight I wrote down all my goals and wants and plastered my wall with them. I'm building a wall of goals and ambitions.

The first step was to figure out what my main values were. Mine are Security, Creativity, Freedom, Success and Family. My main life goals are: Own my own Farm, Have Security financially, Have a loving partner, Have close friends I can depend on and who I love, Create, Play and Teach.

My mind has been a mess lately. I don't know what I want to do career wise. I don't want to be a cute little crafter just working away hours and hours at a sewing machine doing what the ladies over in China are doing for so much less. I don't really want to work for myself. I don't want to be solo, I want to be a part of something big. I want to be part of a team. I want to work in a place I can play, draw and laugh. I want to teach, create and explore.

I realize there has been something hiding for a long time. A little curiosity, a little dream, a little tugging at my heart. I used to love watching cartoons and wish that I could do that someday, that I could be a part of it. I used to draw comics and come up with my own characters. I have been drawing since I was a little one. I don't want to be an animator though. I went to school with animators, I don't want that world. What I want is to be an illustrator/designer/creative can't I have that? Can't I merge the graphics with the love of cartoons and illustration? Then I remembered.. I have always LOVE Nickelodeon. I grew up with them, I have their logo burned into my memory. I love their marketing materials, their ads, their colors and fun wonky designs. Tonight I picked up a Nickelodeon magazine and then it occurred to me. No animator made this, graphic designers make this happen, illustrators make this happen! I don't have to be an animator to be a part of it all. I already have the way paved for me. There is a spot for me.. this little dream can be a reality.

So here it is. I want to work for Nickelodeon. I WILL work for them. I want to work for companies like them. I want to illustrate, sew, craft and live in my fantasy world of creatures. I want to make this a reality.

I would love to be hired as a graphic designer and illustrator. I want to draw spongebob squarepants. I want to draw coloring books and posters and advertisements. I want to be an art director for the Nickelodeon magazine. Wouldn't that be the greatest company to work for! Screw this corporate design world! I want color, fun and weirdness.

I am going to work on re-designing my website to reflect my new goals in design. Finally the craft and the design will merge.
These two designers inspired me tonight:

I like what Sam says in his bio:
A meticulous graphic designer, Sam loves to create in a wide range of styles, whether that's a cleanly designed, flexible template for a large scale accessible website, or letting loose on an experimental microsite. But rather than being restricted to the web, he also designs for print, and has created logos and branding solutions. Creativity drives him, not the medium.

Lalena Fisher takes her handmade items and animates with them! She has done backgrounds for websites, animations and books. Bringing sculpture, illustration, crafting together. Her work inspires me and is what I want to be doing. Her resume is so crazy and I want mine to look like that!

I'm setting my ambitions beyond Portland, beyond my upbringing, beyond my schooling, so far beyond my reality, to the dream world. Where it can become my new reality.

Who I want to work for:

Cartoon Network
Crafting Magazines
Fashion Designers
Artists and Illustrators
Children Clothing Manufacturers/Designers

The cool thing about Lolly-tots is that I can explore so many techniques and mediums. I love making things for kids and those with a child's heart still inside. I love working with color, texture, fabrics and thread. I love the little pincushion sitting next to my computer monitor. I love making things and I love selling things. I love creating and showing my creations to other people. Lolly-tots is my way of expressing my ever changing evolving soul of an artist.

Thanks for following along with me on this journey.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Do do doo

just to show I'm working! Plans are to print some stickers this week in preparation for this weekend. I'm doing the Saturday Market on Sunday. It's supposed to be sunny! This is the first official weekend of the market and I want to be out there to get the season started.

Also I'm wondering if they are going to do a Last Thursday this month on Alberta. Plans are to pack up the car and drive by to see if anyone is set up. Does anyone have any info on that or rumors?

I'm spending all night bouncing on my yoga ball and sketching out some illustrations. I feel a little weird and shut in and maybe it's the weather but I'm feeling sluggish, hermit like and devoid of creativity. So I made myself look through my old scans of sketches. I'm tracing them in Illustrator and from there I can make prints, stickers, film to make new shirt designs and patches.

See you this Sunday at the Saturday Market?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Things About Portland That Suck

This is a freakin funny blog:

Very entertaining lunch reading! I love the cyclists vs cars and cars vs cyclists.

Read on!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Interpretative Book Project

This is the Interpretative Book Project. The rules are you make up the story as you go. They tried adults and a few kids. I personally love the kid's stories and find the adult versions rather dull. The kids start out in story mode, while the adults point out the obvious and you can tell their imagination is a bit stale. Grownups, don't let the kid in you die. Imagine, create and tell lots and lots of stories.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE!!!! (and this piece of paper, it used to say "I love you bob")

What a clever idea. I want to try this myself! I will put it on the list of things to try this year.

Ok, I will be honest and tell you I found these videos because I was watching this over and over and the user who made the video had these posted as well. I just LOVE hearing kids read stories. And this kitten story rocks.

That is all!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How did I become an apparel artist?

How did that happen?

In High School
I start off drawing animals and making websites. I wanted to be an illustrator or fine artist till I found out that would require a lot of work that might not even turn into a career. Later on after school I met a lot of commercial illustrators that were indeed making a living from their work. Why don't you get the right info till it's too late?

Design School
Learned the ins and outs of Graphic Design. Made it my career. It pays the bills and I'm highly skilled now. I'm the pre-press guru. I make it work and I make it happen fast. I shell out designs all day long. I make the awful look fantastic. I correct, fudge, clone stamp, flipit and erase it.

Real Life:
I learn there are a lot of designers that hate their jobs, I started hating mine. Is this what life is all about? What about what we did in school? Don't I get to be creative?

Started my own business and learned how to screenprint, sew and design. Now I'm venturing further into the real of the handmade and recycled. I'm REALLY loving working with recycled clothing and coming up with new combinations. Does that mean I'm an apparel artist now?

Life is so confusing.

I wouldn't trade my graphic design in for an apparel design degree. I like it better this way. It's backwards but I understand branding, logo design, marketing, color theory. I can design my own website, logos, flyers, brochures, advertisements, booth banners and look like a pro. I also have something steady to fall back on. So I continue though this life, moving more and more towards being an artist, apparel designer and business owner. I don't know what school can prepare you for but it always helps to get invest in something that can pay the bills! Then learn the rest on your own.

The hardest part about all of this. Is that sometimes I wish I could just come home and not do anything and not feel guilty about it. I wish I could work a full-time job and pay the bills and have loads of savings. Somehow I can't do that. I tried. I have to work for myself, i have to create for myself. I have to connect with people one on one and not just from behind the computer. I want to be a part of people's lives. I want to create, inspire and craft. I want to be know as someone that makes things, that contributes to the world. I want a chance to be me. Sure I can do the boring nity grity, but I'm glad I have my part-time life where I can be my own goofy weird self and totally get away with it.

Someday I hope this passion pays the bills! Isn't that every artist's dream?

now to actually do something useful tonight.

Recycled Sweaters


Recycled Dog Sweater on Craft Stylish.

Recycled Sweater Pet Bed on Craft Stylish.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Shows this weekend!

I'm going to be at the following shows this weekend. You should really make it out to Hip Happening, sounds like a lot of really cool vendors are going to be there. Check it out yo!

Jantzen Beach Friday Artwalk
February 6th - 4:00 – 9:00 PM
1409 Jantzen Beach Center

Hip Happening - website
Saturday, February 7th
11 am - 5pm
Sellwood Masonic Lodge