Rag Bag Bazaar and Dundas Street Festival June 14 2014

So this past weekend, my partner Hrafn, and I had a table a local art bazaar and street festival.  This isn’t the first Rag Bag bazaar I have taken part in, and certainly won’t be the last.  It reminded me that I need to start posting on here more often, because surprise!  People actually want to be able to find me online, and see my new work online (or I suppose work that I have now finished).  So, I’m going to try to at least update everything I have online and maintain this blog with WIP updates more often.  Also, please feel free to contact me through e-mail anytime with inquiries about items you have seen at festivals or custom ordering.

Now, on to the Bazaar… It was an up and down sort of day.  It was insanely windy, which meant that my display had to be very flat, and very weighted down (seeing your art get blown onto Dundas street doesn’t make your stomach feel too great as it turns out).  I think it negatively affected some sales, but I just tried to be encouraging for people to pick items up.  Unfortunately my always openness for people to touch resulted in disaster… even though I never suggested for this particular child to touch (he picked up some of our mini zines and alien crayons and thought they were free and tried to walk away with them..), he then proceeded to pick up my most recently finished doll (one which I haven’t properly documented) and literally rip her arm off.  Jerry tried to catch up with the kid and mom, but they were quick to flee after the incident.  :(  I guess this means I will have to keep my dolls farther back and only allow adults to touch (with a stress on being gentle).  The sad part is, is that my dolls really are not that delicate.  I have dropped them at home, or have had Dante pull them off of a table (or pushed ahah), without any breaks.  But I’m confident I will be able to fix her arm,  luckily it is covered by clothing at the break.  But in good news, I sold the last two catopi from my series, the last prints for a few designs, and most surprisingly (and most painfully) I sold Diana and Lapin.  Diana and Lapin were my first finished clay doll set, and part of a larger story I have been working on for some time.  It was incredibly thrilling to have someone love her enough to take her home!!  I hope that wherever she is, she is being admired.

The biggest “reveal” of this show (I always try to have at least two different and new items at a show), was the hand bound book I put together.  It is 24 pages long, includes one longer story, multiple fragments, bird girls with floating islands, space cat comics, and some sneak peaks for other ideas I’m working on.  I learned a new binding technique, and hand stamped each cover.  I received a lot of positive feedback about these and look forward to creating I am filled with ghosts vol. 2.  I will be posting more about this release on my Behance page within the next week or so.  My partner also created a new zine for the Rag Bag, it is called Alone.  He also learned new binding techniques, and he even added belly bands.  I have to admit, I’m pretty damn proud that we both finished our books on time, though it did result in us literally have two hours of sleep before!

 

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Rag Bag Bazaar {June 8th 2013}

This summer certainly isn’t shaping up how we had… hoped.  But we are still making the most of what we have and what there is to do.  We have a long bike ride planned for Monday, involving going out to the Conservation Authority Park, and having a picnic at the Dam.  I really wanted to take part in more craft fairs and events this summer, but sadly.. London just doesn’t seem to have all that many.  I attended the Rag Bag Bazaar, which was part of a larger Car-Free Festival downtown in June, with my sister.  She makes beautiful wire wrapped jewellery, and might remember her from my post about the amazing Sailor Moon inspired necklace she gave me for Christmas (click here to see that post).

At the Bazaar, I had Persephone on display for the first time.  Plus I had made a few hand-drawn art pins and something exciting (because it was a new thing for me to do) was make nice quality, giclee prints of some of my drawings (and they sold well which thrilled me).  I was so happy with how they turned out, I printed them on a very light grey linen paper, and the “Away We Go” prints were done on a series of rainbow papers.  It was incredibly cold though, and I was lucky that my mom stopped by and gave me her sweater (haha).  But we had a lot of fun, despite the cloudy weather.  I saw a lot of great artists, which I still have a small stack of business cards waiting for me to look into, and possibly post on here.  In the meantime, enjoy these few photos I got of the day!!  Or if you might prefer to see some photos of fungi, check out my latest photo project on Behance!

Frogs!

Frogs!

Sorry I haven’t been updating as much as I keep promising, but if you just found a pond a mere 5 minute stroll away from your house that is filled with frogs, you might get distracted too. If you love frogs as much as I do, check out my new series, Frogs of the Secret Pond! I love all the frogs, but I think that this guy is my favourite, which one is your favourite? Let me know! (click the picture for the link through!)

If A Curtain Drops {weekend adventures in London}

Double Feature!

Although we would not say that we are overly fond of London as a city, we make the best of the environment and take in as much as we can.  I mentioned in a previous post that my partner and I biked across the city to go to a friend’s surprise birthday party, which also happened to be a backyard film screening of The Last Waltz (in lovely 16mm).  Duker was planning on screening this, but he didn’t know that Nicole had secretly planned a concession style snack stand, and surprise birthday party!  It was so much fun, Nicole bought an insane amount of candy and she insisted that none of it be left at the end of the night.  I don’t think I’ve eaten that much candy and chocolate in a really long time.

The amazing concession stand at Duker’s surprise birthday screening! (well I guess the screening wasn’t a surprise but the party was)

Isn’t this just cute?

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But, of course, this was already a few weeks ago and we have been very busy since then!  This past weekend, London had its annual Pride festivities, which culminated in a huge parade / dance party on the Sunday.  Somehow, through all the hectic crazy stuff we have been sorting out, we didn’t even know that Pride was this weekend until Sunday at 11:45am (did I mention that the parade started at 12:30?).  But we decided it was worth it to rush and bike down there and have a good time, and it definitely was!  We biked down without too much hurry and still arrived before the parade.  I love the atmosphere of the parade, everyone just being happy.

Beautiful!

The Forest City Fashionista!

We ran into so many people that day, from artists Cindi Talbot, a Super Scientist who is literally landing a robot on Mars this coming Sunday, old friends, to the Forest City Fashionista!   You may notice that these photos are not watermarked.  That is because many photos were taken, and it is hard to say whether they were taken by myself or by my partner Korpolfr.  We have been discussing this, and we are planning some joint work in the near future and so they will be watermarked then.  I have uploaded many photos from Pride to my Flickr account, however I never knew that only 200 photos are visible at any time.  So now I am on a search for a new photo hosting site, since 200 photos simply won’t cut it.

Even though we make sure to include some fun, we are actually both super busy this summer.  The house is coming along amazing.  Every day I am surprised by how far it has come along. I have been collecting some photos of the house for “befores” from over the years.  We never officially took before photos, but our hoarding is evident in many.  This is something that I will talk more about at another time though.  All that matters is that we are working towards a future that we want, while still enjoying the moment.

Thank you for reading, I will be posting some more recipes in the next few weeks including Roasted Garlic and a Chocolate Cake.

xoxo