So. It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted on here. In a year I have found out I was pregnant, graduated from UK (finally!!) and had a kid. I can’t believe it’s only been just over a year since I graduated. It feels like for-evah ago.
Right now I am still working at Target as well as interning with the Lexington Art league which has been awesome. I’m also trying to make a go at this whole professional artist thing. I’m currently working in a studio on ceramic stuff and am hoping to find time to get some fabric/mixed media stuff going as well. The last two days I taught a ceramics workshop at Leestown Middle school which was a lot of fun. I also have two (maybe three) weddings this summer that I’ll be shooting with a friend. I’d love to get a few more in as a second shooter if I could. I’m determined to make use of the art degree I worked my tail off for, no matter how many different things I have to do to do so!
My solo B.F.A. show, entitled Cellula, took place on April 16 at the Actor’s Guild of Lexington on Manchester Street next to Buster’s. Honestly I never thought that I would get there but thankfully things all came together and I felt like I made work that fun and upbeat and most of all, true to myself. For the food I really didn’t want to have the usual art school show fare so I decided to go with an all dessert spread. I made some of the goodies as did my aunt. I ordered some awesome cookies from The Bonbonnerie (pictured below) that were made to look like my work and some lollipop on a stick gloriousness from Tinker’s Cakeshop here in Lexington.
The month and especially the days leading up to the show were pretty stressful but in the end everything turned out way, way better than I ever imagined. My family was there to see my work for the first time and I had a ton of friends come out to support me as well as fellow classmates and professors. People liked my work (and the dessert spread) and I sold about 60% of what I had made.
Thanks to my friend Kelly for taking photos while everything was going on.
Me and my love
Yummy custom cookies from The Bonbonnerie in Cincinnati. They have great wedding cakes t00!
Some details shots of my ceramic work:
And of course, the other highlight of my last few months-graduation. I finally graduated on May 8 after 9.5 years of college. I did it! Can you tell I was exited?
What was not captured on CF was the high-five that I accepted from President Lee Todd. My name was called, I put up my arms in a cheer, the crowd cheered with me and when I walked across stage to shake Todd’s hand he met me with a hand up in the air waiting for me. I couldn’t leave him hanging, now could I? It was pretty cool. Also not captured was me crying my eyes out after I accepted my faux diploma and a hug from the chairman of the art department. Right after that you were supposed to get your portrait taken but I was such a mess! Thankfully my friend Angie stepped in and gave me a hug so we are in the picture together. I’m pretty sure that I was the only person who cried at my graduation but I was so thrilled, happy and exited that I just couldn’t help it!
Ack. I know that I’ve been a bad blogger. It’s been almost a month! (Slaps hand) Bad blogger! Oh well, please forgive me. I promise to be more consistent from here on out. I have a couple of weddings to blog and I’m heading to Florida on vacation soon so I will definitely have pics to share.
This weekend I took a textile/mixed media workshop lead by Moorehead artist Jennifer Reis. I’ve taken a workshop by her before and I had such a good time that I couldn’t resist taking another. The workshop was held in the historic Winchester Opera House which is so incredibly beautiful. (Yes, they have weddings and receptions there!)
Here’s what I worked on-
(excuse the iPhone pic)
(detail-the clear thing in the middle is a shrinky dink!)
(Believe it or not this little guy took over 4 hours. He’s about 4″ in diameter)
More than likely when this is completely done it will be in my show which is coming up in about 6 weeks. Stay tuned for more details about that. It’s going to be awesome. Trust me.
I was mentioned in the Louisville Courier-Journal, along with a few other Kentucky artists, about our appearance in the Fiber Focus 2009 show in St. Louis. Sure, it’s just my name (and they spelled it wrong), but it’s a start! Here are some pics from the show that I should have posted a while ago.
There was a good turn out!
My piece. Hopefully pointing is a good thing!
My Professor, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, receiving the Best in Show award!
Blurry pic of Arturo, happy about his new honor.
I also found a bit after that fact that one of my photos that I had taken during the Our World In Pictures workshop this past summer appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader!
Hopefully this is just the beginning of lots of published work in the future!
Here is the invite to the show that one of my fiber pieces got into. The show is taking place in St. Louis, Missouri and it’s my first national show! Click here if you want to see the program for the show. Heath and I will be heading there for the reception on Friday and to explore the city the rest of the weekend. It will be the first visit to the city for both of us and I am exited that we’ll get to experience it together, not to mention that it will be one great big photo opp!
I was accepted into my first national show in St. Louis, Missouri! I’m so exited! I have to ship it to St. Louis in a few weeks but I am hoping that I can actually go out to St. Louis for the opening. It’s a great excuse to go to a city I’ve never been to. Thankfully it is in September when I don’t have much going on as far as wedding and portraits go.
Mandalas, Wool and Industrial Felt
Last Monday I had a little family bonding time with my mom, aunt and my sister. Instead of shopping or going out to lunch or something like that we all went and got tattoos! There is a great tattoo shop near my parents house called Happily Ever After in Harris, Minnesota. They have a great reputation in the area and I know people who had gotten their tats done there in the past, they had nothing but rave reviews.
When it came time for my mom’s turn in the chair she almost chickened out but then I reminded her of what we had talked about earlier: If she could go through natural child birth with my brother, who weighed in at 11 pounds, 7 ounces, then she could get a tattoo. By the way, she would KILL me if she knew of these photos. Shh!!
My mom is 25% Cherokee Indian so she wanted something to remind her of her Native American heritage. The tattoo that my mom decided to get is the symbol of her Cherokee tribe in Alabama. In the final design the star represents the Cherokee that died on the Trail of Tears.
My sister wanted to get a tattoo with her kids names on it. The Chinese symbol in the middle means “mother”.
My aunt decided to get a turtle becuse it was her spirit animal. The red, white and black colors are significant to the celtic religion and the Star of David is to represent the Jewish person that my aunt believes that she was in a past life.
I’ve actually have wanted another tattoo for quite a while now but I wasn’t going to get one until I knew exactly what I wanted. I knew that I wanted to design it myself and that I wanted it to have a special meaning to me. Here is what I designed:
And here it is after it was finished:
I’ve tried to live my life without any regrets and so far I’ve been successful, this tattoo is just something that I can see on daily basis to remind myself of how lucky I am in so many areas of my life.