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The Maker’s Grant

3 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 11.53.55 AMThe best online marketplace for handmade, Etsy, partnered up with an innovative social network, Ten Thousand Coffees, to graciously award a Maker $5,000 to fund their creative business, product, or idea. I was beyond giddy this week when I found out that Nature’s My Friend was short-listed into the top 20 for the Maker’s Grant! If I was lucky enough to win, this money would help me finally outfit the studio with an etching press! All I need now to make this dream a reality, is a little help from you my friends. I need you to vote for my project; all you need is an e-mail address or a facebook account and you only need to vote once.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VOTE FOR MY PROJECT

https://www.tenthousandcoffees.com/opportunity/etching-press

Currently I’m in 3rd place but I need YOUR VOTE to make it to #1!!! VOTING ENDS APRIL 6TH SO PLEASE VOTE NOW!

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the north

23 Oct

IMG_0037 IMG_0047Last month I had the immense privileged of traveling to the North West Territories for a week to participate in an artist’s symposium. Aurora Arts Society graciously invited me to be a part of their week-long creative event known as Art’s Week. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.17.19 AMIMG_9926I instructed a simple workshop on altered books, gave a little artist’s talk about my practice and how to set up your own shop on Etsy, and was also part of a panel of talented artists and business people who spoke about marketing yourself and your work. Rubbing elbows with “my people” and spending a week fully immersed in creative activity was such a well needed burst of wind in my sails. 1932396_10152577737167326_7481493611128818483_nSpending a lot of time with one of my dearest friends, Marcus, from my BFA days at ACAD, was the true highlight though. It was so wonderful to see his daily life first hand, meet the wonderful folks he calls friends, and see why the North has stolen his heart.IMG_9963 IMG_0051IMG_9941 Driving through the forests in Kyle’s Jeep, searching for roadkill to use in Marc’s practice, digging around for treasures at the dump, and watching the aurora dance in the night sky were some of the best parts of my adventure. I felt truly blessed to have seen the North amidst a change in season; the landscape was absolutely alive with color. IMG_9952IMG_9933 IMG_9924I am incredibly grateful to have been presented with such an amazing artistic opportunity, not to mention the trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much to Aurora Arts Society, Marcus Jackson, and all of the Northerners who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting!

making the most of social media

22 Feb

As often as I can, I try to share tidbits of advice that have either come from my personal experience, or other creative sources I’ve stumbled upon. I felt honored this week when my friend and talented illustrator/designer Tim Easley mentioned me and some other cool creative cats in a great article all about getting the most out of social media as an artist/designer. twittertimarticleObviously I want to gloat about being included in the article, but I also feel like the wisdom Tim poured into this piece is very helpful. I appreciate his to-the-point writing style, quick injections of wit, and tangible instances that prove his arguments. He breaks down 4 of the most popular social media applications: instagram, twitter, facebook and flickr. If I were to distill everything into one sentence of advice about social media in general: “be yourself, get personal, tell a story, share progress, post inspiration, and don’t be a spammer.” Read the super informative article here. Thanks for the great advice Tim, (oh and for using me as an example, inherently making me feel like a social media pro).