I am very excited to share that a postcard of mine will be on display as part of the Mark Mothersbaugh & Beatie Wolfe: Postcards for Democracy exhibit at The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Ft. Myers, Florida, which opened on May 17! Mark Mothersbaugh is a big influence of mine and I strongly believe in the message of the exhibit/demonstration, so this is a dream come true for me! The piece on display is one of the postcards I created for Postcards to Voters last summer (2020), which I sent all around the US:
Sadly, I will not be able to travel to Florida to see the exhibit but I managed to zoom in and spot my postcard in the photographs of the exhibit that were posted on Instagram, which was very exciting! If you happen to be in the Ft. Myers area, the exhibit is open until August 8, 2021 🙂 please let me know if you go and view it!
In February 2017 I laid out my goals for the year on the Get Messy forum. I was concerned it was too ambitious with working a 40 hour a week job, but I think I did pretty well! Here’s how my year went:
Goal 1: Participate in Get Messy ✓
My goal was to create at least one page a week and get better at working from the prompts. I ended up completing 5 seasons of Get Messy during the year (Gifts, Art 101, Contrast, Color, and Fairytales) and I definitely created at least one page a week! I tried (to varying degrees) to get better at working from the prompts, but I think it confirmed to me that I don’t enjoy working from prompts and they’re not helpful to how I work in my journals. Even though I enjoyed aspects of the group (mainly the community) I decided that I would not be continuing with Get Messy into 2018.
Goal 2: Complete Year of Creative Habits ✓
I am still stunned that I managed to complete this goal! Sure, the end result wasn’t how I envisioned, but I think I prefer how it turned out. My original plan was to make art on a post-it note every day and stick them in mini journals. After 100 days of this (which I think is an accomplishment in itself!) I started counting everything creative I did towards YOCH. I have never followed through on an art challenge before this, so I am proud of myself for persevering! See my 2017 Year of Creative Habits project.
Goal 3: Collaborate ✓
Technically I kept this goal! I have been working on a collaboration with Beatriz Helton since January 2016, which I continued until April 2017. I think we both got a little burnt out on it and wanted to pursue other projects – but it still counts! I also wanted to try collaborating with Messians. A number of the collabs fell through, but I did finish a Women Rising Collab with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd. Basically, I did collaborate but not as much as I had planned. Honestly, I learned that I find collaborating very difficult – but maybe that’s a post for another time.
Goal 4: Work in my “main” journals ✓
I’m not even sure what “main” journal even means anymore, since I started about 20 different art journals/sketchbooks this year! But I did other projects besides Get Messy and the post-it notes, so I’m taking this as a win.
Goal 5: Submit work to zines ✓
I submitted my work to 7 zines in total, and I had my art featured in 4 of them! I had 1 rejection, 1 zine fell through, and the other is still in the works (hopefully). I’m really happy with how that turned out! One of the zines also involved being involved in an art show, which was an amazing (albeit terrifying) experience.
Goal 6: Project Life/Awesome Ladies Project ✗✓
Well, technically I didn’t complete this goal – but something else came of it, which I see as a bigger win. My plan was to try and do a version of Project Life for my Awesome Ladies Project throughout the year, but even at the time I wasn’t convinced I’d have time for it. I put it down as a “loose” goal and proceeded to do nothing towards Project Life haha. HOWEVER, in July 2017 I was chosen to be a Creative Team member at the Awesome Ladies Project, created four projects, took part in 100 Days of All About Me, and contributed two blog posts using the ALP Story Journal. I think that outweighs not starting Project Life haha.
Other Highlights from 2017
I sold some art! I painted three commissions and sold postcards on Etsy
Honestly, I am stunned at everything that happened this year! I think I’m going to slow it down a bit in 2018 and keep my goals simple (mainly because I am now working a job I love and I want to dedicate more time to my “real” career). Here are a few things I want to accomplish this year:
Sell more of my art
Begin my recycled journal project
Keep working with the Awesome Ladies Project and Book of Me
Set up a YouTube account
Contribute to more zines/be involved in the zine community (I will be involved in a Zinefest as part of my new job)
Generally make art I love
Here’s to an arty and productive year! How did your 2017 go? What are your goals for 2018? I’d love to hear about them!
One of my goals this year has been to submit my work to zines, so in March I came across a call for a new Los Angeles based zine called Illustractions and decided to submit a few pieces for consideration. Ari got back to me pretty quickly to tell me that one of my pages was to be included, which I was over the moon about! A few weeks later I had an email with an update on the zine and that there was to be a release party for the zine in May at Junior High in Hollywood. I started to get nervous about it, but I accepted the invitation and decided I would just go for it; you have to take these opportunities, right? I also agreed to do some quick portraits of the people at the event – eek!
The show was last night and I’m so glad I went! I was super nervous the whole time, but it was pretty amazing to see my art on the wall and in a zine, to meet some new people, and enjoy a night of stand-up comedy, music, and art. Here are some photos from the show:
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the zine is available to buy online, I think they were just given out for free across Los Angeles, but it it was really fun to be involved in!