Brush Magazine, Issue 3

I’m proud to announce that I have had an article and piece of art published in the latest issue of Brush Magazine! I teamed up with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd to co-write a piece about everyone’s favorite topic: art and copyright!

The idea for the article came about from a discussion we had about the grey area of using vintage elements and magazine images in our art journals. Both of our professions (I’m an Archivist and she’s an Archaeologist) have strong codes of ethics with regards to provenance (the place of origin or earliest known history of something), so we decided to tackle the issue from both an artistic and professional viewpoint. Hopefully it will help make people aware that there are copyright issues involved with using certain images in art and provide some good tips on how to avoid getting into trouble!

There are also tons more great articles and inspirational journals featured in the magazine – thank you to Tanyalee Kahler for putting the fantastic magazine together!

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Looking Back On 2017 & My 2018 Goals

My 2017 in journals & zines

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.

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Generally the amount of projects I was working on at one time!

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.

Some zines I had art featured in

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!

Twin Peaks Fanzine & Launch Party!

Update: You can buy the zine on Laura’s Etsy with free shipping!

I’m pleased to announce that my art will be featured in a Twin Peaks fanzine based in Australia! There will be more details on where to buy the zine to follow, but there is going to be a launch party at the Sticky Institute in Melbourne on Saturday, 12th August. Sadly I won’t be able to attend (being 8,000 miles away and all) but perhaps this can reach some Melbourne-based Twin Peaks fans!

Thanks to Riet for bringing the zine to my attention, and to Laura for including me and putting the whole zine together!

Synapse Zine

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I’m excited to announce that my art has been featured in Synapse Zine #3, a not-for-profit collection of counter-culture art and literature. You can view the digital version or buy a physical copy for $1.60 (all money goes to printing costs) – Chris also has some amazing stickers for sale!

I have a ton of exciting things going on right now, which should all be revealed in the next couple of weeks – watch this space!

Illustractions Release Party & Art Show

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:

Me with the zine and my art!
The wall of portraits I made with two other artists
Junior High – such an awesome art space!
I really liked this

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!

Girls Only Zine

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I’m excited to announce that my artwork is going to be featured in Girls Only, Issue V! This issue’s theme is Mystic and it features one of my pieces of post-it art from my Year of Creative Habits project. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see one of my little post-its in such a gorgeous zine! You can buy copies of the zine on Lorna’s Etsyall proceeds go to future issues!