After running The Eclipse Gallery for the last couple years, we are closing our doors due to a variety of reasons, which mostly come down to the fact that Algoma just isn’t the right location for us. So, we are moving back to the Madison area (where my husband and I are both from). This feels like home to us, and also is a better market for the work that we do.
As a curator, I felt the need to curate independently — sticking to a set schedule in the same space was already starting to feel forced. I want to take more time to conceptualize exhibitions and find unique venues for them. In other words, I crave flexibility.
As an artist, I felt the need to create and market my own work — something I had hardly any time for, with all the other pressures of running a gallery and shop.
It seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life — this process of building up and tearing down. I have been doing this for the last ten years, and it has been a hell of a learning process. Even though it feels like I am once again starting over, I have discovered more about who I am as an artist and where I want to go with my career. And that is invaluable. If I wouldn’t have done the gallery, I would always be wondering if that was what I wanted. Now I know that it isn’t, and I can move forward.
It comes down to priorities. I just had another baby and I have two older kids as well. Being able to make their childhood magical is number one for me. Art isn’t the only thing I live for. For the last few years, I have been one-dimensional. It is time to embrace all aspects of what makes me who I am, and that is why I am concentrating on Hemm Handmade.
Hemm Handmade is about living an artful, sustainable, kid-friendly life. I started this blog where I post my art and craftwork, kid’s activities, great recipes, tips on green living, and about other things that interest me as an artist, mom, and earth-lover.
So I will still be blogging here about art and curating, blogging on Hemm Handmade, I will be listing on our Etsy, and doing art shows. We will be also be working on finding the perfect location for our new studio. And I may be taking on independent curating projects.
This week is a shameless self promotion — I’ve started a new Etsy shop where I am selling a variety of art and craft supplies for cheap. I’ve been collecting so many materials for years, and I just don’t have the room for this stuff anymore. My loss is your gain, so check it out. I’ll be adding more items soon so add me to your circle.
Browse more items at destashartsupplies on Etsy, and add me to your favorites/circle to stay updated about new items!
Here are a few of my favorite finds on Etsy this week. Enjoy!
Who says that collecting art has to be expensive? Whether you look in an unexpected place, buy a print instead of the original, or just get lucky — keep your mind open and it will only improve your collection and enhance your life. Even if the piece doesn’t have the most expensive price tag or the biggest name attached to it, the only thing that really matters is that the art speaks to you and that you find it interesting.
What do you want to look at day after day?
You could buy something little for that weird blank spot in your home:
Or a handmade treasure from a thrift shop (this was $4.95):
I LOVE New Years because it is the best time in the world to start something, change something, do something new. 2011 is going to be an awesome year. I think and feel, at least for me, that it is going to be a year of major changes. It is going to be a year for cutting out all the bullshit and only taking on what is real and what is interesting. I’m going to try and get out of the rut of killing myself for little in return. This is what I’ve been doing for over two years now and I’m done with it. The nice thing about letting go is that you figure out what you really want out of life. Where do your priorities lie this year?
One of my priorities is going to be this blog. Last year I was so busy that I hardly had any time for it, and that is disappointing because I really did have a lot to share. This year, I will be posting regularly (my goal is at least once/day). Topics will be original, interesting, and fun (including the categories to the right). Look for posts about a broad range of influences, inspirations, and issues in the contemporary arts, of course, along with things like….
Etsy Wednesday and Flickr Friday
Since these are two of my most frequently-visited websites, I will curate an Etsy treasury and a Flickr gallery every week – highlighting some of my best finds.
As I collect artwork throughout the year, I will be posting about the work and artist behind the work.
I have been a collector of randomness for as long as I can remember. I will be doing periodic posts about my collections and the collections of others — what I find to be aesthetically interesting and relevant from a design point of view.
Evidence of Difference
I’m really looking forward to my new concept for a daily post – I’ve wanted to do a “once a day for a year” post for about 3 years now, but I’ve never thought of a good enough idea to actually commit to it. The 365 theme has been done so much (drawing a day, photo a day, craft a day, etc.) that I was holding out until I thought of something unique. But more to come on this later – it’s starting on January 1st so you don’t have to wait long!
Also look for posts about my curatorial projects at the Eclipse Gallery and elsewhere, news about the print magazine I edit and write for, Art Nowhere, and lots of posts about my personal artwork and other things my husband and I make for Hemm Handmade throughout the year.
So that is the direction I’m headed in 2011. I’m sure it will evolve from there. My word of the year is flexibility.
What are your goals for 2011? What projects do you have coming up?
Yes–I think I’m going to start doing an Etsy Wednesday post. I can’t help but be obsessed with that glorious site. I did a treasury last night about Wishbones — over Thanksgiving I tried to find the wishbone in the turkey — got my kids all hyped up for it — and then I never found it (I made soup w/the carcass and everything!) So when I randomly saw a wishbone item on Etsy I thought I would search deeper — never expected to find so many things — and never thought wishbones could be so beautiful. I did the treasury last night and it already has over 1,300 views, so check it out!
I’m always finding so many interesting things it just blows my mind. Also worth a look is the other Etsy treasury I just curated, unique art prints for your walls that I’ve had on my favorite list for awhile, along with some new finds. These are the kinds of things I do instead of watching TV :) I’m glad to see that so many professional artists, makers, and designers have Etsy shops now. It’s such a great platform for reaching a large audience who are already in tune with the whole buy handmade mindset.
We will conquer the world!