The basement-dwelling Dilettante cartoonist is back! This time he drew up a special-request belt of kookiness for me to color and finish. That special requester was Greg Morgan of Greg A. Morgan Photography, and you ought to check out his cool Alaska photos! He’s been a loyal friend and supporter of Alaska roller derby since its inception as well and is just an all-around sweet dude.
I’m working on a couple repairs at the moment and will start two more custom jobs this month (I know, I know, I said no more custom jobs, but they are just so fun and my customers are the best. My own ideas aren’t going to wither up and die. All in good time). Meanwhile, check out my Etsy shop, go give a like on Facebook, and join my mailing list (the volume is ridiculously low, but I try to make it worth your while). Somehow we’ll keep in touch! Thanks.
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Please visit my Etsy shop for two new items I made over the summer but just got around to posting. D’oh! Thanks for visiting.
A few years ago I stumbled on this quote by Ira Glass of the “This American Life” radio show. It has inspired me ever since. I recently shared it with a fellow artist and thought I’d share it with you too.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
If you are a creative person, I hope this resonates with you. Here is a cool Vimeo version with music.
Here is an inspiring photo I took in Houston, Texas, at the Station Museum. Their current exhibition is Call It Street Art, Call It Fine Art, Call It What You Know:
Detail of giant street art mural
I’m not generally much of a picture-taker, but both my husband and I loved the exhibition and took a lot of photos and video. Other than that museum and the Art Car Museum, Houston in August leaves A LOT to be desired. Oof.
I’ve been working on my first set of lo-fi leather-accented greeting cards. They are blank, to accommodate any sentiment … but of course: skulls! The red leather is recycled from an old sofa salvaged by my pal Susan, and the skull stamp is made from a large drawing I did. Sets of 10 with envelopes should be available in my Etsy shop by the end of the weekend.
For the time being, I am not taking on any custom work. As much as I’d love to do leatherwork full-time and have tried various approaches to being able to do so, the reality is I hold down a full-time day job and go to school. So I will be focusing on my own ideas in the spare time I have to focus on creative work.
Thanks for you understanding. After my interdisciplinary studies degree is complete, I’ll resume custom work.
I love repeat customers! An ongoing relationship gives us a chance to really develop an individual’s creative ideas. The latest custom job is a skulls, arched cats, roses belt in a black/white/red color scheme — which just happens to be my personal favorite. I hope you like it. If you’re interested in a custom order, check out my custom orders page. Or, if you’re not sure, see my Etsy shop.
Just finished a couple small items you might like … first is a captive-ring bracelet, and the second is an embellished mystery braid bracelet. See my Etsy shop for all the details! Thanks.
I will be accepting custom orders again as of December 15, after a bit of a hiatus while concentrating on other things. I did create a pocket quiver for practice arrows for a local archer. Photos coming soon!
If you’re looking for holiday gift items, you can check out my Readymade for Sale page. Take care and Happy December.