http://feathr.com/f/158To be a fine artist or not to be. This is a question I ponder quite frequently. I am and always will be an artist. The word fine attached to it adds a stigma of knowledge, sophistication, conceptual and sometimes gallery representation. But what if I want my art to function both commercially and "fine artly?" Some artists have been successful, my hero Yayoi Kusama does it quite well. Obviously I am not of that status, but I strive to be. She is first and foremost a fine artist, her work is beyond visually pleasing. The thing I like most about her work is it touches on mental health issues. Her works acts as a stimulus, a constant for the wandering anxiety prone mind; a mind like my own.
The wallpaper and textiles that I design are an ode to the wandering mind. I always envision them covering everything like a Christo and Jeanne-Claude piece. Being completely emerged in something takes away the anxiety. My subject matter within these wallpaper and textile designs has always been a conversation between feminism and formalism. I have always had a sort of sexual anxiety and I find I face that reality through my repetitious designs.
On a whim I entered a competition for wallpaper artists. I wondered if I would be taken seriously as a fine artist, so naturally I decided to blog about it. The things is I don't know, and the reality is most people won't give a fuck what kind of art I make, or if I make it at all. The image saturated culture we are apart of now can make if difficult to find your way as an artist. Questions like, "Should I post this on social media?" or " Will this get lost in the digital abyss?" and "How many likes will this image get?" are a part of my everyday life. It disgusts me and excites me at the same time, it's like the fucking Kardashians.
In the end I came up with the thought that my art will take itself where it wants to be. It is my duty as an artist to make the work and reflect on it. I find that sometimes I get to caught up in the is this the right thing and forget to take a chance. People are not going to see my work if I don't put it out there. With that being said, I hope that you will all take a moment to vote for my designs on the following links. I could be one of ten artists that will make wallpaper for Feathr.com for the year of 2016-17. You can vote daily! Thank you for your support!
My friend Nickolas Carl started up a collaborative project with several artists. The idea was simple: His words, Our Art. Although Nick is also a visual artist he has been writing poetry for many years. I think these types of collaborations are very beneficial for artists. To think outside of your own parameters is refreshing. I go about collaborations staying true to myself as an artist but not being afraid to let loose because in the end doing any sort of collaboration is about taking a chance on someone else.
Nick is going to be turning this project into a book after receiving all of the work back from several artists. You should check out his work : http://www.nickolascarl.com/
I'm grateful for artist friends like Nick. Being in art school can be an illusion. You think that you will have this solid community of artist around you forever and people will constantly care about what you are making and want to give you critiques all of the time. Reality is very different. I've only been out of school for a year, but I know this is true, I have felt it already. I have to pry my grandma into the room to look at my work and beg her to give me feedback. I have to phone up grad school buddies or friends like Nick to vent about my process. The reality of being an artist is that you have to work hard to stay connected. It's really easy to fall off the art making band wagon. I know several friends that don't make art anymore and they sound fucking depressed. I really didn't want that to happen so I didn't let it. Making art is not always a way to make a living but it is a way of life. To let that way of life go is like losing someone you love. The only way to keep that afloat is to get your community of artists together. Whether this is local or via phone, it doesn't matter.
Collaborate with others. Apply for shows.... there are tons online venues for applying to shows all over the world. (CaFe is one I check out from time to time https://www.callforentry.org/ ) Yes, some cost money and that seems back asswards but that is the reality of the art game right now. If you can afford to I suggest taking one class, it doesn't have to be at a college either, although they are the most common. There are several teachers all over the U.S. that offer affordable art classes.
Don't be lazy! That's the reason most people don't make art anymore. I get that "real" jobs and making money takes precedence to survive, but after survival, happiness is important and if making art makes you happy then make it a priority and cling to others that also make it a priority.
So go, get outta here and collaborate or just make something cool by yourself!
I recently finished an artist statement that had me on bed rest for 2 days. When I get in my writing zone I make a shit ton of green tea and coffee and have Project Runway playing in the background. I sit in my bed with papers and books covering the entirety.
Artist Statements, grant writing, residency applications, scholarships: I hate and love them. I don’t think I would ever classify myself as a great writer, because I know great writers and they blow my goddamn mind. I think I’ve always been a passable writer. I do a little better than the average person but I always left the reader a little disappointed in my grammar. The ideas were there but the organization and punctuation were sub-par. This is my own analysis by the way, no one has ever told me this, but in a way I wish they would have. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to whip something intelligent up in 30 minutes; it took me two full days to piece together 166 words that describe my upcoming show. On the flip side I love writing these types of papers because I like to prove things to myself. When I finish the statement, grant, scholarship ect, I am fucking pumped.
I want to be a better writer. Writing is an art. Piecing together words forcing readers to visualize; that’s powerful. I’m hoping by writing more (this blog) and applying for tons of grants (even the ones that seem so far fetched) I will become a stronger writer. As a part of the graduate program I am about to join, I will be in a 3 week writing seminar. I am scared shitless but also very excited for this. I know this challenge will push me to be a better writer. Another way I’ve been pushing myself to become a better writer is to imitate others styles.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We’ve all heard this saying and we’ve all been slightly annoyed by it, but there is validity in imitation. I read a great article on this topic in the magazine, Flow created in the Netherlands. The only way I was able to write my artist statement was by looking at other artist statements. I had a professor at UNLV that I really admired, I don’t think she cared very much for me, but she still helped me out. She helped me write my artist statement. She was able to tell me things about my work I had no idea about. I felt insecure about this. Shouldn’t I know everything about my work? For a while I told myself I couldn’t even use the statement we had conjured up together because it felt more like her writing than mine. I felt like I cheated. I ended up using that statement because in the end I needed more time to focus on the work than the statement. Now, only one year later I realize I should have owned that damn artist statement. The professor helped me tremendously by giving me a platform to start my discussion. I was imitating her type of language because I really liked the way she spoke. I wasn’t copying her, I admired her and strive to have a vocabulary like her. Imitation and copying are different. Imitation is just another word for inspiration.
Lets face it, we all imitate. We imitate our parents as we grow up and we imitate our friend’s through out life. We like things that other people like. I took beginning black and white photography because this girl at RMCAD in Denver took it. She was super cool and had a really hot boyfriend and she always came into the wood shop, where I worked. It’s as simple as that, I thought she was cool, she told me about the class and I took the class. That class took me in a direction I had always dreamed about. I changed my business accounting degree to fine arts because I had the coolest teacher ever and I really admired her. I had taken a few art classes in high school and my brother was an artist so I knew I was interested but I didn’t really think about making it a career. I was also very good at math, so accounting seem logical. While taking accounting classes at The University Center in Sioux Falls I took a drawing class with my best friend and Liz Bashore Heeren was our teacher. Liz seemed so worldly; even though she was living in South Dakota I could tell she knew of a much larger existence. I was only 19 at the time but I had not met very many worldly people. The next semester Carly, my best friend, and I took an art appreciation class. That class was the coolest! We talked about life, and art, and watched movies on Jackson Pollock and Grizzly Man. I wanted to be an art teacher; I wanted to be worldly like Liz, so I did it.
Link to Liz's Website: http://lizlab.com/
Imitation is a beautiful way to connect with people. We are told to be individuals and to have a unique view but we learn though others and we have to embrace this. So if you find yourself struggling with something, find someone working in that same area and imitate them until you get out of it what you need, and then make it your own.
I will leave you with the artist statement I wrote for the show at Las Vegas’ City Hall that will be going up at the end of December through March of 2017.
My work is informed by societal standards set for women.
Working within the constraints of feminism and formalism, I make work that challenges the viewer to look beyond the façade of repetition and decoration, into a deeper understanding of female desire. Through visual pairings of stereotypical feminine symbology creating new meaning about female desires, I stress it is important that women are able to extricate themselves from domestic standards. By using textiles as material representation of female complacency, and addressing feminine experiences through photographic imagery within that material, I create a dialogue about the double standards women are expected to live by: pure and provocative. Providing a physical reclamation for females to determine their own standards, I've created flags out of my textiles.
By providing an expression of female desire through decorative form I am facilitating a discussion about individual needs. Female desire can’t be defined by society and instead should be defined by self.
I recently read an article on waiting. Most of our lives we are waiting for something to happen. I am waiting to start school and then after school I’ll be waiting to start my job and then after that I’ll be waiting to go on summer break to make work and travel and then I’ll be tired from traveling and I’ll be waiting to get back to work and make money, and then the cycle will repeat with slight variation.
Putting it out there that way really sounds boring and predictable. Waiting means I know what is going to happen in my life., which I do not. Waiting is how I have lived a lot of my life and it is also why I have been heart broken by my own expectations.
While you’re waiting for life, life is happening. Today I woke up frustrated and stressed out about money. I kept thinking about the house I would live in while going to school in Portland and how I would have no money for it; but this is not true. How can it be, I’m not living in the moment where I’m required to be in Portland and have a house. After walking my puppy to the dog park and having some time to blow off a little steam, I had the silly and extremely obvious epiphany that so far my day has been wonderful, I’m so lucky to wake up in good health with a roof over my head. Yes cliché, but it’s so true. This whole idea is similar to what I’m talking about with body image and weight loss expectations. Instead of worrying about what I will look like in a month it’s more productive to think about how strong and dedicated I am feeling today.
Life is about today. Right now. This wonderful moment that I soak up as I type these words. Mindfulness is not a new concept but everyone forgets it. I wish I had the answer for how to constantly live in the now. The best that you can do is your best. Just be so grateful for the small things you have, and be proud that today you got up and did something.
Simple and short post today. Next post will be about the artist statement – loved by gallery owner, hated by most artists.
Since the beginning of December I've been involved in a rigorous exercise regimen. Since the beginning of January I've been eating very healthy cutting out soda and anything processed. I have in total lost 6 lbs in four months and 3% body fat. This is great news! I should be delighted that I'm getting stronger and eating better. This is not how I have been feeling though..... I have been feeling confused as to how someone can kill it at the gym 6 days a week, 2 of which I am working with a personal trainer and only drop around 1.5 lbs per month and less than 1% body fat per month. This is what it's like to be a slightly "overweight" female in America. Things can't happen fast enough and we can't even see our little accomplishments for what they are.
There is another issue at hand, I'm body positive! I think all sizes and shapes are fucking gorgeous. This is a part of the reason I started the Body Project (you can see photos by clicking link at the top). So, the dilemma is: What do you do when you know all bodies are beautiful but you find yourself frustrated that you don't weigh your goal weight of 175 lbs? I have often felt like a walking contradiction. I see tons of body positive women that are rocking it at 300 lbs and I wish I could do that. I often wonder if they ever feel like I do? I see posts on Instagram of these women eating the beautiful pastries and promoting donut eating! Which I love and support, but I often wonder do they feel like shit after eating it.... because when I eat donuts I feel like death afterwards?
Damned if you do damned if you don't. I want to eat whatever I want, but I also don't want to move after eating a large pizza to myself. Did I really want to eat that entire pizza or is this just a way to comfort myself and hide from other issues?
What if you are body positive weighing in at 220 lbs and you decide one day that you want to start working out and eating better to see if it improves they way you feel...... how do you know then if you really want to do this or if society has been so deeply embedded in your head that you don't even know how to differentiate. I truly think that you do know this answer..... I did and i'm being completely honest when I say it's a little bit of both. I want to feel strong and healthy for myself but I also kinda want others to think I look good (oh god, that was hard to admit). I've been over 200 lbs since my senior year of high school and i've had plenty of time to see how being of a certain size gets you things in life, that others have to work extra hard for.
What if you weigh in at 110 lbs and your 5'7" and you want to gain weight but it's really difficult for you. I can't write too much on this topic because this will all be assumptions.... I like to write best from my own reality which is a 5'7", 211 lbs female; but I know beautiful women who are going through this.
As i'm writing this I just have to say, I feel like this is such a huge topic, that weighs heavy on a lot of peoples minds, no pun intended. I'm no expert on this topic I just speak from personal experience. I know I can't be the only woman out there curious and fighting with this same thoughts. To accept your body at any size is what I promote, but I can't help feeling guilty when I want to lose weight and I also feel guilty when I eat sugar all day long.
The last time I went through these rapid feelings of confusion and frustration I started taking daily naked self portraits on my FujiFilm Instax Camera. I did this everyday for 9 months. There were 12 others that also participated in this process. Throughout this project I began to see my body as a vessel, not a definition of myself. I saw the beautiful shapes the body can make. In a way I objectified my body by choice. I looked at my body as a being that encompassed my innards, that kept me alive. It was mentally transformative. I am going to start this up again. I need it right now. I had a feeling when I ended the Body Project the 1st time it wasn't actually over. That 9 month end date was bullshit. I highly recommend doing this project for yourself if you feel like you are in a similar position and you can always email me with and questions about it.
As I get older I realize there are not these end dates that I keep looking for. It's not like someday I'll wake up and say, "oh ok, yes I'm good now, I can just stop trying at things because the day has come that I feel secure in every part of my life." That would never work because life is constantly changing. I know that there will be those days that I do feel on top of the world and weight, height, boob size, what i'm eating that day, who's on facebook, yadda, yadda won't matter at all because i'm content.
At the end of the day sometimes a girl just needs to vent. It's not like any one person can give me this perfect answer that will suddenly make me "unquestion" everything i've been questioning for years. This is why I make art like I do. I'm curious about the identity of females and how we navigate through things we have been held back by such as our bodies and our sexuality. How do we thrive in a modern society that more often than not makes us look like survivors (many of us are survivors but surviving life and thriving at it are very different). A while back a fellow grad student of mine was upset about an all female show. She said it was emphasizing that we are not simply seen as artist, that we are female artists. At the time this was hard for me to wrap my head around because getting into an art show is pretty awesome. Over the years though I see what she means. I also believe by having an art show with all females you can raise awareness of how ridiculously amazing female artists are and the fact that women are way under represented by galleries to the point where its a special event when it's all women showing in one room.
Coming full circle, I know that only I can determine the way I want to live my life and if I want to work out like a beast and eat kale all fucking day then I should. I also should eat cake all day if it makes me feel good and happy. Or I can do both, which is more of my reality. I always know the answer to my own dilemmas but that doesn't mean they disappear. They just need to be discussed and thought about.
I'm about to start reading, Hot and Heavy- Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion edited by Virgie Tovar, I'm hoping this book can shed some insightful wisdom about body image upon me. You can bet I'll be writing up something about it once I finish.
This will often be a topic of discussion as it is a huge part of my life. I will end with this: no matter what, try to love yourself as much as you can. There will be frustrating days and days where you feel like you contradict yourself but the more you remind yourself that small, medium, and big are just words and the feeling of loving who you are extends far beyond someone else's definition of your physical attributes. This advice is for you as well as myself.
I learned at a relatively young age that an artist can no longer sit behind an agent or manager and wait for the art world to come to them. That rarely happens, unless you're part of a very elite 1% of artists. Even so, Damien Hirst has to make appearances and communicate with others about his work from time to time. So for those of us in the 99% - we hustle.
My first job was at Taco John's (midwest people know whats up). I really loved it. I loved working. Work hard- play hard- live hard. I was not one to keep a steady job by any means, I'm pretty sure I worked at around 20 different places from age 15- 21. Some people are so afraid of change and i'm afraid of steady. I like to mix it up, have as many different experiences as possible. Some of the random shit I did: Taco maker, waitress (like 10 different places), worked at Dillard's for a while, Claire's in the mall (worst fucking job ever, I was told to pierce ears with no training and I got that stupid ear gun stuck in like three babies ears....), hostess, I used to pick up something from banks after they closed and deliver them to some random building (i'm still not even sure what the hell I was picking up and dropping off but it payed well), lab teach at a wood shop (still not sure how I landed that since i'm afraid of most power tools), I cleaned houses for a while, worked in the photo lab, I was a barista, I worked at a credit card company in collections (i'm sorry). I cringe at the thought of a future employer reading this and thinking, ummmm NO. However, this is not how I live my life today. I realized all of that shifting and changing is tiring and when you find a job you truly love, you don't want to leave it!
While going to Humboldt State University I was a photo lab tech for a little over three years. Then when I started my Masters at UNLV I received an assistantship where I taught two photography classes each semester. I loved it! I knew it was a match and that on top of hustling to sell my own work I would be overjoyed teaching art. When I was at UNLV I was a scholarship freak. I applied for everything ( this is another part of being an artist hustler, there are tons of grants out there for you to support making work and a living as an artist, don't underestimate free money cuz it's out there!). I received an Arts Bridge scholarship that gave me the opportunity to work with elementary students. I worked with 8th graders and 2nd graders. I WAS IN LOVE. Making lesson plans and showing these little babes the possibilities of art was so cool. I knew that I wanted to teach a younger crowd.
I know that a lot of artists can make it just as an artist and don't have to find another job if they hustle hard enough, but I never wanted that. I enjoy spreading my time between several things, as you might have guessed if you read the first post. Everyone wants different things out of life and that's the best part. If you want something you can have it, and who cares what someone else wants!
While I am waiting to start my second masters program I am hustling in ways I never have! I'm selling my personal items on eBay and Depop. After traveling in Europe for two and a half months with only what would fit in my backpack I realized I had way to much shit. Life was really awesome while traveling. I wasn't distracted by my things! My friend gave me the book, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and I cleaned out about 3/4 of what I owned. I've never felt more liberated! The majority of what I owned were books. This is great and makes me seem very scholarly, however most of them I never read and if I did I no longer needed them. Half.com is whats up if you need to sell some of your books! The image at the top is a current item I have up for sale on Depop at a very good price! Shameless promotion! You can look up my stores online under my name shelbischroeder.
On top of online stores, I'm currently getting a plethora of items together to refurbish with textiles I've designed and sell on my website. Below is a serving tray I worked on yesterday. I will have more items to show on here soon, but i'm hoping to put together a nice collection before selling them on my site.
Society 6 is a great place to sell prints and have your work placed on apparel and home decor. The one bummer is that you don't get a huge profit from this site, but you do get your name out there. My hope is to someday have all of this on my own website instead of outsourcing , but when you don't have a ton of money to put into the production of items, websites like this are great for sharing your work with a small profit.
Although i'm not a part of this scene yet, Bucketfeet is a cool company that sells shoes designed by artists. This is another cool outlet. http://www.bucketfeet.com/
The bottom line I've made for myself is I always have the possibility to be making money out there. Yes, things my not fly off the shelf at your eBay store, but at least your putting it out there and sooner or later you will sell somethings.
Things don't happen for people that don't do things. Don't be afraid to fail. Failing gives you the opportunity to see where you are vulnerable and you take that information and figure out how to succeed. HUSTLE HUSTLE HUSTLE.
Today I spent a majority of the day finishing up this book. The title is ridiculous but the messages inside are not. Sophia is a pretty rad lady with a set of business ethics I can abide by. I won't give away any specifics about the book but I wanted to share a few helpful insights.
I was most impressed by her statement: Don't idolize anyone, besides yourself, of course. It's great to support and uplift others, but idolization can make you feel inferior. You are just as good as Jennifer Aniston....... she is just a human being that is an actress. I had a real problem with this growing up. I thought celebrities were gods. I would dream about meeting Julia Roberts (pretty woman and Steel Magnolias were my favorite movies growing up). Obviously, I was not the only one that felt this way, people are absolutely crazy about celebrities. Although I outgrew that obsession I moved onto another. As I started making art a full-time gig I began to idolize female artists like Sally Mann and Marina Abramovic. I wanted there status and experiences. As I went through grad school I began to realize that I really liked my experiences and my status. Cool ass art chick making work about body image and sexuality while showing her vagina to the world with no hesitation.... well there was hesitation the first few times......... it can get cold laying naked in an art gallery. Somehow I just shed the layer of giving a fuck about status and realized I had to soak up all the experiences I've had. Time spent idolizing someone could be time spent making moves to achieve your dreams.
Amoruso also gives great advise on money! I really needed this..... I am not very financial responsible. Her motto is "Cash is King." Don't spend money you don't have. I have endured 9 years of post secondary schooling sooooooo basically i've already fucked that up, but besides that i've always stayed within my means, until this year! I kinda went crazy on a credit card and I could punch myself in the face for it, however, I know especially after reading this, that I need to slow my role. I've opened up and eBay shop and have several other outlets in the works, but this is the first time in my life i've never had a job. This is a blessing and a curse. I have little income, but i'm making art like crazy and I've never been happier. I knew after I got back from traveling about Europe for a few months that I would be kicking it at a desert ranch in Arizona making art for a while without income, but that didn't stop me from spending money like a baller in the EU. I do not regret it one bit, I just know I have to get my art hustle on and find a job immediately after completing the teaching credentials program at Lewis and Clark.
She also discusses the law of attraction, and claims that luck is bullshit, both of which I agree. I didn't get lucky, I worked my fucking ass off to go to grad school, travel to Europe, have 6 months off to make work. I came from no money, grad school was covered by an assistantship plus a stipend, Europe happened because while in grad school I applied for scholarships everyday so that I could save my stipend. Working hard to get what you want feels soooooooooo good. Sometimes I cry because i'm so happy i've been able to do the things I have. I'm from South Dakota and I grew up dreaming about places like LA and New York of which I've been to both countless times. I'm not saying this because I want you to think i'm cool, I just want you to know you can have the things you dream about. My friends Holly and Tiana made fun of me a bit because the first time I went to New York I was so terrified we wouldn't land and that I would literally just hoover over my dreams (we had to stay in the air hovering over the Hudson for an hour because of a backup), but we landed. I cried on top of the Empire State Building like a two year old.
I will stop here for tonight, but i'm positive I will bring this book up again. It good shit. Empowering. Real. Check it out if have the chance.
I wanted to start by semi retracting a bit of what I brought up yesterday; that being me declaring I'm not doing this for others. I am fibbing a bit. I think if I could really reach anyone with these posts it would be the type of girl I was in high school. Fuck; I was a god damn mess. I didn't really look up to anyone at the time besides my older brother who is also an artist, although I love him dearly it's not the same as having a strong female to guide me. I don't regret the rough around the edges path I took to get to where I am today, but I think it might have been a smoother ride had I knew there were women that had gone through some rough shit and made it out on top; made it out thriving in life instead of surviving. That idea is behind much of the work I am showing at city hall.
It's about thriving as a female. Not hiding. Not surviving. Just Killing It.
This is also why i'm very excited to be a high school art teacher. I want the troubled youth to know they are not alone!!!!! I felt alone, even though I had tons of friends and seemed to be a social butterfly, inside I was a different person.
Back to this thriving topic, one thing I have taken a lot of pride in is becoming more self sufficient. I hate relying on others so this really works for me. As a way to reduce the chance i'll get cancer from all of the harmful chemicals put in almost everything now days, I make a lot of my own health care products. I have yet to master homemade shampoo or conditioner. The ones I have made thus far leave my hair greasier than prior to washing.
Below are a few homemade products. If your are too lazy to put these items together, let me know and I'll do it for you! I'm sorry, I shouldn't have called you lazy, but these are so easy to make and affordable. For a while I was hell bent on selling these on Etsy and then I realized how flooded the current market is with these products and I'd rather just tell you how to make them for free.
1 can of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1/2 cup of honey, 2 tbls of cinnamon (makes about 16oz)
Mix all of these together with a whisk or blender and put on your face for 12-15 minutes ( no longer). Wash with warm water. You may notice a slight reddening of your face after you wash off. This will fade, all this means is that the enzymes in the mask have opened up your pores and cleaned them!!!! If you are really really really red, NO NOT USE AGAIN.
Store in fridge after making. Lasts about 2 weeks.
Peppermint Body Scrub:
I use this scrub for my lips, body and feet! I realize your feet and lips are a part of your body, but I have seen so many products that have separated this into three different scrubs and it's just a marketing scam, so save yourself some $!
1 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup olive or coconut or almond or grape seed oil, peppermint essential oil, and green coloring. (makes about 8oz)
Mix together and store in shower! Shelf life is about 6 months.
Peppermint Body Butter:
1 cup almond or olive oil, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup beeswax. OPTIONAL- 4 tbls of cocoa butter or 4tsp vitamin e oil, peppermint essential oil (makes about 16oz)
Combine all of the items besides the essential oils into a large mason jar or glass jar and place it into a pan of boiling water. Stir occasionally and let completely melt until all is one consistency.
Poor into a 16oz glass jar and add in 20 drops of essential oil, then stir this in with the lotion. Let sit for an hour and you have body butter!!!
Shelf life is about 3 months, try to keep out of the heat because it will melt.
Grapefruit Hair Rinse:
This product will refresh your hair and bring out highlights.
3 cups of water, 2 sprigs of rosemary, 2 sprigs of mint, and 1/2 grapefruit juiced.
Bring three cups of water to a boil, add in rosemary and mint, take off of the heat and let the herbs seep for 15 minutes. Pour into a mason jar. Juice 1/2 grapefruit and pour into the mixture. Let cool for at least an hour.
Pour over hair and leave in for up to an hour, followed by washing out with shampoo! Will leave your scalp feeling awake!
Shelf life of about 1 month.
For months now I've been trying to come up with some way to channel everything I get myself into. Yes, of course Facebook and Instagram are great ways to share with social media parts of your life, but Instagram is photo based and Facebook is now beginning to be more photo based because no one wants to read your ridiculously lengthy post, so writing in some sense becomes obsolete on these venues. I also hate sharing any art through these platforms because I worry that some day I will find my artwork on some cheesy sayings t-shirt and I will not receive my fair cut.
I'm going to be really honest with you, I'm creating this blog not because I think people give a shit about what I have to say, but for my own benefit. I work very well when I have an organized mind. If I have several projects in the mix but no way of knowing exactly where my progress lies with each project I tend to stop doing anything and start an entirely new project, leaving myself longing to finish whats been left undone. So if you find some sort of enjoyment in reading or seeing what i've been working on each day, I am thrilled! I am also doing this because i've suffered with anxiety my entire life and writing has always calmed me and brought me into the now. Each day I plan to blog about the art projects I am working on and post photos, paying an homage to the day's work.
Most day's Ill be posting progress photo's of the work I'm getting ready for a show at Las Vegas's City Hall. Other days I'll be sharing homemade body products recipes, also which will be for sale for those of you that have too much going on to combine these simply wonderful ingredients together. Every now and again you will see images of new garments and bags I will be making with textiles i've designed and had printed at Spoonflower.com. And don't be surprised when you see the occasional foodie post. I love pretty food. Ahhhh yes, and finally from time to time you may see book planning entries. I'm formulating a book about the relationship between females who have been sexually abused at a young age and their self image. This will be a long project of course, which i hope to have published around my 80th year of age; only kidding, I would hope to have it progress faster but this book is important to me and it needs proper time and research to fully develop. I am also creating a children's book about body image. Post are not limited to these items, this is just to prepare the reader..... if there are in fact any readers at all..... So for my own sake my current projects in order of working on the most to the least right now are:
1. Show for City Hall- 10 Pieces total so far I have two done
2. Applying for Scholarships for Lewis and Clark Graduate School ( I forgot to mention this above, but it's my goal to apply for one scholarship or grant every three days. )
3. Sewing with my textiles
4. Children's Book on Body Image
5. Book on Sexual Abuse
6. Body products
Of course this whole plan I have right now will also shift once I enter the MAT program and Lewis and Clark in June, but I welcome the unexpected shift...... well, I guess it's actually pretty expected since I know I will be going there for a year to complete my masters in teaching :art education.
I want to be very honest throughout this whole blogging process. I know in the past I have hid parts of myself because I was so concerned with making the right impression. I'm over it . Everyday i'm just happy to wake up and have the chance to make artwork and create things.
I am the everything artist, too stubborn to pick one thing and stick with it but dedicated to working through all of it.