Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Native POP

It was quiet most of June because I was getting display stands ready and inventory together.

I was not happy with the way the booth went. I need to work on it a little. I couldn't use my stand because it was not stable, so I hung stuff up on chains and they were twisting and flapping in the wind. Ugg. 

I am working on my stands now so I can have them for my next art show. 

It was a good art show except for the rain - it made the show end early and almost damaged my books and art prints. 

So my question for this post: Any suggestions to make the booth better? :)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Crazy Horse Memorial Artist in Residence for May

NEWS!  - May is looking busy! I am so excited!

Getting ready for being Artist in Residence at Crazy Horse Memorial.

I had prints of my batik paintings made and each of is numbered from  1 to 999 and signed. I did prints of Stomping Good, Flight, Grace of the People, Nation's Heart.

 Also working on cradleboards.

Book Reading and Signing

I just did a book reading and signing at Racing Magpie in Rapid City, SD on April 7th.

I read from my new releases, "Sheltered Light" and "Native Memory". It went great and I got to meet some new people and also see some old friends.

I also had a guest reader, a young woman who published a poem in "Native Memory". She read her poems "Depression" and "Lack of Respect". She did an amazing job.

One of the new people I met was Alicia from the East Coast. She wanted all of my fantasy books signed.

What a good night! I look forward to doing some more book reading and signings in the future.

New Book Releases!

I just published Book 2 of Light Chronicles - "Sheltered Light".

Back of the Book:

Finally free of her kidnappers, Wakangli finds herself trapped on an ice island with her only ally, Wi. She wants nothing more than to find her way home but it seems impossible. Braving many obstacles, including being hunted by Hanyetuwi and even imprisonment, the hardest trial she has to endure is finding out her allies are not what she thought.

 I have also published a new version of "Native Me" and started a poetry book series called Native Vision Series. "Native Memory" the second book in the poetry series was just published.

Back of the Book:

This is the second book in this poetry series. Photography and poetry melded together into a seamless experience. The poems that grace the pages of this book share a small glimpse into the life of a woman who grew up on a reservation. It connects the reader with the hidden truth that everyone protects hope and tries to keep a positive attitude through the struggles of life.

Hope you enjoy! Have a happy creative day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Art Show Readiness - 1 of ??? - hanging display

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino- bimaadizi (lead a good life).

Today I am sharing how I am setting up my boards for art shows and any kind of exhibits.

I had peg boards to start with but I didn't think that they looked professional or pretty enough. I wanted to make a statement at the shows so I changed them.

All I did was get a twin sheet and cut it in half and use some white fabric and sewed it together. I made it like a pillow case and just slipped it over.

I used some chain, bolt, nut and a washer to create a hanging hook. Then I use S hooks and binder clips to hang my pieces.

I made signs for the top of each board using poster board, printer (printer the words), chain, and rocks in a bag.

Good luck and have a happy creative day.

Question of the week: What are some of your hanging display ideas that you use at art shows?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Find my studio - part 4 of ?? - Frame Storage

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino- bimaadizi (lead a good life).

Today I am sharing how I store my frames that I use for batik painting or for taking pictures of pieces that I put on my online store.

I use a pegboard stand that is in storage itself. It is the stand that I use when I go to shows. I built this myself.

Another project that I would like to do is to make the pegboard stands more sleek and more professional looking for shows. But that will be a different post.

Question of the week: How do you store your frames for art projects?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Finding my studio - part 3 of ?? - standing desk

Aniin. It is all about how to Mino - bimaadizi (lead a good life).

Today, I am sharing my standing desk that I created. I followed a post I saw on Pinterest (which I will share).

This seemed the easiest and fastest when I was looking at all the DIY projects. It was also affordable. You will need a desk to start with or a table. I used an IKEA side table, a shelf and two brackets. I think it is great. I am short at 5'2" and this works great for me. and you can raise it if you are taller.

The shelf that I ordered is big enough and fits my keyboard pretty well. I would like a little more room for my mouse, but it still works great and I move the keyboard over.

 I also love that I have space on my desk to the side and even under the keyboard to put papers while I am working. I also use the space right in front of the monitor for my notes as I am working.

I am a writer as well as photographer and artist. I can sit 6 to 8 hours at a time and I do not think that is healthy for me, so I wanted a standing desk.

Having a standing desk helps me to be more productive then when I am just sitting down.

I also used a crate to organize my binders and papers under the side table. It is great because they are in easy reach. I am still going through all the binders and papers so I only have what I need on a regular basis.

I used shipping boxes to make the pull out drawers for my desk. To organize my stapler, hole punch and other office supplies.

Keeping an organize desk helps you to stay focused.

One thing that I didn't think of until someone suggested it - was getting a padded rug. It is great to have and it feels better than the floor. Since I am standing most of the day, it relieves the ache in my feet and legs. The one that I got is from the kitchen section of the store and it is memory foam.

Here is the site http://thehappinessinhealth.com/tag/standing-desk

Have an amazing creative day.

Question of the week : How do you keep your desk organize? Do you spend a lot of time there?