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Late Night Studio-ing

Tomorrow night is the final Holiday shopping excursion at Western Avenue Studios & Lofts. The Loading Dock Gallery is hosting a Homemade Holiday Shopping Night. Stop by after work if you'd like - Official Gallery/shopping hours are 5pm - 9pm, Thursday, December 18th.

I will be stopping by the gallery as well. I hear there will be some food sold to benefit the Miracle Providers. I have a couple things to finish up in the studio, so naturally my door will be open once I've finished shopping/grazing/socializing. My studio hours will be (about) 6:30-9:00 pm. I'm located on the 1st Floor in the C/D Mill.

Hope to see you there!

Strutting My Paper Feathers

Tah-dah! The finished peacock-inspired garment. Yep - inspired by this guy:

Dressing UP

The paper jacket is done. This isn't the big reveal… sorry! If you want to see the real-deal, you'll have to join me at the Wearable Art Extravaganza (details below), or visit me in the studio on First Saturday/Sunday, October 4-5th…. or just wait until later next week and peek back here.



A couple things to note:

Event is FREE and Child-friendlyThere will be a cash bar for beer & wineThis will be wicked fun - I've seen some of the other pieces walking in the show Hope to see you there ;-) ~ Samantha

Mood Board-ing

So we're just about 1 month away from the Miracle Providers Northeast Wearable Art Extravaganza! Tickets for the event are officially available for those wanting to attend {wink-wink!}. There's also a Facebook page for the event, for those who'd like to be kept up to date on details, or mark up their FB calendars.

I've had a busy and productive couple of weeks in the studio. Firstly, the final results of my very-blue painting sessions:


I've been dragging my feet on the clean-up. I'll just be a quick switch-a-roo of the contact paper, but there are more important thing to attend to… plus I may be pressed for more paper-painting in the near future. I can just FEEL it; a paper-feather shortage is in the forecast for next week.


And dah-DAHH-DAAHH! The final color pallet and fabric selection for my garment(s):

I should have my sketches and dress construction tidbits in this coming week. I have a few photos I could share now, but I'd hate to muck up this pretty p…

My miniature battle with blue

The evidence of my studio work/play today is embedded in my hands: they're peacock blue-green. Even after a couple passes with a loofa there are still some blue-filled creases.

This acrylic has some impressive staying power. My work surface was affected a bit too:


Why am I so blue? The Miracle Providers NE are hosting a Wearable Art Exhibition on October 4th, and I am assembling a tissue paper jacket for the fashion show. The jacket is going to require a LOT of material… blue material. The once-white contact paper coating of my work surface is screaming for a change, but I'm not quite finished with the painting, so this will have to wait a little longer.
I will be sharing some more work in progress on my art garment once I can get past the paper-prep work. I have some sketches and a mood-board I can share in the near-future.

My First Studio Opening

Tomorrow marks my first First Saturday Studio Opening. First Saturday is the widely advertised Western Avenue Studio opening to the public. The building is generally open during the week or whenever The Loading Dock Gallery has active hours. The first Saturday of every month is pinned as the day many of the artists will be opening their doors to buyers and general curious.

If you want to visit me, please feel free to do-so! Studios will be open from Noon - 5pm Saturday. As you can see above, there are a LOT of studios to browse…. not everyone will be open, but many will be. Paper Knot Studio (a.k.a. me) is located in Studio 112. You should be able to spot me just from my cute stripy awning. But if you want to find me quick, I'm on the first floor of the C/D Mill; entrance is next to the loading dock (seen there on the within that GREEN space. There should be a sign and/or people directing to that entrance).

Want to get here? You can follow the directions on the WAS site, but if y…

The Post-Conference Woosh

And *poof* the New England SCBWI Conference is over. Actually it's been over for about two weeks. I'm still working off the inspired energy I picked up from all the workshops. I miss it, but I know it'll always be in my heart… I took copious notes!


I still have a small stack of postcards remaining from the portfolio showcase. Those will be mailed out to select Art Directors later this week. I have to admit I still hold my breath a bit when I'm about to send out postcards. It reminds me of the theme of this year's conference: "Be Brave: Make your mark". Though I've become a lot more confident with showing off my work, it's the ceremonial mailings which throw me. It's been a while since I last sent out any promotions and now I'm trying to build it into a seasonal routine. I'm sure this will become easier with time, but it's tough to let go of the cards. Why does it make me nervous? What's the worst that could happen to the cards…

NE SCBWI Pre-Conference Update

We're setting out for the SCBWI New England Conference tomorrow. "We" is me, Sheli Petersen and Sheli's mother/author, Patricia Petersen. I'm packed, updated, and eager to meet everyone.

I can hardly believe it's already time to head down to Springfield again :->; I am really pumped for this conference and I'm ready to let the inspiration vibes strike me.


Above are a few bits from my book assembly from the past week. On the left are some finished snippets from one of my spreads, and the right is the black and white study of my mock mini portfolio. I have to tell you the mock-mini folio helped a LOT. it was great to see the impact of my ills in the small scale and to make sure that my values had enough contrast. Highly recommended. I did a similar study last year for the Infirm Pachyderm poster. This year I combed through my full book in black and white format before taking everything to print.

I'm very proud of my portfolio this year. If you want …

Portfolio-ing

I'm still here. Quietly working on my portfolio… neglecting my blog.

The past month was filled with doodling and other paper-cutting activities. On top of that I'm slowly, slowly, slowly building out my studio space to make it viewer-friendly. Priority number one is polishing off my portfolio for the New England chapter Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's conference. I've only got one more week left on the timeline, but I'm feeling confident with the book organization as it stands. Though I still have oodles of work to complete by next Friday, I'm close to press and assembly, so the deadline doesn't feel scary-close (this time around).

Fingers crossed for my postcards. They should be landing some time Friday or Saturday, so let's keep our eyes on the mailbox for them.

~Samantha

Conferencing New England-Style

Whew-Hooo! I JUST signed up for the New England chapter SCBWI Conference. I can hardly wait to see everyone again :-)

One VERY good week

Think bright pink exclamation point. 200 pt Nueva:


That is me this week. I am an exclamation mark because 3 great things occurred in my life this week:
1. I toured and have a studio space on reserve for me at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, Massachusetts. This not only puts a rocket launcher into my part time freelance illustration career, but it's getting me out of the house so that I can interact with an inspiring community. I sign my lease later this week and there will most likely be many studio set-up photos to follow over the next month.
2. Did you know I wrote a macrame book? Did write/illustrate... now sifting through the draft. I got to see my Book Baby for the first time Tuesday. I'm pretty sure followers on Twitter could hear my scream from delight. Here is the official book announcement sent by Fox Chapel Publishing:

3. Though we were threatened with a foot of snow this Wednesday, clearing my car required only a couple swipes from the wiper blades to clear. Whew!