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6101  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Things to Make from Your Mum's Bathrobe ::contains a pic of my bum in knickers:: on: October 07, 2005 08:43:35 PM
LOL The Big Lebowski
6102  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sculptor greats... So inspiring on: October 07, 2005 03:25:27 PM
NO worries! I kinda like getting scared!  Grin
6103  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Artistic-y jobs, anyone? on: October 07, 2005 01:58:17 PM
Damn, that was a long answer! Shocked after trying to answer that question myself for 35 years, I am passionate about helping others muddle through a little quicker!
6104  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Artistic-y jobs, anyone? on: October 07, 2005 01:56:30 PM
I have a few bits of advice for what they're worth. 1) follow your interests/passions. When I was an undergrad I wanted to major in art history/studio art/film theory/English but got talked into Poli Sci because "humanities majors can't get a job". This is NOT TRUE.
2) Be open to whatever path life leads you. As a result of the above I ended up working in a variety of careers including residential care for adults with disabilities (where I organized craft nights, produced a newsletter on community activities etc) and study abroad (where I worked with the art schools & students) so I tried to incorporate it into whatever I was doing.
3) Don't give up! I eventually went to library school thinking "I am going to be an art librarian". At first I was told I couldn't because of the poli sci degree, so I went to work at a law firm, but eventually I quit the firm, got an internship in an art school library, and now I am a slide/digital image librarian, and it's awesome. It's not like being a studio artist, but I work with artists, art historians and amazing images, I get to mess with photoshop and slide/digital production, and it all inspires my own work. I am more productive with my own art than ever before. Sometimes the right fit isn't exactly where/what you were looking for.
4) Call/email people who have interesting sounding jobs and ask if you can interview them. This is scary at first but most people love to talk about themselves and love to encourage interested people. This is not asking FOR a job but asking them questions about THEIR jobs. Write down your questions in advance, be prepared, polite, and don't stay more than 15-20 minutes. Just tell them you are exploring potential careers in the arts and want to learn from them. They will say no if they can't do it, but usually they are impressed with your initaitive.I was terrified when I started this but most people were more than happy to talk to me, and I would never have heard the term "visual resources curator" if I had not done it...and now I am one!
5) Volunteer, network. I volunteered for a while in a museum, and was offered a part time job. It never led to full time as I hoped but I did meet lots of people, added it to my resume, and got good references, so it definitely helped. There are often volunteer opportunities in all kinds of arts organizations, and the people in that community tend to know each other, so get out there and chat with people, you'll have interesting conversations and may just learn about a career path you never thought of or an opportunity you can pursue. A lot of people in the arts like the opportunity to informally mentor and encourage younger/less experienced folks, so you will likely find people who are receptive to your dreams. Join groups, classes, attend openings, volunteer to take tickets, whatever: get involved. You will help build your local art scene as well as your career.
I hope this is helpful, this is something we all struggle with, but the biggest obstacle is fear and insecurity. that sounds like a cliche but only because it's true. Have you read the Sabrina Ward Harrison books? I adore her, and she's very inspiring when doubt starts creeping up. http://www.sabrinawardharrison.com
Good luck!!!
6105  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sculptor greats... So inspiring on: October 07, 2005 01:26:42 PM
Oh my God! I am scared of clowns, that second one seriously made my blood go cold!! Shocked The 1st one was interesting, especially the explanation about forensic reconstruction. I love shows on Discovery about that! It's amazing how accurate they can be! 
6106  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: ~Retro Recipes~ on: October 07, 2005 08:21:10 AM
This makes me think of the book "The Psycho-Ex Game" by Merrill Markoe and Andy Prieboy, in which the female character takes old pictures of food and turns them into faces. See http://www.psychoexgame.com/Recipe_Gallery/index.html
6107  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Locking white fur shorts???? on: October 07, 2005 08:17:52 AM
Ok, I found these in a thrift store, and although I am a bit horrified by fur, I couldn't pass them by (please no fur backlash, I feel bad enough). They are white fur hotpants, with satin lining, and on the front is a leather panel with an old-fashioned luggage style lock, and inside is a pouch with a little key! They are vintage, I'm guessing 60's or 70's. They are fantastic, but waaayyy too small for me (and all but 1 of my friends). I've always thought I could do something fun with them, but I don't know what, exactly. Anyone have any brilliant ideas?? I'll try to post a picture when I get home!
6108  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ADORO MEXICANA Swap ~ (SIGNUP September 16, 2005 to October 8, 2005) on: October 06, 2005 12:26:47 PM
found some sites

http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/AccessoriesFrames.htm (sort of hard to navigate, but has cool stuff, the menu under sundries and specialties, is then broken down by country/region type, there is also a day of the dead category)

I'm too new to swap but thanks for these sites! I can't wait to see what everyone makes!!! I hope this theme is repeated again in the future!
6109  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: October 05, 2005 04:51:59 PM
Now I have Jeff Buckley stuck in my head..."Got my red glitter coffin, I just need one more nail". Bodyworlds is in Chicago right now, for any Craftsters in the midwest who are curious. I'm told it's more interesting than creepy in person, but I haven't seen it!
6110  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: October 05, 2005 04:27:05 PM
Usernames? Well...in my "real" life I am a librarian. But I'm kind of a "different" librarian as I work with images rather than books. In library school we always talked about breaking down the "bun-wearing spinster nerd" image of librarians (they exist, but there are all kinds of librarians and "guybrarians" out there!). My favorite librarian is...Batgirl! Yep, in the comics batgirl's "day job" was a librarian too. So...to celebrate my superpowers...I picked Batgirl! I was inspired by this fun site: http://www.naughtykitty.org/librarian.html
If only I looked that hot in a purple catsuit! Tongue
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