I am taking part in a show tonight. A show about MONSTERS! From the press release:
“Explore a fun and bizarre exhibition that explores the playfulness and interactivity of character art. Featuring everything from plush designer toys and sculptures through to paintings and prints from illustrators, graffitti artists and monster makers from around the world.
Monsters Club celebrates art that can capture and communicate extreme emotions, encouraging the audience to imagine and contemplate fantastic narratives.
Curated by Bo Silvestre, Paul Roberts and Dom Williams, the show will be presented creating an environment with the feel of another universe. A universe inhabited by unique creatures, bizarre beasts, cute critters and magnificent monsters.
Just some of the amazing line up includes work from:
45RPM | Bill Giles | Bo Silvestre | Cat Rabbit | Cheo | Deth P Sun | Dom W | Felt Mistress | Hannah Dymond | Joel Millerchip | Jonathan E | Kristyna Baczynski | Lala Gallardo | Loch Ness | Matt ‘Lunartik’ JOnes | Michael C Hsiung | Muxxi | Niark1 || Paul Monsters | Rachel Pitler | RichT | Seb Burnett | Sepr | Seven Seas | SiMitchell | SpZero76 | Squirl | Steven Silverwood | Tim Ulewicz | WJC | Yema Yema | and more…
Opening Tuesday 29th October until 3rd November, with the preview night on the 29th, Bristol will see Park Street’s Parlour Showroom, opposite College Green, transformed into a different world.”
Come and check it out if you’re around Bristol this week! You’ll be entertained.
Or to give it a more specific title; And open letter to recast owners who continue to attempt to argue their point with increasingly hyperbolic fallacies all while nursing a victim complex the size of Uranus*. Especially you, that one asshole who thinks yours is a struggle of oppression…
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So I’ve been extremely busy with this little skull bro (which I will stop being cagey about once the whole thing’s actually finished in a day or so) and I feel like it’s pulled me away from bjd alternate reality at the worst time. My flickr’s exploded recently for reasons unknown, and my faceup waitlist is filling up, and basically everything’s coming up Milhouse and I should make the most of it but instead I’m just being really slow with commissions and sort of praying I can just pick up the momentum again next week.
I have become one of those people
I had a group interview at Lush the other evening, it was a bit mental. I think I did okay, but to be honest, everyone there also did okay - they said they’d let us know within a week if we’d got a “trial shift”, and I’m sort of ambivalent because on the one hand, I’m an avid fan of their products and happily wax lyrical about Big Shampoo to anyone who will listen, but also I would have to pretend to not be autistic* for several hours at a time which could be exhausting. I’m glad I did it though because I went home feeling like I’d just done an intensive two-hour sales training course; I always figured that as someone who doesn’t really enjoy the company of other human beings unless they like the same things that I like or have food/money, my talents were limited to car boot sales where you could be as stone-faced as you wanted and it was acceptable, almost expected behaviour. So I assumed I just shouldn’t ever bother going for jobs that require a certain degree of hospitality (I did apply for the Disney World CRP once actually) but it turned out that I am, in fact, not as socially inept and unapproachable as my inner 15 year old thinks I am. I’ve been marathoning Daria since.
But this post isn’t really about my Lush interview, it’s about the fact that I checked my email-account-that-is-my-first-name-and-not-for-internet-bullshit-but-for-serious-business-and-things for the first time in a few weeks and discovered that my university had opened the applications for a Fabrication internship 8 days ago, closing on the 10th. Except I thought they were opening in January, because that’s what happened this year. And I’d tried to plan my current life trajectory around them opening in January. That is to say, doing my own thing for a bit then possibly moving back to Bristol in Jan/Feb to do serious creative practitioner type things, not within the next few weeks. And basically I’m just
I dunno. I spoke to the guy who manages the fabrication dept just before I moved back up north, asking for advice on getting into the industry etc but also mentioned the internship scheme that I’d seen advertised the previous January and asking if it would run again over the 2013-14 academic year, and he confirmed it would, but I guess he never said anything about when it’d start. And it makes sense for it to run alongside the academic year anyway. Maybe someone dropped out last year?
I’m splitting hairs; obvs I’m gonna apply, but I’m also gonna ring the dept on Monday and hopefully get through to someone who can confirm that this is the droid I’m looking for. I really, really would like to land this internship - it’s basically 15-20 hours a week of paid work assisting workshops/general running of the department, and aside from that you get free run of the facilities. You have to have a project in mind to be working on, or at least be developing your “creative practice” methodically, and one of the staff’s assigned as your “mentor” to track your progress etc. Goes without saying I wanna keep making dolls, and I was hoping to have a standard 60cm girl BJD more-or-less finished and ready to present at interview in January; however, maybe it’s kind of serendipitous in that I’d be better off doing all the sculpting in that kind of environment/amongst professionals in the field or whatever.
I need to hone my resin/mould-making skills, but I’m also anxious to try slipcasting in porcelain and beyond. Basically I just wanna play around with the craft as well, break away from dictionary-definition BJDs, though still implement joints into organic forms and stuff. There’s a few fine artists I particularly like who blend 2D illustration with model-making and just, that’s always really appealed to me, but I didn’t have any experience with sculpture before now.
It’d also be really good on my CV if I ever decided to go into teaching, which I have seriously considered on-and-off. I still visit my old college each year for their final exhibitions and they do take on PGCE placements. I appreciate everything they did for me as a very difficult teen and I’d like to be able to evoke the same enthusiasm in other kids who would otherwise fall by the wayside, something that I, and many others would agree, was extremely lacking on UWE’s Illustration course; I’ll probably elaborate further on this in another post for another day, after an alcoholic beverage or two.
So yeah. I guess the most frustrating thing would be if, by some terrible stroke of fantastic good luck, I got both the Lush job and the internship. I’d go for the latter, but Lush would also be excellent CV fodder, and probably a dead good laugh in general.
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Salutations bjd and luts tag,
Does anyone have an eta on current luts wait times? I had a look at the DoA waiting room and it appears to be roughly two months but to be honest it’s all over the place. I did notice the vast majority were waiting on limiteds or full dolls with faceups, and I’m just after a no-frills SSDF body.
I mean I think I’ve already convinced myself to order now anyway, because the sooner the better - I’ve been wanting to swap my Soom Super Gem’s body for a SSDF for ages and I was gonna sell the SG body first, but now I feel like I’d prefer to have both here to compare in case I’ve Made A Huge Mistake