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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Currently Reading


My birthday, Pitchfork, company in town this week/weekend, work....needless to say, I haven't been in the studio making anything recently. I have been reading a bunch though! I've also been thinking a lot about the future and where I want my life/art to go. Lots and lots of thinking right now, probably to a fault.

Currently Reading:

I'm almost done with Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (aka the Jealous Curator). I always love to read about other artists and how they work and are inspired. I want to try pretty much all the creative prompts too.
 

This is a HUGE inspiration to me right now. Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists is a personal look in to the lives of artists and how they make a living. So many have kept day jobs over the years to support their art, and some are lucky enough to do art full time. Since I work alone mostly and don't have a lot of close artist friends, I enjoy reading about the lives of everyone in this book.
 

I don't know how I haven't read this before, but I just started this last night and it's amazing (of course).


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Apartment Gallery Wall

Wow I haven't updated much about the apartment! We're basically settled in, just a few smalls things here and there to do still to get organized. The small things add up for sure though! I wanted to share a photo of the gallery wall in our living room above the sofa. I hung it with no level or measuring tape and it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.


We combined our art as well as a few posters Scott got at Comic Con for the new place and it instantly felt like home. We still have plenty of art and photos to hang in the 2nd bedroom still, it's taking awhile for that room to come together. And yes, that is a Jurassic Park pillow that I got Scott for his birthday. We can have a grown up place but still have fun things. 

I really am enjoying nesting and working in the studio again. On that note, back to work!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vegan Vortex- A Local Handmade Market in Chicago


Saturday June 28th
9am-5pm
The Charnel House
3421 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago.
Facebook event


Pastries, coffee, handmade goods and art...what else do you need to enjoy a lovely Saturday in Logan Square?

I am happy to be a vendor at the Vegan Vortex market this weekend! Ana sells handmade goods at her bakery and the market events she was holding there were packed, so she moved the market to a bigger space down the street!

I will have drawings and collages on vintage book paper along with tiny paintings and some stationary. If you've been wanting some affordable art for your home, now is the time to shop!


I will be cash only FYI.

Here's a peek at what I'm working on:



 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Life Lately via Instagram


Ok so this miiiiight be a bit lazy, but it's the best way to sun up what I've been up to lately. So here are some shots from my instagram!

1. Trekked out to Ikea yesterday to get some more odds and ends for the apartment, which is coming together slowly. This shot of our studio/office makes me so happy! It's a great space for us to work on various projects (and extra storage).

2. Ikea haul!

3. Taking a break at Ikea in one of the office set ups, Scott is on the phone wishing his Dad a happy Father's Day

4. More Ikea (I love that place so much).

5. A picture of my Dad and I in Vegas for Father's Day. I wish I lived closer to him!

6. Went to lunch at the Pork Shoppe, which is dangerously close to our apartment.

7. Checked an old man dive bar in our hood and fell in love with it. 

8. Beers at the Revolution Tap Room

9. Made a dino terrarium from Maker's Kit

10. The bus stop by our place is always littered with trash.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Moved In!

Hey all! The move happened on Wednesday and it was super fast and smooth (I 100% recommend EMS Movers in Chicago). It's tough trying to get everything unpacked since it's a small place, but we're making progress. I took some time off work and am back today and it's so hard because I just want to be at the new place right now!

Yes that is a dresser in the living room. We, well... mostly I, have a lot of stuff. We'll have a storage unit eventually, but they're re-doing the basement so we have to wait till it's done. I love that huge window!


My new roommate Cleo. She is Scott's cat and I was a bit worried she wouldn't like me but last night she followed me around the apartment and cuddled with me in bed. So going well! Ignore those curtains in the bedroom, those were some just to have up, but we're getting less um, abrasively colorful ones soon.


Took this while taking a packing break yesterday. I love the light in the new place. At my last apartment my bedroom window didn't get much light since there was another building right next to ours. This is by far the nicest place I've lived since I've been on my own. I am so in love with this place and so happy we found it!

Have a great weekend! There will be more pictures as we get settled. 



 

Friday, May 2, 2014

May!

Packing is not fun. Especially when you have a lot of stuff.


So May is quite the busy month for me. We were looking for an apartment June 1st and ended up getting a place May 15th. Now I have to get lots done sooner than I thought! Booking movers, having a yard sale (moving in to a smaller place), going out of town for a wedding, finding a sublet for my current place....whew. I am making good progress on packing though so that's helping the stress levels! I am hoping the weather holds out Sunday and we have a great yard sale. It will be nice to get in to our new place soon though, I can't wait to leave roommate life behind and live with my boyfriend. Next week is our 3 year anniversary too! Kind of funny to say that since we did have a few break ups but we don't count those since we were in close touch the whole time we were broken up anyways. 

This got real personal, huh? Well, I do enjoy reading blogs that talk about creative endeavors as well as personal lives so that's what I want to write about as well. 

Wish me luck with the move! I will be packing up my studio soon so I won't be working on any new work till I'm settled, BUT I will have some new work on display at Cole's Bar in Chicago located at 2338 N. Milwaukee starting Sunday May 18th.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Studio Sale!


Moving is the worst! We haven't found a new place yet but we're getting close! The 'we' is my boyfriend and I (dun dun dun, the big move in together is happening). Anyways, I would love to sell a ton of stuff before the move June 1st. Make me an offer on anything... seriously. Check out KatieHolland.com and my past blog posts here to check out my work. There's a contact page on my site and my email is listed above in the flier. 

Thanks for looking! Treat yo' self to some new art.