February 25, 2009

work and wednesday

every wednesday I will share you pictures from my
daily working experience as a copywriter. these batch
were taken on a big amusement park while I did a
commercial shoot for one of our clients in one weekend.

how about you, what kind of work that you do?

me and giveaway: the winner!

first, I would to apologize because I should be announce this last Monday at the least. and second I would like to congratulate a lady that say, motherhood means always having your child on your mind.

Yes, congratulations to demmi at con5459@gmail.com. I will send your collages this week.

February 23, 2009

(Definitely not) A Sunny Sunday

i have been all alone in the shop all day today. it felt really
peaceful yet very cold because of the rain outside. but later
on i met bunch of good friends from australia and we had
awesome dinner with the boys. such a good yet tiring
sunday. and yours?

ps: i made a new batch of cards for my etsy too. yay!

February 20, 2009

me and blogging: my sincere gratitude

for those who came by, leave comments,
joined the giveaways, answering questions
and of course being a new exciting friends
after all these time from the moment I
start this blog. thank you, so much!
you all really inspire this one busy gemini:)

February 19, 2009

me and etsy: hello, darlin!

today is a perfect day to check on my etsy
and see those new lovely bunches of cards
i made last night. you'll be swoon. trust me.

February 18, 2009

me and collages: those lovely lessons...

* i tend to work in series either i plan it or not
* i fall in love all over again with stamps and post office
* i am still reluctant to make bigger piece although i have started
this month and i'm pretty excited with the results
* i wish i have tried to use more fabrics
* i love trying out my collages on different medium and turn
them into new stuff.
* i found that my lover is a way better collage artist than myself
* i still haven't try to use more cutting boards and card boards
* i wish i could make more ACEOS
* i love swapping my collages with other collage or craftworks
* i have found some awesome friends through swapping

So, what have you learned from your own craftworks?

February 17, 2009

me and etsy: bunches of new stuffs! yay!

I am so excited to finally able to turn my new series of
collage into sweet blank cards. I am also make some
with my Nina series and there is one new art print.
Oh I am ecstatic! Go get them at my etsy now, peeps!

February 16, 2009

(Not a ) Sunny Sunday

I played shopkeepers with Miss Lowquacity this weekend
and made lots of awesome crafts for the shop. It was raining
the whole Sunday but we had several interesting bunches
of new and old friends to rent our space for their exhibitions
and workshops next month. Oh how excited!
PS: Pictures are from Miss Lowquacity's house where I
spent the night since Saturday.

February 13, 2009

me and etsy: the first batch of prints!

Bigger, bolder and definitely one of a kind since I
only print one piece on each original. Yuppiee!
Available starting today at my first etsy.

me and collages: a giveaway!

I decide for this month's giveaway there are TWO original
collages for ONE winner. As you can see they are perfect being
put next to another after being framed. They both in
a postcard size and lovingly made out of vintage sewing
magazines, stamps and pretty wrap paper.

Just leave me your opinion on what motherhood
means to you and your email and I will draw
the winner next Friday.

February 12, 2009

me and craft: pocket mirror

Thanks to this wonderful etsian, Andrea from
http://www.spaceoddities.etsy.com/ for making
this awesome pocket mirror out of my collage.
What do you think?

February 11, 2009

me and collages: i see a new series coming...

you have no idea how happy i am with these two
since i have been really busy catching up the other
collages for the exhibitions this month. i really miss
making new pieces for myself and my etsy lately,
isn't that wonderful to find yourself missing making
something instead of buying them?

how about you,what have you missing to do lately?
tell me.

February 10, 2009

me and collages: inspiring artist

These are the inspiration behind my Origami Balloons
series. Made by mati rose http://www.matirose.blogspot.com/
and how I love her tips on making art.
Such a gorgeous bunch of inspiration, right?

February 9, 2009

Collage Comrade Column: Sarah Ogren

Sarah, thank you so much for taking this opportunity to be featured on my blog. I am a pretty collage artist therefore I always love to bump into another one especially with such an inspiring techniques, materials and concept. So, let’s start with the interview now shall we?

1.Please tell me a bit about yourself and how you are first finding collage as one of your creative expressions?
I have been creating collage artwork for a little over two years now, but have been involved in art since the time I could hold a crayon. I actually started working in collage after a seven year hiatus from art in my twenties. I earned my BA in Art (general studio with an emphasis in painting) from SIUC and the last semester before graduation I developed problems with the tendons in both of my hands which left me unable to create. Seven years later my hands got better and began drawing and then started creating in collage. I found that collage was the easiest on my hands and I loved the medium so it’s what I’ve been doing since then.

2.Tell me about your creative process in making a collage? Is there any specific ritual or just wait for the inspirations to come or any other way?
I usually wait for the inspiration to hit me. I will sometimes have an idea in mind and other times I just play and let the ideas unfold. I find many of my inspirations in things from the past. Antiques, old books and photographs, nature, etc. are all favorite sources of mine.

3.What kind of materials that you have been using or even try out after all these time? How many of them is actually works and are there any failures?
I use pretty much anything in my work. One of my favorite materials is stencil paste. Stencil paste adds great texture and dimension to my work. There are always many failures. Which I consider to be a good thing since it means that I’m pushing myself and trying new things all of the time. Some of my best ideas came very serendipitously…..happy accidents are an artist’s best friend.

4.Apart from making collages, are there any other craftworks that you make?
I like to dabble in a little bit of everything from art dolls to jewelry. It helps me to keep the ideas flowing if I work in other mediums.

5.Now, let’s talk about selling the craftworks. Does it take a long time for you to decide that you can sell your collages or even actually live out of it?
In my twenties I was terrified to show my work let alone sell it. I was always telling myself, “I’ll show my work when I get just a little bit better”. Then that day would come and I’d say the same thing again. I finally realized that at the rate I was going I would never show my work.
My mom is an artist, who sold her work, so I always knew that it was a possibility. I just needed to find the confidence to take the leap and try. Then I found Etsy. Etsy was a safe way for me to try selling my art. The anonymity of the internet made me feel safe enough to give it a shot. Two years later, I’m supporting myself through my art.

6.I notice that several collage artists are also into making and selling kits and organize workshops. I love doing workshops and hoping to have more next
year. How about you?
Workshops sound like fun, but I really don’t have the time to do them at the moment. I’m currently working on my MA in Art and working as a full time artist. They would definitely be something that I would consider in the future.

7.Have you done any exhibitions? Would you like to tell us what was it like?
My most recent is 12/30/08- 01/30/09 at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. I’m part of their “Emerging Artists Competition and Exhibit”. I also keep a list of future exhibits, and galleries that I’m a part if on my blog at http://sarahogren.blogspot.com

8.I’ve notice also that there are so many medium where we can put our collages in apart just make them into wall-hanging or ACEO. How about you? What kind of medium that you’ve used or plan to use for your collages?
The thing that I love about collage is that it is applicable to almost any medium. I have created collages on wood, canvas, metal, furniture, etc. If you can glue something onto it, it is perfect for collage.

9.What do you like most about making collages? Is there anything that you don’t like about it?
I tend to be kind of impatient when I have an idea. When I was a painter, I had a horrible time with muddying up my paint because I couldn’t wait for that first layer of paint to dry before I added the next. When I have an idea, I want it out of me and realized as fast as I can. Collage allows me to do this. I don’t think there is anything that I don’t like about it.

10.Any last words? And please share us your email, shop, gallery or anything that you would like to share with us.
Email: sarahogren@hotmail.com
Etsy shop: http://sarahogren.etsy.com
Blog: http://sarahogren.blogspot.com

Sunny Sunday

we managed to have a pretty good amount of new stock for
the shop on saturday. and my parents and little sister visited
me too plus some other friends. we have been really busy
with the new ad for a magazine and it's really good to have
Miss Lowquacity back from her european trip with lots of
inspiring craft stuff. i just wish i still could have more time
to continue with my collage exhibitions stuff, but i guessed
that would be asking too much, right?

so, how about your sunday?

February 5, 2009

me and crafts: love drawing

I have been working like mad making
stuff for our craft shop since the sales
is just amazing lately. These are some
half-done love cards that I certainly
hope should be finish this weekend,
ready for the Valentine's day.

February 4, 2009

me and life: midnight gratitude

a cup of cold cappucinno. a plate of fried wonton.
a bahasa indonesia scrabble kit. valentine cards to
draw. collages to finish. lover to be kiss at home.
job that never ends at the office. art that inspiring
just being itself.

ain't life grand at midnight?

February 3, 2009

me and collage: an ongoing project

I have been working on this new piece
several nights by now. It has to be finish this
weekend for an exhibition on the 20th of February
in Yogyakarta. It's a DIY Hardcore Punk gig for
a good friend band from Australia.
This is the biggest piece I have ever work on
and it will be in black and white only.
So, so excited and I certainly wish I could finish
another piece for this exhibition.
Yes, I purposedly put that one on
top upside down;)

February 2, 2009

Suny Sunday

New hair cut. Art show. A visit from old friend.
Lots of gelato with waffle. And yours?
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