Monday, May 17, 2010

Illustration for Providence Monthly.

In the state of Rhode Island, we are lucky enough to have a few free publications that are disbursed throughout the state to promote all local establishments/businesses/artists, all of the above.
I had been sending my stuff to the Providence Monthly publication, along with SO Rhode Island Magazine hoping to get some work.
My persistence finally paid off.

The illustration is for the rebirth of tinctures and bitters (popular additions to alcoholic beverages both for favor and medicinal purposes during the prohibition), and it's recent popularity. While the illustration is only 4x5 inches in their next edition, I consider it a success and an act of fate.

Although the sketch is nothing glamourous, I hope that this experience leads to further jobs with these wonderful publications.
The final color version is due tomorrow at 5PM. If I'm feeling gutsy enough, I might suggest the idea of covering my shows to the assistant art director. Publicity, publicity, publicity! Wish me luck!

Love and Light,
Sarah Anne.

A Glimpse of SOWA May 15th, 16th.

What a great weekend.
I'm exhausted, but now a day removed from the chaos, I can say it was truly wonderful.
Thank you to all of my friends and family that came to support, and thank you to all of my new friends I was blessed enough to meet this weekend.

So here it is! (Sorry about he quality of the photo). Hopefully the others help.

Closer shot of the booth. I LOVE how the sign came out. Also on the sides hanging, you can see all of the fireflies zipping around in the wind.

Some close ups of the display.

The girls.

Special thank you this weekend to Evan, my parents, and my family (Auntie Tracy, Auntie Darlene). Without you guys this wouldn't have been possible. Thanks for talking me off the cliff many times last week.
Never did I think I would have the guts to get out there and show my stuff like I did this weekend, but because of all of your love and support, I found the strength.

Also, I had a surprise guest come visit me.

A fellow Syracuse Illustration 2009 graduate Nishan Patel came by to say hello, give his support and also give me a copy of his first illustrated children's book! 23 and published. I'm impressed. Here is his WORK, truly a wonderful human being and an amazing friend.

Love and Light,
Sarah Anne.

Some Show Preparations.

After I got accepted to my summer shows, I notice on every application the EMPHASIS on weights for your tent. You are not allowed to even set up or participate in the show unless you have a 40 lbs weight attached to each leg of your tent.
Before I attended my first weekend, I thought this rule was annoying and inconvenient. I have to carry around an extra 160 lbs to all of my shows? Lame.

But then came the wind. 

At the SOWA show this weekend, the wind was so tough, I was so appreciative of the fact that they made you build weights. The way the tents are built, they would act exactly like a kite without the weights. I guess last year in Providence, before this rule was enforced, someone's tent actually punched through a windshield of a car after a strong gust of wind.

As you can see, the directions were to fill PVC piping with concrete and then attach hardware to make them portable and hang-able.  
Below are two chemicals that were used to both prime and bond the cap to the piping so that the concrete wouldn't affect the binding.

I'm sure many of you have never seen these bottles, because neither have I. Evan my boyfriend was the mastermind behind this operation, and apparently he had made enough potato guns in his lifetime to know exactly how to build and use these chemicals. Silly.

Here is the hardware used on top to attach to the tents. Once the cement was poured, these were hammered down around the top and bonded into place.

The smaller image is once they were filled, capped and bonded. And to the larger image are all four completed and flipped upside down to ensure the drying of the cement.
Glad that was over with, and REALLY glad I had them during the show. Thanks Evan.

Love and Light,
Sarah Anne.

Inventory for May 15th, 16th shows.

Now THAT was a crazy week.
Sorry I've been so out of touch, but between preparing, cutting, gluing, packing, stubbing, rolling and all the other various things I do, I just had no time to post these amazing pictures.
It's truly wonderful for me to be able to see all of this product that was completed for you, and know that I loved every minute of it. I love what I do.

First are sets of 5 of some of the inventory of flowers I created for the show.
I have about 30 remaining from the existing 40, and I am going to post them on Etsy later today.
They are created with vintage buttons hand selected from local antique dealers in the Rhode Island area. So happy I found a use for all those buttons I had been collecting over the years, it was getting a little ridiculous!

Set 1-5

Set 6-10

Set 11-15

Set 16-20

Set 21-25

Set 26-30

Next was my snowflake series.
On the back of each box I had this inscription describing the purpose of this 15 piece idea.

"Scientist W.A Bentley, who dedicated his life to discover a way to take pictures of solitary snowflakes before melting, inspired this 15 piece series. Over decades of study, he did indeed prove that there are no two snowflakes alike.
In this series, I wanted to show the versatility of one roll of tape, similar to the complexity of the snowflakes. Each box is filled with a tape sculpture that is unique and one of a kind, 
just like you."

Here are the existing 8, although 4 were sold during this past weekend.

My "Abacus" box, SOLD.

"Divided" for sale.

"Third times a Charm" SOLD.

"Black Box" SOLD.

"Tall Three" SOLD.

So here is a minor update, more to come today. I guess they were right when they say success comes in waves, because I am riding one right now!

Love and Light,
Sarah Anne.