Year in the Rearview

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Adios, 2016. We won't miss you all that much.

Whether you were bummed on a celebrity passing, you were broke, you didn't vote, you stepped in gum or you realized what a piece of shit the world truly can be, there's probably some reason you're ready for a fresh start. I go between the idea of next year either being way better or way worse. Either way, it's a chance to try to be something different or try something new.

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Let's be real.

We've had some wild things happen this year. Basically, time keeps moving on. It's been tough to keep my head up through it all, but I know next year will be better. All I can do is continue to make work and look for new ways to keep afloat in this town that keeps changing and getting more expensive each day. I'm trying to be smarter, more open to change and wiser with my business. It's hard being an artist and also run the business side of things, too. I'm still learning.

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This year has brought me much joy in learning a new craft of sewing and embroidery. I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be obsessed with sewing, but you never know if you like it till you try it. It inspired me to create Elmer Gomer, a project I've had in the back of my head for a long time. I can't wait to see how it develops and morphs in the next year.

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I'm in my new makeshift studio.

After learning that I'd be losing my space earlier this year, I decided to build out an existing shed on our property. It's something that I've schemed on for quite a while and dreamed about even longer. As it turns out, Austin's real estate market is out of control and we've got a limited time at our place. It's a bummer after spending money and time to finish it off, but I'm going to make the most of my time here and really make some art and memories in here. Stop by and check it out soon.

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As always, this time of year I like to thank all those who help keep my creative fire alive. If it weren't for my clients and supporters, I'd be a much grumpier person. Thanks to my friends, family and fellow artist homie domies for keeping me going. It doesn't get any easier, but you make it more bearable.

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Happy New Year!

Take it easy and let's make some cool stuff next year.
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Change, change, change

As with many things these days, change is always upon us. With change comes challenge and new obstacles to overcome to move forward. Here's a bit about what's changing in my world.

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Hey, America. You fucked up.

 

We let the world down. We chose to take a giant step backwards in time last week. A candidate who ran a campaign based on fear and hate ended up winning our nation's highest position. It is not good.

I've been struggling to find a way to voice my anger with the situation, but my best response is to work harder. To smile more at strangers, to say hello more often to my neighbors.

Nothing is certain it seems these days. I invite anyone who needs anything to contact me for help. I'm happy to do what I can to support you or your cause through action or artwork.

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Change of scenery

 

I've been holding off from talking too much about it, but I'm leaving my little studio at Bearded Lady. For the past two years, I've had a 100 square foot studio at the back of the shop. It has been a great incubation tank for my first couple years of business and I thank Josh and Abi for being rad and letting me do my thing there.

I'm not folding the deck just yet, just in transition to a new space. As with all things in change, the hardest part is the beginning, where all is confusing and hard to understand. The path usually gets easier when you make the first step. I'm excited to see what a new environment does to my work and am welcoming the change, although timidly.

I'll tell you more about my new spot soon, but for now I invite you to come join me for the last day of EAST at my studio this coming Sunday. I'll be doing some custom patches and selling off some artwork and supplies.

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