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Back on June 21, 2015 Dreameco Crafts was born. It was our first gig.

My husband and I started a company. It made sense that what we were working jobs teaching for others. And as artists who focus is on recycling we had accumulated a large amount of what others would call trash destined for the blue bin or landfill. We came up with a plan to start a company.

Here is an excerpt from our website. An eco friendly company born out of artistic sensibilities and household discards. We are artists and educators who are teaching the public how to use what they have in their homes to create art and household products and extend the life of their items to produce less waste. Classes include crafts, sewing and visual arts. Through classes, workshops and free events we turn strangers into neighbors.

Since June we’ve been working many farmers markets, store openings, taught classes, been in art shows and even conducted an eco scavenger hunt. Feel free to take a look at our website and social media sites to find out more about us. I hope to see you at an class/event. We are also available to book for your next event, just send me a note.

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Like last Friday, today is PHOTO FRIDAY. Okay, I am one day behind, but that isn’t bad.

Give yourself permission on PHOTO FRIDAY  to write nothing or something. It is up to you! Part of blogging every day is finding ways to make it sustainable. Having one day or more out of every week that requires only photos can provide a much needed break from using words.

John Lewis mural in Downtown, Atlanta
John Lewis mural in Downtown, Atlanta

Use 5 to 7 photographs (fewer or more if you want) to show and tell about yourself as an “Artist in Your City.” When you travel outside your workspace, how does the artist in your get expressed?

  • Where do you journey in your community as an artist?

  • Where are you exhibiting, performing, or selling your work?

  • How do you appear (attire, attitude, and ambition)?

  • Are you working at another job to support your art making?

  • What places do you frequent most often in your community? Why?

  • Do you support other artists at their events?

  • Who is in your community that you want to connect with?

  • Who cultivates the artist in you?

  • Where do you go to relax and regenerate your creative spirit?

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Many of my adventures are caught on camera phone by my fiance Richard Hecht. This week was no exception. Here is a link to his Tumblr via Twitter.

Photoset: Point Mugu State Park Thursday, March 13 visit Springs Fire aftermath Mountains, Rock, lizard,… http://t.co/nNxl2lIXOj

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Contemplating the relationship between you the artist and your communities.

They City, 1919. Fernand Léger
They City, 1919. Fernand Léger

Think about your relationship as an artist or artistic entrepreneur to your neighborhood, city, and region. Then respond to these two questions:
Question 1 (Artists Contributions):

  • What does your creative work contribute to your communities?
  • In general, what do the arts do for a city?
  • What do you do for your city or community?
  • What SHOULD you do, if anything, that you don’t already do?

Questions 2 (Cities Contributions):

  • How should communities develop and support their artists?
  • What is your city or community doing, if anything, to help you develop and support you as a creative?
  • What areas are creative communities nurtured in your area? Coffee shops? Galleries? Museums? Government spaces? Nonprofit spaces? Corporate spaces? Etc…

Question 1:

Since I am new to my city, Los Angeles, I believe my artistic contribution may be small (like my artwork) but etching out my own tunnels while stumbling across paths created decades ago. In less than 4 months I have had two art shows in my new home town. What I should do and what I have been working towards is contributing by way of street art (which is happily widely accepted here) and activism. Two things I have researched a lot and am preparing to become involved in the near future.

Question 2:

Many things have changed even since I first began making art as more than a hobby. It wasn’t as easy to find or even join an arts collective. One that doesn’t cost money to join I mean. Happily I discovered one several years ago and my enthusiasm made the organizer ask me to become an assistant organizer, which I was honored too and still am. But my activities with that group are now limited by distance. Two years ago I joined another one, one that required a fee. I was once again happy with the new doors it opened and still wish I had joined earlier, but it was a bit limited. One yearly meeting and collective show. Once moving west I switched chapters and cannot believe the change. Multiple meetings (one chapter of the group has monthly ones!) and I am already in a member show! The activity out here is astounding. Is it because people are outside everyday? No polar vortex here. I do not know if that is the reason, but it sure helps.

The community here is so accepting and helpful to artists there are numerous opportunities and possibilities it is impossible to do them all! But that is a good thing, because if you miss out on something it is most likely going to happen again next month only with a slight variation. That and there are a hundred other things to do. Today for instance I attended a monthly meeting for a public art group for the first time. They want me to come to their next workshops! Hopefully I am able too, but if not I already know there will be more opportunities in the near future. And that is how I wish every community was in regards to supporting and welcoming artists.

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Day 12 – Rant!

Today’s prompt:

As an artist or creative entrepreneur, explore your relationship to money in a rant.
What do you want to proclaim about your art and its financial role in your life?

Aspects of money to consider:

  • Pricing and selling your art
  • Purchasing tools, supplies, and space for your art making
  • Paying for promoting your art
  • Negotiating financial matters involving your work
  • Supporting yourself from your art

What is a rant?
In case you didn’t already know, a rant is some or all of the following:

  • An impassioned form of expression
  • Statements of strong (primarily negative) feelings
  • Complaints
  • A litany of disparaging remarks
  • A list of short direct sentences
  • Exaggerations often creating humorous or comic results
  • energized stirred up exuberance

Have fun! Get stirred up! Find energy inside what may be the ambiguous feelings you have about the relationship between your art and money! Get it all the ick out!

An example rant from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Zeuss:

You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You’re a nasty wasty skunk,
Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch.
The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote,
“Stink, stank, stunk”!

EXTRAS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Once you’ve written your rant, record yourself reading it and post on your blog! Reflect on what you discovered about yourself in relation to money as you ranted. Will you adjust any of your art-financial behaviors?

Pachelbel Rant
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My response is simple. Our dependency on money sucks. Our relationship to money sucks. Our need to feed our creativity….doesn’t suck. I love creating. Making art, clothes, fun silly doodles, and darning socks. I love it all. But it doesn’t bring in money to pay all those bills that keep creeping into my inbox and mailbox and head in the wee early morning hours when I should still be asleep! If the sun hasn’t risen yet, then I do not want to either! unless. Unless it is for money. Money to pay my bills. Money to buy more supplies to create more art. To have more fun. To be happy.

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Day 11 – Tools

Today’s prompt:

Today, we want to ask you to name some of the tools, resources, or connections that you need to conquer your creative dreams.

  • What knowledge gaps do you have?
  • What classes are you dying to take? Creative, professional, technical, etc…
  • If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently – or in a different order?
  • What resources do you feel are essential to the growth of your creative or entrepreneurial practice?
  • If you had a super power, what would it be?
  • If you could work with anyone, who would it be?

Harken back to the beginning of this blogathon, and respond to this prompt in any way you would like and that gets your creative juices flowing. If just plain old writing doesn’t excite you, then write a poem, a rant, or a song. Sing or perform your answer and post the video. Take a photo, draw or paint an image. Engage with us as you think through the different tools, resources, or people you would most want to break down any barriers you currently feel!

We all have knowledge gaps. Mine may be traditional art and art history. I have a degree in Fine Arts, but it wasn’t from an art school and I was able to transfer in more than 1/2 of my degree. Hence I got to skip A LOT of classes. Good (and down right exciting) at the time. In the long run.. I am not sure yet. I am mostly a self-taught artist because of this and it hasn’t hindered my successes. Could I have gotten more? Nah I don’t think so. Especially since one can learn about anything via YouTube.

Right now I am not dying to take any classes. I am dying to teach some. Although I am a true life-long learner and will take some more classes/workshops currently my focus is on expanding my artistic resources and income.

If I could do it all over again I would have gone straight away to art school. In fact starting in middle school or younger I would have found a way to start taking classes or joined an organization or something.

The internet particular social media are essential resources for my growth. They allow me to learn and share.

A super power, hmmm it would definitely be something to do with sewing. The ability to sew lightning fast even by hand. I could use the power for good and to throw tents around anyone who is after me if I ever found myself in a chase sequence. Which would happen a lot I presume.

Working with anyone? When I was younger I could name people who I would want to spend the day with, just hanging out. Then there was a phase when I wanted a mentor. Then to be a mentor. But right now, today I am going to answer this question thinking of myself and making others (secretly) happy with street art. There are a group of people in New Zealand. Where leaving street art for others to find seems to be common place. I would love to learn from them. Not necessarily how to do it, that part is easy. How they started, continue, and possible collaborations. I am a world away, but just following them online is encouraging and inspiring.

Below are two beginning samples for my street art idea. They are going to be inside of the piece. And they are what I need to create right now.

Cardboard trees.

Cardboard trees.

Flip-side of cardboard trees

Flip-side of cardboard trees

 

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Today’s prompt:

“A freelancer is someone who gets paid for working…An entrepreneur gets paid while they sleep.”

We can’t host a blogging challenge without bringing in the voice of one of our favorite authorities on creative entrepreneurship (and prolific blogger himself): Seth Godin. Watch the following short clip:

Seth Godin on Taking Risks and Entrepreneurship

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What are some appropriate risks for you? Today, think about what are creative risks you might take in your creative practice. What risks can you take in your business? Are there risks you’ve taken that have led to positive change? Any that have not panned out they way you thought? What are some of your greatest successes that have arisen out of risks you’ve taken? If you are very risk averse, what is holding you back from making that leap? What support system(s) would you need to have in place in order to leap into that new creative or entrepreneurial space?

The video above resonated with me. And I was happy it was short. That is something I hadn’t expected (no I didn’t look to see how long it was) and important to the message. Take risks. Answering the above questions:

Risks I can take now? To put myself out there. I have proven successful. I have been paid for my skills. And even when volunteering I am in bliss sharing and teaching others. I need to do more of that. I have recently shared my interest with a school. Just today I received an email stating that they would be calling and/or emailing me soon and what we would be discussing. I have to come up with some course outlines. Which is simple. I have some. I can write them. And it is all very exciting.

A risk I took that didn’t pan out? After graduating with an AA in design I took my portfolio and marched straight into a Manhattan fashion temp agency thinking I would leave with a job. They told me to come back when I finished my BA. I hadn’t realized you needed a BA for their jobs (or a better portfolio). I was the first person to graduate college in my family and I naturally thought that was enough. I can laugh at that now. Another risk that didn’t pan out? Marketing myself to some schools in NYC. They were excited and loved my ideas. They posted my courses, but not enough people signed up (poor marketing). So they didn’t run. Then I got asked to work at a school in Brooklyn. My courses were posted, but then hurricane Sandy hit and we were all just trying to survive..forget teaching.

On the flip side: I recently volunteered as a sewing teacher in Los Angeles. It was awesome. I didn’t know till I was there, but I was the only volunteer! I taught many how to make a reusable bag out of a t-shirt. I met many of my neighbors who told me about all sorts of groups I needed to learn about. I got interviewed by a reporter and was quoted online. You can read the article here… http://www.thefrontpageonline.com/articles1-13869/CrowdWasinStitchesTheyEnjoyedMoreThanaSewSewTime That experience along with getting an art proposal accepted (https://amybauerart.wordpress.com/tag/piano/ – my first one!) have both led me to believe and know I need to take more risks and let my art lead me. That is what I feel and what I need to be doing.

What is holding me back? What support systems do I need? Shyness and no support were my original reasons. Shyness still occasionally peaks its head back up, but put me in the above situations and you wouldn’t know I was ever shy. The support has built over the years. I have it in abundance with my fiance and friends. Even fellow artists I meet at shows here in Los Angeles suggest things/places for me to look into. And myself. I am confident in my abilities. I have taken advantage of my technology skills and have learned about events/shows/opportunities and networked over social media. I now even have support from someone in New Zealand. I hope to one day meet her. But for now, what is holding me back? Just myself. I could make excuses, but that is all they would be. Excuses. So with this blogathon I am re-evaluating myself, my art, my work, my skills, my strengths and weaknesses. I am evolving. And I wouldn’t mind being paid while I was napping. Right now though I need to continue to lay the ground work for my continued success.

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Day Six

Catching up on my blogathon. This is yesterday’s (day six) prompt:

Imagine one perfect year of art making. Be bold and allow yourself to envision what the ideal situation would be like to you. Tell us about it! Draw or paint it! Sing it! Dance it! Write a poem!

Some aspects to consider (but not necessary):

  • Where are you geographically?
  • What does your dream work environment look and feel like?
  • How is your studio equipped?
  • Who are you creating or collaborating with?
  • Who supports your daily life as you make your creative work?
  • How many hours do you spend creating?
  • How many hours do you spend selling your work or managing the business end?
  • What do you do for recreation?
  • What do you do for inspiration?
  • Do you have any specific goals for this year?

EXTRAS FOR CONSIDERATION: Why aren’t you doing this now? What is preventing you from having your perfect year of making art? What action(s) could you take to have some of this perfection in your life now?

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The perfect year, in my current location, would be entirely outside. I want to drop my art each week outside and have people come back to my blog/website/twitter/facebook page (one of them) and tell me they found it. I want to be involved with an organization spreading happy messages and smiles. I want to keep the environmental message and educate others to create. It brings me so much inner peace words alone could never explain it.

It makes me this happy!

I saw this hole in the wall and knew I had to go through it! Photo by Richard Heaven

I saw this hole in the wall and knew I had to go through it! Photo by Richard Heaven

Why am I not doing this now? I have no reason. I have been researching. I just have to check out some legalities in my town, but other than that I just need to sit down and make the art and then spread it around!

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