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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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I have received all of my art supplies from storage back east and it is now time to incorporate them into some new pieces! While modifying the old. Particularly thinking about incorporating my Teabag Reuse Project and Full Circle: rebirth of a tree projects with my paper and muslin shirts.

Tea Bags and tags

Tea Bags and tags

Dried Tea Bags

Angles of Art Shirts

Pile of Art Shirts

Art Shirt

Detail of my Tree

Close up of my Tree

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Friday, September 5 was Art Break Day. Various locations around the world celebrated by holding their own Art Break Day with free activities and supplies for whomever wanted to join in. I was lucky enough to stop by the event in Venice, CA where I got to meet Lisa Rasmussen and Ceylan Hulya of Art 4 All People. Such lovely women and such a lovely idea. Lisa is one of the co-founders of Art Break Day.

They had art supplies for drawing and painting and an inspirational point for those looking for inspiration. Wish day. There was even a board to write your wishes down on. You can view images from the event on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/amybauerdesigns.

Here is what I drew:

Art Break Day 2014

Photo by Richard Heaven

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On Sunday, July 6 at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market representing reDiscover Center I taught children how to make their own thaumatropes with paper, markers, glue, wooden skewers and imagination! They had a blast. More was made than I could take pictures of, they come in spurts. All it takes is one little kid seeing another and they run over. They had great ideas including birds in nests, a spider in a web, fish in tanks, and more. One little girl remembered me from last month’s CD fish craft. This is truly a rewarding event. I look forward to August and learning from the children.

 

reDiscover Center Can DrawingDetermined drawingDrawing concentrationContemplative drawingCelebrating creation Spinning fun Showing off workLittle one creates too

 

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Friday, May 9 I taught an Artist Trading Cards class as part of Trade School LA. It was hosted by reDiscover Center in Los Angeles, CA. My first time there and my first class with Trade School LA. I will be participating in both again in the near future I am sure.

I was familiar with Trade School Brooklyn so when I saw that they were launching in LA I jumped on board. And I am so glad I did. Trade School is all about barter. The teachers list items they would like to receive as payment for their class. The students pick from the list and bring one or a few of the items to the class. It is all really cool. I made my items pretty open. One of my items was succulents. Knowing this is southern California I knew that this would be a pretty easy item. One wonderful woman brought me four small succulents! I also had on my list teacups and another great woman brought me three with matching saucers! The other items were art and or sewing supplies. I ended up with watercolor pencils (which I was thinking about purchasing), a small sewing kit, two books, and some old wallpaper. All great supplies that were items I no longer have to purchase! In turn I also received an enthusiastic creative class. Everyone loved the subject material and really got down to business creating diverse little works of art. At the end of the class we all traded and we walked away with lovely collectible one of a kind art works. Truly a great evening. As I always say at the beginning of my classes, even if you keep your own art it is okay. You are still walking away with something fantastic, new and inspiring.

Here are some photographs from the class courtesy of Richard Hecht and Alyssa Archambault.

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Today is my first non-blogathon post. So I am writing what I want and taking on all subjects at once!

First, Thursday was the first day of spring and the first day of Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando Benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes. Here is the info if you are in Florida.

WHEN: Show runs March 20 – April 11, 2014 LOCATION: CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery | Orlando, Florida, USA

Second, I have had a lot of inspiring things happen to me lately. I received an invite to assist with teaching a children’s sewing bag camp (it is 3 or 4 days)! Hurray a paid gig with the potential to run other workshops. They said I could pitch some ideas, one they did love and see if they could get it to fill. So working on that. Also got accepted to run some workshops for barter. Yay to bartering! And then today I went to a workshop for Yarn Bombing Los Angeles and was asked if I would like a tree. Who would like a tree? To yarn bomb. Even though I currently do not crochet or knit. I sew. I am going to sew some sweaters together (they gave me sweaters and yarn) and cover a giant palm tree. The one I got is tree #1, right in front of the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center (the location for the May show)! Front and center. I may also contribute some birds to their forest exhibit. Same month and location. I’ll share more info once I have it.

And I leave you with a bird I sewed this morning. I do not just patch my clothing, unless it is a sock.

Bird Patch by Amy Bauer Designs

Bird Patch by Amy Bauer Designs

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Take a moment to take inventory of the results of continuous blogging about your art and networking with other artists through their blogs.

  • What have you learned about yourself?
  • What connections have you made with other artists?
  • Did you find a rhythm and style to express yourself about your art through blogging?
  • Did you discover anything new about your relationship to your art?
  • Do you have any better understanding of the role you play as an artist in your community?
  • Is blogging a worthwhile activity?
  • What do you need to keep you blogging regularly?

Hmmm for the last prompt I feel like this is a large/yet easy in a not so easy looking immediately kind of way.

I learned that I am not meant to blog every day (well not at this point). That the art scene in Atlanta is vibrant. That I would love to visit C4 Atlanta one day. My blogging style sways gently like a calm wave. I’ve learned that my role as an artist in this community is welcomed, wanted, and happily accepted. With my art and blog I have to just keep putting myself out there. You never know when an opportunity is rolling past. For instance a few days ago I entered a store that would be a fabulous place for me to teach classes. I chatted with an associate for a bit and that night I emailed the owner. This morning I received a reply from there to come meet with them this week! I am so excited and nervous and excited. None of this would have happened if I hadn’t been given support by my fiance similar to C4 Atlanta supporting artists blogging.

Will I keep blogging regularly? Not every day, but more often. Even if it is just an image of my work. Like this one. Stage two of my public art preparation.

Prepping the trees.

Prepping the trees.

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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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