I'm on vacation at the moment - but as I'm not working, I have the guilt going on, especially because I've been neglecting dA, the amazing community and some absolutely ASTOUNDING
works by friends. There's going to be a flurry of commenting and favouriting when I get around to it, but first a lot of thanking others for comments given to me. I hate the lack of time.
As it turned out, I DID go to the Labyrinth Ball, as those of you who know me better might have guessed by my sudden sheer absence. I've been pretty hard at work - if you're curious about the costume I designed, click here
, and if you wanna know what happened there's a con-journalish page (boring - you've been warned) in progress here
I had a fantastic time. If you're wondering if it's worth it to go, it is. But expect lodgings to cost a pretty penny. Make it your vacation.
As a result of the masquerade I have something very cool I plan on submitting over at LeatherArtisans
, and with credit to some of their artists for inspiration. Pictures as soon as I have them - I'm not at home yet so I have exactly zero camera access. A brilliant photographer lent me her lens, however, and I hope she'll let me post some of her amazing shots (with all credit, of course.)
Second insanely cool thing: I've been working on and off on maybe selling at some shops, with some mild interest, here and there. I admit I've really not been trying hard, and mostly that's had to do with not being offered very good money any of the places I looked. If you're asking for sixty-five percent consignment, you'd better be offering me prestige and a high-end clientele. I require a certain fee by the hour - I don't get paid as well as some fast-food workers, and I do think that what I do is skilled labor. It's damned difficult. Being underpaid to the degree I've been offered here and there is an insult
. In words that might or might not belong to Renae Taylor:Hagglers will be fed to the starving artist.
Yet my website
(it's uggers..) seems to have netted the attentions of someone whose market and reputation and understanding of business and general courtesy makes me very interested in working with them, so I have an opportunity coming up that looks to be very pleasing on both sides. Fingers crossed.
But largely, I just wanted to keep my journal current - so the message is, I'm alive, I'm still at work (I'm about to be working my fingers to the bone, in fact), and I'm as always tremendously grateful to those of you who've left comments or favourites, and I'm very excited to leave a few of my own - I've seen masks and illustrations to take my breath away in the last couple of minutes, checking in, and I have to leave SOME kind of note behind (even though I tend to get carried away and leave accurate impressions of the impact pieces have on me - it's really best I don't, though, I put myself in mind of Scuttle singing - yes, the seagull in Disney's Little Mermaid, prior to the "Kiss the Girl" number with Sebastian - my heart's there, but oh gods, is the skill to express it not
.)Soon to come:
- My Labyrinth Masquerade costume (mostly just a bodice)
- A handful of masks - mostly Jollies and Dragons
- Ivy Circlet (it's finished, just still awaiting photography)
- Wood Fae (really - it's progressing... slowly.)About the Masks:
Generally speaking, the masks are painted formed leather, usually in a single layer. They're hand-sculpted with no mold, and occasionally surface carving or tooling is employed. They are lined in suede and unvarnished on the inner face to preserve the natural breathing quality of the leather for comfort. The outer face is painted and water-resistant. By virtue of the quality of materials, they tend to be reasonably durable, gently flexible, and very lightweight.Commission Information:
If you like any of the masks in my gallery or would like a custom mask, please feel free to ask. All sales are by commission - very rarely do I have extra masks laying around for sale, because if they aren't created with an owner in mind I tend to get too attached, and because I have precious little spare time. (The good news is it means more versatility in what you can request.) My availability for commission varies tremendously because I have a full-time life entirely outside of artwork - 80% of the year I am cramming any art I do into a 27-hour-a-day schedule. However,
I am open for inquiry at any time. If you are a dA member, you can write me a note
; otherwise, you can contact me through my website
, whatever you feel comfortable with.Clubs to Look Into LeatherArtisans
- Gorgeous leatherwork by talented craftspeople, a club with a warm and open community.Mask-Making-Artisans
- A maskmaker's community showcasing a number of artists and some very diverse styles.