Today’s blog post may seem like a departure from my normal art messages. But I decided to go out on a limb and show you my latest collection: Orphan Black.
You see, I’m a BIG fan of this intriguing PBS series starring Canadian-born actress Tatiana Maslany playing multiple roles. During its five season stint, Orphan Black explored the question: What happens when secret institutions begin cloning people?
An evocative sci-fi thriller that keeps you glued to the screen, Orphan Black is a mind-twisting maze of plots, subplots and characters (with many of the lead characters played seamlessly by Tatiana using various personas, temperaments and accents).
You’re probably wondering how does this fictional television series tie-in with my art. About a month ago, the print-on-demand company that I work with, Redbubble, announced a partnership with the creators of Orphan Black. Through this endorsement, Redbubble artists can now create officially licensed “fan art” inspired by the show and its characters. For those of you who are wondering “what the heck is fan art?” – you’re not alone! Having never ventured into this realm of design myself, I was just as clueless.
Have you ever wondered “what can I do with stickers?” You know – those funky pieces of ephemera that you see plastered on a teen’s laptop or cleverly positioned on a sign. Not that I’m agreeing to the defacement of public property – but I have seen some awfully funny stickers used as a form of public art. Stickers can be artistic, clever, funny or express an opinion. They come in different sizes, styles and genres. And the best thing of all – stickers are always cheap! You can buy a bunch for just a few dollars.
Labor Day has past us by, morning temps are dipping into the chilly zone and it’s time to put away the shorts and sandals. When Fall arrives I turn to my favorite wardrobe accessory – scarves! Yes, I have a large and varied collection of scarves to match just about any outfit. My pieces include a soft handwoven alpaca scarf from a trip to Peru, a lovely deep purple silk wrap purchased at the International Craft Festival in Santa Fe, and a warm cashmere blanket scarf in neutral tones that I brought back from Ireland.
We all have an “Inner Artist” hiding in our souls, begging to be acknowledged. Whether you are an art professional or a hobbyist, crafter or designer, painter or photographer, that creative essence wants to shine forth and proclaim to the world “Here I am!”
If you’re like most Americans, you are probably reading this post on an iPhone or Droid. Yup, at last count 77% of adults in this country own a smartphone. Our constant cell companion feeds us news, keeps us connected with friends, takes our selfies, entertains us with apps and is our ever-present link to the world. It goes everywhere with us!
Now turn your phone over and tell me what you see. Is your mobile buddy – the thing that you never leave home without, your digital BFF – is it dressed in a boring monotone cover that came packaged with the phone when you bought it? Now be honest, is your phone case beat-up and dingy? Does it look neglected and unloved?
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