I am SO excited. I have been toying with this idea for a while now and have decided to open an Etsy shop devoted to zombies! That is right, an entire Etsy shop filled with one-of-a-kind sculpted zombies.
I am almost done my zombie for the Yarnigras Swapper Spot Zombie swap and once I send it on its way I will be working on a couple for my new store, ArtsyZombies. The shop is open but the only thing in it is one of the tiny dolls I made a while back, she is a cutie but not a zombie. I had to add a listing to open the shop :)
The picture above is my current shop icon. If you are familiar with my blog this is my Cinderella's Revenge sculpture. I haven't decided if I can part with her or not so she isn't in the shop.
I'll be updating policies, FAQs and the storefront this weekend.
Here is my latest zombie. I can't wait to paint him and see him "come alive" ;0) He will be 12 inches tall when I am done. I am not sure of anything else yet but I am sure he will tell me as I go along.
I spent the past week with my local sculpting tribe. As I was drafting my post about the work I created in the Kate church class I was thinking about how much "more" I have become since I took my first sculpting class.
It was a fluke! I had just joined a doll 'list' through yahoo groups and the very first week I saw a post about a doll class. I read through it and saw that it was in my town so I did an internet search for the Artist... Wendy Froud. as you can imagine I signed up immediately.
Not only did I fall in love with the art form, I feel in love with the people. Artists are a special breed, they push the limits, try new things and engage. Just being in the room at that first class was powerful. My first doll was not pretty. I had the least amount of knowledge in that class but I knew I had found something special.
The class introduced me to several local artists and I was invited to be part of a local sculpting group. Nothing formal, just a group of artists interested in the art of the doll. We get together once a month. Sometimes we work on projects, sometimes we just talk.
These women have become my friends, my artistic tribe. I admire them, enjoy their company and get to share their lives and art. Some of them are very well know in the Doll Art world, some are accomplished artists in other mediums, all of them are amazing. It has been an honor and privileged to be part of this group.
My art has brought me so much. I realized this week that every class I go to brings new people into my life. Some for a small time, some for life. My artist tribe has changed me. I have learned to push forward with my art, bend the rules and leap over boundaries. I've been exposed to new styles, new techniques, new materials and so much more. I've grown as an artist and as a person because of my tribe.
I am more because of my tribe. More confident, more engaged - not only with the art world, but with my family, and overall I am more present in my world.
Thank you to all of the people who have been part of my art world, those who read my blog, those whose classes I have taken and those amazing women that I call friend!
I love taking classes from world class artists. I have been so fortunate in that respect. I have a friend who knows people :0) and she seeks out artists and brings them to our area. From her I've also learned to seek out artists that inspire me and I look for classes taught by them. Traveling to a class and meeting new people who love the art of the doll as much as I do is fantastic!
Since April I've had the privileged of taking classes from both Deb Wood and Kate Church. Two completely different women with different styles of art, both of which are amazing.
Their styles of teaching are similar and different at the same time. Both of these talented artists are genuine, friendly and funny. Both share their talents, ideas, tips and tricks with others. They don't hold back. If you ever get the chance to take a class from either of them - TAKE IT!
Here is a picture of my project from the Kate Church class. I will be finishing it up this weekend and will post a picture of the final project then.
I am thrilled with this project. These two classes have re-energized me. My skills have improved, I am more confident in my work and I am having fun with my sculpting. I am ready to start working on my own designs again!