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My first commission is… “strangely professional.”

Hello friends and loyal readers. I’ve been absent from my blog for a week or two now. Life has been going full force recently. Which is good– I’m not complaining or anything… I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write a new post on here for a little while. I figured what better day to waste time in front of the computer than the day I have a huge job interview? I have so much to do today to get ready. EEEEP!

So last week, I completed my first actual commission of my artwork. I was asked to make some wall decorations for my husband’s work, Social Street Media. Our friend Jennifer is the owner of Social Street Media and she said just to make something cool. She wanted something mixed media. Instead of making one piece of art, I made six different framed mixed media/found object pieces that go together.

I delivered them out to their office last week, but I wasn’t able to install them yet because Jennifer’s waiting on a large vinyl business logo to go in the center of the wall of the front reception room, and as soon as it’s up the pieces I made will go up around it.

I snapped a couple of quick pictures here in my makeshift studio (aka my dining room) before I delivered them. I was planning on taking some photos of them once they got hung up at the office but since that didn’t happen last week, the photos for my portfolio are forthcoming.

I went with a wood and metal theme for the most part. I chose to make the backgrounds of the pieces pages from various books- a Spanish/English dictionary, Peter Rabbit, Huckleberry Finn, Super Fudge (remember that book from when we were kids?), etc, because the business is all about writing. Professional Writing Services and what not. Sorry the above picture is kinda yellowish, my camera at the time sucked horribly. I have a new one now that seems awesome so far. I have yet to take pictures of my art with it. I think it’s gonna kick ass, though.

The background for this one is made of pages from an English thesaurus. The pages contain the words “social,” “street,” “media,” and various others. I’m super proud of the four hand-cut filigrees in the corners. I made them from paperback book covers. I impressed myself. I also wanted to incorporate a handmade look to the business logo in¬†juxtaposition to the sleek graphic-designed actual logo.

Jennifer said she loved them and even ended up paying me a little extra than what I charged her for them. I thought it was super sweet.

When Chuck (my husband) first saw the finished project, he described them as “strangely professional.” I gave him shit about it, but it was an awesome compliment, actually. For the most part, my art can be described as contemporary: fun or funky, young, modern, and “hip,” if you will. teehee! ¬†But when I need to knock something out that’s appropriate for an office- a professional commission- I think this proves that I can do it.

Do you have any more ideas or suggestions for me for the next time I have a commission? Do you have an actual commission you want to hire me for? I need the work for my portfolio! Now is the time to contact me about it because I’m still an up and coming artist as far as that goes, so my prices are quite reasonable still. Just wait until I’m rich and famous! Soon I’ll be charging exorbitant amounts :)

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ArtsFest 2011 was a success!

This past weekend was spent down in Statesboro, Ga at the 29th annual ArtsFest, hosted by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University. I had a booth in the artists’ market there, and I actually did very well, selling quite a bit more than I thought I would! I found out what my most popular items were, and figured out what people loved, but didn’t buy. My business strategies are evolving!

While we were there, we had a mini birthday party for Guacamolly. Her birthday is actually this coming Tuesday, but she definitely wanted to see her friends while she was in town. I made goody bags for them and they had cookies and juice, then went around and did all the crafts together. She loves ArtsFest and I love the fact that it’s a practically free birthday party :)

Here’s a little gallery of all the photos I managed to sneak in (Thanks to Bekah, who took my camera around with her while I was stuck at my booth):

 

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ArtsFest at GSU

Oh my gosh, I have been so incredibly busy the past few weeks. I haven’t really been posting anything new in my Etsy shop or any new links to my Facebook page or posts on here… I’ve been working 24/7 at creating things to sell at ArtsFest next Saturday at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, down in south Georgia near Savannah. Georgia Southern is my alma mater. I graduated from there in 2008 with a double major in Art History and Studio Arts (just a credit or two shy of Painting, I decided I had been in school long enough and Studio Arts looked good enough, right?).

Anyway, ArtsFest has been an annual event down there for how many years? Almost 30, I believe. It used to be called the Youth Arts Festival, but now it’s geared more towards people of all ages, not just kids. I know I’ve been going almost every year since I was in kindergarten or something like that. Two years ago, Molly had her birthday party there. It was just a little get together of her and a few of her friends and they all went around and did the crafts together, and got their faces painted and stuff like that.

So this year I have a booth in the Artists’ Market down there. I’m so excited! I’ve gone as a kid, as a student, as a volunteer, as a mom, and this year I get to go as an artist. Pretty cool. I’m listed under the Artists’ Market as Upcycled Art by Maggie Horne Thomas. Some of the things I’m selling- gift bows from book pages and magazine pages, recycled gift tags from cereal boxes and etc., decoupaged keepsake boxes, decoupaged frames and mirrors, assorted quilled ornaments, paper ornaments made from book pages, book sculptures, hair bows, and framed, mixed media collages. Most of these things are listed in my Etsy shop or pictures of them are in my Facebook albums.

I’ll write up another quick blog post later this week as soon as I get closer to finishing all the items for sale, and I’ll make sure I post pictures. Right now, I’ve got to get to work!!

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Upcycled Book Paper Photo Frame

The perfect, unique gift for the librarian at heart!

Giving it a beautiful antique/vintage look, this sturdy wooden frame has been intricately decoupaged in an intertwining checkerboard pattern using strips of pages from a paperback novel. The particular book used for this pattern is “Love and War” by John Jakes, author of “North and South.” It is also accented with brown and grey buttons for a clean and simple effect.

The frame is approximately 7.5″ x 7.5″ with a 3.5″ x 3.5″ picture opening. On the back, there is a small metal picture hook for wall display as well as a peg for table-top sitting. A beautiful photo of fall leaves, a plastic covering, and white backing cover are included.

$20.00, $5.00 shipping

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Retro Image Decoupaged Frame

Wooden frame decoupaged with a retro image of a man and woman and accented with a red string of beads and a single multicolored stone.

The frame is approximately 7.5″ x 7.5″ with a 3.5″ x 3.5″ picture opening. On the back, there is a small metal picture hook for wall display as well as a peg for table-top sitting.

Retro Image Decoupaged Frame

 

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