Notes from the Studio: patience and momentum
The beginning of every year is an especially trying time for freelance. It comes after the end of the year, when some clients decide to take a break and regroup and tend to the road block that curses all freelance and at times brings incoming work to a complete stop: taxes. The first few months of the year can be so scary and quiet that we wonder if they will ever pass. Having faith in your work is incredibly important at this time. While patience pedals quickly, you must return to old habits and promote. Never stop putting yourself out there, because there will be an end to this quiet lull and you will look back on it with pride because you didn’t wallow in the slow pace of things, but rather you took advantage of those wide open spaces and showed everyone, especially yourself, the kind of artist you are. Have faith. Things will turn up.
Q:Hey Lucy, I love your fine detail! Just from looking through your blog, you seem to have a very strong sense of who you are as an artist, and I congratulate you on all your accomplishments and endeavors. One question I do have, is what type of supplies you might recommend when it comes to printing your own work -- whether it be making zines, or basic prints of watercolors/inked pieces, etc. Thank you so much :)
A few people have asked me this, so here’s the answer publicly!
Hi! Thanks for the inquiry! this is actually something that I still struggle with to this day. If you’re printing zines, basic prints under 11x17 in, I cannot recommend riso enough—specifically Issue Press in Grand Rapids. Incredibly affordable and run by a good friend of mine, George Weitor. When it comes to fine art prints, I’d go with Giclee printing. The most financially responsible way to make fine art prints (if you plan on selling large quantities) is to buy your own printer. I’ve had countless artists advise me in this direction. If its more on a one and done basis there are many great companies who offer this type of printing. It can be a bit pricey so be aware. Hope this helps!
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Sharing this again because I cant really stop being incredibly excited!! Collective Quarterly — Issue Ø: Marfa
"It follows select artists and artisans on a trip to the unseen hideaways that inspire them to craft uncommon goods. The camera lens brings into focus an often blurry creative process as they work alongside each other to discover truth, surprise and an aesthetic that delights. In these pages, you’ll find a carefully edited selection of dry goods, art, music, food, drink, and stories, all deeply rooted in the heritage and land around us. This journey hinges on a communion of likeminded creators. We are illustrators, photographers, and writers. We are shirt-makers, boot-crafters, and denim-cutters. We are bartenders, chefs, and musicians. "
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