A Weekend Away & New Paintings

10/21/13

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This past weekend I took a much-needed weekend away near Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California. In the quiet of the forested mountains, I painted almost the entire weekend in the company of a few other women. I made a new series a five paintings.. I plan to sell prints of them in my Etsy shop when it reopens on Wednesday, so stay tuned if you are interested!

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Happy Monday and warm wishes for a wonderful week.

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Jennifer Hewett :: New Collection

10/15/13

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If you follow me on Instagram you know that one of my dearest friends is the amazingly talented Jennifer Hewett. Jen has launched a new collection of screen printed bags today, and I am so excited to show them to you. Her bags are made from heavy linen with a cotton muslin lining. They are hand screen printed and sewn by Jen’s hands in San Francisco. They are beautiful!

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You can purchase them here in Jen’s Etsy shop. Jen also writes an awesome blog which you can read here.

Happy Tuesday!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Inspiration
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Jaime Derringer

10/11/13

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Most of you know Jaime Derringer from her wildly popular blog Design Milk. But what you might not know about Jaime is that she is also a prolific and talented fine artist, who renders mostly abstract works, both on canvas and paper. Jaime and I have been friends for several years, and I was so excited when she began painting and drawing again in 2011 after a long hiatus. Her portfolio is both extensive and impressive. I am so impressed by Jaime’s constant creative prowess (at minimum she draws every single day, and paints as often as she can muster the energy) that I wanted to know both more about her process and how she manages her time. Jaime is also one of the warmest, smartest and most down-to-earth women I know. In the second of my interviews with people I admire, I present to you: Jaime Derringer!

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Lisa: You are the founder and editor of Design Milk, a mom to a toddler and a very prolific artist. How do you make time to make art each day?

Jaime: My time is very limited most days so making time for art every day is not easy. I challenged myself this year to draw A Shape A Day, which has kind of morphed into a drawing a day. I think I will be sad when it’s over, but also a little relieved. There are some days when I am tired and don’t want to draw. I have a drawing routine most evenings while I watch TV with my husband. Now that Breaking Bad and Dexter are over, we’ve caught up on Orange is The New Black and are now watching House of Cards in between our regular sitcoms and shows. Sometimes we watch terrible reality TV. Most of my drawings are somewhat repetitious, so there is room in my brain to absorb what’s going on with my shows and still pay attention to what my hands are doing but without the need to focus 100% on either.

When it comes to painting, I am very bad about fitting it in. Sometimes I will paint three paintings in one day and then not touch any paint for weeks, other times I lazily approach it painting a little bit here and a little there. Painting feels like much more of an effort to me and sometimes I think I’d rather be drawing… but every once in a while I get a spark. However, I have a feeling that I need to gain a better understanding of how to make paintings. I think there’s a process that I’ve yet to discover. Still waiting for my “ah-ha” moment.

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Lisa: You work in two different mediums and styles (and sometimes mix them): one is intricate line work and one is more painterly abstract painting. What do you get from the experience of working in each style? Are there days you crave one more than the other?

Jaime: Drawing is my first love. There is something about the control I get with a marker or pen in my hand that I just don’t get with a paintbrush. However, I am a bit of a perfectionist, so the messiness of paint is sometimes just what I need to push me out of my comfort zone. I have yet to find the perfect way to bring them together, but I have been playing around with watercolor and drawing together, which seems to be a happy marriage.

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Lisa: You took a break from painting and drawing for a few years and then after your daughter was born, you had a strong desire to start creating again. Tell us about that experience and how you got back into making art after abandoning it for so long.

Jaime: I don’t know where the desire to create again came from but it was like a fever. Sometime in 2011, it hit me that I wanted to draw all day. I would spend the day working, fantasizing about the quality time I could spend with my sketchbook that evening. Between a house, a new baby, a website redesign, and no maternity leave or vacation, I think my brain decided to force me to take a break. The problem I have now is that I am on fast forward—I’ve become very athletic about it, which has made me quite prolific, but there is a downside. It’s like I am trying to cram years and years of not making anything into a short period of time; it’s very hard to focus and not always feel the need to quickly finish up one thing on order to try something new. However, I am trying to use this desire to experiment to help me work through some buried psychological issues—lots of fun stuff is happening inside this brain of mine!

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Lisa: What advice do you have for people who can’t seem to get into the groove of making art on a regular basis? Do you have any tips for breaking through anxiety or self doubt?

Jaime: I think the best thing I did was to start my Shape A Day project. It was one small thing I could commit to doing every day. It gave me the opportunity to be as simplistic or as complicated as I wanted. In other words, if I only had time to draw a simple circle one day, it would still be OK. But that doesn’t mean that you have to do something EVERY DAY. You could commit to making art every week. Or commit to doing a number of works like my friend Megan, who is doing 100 paintings. It’s the small things that lead to more. For example, I’d discover a shape or pattern from my shape series and that would spawn a whole new set of shapes and end up working its way into my larger pieces. Forcing yourself to make something is actually very good for you—not only does it prevent procrastination but also it allows you to make art without too much need for inspiration or thinking. Sometimes we get way too caught up in looking for inspiration, so much so that we don’t produce quantity and quantity is a more effective way to move past perfectionism and ultimately produce your best work. One of my favorite quotes from Chuck Close is “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” I often do my best work when I’m not thinking about it at all.

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I constantly struggle with anxiety and self-doubt. The way I moved past it was to put everything out there on the internet with no regrets but that’s not to say I am no longer feel self-critical. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a website with my art on it. Previously, I pulled it down because I wasn’t proud of it. However, I have discovered that the healthiest part of being an artist is being able to put it all out there, even my sketchbooks and my mistakes. This might not be right for everyone, but it has certainly helped me embrace my process. Moreover, I feel like it’s also starting to help with my perfectionist issues… only time will tell! I am glad I digitized all of it because I get a lot of joy in going back to older work and seeing how I have changed or noticing small nuances in my work that are still present today.

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If you love Jaime’s work as much as I do, you can purchase it here in her Etsy Shop or here in her Webshop. She also has work available on Art.com and on Society6. Jaime posts most of her paintings and drawings here on her Instagram feed. You can read her fabulous design blog here.

Happy Friday, and thank you to Jaime.

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On Minding Your Own Business

10/10/13

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When I was a kid, my mom taught me three important things that have served me well in my adult life:

1) do your best not to take on other people’s negative crap; it’s their crap, not yours.
2) it’s okay if your house is a little messy; it probably means you have better things to do than clean.
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3) keep the focus of your energy on what you can control; in other words, mind your own business.

About two months ago, I wrote this piece about comparison. I got so many emails about that essay that I wasn’t able to respond to all of them. Apparently, my experience touched a cord: except the most enlightened among us, we all fall into the dark pit of comparison from time to time. You all had a lot to say about it.

In this day and age of the interwebs and social media platforms, comparison isn’t something that happens occasionally at school or work. It’s something we are potentially confronted with every single day — when we look at Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and blogs. “So-and-so’s life is better or more interesting than mine” or “so-and-so’s work is more beautiful or exciting than mine.”

This is where minding your own business comes in. Earlier this week I had a bout of stomach turning anxiety while reading something on the internet that caused me to compare my own endeavors and accomplishments to those of some of my illustrator peers. I had to remind myself of this lovely and straightforward quote by Beatrix Potter, above: Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.

We all compare ourselves to others here are there, but I’ve come to believe it’s how quickly we can snap ourselves out of it when we do that matters more. For me, it’s remembering that it’s being completely myself — in my artwork, in the way I relate to people, in my unique goals and dreams for my life — that keeps me feeling grounded and makes me happy. Remembering that also frees me up to be happy for others when they accomplish something I might otherwise be jealous of. I don’t always succeed, but I am determined to try.

How do you snap yourself out of the trap of comparison? I think it’s worth thinking about. The more we all mind our own business and live (and embrace) our own unique paths, the happier we’ll be, and the more we can be genuinely happy for others. At least I think that’s the way it works.

Until next time, happy Thursday.

 

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Katy Horan

10/04/13

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I have long been a fan of artist Katy Horan. Her dark paintings, mixed media pieces and drawings are hauntingly beautiful (I was lucky enough to purchase one of Katy’s drawings several years back). Katy is part of a group show at Grayduck Gallery in Austin with two other amazing artists Stephanie Chambers and Kathleen Lolley. The exhibition showcases the artists’ use of old world flavors and dark folk in their narrative works. Themes include identity, history, storytelling, and childhood memories. The show opens October 18.

Katy’s work will also be shown in the Neu Folk Revival show here in Oakland that opens this weekend, which I wrote about earlier this week.

With Katy’s permission, I grabbed some of the new work she’s making for that show from her Instagram feed to share with you. Some of these are excerpts or pieces in progress. You can see more of Katy’s portfolio here.

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And here’s a magical excerpt from her sketchbook.

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{Photo by Blake Saurez}

Happy Friday, friends.

CATEGORIES: Inspiration
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Progress in the Studio

10/03/13

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{Me in my studio, taken by my friend Kelly Wilkinson)

You may remember back in July I made a commitment to myself that I’d spend at least one day a week — mostly Wednesdays — making personal work in my studio. I gave a short update in August. Two months in, I am happy to report that my one day a week has been pretty life changing, which was the goal. I am hoping in 2014 that I have even more than one day a week to dedicate to this kind of exploration in my studio. Here is the progression of some of the pieces I’ve been working on. First, a reminder of where I started:

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And then…

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Some of the pieces are finished. Several of the paintings still need a lot of development (thank goodness there are always more Wednesdays). The shadowbox collages are going into a show at Bedford Gallery in December. The paintings I’ll put up for sale soon in my Big Cartel Shop. Stay tuned.

Happy Thursday!

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Fabulous Fashionistas

10/02/13

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Last week my friend Bradford sent me a link to Fabulous Fashionistas — a new British documentary about six women with an average age of 80, all quite different, but who are all determined to look fabulous, have fun and redefine old age. I absolutely loved this film. At 45 (soon to be 46), it made me feel quite young and entirely optimistic about embracing what is ahead for me. It’s an incredibly inspiring film! You can watch the entire documentary below (it’s just over 45 minutes long).

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Enjoy & happy Wednesday.

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Creative Bug :: Creative Branding Series

09/30/13

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I am so happy to announce and excited to be part of Creative Bug’s new Creative Branding Series! The online series includes advice, inspiration and straight talk about building your brand from Heather Ross, Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop, Liesl and Todd Gibson, Melanie Falick of STC Craft and, of course, me! This course covers the fundamental aspects of building and elevating your creative brand, from finding the essence of your brand and business basics, to licensing and book publishing. The class includes weekly video classes, downloads, and live chats. Want to know more? There is a load of information on the class and how it works here.

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Save now: Creativebug subscribers get a special price of $99 so if you have been waiting for the perfect time to sign up for Creativebug — this is it! Subscribe during September for just $9.99/month and get the subscriber pricing on the Creative Brand Series.

For those of you wanting to strengthen your brand and launch your creative business, this series is for you!

Happy Monday.

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On Starting Over (Again)

09/27/13

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I’ve written here before about the exciting but also boring story of my life: I love my work, but I have taken on too many commitments in the last few years. My days are ruled by lists and attempting to check as many things off the lists as possible to meet deadlines. I am often stressed and feel rushed. My days aren’t long enough. I’m tired.

It is the curse of entrepreneurship: many of us don’t know when our days begin or end, how much work is enough (maybe we can just take on one more project), when to say no, or how to apply boundaries to what we do. And in trying to figure that out (and by “that” I mean the perfect balance of work and living), we don’t always get it right.  I find myself (as much as I love my work) not really living. I am breathing, yes, and even experiencing joy. But in the back of my mind are those overwhelming and long lists of things I have to accomplish.

You may remember this post I wrote back in April about starting over in my attempt to have some balance in my life. I’ve been struggling with work/life balance since 2011 when my illustration career began to take off. After years as a fledgling artist, I am so grateful that I have so much opportunity now. But, for me, opportunity came with long hours and, ultimately, burnout. The past three years have taught me that I can’t do it all, not even close. And so for the past nine months, I have been working diligently on creating more balance.  Sometimes that means saying no to projects with really awesome clients that I really want to say yes to. Some days that means something as simple as just going to yoga class at the end of a long day. Some weeks I’ve been quite good at balance. Other weeks I’ve failed miserably.

I always love a new year, and a new year is approaching. It’s an opportunity to make new habits. I am excited about 2014, because I really do want to do things differently this time. I want to work, of course, but maybe not as much. I also want to live. The new year holds so much promise for me. It is a clean slate. I get to start over.

Those of you who know me know I love a personal challenge.  I am scheming up a personal challenge for 2014 that is about living. I’m not sure exactly what it will look like yet, but stay tuned for more.

Happy Friday.

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My New Fabric Collection :: Now Available!

09/25/13

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I am so excited to announce that my fabric collection, entitled The Land That Never Was, produced in collaboration with Cloud9 Fabrics, IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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“The Land that Never Was”

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“Folkloric”

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“Bunting”

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“Magic Garden”

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“Traveler’s Blanket”

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“Fairy Tales Black”

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“Fairy Tales White”

Curious where you can purchase the fabric in your area? Check out Cloud9′s stockists here or call your local fabric store. You can also check out online stockists here.

Have a great Wednesday!

 

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New Print :: Schoolhouse Electric

09/20/13

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I was so excited when Schoolhouse Electric contacted me about selling this print of mine! You can purchase it here.

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Happy Friday!

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About My Mother

09/19/13

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People are often struck by the fact that I did not pick up a paintbrush until I was 32 years old. It’s true, I didn’t, and when I did, I had no idea (much less aspiration) that I would ever make a living as an artist. But what’s crazier still is my mom’s story.

Let me begin by saying that’s my mom’s quilt on the cover of the most recent issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, above. For those of you who don’t know much about the world of quilting, Quilting Arts is the magazine for art quilters. Art quilting is a broad term referring to contemporary textile art which may have some of the basic structural characteristics of a traditional quilt, but incorporates contemporary techniques and materials.

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{Soaring, 2012}

My mom began art quilting in the 1990′s, though she had always been a prolific sewer and a maker. Her life has almost always been defined by sewing or textile art in some form. She has a Masters Degree in Clothing and Textiles from Penn State, which she earned in the early 1960′s. When I was a kid, she sewed a lot of my clothes and nearly everything for our house. She also had a large German loom which sat in our family room. The sound of the sewing machine and the swooshing and clanking of my mom’s hand motions interacting with the mechanics of the loom were the background noise of my childhood. Gorgeous woven wall hangings donned the walls of our suburban home. All my life, I have been surrounded by my mom’s hands making things.

What’s different about my mom’s quilting story from the rest of her career is that until she became a quilter she never considered herself an artist. She never sold her work or entered competitions. I suppose it was partly the times; she was busy raising three children, all of us close in age, and often working while we were at school to help support our family. She didn’t have time to become a full fledged textile artist.

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{Fragments of Life, 2008}

Fast forward to the 1990′s. My mom is in her early 50′s. She decides to take up quilting. She says she tried it once in the 70′s and didn’t like it. So she also decides pretty early on that art quilting–as opposed to traditional quilting–is more her aesthetic and speed. “I could continue my addiction to fabric, not worry about points and matching seams, and the end result was a beautiful work of art.” Also, two things are happening. For one, her children are grown and gone, so she has more time to create, and more energy to focus on creating. For another, the Internet is beginning to emerge as a way to meet other people with similar interests, share work, and get inspiration. Both of these factors have contributed to my mother’s prolific success.

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{Indigo Moons, 2008}

While it may seem impressive that my mom didn’t start quilting until she was in her 50′s, what’s even more impressive is what happened afterward. She joined guilds and made friends with other men and women who also made art quilts. When she was in her 60′s she started a blog about her life and work. She built a website to showcase her work. She dyes her own fabrics, screen prints, paints, stamps and discharges dyes. In the early 2000′s, after refining her craft and participating in critiques, she began entering competitions, showing her work in galleries and quilt shows and selling pieces, many commissioned by private collections and organizations. Her work is featured in quilt books and numerous magazines. And, at the age of 74 (she turns 75 next week!) her work landed on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine. When she found out, she called me to announce “I’m a cover girl!” It made my eyes well up with tears.

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{The full quilt, as it appears in the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine}

So really, 32 years old is pretty young to start your art career. My mom was in her 50′s. And at 75, she’s still going strong. She works in her studio every day. She does meticulously and painstakingly detailed work. She constantly learns new techniques. She takes classes. She goes to conferences. She works part time for the prestigious Surface Design Association. She engages with her community. She is curious and passionate –  and she never questions whether to stop. “I’ll do this till the day I die,” she’s said to me many times.

Tomorrow the manuscript for my book is due. My editor asked me to write a dedication. That was not hard. “To my mother, Gerrie,” I wrote. “for showing me it’s never too late to find your bliss.”

Happy Thursday.

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Heavy Hangs the Head: Interview with Taryn Hipp

09/18/13

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About six months ago, my friend Taryn emailed and asked if I could illustrate the cover of her book. Yes, she was writing a book, and it was coming out soon, and she wanted me to design the cover. Taryn and I met online back in 2008. She had sent me a friend request on Facebook. We had mutual friends. I didn’t know who she was, but randomly, I accepted her friendship. I turned out to be one of the best random decisions I’ve ever made.

For the past five years Taryn has inspired me endlessly. Early in our friendship, she seemed to be going through something huge, but I didn’t know exactly what it was at the time. When you only know someone on Facebook, and you know very little about them, you begin to piece together information that will give you a fuller picture of who they are. I knew Taryn worked at a record store. I knew we had similar taste in music. I knew she had a biting sense of humor, and a very soft side too. Taryn intrigued me. Her posts on social media were brave and revelatory. She was, I came to find out a couple years into our friendship, leaving her old life — a life of fear and addiction — and declaring a new life for herself, a life filled with love and promise, sobriety, school, hopes, dreams, and, eventually, this book. Over the years we’ve gotten to know each other better. Since 2008, Taryn has become a fixture in my life. I am continually inspired by her humanity and honesty.

So, back to Taryn’s book. It’s called Heavy Hangs the Head, and you can see the cover I designed above. I am quite proud of it, though it was all Taryn’s vision. The book is a memoir. It’s about Taryn’s journey from anxiety-ridden child to delinquent teenager to divorced alcoholic to who she is today. In her own words, “Heavy Hangs the Head is my journey towards learning to overcome the things that hold me back & accepting that sometimes, it’s ok to not move at all.”

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{Taryn celebrates the launch of her book.}

I eagerly read Heavy Hangs the Head when it came out and realized immediately I had to interview Taryn about the book. It is a brave, gritty and honest memoir. As with most books I read, I had to know more. (Incidentally, this is the first in a series of interviews I’m going to be launching on this blog with artists and writers I admire. Stay tuned for more interviews over the next few months.)

Lisa: I love the title of the book so much — Heavy Hangs the Head — where does it come from?

Taryn: It’s actually a line from the movie Cry-Baby. The main character is crying over being heartbroken & her grandmother says, “Heavy hangs the head that last night wore the crown.” During my drinking days I went to sleep the queen of the prom only to wake up feeling exactly the opposite.

Lisa: Heavy Hangs the Head (to me) was much more about your search for stable ground. loving relationships and meaning in your life as much as it was a story about getting sober. For example, you don’t talk too much about the process of getting sober and what that was like, but you do talk a lot about your relationships and how they shaped your life. Tell us about how you decided what aspects of your journey to write about?

Taryn: When I started working on the book my goal was to give a little “back story” of my life and then write about getting sober but as I began to write I realized that the “little” back story was a huge part of why I was even writing the book. Everything that has happened in my life led me to this place, the good and the bad. It took me a long time to see that. I try to live without regrets and I think that my search for stable ground, as you say, has been and continues to be the driving force in my life. But it’s not just stable ground really, it’s more the ability to remain stable when the ground shakes. Ya know? Before I got sober I couldn’t do that. I would begin to lose my footing and immediately turn to alcohol to self-medicate. When I was going through my divorce I had this hole inside of me that ached constantly and it was accompanied by this terrible voice in my head that just wouldn’t stop making me miserable. The alcohol was able to “fix” both of those things. Obviously, it was more of a paper towel duct taped on a wound than a bandage but the process of writing the book was my bandage and the healing process has been extraordinary.

Lisa: You’ve written a lot of zines but never before a book! And you wrote it relatively quickly. You worked with a small press called Sweet Candy Press. How did the relationship with Sweet Candy begin? What was the writing process like for you as a first-timer? How did you get yourself to sit down and write?

Taryn: I’ve known Sage from Sweet Candy for a long time because of zines. When I mentioned I wanted to possibly write a book she was like “Yes, do it and I’ll put it out”–just like that. It happened so fast. We’re both really into self-publishing and the Do-It-Yourself way of life so it was a new experience for both of us. I had no idea how to write a book so I actually went to the library and checked out a dozen or so books about the subject (none of which I actually ended up reading because it just became too overwhelming). I “took the summer off” from school, and writing the book became my job. I had a routine that involved my porch and a lot of coffee and a dedicated amount of hours per day to writing. But the subject matter was so intense and sometimes really triggering that it became difficult to stick to my routine. I would go days without working on the book, finding other things that were suddenly way more important. Eventually Sage would step in and give me these epic pep talks that really helped get me back on track. I have no idea what big publishers are like but I doubt they answer text messages in the middle of the night with words of encouragement like “You can do this. I believe in you.”

Lisa: The book is really raw and really comes through in your voice, as if we are reading your journal. Was there an editing process? If so, what was it like? Or did you want to stay as true as possible to your voice?

Taryn: I am a zine maker. I am the first person to tell you that. I don’t know how to write a book. I only know how I wrote my book. The editing process was basically me writing for hours at a time for days and then putting it in a Google Doc and asking my best friend or my boyfriend to read it and tell me if it made any sense. A few times I felt like maybe the story was getting off track and I asked friends to give me their opinion or tell me what they wanted to know after reading what I had written so far. I didn’t really give anyone a choice though, it was more like “Read this. Is it totally stupid?” So, I had help throughout the entire process. Once the book was “finished” there were a few people who went through it and we made changes together. I didn’t want it to be in anyone’s voice but my own. No one could tell my story the way I needed it to be told and that’s why it reads like a zine because that’s how I write.

Lisa: What did you learn from writing this book? About yourself or the writing process? Any motivation to write another? What are you working on now?

Taryn: I joked last year that I was learning to be “more brave” by stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things I wouldn’t normally do. I think this book was the final step in that journey. Not everyone will enjoy the book or even care about the book but it exists to show the world that I could do it. My life got all mixed up a few years back, and I truly didn’t think I could get through it. Like, I sometimes will stop myself from being in a bummer mood and just remember where I was four years ago. Writing this book has given me a lot of perspective and it has shown me that it’s okay to be an emotional person, to seek out help, to be vulnerable.

I’m always writing. I actually put out a new issue of my zine, Lady Teeth while working on the book. There is another issue of that in the works also and I’ve been writing a lot of short fiction that may turn into a collection. I had an idea to write stories based on the women in my life and it sort of grew from that. I’m also back in school now that the summer is over so that keeps me pretty busy. I didn’t start college until I was 31. It was never something I really even considered but I’m so glad I did because I really enjoy it. I also think the fact that I am a Psych major had a lot to do with me writing a book like Heavy Hangs the Head. I’ve been approached about speaking to high school kids about my experiences with drugs and alcohol which is not something I had ever considered but I am excited about.

Lisa: If you could summarize the 2-3 people and/or circumstances that turned your life around, what would you say?

Taryn: I spent a long time being very angry at the world and feeling sorry for myself. I didn’t understand why certain things happened to me, and I felt like the whole world was out to get me. Eventually I had to realize that I was self-sabotaging and making excuses. My life sucked because I wasn’t doing what I needed to do to make it not suck. So when I got arrested in 2010 for public drunkenness, that was a huge turning point for me. I began to heal and grow and gain perspective. My life has always been really special, I just never bothered to focus on anything but the negative which wasn’t just unfair to me but to the people who loved me. My book is dedicated to my sisters, Jennifer and Veronica and that’s because they have stood by and supported me through everything. They are the reason I am the woman I am today because they have loved me unconditionally, believed in me even when I didn’t, and never turned their back on me. That is something everyone deserves and once I realized that and embraced it, my life turned around and I started loving it.

You can purchase Heavy Hangs the Head here, where you can also check out & purchase Taryn’s awesome zine collection.

Happy Wednesday!

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Makeshift Society :: Brooklyn!

09/17/13

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A year ago this coming weekend, Makeshift Society San Francisco opened its doors. Makeshift Society is a community for creative freelancers and independent workers, started by my former business partner and dear friend, Rena Tom. Part co-working space and part clubhouse, people use Makeshift Society to work, take classes, attend events and collaborate on projects.. Makeshift–ever cozy and inviting–is one of my favorite places in San Francisco to work, socialize, learn, teach, meet up and make new friends.

The most exciting news is that Makeshift is opening its doors in Brooklyn, New York. New York friends: This is EXCITING NEWS FOR YOU!! To fund aspects of the endeavor, they’ve launched an ambitious Kickstarter Campaign. Despite being one of the largest, most jam-packed cities in America, New York City can still be a lonely place, and a logistically difficult one to navigate. Makeshift Brooklyn will provide freelancers a beautiful place to work, teach, learn and meet others. That’s exactly what Rena built in San Francisco, and what she and her team are building in Brooklyn.

By supporting the Kickstarter campaign can get you many amazing treats, including a tote bag designed by me (only 100 available!) or a Google Hang Out Session with me and my friend Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge (only 8 of those available!). Here’s a photo of my tote bag with Makeshift’s motto, “do what you love, make who you are”:

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Other prizes include a pennant by Lab Partners or a poster by Kate Bingaman Burt. CHECK THEM OUT. You don’t have to live in Brooklyn to participate. Anyone can donate money to the campaign and receive rewards. Want to learn more about what’s happening before you donate? Watch this cool video:

The funds they raise now will enable Rena and her team to create a space that’s not just functional and beautiful, but one that is a vibrant center for creative business in Brooklyn. Part of the funds raised in the campaign will help build a creative tool lending library for rental and onsite usage. A reference library of books and material samples, audio and video equipment for production and post-production, and art and design tools and supplies will help outfit the Clubhouse with shared, creative resources.

Support Makeshift Society Brooklyn.

Happy Tuesday!

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Sale :: Snowy Owl

09/13/13

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Snowy Owl, an original 11×14 inch shadowbox, made from vintage ephemera, pencil and gouache in 2011, is on sale for a limited time! Regularly $325, this piece is now $275 until Monday. Get it here.

Happy Friday!

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