If you're anything like me, you love art but you always need to learn more. Whether it is to understand what on Earth are NFT's or to get help with writing your artist statement. And of course you can always trust Google to help you out, but maybe you are looking for more.
This was me a year ago, as an artist I had joined a lot of paid communities, with the hope they could help me reach a bigger audience, teach me the ropes of networking for my needs and also help me stay up to date and informed.
Then I found The Art Gorgeous, or actually they found me, I was contacted to help a client of theirs and loved how friendly they were. I mean just please follow their instagram @the_art_gorgeous to instantly be in a good mood with their funny content and also great articles. But then I noticed they had THE HOUSE, yes... There was more, a yearly membership that offers you tons more, if you want to read it in their own words please click here.
In summary it has allowed me to access a network of other members that rage from gallerists, artist or just art enthusiasts, it was given me access to great webinars and online meetings with mentors and specialists that talk about current and useful topics (which BTW I can access afterwards if I can't make it or just need to rewatch again) it also gives me access to their audience by selling up to 3 monthly artworks WITHOUT any commissions. Access also to international art related job offers, and also ANY question or help I need, I can just email them and get feedback, how awesome is that!
Also, they do IRL meeting events, but since currently that is pretty much not a thing, they also host zoom events with local members so if you're shy trust me they help you overcome that too!
You might be thinking ok ok but how much... it's 360 euros per year (that's less than 1euro per day). If you're a coffee drinker you know a coffee is even more than that, BUT I can offer you a 25% discount code, so don't be shy send me an email to email@example.com or contact me via instagram @iallamozas I am now head of Hispanics team, so if you do join, I look forward to meeting you there as well!!!
Spring is finally here!!! It makes me want to create lots of Matisse inspired cutouts with flowers and butterflies, or just anything bright colors. But this season also marks a year of living in a pandemic. And all though now we have vaccines some are still at home on lockdown or on a waiting list to get the shot. Therefore I would love to get together just for the fun of collaging together, getting to know each other, answering any questions, but mostly having a cool collage hangout session
When? Tuesday April 27th. at 9:00pm CET for 40 minutes
Where? Online once you sign up, you will see all the info, the day before I will also send you a reminder with the link to join the Zoom meeting
Since this is just a hangout make sure to have the images you'll want to use, glue and scissors and feel free to join with your favorite beverage :) I will give a quick intro and then those who feel like it can also introduce yourselves and we can talk about art, life and relax for a bit.
BTW since this year has been crazy I am making this meeting free! Donations are more than welcome (via Paypal paypal.me/iallamozas) but I am more than happy just to catch up!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
I recently renovated my workspace at home, and truth be told I have been changing workspaces the last 3 years.
I think one of the best reasons to consider having a workspace for your art is this space will inspire you to create. After many years of not having a space and just thinking I can do it anywhere, anytime, most times it meant not creating. When you don't have a dedicated place for your art, you end up using another space which can be great, but trust me if you're inspired to create and you do so on your kitchen or dining room table, eventually life gets in the way.
So if you want to sneak a little creative corner at home, here are 3 tips I have learned along the way that I hope will help you:
1. Define your space
Think about the spaces in your home, maybe you have an unused spare bedroom, or a garage which can be great to go big. But since I live in Spain in a small apartment this was about the question for me. If this is the case for you too, think of corners, rearrange furniture and remember walls are great for setting your tools, it can be a peg board, or shelves, but vertical storage is a great option for limited spaces.
You can be creative and repurpose a closet or install a foldable desk, but know it's also OK if you can't fit a table, in some cases still using the dining or kitchen table, but having a dedicated place for all your tools and artworks will make it inviting for you to use them whenever possible. This also brings me to my second tip.
2. Organisation will save you time
As artists we tend to have tons of tools, even as a collage artist I love having different scissors, glues, papers etc. If you don't have these organized, creating is more complicated since you first have to dedicate time to finding everything. I like to use containers for brushes, pens, markers, pencils and you can also go cheap, one of my favorite containers is reusing any Campbell's soup can for this.
I also like to keep all my glues, adhesives and scissors together, for this I use my peg board but it can be containers or boxes if this is the case be sure to label them so you can save time later.
I also have two 4 drawer organizers where I like to keep my paper, elements that I use like stickers, plants, etc, I even have there drawer dedicated to packaging for when I sell my artworks. I had space for this, but it can also be a roller cart (Ikea has a cute one) that's easy to move and has all your tools ready.
One thing that's important to consider is where you will store your artworks. I like to have big folders to save them, maybe you can fit them into your closet or like me if you store them vertically you can sneak them into a corner.
I also like to have folders for work in progress. Sometimes a project takes more than you like, or you may be working on more than one project at a time, instead of leaving it on a table I like to store these so that my desk is clean and neat and inspires me to create rather than clean hehe.
3. Think about the light
Having proper lighting makes the world of difference, especially for your eyes' rest. If your workspace can have natural lighting is the best, but you might not be so lucky, or you might be only able to work at night, so the window won't help much there. So invest in a proper light for your desk. Since I also teach, for me a proper light was necessary and also a support for my phone, after much digging I found a lamp that can do both. But whatever you choose just make sure to have a good lamp.
It also helps if you have your own creations or artworks from an artist you admire as decor to inspire you every time to see it. I hope these tips have been helpful, and please feel free to contact me if you need any tip or have any questions, also if you just want to share with me how your space looks :)
It's been 12 years since I came to live in Barcelona. I still get excited when Im out in the city with all the art & design around me. But one thing that has never changed is missing my family. On the bright side when we do meet it's so much fun and love that it just fuels me for life. But with everything that is going on, truth is I don't know when I will see them again. And on the days when this sad thought hits me, there is nothing like going back and remembering my childhood or cooking a meal that reminds me of my family.
My feelings and thoughts are always expressed in my collages. They are an extension of who I am and my dreams. I've always admired Warhol's pop icons and I felt inspired to create some of my own, specially with my home city, Caracas, in mind.
So 2020 has at the least been a weird year. With so many thing going on all my project and plans have had to adapt. But being at home during summer, has allowed me think of new goals. September feels like the New Year, even if I don't go to school anymore. I have been practicing, teaching, taking clases, creating and planning all summer my new goals.
I've set up a new studio at home, my creative corner to Cut & Play! Im so happy you're here with me to join the ride! There will be items for sale, classes, and much more! Welcome to my blog!