I've spent a decade making new projects and online endeavors in order to create communities for like-minded people, whether it's a hair and style forum, an interactive website about Squarespace and WordPress (which I hope to revive as a podcast, haha), or any number of other things I worked on, forgot about, or just didn't continue to pursue.
All of the skills I learned by working on these various projects came together for the (my) next big thing: Art Inspires You.
The brand currently lives on the recently-launched Instagram channel @artinspiresyou. At the moment we (I can't get away from "we," sorry) feature the art of those who follow the account. In the future, when we hit a higher follower count, we will be turning this into a curated instagram gallery which uses a "pay for feature" model. So what I'm saying is - get in there now, haha.
For now, follow us (the growing Art Inspires You community) and join the newsletter in order to receive updates all about Art Inspires You! This includes a potential crowdfunding campaign for the website and all the other great stuff we (I) have planned, haha, including a curated magazine and services for artists.
The Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine "Winter 2018" Edition is out now, and my art "Silk" is featured among other amazing artists hand-picked by Circle Foundation!
"In this issue of Circle Quarterly Art Review, we examine work by 108 mid-career and established artists working in a variety of discipline and style. From sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, digital and mixed media we look at each work for its unique aesthetic as well as how it reflects upon current trends and practices in contemporary art."
You can order a print copy now via Peecho, and enjoy some fantastic art from around the world! Thanks to Circle Foundation for the opportunity and for the publication!
Guys, I just got into my third publication this year - and it's only March! My artwork will be featured in the 2018 quarterly review magazine for the Circle Foundation for the Arts forthcoming winter issue! Out of 350 submissions, my art piece "Silk," part of my larger series "Flower Daze" made the list! This awesome piece is also available in my online shop.
It's kind of crazy; I had no prior art publications to my name prior to 2018 - and now I'm being published in all different ways all at once! Sure, I've been in film festivals and gallery shows for years, and I've had some press - but my art in print, selected by a jury and published for hundreds and thousands to see? I'm still processing, haha.
At the start of the year I was determined to give myself a title that would not only incorporate all of my skills, but also tell others what I could do for them. Focusing on a title as my goal helped me reshape priorities, and as a "Creative Director" publications are up there on the important list. BAM! - 3 publications. You just have to put it out there, and it will happen. I mean, you have to make it happen, but it'll happen...
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I'm officially a 2017 Muse Creative Awards winner! Recipient of the Rose Gold Award in the Photography category, a focus on 'Fine Art,' my eponymous digital art series made its way to the top! My winning entry contained five images, all of which are part of my series 'The Girl Mirage.' The featured image 'Muse of the Mountains' is available in my Society6 Shop. (Yes, I'm starting a shop, too!)
Muse Creative Awards are international advertising awards, a competition for creative professionals who possess the unique ability to inspire with a concept, idea or design. Winners range in levels Platinum, Gold, and Rose Gold.
Rose gold has become one of my favorite colors, so I'm pretty happy with the results, haha. It's so exciting to be recognized by advertising awards, as that's the direction in which I'd like to move in my future career.
I sort of stumbled upon these competition results. In doing some further digital marketing research into my own brand 'The Girl Mirage,' I used a free SEO tool by Moz to see which websites are linking to my website, also called 'backlinking.' I noticed a series of links from Muse Creative Awards, and I wondered why; I had entered this advertising and design competition in early 2017, and hadn't heard from them since.
Curious, I clicked the links and, lo - I had my own winner's page. I won! I don't know what I did with the initial notification email, but I was sent a new one complete with a form so I can get my official certificate!
This really gives me further drive to continue creating new work in this style - my style. It's relaxing to create new work, too, as compared to the marketing aspect of things. You can be sure that new series will come in the new year.