The time has come again.
I will hunker down in the studio trying to get ahead of all that MICA's Art Market entails–
• drinking lots of mochas.
I encourage people to buy handmade
as much as possible because you are really giving something more to the ones you love. You are giving something usually one of a kind (or close to it) that strikes a chord. Perhaps a reference to a favorite tv show, a memory of an old tradition, something snuggly, or something you both can totally relate to.
Made with care
When I'm making things, I am usually blaring some Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Stevie Nicks, or Cher. Or sometimes its a Christmas movie projected on the wall, like Bill Murray's Scrooged or Jim Carry in the Grinch. I am trying to figure out why my screen-printing ink is too thin and where that one tube of watercolor I need is. In my studio, I am surrounded by the art of my friends, family photos, and books I'll get around to looking at someday.
All of this adds up to the sum of the piece. For me, making is about LOVE, DISCIPLINE, + CURIOSITY.
Since I was a kid discovering how many things you could make with Aleene's Tacky Glue (still the best product ever), through training at art school, and then real training in the working world, the joy has always been in taking separate ingredients and concocting them into something that wasn't their before. Its like baking a dessert without the calories! When you buy handmade, you buy all the richness that is the joy and trouble-shooting and appreciation that goes into it.
You can learn more about Art Market here and check out some of my favorite sources for unique gifts: