jaybendt:

Story time! Or: Would you like to be my patron?

As many of you may know (or perhaps you don’t, and if you don’t, grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable), starting Sept. 1st, I will be moving away from my regular 9-5 employment into being a freelancer. Slowly at first, but surely either way. As of January 1st, I will be all on my own.

Why? Well, for years art has been the thing I am good at. My passion, really. For years it’s been a dream of mine to make a living and support myself and my family doing what is most important to me: Creating content. We live in a world of consumers and it is a giant privilege in my eyes to be able to make things with my hands. So that means that starting next year is the year I am finally taking the plunge and going after it.

That doesn’t come without complications, though. To be able to make art is a huge privilege, but it is also a hard business. It doesn’t come with the assured knowledge that every 2 weeks, there will be a paycheck in my bank account, or whether we can eat! Now, we’re not about to be living in a box under a bridge, but for those who know me,  I am a people pleaser that avoids stress at all cost. Not knowing whether everything will be ok financially is stressful, and so I am asking for help. I have hundreds, if not thousands of you lovely people who have loved my work and encouraged me to make it, and it is because of you all that I have faith I can make a career out of it! But starting will be rough. At the expense of putting my whole heart on the line, I am now asking for a bit of help from the community that has seen me grow.

I have started a Patreon campaign, where you all can be my patrons. What is Patreon? Patreon is much like a Kickstarter campaign, except that it lasts longer, there are no risks of projects not being fully funded, and it gives you the option of helping with smaller sums (instead of one big lump) in exchange for rewards. Plus the fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’ll be helping this artist get one step closer to living out her dream.

If you choose to help. You may be assured that it is on your terms. You can start or stop a pledge at any point, and your pledge is automatic every month, so you don’t have to fuss about whether you forgot to do it.  You can also rest assured that your pledge will be helping me not only cover the cost of living so that I can make art for you, but aiding me in making more and more cool items and hopefully even increasing my reward options, which right now include behind the scenes emails, downloadable googles, and care packages for you awesome people.
From now on, you’ll find a link in my sidebar to my Patron Tip Jar, which will be up soon, where you can go to find out more. And if you can’t contribute, then please help me by sharing this as far and wide among your art loving friends as you can.

jaybendt:

Story time! Or: Would you like to be my patron?

As many of you may know (or perhaps you don’t, and if you don’t, grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable), starting Sept. 1st, I will be moving away from my regular 9-5 employment into being a freelancer. Slowly at first, but surely either way. As of January 1st, I will be all on my own.

Why? Well, for years art has been the thing I am good at. My passion, really. For years it’s been a dream of mine to make a living and support myself and my family doing what is most important to me: Creating content. We live in a world of consumers and it is a giant privilege in my eyes to be able to make things with my hands. So that means that starting next year is the year I am finally taking the plunge and going after it.

That doesn’t come without complications, though. To be able to make art is a huge privilege, but it is also a hard business. It doesn’t come with the assured knowledge that every 2 weeks, there will be a paycheck in my bank account, or whether we can eat! Now, we’re not about to be living in a box under a bridge, but for those who know me,  I am a people pleaser that avoids stress at all cost. Not knowing whether everything will be ok financially is stressful, and so I am asking for help. I have hundreds, if not thousands of you lovely people who have loved my work and encouraged me to make it, and it is because of you all that I have faith I can make a career out of it! But starting will be rough. At the expense of putting my whole heart on the line, I am now asking for a bit of help from the community that has seen me grow.

I have started a Patreon campaign, where you all can be my patrons. What is Patreon? Patreon is much like a Kickstarter campaign, except that it lasts longer, there are no risks of projects not being fully funded, and it gives you the option of helping with smaller sums (instead of one big lump) in exchange for rewards. Plus the fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’ll be helping this artist get one step closer to living out her dream.

If you choose to help. You may be assured that it is on your terms. You can start or stop a pledge at any point, and your pledge is automatic every month, so you don’t have to fuss about whether you forgot to do it.  You can also rest assured that your pledge will be helping me not only cover the cost of living so that I can make art for you, but aiding me in making more and more cool items and hopefully even increasing my reward options, which right now include behind the scenes emails, downloadable googles, and care packages for you awesome people.

From now on, you’ll find a link in my sidebar to my Patron Tip Jar, which will be up soon, where you can go to find out more. And if you can’t contribute, then please help me by sharing this as far and wide among your art loving friends as you can.

brucesterling:

artnouveaustyle:

missolivialouise:

Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Streetcars!
Airships!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

Plz bring back art nouveau design in everything *_*

*I like it when people just make up entire cultural sensibilities

vivaillajams:

http://www.gofundme.com/JamillaOkuboParsoTuition

Hello,

My name is Jamilla Okubo. I am an Kenyan-American artist from Washington, D.C. Currently residing in New York City attending Parsons the New School for Design. I am currently a rising senior at Parsons studying Integrated Fashion Design (undergraduate), with a background in Fine Arts, and a focus on textiles and fashion design. 

I have been attending Parsons for three years now and I am getting ready to graduate this year as well as complete my senior thesis. I am currently $72,000 in debt to Parsons the New School for Design. For the past three years my mother has assisted me by  paying the remainder of my tuition with the Parent Plus Loan. My mother has borrowed $43,000 of the Direct Parent Plus loan. I still owe $12,000 for my last (senior) year at Parsons and mother and I can no longer take out Direct Plus Loans. 

I hope to be that minority student of color at Parsons, who represents the school, and inspires my younger siblings, and other minority/low-income students globally, to have the ambition and drive that I have, and not let financial issues get in the way of it.

I need $10, 787 to pay for the rest of my tuition for my last year at Parsons.

USAGE OF FUNDS:

-Tuition: $10,787
-School Supplies (Fabric, muslin, pattern paper, designing tools, paint, canvases, lab fees, books, fieldtrip fees)

ABOUT ME & MY PURPOSE AS AN ARTIST:

 As a multidisciplinary artist I am able to combine my skills and knowledge to create and express myself. My artwork mainly focuses on people of the Diaspora (people of color), whom I consider my community. I use my artistic disciplines as tools to challenge myself in ways to give back to my community, educate, and empower them as well as the rest of the world.

It is my duty to remind people of color that we have such a rich culture, and that we should love ourselves and one another. I create artwork for my community, because I believe that my purpose as an artist of color is to empower and educate my community.

My artistic discipline connects me to my community by allowing me to create artwork that my community is able to enjoy, embrace, and share with others. I not only create my artwork for myself, but what I express through the medium that I use, is a story that many in my community can relate to. When it comes to creating, I strongly believe in the fact that, 

“Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images,”

A quote by Sonia Sanchez. As an artist of color coming from a low-income, single-mother household background, I am able to speak for many in my community from both my experiences growing up as well as express the beauty and hardships of my community’s culture and history. Being able to paint allows me to create for myself but also allows my work to connect to so many from my community. That is the beauty of being an artist, being able to express shared feelings and experiences with your community, where they can also can all take something from what you create.
There is so much to learn, and from that form of inspiration and influence, I create.

RECENT INTERVIEWS:

OkayAfrica:  http://www.okayafrica.com/news/jamilla-okubo-textiles-paintings/#slide1

AADAT:  www.aadatart.com/interview-jamilla-okubo-on-her-cultural-background-creative-inspirations-and-favourite-things/

Portfolio Website www.jamillaokubo.com
Shop my art prints here: http://aadatart.com/product-category/art-prints/jamilla-okubo/

SPREAD THE WORD TUMBLR FAMILY! I LOVE YALL!

*SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASEEEEE*  

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breenewsome:

The black women were also murdered by police. #ferguson #mikebrown

breenewsome:

The black women were also murdered by police. #ferguson #mikebrown

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kadrey:

Artist 3D-Prints City-Shaped Shells For Hermit Crabs  
"Japanese artist Aki Inomata has partnered with, of all things, hermit crabs, to create a brilliant architectural art project. Using a 3D printer, Inomata created clear plastic shells with cities on them that were then promptly inhabited by their new hermit crab residents…"
http://www.boredpanda.com/3d-printed-hermit-crab-shells-architecture-aki-inomata/

kadrey:

Artist 3D-Prints City-Shaped Shells For Hermit Crabs

"Japanese artist Aki Inomata has partnered with, of all things, hermit crabs, to create a brilliant architectural art project. Using a 3D printer, Inomata created clear plastic shells with cities on them that were then promptly inhabited by their new hermit crab residents…"

http://www.boredpanda.com/3d-printed-hermit-crab-shells-architecture-aki-inomata/

"For now, what I rue most days is not what I’ve put on my skin, but what I’ve put on the Internet. Cached, reblogged, and saved by others, the photos of my tattoos will stick around after I’m gone, while the tattoos themselves will perish when I do. Sometimes I wish I could disappear my online presence altogether when I die—but I can’t, so instead I daydream about cremation, about the way my old skin will burn up like a diary."

— Sarah Nicole Prickett, “The Pros and Cons of Getting a Tattoo”, Vogue, 2014. (via irisreadsthings)

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"In fact, it’s all about the butts. Because players see their avatars from a third-person perspective from behind, men are confronted with whether they want to stare at a guy’s butt or a girl’s butt for 20 hours a week. Or as the study authors put it in more academic prose, gender-switching men “prefer the esthetics of watching a female avatar form.” This means that gender-switching men somehow end up adopting a few female speech patterns even though they had no intention of pretending to be a woman."

World of Warcraft gender switching: Why men choose female avatars. (via jomc)

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Ultimately, every revolutionary act is an act of love - it’s about love for people. And so I think every song I’ve ever written has been a love song.
—Zack de la Rocha

Ultimately, every revolutionary act is an act of love - it’s about love for people. And so I think every song I’ve ever written has been a love song.

—Zack de la Rocha

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wtfplus:

imagesimply be marketing e-mail, “Tribal Grunge or Neon Bloom, what’s your style?,” may 2014

now, i don’t even dislike those garments, i am just like… completely baffled by the question. which one is which? can anyone in seattle tell me about the grunge tribes in the area?

p.s. “neon bloom” is…