I’ve been meaning to write a post about my experience participating at last weeks RAWartists showcase here in Los Angeles. So here goes, In the process of creating new work to display I realized that my style of art takes quite a lot of time. I only had one month to get a collection together, so I had steered away from my normal style and I tried to make a collection using abstract motifs at a larger scale and making it colorful (I used sharpie paint markers as my medium). While working on the first piece of this collection I actually did not like it. I thought it was masking me as an artist, and taking away from my true talent because it was the quicker option. After finalizing the first piece to that collection (which I named: Brooklyn2LA) I ended up going back to my regular style and I felt so content when I changed. I feel like my style of art being so detailed and intricate is what makes my work significant so I couldn’t stand changing that just to be able to produce more pieces.
I usually post pictures on my instagram page to give my followers a peak at my work before its finished. With that being said, I had posted the piece “Brooklyn2LA” onto my instagram page and I was shocked to see that so many people loved it. I gained 50 followers in a matter of a week which is kind of a big deal to me because as an artist you want and need followers. It may sound silly but the more followers you have the better, It helps you as an artists to gain exposure. Also, the lesson learned there was to show everything even the work I hate because someone else may like it.
Moving on to the actual showcase. If you already know my work you probably noticed that I did in fact use some of my old pieces that I had made in college. And you were probably expecting to see an entirely new collection. Let’s be real, when you create a drawing as intricately detailed as mine you definitely need a lot more time to put it together. Then again, being that this was my first time showcasing in Los Angeles it didn’t matter whether my work was old or new. Being in a new scene in a different state you are new period. So anything you show is looked at as new and fresh and different because you are unknown. I just wanted to explain that because a few people had asked me why certain pieces were shown again.
My perspective on the show was that it was very different from any I’ve been to in NYC. However, I’m still glad I had the opportunity to showcase there. My show did well, not as great as I expected though (mainly because of the section I was in). My booth was kind of hidden near the bar so the only time people noticed my booth was when they went to grab a drink. I guess that was good and bad. My display consisted of a hand painted vest, two- digital prints on fabric, two- screen printed repeats on fabric, and some hand painted cosmetic bags. I also had some framed black and white designs leaned up against my booth wall as well as some hand drawings on paper which were all hung. Below the hung pieces stood “Brooklyn2LA” which was on canvas.
“Brooklyn2LA” was receiving a lot of attention and later that night was sold to a nice gentlemen who was standing at the bar. He said “I’ve been standing at the bar and I can’t stop looking at it. It reminds me a lot of the artist Murakami’s work. Is it for sale?” I was psyched because to be compared to Murakami is probably the greatest compliment I could receive. Especially, for a piece that I was not crazy about. Takashi Murakami is one of my favorite artist, so it was really an honor for someone to feel like my work reminded them of him.
Overall, it was a good show and it made me happy to see so many people like my work. I saw many people really take a close look and grow an appreciation for the detail and the intricacy in my work. (I’m huge on detail if you haven’t already noticed) so with that said, I’m going to end it here. Thank you for reading and below are some pictures of the RAWartists LA showcase and some of my pieces that I displayed on October 2, 2014.
I am thiscraftychic! I’m an “abstract” funky graffiti inspired artist from NYC. I just moved to California from New York. It was a big change but well worth it. I’ve always dreamed of living here and now I do, so I’d like to say this was a dream come true.
Anyway, this is my first blog which I decided to start because I have a lot of ideas, talents and interests that I’ve been wanting to share for quite some time now. I find it really difficult to just start blogging because you’re really putting your thoughts out there for so many people to read, but I think it’s about time that I just give it a try. So bare with me if my posts come off like gibberish.
I’ll probably post more pictures than anything so you won’t have to read much here. But I basically just wanted to give a mini intro. about me and who I am.
Tata, Until next time!