A positive little haiku for you this week. It can’t all be murder mysteries and brain eating, now can it? The thought behind this is one that I have to remind myself of every now and then. It’s those brief moments of, “wtf am i doing?” followed by a feeling of self doubt. Other artists and musicians I’ve spoken to get this way as well. Luckily, it’s a fleeting thing and within a day we are forging ahead, doing what we do.
However, it is also true that some folks never bother to get started because they don’t see their dreams as feasible because they think they are not good enough or it’s too hard or too big a dream or whatever. I’m here to play the Little Train That Could and whisper in all of your ears whether you never got started or whether you are on your path but are battling with the self-critical monster, “You can dooooo it!”
Who better to link to this week than indie artists who, with little fame, fortune or fanfare, dedicate their lives to making art because it’s what moves them and they hope their work might move you too…
I found Nikki Pinder through Twitter and have been ‘following’ her for a couple of weeks now. Practically every day this wonderful indie artist is creating something, posting pics of her progress or showing finished pieces. Yesterday’s post entitled Eat Me, Drink Me featured 24 one of a kind Who Killed Amanda Palmer inspired badges/pins. Each little canvas badge has different artwork and is packaged inside of secret-holding little boxes stuffed with additional surprises like wire hearts and mini cards and then bundled with even more AFP oriented goodies. Hell even the label on the bag is handmade and awesome.
This is obviously not something thrown together in a few minutes for quick sales. No, this girl loves the act of creating. Period. You will be able to get these badges via PostWarTrade – Amanda Palmer’s site for artist/fan created merch for both herself and the Dresden Dolls. You can follow Nikki Pinder on Twitter or keep an eye on her blog to find out when they are officially available.
Nikki Pinder isn’t only making badges though. This is simply one venue that she is channeling her creative energy. She’s a wonderful artist who uses things like india ink artwork, old photos and collage techniques to create strange and beautiful illustrations like this one:
Illustration by Nikki Pinder
Nikki is gearing up similar artwork for an upcoming solo exhibition entitled, “Favorite Worst Nightmares”. Good luck, Nikki and rock on!
Next, I have to share some good news that happened to an indie musician near and dear to me. You guys that are regular readers know of Jim and some of our adventures together. Well, last week The Jim Morey Band was invited in to Creative Loafing for a studio session where they were interviewed for a newspaper article, podcast interview and session video using one song and a bunch of footage from the sessions.
I was hiding in the corner watching and listening and end up making a cameo in it. I’m the girl that looks like a neurotic squirrel with eyes darting all over the place. A little embarassing, but who cares? Other cameos include the notorious Bobo the Monkey and our lovely torso-mannequin Betty who steals the spotlight in her awesomeness! Who needs legs with a face like that? Congrats to The Jim Morey Band and a big thanks to our friends at Creative Loafing for shining some light on incredible local independent talent. Please keep up the great work!
I think that’s going to be it for this week. Remember you can Stalk Me on MySpace or Follow Me on Twitter. Twitter’s actually been pretty cool. It’s more than people posting daily drivel. It’s how I found Nikki afterall.
Have a wonderful week every one. Send me some haiku!