photo by: statia grossman

photo by: statia grossman

Monday, July 6, 2015

new/mind/ritualz (movement 3)

movement 3 was performed initially as a solo experiment

movement 3 was performed initially as a solo experiment

movement 3 was performed initially as a solo-experiment

new/mind/ritualz launched in the spring of 2014; it is a 56-movement performance art piece that will be released one movement at a time until it is completed. 

the most recent movement can be viewed HERE
* plz note that the footage is unedited. 

movement 2 can be viewed HERE

movement 1 can be viewed HERE

artist's statement can be viewed HERE

note from the artist today: it is really important to me that i work with fellow artists to produce "next level" documents of my work, primarily as still (photographic) images and as video - - - either short films or music videos. archiving my work has always been very important, and i will continue to do so, but i must must must must bring the "quality" visions that i have in mind to the forefront. if our art campaign (see below) is funded, i can begin to move in a much more artful/professional direction. new/mind/ritualz isn't officially "on hold," but i will pursue it with a certain slowness until the right pieces are accessed - - - cameras, collaborators, etc. come forth if you'd like to work together; it is a prerequisite that you are able to see a project through to the end.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 12


7.3.15 ~

gordo sings me the "mariposa song" every time we pass each other ~ sometimes he even plays air guitar to it. 

jorge has a good tooth and will take me to nica to get mine someday, jajajajaaajajaaaa! actually, i will go w/ thomas & vik 4 dat. 

anyway, fly on the wall? i'd love you there sometimes * 
(you & you & you, too.) 

also, a skunk was so cute, running, near the beach ~ 
"in observing the habits + patterns of skunk, it is easy to notice the playfulness and nonchalance of its natural behavior."

… nearly 33 now, new hiphop playlist, kind slumbering, el caribe nearz, & $804 landed like a sweet A$$ $pace$hip. #nitenite 

Friday, June 26, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 11


6.26.15 ~ 

"fuck my life in the best possible way," said the petite golden bee, "and i'll gift you a fishtank that isn't a fishtank." ~ ~ ~ (she saw a drowned butterfly, a thirsty moth.) . . . but it's okay . . . these symbolz r not freaky . . . somehow we'll always be alright. *

Friday, June 19, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 10


6.19.15 ~ 

in a flash, washing dishes, coffee grounds & little spider, geometric*window*vision, blue-haired bunny, loud panther, mapache take-over, etc. … we sing to each other, we covet a coat, who is we, where are you? … actually, in a flash, i decide to let it be enough, but then i decide differently, because, fickle? because, bored? because, thought*patterns? because, deciphering intuitive codes? … i'd wander away if the money were honey ~ i'd stop messin', stop pouring imaginary concrete. … it's like, grab your keyz. … it's like, words be gone and action take center-stage, cuz we've so manyyyyyy islands to see. #flashflash

Sunday, June 14, 2015

CAMPAIGN SUPPLIES + NUMBERS


(FOR TIER 1)

"THE BASICS" (a good reference for items needed in-stock at all times)
… for jewelry-making + shipping, zine supplies,
simple office supplies/basic business upkeep …

:: sidenote :: all items listed below have been saved (to secret pinterest boards!) from my favorite and most reasonably priced beading sites, and in some cases, amazon.com

  • charms
  • fishing wire
  • stretchy string 4 bracelets
  • beading wire (something sturdier than fishing wire)
  • pre-made ear hooks & ear wires ~ silver & gold
  • crimp beads (various sizes, silver & gold)
  • gold-dipping materials (gold resin)
  • a few pre-made tassels, string for hand-making making tassels, too
  • silver & gold jump rings, various sizes
  • clasps in silver and gold
  • 1 carving knife, 1 sharpener for knives/scissors
  • crystals in bulk
  • round/smooth mala-style beads
  • seed beads
  • all kinds of beads
  • swarovski (stock up nicely!)
  • natural stone & crystal beads
  • if we have wiggle room w/ budget, purchase a bead loom
  • small paper bags (or make small bags/envelopes from magazine paper/wrapping paper)
  • little drawstring baggies
  • small black earring holders ~ velvet-front (display/storage)
  • bulk plastic earring backs
  • bubble mailers, bubblewrap
  • boxes for shipping
  • shipping/packing tape
  • tape ~ masking & scotch
  • bead boxes for storing/organizing
  • 2 large totes for storing jewelry supplies
  • 2 large totes for storing and transporting finished jewelry
  • nice (fine-tip) pens
  • notebooks/folders/nice paper for hand-writing invoices
  • computer paper, printer ink (zines)
  • stapler & staples
  • 2-3 usb's
  • superglue
  • receipt-books for customer purchases
  • stamp w/ biz name made (packaging purposes)

(FOR TIER 1 ALSO)
OTHER ITEMS

  • $500 ~ in-home quality printer w/ photocopy option on top (for making zines)
  • $100 ~ budget for printing zines
  • $100 towards logo design & business cards
  • $500 towards website design

  • BREAKDOWN ~ $1000 for jewelry and office-related supplies, $1200 (other items)
  • GRAND TOTAL, TIER 1 = $2200

(FOR TIER 2)
JASON'S VISIT
(collaboration: one movement of new/mind/ritualz as short performance art film)
:: sidenote :: new/mind/ritualz is an on-going performance art project of mine.

  • airfare @ $750 ~ austin, TX to liberia, CR
  • $150 budget for jason's food & groceries (one week)
  • cabs ($170)
    • $40 x 2 for ride to/from airport
    • $70 (includes tip) for day-trip to bagaces for filming
    • $20 extra for local rides to various quiet beaches for filming
  • $30 tax for jason to exit country
  • $700 payment for work
  • $200 for performance supplies (glitter, feathers, strawberries, honey in bulk, fabrics, etc.)
  • GRAND TOTAL, TIER 2 = $2000

(FOR TIER 3)
** solo art show w/ live performance // film debut **

$1000 primarily allows me to print and frame select performance art stills professionally. additional expenses if we have the wiggle room = print event fliers, purchase of supplies for live performance, commission local seamstress to make gown for opening.

(MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES = $600)

INDIEGOGO TAKES A PERCENTAGE OF OUR EARNINGS. FOR THIS REASON, I AM ADDING AN ADDITIONAL $500 TO MY CAMPAIGN, WHICH WOULD COVER THESE FEES. I AM ALSO FIGURING A BUDGET OF $100 TOWARDS THE COST OF PRINTING AND MAKING INCENTIVES. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR BASE OF $5200 FOR THE THREE TIERS IS NOT LOST TO FEES. IT IS ADDITIONALLY IMPORTANT THAT PRINTING AND COSTS OF MAKING REWARDS NOT BE OUT OF POCKET. 

CAMPAIGN TOTAL = $5800

p.s. stretch funding!! ~ i've delighted in watching two kickstarter campaigns i recently supported receive more than they were campaigning for. this extra support is called, stretch funding. here are the ways in which we would utilize stretch funding, in order.
 
  1. any stretch funding in the amount of $400 or less will be split 50/50 w/ jason. i'd use the extra funding to cushion my supply expenses, and jason would be more thoroughly compensated for his time.

  2. my next priority would be to take spanish classes through the Instituto Estelar Bilingüe (http://estelarcr.com/wp/en/) to solidify my fluency. being able to travel with my art throughout costa rica (and potentially other parts of central america and europe) is of utmost importance to me. excellent spanish language skills are a must. 
     
  3. additional stretch funding would go towards the continued development of my project, new/mind/ritualz, a 56-movement (on-going) performance art project.

"business notes" 4 INDIEGOGO



CONCISE BIZ NOTES 
(AS REFERENCE FOR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN) 

  • i'd like to officially launch my small business, which will consist of handmade jewelry, malas (jewelry for prayer,) poetry zines, and art prints from my body of work. my primary platform will be through etsy, though i will additionally work to keep stores stocked here in costa rica and elsewhere in the world, focusing secondly on my ol' romping grounds of brooklyn/nyc. i also intend to throw a jewelry party monthly to get my name out there. 

  • i currently have one store here in costa rica stocked, have vended locally at public and private events, have fulfilled dozens of custom orders, and have successfully sold jewelry through my blog and facebook pages.

  • i'd like to move my jewelry designs to the "next level," which means using better supplies and expanding upon my designs, which up until this point, have been quite simple. another fun detail is that i've developed my business name and logo ~ can't wait to announce it!

  • i will maintain the creation of my "beach babe jewelry collection," which is affordable, flirty, and inspired by the tropics, but i'd like to also develop new collections, whose cost is mid-range to high-end.

  • i have a business mentor who lives locally. she has shared an incredible wealth of information with me. i know she will continue to be a resource for me as i develop (and grow) my business.

  • most importantly, i need income, and to generate income creatively is important to me; it feeds my soul and provides beauty for others. generating creative income not only supports my cost of simple living, but would allow me to fund my other creative ventures and larger visions for the future.

  • during my campaign, develop plans + goals for years 2-3 of business venture. check in with mentor about these plans.

  • secure an understanding of how to own my business name and obtain licensure.

  • cultivate a relationship with an excellent accountant = get educated about taxes, discuss how to write off business expenses, etc.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 9

6.12.15 ~

* * * faceted (multi-)

faceted (diamondz) * * *