28 August 2007

F O L K * L O R E

charcoal, gauche, paper on used cardboard envelope.
11 x 9"

I have been feeling a little speechless lately. I think it's because I have SO much to do and it is taking all of me to keep my head focused. I get quiet at times like these. So since I don't have much to say at the moment I thought it would be a good time to list eight things about myself that you may not otherwise know about me. I was tagged twice about a month and a half ago so I guess it's about time I get to it.

By the way most the things (except for the tidbit about dog food) I am about to reveal all relate to my upcoming show, called FOLKLORE, that I am preparing for which opens on November 8th at the Candy Store in San Francisco. I am going to mix it up for this show and do a combination of drawings along with ceramics and there is also a rumor that I will be painting one of my designs on the wall.

Enough yapping, on with the eight things...

1. My hand shakes when I draw. I am not sure why it does this but it always has. That is why my lines are a bit squiggly.

2. I have a bit of an obsession with collecting cardboard. Rectangle pieces of cardboard from insides of stocking packaging or mens shirts, pieces that separate things inside of boxes, cardboard envelopes (see above), corrugated cardboard, even bits that I find on the sidewalk, it all makes me very happy.
*please see note below*

3. I had an aunt who was an acrobat in the World Famous Hungarian Circus in the 1950's & 1960's. I did not inherit one spec of acrobatic skill (took me years to master a cartwheel) but I was very influenced by her and the fact that she pursued her dreams as far fetched as they might of seemed. She passed away a few years ago but she still inspires me everyday.

4. I used to eat dog food when I was very young. I liked the dry kibble (Purina Dog Chow to be exact...just in case you wanna try some yourselves!). I really loved the graphics on the bag, big red & white checkerboard with funny portrait photographs of dogs. Oh, I remember it fondly.

5. I tend to be attracted Art that is moody and on the dark side.

6. I really did not like being a child. I couldn't grow up fast enough. I much prefer being an adult.

6. When I was seventeen to support myself (I was living on my own) I worked an eight hour swing shift after school at a plastics factory.

7. I went to Junior High and High School with Teri Hatcher (from Desperate Housewives). When we were in Junior High we both entered a window painting contest for Christmas. I won first place.

8. When I was in High School I once tried out for the school drill team called the Featherettes. Teri Hatcher did so as well. I barely made it through the routine (really made quite an ass of myself). She became the head of the drill team.

I am not going to tag anyone else. Yeah I am a poor sport and too damned lazy to think about it. Besides everyone I'd tag has already been it.

The drawing above is the first of series that will be in my show in November. Stay tuned for more to come.

*A call for your used cardboard envelopes*
I thought you all might enjoy helping a girl out with her obsession (and material for her upcoming show) and send on any used cardboard envelopes you may have laying around? I prefer ones with stamps, post marks, addresses and bits of writing on them. Please nothing new and cardboard only. White or the natural kraft paper type cardboard are all fine. All sizes are most welcome though I am especially in need of the 11" x 9" variety.
Please email me at diana@dianafayt.com and I will send on an address of where they can be sent.
*Thank you, Thank you*

13 August 2007

a lot on my plate

I am off to New York for a week but I wanted to leave you with a little burst of summer color before I board the plane.

Autumn is always a busy time for me and when I get back from this last summer hurrah, it is nose to the grindstone for me. Many new stores to fill orders for like this one. A new gallery in Toronto (which I am terribly excited about!). A show opening in mid November at the Candy Store, here in San Francisco, Holiday sales with my friend Josie at the new Fourth & Clay Studio that will be opening up in Berkeley and of course the calendars. Yes there will be calendars again this year. I will keep you posted on their arrival (sometime in October).

I am so happy to be this busy. Back in April I was thinking I might need to get a second job but it looks like for now I am going to be okay. Oh the manic life of a self employed Artist. It is not for everyone but I wouldn't have it any other way.

02 August 2007

the shop is now open

17" platter, Two Swallows And The Pheasants Eye
For sale at my etsy shop!

After being directly told by a number of people "Would you pleeeease open up an Etsy shop already"! I have listened...it is now open. Whew, It's about time, aye! I have uploaded some items that are for sale and will be uploading more to the shop in the next few days.

My hopes and dreams to have my own shop page connected to my website kept getting derailed by a number of obstacles (some very real and some imagined). I have given in to Esty and it feels good.