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Announcement: Gone for the Holidays

Posted Monday, December 5th, 2016

Ok, just a quick announcement. Due to how busy this time of year is because of all the holidays back-to-back, my blog is more or less on vacation until after the New Year. If I have a chance to make a post between now and then I will, but I am uncertain how much time I will have to do so. So, in-case you don’t hear from be before the New Year: Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all of you!

Announcement: Posting Schedule Change

Posted Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Ok, so you are probably getting a bit tired of seeing me changing posting schedules, themes, etc. around, but hopefully this will b the last time. Up until now, I’ve had a themed post for each day of the week (minus Saturday and Sunday), however, as life progresses I’ve been finding it difficult to keep up with that type of posting schedule. So, I’m changing it yet again. Here is how it will work, at least in theory: once a month there will be a ‘featured artist,’ this will (hopefully) guarantee at least some measure of activity each month on the blog; then, as inspiration strikes, other posts will be made when time allows. No more themes (as much as I love them) because they are just to hard to keep up with and the time needed to research them out beforehand is just not there. They were a good starting point for me when first starting this blog, but it’s time for a change. As mentioned before, hopefully, this will be the last time I need to reformat my posting schedule. I don’t want to just abandon the blog, but life is just not allowing me to be as active in posting as I had hoped to be. Oh, and if you have suggestions/recommendations for blog posts you would like to see, topics you’d like discussed, etc. please feel free to let me know!

Ok, so now that regular life seems to be calming down a bit, I am hoping to be able to get back to the blog soon. However, I think I may have been a bit over ambitious with my original post schedule, so I will likely be revisiting that so as to find something that works better. The problem is this, I’d carefully structured what kinds of posts/artwork would be featured on what days, and while this sounds great in theory, in practice it’s a nightmare. Here is why: 1) some topics/artwork are harder to find posts for than others, 2) I don’t like to post an artist’s work/photos without their prior knowledge and consent and 3) contacting said artists to get consent is sometimes easier said than done, and it can be a while before you hear back, assuming you hear back at all. I know lots of bloggers do not get permission before they post, but I don’t like that. At the very least, it is a courtesy, but it really goes beyond simple courtesy to actual copyright laws. So, I’m going to be ditching my carefully planned post schedule. Here’s the new post schedule that I’m considering: instead of the daily or alternating post schedule I’ve been using, I’m thinking a monthly schedule might work better. Maybe have one major featured post that fits with the old posting themes, and then however many other posts I actually have time to make. That way, I have longer to plan for the posts, hear back from artists, etc.

Summer Blog Posts

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hi, everyone! Sorry for the recent lack of blog posts! I just wanted to let everyone know that as we are now entering the art show season, the number of blog posts will be becoming more erratic due to having to dedicate more time to preparing for shows. I will still be making blog posts as frequently as possible, but fore the next little while I may only be able to manage one or two blog posts a month. The blog post schedule should be able to go back to normal about mid-September.

Hi, all! This is just a short announcement regarding this week’s blog post schedule. I just wanted to let everyone know that I will not be posting anything for this week’s ‘Wearable Wednesday’ and ‘Free For All Friday’ blog posts as I will be out of state visiting family. Next week’s blog posts, however, should be able to be posted as normal. So see you all then!

Have I mentioned how much I love experimental digital photography? It is just so much fun! Although you may not be able to tell just by looking at the photographs themselves, the subject matter of much of my experimental digital photography is often my jewelry, or, in the case of the one here, my sculptures.

The Creature (experimental digital photography) - Laura Hepworth

Much of the experimental digital photography I do is the result of being curious about what forms, light affects, etc. a given piece would create if photographed while moving the camera all over the place. The results are then enhanced by playing with the pictures adjustment levels. I really love how this one turned out! The object I was photographing, was a wire damselfly sculpture that I made a few years ago as a birthday gift for my mom.

I repurposed some wire candle holders I’d made some years before (I’d made them as props for my final project presentation in Ceramics I.) to make the main body of the damselfly, spray painted some strange looking buttons to make the eyes, and then made the wings and blinged up dragonfly with some colourful beads.

Here are some pictures of what the sculpture actually looks like.

Astrid the Damselfly - Handmaden Designs LLC

Astrid the Damselfly - Handmaden Designs LLC

Astrid the Damselfly - Handmaden Designs LLC

Just wanted to make a general announcement about some changes to my blog posting schedule so no one wonders why my blog has gone silent on some days. When I started this blog, I planned to post 5-days a week. However, I had nooooo idea how difficult it was going to be to do that every week with the weird offline schedule I have and other obligations. So, starting this week, I have decided to try a rotational blog post schedule. One week, I will be making posts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the next week Tuesday and Thursday and so-on-and-so-forth. I will still be doing the same themes, just on a staggered schedule that takes some pressure off of me and allows me more time to plan out posts. If you find you like this new blog post schedule better please let me know!

Think Art Loud logo

Yahoo!!!! I think I have just about finished all the blog set-up and am ready to ‘launch’ the blog!

As mentioned in the ‘About’ page, this is my general plan for this blog. For five days of the week, I have assigned a ‘theme’ and will be making at least one blog post that is in keeping with each day’s theme. The themes are as follows:

-Monday: “My Art Monday”

As the name suggests, for ‘My Art Monday’ I will share a piece of my own work (be it jewelry, sculpture, digital photography, etc.) or share what’s new as regards to my jewelry or other artwork.

-Tuesday: “Transformed Treasure Tuesday”

Tuesday will be all about upcycled/recycled artwork.  It may involve featured artist posts, themed compilation art posts, and perhaps even tutorials, links to great sites about upcycled art, or book reviews of upcycled/recycled arts and crafts books.

-Wednesday: “Wearable Wednesday”

“Wearable Wednesday” is all about jewelry, clothing, and wearable accessories. So all the artist features, book reviews, tutorials, etc. posted that day will all have something to do with jewelry, clothing, or accessories.

-Thursday: “That’s Cool! Thursday”

Thursday is really about any kind of artwork that doesn’t fall into the themes of the previous three days.

-Friday: “Free-for-all Friday”

Friday posts are going to be a mix.  They may be my own artwork (if I have some new piece that I just can’t wait till Monday to share), they may be posts about other peoples work, or they may be posts about any other topic that relates to arts and crafts such as business vs. hobby discussions, selling tips and troubles, the adventures of art shows, etc.

As you can see from the side of the blog, Think Art Loud is a monetized blog. This is, in part, to enable the blog to become self-sustaining.  All ads are carefully chosen and will be related to the field of handmade arts and crafts.

As an artist myself, I know how difficult it can be to advertize, market, and promote one’s work, and so that is partly what this blog is for: to help other artists in sharing and promoting their work (be it through blog posts about specific artists or types of art or through ads in the sidebar).

If you are an artist and would allow me to feature images of your work in my blog posts please leave a comment to let me know and provide a link to where your work can be viewed! Anytime your work is featured on this blog I will be sure to let you know.

*Alert: Blog Under Construction!*

Hello! Welcome to the future home of the arts and crafts blog “Think Art Loud”! If you are seeing this message, first of all, thank you for visiting my blog! Secondly, as you can see, the blog is still under construction, but I am hoping to have it completed soon so please just keep checking back!

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