Last week we were invited down to Sledge Studios to hang out and talk about Laredo Free Art Friday. We had a good time and were really excited to be a part of their Cultura segment. Check out the link below for the interview: https://www.facebook.com/sledgetv/videos/10154247899882180/
It's been a while since I've made a blog post. What have I been up to? Well, besides doing a few local markets and hanging around with friends I've been doing a few projects.
Since moving back to Laredo I've picked up gardening. Last year I grew some basil, kalanchoe, tomatoes and jalapeno plants that didn't produce but did survive the winter and were able to produce this spring! This year I've successful grown some sunflowers, marigolds, dark opal purple basil, elephant ears, chile piquin, carrots, and currently waiting for some cucumbers to come in. This has pretty much taken up most of my time. It's been helping me with my anxiety and I get the satisfaction of knowing that I'm growing things and able to eat them without thinking about all the chemicals that go into my body. Granted I'm not 100% eating healthy, but a small change can make a difference.
I've also been working on a few video projects lately. Currently I've been recording my friend Tony Briones while he's been working on his mural on the corner of Santa Maria and Constantinople. It's looking pretty good so far. I'm hoping I'll be able to make an interesting timelapse of it.
Lastly, I've been working on some bookbinding again. Mostly because I was getting ready to sell some at a local handmade market but I'm thinking of making more and adding them to my Etsy shop. I've finally been able to improve my coptic stitch and get it down by memory. I don't know ehy I always have such trouble with it.
Anyways, there's a bit of an update about my life. If you want to see more of what I've been doing, follow me over on instagram!
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Hey y'all! So after tossing the idea around for a couple of months, I finally decided to start an official YouTube channel for my work and vlogs that I want to do about the growing art and music community that has been growing here in my hometown for the past few years. If you know me in person, you'll know I have a complicated relationship with my hometown which it's slowly becoming better. I'm making these vlogs to help me appreciate the good things that we have here and to show that there is so much more to this than what the news and media portraya it to be. Hope you'll subscribe and stick around to see how all of this plays out! Below is the first vlog I made about a new store that has recently opened up here in Laredo. They are a big supporter of the local art and music community so I hope you enjoy the walkthrough.
So a couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to be interviewed for solo show. I was kind of hesitant because I was feeling all sorts of anxiety about the show in general. But in the end I told myself I had to do it and get over my anxiety. I went in super nervous and very shy but I got it done. Luckily all the folks over at Laredo Morning Times were super friendly and even saw a familiar face or two. I'm very happy with the way the article came out even though it makes me seem much more of a badass than I really am. With that said, I am really excited for the show tonight! Hope to see you all there. :)
Since moving back to Laredo, I've beenntrying to get involved in the art community more. At first it was kind of rocky but now I feel pretty comfortable to the point where I'm going to shows by myself, meeting new folks, and being highly aware of all the cool art things going on around town. One awesome thing that has been happening is Laredo Free Art Friday. My artist friend Shellee Laurent had made a post about Free Art Friday sometime back in January. We talked about it for a bit and she suggested we start it up a group for it. Now we have a Facebook page and having been getting a lot of positive feedback. My friend Louis San Miguel wrote an awesome article about us and it came out in the local paper today. I woke up this morning to a bunch of messages about it. So it's been pretty exciting! I have bittersweet feelings about my hometown. I love it because it is home. But sometimes it's hard for people to want to change around here. So far all of this have been a positive experience and I am so grateful for that. Hopefully we'll be able to do more creative things with Laredo Free Art Friday. I am looking forward to the future.
So today I got to talk to the owner of Caffe Dolce here in Laredo about doing a both group and solo show in the next few months. I was only going to try to do the group show with my friend Shellee (and hopefully some other female artists) but the owner convinced me to do my own solo show. So with that said, the two shows will be June 13 and August 8! I'll post more about it later when I get more information, but I am completely excited by this. Prior to moving to Austin, I had only been in part of two student art shows at my community college so to have a solo show in my hometown is pretty sweet. Stay tuned, folks!