Sunday, February 18, 2018

Apter's Chapters: Respect


I have been wanting needing to write something about respect. About support. About sharing. And about caring. More and more I hear stories about artists, crafters and designers being copied, taken advantage of, cut down in an online comment and/or treated with a general lack of respect. And like so many others in our community, I have been the recipient of these types of treatment as well.

It has long angered me when I hear one creative talk down about another. The fine artist who puts down the mixed media artist. Or the mixed media artist who minimizes the crafter. Or the _____ who puts down the _____ (fill in the blanks with what you have experienced). How about respect and inclusivity instead?

At Creativation in January, the annual trade show in Phoenix for AFCI, I had the pleasure of seeing and talking in depth with a large number of creative people - many of whom you all know and admire. Wish it weren't the case, but I heard the same stories over and over about struggles with the companies they work with, challenges with their peers, stealing of ideas and creative content, and the like.

Happily though, there was also a feeling that 2018 is the year to change that. To use our voices to stand up for ourselves. To get back to our roots in order to find the love of creativity again. To say no to the things that don't fit with our personal beliefs and to say yes to all that does. No coincidence in my mind that this seems to be mirroring what is happening in a broader way in our world.

Perhaps it is naive, but I believe that we should all support and lift each other up. To me, there is more than enough to go around for all of us. Rather than coming from a place of (unhealthy) competition and a sense of division and threat, I believe it is far better to work together, to support each other, to respect each other. This is what will lead to each of us growing, thriving, and obtaining our goals as artists and as people in general.

A simple equation in my mind. And one that is very effective and powerful when put into action.

Hoping you will use the comment section to share your thoughts and experiences, whether negative and traumatic or positive and uplifting. But always with respect.

Friday, February 16, 2018

President's Day Sale...

Cause any and every holiday is a chance for arts and crafts...


50% off my entire line of Spellbinders products (dies, stamps, embossing folders) and 50% off all wood mounted rubber stamps in my online shop. No code needed. You know the fine print...while supplies last, no rain checks, yada yada yada.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Baked Texture: A Day in the Life

I want to share my gratitude - and an update - about your response to my new Baked Texture embossing powders from Emerald Creek.


I cannot be more thrilled with the enthusiasm and excitement that you all have shown since I announced the opening of pre-orders in late December 2017. 


In the following segment of Make it Artsy, released in August 2016, I put out into the universe my goal to "bring embossing back" and, thanks to you, EP posts are popping up everywhere.


These powders can be used in the traditional way - stamping with an embossing pad. But they were designed for so much more, including mixed media techniques, surface texture, and faux encaustics. 


Given the enthusiastic response to Baked Texture, Kim at Emerald Creek has literally been working day and night to fill orders. These powders are artisan blends and take time to create, jar, label and ship. Many powders are customer dyed. They are packaged by weight, so every jar is individually weighed. And all this is done the old fashioned way - by hand.

(thanks @nicolewrightdesigns for this shot)

Once they get to me, I am a one man band and I organize and package orders from my own online shop for shipping. That is the easy part. Walking all the packages to and waiting in line at a NYC post office...well, not the glamorous side of the biz. Thank goodness for iTunes and ear buds.


This is all done with love and excitement and appreciation and happiness. 

As a result of the enthusiastic response, we are behind in shipping - even working as fast as we can. Those of you who are (im)patiently waiting for your order, please know I want to get it into your creative hands as soon as I possibly can. I received a shipment of powders on Tuesday evening and many orders went out yesterday and today. The next shipment is due to me tomorrow and more orders will go out then. After that, I will be sending out any outstanding orders the first week in March and we expect to be caught up.

This of you who haven't yet ordered Baked Texture, you can get it directly from my online shop or visit Emerald Creek's website for a listing of US and International vendors (in the process of being updated frequently).

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Workshop Update

Why do I love teaching art workshops so much? I get to travel all over the world, hanging out with creative peeps, make art, and learn a ton. Oh...and I get paid. The question is why WOULDN'T I love to teach workshops!

My teaching schedule is about to amp up and I would love for you to join me for some creative fun. You can check out my workshop page for all the details and/or read the highlights below.

FEBRUARY 

The Ink Pad
New York, New York
February 2 - Radiant Rust - workshop full

Betty's Creative Studio 
Greensboro, North Carolina
February 6 - 52 Card Pickup - workshop full
February 7 - Mixed Media Mashup - workshop full

Donna Downey Studio
Huntersville, North Carolina
February 9-11 - Table of Contents - 2 seats left

MARCH 

Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Taos, New Mexico    
March 3 - Deck of Enchantment - 5 seats left
email me at shap97@gmail.com for info and to register

The Queen's Ink 
Savage, Maryland 
March 9 - Radiant Rust - workshop full
March 10 - Abstraction Reaction - workshop full
March 11 - Get Baked! - workshop full

APRIL 

The Ink Pad
New York, New York
April 13 - Mixed Media Revolution - workshop full

Pratt Institute
New York, New York
April 28 - Creating an Artist Folio - registration open

MAY 

EncaustiCastle 
Lexington, Kentucky
May 9-12 - Library of Memories - registration open

Everything Scrapbook & Stamps
Lake Worth, Florida
May 19 - save the date
May 20 - save the date

Quilt & Surface Design Symposium 
Columbus, Ohio
May 28-June 1 - Table of Contents - registration open

JUNE 

Quilt & Surface Design Symposium 
Columbus, Ohio
June 2-3 - For Your Eyes Only - registration open

Idyllwild Arts 
Idyllwild, California
June 15 - 52 Card Pickup - registration open
June 16-17 - A Book of Moments - registration open 

Visions of Australia
Hornsby, New South Wales Australia
June 30-July 1 - A Book of Moments 
email me at shap97@gmail.com for info
registration open

JULY 

Fibre Arts Australia
Ballarat, Victoria Australia
July 5-9 - Table of Contents - workshop full

Fibre Arts Australia
Lismore, New South Wales Australia
July 12-16 - Table of Contents - registration open

AUGUST 

PaperCraft Clubhouse
Westbrook, Connecticut
August 11 - save the date

August 12 - save the date

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company
Langley, British Columbia Canada
August 17 - save the date
August 18 - save the date
August 19 - save the date

SEPTEMBER 

Burritt's Rapids Community Hall
Burritt's Rapids, Ontario Canada
The Exquisite Corpse
A 5-day retreat with Holly Dean
September 3-7 - registration opens 2/15
email me at shap97@gmail.com for info

Shake Rag Alley
Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Table of Contents
September 21-23 - registration open

OCTOBER 

A Work of Heart
San Jose, California
October  7 - save the date
October  8 - save the date

The Art is You Movement
Masterclass Series
Ogden, Utah
A 5-day retreat with Sharon Payne Bolton
October 10-14 - save the date
Registration Opens May 30

Artistic Artifacts
Alexandria, Virginia
November  16 - save the date
November  17 - save the date
November  18 - save the date

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

#ARTifacts: The Exhibit

Artifacts (plural noun): objects made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art.


This past year, I hosted an online, collaborative project called ARTifacts. Participants documented their creative lives throughout the year, in any form they chose. Some people made traditional journals while others simply made art. I have been posting contributions monthly here.

While not every artist contributed every month, each submission was unique and inspired. Today, I am sharing the best of ARTifacts, as chosen by each participant. Enjoy the show...





















Annette Bouchey


Jeanie Bernard













Hope Holmes