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Hairy Tales — Third Thurday Show at Rebel Salon and Vintage, Melrose Curve in Phoenix

Hairy Tales Flyer

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Hey, all!  It’s been a while, but I thought I should make at least a short post about my upcoming show in central Phoenix opening on March 20th (Third Thursday) at 5pm.  It’s going to be a rather eclectic group of work, some cotton screen prints, tiny drawings, a sculpture (? Or two?), a painting, and some craft-y-er little, huggable things made from some of my prints. (But hey, they’re all monsters!)  I sort of wish I just had a ton of the little colored pencil drawings I made for the show.  They’re pretty cute, if I do say so myself! Haha

 

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Insatiable Strange Picks up the Pieces at Trunk Space on Grand Ave

Why have I not blogged about any of my shows?  I’m going to blame it on the intense workload of this last semester.  Anywho, my lovely art group Insatiable Strange is having a show at Trunk Space (1506 NW Grand Ave, Phoenix) on January 4th, 2013.  All of our pieces and performances are sci-fi themed, so expect the unexpected.  Actually, it’s a repeat of our show (that I forgot to write about) on December 21st (also at Trunk Space), but it’s still great stuff!  Very futuristic (hey, it is a new year).  We’ve had our visual art work up since that fateful last day of the world and it will continue to be up until the end of our performance on Jan. 4th.  Oh, and did I mention that our End of the World show made into New Times?  Yeah!  So come on down and check us out.  The gallery will be free to view from 6-9pm and at 9 the performances start.  Tickets are $6.

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48 Hour Beat the Clock Film Challenge – Insatiable Strange presents In/Out

Well, the 48 hours are up and Insatiable Strange (our art collective) has submitted its film, In/Out, to IFP Phoenix.  The process was exciting, exhausting, and educational.  I’ve been on the sets of major Hollywood films, low budget films, and art films made in my backyard, but I’ve never really been a large part of the film itself.  This weekend I was.

In/Out by Insatiable Strange

Quincy Holden and Briana Belong in In/Out by Insatiable Strange

Insatiable Strange, the cadre as we call it, is made up of 10 artists (including myself) who get along extraordinarily well.  We definitely love each other, and that made all the difference during this film challenge, especially since we were together virtually every waking hour, of which there were many.  As a nice reporter from the Arizona Republic observed, we put more value on working together than on the finished product.

This is not to say that we didn’t care about how our film turned out, that’s why we worked so hard (!), but none of us were ready to disregard the other group members’ thoughts and feelings just to have something our way because we thought it would make the best film in the end.  Now, as you can imagine, that means we spent a great deal of our weekend talking everything out together.  For other groups, this could easily just end in disaster because it’s usually impossible to make everyone happy, but I’m pretty sure we’re all very happy with the way In/Out ended up.  It’s the first film I’ve really been a part of, and I think it was a great overall experience.  I’m excited to see how it will be received at the screeningon August 10, 2012 [6:00pm and 8:00pm] at the Phoenix Art Museum.  Check it out!

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Challenging Your Beliefs

Sometimes it may seem that someone’s belief system doesn’t matter; sometimes it may seem that it’s all that matters.  Whether this means choosing a presidential candidate to support, what school you send your kid (or yourself) to, or who your friends are, belief systems always play a major part.  How could they not?  I don’t just mean religious beliefs (or lack thereof), I mean your whole set of morals (or lack thereof {haha}) and everything that helps you make decisions; this is a part of everyone!  And I think that a lot of people take their way of thinking for granted; they don’t question why they believe what they believe often enough.  I know I’m guilty of this…

Propaganda Feat. Nosferatu by Kadence Clark (based on a WWII poster). Propaganda usually succeeds when no one questions it.

But what would happen if we challenged our own beliefs?  Rethought our most sacred personal dogmas?  Just for a moment! I’m not saying, “just try seeing it from Charles Manson’s point of view” or anything like that; there are things that are perfectly acceptable to see as inherently evil, but what if we just decided to question ourselves a bit more?  My mom had a bumper sticker that said “Question the Answers,” which I didn’t understand when I was younger but now I try to live by.  Never blindly follow someone or something; truly think about it.  I’m going to take it a step further and apply it to myself.  I hope it does go without question that I’m not going to question why I think animals should be treated kindly or anything like that, but maybe I should question some other things (well, I guess I could think about it just to understand the source of my convictions).  Why am I rambling on and on about this?  I’m hoping that if you’re reading this, you’ll think about it.  Really think about it.  Maybe it won’t change anything, it’ll just be an interesting exercise.  Maybe it’ll really improve your life and the lives of those around you.  You won’t know ’till you give it a shot!

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How to Become a Werewolf: Systems and Symptoms

The Man. Werewolf Embroidery (1/3) by Kadence Clark

Werewolf; wer meaning man and wolf, well wolf. The werewolf is one of the most popular (and now may we say beloved?) of all the classic monsters, perhaps only second to the vampire. Need I even explain what a werewolf is? Well, perhaps I should. A werewolf is a human who changes into a wolf or wolf-like creature, usually under the full moon. Most of us know that a person may become a werewolf by being bitten by a wolf or another werewolf, but did you know these other ways?

One may become a werewolf by:

-Drinking rain water from the pawprint of a wolf

-Wearing a wolf skin belt

-Wearing a wolf skin

-Rubbing a magic salve onto one’s body (one recipe requires: fat from disinterred children, hemlock, aconite, poplar leaves, soot or cowbane, sweet flag, cinquefoil, bat’s blood, deadly nightshade, oil).  I know the deadly nightshade alone would give its consumer quite the ‘trip’ (or death, depending on the variety).  Many of the various recipes include narcotics, which, if these were really being made and used could certainly have caused the user to believe they were a wolf.

-Drinking a cup of special beer and repeating a certain incantation then passing through a magic pool each transformation

-Special ceremonies with a potion that included opium and hemlock

-Many, many different incantations exist that supposedly transform the speaker

-A pact with the devil

-A curse from a sorcerer or witch

-Divine punishment from a god or a saint

-Eating a certain unidentified yellow or white flower found in a marsh at sunset when the moon is full

-Being the seventh son after six daughters or simply being the seventh child and a boy

-Being bitten

The Transformation. Werewolf Embroidery (2/3) by Kadence Clark

Now that you know there are many, many ways in which one may become a werewolf, you may want to protect yourself.

Signs that someone is a werewolf:

-Hair growing on the palms of their hands and/or soles of their feet

-You never see them when there’s a full moon (if you’re lucky)

-They have a mono-brow/uni-brow (my personal favorite)

-They suffer from insomnia

-They sleep with their mouths open

-They have a long middle finger

-A long, curved thumb nail

-Aggressive behavior and signs of agitation

So now that you suspect yourself, hairy friend or neighbor, or a common aggressive teen of being a werewolf, here are the ways to ward off or destroy the monster (please, please do not go kill someone now.  I do not believe in real man-into-beast werewolves or anything more than insanity or drug-induced ridiculousness.):

-A silver bullet or other weapon (this is a relatively new inclusion into the lore)

-A Mountain Ash (tree).  It’s said your home is safe from werewolves in the shade of one.

-Wolfsbane.  You can find info for or against this one, but most sources say werewolves have an aversion to it.

-Scolding a werewolf (apparently that’s enough to reverse the transformation)

-Addressing it by its Christian name three times

-Rye

-Mistletoe

-Destroying the brain or heart.  This will work for almost any supernatural creature (including vampires) for obvious reasons.

The Wolf. Werewolf Embroidery (3/3) by Kadence Clark

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Straight8 Film Contest 2012

Acting is not one of my many pursuits, but my step-dad is entering the Straight8 film contest, and I’m one of the people in the film (along with my sister, grandma, and boyfriend)!  For Straight8 contestants use one roll of super 8 film to shoot a 3 minute 20 second movie with absolutely no retakes or editing (hence the name, I guess); you’ve got one shot to do it.  A week later you send in the soundtrack for the film and they put it together.  The other night we started filming, but couldn’t finish the whole thing for various reasons.  I believe we’re finishing it tonight.  I’m not sure how much I’m supposed to talk about it; maybe it’s secretive, maybe it’s not (I just don’t know).  Anywhoo, I will say it takes place at night, has religious themes, and involves a dead body.  I can’t wait to see it!

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An Image Saved: Memories of the Arizona State Fair

I love the fair.  I really love the fair.  I think it’s beautiful and magical and the fact that it’s only here once a year makes it even more so.  A lot of people don’t understand why I think this about the fair; I know it’s easy to look at the trash on the ground, the ghetto people who go, the employees who are worse and the dirty… everything!  Yeah, but there’s another side to the fair, one that I’ve tried to capture through my amateur photography.  Unfortunately, two years ago my home was burglarized and the computer that had all of my fair photos was stolen (among many other things, of course).  Luckily! I remembered my abandoned myspace account!  I had uploaded all of my photos of the fair to it.  Of course, they’re smaller and of a cruddier quality, but hey, they were there.  For your viewing pleasure I’m uploading some of them:

Arizona State Fair

I’m absolutely in love with all of the lights.

There are 3 Ferris Wheels in this one

I really don’t care if it’s cliche.  I wasn’t really setting out to make art, I just wanted to share what I love about the fair.

A Pretty Fun Ride

This ride is so fun (although my seat belt never seems tight enough) and I love all of the silly paintings on the backdrop.

This may be my favorite photo from the fair

This photo is on my customized debit card I like it so much. Haha! I think it’s the colors that really get me.  There are quite a few more photos, but I’ll just leave you with these for now.

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Monday’s Alice in Wonderland Photoshoot

Hey, guys!  I totally forgot to update everyone on here on this whole photo shoot thing.  Anywho, on Monday I brought some of my designs to my friend Michelle’s Alice in Wonderland-themed shoot (woohoo!).  Michelle is a model, but Monday she was behind the camera, putting together looks, and giving direction to the model, the hairstylist, makeup artist, and me (by the way, everyone did such a great job).  I was flattered when Michelle asked me to contribute to the shoot; I’d never been to one before, let alone had some say in what it looked like!  So I designed and made some accessories…

Accessories by Kadence Clark

All of the accessories together: Three bows, a pair of lace gloves, and a felt brooch

One of the gloves (on my own hand haha)

A Lace Hair Bow (matches the gloves)

A stuffed rabbit I made also made it into some of the photos, along with my beloved Rat King (which I made for the Mutant Pinata Show at Bragg’s Pie Factory last year):

A cute stuffed bunny I made (currently on Etsy)

My Rat King "Pinata" (click to see it in my portfolio)

As of right now, I can’t post any photos from the shoot, but I will as soon as they’ve been published.  So check back!

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The Unique LA Spring Show 2012

Okay, I’ve got to say, I’m just learning about these art shows, fairs, conferences, etc.  but I feel super excited when I look at the Unique LA website (stateofunique.com).  Unique LA is held four times a year (February, May, July, December) and according to their website, “is the only event out there that focuses on and features modern, curated, Made-in-America goods.” (Though, to be fair, you could look at that sentence and see that it says “focuses on”).  Anywho, I’d absolutely love to go and see what’s there, what people are making! Of course, I would also really like to have my own booth there!  I’m pretty sure my art/goods would fit in with the ‘unique’ stuff there.

Someone's cool art at Unique LA

Just being able to go and look around sounds really exciting.  It’d be nice to see what people are buying, what’s already being done, what’s something I’d like to try doing.  The website says there are also (with the price of admission [$10]) free workshops and crafts.  Sweet!  Looking at the photos on Unique LA’s site, it looks like there are a lot of monsters, sugar skulls, mushrooms, native/tribal stuff and other trendy things I like (man, I hate liking stuff that other people like–which I think is also trendy :P ).  And food!! Ah! Imagine having a cold drink, a hot cheese-y burger and walking around checking out everyone’s super cool stuff (sounds heavenly to me!).  And might I add: IN LA! One of my favorite cities!

Spray-painted Suitcases (Good idea!)

As I said, this awesome thing is going on four times a year!  With LA being so close to Phoenix, I’m already trying to figure out a way to work a trip into my schedule/budget.

Let me know if you’ve gone and what it was like!

 

 

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A New Discovery

The other day I finally found a use for some linocuts I made for a 2D design class!  Not being a printmaker, I found myself lacking any of the necessary tools to print my awesome carvings, but I remembered that I had some leftover fabric paint or ink, I’m not sure, from my Fibers class.  I grabbed the paint, a sponge, and some scrap fabric and went to work!  It turns out I really liked the result (although, it’s a little messy looking):

My Nosferatu Print on Fabric

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