Hey Doves! Another year another con season to conquer. I haven't done too many conventions since I switched from doing cosplay to making my little store. However, this past show at the The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire in St. Joseph, MO got me to thinking about looking into conventions... specifically in Nebraska. I have never been there and it's close by enough to drive to. So there's that.
This was The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire's second Maker Faire and I was invited by Sandra (the organizer) through email. She had contacted me in November a few weekends before my surgery. I looked at the calendar and made the educated guess (based off info I had heard from my doctors) that I would be walking by that time. It worked out great, I had the help I needed by my friend, Beth, and by the very generous and attentive staff of The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire. Really guys, I never felt so spoiled and by such an attentive staff. They really make you feel as comfortable as possible and beyond! It was such a great turn out to the show as well even with the impending snowpocalypse warnings. I also need to add that Tim who is the pastor of the Restoration Church that owns the building the faire was the one who suggested me as a potential exhibitor. I forgot to ask where he had even heard of me I was too busy blushing. It's pretty mind-blowing to me the amount of people who know of my work before I even meet them, it's everything I could ever wish for.
Planet Comic Con is on the horizon and I am needed to prep for my two hour demo there. I think that I will do a livestream of the curling process for the wig as that can take a day or two to get all set up then have -that- prepped for the show. I also need sculpt out some hair barrettes, gold roses and other things.
I've applied for Maker Faire KC this year, I'm just waiting to hear if they accept my application. If they decide to have me again this year I am really going to have to pull my weight double time. I lost a year of making things to my surgery and I have nothing new. Every year for Maker Faire for the past 2 years I've tried to almost all new things to show on my table including the mannequin that I dress up. I accidentally broke my mannequin last year by piling too much weight on her so I have to figure that out in my head better.
I'd also like more interactive things at my booth and I have to brainstorm that. Outside of the Valkyrie Britannia stuff, life has been a little bumpy. I'm in a weird transition period with my workplace (day job) and I'm a little worried about it but, it's also one of those I'll cross that bridge when I get to it as well.
So many things to do, much love!
Don't eat too much chocolate and be sure to give everyone a hug today!
I've been so busy with my physical therapy that a lot of my commissions started to fall onto the back burner. I'll be returning to work next week so I've been working on my commissions in my free time. Sometimes really late at night and early in the morning! Yikes!
I've picked up some accidental commissions by posting up drawing sketches online. I sketch a lot when I have a lot of pent of energy from mixed feelings that I can't seem to express. I was feeling sad a few days ago so I used that energy to make pretty drawings. A friend online spotted some of my art and sent me a message about drawing them a few pictures. The request was fairly simple and I was happy to oblige.
Today I got a message that invited me to participate at Planet Comicon again. This time instead of big display it'll be a two hour demo on Saturday. I'm glad, this year is going to be the 2oth anniversary with lots of important guests. I'm still healing from my surgery and I can't imagine myself trying to lug around so many things, let alone walk through a crowd like that. I'm going to keep water and snacks on me as I fear trying to get to the food trucks will be a disaster.
I also have the mini Maker Faire coming up soon, that will be early March. It feels really great to get out there and do art things again after being bed ridden for close to two months!
Happy New Year!
Have a few things to share what I have planned for the first few months of the year (more will be added, i'm sure. I already have people on a waiting list). For those who know about it I am recovering from a hip preservation (not replacement) surgery. My first major surgery and it was a big one. I'm apparently healing well and quickly (so my doctors have been saying) with the occasional bumps that come with surgery of course.
Let's get into it,
January I have a special side project involving a sketchbook and valkrjya, people who have visited my booth in the past may have found their way to the black portfolio case on my table at events and most likely have seen some of the concept sketches for it.
I have limited mobility and stamina while i'm healing so I am concentrating a lot of effort into on a commission that's due in March.
I have at least 3 people asking me for wigs in the near future.
2 people asking me for photoshoots.
A new Maker Faire invited me to participate in March! Which is so exciting because it'll be my first time exhibiting and demoing outside of the GKC area.
I, personally would like to update a lot of armor pieces. This past year has been mostly stress and doctor visits over my hip. It was a rare surgery that only a few doctor's in the area can do and I had to have two surgeons fix me up. On top of the pain, I didn't create much for half of last year so I feel like i'm really lagging behind in updates and need to punch through this year.
Thank you all for visiting,
I hope to catch you at Maker Faire in St. Joe in March!
I've noticed I've started getting an influx of views to this site. I don't always post an update in the blog section here but, I definitely log in to see the traffic for the page.
I'm really happy to show you my ribbons from Maker Faire this year!
-The Website (Here): Right now it's just a finished portfolio holder but, I'd like to put special products on this page that you can only get here than buying on say...Etsy.
-Etsy: Just one place for me to have a rating system and tracking system for sales. All sales currently have just been commission through messages with in-person payments.
-Ello: An online portfolio to reach International Audiences
-Vero: An online portfolio to reach International Audiences
-Twitter: To announce possible livestreams and future events where I'll be exhibiting or selling
Going away possibly: Facebook
I've been using Facebook less and less. I unfortunately find myself wasting a lot of time there so I'm using it less and less until I stop using it altogether.
Thank you so much for stopping by!
The first sessions for the Women of Valor project went well and it has ended temporarily for the upcoming holiday seasons to be picked up next year in the Spring. That gives me a lot of time to make more armor. I'm also discussing a full suit body armor commission with a client and I'll be starting on that in late November.
Lately, I've been working on headdresses to kind of break up the time between making armor pieces. The headdresses can be made and pushed out for display faster than the armor and that can be kind of fun. I am thinking about opening a twitch account to work on projects once a week in front of a live camera. We'll see, i'm still thinking it over in my head.
The biggest challenge for me at the moment is time prioritization. I'm listening to youtube videos to try to get tips to sort that out better.
It's taking a long time to get to the project that i'm really wanting to work on, a personal project, that deals with the origins of why Valkyrie Britannia got started in the first place. I'm hoping to get to it all soon.
I only know a few people who visit this website from time to time and I've redone it! ...again, for like the 7th time. This website originally started off as a drawing and video editing portfolio site, then morphed into a cosplay and events page for a few years and now i'm redoing it again! Since, I've been making more items to try to sell it's changed into a little storefront page. Perhaps with it being a storefront page that will require me to update it more than just once every 3 to 5 months at a time and really get my money's worth from buying the domain name every year. Speaking of the name that might change in the future as well, I still do cosplay but it isn't my main focus as much anymore, with me making items to sell, I've been stuck at home more and one of the big purposes of this website was to list all the events and photos from those events here. As I said I'm not able to get out that much anymore so my impressive list of events that I used to brag about is going to look really small, lol.
With the increasing amount of armor I've been making I've been getting attention from individuals to either be commissioned or to collaborate for art projects. The most recent one is a projected called the Women of Valor project that will be showcasing different women with diverse backgrounds in warrior-like armor and poses. This is an ongoing project and I hope it has a positive impact on the group of people who are participating in the magic and to everyone who lays eyes on the artwork.
A. Thomson, Valkyrie and Daydreamer
- Affliates -
-Big River Muddy Maker Faire (TBD)
-Kansas City Maker Faire
- Kansas City Maker Faire