Saturday, September 1, 2018

Happy First of September 2018 ...

Yippee!!!! Summer is nearly gone. I've worked on so many projects all summer long, but withheld posting photos until the break of September (which is today!). 
Now, in my opinion, can we rightly say it's Halloween season. Let the festivities begin!

I've rediscovered my love of vintage Halloween, and this year indulged in creating several goodies in that particular style. Ya know, I really must do more! I love it so much, from the rich colors to the set up, it absolutely hits me right square in the old nostalgia button. 
So here are but a few of the many vintage Halloween things I worked on earlier in the summer...

"Got Candy?" 
Hand-made by me. Polymer clay, paper clay, string, paper, wire, wood, acrylic paints.

"Many Silly Faces to Love"
Mini portraits of black cats - painted and assembled by me

"The Enduring Friendship of Autumn Times"
Hand-made from polymer clay, acrylic paint, paper, wood, wire

"October Eve"
Hand-made by me of polymer clay, paper clay, acrylic paints, plastic, 
wire, material, wood

The stores began to stock seasonal things about a month ago. I'll admit, it's fun to see Halloween goodies on the shelves so early in the year, but there's a flip side to this coin that doesn't sit well with me or any of my fellow artists. The vast majority of the Halloween items in these stores are all cheap-quality, mass-produced knock-offs from China. I noticed that a lot of the items I've seen so far look strikingly familiar to me - they are virtually identical to creations from some of my favorite holiday artists.  

I've also noticed that when I check the demographics on my Monsters & Merriment website, a good portion of the traffic comes from Beijing, China, as well as Russia. Hmm... I love it that people are going to my site but it makes me wonder whose intentions are pure ... and whose are not.

Time for me to get back to the studio. Still have so much to do before Monsters & Merriment at the end of this month! 

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