Home again Home again! I can't stay away too long... So Atlanta, Decatur and Athens have been inspected, and there are so many cool stores I could picture Rhetorical Factory in. Don't worry, I will let you know who and where they are once they are stocked up! Columbia, Augusta, and Florence have yet to be trampled but we are already working with Edge of Urge in Wilmington, so I decided to take the three hour ride back home, in order to get everything thus far squared away. The research Triangle, Greensboro, and Charlotte are next on the agenda, I know they are ripe for recycled wear. This Saturday we get to vend at the Roller Girl's first home game at the Ag Center- how could I miss that!? Then Sunday the Grove Arcade Portico Market 10:30-4:00. Get yourself or your cutie an Easter treat!
I love the butterflies I get when returning to Asheville, even after only five days! Love of my life.
The weather is getting hot and it brings me memories of last summer. Back when everything here at the factory was a foggy idea made up of potential more than anything else. Ideas fell on me like rain no matter which direction I turned, visions for all sorts of gift-able ideas including bags and jewelry, I had a sewing machine and plenty of clothing projects, a camera and editing software along with thousands of pictures from all over. I had songs in my head and dreams of community, yarn in every color and some knitting projects to finish. There was knowledge to find, some money saved up. I had the support from my close friends and family back in Idaho.
I had a name, and I had confidence that I was following my path.
I am thankful.
French Broad River Fest was a blast!
Big Love rocked too!
Catch us at Montford Music and Arts Festival Saturday May 21st and that evening at the Artist's Bazaar @ Emerald Lounge 9:00 pm
I've been really crazy busy, I worked for fifteen hours one day last week, and probably at least eight every other day. At some point during planning for festivals I became completely obsessed. I have been thinking about Rhetorical Factory all day, even in my dreams I'm working things out.
(making my banner late-night Friday)
I have this overwhelming feeling of elation! I have more time to get more things done, because I have hired our first employee.
Meet Kylie! She is a really talented lady, so I feel honored and inspired having her around. She does really intricate hand sewing, unicycles, tans hides, and is learning to spin fire! She completely redid this dress she is wearing, just this morning it was the ugliest thing I had laying around and now I think it's one of the cutest!
Working on this Merch that Matters project is also compelling. Katie is in here right now printing the bags for handmade bike bells before I sew them up. Make sure to check out Ben Sollee when he comes to town on June 23rd, I bet he is coming to a town near you if you don't live in Asheville. I got a chance to meet him last week and see him perform at the LAB and the Dry Goods Shop merch party. He is a really talented and entertaining performer with a great staff, Check. Him. Out!!!
All Go West festival was so much fun! There were two stages with live music all day, beer from highland and pisgah brewery, and local crafters! A lot of people showed up, it was a really sunny day.
We combined our efforts with Critter and his feathered earrings.
Thanks to everyone who bought something at our booth! You are supporting something great.
With the extra work, success at the festival, and a great new employee, I have allowed myself to start dreaming again. I have this vision for Rhetorical Factory, its a tool for artists and the community. We will educate about methods of production and supply a solution, use materials instead of letting them go to waste, work creatively which is great for our souls, and artists who work here will learn how to run a business without having to take the risks involved in learning the hard way.
So it seems my dreams are coming true! Please stay tuned, many more great things are on the way. As many new ideas as possible answers to a rhetorical question.
printing typewriter tanks! find them now at Elementality!
I helped some friends with their costumes for the IDIOTAROD which took place today. (absolutely hilarious, all sorts of crazy kids dress up and run around with shopping carts) check it out: painters suits with flaming capes!
early morning from my studio window
So I finally started a facebook page. why did it take me so long?
1) real friends feel connected without real life connection: It bothered me for awhile that I could know what was going on in a friend's life without them knowing... and visa versa.
2) i felt like my profile didn't reflect the real me: I never put time into updating my pictures and events, so every time I logged on it reminded me of something on my to-do list I had left unchecked
3) it made me less social: holing up in my factory is easy and enjoyable, every now and then when I craved social interaction I would log on to facebook and I think it tricked me out of calling up someone to hang out.
4) ego: i struggle with ego in myself and in others, and facebook is 101% about ego.
Why am I back?
1) ego: it's hard for me to embrace my need for attention and success. I feel it should come from the outside, without my calling it in. But the fact is this: attention and success are byproducts of a life that is true. I shouldn't need to go against the norm or deny myself the right to my self just to set a precedent or have "integrity". A true leader can follow the crowd and so the first step to me overcoming any qualms I have with owning my shit is to own my shit and start somewhere.
2) people: there are plenty of people who I want in my life but can't stay in touch with as much as i desire, facebook makes it easier.
At what price?
Fear of Selling Out...... Artist's die when they don't sell out. I don't want to work for someone else using my creative energy, but I do want to work for myself. My Self does still need food and a roof and good times now and then, so she has to sell out a little.
Not updating every day.... when in the "Zone" I can't comprehend the internet or outside possibilities, so I'm not going to feel obligated to update with every little detail of my life. Facebook is a tool, I am not a tool for facebook.
Selectivity.... I didn't go back to my old profile because there was just too much to wade through. Only people who can make my life better will know me through facebook.
There's a rant for ya!
the Circle Fashion Show MARCH 20th Haywood road in West Asheville
Big Love Fest DOWNTOWN Asheville May 1st