peek at alicia caudle's black and white art zine submission

not very many people have voted for the next altered bits zine theme but i’m pretty dang impatient so dut-duh-da!  i’m picking!  i’m allowed to do that.  okay, i lie — 20 people voted, but i’m still picking based upon the results gathered thus far.  there was a tie and the winners were: notorious (kerin!) and words and symbols (robert!).  so next zine theme for december is notorious and the next-next one is words and symbols… for marchish.  (then, print version!  but shhh.  can’t think about that right now.)   i picked that order because we just did numbers and… you know… letters and numbers are similar.  i like to keep things mixed up a bit.  kerin “wins” page one of the notorious zine and robert “wins” page one of the words and symbols zine — see!  you guys just committed yourselves!  (you don’t really have to play if you don’t want to.)  and i’ll also bundle up some goodies for each of you too since i think that was part of the deal.

as for the love page theme, the guys didn’t like any of the suggestions BUT i’m seriously behind on emails so there could be more that i didn’t show them yet in all honesty.  regardless, where’s the love?  hmmph.  apparently nowhere, at least until i get caught up.  they said things like “just call it artist interviews” and “why does it have to have a ‘fancy’ name?”  um, maybe i want one?  didn’t someone say plain ol’ “artist interviews”?  i’ll have to check.  speaking of which, i have three amazing artists lined up for september and beyond.  i don’t think i’m going to spoil it just yet though by admitting what/who is up my sleeve.  i will just say that you’ll be giddy with bliss when you see. promise.


my sweetsweet friend kim passed me the wonderfully kind meme award.  this, fortunately or unfortunately, requires me to reveal seven things about myself before passing it on to seven other people.  i’m weird and shy and don’t like attention so this will be tremendously difficult.  seriously.  i’ll try to keep it short for all of our sakes.  🙂  (this does not take away from the fact that i appreciate it so very much and want to smooch kim smack dab on the cheek!)  (funny update: took me three days to write the seven things.)


i am freakishly shy… at first.  social situations with large amounts of people i don’t know well oftentimes makes my tummy feel funny.  after that, beware — i’m just a ball of giggles and outgoingness.

(i just got really stuck there so went to ask my husby, saying “i don’t think there are seven things interesting enough things about me to share.  what do i do!?”  he rolled his eyes and said “there are over 700 interesting things about you, wifel”.  whatever.  he’s required by law or at least by paper so say that crap.  and he didn’t help at all.)


i’m absurdly allergic to anything even mildly chemical: bleach, varnishes, adherents, anything containing latex, etc. until just recently when my husby bought me a respirator (latex free!), i was unable to use many art supplies which always made for a fun challenge to find non-toxic solutions. i’m still a bit paranoid about some things, like epoxy resin, but i’m working on it.  the worst that would happen would be difficulty breathing to the point of blue lips, dizziness and huge oozy skin welts so i just need to get over it.  sheesh.


i love gardening.  if i could quit doing web design and just garden for a living, that would rock.  wait, no.  quit coding, keep designing and garden at the same time, while having time to create at least one art piece every day or three.  i’d be giddy.  too bad no one would pay me to dig in their dirt what i charge for design work.  so i’ll just keep building garden beds in my own yard (and a chicken coup and a tree house) while planting anything else i can get to fit.  ohoh, i think i’m getting two columnar apples (malus domestica) this weekend for the side yard!


see number 1.  i’m often seriously weird about my art, and only photograph about 1/3 of the things i create, or less.  i sell mostly unsigned pieces in three primary portland locations that i am not going to currently fess up to but will give a vague hint in case you want to go peek: a bar, a shop, and a gallery.  don’t even ask ’cause i have no idea what my issue is.  i once did a whole show of unsigned work and pretended just to be an onlooker and gave a blank stare and a shrug when this guy asked me if i knew whose work it was.  he bought two pieces so i later had to admit it was me so as not to be rude, but it was awkward.


i “collect” things that many people may find mildly creepy or weird, such as bugs, bones, chick/stingray, etc. fetuses, anatomical and medical curiosity/mishap related imagery, etc.  most of you already know that anyway.  if not, surprise, surprise.


i’m a secret math and science whore.  but in a good and un-creepy/un-weird sort of way.  mmmmm.  numbers.  grand unified theory.  yeah.  i could go off but i’ll spare you.


i’m a procrastinator and a pack-rat.  my studio’s work-space appears to be totally disorganized but typically know where most things are (except tape and scissors — always lose those).  i think it’s a pisces thing. the shelves and other places are meticulously organized and the contrast looks like multiple personality disorder.

and on to part two… i would like to pass this along to these seven beauties (in alphabetical order):

debbie: debrina’s diary
donna: layers
gaby: colorful adventures
jo: the crow road
joanna pierotti: moss hill studio
(i’d say KIM here but i don’t think i’m allowed to “give it back”)
leslie: snips and snails
lisa: mudhound primitives

i have art crushes on you seven, stalk your blogs often, and always feel endlessly inspired by you.  thank you.  🙂  and thank you kim!

i drew kim's name in the sand