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gotta love those weeks of high energy and little sleep! i’ve worked my ever-lovin’ arse off on the altered bits mixed media art zine and have managed to design 49 pages in the past week. all i have left is fill a couple of blank spots (you may be able to help here — see below), finish the absolutely amazing artist interview (have all the info, just have to lay it out), add artist bios in the back, then complete an article that you will LOVE and ADORE (it’s not by me — but one of the pages appear to have been lost during my computer crap-out last february when i lost all the pages i’d already designed, blah, blah. i will fix this or contact the amazing artist who submitted it… but i’m not telling you who it’s by ’cause surprises are good).
(above is a tiny little peek at one of my pieces in the zine… category: artful retelling of history)
so, here’s the deal. due to many things, such as my inability to properly count, someone silly submitting a piece to two different categories and me trying to add it to both before realizing the error, and my OCD-like need to have all new category sections starting on the right side of the page, there is still a bit of room. not a lot, but a bit. if you would like to submit super late for consideration of the zine, please do so by wednesday 10/24 at 9 PM (USA — PST). i will need: high res photo(s) of you piece(s), your bio, your URL to site or blog, your location and an optional write-up on the piece(s). and title of piece. you can submit up to 3 pieces per person however space is HUGELY limited. email to hi (at) altered bits (dot) com.
this is what’s left:
one half page (portrait orientation) in cabinet of curiosities
one full or two half pages in artful retelling of history
one half page (landscape orientation) in handmade/altered books and book pages (journal pages allowed as well)
tattered and torn is full unless i get two pieces i die over and must include — it would be a pain in my arse, but potentially worth it
i am also working on the tallest handmade book in the world project but i’m too ADD to talk about it right now — very focused on the zine. i have not forgotten about it and now that school’s back in, art groups are back on. super exciting news to share, etc. but soon… this is zine time! 🙂
if all goes all planned, this zine WILL be ready for the holidays to but as gifts, etc. also, i’ll be giving away at least one to one of the contributors and probably another to a non-contributor. we’ll see once we get there (gotta save my pennies for little man’s holiday gifts first, hah).
UPDATE (about an hour later):
there is now only half a page in handmade/altered books and pages/journal pages
and half a page in cabinet of curiosities
first and foremost, i want to congratulate seth apter on his AMAZING, wonderful, absolutely stunning new book. at the time of typing this post, i have not yet held it in my hands, but i run to my mailbox several times daily with the great anticipation of its arrival. soon it will be here and i cannot wait!
thinking back to when seth initially invited me to be a part of his now-released book “the pulse of mixed media: secrets and passions of 100 artists revealed” i was awe stricken, dumfounded, proud, humbled and blissfully elated all in one. i couldn’t for the life of me understand why he would invite “little ol’ me,” the weird girl in mis-matched striped knee highs and uneven pigtails who still, in her adulthood, played with doll parts and was fascinated with bones and other such things but i was so honored that he did. i was so excited!! (and still am!)
before i get into that though, i have asked seth a couple of questions that i was quite sure people would be interested in knowing the answers to. after all, he did ask us many fantastic thought-provoking things of the participating artists so i felt it only fair… not that these are thought-provoking or deep, but i was curious. 🙂
alicia: when you initially started “the pulse” 4 years ago, did you ever imagine it would grow into something so large with such a huge following? at what point did you envision taking it to the next level and publishing a book?
seth: The size and impact of The Pulse has really taken me by surprise. I remember very clearly that I had 35 artists sign up for the first edition of The Pulse back in January 2008, just 5 months after I started my blog. At that point, my expectations were already exceeded but I had a sense that I had tapped into something special. The 5th edition of The Pulse is now running, with 150 artists participating. That number boggles my mind. I had turned the 3rd online edition into a print zine and had often thought that this project had the bones to become a book. But it wasn’t until I was approached by Tonia Davenport, my editor from North Light Books, that I realized I could make this dream a reality. That was 2 years ago, almost to the day of the book’s release, and I couldn’t be more happy with how it has turned out.
alicia: based upon the gorgeous amazon preview i’ve looked it, it appears that you have a vast array of different styles of beautiful art. what inspired you to invite the artists you’ve featured in your book?
seth: There are 2 groups of artists included in the book: 31 spotlight artists that I personally invited to contribute and 102 additional artists that responded to an open call. All of the contributors moved me with their art and their words. I selected the spotlight artists in particular based on a number of different criteria. They were all artists I respected, with a body of artwork that spoke to me. In all cases, at one time or another, their creations had taken my breath away. Although I was already in contact with many of the artists, there were a number of contributors I asked having never connected with them before the book project began. I sought out a very eclectic group of international artists so that many distinct art mediums would be represented and the entire range of the mixed media community would be included.
when i think of seth, i think of an amazing artist, a grand collaborator, a pioneer, and a friend i have yet to meet (soon though!). he is a thought provoker, someone who makes you really think. i spent a huge amount of self reflection time when reading through the many questions he’d asked for the book. several of these were not easy questions by any means, and i think just the process of answering them made me feel like i understood a tiny bit more why i am the way i am and why i create the things i do. that may sound weird, but it’s true. so thank you for that, seth!
i have been a huge admirer of seth’s artwork since the moment i laid eyes on it and [so far] am the proud owner of one of his pieces (not shown here).
the thing that intimidated me most, initially, when being invited to be in the book was that all featured artists were supposed to create a self portrait. it was actually the only thing that intimidated me. this was pre-alicia-attempts-to-paint people days. i tried to paint myself. i tried to collage myself. and then i emailed seth and said “wait, can my self-portrait be an assemblage??” his answer was the best ever: “i wouldn’t expect anything else from you, alicia” (or something to that effect). at that point i felt totally free and confident, and created my “self portrait” with both passion and ease. the following is a peek of my piece entitled “exhibition of self”. (you’ll have to get the book to see the piece in its entirety, or wait until i share more about it at a later date).
the second piece that i created for the book was in response to a question seth asked me: “how do you express anger in your artwork?” this too was a difficult question for me but after sitting on it awhile and getting good and pissed off (for a non-related reason), i created “feigning death”. again, this is only a peek:
since creating these two pieces, i’ve started two series of similar works but have been keeping them under wraps. check back as i’ll be posting about nine of them over the next several weeks as time permits.
thank you so very much, seth! i feel so honored to be a part of your first book. you are the best, sir!
if you didn’t start on seth’s blog today, please head over there now. he’s featuring each of the 31 spotlight artists during this 31 day month and today is my day. the altered page >> also, for every comment you leave on his blog or the others in the tour, you’ll be entered to win signed copies of the book. check out the details on seth’s blog. exciting stuff indeed!!
starting tomorrow, march 1st, seth apter of the altered page will be kicking off a blog tour called 31 artists, 31 days to promote his new book, “the pulse of mixed media: secrets and passions of 100 artists revealed” and several of the artists featured in it. he will be posting every day, as will the participating artists. this amazing book can be ordered on amazon.com here. despite what it says on amazon, the book’s official release date is 3/2 and from what i understand (per seth), copies should be shipped and on shelves by mid-month. i personally have three copies coming my way and cannot wait! i’ve looked at the preview at least 20 times in anticipation of the book’s release and it’s finally almost here!
be sure to visit all artists featured in the book (i bet seth will have a list on his blog) and mark your calendar for march 25th as that is my day to participate. at that time i will share the pieces i have in seth’s book, some secrets and a passion or two. i think i will also have a celebratory give-away because that’s just the kind of girl i am.
there will be heaps of additional events schedule around seth’s book promotion so make sure to check out his blog so you’re in the loop and don’t miss out.
re-announcing, the altered bits print zine!
i’ve gotten lots of emails stating that i haven’t posted info about the zine on my blog other than the themes so yeps, i’m a huge jackass. apparently i’ve just spewed off a bunch of empty promises to post about it… so now i’m officially pulling my head out and posting the info for those who are new to my zine or wish to get additional information.
after going through the suggestion and voting process, we came up with four themes for issue two of the altered bits zine. the themes are as follows:
cabinet of curiosities ( i’m actually working on a piece for this category today.)
tattered and torn (i’ve gotten the most submissions for this category so far.)
an artful retelling of history (this was my choice, so of course i’m quite excited — love the merging of art and history!)
handmade & altered books and pages (this is a super fun one too!)
feel free to interpret each of these categories as you please and use your imagination. EACH ARTIST CAN SUBMIT UP TO THREE PIECES.
here is a peek at some of the submissions so far. i’ve muted the color a bit so i don’t give everything away. i promise you’ll still want to see the zine in the real. it’s going to be gorgeous!!
the deadline for submissions 21 December, 2011. i have had to extend this a bit due to all of the recent chaos in my life… so hopefully this will work for everyone. if you need an extension, please let me know and i may be able to work something out, though i cannot make any promises just yet.
what you must submit to be eligible for inclusion:
- send high resolution photos of your art piece (or photography), at least 300 dpi, no smaller than 6 inches on the shortest edge (at 300 dpi, 6″ = 1800 pixels). please attach to email rather than inserting into body (some email programs shrink files when you do that).
- indicate which category you are submitting each piece to so i don’t put it in the wrong place.
- PLEASE don’t send small photos. use name files like this so i’m not confused: lastname_firstname-artpiecename.jpg (you can send jpgs, pngs, tiffs — no gifs or bitmaps — those don’t work for print).
- a short bio in odt, txt, rtf, doc or pdf format. please DO NOT SEND DOCX files — i can’t open them and don’t want to buy ms word.
- the url to your website or blog
- optional: a short write-up about your piece and/or your inspiration (these will be space permitting)
what you need to keep in mind:
- kind of a no-brainer but i’ll say it anyway just in case: do not submit anything with copyright restrictions. for example, don’t use egon schiele’s “standing nude young girl” in a collage or whatnot — i don’t publish copyrighted content as that could ruin it for all of the responsible participants.
- please ensure all of your images are royalty free or have commons licenses. there are great places to get images like that (flickr commons, wikipedia commons, etc.).
when it will be published:
i will be working on layout and design over the winter holidays and the start of the new year. i’m shooting to have this published and ready to order by late february or march. i’ll keep you posted though — if you sign up for notifications on my blog, you’ll be insta-enlightened when i post about it.
if you are interested in submitting an article or tutorial, let me know — i’ve never included one before but think it could possibly be fun to have one in each issue here on out. if you are interested in advertising in the zine, go to my website to find the rates and info that i will be soon posting: http://alteredbits.com/artzine.php (or email me)
send everything to hi [at] altered bits [dot] com.
thank you so much, friends and fellow artists. if you haven’t submitted yet and you plan to, i cannot wait to see!!!
i’m sure you’ve already heard, but i’m telling you again anyway because it’s sooooo worth telling! seth apter‘s very first book “the pulse of mixed media” is due to hit the shelves on 2 march, 2012. i haven’t seen the inside of the book yet (of course), but i can tell you without a doubt that it is going to be one of the BEST mixed media art books of all times, if not THE BEST. you can guarantee that i will be buying several copies of this book. here is a peek at the lovely cover with multiple mini-peeklets of so much gorgeous and delectable art that it makes me with it were march 2nd right now:
i’m loving everything on that cover so much i just want to lick it!
i am so very honored to be a part of this book (yeps, i’m in it though would be hugely plugging it either way)! seth is one of my all-time favorite artists, bloggers and people i’ve never met but plan to so being within the pages of his first-ever book is such a monumentally huge thing to me. i feel so very grateful to have been invited (thank you, seth!!) and so honored to be in a book with so many amazingly talented artists. i’m not going to tell you what’s in it or give you peeks… just wanted to tease you with the cover and say you must go get it! it will be available for pre-order on amazon and i will let you know when that is the moment i’m made aware.
also, seth now has a email list sign-up on his blog so you can sign up there to find out all new deets as he shares them. go on now… thealteredpage.blogspot.com
there were an astounding 215 votes for the next altered bits zine themes and the top four are the winners.
the next altered bits zine will have four themes:
cabinet of curiosities (if you know me, you know this thrills me beyond belief!)
tattered and torn (this one actually surprised me)
an artful retelling of history (this was my choice, so of course i’m quite excited — love the merging of art and history!)
handmade & altered books and pages (you know i love this too!!)
i was a little sad that assemblage and dolls/doll parts didn’t win but then i realized that i could still do assemblage for any of the non-book themes, and of course include dolls or doll parts if i so desire… which i probably do!)
submissions are now open! deadlines for submissions is october 31, 2011 (that’s halloween so you may not want to wait until the last minute). limit three submissions per person, with one main shot and up to two detail photographs of each piece. you can read all of the submission guidelines on the altered bits website on the zine page. please read the submission guidelines VERY carefully as it is a huge amount of work to follow up with people if they’ve sent improper files or missing information (and i may not have the time to get back to you, thus you may not have the opportunity to be included, sorry). i am very open to helping if you have any questions prior to submitting so always feel free to email me if desired.
i’m super-zine-happy and already thinking about the next issue as the altered bits print zine will now officially be a yearly publication. i have compiled what i felt were the top 20 suggestions both from the last issue recommendations and emails, facebook inquiries, etc. this poll should allow you to add your ideas if you have a suggestion that isn’t here.
you can pick up to FIVE answers. the next zine will have four themes, so the top four winners are it! you pick! 🙂 once voting is done, submissions will be open until october 31st, then the second issue will be available early 2012… but i’m getting ahead of myself. i’m kind of like an addict right now, so pardon me for getting overly excited here.
there will also be a super special artist spotlight… but i’m shutting up now. i know who i want to invite but we shall see! that is far into the future.
voting will be open until june 15th, possibly longer. in the event of any potential ties, re-voting may need to commence.
i am just giddy with bliss right now as i’m holding in my hot little hands the very first ever print version of the altered bits mixed media art zine. there are 46 pages of detectible
goodness greatness! twenty-one amazing artists have created the pieces in this zine and i am so proud to have been able to design it, despite all the glitches and delays (sorry!! that won’t happen again). i spent all of today doing one last iteration of the zine, uploaded it and have made it available for purchase from lulu.com at http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/altered-bits-mixed-media-art-zine-themed-notorious-letters-and-symbols/15982653
soon i will be issued an ISBN number so it will also be available on amazon, and at that time i will order up heaps of copies for the altered bits shop too.
just to give you a tiny peek at some of what’s in the zine, i will introduce you to two gentlemen. well, guys, at least. first, jesse james. i created this piece as a gift for my husband as he is a decedent of jesse james (which you can read about in the zine).
next, the storyteller. he’s a quirky dude made from a wonderful anatomical doll i received from my super friend tracey kraft (actually, i think she sent me about 20!). he’s the first in a series — wait until you seen the giraffe guy. 🙂
i did a girl too, but i shall share her with you another time. i was clearly in a comical state of mind with her (and the guy above).
also in the zine is a wonderful and personal artist interview…
if the revisions i did today look as good as what i got in the mail this morning, i think you will like this zine (they SHOULD — all i did was move one page and alter a name misspelling). i sure hope you all love it. thank you, thank you to all who helped to create this first print issue of the zine! i adore and appreciate each and every one of you! in alphabetical order by last name: Jay Anderson, Seth Apter, Joanne Archer, Alicia Caudle, Finn Caudle, Katie Cahill, Kym Decker, Patti Edmon, Kerin Gale, Tricia Gillispie Scott, David Hayes, Lisa Jurist, Tracey Kraft, Melissa Majchrzak Buckley, Debi Mattingly, Kim Palmer, Lisa Sarsfield, Renate Starke Krammer, Esther Verschoor, Rachel Whetzel and Jill Zaheer — you are the best!!
the zine is not only available in print, it’s available as a digital download. almost forgot that: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/altered-bits-mixed-media-art-zine-themed-notorious-letters-and-symbols/15982653
(i will be adding all participants to my sidebar soon, and send trackbacks for this post, but for now, i have to start getting the little one wound down and ready for bed.)
ohoh, i will also be doing a secret drawing this week — ALL participants names (except mine and finn’s) will be tossed into a hat and whomever i draw will receive a FREE issue of the zine from me. i wish i could afford to send ALL of you a zine… but i can’t. starving artist, and such. xx
i will share the big, exciting (and somewhat frustrating) story later, but i wanted to give you a mini-update on the zine.
i got the zine in the mail today!! i LOVE it! all of the issues i was having were a stupid screen issue and NOTHING was wrong with the print files (only took three point six weeks to figure that one out). i did have two tweaks: a misspelled name (omg!) and a black last page so literally JUST remedied that and look…
at this VERY second, i am uploading the tweaks to lulu and the zine will be available for purchase! i’ll post when it is, tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. woots! the file is over half a gig in size so it will be a long process to get it up there.
want a peek of the cover? i lovelove it!! well you get one whether you wanted it or not:
that’s the back, spine and the front, but i’m sure you could have figured that out. pretty, pretty!
more soon!! AND voting for the next zine themes too!
okay folks, the holidays are over and we’ve gotten passed OWOH and all the lovey valentine stuff so i thought i would put out one last reminder for the next altered bits zine. above you can see a few tiny peeks at some of the art that has been submitted so far (if you don’t see yours above, don’t fret — only so many could fit). **oh, i interrupt myself here** IF YOU SUBMITTED SOMETHING AND I HAVE NOT RESPONDED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP AND RESUBMIT AS I’VE HAD A FUNKY SPAM PROBLEM LATELY. i will be taking submissions though the end of the month for the following categories:
notorious: use your imagination and get creative. this was a fantastically cool topic suggestion by our lovely friend kerin gale of remnants of olde.
letters and symbols: this seems to be a popular topic indeed!
general gallery: if your piece doesn’t fit in the above categories, please feel free to submit to the general gallery in the middle of the zine. space here is limited and is filling up.
you will find more info and rules for submission on the altered bits website. limit three submissions per person, email to hi at altered bits dot com, include piece title(s), artist bio, location, url to blog or website (or both), super hi res, etc. — all the info is on the site under “submission guidelines”.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SUBMITTED A PIECE yet but plan to, please shoot me an email so i can try to save a spot for you as space is somewhat limited, but only if you’re for sure going to submit. or leave a comment here. that’s easier maybe.
the previous zines have been digital, but this one will be print. you can see past issues here if you have not yet seen them:
if you have any questions after reading through the site, please let me know. i’m so excited for this and can’t wait to see our very first art zine in print. woohooo! there is also going to be a super extra special artist spotlight in the zine (all zines to come, actually) as well as other fun stuff.
oh, and to answer a question that has been emailed to me a few times, the things i mostly accept for the zine are any mixed media art, altered art, handmade books, assemblages, some jewelry, collage, art dolls, paintings, fiber art — mostly anything mixed media. i’m not 100% opposed to it but i don’t typically do photography unless it’s quite unique.
potentially offensive off note (please skip if you’re easily bothered by… anything). i NEVER will publish porn, thank you very much, mister x. (got a submission saying “i’ll pay you to publish this” but, uh… nope, sorry. i love vintage erotica and such, no problem, but close-up modern day penetration shots aren’t going to work for me, sorry dude.)
(now i should really go work on my zine piece!! i always almost forget that part as i get SOOOO into the design aspect of things.)
i think i wasn’t totally clear (based upon a few emails i got last night/this morning). the deadline for submissions is next friday, february 25th, BUT if you can’t have it done and will let me know by the 25th, i can tentatively save a spot for you and give you a tiny extension to the following friday (3/4). layout and design takes forever and a half so there will still be a bit of time. then i’ll give myself a couple of weeks+ to get it all purdy and nice before it’s off to press. sorry i wasn’t more clear. i’m sleepy and brain dead a lot lately.