art swap as a currency

Coming back from a local arts bazaar I remembered I began writing this post months ago and left it as a draft. Time to shake off the dust and publish it:
As a local street art fan I love to meet and network with fellow screenprinters, street artists, painters and designers. I admire their incredible talent and my hobby is to document their progress and sort of “scavenger hunt” their latest work, which is something I’d like to blog about one of these days.

I’ve had the chance to meet a few local artists and once in a while we’ll agree to exchange arts. This is something I encourage and support because art is an amazing currency. It will not enrich my pocket, but it will enrich my mind and motivation, and that’s something worth “paying” for.

I’ve been sort of “collecting” tiny bits of local art, meeting the artists and exchanging ideas. From time to time I’ll also document our art exchanges with photos. Other times I forget and will later curse at myself because I always feel the need to document everything! So I wanted to share some of the lovely things I’ve collected so far! An incomplete list, but awesome nonetheless!

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Oski

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Rey X

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RaVia

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Gabriel Padial

Halloween fun

I promised to show the finished product of my Halloween costume, inspired by John Carpenter’s movie They Live.

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Definitely a costume worth making because I won first prize at the Halloween costume party!

Now that October is over, it’s time to focus on upcoming events. Next Tuesday is my first bazaar for DIY artists and small businesses. If all goes well, this will become a monthly event for us. A review with photos should be the theme of my next blog post. Wish me luck!

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It’s almost Halloween!!

This month I wanted to do something crazy for Halloween. Usually I recycle my costumes, add stuff to them, mix and match, etc. This time I decided to dress as a movie character from the 80’s (which I won’t mention until I reveal it tomorrow hahah).

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Yes, it’s completely DIY!
I decided to make the mask from scratch because it was impossible to find this character’s face on the internet. I think only one site was selling a mildly expensive one which I wasn’t going to afford, so I followed an online tutorial and bought different materials to create my costume.

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I used paper clay and papier mache for this project. I had to carefully mold and sculpt the muscles and gums.

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I then used paint and gloss to make it as realistic and loyal to the movie as possible. More pics next week!

Happy Halloween!

working the weekend

Last week I wrote a few tips on how to work craft fairs and such. Well, last weekend I participated in one which is held weekly at the Melia Hotel and Resort here in Puerto Rico. Being a first timer at this particular bazaar, I made sure to have enough inventory for 2 days of work. With over $900 of merchandise I went last Friday, set up booth at 6pm and finished around 10pm. Saturday’s lasted longer, starting at 4pm.

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One thing I learned about working bazaars at night: BRING YOUR OWN LIGHTS!
Since I knew we were going to be working at the lobby I didn’t think it necessary but boy was I wrong. Always come prepared with extras even if you won’t use them: illumination, power cables and extensions, your own table, a plastic sheet to put over your stuff in case it rains if you’re working outside, etc.

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It was an awesome experience considering I was also staying at the hotel with my family 😉

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See ya next week!