Please note the order’s totally random.
Above: my AK in its lihtbox at Patty Morgan’s Boardroom Sessions.
Below: the performers who helped me out to perform The Gaze on Sunday + me.
Above: We Like Art! made my print on aluminum of the P7 one of their recommended works for the fair’s visitors.
Below: last preparations for the performance of The Gaze.
Above: people looking at my work. I know, my phone camera sucks. Another reason to purchase a print of mine, so I can replace my phone.
Below: my P7 print at the We Like Art! exhibit.Yes, you can see the magic dots of sales over there!
Above: just one more minute to go ’til my artist talk at Prospects & Concepts, the Mondriaan Fund exhibition at Art Rotterdam,
Below: a slightly more decent photo of the light box. (Well I told you my phone was shitty, didn’t I…)
Above: the workspace program at Prospects & Concepts,
Below: the sign Patty Morgan puts up when they borrow an artwork for their Boardroom Sessions.
Above: and last what actually should have gone first: a photo of the grand opening.
You might have noticed that I recently received a Stipendium for Emerging Artists by the Mondriaan Fund. You have no idea how thankful I am for this. This grant is going to make so many things so much easier for the next couple years. Since it’s public money, I thought I might as well share with you how I spend your tax money.
You might wonder how I make money as an artist. I don’t really do so, actually, or at least not a lot. I already saw that one coming when I was in art school so I started to design and sell digital crochet patterns on multiple selling venues online, and through my personal website. This pays most of the bills. Next to that I make some money on hosting presentations about my work, or exhibition fees.
This income is enough to pay the bills and my studio rent, but if I have to save extra money to buy new equipment (hardware, software, you name it) next to developing new projects (which are also expensive, most of the time), it’s going to take a LOT of time before I can buy some hard needed things. These things, like for instance the new camera on top of this page, will last for years, and in the meantime it’s my goal to grow my company (art + crochet patterns) enough so I won’t have to rely on other sources of income anymore. That’s why I decided to apply for a grant.
Not all things I’m spending my grant on are very visible to the public. One of the first things I did was hiring two translators in order to translate the best selling crochet patterns into Spanish and German. This way I hope to expand my audience in the crochet pattern world and increase this passive income.
Next to that, I bought a beamer. A very nice Full-HD 4000 ansi lumen beamer. Since video projections have become a serious part of my portfolio, I didn’t want to rely on other people’s beamers with crap resolutions or crap contrasts.
Also, and this might sound kinda stupid, but I bought a folding bike. This actually wasn’t that expensive (160 euros), but it gives me the opportunity to skip using busses and other annoying public transport things in other places (everything but the train is annoying imho) and just bike from place to place right after I get out of the train.
Today I made my most expensive purchase so far: I bought a new camera, a decent microphone for filming and a new wide angle lens. I kinda fucked up my old camera when it comes down to shooting video when I made the 24H video project (24 hours real time film), and it started to show more and more signs of its approaching death. Also I didn’t have a decent microphone for filming yet, and I wanted to expand my lens gear: I already had a 18-200mm lens, the new one is 10-20mm. Which will be amazing when I have to shoot buildings. When filming in North Korea I found out right away that my current lens (18-200) wasn’t suitable enough for some monuments/buildings (and I immediately started thinking I already screwed up the entire project), so I want to save myself from any more stress like this in the future.
I bought my photography gear at Foto Grijpink, Nijmegen; thanks so much for your support! They have been supporting me for various projects already, it’s amazing!
Two days ago I heard I have received a Stipendium Program for Emerging Artists, granted by the Mondriaan Fund!! I’m so happy it almost hurts!
Something about the Mondriaan Fund:
“The Mondriaan Fund is a publicly financed fund for visual art and cultural heritage. It supports innovative projects and activities by visual artists, intermediaries (curators and critics), museums and other heritage organizations, art institutions, archives, galleries and commissioning parties. All grants are awarded with a view to promoting the production and presentation of relevant Dutch visual art and heritage in the Netherlands and abroad, where a commercial market is (yet) undeveloped.”
This will make so many things so much easier in the near future. I was saving money to buy a professional video camera and decent projector but it was taking way too long and it really started to hold me down when exhibiting new projects with non-decent equipment…. So this will be really, really helpful! Also I want to use a part of the stipend to hire translators for my web shops, so my self-generated income will expand in the near future as well.
I’ll keep you posted on which projects will be realized during the year I receive this stipend through my personal website and this blog.
Click >here< to go to the Mondriaan Fund’s website.