Here's a funny little vlog that my new friend Aaron filmed of me chatting about my new position as Artist In Residence at this rad new community center that is starting up in Phinney Ridge in Seattle thanks to Emmanuel church. He filmed it for the church's website to give the parishioners a little peek into my work world and my workspace in the building. Though I was running on little sleep and hadn't showered in awhile... I attempted to get my game face on to share a little about what is going on in my life and my new workspace. And I thought, eh, though I don't look my best, why not share it on my blog too! :) My friend Lexi (who is in the video with me) is interning at Emannuel, building both a creative networking space and physical creative space in the the building for Seattle artists. It's pretty rad. And she connected me with the folks at the church/community center because she knew I was looking to move my workspace into a studio outside of my home this summer.
First let me explain what the deal is with the church & the community center. So the physical church itself is located in Phinney Ridge in Seattle. It hadn't been used for the past few years but last year the new pastor Randy was invited in by the community to kind of kick start the church community again and reboot the building itself. He and his family and some talented folk have been there for a year now and have done some super rad things for both the community inside of the church and outside of it. The building itself is huuuuuuge, the sanctuary is a modest size but attached to the sanctuary are just tons and tons of rooms and office spaces, a huge gym, an industrial sized kitchen, a great kids park, just tons of stuff. Since the amount of people in the church is pretty small, they decided to turn most of the building into a community center to give back to the community in not only Phinney Ridge but greater Seattle as well.
So right now, there is a school that meets in the back of the building, a few different churches utilize the gym and the sanctuary, and then a lot of non-profits have been looking into setting up office spaces in different rooms in the community center side of the building.
How I come in is that my friend Lexi has been brain storming with the folks at Emmanuel, coming up with ways to bring artists into the community center. The community center is a place for anyone to utilize, it doesn't matter what your beliefs are, and the people at Emmanuel are just excited to give back to the community and to provide people in the area with things they need like space to work and create! Pretty rad right? So Lexi knew I needed to find a studio space outside of my house this summer so we started talking about sharing a workspace at the community center since she is kind of in charge of bringing in artists to the center and creating a physical space for them to work. I got to talking with the church's pastor, who also has mad biz and organizational skillz and who is heading up the community center, and we decided that I should become the Artist in Residence at the community center for a year! And how I plan on giving back to the community center is to hold free workshops and classes on things like how to start an etsy shop, how to start and maintain a blog, how to craft different DIY projects, just fun free classes to offer to the community. I'm really excited to start brainstorming workshop ideas!
I moved into my new workspace in the community center just about 3 weeks ago but man it feels like I have been there forever! I will have to decorate the room a bit better so I can show you guys how it looks :) In the video you just get to see the giant work desk that my interns and I use to pump out all the bling. It's a mess at the moment. And do you know why? Well if you watched the video you'd know that I am holding a HUGE sale of my jewelry on Fab.com in July! My sale date is scheduled for July 6th so if you have been eyeing some pretty little things in my shop, you might just be able to find them on sale on Fab on July 6th! I'll be listing 30 different styles from my shop for a super discounted price (seriously, I have never and probably will never again list them with such a big discount as the discount in the Fab sale so take advantage of it while you can!) Let's just say I have not been getting much sleep this week because I've been pumping out 900+ pieces of jewelry to prep for the sale and good lord this takes a lot of planning, organizing, and just straight up hardwork to get done! My interns have been a huge help as has Lexi but we still have a ways to go before July 6th! Wish us luck!
Thankfully, I have this awesome new space at the community center to work out of that is seriously as big as my living room and dining room combined. This past year I have just been using one wall of the dining room as my workspace/office. It was a little cramped, but hey I saved money. And the 2 years before that, I was using half of my bedroom as a workspace/office space. You've gotta work with what you have! I can't even tell you how thankful I am to have this new (to me) space in the community center. So thank you Emmanuel and everyone working hard to build up this new community center! My workspace used to be the old nursery for the church so there is a pretty goofy mural that is now covered by my giant planning bulletin board. 2 little lamb booties from the mural peek out from behind the bulletin board on one side, it's pretty goofy. :)
So anyway, the video is just a little short interview of me where I explain a little bit about who I am, what I am currently working on, and gives me the opportunity to say "Hey!" and "Thanks!" to the folks in the church who have created space for me as the Artist in Residence in the community center. I'm so excited to have to space to plan for great things coming up in the future and to have room to work on all of the bling for the Fab sale! Yay!