Anonymous said: Hi Auntie Jillian, quick question, where do you live?
The Haunted Mansion! Well, in my dreams. In physical reality, I live in Seattle.
Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.
DIY Cheap and Easy Crystal Ball Halloween Decor Tutorial from Flamingo Toes here. Clever tutorial using Christmas balls and inkjet transparency film/paper. I use transparency a lot in my artwork because you can layer it in collages (non affiliate Amazon link for the film here). Cheap Thrills Tip: print out a black and white portrait on transparency film and back it with neon or white cardstock for instant art.
When I was six I wanted to grow up and marry Dracula.
I’d like to say my taste in men has improved, but no, it hasn’t.
I feel I need to point all of you at one of my favorite songs from my childhood: The Awful Truth, by Carole King.
So close your eyes / and visualize / me in a cape / and fangs in my head / loving a guy who’s / mostly dead
Part of the reason I’m so fascinated by the dark mori / black forest mori style is that it’s so quintessentially fairy tale witch. Yes, follow me into the forest, of course you can trust me, here, have a cookie and some tea. Why do I have a person-sized birdcage in the corner of the room? No reason. Nothing for you to worry about. More tea?
ridiculousinpiccadilly said: Hi Auntie Jillian! I just moved to the Bothell area, and I'm seeing a lot of "help wanted" signs and whatnot, mostly for your typical minimum-wage, service-type jobs. But it's something!
Good to know! I will let the Oklahoma baby bat (and other folks) know!
And as an aside: the old cliche about It’s not what you know, it’s who you know? Applies to job hunting. Network! Talk to people!
missmarziyeh said: Hi auntie Jillian, I'm a baby bat from Oklahoma and about to move to the Seattle area and if you don't me asking how is the job market in Seattle?
It depends on what sort of work you’re looking for! I’m most familiar with the tech industry, and the job market for that is … sporadic.
I’m not sure what the best resources are to point you at for non-tech jobs, if that’s what you’re looking for. Followers? Any of you have suggestions?
Argh. So, yes, thanks to the regular summer slowdown, sales slump, and lack of events in the area to sell at, I pretty much need to get in at least $200 in the next 24 hours to keep things turned on around here. So, lovely followers. it’s a really good time to consider buying some of my work. So, some links if you don’t have them handy:
Here’s my main site, with all the masks and everything.
Here’s the album of one-offs and unique pieces that aren’t currently featured on the site.
And if you want to just throw donations via paypal just as a way of liking the particular brand of insanity I spew across this blog and the internet at learge, you can always do so- just send the funds to dmitri (at) tormentedartifacts.com. As always, ANYTHING helps. Seriously. If you can’t throw money at me (I know, times are tight- BELIEVE ME, I KNOW.) signal boosting’s also always appreciated.