Long time no hear, yes? The print studio I was a member of when I returned from my residency was deep in debt when I joined. After several months of mediocre fundraising and a few building break-ins (we were in the warehouse next to the regional soup kitchen), we were asked to relocate. Unable to find a place to set-up, the equipment went into storage. And now, with me being the only former member paying off the debt, the equipment is being reclaimed by the original organization.
As you can probably imagine, after that burn to my art practice I had to take some time off from stressors. I got a stable job as a large-format printer operator. I joined a few arts organizations (the Sanctuary, the Redwood Art Association). I bought a bicycle, went into therapy, and started what I affectionally called the "Katy Self-Improvement Project."
And now it is time to finish Phase 1 of the UPL.
There is now a functional printing set-up at the Sanctuary Arcata, where I volunteer every Friday as the lab monitor (http://www.sanctuaryarcata.org/). All the lightbulbs in the light box finally light! I can washout screens at the car wash four blocks away! All of these things seem like miracles now after struggling for a few years in my post-graduate slump here in Humboldt. Where life is cheaper, but no one wants to pay an artist like they do in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The first donor phrase printing has been completed, with 7 or 8 designs being planned. I will update again when I start mailing versions out to those who donated enough for a custom phrase. Attached is the template draft of the following: "Storytellers Continue Their Narratives To Delay The Inevitable Moment When Everyone Must Fall Silent."
Thanks to you all for patience and continued support.