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two firsts in one

It’s been quite a skully month here on the blog, eh? Blame it on Halloween and our local clothing line’s (Black Bile) close ties to said holiday and all things ghoulish.

Last Saturday, I joined my very first art exhibit. The event was hosted by our brand. Which, of course, makes me joining the exhibit not that big of a deal; I participated in a “space filler” capacity. However, it was a first and the date was marked in my head.

This was my entry:

I tried papercutting, which was also a first for me. One would think that I’d stamp the skull template and that is what I did, initially. But a night before the exhibit, I felt this itch to make something new. Being high on coffee at midnight can do that to you. So I replaced my X-Acto knife’s blade, did a bit of Googling on papercutting designs, doodled on the template, and cut away.

After a couple of hours, I concluded that I enjoy craft projects that involve the use of a sharp craft knife. I want X-Acto knives for fingers. I want to be called Meream X-Actoknifehands.

Here are the other entries. These were made by local artist friends; some also own indie clothing lines, others are top-notch graphic designers and illustrators. The boyfriend’s work is the one to my skull’s right.

You can view slightly bigger versions of their skulltastic artwork over at our Facebook page: BLACK BILE.

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how to survive a fair: tips from an introvert

There is only one tip: Seek help from a people person.

As I mentioned in my last post, we joined a local handicraft fair last weekend. June is the the Business Month in my city and major malls ended the celebration with a 3-day sale. Parkmall decided to showcase local artisans and businesses. We received an invitation a week before the opening.

Then I turned into a sewing robot.

After the pin pricks, painful back, and frantic inventory-taking (of our Black Bile merchandise), we breathed a sigh of relief when we were finally able to set up. It helped that the mall provided us with the coolest of booths.

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The boyfriend had the brilliant idea to bring his easel. It looked great beside the kalesa booth and was perfect for displaying our Maria Macabre shirt design.

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Of course, setting up was probably the only thing that we were confident about. The selling bit? Not so much, no.

The boyfriend and I are a couple of introverts who like to make things. I sew, he draws/paints. And because we are certain that we want to do these things as long as we live, joining fairs was an option that we had to take. This was our second. Compared to the first, we had less awkward costumer encounters. Of course, we had only less than 5% of the boyfriend’s sister’s skills; she’s a saleslady to the bone. We owe a large portion of our sales to her, truly. It was impressive to watch her make a sale and talk up customers. If the neighboring booth sold her skills, I’d have gotten several bottles for me.

By the time we hit up our 3rd fair, I hope we’re already as wonderful as she is.  Gosh, such lofty dreams! I am talking about the customer skills, by the way, not the thought of joining more fairs.

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the noose collection

Early this month, the boyfriend moved his office to the living area and we transformed his old space into a workshop. Said workshop now houses our tools, the cabinet for the cats’ litter box, and everything else that two “makers” use for… er… making things.

In the process of transferring our supplies to the workshop, the boyfriend chanced upon my clips. He hinted that having clips as many (and as varied) as I do is bordering on certifiably mad. To which I replied, “What? You can’t have too many clips!”

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A week or so after that conversation, production for the latest release of Black Bile commenced. Aside from making the neckties, I also took care of the packaging:

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