Journal

On the Fringe

After searching around, I have found a group that makes me hope there’s a ghost community to go with my ghost store, and that’s as important to me as selling stuff: it’s called Fringe Science.…

I have an affinity for human-machine hybrids and weird animals. I wrote a picture novel about a parallel universe (in the South, of course) with a toxic environment that stresses humans into prolonged lives: in toxicology, that’s the principle of hormesis (that work’s on lulu, not redbubble). I’ve just finished a series on Edgar Allan Poe, and he was one of the original fringe scientists of the mind.

I appreciate much of what I see in the group’s “gallery.” Some of it is pretty slick and technically sophisticated digital art. My paper cuts are more like crude folk art by comparison, but we sh

Calendar Love on the Dark Site

I’ve just finished four wall calendars for my Redbubble store. I love calendars because they are like mini exhibits that you appreciate slowly, throughout the year. One of mine, The Year in Illuminations, consists of twelve black and white drawings to be colored. The other three I’d call “Southern Gothic,” but in bright, cheerful colors. I like to think my characters open the door hospitably, but if you enter – watch your back. They bite.…

My favorite calendar for 2016 is The Dark Edge, featuring twelve narrative paper cuts inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. To develop this calendar, I selected stories with southern settings like Charleston and Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Some of these stories (“The Gold Bug,” “The Oblong Box,”

GHOST STORE

I’ve created my first electronic storefront. Instead of a ghost story, I’ve made a ghost store. It’s my own invisible mall to wander through.…

A ghost store sounds spooky, a little lonely. “Build it and they will come”—Not true. I could wander in this store forever by myself because attracting customers in the age of Print-on-Demand still takes work. You still have to build contacts, and some of that work has to happen In Person.

Then why resort to a ghost store to sell my artwork? I enjoy working with a print-on-demand platform like Redbubble.. My work’s not exactly “new brow” but some of it fits. And with the touch of a button, I can put an image of mine on scarves and smart phone cases and leggings.

Creating digital versions brings me instant gratification that doesn’t cost me an

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