After an itsy bitsy summer hiatus (by hiatus I mean the irrational fear I have of getting sunburned the moment I stand outside – perhaps I’ll add this to my Phobias Collection?), Dirty Teacup Designs rambunctiously returned to First Fridays outside of Revolver Records & Second Friday Night Out in Mesa! I honestly felt right back at home, where I belong.
Leaping aboard my train of art prints for the very first time were Heather S. Thompson, Alice Hill In Silent Wonderland & lastly, my mascot & and first concept I ever created for Dirty Teacup Designs, The Dirty Teacup Girl. She was designed to evoke mischief blended with delicate femininity. Her mind is poisoned with ominous ideas (in this case, a poisoned tea bag!). If you couldn’t make your way to either of these events, you can get your hands on them here.
It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces & meeting some new ones as well. Next month I’ll be back with a smorgasbord of Halloween themed art tricks & treats that I’m currently working up as your eyes read this…
The whirlwind that is Phoenix Comicon has come to pass and, although by the end I fell a tad bit ill, it just so happened to be the personal best show Dirty Teacup Designs has been a part of EVER!
I debuted a plethora of new things, starting with an entirely new setup! It took a lengthy amount of time to get it just right – but in the end I thought it turned out beautifully. My brand new “Katia’s Domestic Bliss” banner with my handy dandy Ivan skeleton (Fun fact: he is the fella in the ground underneath Katia, complete with a handmade bowtie by yours truly).
The newest installment of the “Phobia” collection, “Bdellophobia“, made its first appearance as well. I’m fairly certain she has taken “Mathilda’s Domestic Bliss'” crown as ruler of the raised eyebrows & terrified glances given by passers-by. So congratulations to Bdellophobia, she made me proud. Those cringing looks couldn’t bring a larger smile to my face.
I introduced the first lady of my “Fashion Valors” collection: Ashlee Williams complete with the Necronomicon, and a mounted deer head with a serious case of the giggles. The Valors collection will feature all the “heroic” characters from my favorite horror films & videogames. I’m so happy with how she came out & I can’t wait to show you which Valor is next!
My “Snow White & the Seven Plastic Surgeons” comic also came to fruition for Phoenix Comicon. It’s a tale I have had tucked away for a handful of years & I thought this would be the perfect time to bring it to life. “Snow White & the Seven Plastic Surgeons” is one of my earliest pieces from when I began to dive into sequential art. The satirical nature of beauty in society is one that resonates a lot with me & with a great many others it seems. The comic also contains two additional stories of mine, including the misadventures of a goat go-go dancer & a space ninja venturing off to a planet made of candy.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be a part of Bianca Thompson’s Dead Divas/Unstoppable Cards sketch card set! I thought making some mini prints of a few of the cards I made from the set would fit nicely at PCC. Although all the characters were so fun to recreate, Lady of the Death was one of my favorite to illustrate.
The best thing about enormous show like this that are filled to the brim with 77k+ people, is being able to share my art with so many people. Their reactions, praise, critiques & stories of what they see when looking at my art, make all the long, yet enjoyable hours I put into creating meaningful pieces so worth bringing them to the public. I spent so many years keeping my art to myself, and its wonderful having people that love my work as much as I love bringing all of them to life.
This past weekend was gloriously jam-packed with events. Despite the frenetic nature of all the affairs being scattered around Arizona. Certainly goes without saying it was all so rewarding, as a girl just trying to spread her art to the masses.
Arnold was exhausted by the end of it all. As some of you may or may not know – Arnold is my teacup lounging dapper skeleton that follows me to every event I wander to – The Dirty Teacup Designs mascot, if you will.
It all began with First Friday, outside of Revolver Records. I debuted my newest Fashion Villain greeting card, Mommie Dearest – Just in time for Mother’s Day! I believe I succeeded in depicting Joan Crawford’s abusive antics in and even more glamorous way than she did herself.
Next up was Free Comic Book Day at Pop Culture Paradise in Tempe. The store was full of energy & happily packed like sardines full of people ready to dive into their free comic books! I got to sell with some of my favorite local artists & met quite a few fans of my Fashion Villain cards, which really made me smile. PCP is gracious enough to allow me to display all of my murderesses in their shop!
And finally was Pop Culture Paradise’s “May the Fourth Be With You” event at their Phoenix location. Perfect way to close out the weekend. I revealed my newest Limited Edition print, “AT-ATEABAG” – Because really, what’s an AT-AT to do when it gets tangled up by a snow speeder? Be used as a teabag of course! Other features include a polite tea-drinking Wampa & a random giant teacup in Hoth.
All in all, I had a splendid time. I so appreciate being a part of all these local happenings. Thanks ever so much to those who I got to meet for the first time and those that participated. This will also be one of the last times I will have my setup the way it is currently. New display elements abound!
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