Monday, March 12, 2007

ATC - The Road To Adventure
(by me)

Sometimes really amazing, good things happen when you least expect it.

A little over a week ago I was contacted by Deb Elzie from CircleBack Studio, asking me if I'd be interested in doing an interview for CircleBack about the artwork I'm doing for National Crafts Month in March. CircleBack is the brainchild of Deb and her sister Wendy Todd, and it's a website/blog/wiki. Their vision and goal is to give voice to the local creative - whether it is scrapbooking, stamping, or painting. with video and journal in hand they hope to capture the hearts and minds of the creative industry, and by doing this they want to bring the industry together as a whole.

Of course,I agreed. I can't tell you how honored I am, and surprised, and excited! This is an amazing event for me. I've been very busy making ATCs, and some larger pieces on canvas panels in sizes ranging from 4x6 to 9x12 - that's a big part of the reason you don't see me posting here as much as I used to. I've become very active on several yahoo ATC groups with swapping ATCs, and also doing alot of private trading from the cards I post at my Flickr site.

I've always loved art, but strayed away from it when I started going to college. I just didn't have the time or energy for it. Then the career in IT came along, and it was more of the same. But after my mom passed away in November 2005, I turned back to art as a means of coping with the grief of losing her so suddenly. I made my first set of ATCs for a swap in January 2006, and since then I've made over 1,000 cards and swapped all of them except for 120 which I've kept for my private collection. You could say there are pieces of me floating all over the world now. Heh. It's quite an amazing feeling.

But anyway, it struck me suddenly that people really like my art, and I can't even begin to tell you how rewarding that is. And now, this interview comes along out of the blue. I've got my fingers crossed that maybe this will be the start of some really good things for me, so say a prayer that it is. But imagine that, someone wanted to interview me. Me. How cool is that?

If you'd like to read the interview, CircleBack Studio's url is below. Each day this week you'll see some of my art and read parts of the interview. Somebody - quick - cyber pinch me, please! I need to know this isn't just a dream!


Blogger G said...

Congratulations, Cookie! I'm so happy for you!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Scotty said...

WTG, Cookie!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Cookala said...

hey guys, thanks so much! who says hard work doesn't pay off?

now, if I can just an interview going for my poetry..... heh.


8:46 PM  
Blogger Hedgie said...

Congratulations. It's always great to be recognized for what you do. enjoy.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

Cookala, I am so very very happy for you, I have been toying with the idea of doing an article for the English Newspaper in Malaysia talking about ATC and using your work as illustrations, can I go on to flickr and down load possibly aboput 15 to 20 ATC & arrange them into a collage in that article? My shorter version which is a review of your blogs is still incubating and I am reading Alice in Wonderland all over again so that I can write this review, I m sorry but I am in full time medical practice and I write between patients! Blessings always and More Beyond

7:35 AM  
Blogger Cookala said...

heya, Hedg! thanks so much, and you are so right about recognition - it's a definite boost all right! but more than that, it tells me I'm affecting people with my art, and what could be better than that?

now, if I can just get the poetry to do that, too!!

8:32 PM  
Blogger Cookala said...

Cheers, Kianseng! thank you and no problem - there's no need to explain how incredibly busy you are because I guessed as much - get to it when you can. I completely respect the fat that you're a full-time doctor with people who need you to heal them. I have so much respect for you doing that, and it amazes me you find any time at all to stil write some fine poetry and do all those interviews. heh, I don't know where you get the time and energy!!

I'm totally delighted that you'd like to use my ATCs for your article - and please by all means do! I'm hoping you're going to put the article on your blog after you've submitted it so I can read it. It's a wonderful idea - and I love the fact that it will bring the phenomenon of ATCs to more people. If you need any help with the article or a better insight into how the trading aspect works, please feel free to ask. I'd be glad to help you with it.

lastly, I'm delighted that I've inspired you to read Alice in Wonderland. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have through the years. I still go back to re-read it every now and then, or put on one of the Alice movies. I wrote a poem a few years ago about my relationship with Alice - it's not a great poem but I could post it here if you'd like to read it to get an idea of how I see her in me, if that makes any sense. Let me know.

8:46 PM  

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