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The Sealpelt - Vík Prjónsdóttir - Pyragraph

What’s Your Deal, Vík Prjónsdóttir?

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Vík Prjónsdóttir is an Iceland-based group of knitting designers and creative brand that designs and makes products from Icelandic sheep wool. More

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Joy Ike - Pyragraph

Burning Quesions for Joy Ike, Musician and Founder of Grassrootsy.com Joy shares hard-won wisdom on touring, PR and when to ditch the side job

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Joy Ike shares her road-tested advice on touring: choosing the right venues, playing shows often or not as often, and working the PR hard. More

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Jeans Team, Torstraßen Festival - Pyragraph

Burning Questions with Melissa Perales of Torstraßen Festival Melissa shares how she and her team launched Torstraßen Festival in Berlin

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While neck-deep in planning 24 Hours of Art I reached out to Melissa Perales to hear how she helped organize the Torstraßen Festival in Berlin. More

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Fin Records logo by Tommy Metcalf - Pyragraph

Seattle’s Fin Records: An Empire on Hiatus

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Shenandoah Davis talks with Fin’s founder Christian Fulghum on starting up what became Seattle’s Best Local Label, and its recent suspension of operations. More

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Procrasti-Nation by Edie Everette - Pyragraph

Procrasti-Nation: I Am An Artist #23

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Edie Everette gives a tour of Procrasti-Nation, with helpful tips to maximize your wasted time AND your guilt. More

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Hannah Kauffmann Banks - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Hannah Kauffmann Banks of Tricklock Company Hannah and I talk about the Reptilian Lounge, theater grants, and how the heck Tricklock made it to Poland

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With ABQ’s 24 Hours of Art festival imminent, I asked Hannah to catch me up on what Tricklock Company has been up to—both here and in Poland. More

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Self-portrait by Christina Kennedy - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Christina Kennedy How she uses Instagram to complement her professional photo work

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Christina shares how she uses Instagram as a creative outlet and how it differs from her work as a professional photographer. Gorgeous photos ahead. More

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Shannon Curtis - Pyragraph

What’s Your Deal, Shannon Curtis?

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This—building a series of house concert tours—isn’t how I thought my music career would look, and it’s not “the way” I was taught to promote a music career. More

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What’s Your Deal, Reighnbeau?

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Visual and sound artist Bryce Hample, a.k.a. Reighnbeau, is obsessed with organic sounds manipulated through electronic production, R & B, and jeggings. More

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Sewer cover copyright - Pyragraph

Dear Rich: Copyright Rules for e-Newsletters and Iron Work

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Rich Stim explains basic copyright law for a designer who created a newsletter for a client, and an artist creating greeting cards using iron work designs. More

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Skye Devore and crew at Tractor Brewing - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Skye Devore, Owner of Tractor Brewing How Tractor connects the dots between beer, community and culture

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I talked with Skye about craft beers and the ways a good pub can cultivate arts and community. Then I had breakfast. More

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Lauren O'Connell

What’s Your Deal, Lauren O’Connell?

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I first learned about Lauren O’Connell through her collaboration with another YouTube ninja: Pomplamoose’s Nataly Dawn. More

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Tuesday's Tips - Pyragraph

Burning Questions with Jill Brown, Landscape Architect How Jill uses social media marketing to keep biz blooming

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Jill Brown describes how she found better work-life balance with self-employment, plus a healthy dose of social media marketing. More

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The pretentious drip - Pyragraph

The Terrifying History of the Pretentious Drip! I Am An Artist #22

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Edie Everette chronicles the evolution of the precious paint drip. More

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Sam Miller plays in the lake - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Sam Miller Unpacking the making of his latest album You Need To Hear It

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The last time I saw Sam Miller, we were on a long, long walk across town having a bitch-fest like two ladies knitting at the gin table. More

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Resources

There’s No ‘Right’ way to be Self-Employed, Just Tradeoffs

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Most people intuitively recognize that there are some real differences between being a freelancer and running a larger business operation. More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: How Do I Get Paid for Book Illustration?

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If a book deal is in the works, and you feel you are entitled to a cut of the earnings, you should seek to become a party to the publishing contract. More


Rich Stim

Music Licensing 101

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How do you get your music into the hands of music supervisors, those gatekeepers who decide whose music is heard during an episode of “Justified”? More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: My Documentary. Her Idea. Who Owns It?

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“Good ideas are common — what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.” More


Contracts and Agreements 101

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The more that you are actively working in your field — whether that means writing for magazines, playing music at clubs, hosting gallery events or building furniture for a hotel — the more you’ll find yourself needing to execute contracts with other businesses and people. More


Blogs

Guest Blogger

How to Throw a Benefit Bash with Zero Experience

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Guest Blogger Andrew Baxter advises: Do things early so later you can come down with a case of the I-don’t-give-a-fucks and still come out on top. More

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Marisa Demarco

Fugue in Plum: Reflections on the Last Annual Gatas y Vatas

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I wanted to make a solo set. That’s why I started Gatas y Vatas. I dared 12 other women to make solo sets for it. But really I was daring myself. More

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Amanda C. Kooser

The Accidental Technology Journalist

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I had never taken a journalism class in my life. But there I was, Entrepreneur’s newly minted Assistant Technology Editor. More

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Anya Shevelyuk

Top 5 Questions People Ask Me as a Contortionist

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As a performer and contortionist, I get asked many questions about what I do. I wanted to share the top 5 questions people ask me, along with answers. More

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Tonya Kay

Embellishment or Thievery? How to Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

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People will be inspired by my art and I will be inspired by others. It’s how we credit after inspiration that identifies us as honorable or as thieves. More

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Antonia Montoya

A List of Creative Ideas Keeps Me Going

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What do I write about when I am not blessed with inspiration? I keep a list of ideas in a spreadsheet on Google Drive so I can access it anywhere. More

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My Fear of Teaching And How I Broke Through

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About a year into teaching, I’ve seen so many other photographers develop their craft and passion. But the person who has grown the most has been me. More

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Guest Blogger

Tour Journal: Cactus Tractor in Shawnee, OK

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Cactus Tractor tells more tales of their “U.S. Tour in the Shape of Yemen.” This time in Shawnee, OK, they’ve found artists, coffee, and hamburgers. More

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Alexandra Gjurasic

GJURASIC FACTOR: Art Opening Etiquette

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Sure there is a lot of wiggle room when it comes to being a guest at an opening reception, but having good etiquette is not just a nicety it shows respect to the artist and art you’ve come to appreciate. More

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How to Rehash Your Own Work When you're short on time and long on to-dos, make a remix

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I almost wince these days when I describe myself as a writer because I’ve been doing very little of that, despite how much I really do want to be writing. More

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Jed Alexander

Bedknobs, Broomsticks and My Dad: A Lesson in Storytelling

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My dad wasn’t just good at playing. He was an authority on the subject. He was a psychology professor, and taught a class in creativity. More

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Dani Alvarez

How to Draw a Balloon For floating away in the middle of the day

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Balloons are fat and they are floaty and if they happen to have a basket then they can take you away. And isn’t that what we’re all looking for? More

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Guest Blogger

Tour Journal: Cactus Tractor’s U.S. Tour in the Shape of Yemen

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Cactus Tractor recorded the shenanigans of their 2012 U.S. Tour in the Shape of Yemen in their hilarious tour journal. More

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Billy McCall

11 Life Lessons I Learned From Tetris

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I play a couple games of Tetris almost every day. I do some sort of writing almost every day. It occurred to me that there are some similarities here. More

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Josh Stuyvesant

The Time I Smoked With Laurence Sisson

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I got the impression that Laurence had hosted many others before me, as if it were a weekly pleasure of his to provide wisdom to the starry-eyed wannabes. More

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