on plywood

in my bedroom there are nine little slabs of wood (remnants of my old bunk) which now serve as a partition between myself & the ceiling. it is the damnedest thing: hours– days! have been lost to studying ceaseless swirls of tiny stalactites that drip from the roof; or could they have been constellations? capricorn has a doppelgänger in my ceiling, i’m sure of it. i haven’t looked in a long while, unfortunately.

i moved to the bottom bunk after an incident in which i fell five feet to the cool floor & no one came after me. i decided i would never again sleep so high up; i tossed my mattress to the trash-collectors & settled into my sister’s vacated four-poster. try as i might i couldn’t completely remove the framework from the top bunk, so above me are these nine plywood bars. i’ve thrown a pink coverlet over them for looks but also to protect me from cobwebs that threaten to fall into my mouth & choke me while i dream.

why should i dream, in a place like this? six paces to the dresser, six paces to the door. a closet large enough to shelve my body & little else. the window rusted shut; one hanging light. no acoustics. there are secrets in the mahogany under my feet, but i can’t follow them.

i still have the ladder to my old bed. it stands adjacent to the post, waiting to be re-installed. i could very well return to the cosmos by the middle of the month, but i’d have to prepare. i’ll make do with the nine bars for now; they are sometimes interesting to consider. i may even sketch them sometime. on a side note, i hope that the people in this house know i didn’t fall from the top on purpose.

// nine bars

anonymous asked:

Hello, what's the use of a portfolio exactly? I've seen many artist put their prints which are on display at conventions in their portfolio on their table too, isn't this uneccessary as you already have one on display?

Kiriska: You’ll run out of display space before you run out of portfolio space.

Depending on the size of the table and how my neighbours are situated, I can fit 20-40 letter-size prints on my vertical display and maybe 20-30 more on my plywood rack, though I frequently double up on popular designs between display and rack to maximize chances for people to see it. 

My portfolio binder can fit 80-100 prints.

Many artists will use binder space to put in older prints or less popular designs; some will use it to display commission examples, comic pages, and other things that aren’t necessarily for sale, but which might be nice for showing off the breadth of their work and certain abilities.

A binder also allows people to flip through your body of work without moving around the table craning their necks, and it allows pairs and groups of customers discuss what they might want to buy together more easily, without pointing and trying to figure out which one the other is talking about. (It’s also easier for them to ask you, the artist, questions about specific pieces, since you’ll also be able to see the piece more easily.)

I’ve experimented here and there with not putting the portfolio out because my table is very crowded and the binder takes up valuable real estate, but I think for the most part, it’s worth it to have it there.

You may feel differently if you don’t yet have a lot of prints or are otherwise using that table space for something that’s more impactful for you, so I definitely suggest playing around with your setup to see what works best for you. Some artists also forego the bulky binder and just have printed out sheets that contain thumbnail images of their print catalogue for customers to browse through.


Birdhouse Cabinet by Siebring & Zoetmulder Design Products

This Birdhouse Cabinet named side table that is obviously inspired by birdhouse, is a multi-functional piece of furniture designed with the reading people in mind. The top part is made of Birch Plywood, offering the gable of the roof as a book rest. This modern creation by Siebring & Zoetmulder Design Products fits well into a bedroom as well as a living room.


Natsuo Ikegami aka 池上夏生 (Japanese, b. 1969, Osaka, Japan) - 1: Riders, 2011  Ink on Paper  2: Fish, 2013 Watercolors  3: A Blind Cat, 2008 Ink on Paper  4: His Garden Flowers 1, 2008 Oil on Wood Panel  5: Cosmic Pieces, 2008 Ink on Paper  6: Hair Of Monet Color, 2008 Ink, Monet Markers on Paper  7: Tell Me Your Story, 2008 Oil on Canvas  8: The Special Day, 2008 Oil on Canvas  9: Dew Drops Of Lotus Leaf, 2009 Oil on Plywood Panel