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What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.  --  Karl Lagerfeld

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The Snow Queen: a study in yarn and paper

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Snow Queen

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn. 
-- Lewis Grizzard 

Last summer during a blistering heat wave, I made a garment inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's story "The Snow Queen."  The top is knit from Lion Brand's Vanna's Glamour®.  It's a lovely yarn to work and adds this gorgeous shimmer that shifts with the light - perfect for my Snow Queen Dress. Having recently invested in a large die cutter, I decided to put it to the test.  I cut a 100+ cardboard snowflakes which I then embellished.  Naturally, no two snowflakes are the same.  I painted, rubber stamped and colored with pencil and pen. I glued on sequins, wrapped threads and added small sparkling stickers.  The dress became an experiment in how far I could push a mixed media approach.  

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why you need a headshot

Lindsay Obermeyer Headshot, photo by Michelle Kaffko

"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart."  -- Thomas Watson, Sr.

While I prefer to spend my time in the studio, I recognize that for my business to grow, a certain amount of day-to-day maintenace is required.  A new headshot has been high on my priority list for several months.  I've been putting it off as, well, I don't like to be photographed.  I always feel awkward the moment a camera appears.  

Why do I need a headshot in the first place?  It's a primary tool for marketing my business.  Whether I am at a gallery opening or walking the floor at a trade show, it's important for people to recognize me.  Yes, my work should be enough, but seriously, does it sprout legs and develop the capability to talk?  No.  If I want to get my work into that next show or land a contract for a project design, I need people to place a name and a face to the work.  

Headshots should be used in all social media platforms as the avatar, on a website and blog with a bio and in brochures.  Well-known project designers in the crafts industry also suggest you use it on your business card.  A logo is lovely, but you are your business, not your logo. Point taken and I will soon to rectify this ommission now that I have a swanky new headshot. Thank you Michelle Kaffko of Organic Headshots!

I didn't think much about headshots until a few years ago when more and more requests were being made from marketing departments at universities.  I was doing a fair of amount travel as a visiting artist / guest lecturer.  At first, I used basic snap shots friends took such as these three.  

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©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer headshot

They are cute photos, so what's wrong with them?  With the one of the left, you can't really see my face. My work dominates. Yes, I want my work to be showcased, but not in a headshot.  And even if you can see my face, I'm squinting from the glare of the sun.  The second is a great shot of my face, but the background is really busy.  Really, really busy compounded with a busy outfit.  My face and background art are fighting to win which is noticed first. The last one is great shot, but obviously a snapshot taken of me in my winter coat outdoors one winter afternoon.  Ho, hum.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer headshot

So, I tried again.  I love this photo.  It shows me having a great time with my face framed by my work and was perfect for promoting my community art.  One problem, I no longer do The Red Thread Project®.   If I no longer do it, why should I still use an image that promotes it?  Sigh.  Back to the photographer.  

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This time I met with photographer Larry Sanders.  I love these!  They are silly, funny and non-traditional.  They promote both my art and my handmade hat line.  Fun, but ultimately limiting. These photos tell an education or marketing director of a craft company that all I know how to do is textiles.  As a project designer, I work in a variety of mediums - paper, clay, glass, paint and metal as well as textiles.  

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Here we go again.  This photo was taken by Maria Ponce for the Chicago Artists Month 2011 poster. It's an amazing portrait of me, but is it actually a headshot? I wasn't sure, so didn't use it other than to promote CAM 2011 events.

Lindsay Obermeyer photo by Michelle Kaffko

So on I struggled continuing to use the shot of me from The Red Thread Project® until this spring when Michelle Kaffko took this shot of me for the Chicago Craft Mafia.   I love this photo!  Wow! Colorful, sassy, confident.  Perfect!  Yeah!  Headshot trauma over!    I've been using this image on Facebook since it was taken in May.  But when folks saw me at the trade show in July, the frequent refrain after visiting my booth was, "Oh, wow! You don't just knit." Arrrrrrrrgh!  I had limited my business once again with a single photo.  I am a knitter, but not just a knitter.  Oh my lordy!  I wanted to hide under the covers.  

You are your business.  If you want to be seen as friendly, professional and confident, then your image must show it.  It can be as colorful as you are, but the image of you shouldn't fight with backgrounds, funky clothes (unless you are a fashion designer wearing your own clothes) or other props  As I do so many things, I need a photo that showed me as me, minus the art or the tools.  After 10 years and multiple attempts, I think I finally have one that will work.  Let's just hope my hair doesn't turn fully grey in the next year!


learning to accept with grace

Lindsay Obermeyer photo by Maria Ponce

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."  -- Dorothy Lange

When the catalog for Chicago Artist Month (CAM) arrived, my daughter was flipping through it when she stopped at this image of me.  

"Mom, this doesn't look like you.  I mean it is you, but it's not."

She went on to explain that I don't look like a mom, but an artist.  I laughed.  I'm both, right?  I didn't get it.  I'm a little thick.  She saw an underlying confidence that I couldn't.  A confidence that has held me afloat during years of struggle to hold onto my art practice through the thick and thin of life.

I felt awkward having the picture taken.  I'm not one to jump in front of the lens, especially when I have cold sores the size of an elephant.   The day was warm, the beginning of a heat wave.  My mind was on getting to the trade show where I had a booth.  I couldn't relax to enjoy the moment.  The photographer Maria Ponce was great.  She kept ordering me to move this way and that.  I finally sank into the role as her model, letting her get on with the job she was paid to do.  

Me.  A model.  Good grief.

Being chosen as one of the featured artists is an honor.  I've worked hard to reach this point.  But so have many other local artists.  What makes me so special?! Nothing.  But as my daughter keeps reminding me, I should be thankful.  And I am.  

I am very thankful.  Hopefully the attention will allow The Red Thread Project® to grow.  I am excited by the number of venues hosting Red Thread Stitching Studios.  I have a great site for the installation and I learned last week that the performance will be at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of "What's your art?" on December 3rd.  Meida McNeal confirmed today that she will choreograph the performance.   I organized all of this on my own, without funding and not one intern, just the occassional help of a few friends. (Thanks!)  I've worked 12-14 hour days for several months.  I can't believe it is all real.  The official launch is in just two days.

Learning to accept everything with grace has been my biggest challenge.   I still feel self conscious, but I keep in mind a recent conversation with  Mr. Pringle, director of the Harlem Theater Company. He asked me if I was good at what I do.  I think so. " Don't you know?," he asked.  Okay, he had me. Yes, I am good at what I do.  "That's better."  Is this the part when I take a bow?  "Why not!"  

 I was kidding, but he wasn't.  I understood his point.  He wanted me to see in myself what my daughter was seeing in the photo.  I'm here.  I've survived a ton of crap.  Accept the kudos as part of the package.  I wouldn't have made it this far in life and art without some sense of confidence and endurance.

If Mom were still alive, she'd give me a hug and then serenade me with an ear piercing rendition of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman!"  She played the song until the record srcatched.  

I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

Suddenly, I feel 13 years old with an urge to roll my eyes.  


cuteness to die for

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"A leapord cannot change his spots." -- Proverb

I found this amazing image of newborn leapords through a link found on Modish.  Aren't they the cat's meow?!  The way they are being held reminds me of Cerberus, the three-headed dog of Greek mythology, except to die for cute rather than scary ferocious.

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There are more images of them on Flicker.  You have to take a look.  I love the pic of Mama Leaopord with one her babies.  I certainly know the feeling. I think aspects of motherhood are universal.


portrait

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"I need a picture of you."  Oh, ugh.  I hate posing for the camera almost as much as eating okra, dusting furniture and washing my car.  The curator's request came while I was in St. Louis.  She needed a large file of which I had none.  So, I asked my friend Davide to take one while on our way to a coffee shop with Gina.  This one is actually not too bad.  I don't look like a complete nervous goof, though my orange glasses dominate my face.  When I update my prescription, should I get a tamer color pair of frames or continue with fun?  Sigh.  Oh, well.   The curator is happy and I'm not totally embarrassed.  

By the way, if you haven't guessed.  I no longer have uber short hair as seen in my blog bio pic.  It's now shoulder length with plenty of what I call "sparkly bits," aka grey hair, which form a lovely streak when pulled back into a pony tail.  


i love candy!

©Lindsay Obermeyer Candy2

"It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that dictates the form."  --  Hans Hoffmann

I love candy!  Can you tell?  Lollipops.  Jelly beans.  Sweet tarts.  It was inevitable that such yumminess would find its way into my designs.  

The Etsy shop has and still is a learning curve.  The most challenging aspect to date - other than raking in the sales - is getting good photographs.  The decision to not take a photography class in college was as short sighted as it gets.  I'm gaining confidence with the process and am figuring out how to handle backdrops, but haven't a clue as how to get a decent photo of my jewelry - hence why they aren't being shown on Enjolive at present.  

©Lindsay Obermeyer Candy1

I'm really loving this combination of machine felted knitting with needle felted adornment.  I have much more freedom than with intarsia or fair isle.  I want color here?  No problem.  And there?  Yes, I think I'll add some orange.....  The feeling is akin to my leaving behind weaving in favor of embroidery.  I don't have to plan everything in advance and can let color be my leader.

photo phooey

(c) Lindsay Obermeyer Scarlette Scarf

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."  --  Ansel Adams

Cover your ears.  That's right.  Go ahead.  Cover them.  AAAAAAAUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRGH!   You can uncover your ears now.  

I am getting pretty good at photographing my daughter.  That's the problem.  I am not trying to sell photographs of my daughter, I am trying to sell the hats featured in the photographs!  How do catalog photographers do it?  I was flipping through the catalogs for Garnet Hill, J. Jill and others, each with models featuring the latest styles.  I see the models, but what I notice first are the clothes.  

I thought of using a mannequin.  The vintage ones from the 1940's suit the style of my work, but are out of my price range.  Sigh....  Where is a benefactor when you need one?
   
(c) Lindsay Obermeyer Michelle Beret

The learning curve to start, manage and update an online shop is absorbing the bulk of my days.  I read photo books.  I fiddle with my camera.  I make various attempts at understanding geek speak so I can track movement on my site.  In the meantime I keep upping the knit and crochet challenges.  Who has a clear explanation for single motif intarsia knitting in the round?  After 3 hours at it this evening I finally put down my needles.  My brain is full of lint.  

Tori Scarf

I recently inherited a stash of my grandmother's patterns.  I loved her cravats.  Very girly.  This is one of my versions.  You can see another at Enjolive.

learning curve

(c) LindsayObermeyerEmilyhats


Today was like shooting the rapids.  You race along only to hit a rock, push off, hit another rock and continue forward slightly fearful and thoroughly exhilarated.  

Last night I had borrowed a friend's set of lights and tripod in preparation for "the shoot."  I set everything up.  Took 50 or so photographs and didn't like a single one.  The color was off and the images looked static.  In short, they were ho hum boring.  I gave up and had a glass of wine.  

I realized this morning that I needed to do two things - get a model and play.  I was taking the whole experience of photographing my hats far too seriously.  After a few more attempts with the tripod, I gave up and walked outside.  Baby Girl acted as model.  Even her ladyship, Monster Pup, got into the act at one point.   

After a few hours I had a few good shots and had learned a ton.  Hooray!  Now comes the task of editing and loading them up for the grand opening this Monday.  

I think I'll go make myself another cup of coffee.