Monthly Archives: January 2018

How to survive being an artist on camera . . or as I call it. . .”old lady neck”

I have made an ass out of myself so many times on TV, I should win a blooper Oscar!  Way before I became a working artist, I produced commercials for TV.  Not just any old commercials; but ones that used real people.   I’ve done EPT commercials where I had to run around with women’s pee sticks, I’ve also put the town of Pound Wisconsin on a Slim Fast diet.  Let’s just say I am used to being on the other side of the camera.    Years later when I started licensing my artwork, Silvestri (one of my big licenses) would dress me up like a drag queen, OK, I dressed me up like a drag queen and they slut me out for free PR.  I was in Little Rock doing an artist signing and they put me on the 12 O’clock news to promote it.  The anchor was talking about this woman who did this and that.  I was so impressed with who this woman was that I asked her if I could get her number after the show.  The anchor woman stopped, looked at me like I had two heads and said “It was me she was talking about”!  I have always been the last to know.  

My favorite ass story was when I was on Oprah. My family speaks of this as the “ummmmmmm” incident  .  I like to refer to it as “Oprah is the only person who has ever shut Joey up” moment.

I was so excited to meet the great Oprah, I knew I had to say something so profound that she would invite me over to her house for dinner.  This did not happen.  She asked me a question. . . what was the question? I do not remember.   This was before YouTube and Internet just begun, luckily there is no evidence :)  Anyhoooooo, when she asked, I opened my mouth and “ummmmmmmmm” came out.  Not a very proud moment!  I have a goal to meet Oprah one day and try again.

Have I learned, no!  I have been on Doctor Oz twice.  Once for bad hair and coconut oil and once for meditating with Deepak, which I giggled and snorted.  Again, not proud!  There have been other stories,  thankfully I just can’t remember them right now. 

This brings me to my newest adventure.  I was just interviewed by Shahar from Curious Mondo – If you ever want to take a fun informative class on pretty much anything, please check her web-site out.  Love her!    Here’s her info . . .

Shahar asked if I would do an interview about licensing as an artist etc.   I spent half the day trying to make sure my hair didn’t take off and the other half making sure my studio wasn’t a mess.  A half hour before we were to air live on Facebook, we couldn’t get the video to work.  So we decided to go as an audio interview which meant I could have stayed in my pj’s!  Then that didn’t work.  What was a girl suppose to do?  Go bother her husband in his office.  And that my friends is why behind me are boy toys and dark furniture.  Luckily my picture on the computer screen was tiny and I couldn’t see my old lady neck.  (I would have been so distracted, I probably wouldn’t of heard a thing Shahar asked me.)  I have to say, I don’t mind sharing this video.  Hopefully it will inspire someone.  And you ask, what have I taken away from all these experiences?  I’ve learned that becoming an older artist isn’t about what you say or don’t say, it’s about your neck!  I also don’t mind making an ass out of myself so much anymore, maybe it’s because I am too busy looking at my older neck or maybe it’s just that the looser your skin becomes the tighter your inner peace is.  It does make you go ummmmmmmmmmm.


Happy Fabric Hoarder

I am a fabric hoarder.  I have two full dressers, an armoire and 15 cubbies full of fabric.  One can never be too sure when a fabric life emergency may come up and I can honestly say. . . I am prepared!  I feel as an artist and designer, I have the gift of making the best excuses on why I just had to have the fabric and when someone is asking “What are you making?” I replay . . .”I don’t know” with a surprised look of, do I need to know?  It’s pretty and it makes me giddy, is that not enough?

My agent, oh how I love saying that . . .it makes me feel so grown up!  So my agent Suzanne contacts me about designing a fabric line for a client who manufacturers quilting fabric.  I almost fell out of my chair, me. . . .designing dolly mama fabric . . . me?  I literally did the happy dance in my PJ’s.  So many ideas were spinning in my head.  Where to start . . . hummmmm . . . panic . . . and that’s where I started.  What do I know about fabric design?  After I calmed down the negative voices and realized I do know a lot about fabric. . . helloooooooo . . . fabric hoarder.

That’s when the fun began.  After my menopausal meltdown I started pulling dolly images that I would love to see made into fabric.  Originally waaaaaaaay back when, I stored all my original drawings into binders, now everything is in files on my computer.   The dolly mamas are still hand drawn, than scanned into Photoshop so I can fix all the mistakes. (Mostly coffee stains that I spilled or when I got a little rambunctious and colored outside the line.)  Once everything is in Photoshop, I can start to put together the whole design.  Sometimes it works and other times I feel I should just get a job at Starbucks and call it a day!  But the creative fairies calm me down and in the end, it always works out. . .it always does. . . Just maybe not how I planned. (Yes. . . I am working on the “control thing”!)

Before I send my designs off into the manufacturing world, I will give them a 24 hour break.  There are many times I come back to a design and think “was I smoking crack”?  I tweek everything and off it goes.  Then I wait until I receive a mock up of my work.  Once it’s approved, my job is done and I’m off to create something else or go junk shopping.  Months later when the box of fabric shows up at my door, I will explode with happiness and add it to my collection . . . well, unless my mom comes over and takes it all.  Hi, my name is Joey and I am a fabric hoarder.

I would like to send a big shout out to Janet Andersen and her crew for fixing any misspelled words and mistakes on my layouts.  To my fabulous agent Suzanne Cruise and to Cranston Quilting Fabrics for giving me this wonderful experience!

My dolly mama quilting fabric collection will be coming to quilting stores early fall of 2018.  I’ll keep you in the loop when it gets near.