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The D'Zturbanites

Enter the D’ZTURBANITES

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Hi everybody..

Be the first to own a piece of my new line. The first four D’Zturbanites are available in my Etsy shop right now (one was donated to a local function). In keeping with the prevalent graffiti in my neck of the River Arts District, I’ve decided to take a basic sock creature construction method and embellish it a bit. I’m using cutouts from elaborate printed cottons and solid T-shirts. The results are really striking. More D’Zturbanites (pronounced Dis-turb-an-ites) will come soon. I couldn’t wait to make a ton before I started posting. This should tide you all over till more Zombabies and Glumys appear.

“Urban” art and fashion is very popular in our culture, even in places that are largely rural like Asheville. It seems few people, especially youngsters, want to cultivate or glorify (or even develop) aesthetic motifs that represent a more rural surrounding. So, with the D’Zturbanites, I’m kind of poking a little bit of tongue in cheek at this unacceptance of situation I see around me. Some of the local proponents of “urban” ism probably couldn’t even define what “urban” ism means without resorting to tons of buzz words delivered with imitated ethnic inflections. Still, it’s a great aesthetic and I’m glad people are actively developing and propagating it. Maybe I’ll learn something the more attention I pay, and wind up changing my opinion about these locals and their motivations. I’m always open to that.

Ultimately, I’m very fortunate that my studio overlooks a vacant lot full of constantly changing graffiti murals. The work is incredible and I hope it stays there always. There’s a good chance it may since the lot is privately owned, and I believe the owner allows all of the painters to come and contribute. The murals change perhaps weekly. I’ve taken advantage of the exceptional work as backgrounds for my photo shoots. Gosh I love this area.

Thanks everyone!

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Gallery Update

My goodness gracious.. I’m about brain dead after finagling the inner workings of the gallery pages. If you hover on the Galleries menu tab, a list of its sub menu items pops up. Similarly, if those sub menu items have sub menu items of their own, they’ll pop up if you hover over the sub menu item in question. And so on, and so on, and so on.

I like that feature reasonably well, but suppose I want to save my viewers the confusion of so many sub menu tabs popping into existence? I’ll check the forum and see if there’s a way I can turn all that off, at least for some of the sub menu items.

Anyway, I’ve started adding groups of creatures into sub menus based on the story lines I’ve been developing. Each time I make a run of creatures, often I’m using the same techniques over and over again, and thus the individual creatures in the run look very similar. They become a family, or a unified group of characters. So that’s how I’m posting all of the new creatures. If any of that makes sense to you, I’d be pleased. At the moment I’m kind of bleary from doing all this messing around with the website.

I await your critique on functionality and simplicity.. if there is any left.

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So, speaking of new postings, even though he was on the website before (you’ll notice that the previous “new creatures” page has changed drastically), I’ve got Dr. Morticius Drathmave with me here. He’s listed on Etsy as Drath. In fact, you can see him still in the sidebar as he’s quite unsold. He’s the last of a particular series I have left. Anyway, Buy him. He’s cheaper now and he’s a great fellow, having recently turned over a new leaf.

Take care, everyone!
John
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