Hi folks. I was aghast when I saw that I haven’t blogged since June – sorry about that. (don’t you just love that word “aghast”?)

Well, a lot’s going on and I am running as fast as I can but still getting nowhere. Well, kinda nowhere. Nowhere with income, but a little somewhere with establishing myself as an artist. I guess being an artist is my heart’s desire, but the income part wouldn’t SUCK! I just got overdrawn at BofA for $3 and they charged me $70, the rat b@$+@rd$.

The GeoBulb has been a very satisfactory experience and it’s doing well – good response. In October there’s going to be a choice awards and I have lots of delicious hope about that. The votes are all cast, so we will see what we will see. This experience has made me much more gung ho to apply for competitions.

I just did the Flat Out Under Pressure competition run by the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville. It was fun. The gist is – the art must be created in 24 hours! They stamp the blank canvas one morning and it’s due back finished the next.


I went to an exhibit at SAM last Thursday and I finally got to meet some of the folks I only knew through our email correspondence. That was great. The exhibit was “Paper Worlds” and I enjoyed it very much. If you are in the area I recommend this show.

So that’s what’s going on in the local art world in real life. It’s all encouraging. Little steps…but forward!

Meanwhile, #SAGE has been wonderful too. Honestly, folks, joining #SAGE was one of the best things I have ever done. Ya know, we have private pages in FaceBook as well as that public one. That public one is our storefront, basically. We also have a chat page and a color palette page.  The main idea of the group was about cross promoting each other. (here’s our public photo albums) With over 350K designs in Spoonflower, it’s really hard to be SEEN. Now there are 32 of us and we all promote each other. But it got to be so much more than that…

In the chat page we all encourage each other so much. We discuss designs we are working on. We discuss problems about the design functions at SF and other social media. We chat about other things going on in our lives. Folks post when they get a sale and we all cheer. This really means so much to me. I can’t even express it.

The color palettes FB page is where we work on palettes. One of the gals got the idea to make a common palette (by hex code). Once we agree/decide on one, the final work goes into the public page. We started with #SAGE Beach Colorsand the sewing patterns. The idea was, if we all designed fabrics with the identical colors, crafters and decorators would have an easy time with this palette because it’s all guaranteed to match! Now we have several, #SAGE WOD (World Oceans Day) – and the sewing patterns; #SAGE Summer Solstice and the sewing patterns.; and #SAGE tea Party. (but that album isn’t up in FB yet – this is a partial collection in SF)

Meanwhile, back on my own social media, I have been working hard on making album covers for my biz FB, Chinaberries Central and my Pinterest Chinaberriespin. I wanted to have them look more professional and also to match each other.


I haven’t finished them all yet but I keep plugging. I would really value feedback on this idea. Does it look more professional? Do they look good? Will it make navigation of my pages easier? More inviting?

Another thing I tried was, I made a gif  to promote my fabrics, you know, hoping it would go viral and get 10,000,000 hits in an hour and make me famous LOL In my dreams, but here it is…



So that’s some of the stuff that’s going on with me as I try to “Build Chinaberries” Are there any other struggling artists out there that are on a similar journey?

About sharonpassmore

Hi. I am an artist living in Greenville, South Carolina. I am the Art moderator at Eratosphere, a forum of Ablemuse Review. I play with all sorts of art-forms, including digital design and fabric design, but nearest to my heart, at the moment, is collage. I like it best if the collage materials are not recognized from a distance and reveal themselves at close up, the way a painting can look realistic from a distance but on closer inspection, the freedom of brushstrokes becomes apparent. My materials are my brushstrokes. ​ I use anything I find in my collage that suits the purpose, beads, broken jewelry, wallpaper scraps etc... I always try to incorporate recycled packaging too. This is important to me, partly because of the environment, and partly because I get a little thrill out of recognizing the value of materials most people would discard as trash. Think of this next time you peel that wonderful foil seal off a new can of coffee. ​ I am inspired by many kinds of traditional arts and crafts. The cultural history of the world is just loaded with fabulous treasure, isn't it? I view the world of art and art history as a giant buffet and I want to sample a taste of everything. "Mmmmm that Wabi Sabi looks delicious! Gimme a little of that Horror Vacui! Check out those fantastic Molas!" I completely reject the idea that one artform is superior to another due to what is in fashion at the moment. Art is timeless. ​ If there's something I don't like too much, I try to keep in mind that I probably don't understand it, and that's a signal to me that I have something more to learn. There is always something more to learn. Thanks for visitng <3 Sharon Passmore
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