Constant Movement

 Can't wait to paint a lot this summer

Can't wait to paint a lot this summer

You know how I am in constant movement?

It's hard to believe that my time as FCNL's Friend in Washington is wrapping up and 3 weeks from today I will be moving my art supplies and tiny plants into a studio at the Yards Collective in Rochester, NY where I will be part of a residency with 4 other artists.

Artist residencies take many forms... the ones I've done (and sometimes created for myself) have varied drastically. For example, I'm very grateful to FCNL for providing housing for my stay in DC the past 3 months, and as I get ready to head to Rochester I'm gathering funds to pay the $300 studio fee for my residency there this summer. I'm happy to support the Yards in this way, and am also looking to pad my pockets a bit this month as the car rental, rent and security for a new place, and other expense pile up for this exciting move.

THUS

..maybe you guessed it,

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I'm having a sale ! This is a great time to snag a set of Weird Cards, a map creature print you have been thinking about, or my brand new comic book about climate action. Use the promo code GETIT at checkout to get 20% off your order. If you're not ready to decide, or want to delight a friend, the sale also applies to gift cards (!).

As always thank you so much for your support! You make it possible for me to do very dreamy things.

p.s. I'm still working on the second issue of the Seeks Series, which focuses on Mass Incarceration and Sentencing Reform-- it won't be printed by the time I leave DC but it is in the works !

The Seeks Comic Series

I'm very excited that the Seeks Comic Issue 1: Climate Disruption is going to print this week !

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I have been in DC for the past 2 months working with the Friends Committee on National Legislation to create this comic book about lobbying for social justice. The first issue focuses on connecting climate change, public health, racial justice and what the average person can do to effect public policy.

The series is inspired by FCNL's mission-- faith through action towards the just, peaceful world we seek.

Stay tuned for how to get your copy, and meanwhile check it out online here, and be sure to tune in to my Artist Talk on June 1 (or if you're in DC, come to the reception!).

The comic is available for pre-order (with pre-order sale price !) that ships by June 1. However, if your Quaker Meeting is interested in getting comic books for your First Day class, please contact me and I'll put you in touch with FCNL directly.

I have learned a ton working on this project... it has been a blast but I'm also exhausted. It feels like the end of finals week! No time to stop though, as soon as I leave DC I'm heading up to Rochester, NY for an exciting residency with the Yards Collective. I'll also be working on the next issue of the series, which focuses on sentencing reform and mass incarceration.

Us & We Art Statement on Race Justice and Intersectional Feminism

When I made the first Badass Women Calendar in 2016, it was a very spur of the moment, explosive project. With very little planning, I created a series of portraits celebrating mostly women who I thought wouldn’t usually be featured in a calendar of badasses— especially politically radical women, queer women, and women of color.


 

(It all started with a Facebook post)

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The following year I put a little more planning into it and ordered and sold about 2500 calendars. I’m very proud to say I worked with a local Philadelphia printing company that employs a bunch of women.

Over the past few months I have been engaging in conversations about my calendars in the context of race— it is important to me that this feminist project is boldly intersectional, and to me that means honoring, celebrating, and recognizing a lot of women of color, who have so often been whitewashed out of the women’s rights movement. That being said— I’m real white! And I want to make sure that while I’m curating this project to inspire all humans to be their most badass selves, I recognizing my own role as white person in the fight for racial justice.

I recently read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case for Reparations, which was heart-breaking, by the way, and opened up a ton more questions for me. I worked hard to make the Badass Women Calendar, and I made a (relatively) big sum of money from the sales— more than I’ve ever made in fact. I’m grateful for the couple of folks who have reached out to me on social media asking me what I’m doing to support people of color— it’s a great question, and I’m grateful for the feedback I’ve gotten from friends who I’ve asked about this too.


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Here we are in this weird world bursting with pain and joy; infuriating injustice and beautiful growth; systemic racism and brilliant change; individuals who tear each other down, and individuals who call out for their allies and ask What are you going to do to help?


After recently doing my 2017 taxes, I have just paid several thousand dollars to the government. As a pacifist it turns my guts to think that 50% of the money I made from making work about caring about each other, is now capitalizing the United States' irresponsibly funded military. I wasn’t really prepared to deal with such an increase in income this year, but I want to have a plan for next year.

Anyway, in light of wanting to address racism, wanting to divest from the military, and wanting to continue supporting myself as an artist, here is my plan:

1. Engage in conversation with you all about what Us & We Art can do to advance racial justice.
2. Commit to an organization or fund* I can support financially with a certain percentage of my income from my Badass Women project.
3. Strategize a financial plan so that I can distribute my wealth to programs and institutions that help develop and sustain the world I want to see, and divest from the parts that destroy us.
4. Invest a certain percentage of my income in sustainable, socially responsible long-term investments.
 

I also recently launched a separate website and Instagram account for the Badass Women Project, which can be found at www.thebadasswomen.com and @thebadasswomen.

 

Until a few months ago, I had never really had savings before. I’m pretty frugal in general, but it’s a new experience for me to not feel limited when it comes to things I need to get by (like rent, food, getting places, self-care etc). I don’t actually like the idea of savings— money sitting in a bank account when there is so much emergency need in the world doesn’t feel right to me, but I’ve always felt frustrated by dirty investment options. Now with some financial responsibility, I’m excited to find ways to invest in things that make an important impact.

I would really appreciate your feedback on all this— I’m a growing, learning, imperfect human just like you! And we all know different things, so if you have thoughts to share about how I can support racial justice with my small business, finding sustainable socially conscious investment options, and organizations or groups that support women of color that I could donate to, or any other related light or wisdom, please reach out to me or comment here. I would especially love to hear from people of color about how white small business owners can best be your allies— and knowing that just like not all women have the same views in feminism, not all folks of color agree on the "right way" to fight racism. We are all our own selves, and we are all in this together.

Thank you.

P.S. For those of you who don’t know me, I am one person. I identify as a white woman (with a bunch of feelings about gender), and Us & We Art is the name of my business.

P.P.S. Quick math, just to be clear: I did not sell 2500 calendars at $20 each and make $50,000 that is definitely not what happened. Accounting for printing cost, multiple-sale discounts, wholesale (store) prices at 50%, donations to fundraising causes, subsidized shipping costs, and general loss, I made about $5-$15 per calendar (which is still awesome!). Just wanted to clarify. Business is expensive, please support small businesses when you can!

*UPDATE: I have already learned about several exciting potential groups to donate to, including:

Trans Women of Color Collective: uplifting the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, our families and comrades as we build towards collective liberation for all oppressed people.
Higher Heights: elevating Black women’s voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics.
Power Rising Summit: providing a space for Black women, from coast to coast, to come together as one.
Black Women's Roundtable: promotes public policies that ensure stable families and a prepared workforce for today and tomorrow.

I really like the idea of offering to pay registration fees for young black women to attend awesome conferences, summits, events etc... More recommendations please!

Us & We Art Goes to Washington

Hey humans, I have some pretty rad news.

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Next week I will be heading to Washington DC where I will fulfill a 3-month residency with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. I've been involved with FCNL for several years and when I found out about the Friend in Washington Program, I said "Hey, would you ever consider having an artist in this space? Because here's my idea..."

I want to make a book that reads like a comic, following interconnecting story-lines around a specific social justice issue. My goal is to show the humanity of all the parts involved, to expose how we are all connected when it comes to social justice, and to empower anyone, no matter what your background, to engage with your representatives to affect change through policy.

This is so exciting to me-- getting to work with an organization I love, dig into my Quaker roots, challenge myself in a new medium, and explore the possibility of powerful change through storytelling. It feels like a sweet intersection of my artistic, spiritual, and political journeys.

I hope to produce 2-3 comic/zine installments this Spring, and maybe the project will continue to grow beyond that!

Stay tuned for ways to be involved, and for my next adventures... looks like the next year will be full of them.

 

Events !

 Calendar signing at Carmine St. Comics

Calendar signing at Carmine St. Comics

Hello! I just got back (to Philly) from NYC where I was spreading badass joy for a couple days-- I had a blast doing a calendar signing at Carmine St. Comics in Greenwich Village, and I left them another stack of calendars so if you haven't gotten yours yet, stop by.

I also co-hosted a "feminist festivities" holiday party with my sister (who lives in NYC) and we raised over $250 for a local women's shelter, from calendar sales!

While I was in town I made a couple more connections and am hyped to say you can soon find the Badass Women Calendar at two more NYC locations-- Bluestockings in the East Village, and Hudson Co-op in Washington Heights!

 The Badass Women Calendar at Busboys & Poets!

The Badass Women Calendar at Busboys & Poets!

Meanwhile you can check out a full list of where to get the calendar in 15 cities across the US at usandweart.com/badass. For example if you're in DC you can find it at all the Busboys & Poets locations, and Vigilante Coffee Co. in Hyattsville.

I can't believe it's already December 8-- if you want to order a calendar from me please check out my online shop, or find me at an upcoming event:

GO WEST! CRAFT FEST
Sunday Dec 10 • 10am-4pm
The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St. Philadelphia

HOLIDAY BAZAAR at the MARKET
Sunday Dec 17 • 10am-2pm
The Yards (Rochester Public Market)

Rochester, NY

FISHTOWN SOCIAL HOLIDAY POP-UP
Monday Dec 18 • 4-9pm
Fishtown Social 1525 Frankford Ave Philadelphia
(At this event if you buy something from me you get $5 off your food/wine !)

RALLY MICRO POP-UP
Friday Dec 22 • 10am-2pm
Rally 701 S 7th St. Philadelphia
Stop by for a coffee and a calendar

This has been my busiest Busy Season YET and honestly it's taking a lot out of me! As my mom said to me this morning "Don't overdo, don't give up" ♥

Also I'm very much looking forward to being back in New Orleans in January (!) and re-connecting with my buddies and the magic feelings I get there.

See you soon!

 
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5 Years

Thanksgiving seems a good a time as any to reflect on gratitude for a livelihood that depends on capitalism.

But seriously-- a month ago I celebrated 5 years as a full-time self-employed badass artist and I could not be more grateful. I had a party on Halloween weekend and people came! I felt so affirmed-- someone also heckled me to tell everyone a little bit about my journey and I did, and people were like YEAH!!! So that was amazing.

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(Wall of self-portraits from 2003-2017)

And I was like cool I'll write a blog post about my awesome experience. ...And then I spent the next month hustling to get my Badass Women Calendar into 2 dozen stores across the country and ship out orders from my website and submit applications to craft fairs and shows and work pretty non-stop for my badass self-- and now here I am.

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The reason this 5 year anniversary is so important to me is because in October 2012, I found myself living as an artist. I had just moved to Philadelphia a couple months after graduating from college and was enjoying unbelievably cheap rent, and even though I hadn't decided to be a "professional artist", it sure looked like that's what I was getting at. So I did make the decision-- and a wise friend of mine, who has a small business of 30+ years, told me "it takes 5 years to make a profit". That could've been scary (OK, it was in a way) but I ended up taking it as a gift-- I had 5 years. The first 5 years, I could work hard and make only as much as I spent and that is allowed; it is not failure, it is process.

So I said OK-- I'm gonna completely commit for 5 years and then check in with myself (and my bank account) and see if I want to keep going or maybe shift to something else. I worked hard. I made work constantly, and I wasn't happy with what I was making, but I knew I wouldn't get to where I wanted by just waiting for my work to look like what I wanted it to.

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Doodle, 2015

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Self-portrait, 2015

Since my two college senior thesis shows in Spring 2012, I've had approximately 14 solo shows, participated in approximately 15 group shows, and upwards of 50 craft fairs/vendor opportunities.

Also,

I made a little book called Belly-Belly.
About 3 months in I changed my art's name to Us & We Art.
I filled a sketchbook page for every day of my bike trip across the US.
I made a coloring book of genderless creatures.
I starting selling my cards in local stores.
I got my first private art studio.
I co-curated a show about climate stories.
I did a month-long residency in New Orleans.
I lost a bunch of work and stuff in a fire.
I created a body of work for the first show I was truly proud of (2016; 4 years in).
I was part of an intense creative collaborative performance experience called Going There.
I made a calendar of badass women (in 6 days).
I spent some more time in New Orleans.
I dropped my side gigs.
I took an artsy roadtrip with a friend across the Southwest US.
I made another calendar of badass women.

I made a profit.


It's November 2017, 5 years from my intentional commitment to DO THIS THING, and I have my work in over 25 stores across the country, I feel awesome about the new work I'm making, I've made connections with some incredible artists, I've learned a ton about owning a business. It's been awesome to look back at my blog and instagram and see my gradual development, and to remember how I felt at my very first solo show compared to my 5th compared to my 10th. And I'm excited to keep learning, growing, feeling grateful, connecting and kicking ass. I cannot imagine doing anything else.

 
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Here is my heart, 2016

 

I also discovered that in general I don't have a ton of energy, so the fact that I can make my own schedule and take breaks when I need to is an incredible gift that I don't take lightly. And I absolutely could not have done this without my badass support system (you know who you are).

I am SO grateful to my parents-- I know some parents in the world are unsupportive of creative entrepreneurs (I think from a place of worry and care..) and I can't thank my parents enough for always encouraging me, coming to so many of my shows, trusting me with small loans for big projects, and genuinely believing in my success.

To sum up, it feels AWESOME to be a badass artist, and I love working for myself. I can't wait to do more big things.

Love you,
Joey

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Keep Going, 2012

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Feels like power (New work, Oct. 2017)



 

Spaceghost: New Work

I wanted to share some photos from my show at Nice Things last week-- this work will be up for a month and the shop is really great so be sure to stop by at 1731 E. Passyunk Ave!

This show is a little different and was really fun to put together. I definitely enjoyed using so much of my absolute favorite color, and way more black than I've dared to use before, and to play with shapes. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces please contact Nice Things. I'm also working on making prints of some of them.

"Spaceghost: New Work by Joey Hartmann-Dow features paintings and mixed media about humans in their stardust-bodies, feeling their feelings, and remembering that we're all connected."

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Busy Season

It's October 1, I guess it's BUSY SEASON NOW for Us & We Art!

I have so much to tell you.

I'm writing this from New Orleans (💜💜💜), but I'll be back this week and then it's MADNESS for about.. 3 months. Here we go.

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THIS SATURDAY:

Go West! Craft Fest
Oct. 7, 11am-5pm
The Woodlands, West Philly

 

 

 

 

 

 


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NEXT SATURDAY:

Spaceghost: New Work
Oct. 14, 5-8PM
Nice Things Handmade
1731 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia

 

 


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OCTOBER 28:

ARTIVERSARY PARTY
7pm-midnight
contact me for location

SO EXCITED to celebrate Us & We Art's 5 year anniversary! When I started my journey as a professional artist, I gave myself 5 years to go wild, follow my truth, make mistakes, get excited, and try to make some money too. Now I get to check in with myself and see if I want to keep going, or maybe make some changes. COME SEE. Come party.

Featuring sets from Philly musicians Vessna Scheff, and George Engel Brooks.


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Also in case you missed it, the 2018 Badass Women Calendar is available for pre-order!

Check it out.

 

 

 


...So that's what's coming up in the next 4 weeks. More news all the time so stay tuned.

Feed Love,
Joey

2018 Badass Women Calendar available for pre-order!

It's true! The Badass Women Calendar 2.0 is in the works and you can pre-order it NOW to guarantee your copy!

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Last year the calendar came together super quickly, and I'm so excited to come back this year with a calendar that's more badass than ever. Stay tuned for the full list of badasses featured, and check out my Indiegogo campaign to cover costs of printing (with local Philadelphia printing company Fireball Prints), and you can pre-order a calendar with free or reduced shipping.

I'm also SUPER excited this year to be able to offer wholesale prices, so if you know a badass boutique you wants to sell these please share!

I was blown away with support for this project last year and I'd love to spread it as far as I can. Thank you so much for your help in making this happen. You are a badass.

**Pre-ordering a calendar before Oct 15 absolutely guarantees your copy which will be available after Oct 28. I am printing a LOT of calendars this year so I'm sure you'll be able to get one after that, but pre-ordering now helps me with the upfront printing cost, and saves you a little in shipping!**

"Apart From Us" Opening This Friday

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First Friday // September 1, 2017
Please come see this work and stay for a set from Philly musician Lauren Scott at 8:30pm.

Inner Rhythms Music & Therapy Center
4145 Chestnut St. (enter on 42nd St)

I'm so glad to have this work up in this space! Hope to see you there.

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Huge thanks to my friend Kate who helped me hang the show today, and to Julie and Morgan at Inner Rhythms, to Lauren Scott for playing music, and everyone who has helped spread the word about the opening-- community rules! I hope you can come!

2017 Feelings. Also SUMMER SALE

We knew 2017 would be rough.. and here we are, feeling our feelings. My heart goes out to all my fellow humans.

I see you my friends of color, my trans friends, my queer friends, my Muslim friends, my immigrant friends, my Jewish friends, my friends with the system stacked against them, my scared friends, my angry friends. I see you and your feelings are valid. And I see you, humans who hold a very different truth than my own.

In the face of so much despair (is this word getting tired in the past year or so?), I hope you are taking care of yourself, and reaching out for support-- and receiving it !

This is a good time for me to have a little sale in my store because the summer can be slow for an artist.. but I'm glad it's also a good time for you to treat yourself. Now through Saturday at Noon (EST) everything at usandweart.com/store is 17% off with the code KEEPGOING. Tell your friends!

I love you. Stay human <3

 

It's Currently Summer in Philadelphia

..and it's not ALWAYS sunny.

I've been enjoying the rainy-ness the past week, and finally emerging from vacation-brain.

Besides working on a couple commissions, I have two shows coming up this fall:

APART FROM US

First Friday
Sept. 1, 2017
7-11PM
Inner Rhythms
Music and Therapy Center

4145 Chestnut St. Philadelphia

Facebook Event ! Ooooh.

 

 

This is a modified version of the work I showed at Pendle Hill last August. I can't believe that was a year ago ! If you didn't catch it at the Barn Gallery, please come out and see it in West Philly. This work was very much informed by my experience in New Orleans, and honestly the first show I'm genuinely proud of.

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Saturday
Oct. 14, 2017
5-8PM
Nice Things Handmade

1731 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia
 

 

 

 

 

This is new work and I've been having a lot of fun with it! If you follow me on Instagram (do it!) you may have noticed a lot more broad-stroked / partially finger-painted portraits, and expanding a little bit outside of my regular cool-blues-and-greens palette. I'm still sneaking some maps in there though. Come see on October 14 in South Philly!

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Also-- it's 2017, which means this October will mark 5 years since I committed to working as a full time artist. When I embarked on this path I told myself after 5 years I would check in with my spirit (and finances) about what I want to do next-- continue on my entrepreneurial journey? Shift to something a little different? Shift to something COMPLETELY different??

Stay tuned !

 

Life in the Moon Bounce

Hey Humans!

Well, I spent March through May in New Orleans (swoon) and now I'm in Philadelphia (swoon) and I'm generally bouncing around in a swoon-bubble, feeling very grateful and good most of the time.

Here are couple new pieces I made my last few weeks in New Orleans:
 

Oh also, Annie Lou and I went on a Space Travel Tour of the Southwest. We flew to San Diego (where we rented a car), made a small pilgrimage to Salvation Mountain, tried to get to the Grand Canyon a bunch of times, got to the Grand Canyon, ran aground to sleep by a Power Plant, soaked in some mysterious Arizona hot springs, swapped out our rental in Albuquerque, discovered the tiniest cutest town in all of New Mexico (it's Madrid, NM), soaked in some brilliant mind-play at Meow Wolf, drove through nighttime Texas, drove through daytime Texas, bounced through Austin, and back to New Orleans. In approximately 12 days.

And along the way we made and sent sweet handmade postcards. (See more photos)

What's Next?

Well I've got two shows coming up in Philly this fall (details soon), and I'm excited to say I'll be a part of Artist Row in Rocheser, NY in September!

I've also been setting up a work space in my basement and adjusting back to an in-home studio which is a fun project, and we'll see how that goes..

When am I going back to New Orleans, you say? Who knows!! The future is unknown in the moon bounce!

As always I love and appreciate you and celebrate your support.

 

HERE WE GO

Sorry I haven't posted about my incredible life in New Orleans lately, but anyway, starting May 17, Annie Lou and I are going on an epic roadtrip like this:

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We're flying out to San Diego, renting a car and driving back through the Grand Canyon, Sante Fe, Austin, and exploring space and time in between, slinging art and singing songs along the way. Pretty rad, right?

Anyway renting a car for two weeks is a financial adventure in itself so we're inviting you to send us $$ and we'll send you sweet surprise handmade postcards from the road! WOW.

Want to join in the fun? Just send us anything ($5-$5,000) via this money-absorbing portal and you won't regret it! Gosh.

(You can also send money via Venmo @usandweart or PayPal joeyhdow@gmail.com, just be sure to send me your mailing address!)

ALSO-- do you have connections in any of these places? Is there a cool art market or store where our art should be? We've got cool art for rad hosts too.

Hope to hear from your bank account soon! ♥

Your snarky friends,
Joey & Annie

P.S. in case you missed it, click here.
 

New Print for a Cause

Hey all, you may have noticed sometimes I make prints specifically for a cause so I can help others fundraise. Not having a ton of extra cash myself, it feels good to be able to contribute my art-making skills so that YOU can get a cool thing for donating and we all feel great.

Right now to avoid credit card fees I'm only taking donations sent directly to my PayPal account (will also take Venmo @usandweart), which I redirect to the respective organization.

You can check out some other prints for causes here, and below is my latest:

The Pharmacy Coffee Shop

The Pharmacy is a rad coffee shop / art gallery / performance venue in Point Breeze, Philadelphia. Over the years they've provided affordable yummy noms and awesome space for creative folk, and now they are facing crazy fees and need some help to keep their doors open. (More info on their page)

Also, there is a dog, Sharky, who hangs out at the shop and he's got weird feet and bug-eyes. He is a little dreamboat and here's a drawing I did of him.

I've got 11x14" Sharky prints for your donation of $25 (includes shipping)
and packs of 12 Sharky postcards for your donation of $30 (includes shipping)

Would make great gifts! If you love local community, Philly art & music, and doggos, please consider helping out.

TO RECEIVE A PRINT or POSTCARDS please send via PayPal to joeyhdow@gmail.com and be sure to send your shipping info to the same email address.

(**PHILADELPHIANS: I will be back in Philly in June and it will be much easier to get a print from me then.. meanwhile, I'm happy to send it to you**)

You can also give directly to their campaign here.

The Year of the Chicken

Well at least 2017 is going quickly (no? just me?)

Apparently it's the year of the Rooster according to Chinese Zodiac (it says rooster everywhere but I looked it up and it's rooster/chicken) which is appropriate because it seems like humans as a group are in perpetual need of a wake up call, and also we seem like bug-eyed flightless weirdos (no? just me?).

Anyway. I wanted to officially report that 2 reprints later, I am completely sold out of Badass Women Calendars. FOR REAL this time. NO MORE.

OK, I'm completely out but I happen to know there is a very small number in two other locations:

As of right now, you can find approximately 2 of the last of the calendars in Bethlehem, PA, and approximately 3 of the last of the calendars at my friend Annie Lou's studio in New Orleans, LA. Contact me if you're in one of those places and want to connect to the "retail" for these, but they cannot be shipped. (Annie Lou also makes hilarious Snarky Hearts, check it out: www.annieloustudio.com)

So--

Oh. My. Lorde.

I don't even know how to address this-- it feels like a big deal. I printed 400+ of those calendars and I couldn't believe how much support and celebration they received. So wonderful. It really made me feel great!

I've also been reflecting a LOT on capitalism because this project was so successful that I've got some financial stability to show for it.

And that's weird.. I mean, it's not the norm for me. And I've noticed that yeah, I've been spending more money. Because, like, I have it. And it's pretty cool-- like I don't have to think twice about going to a friend's show with a cover, and I can give a little to organizations I want to support, and I got my BIKE FIXED which has been a pretty important need I've been putting off for like 3 years.. I feel privileged a lot of the time, but lately I've felt especially grateful to actually be able to put money back into my community, via the local bike shop, local artists, local co-op, etc. YES. So, thank you for that too.

The other thing I will almost report is that for the last year plus, I have been working on illustrating a very weird, wonderful project by Peterson Toscano, and it is going to print this week. Stay tuned because it is quite literally like nothing you've ever seen.

Oh, and ALSO, if you haven't heard, I'm going back to New Orleans for 3 months (!) and I'm leaving in a week (!!) AND I'm having a house show on Friday where I will be selling lots of clearance art, and I will also be playing songs that I wrote, in front of people (!!?!) so that's gonna be weird. BUT don't worry there are two other musicians playing and they are actually professional and amazing.

 

People have asked me, "What will you be doing in New Orleans?"

Well I don't know. How could I possibly know? The future is so uncertain!

..But mostly I'll be making art, selling art, helping out at the Aquarium Studios 2.0, maybe exploring my songwriter side a little more, and in general biking around City Park, eating vegan goodies, meeting bright souls, and soaking up the magic of New Orleans.

Who knows, though right?

To Sum Up: The Year That Broke Our Hearts Into A Million Pieces And We're Still Growing

I don't know if you heard, but 2016 was one big roller coaster of heartbreak, destruction, inspiration, and creation. For me anyway.

To sum up:

• I began 2016 by leaving my first magical, brief, shiny experience in New Orleans.

• I occasionally worked as an assistant to an incredible Philly artist named Eric Goldberg, who has become a dear friend (check out his website-- which I made..)

• I finished up my work as an organizer for FCNL's Advocacy Corps (lobbying for climate action)
Check out the article I wrote for Green Philly Blog. But I'm not done with FCNL!

• I worked closely with another artist, Leslie Birch, to curate and put on a pop-up show about Climate Stories, which took place in April at Transport Cycles in Fishtown (made possible by a grant from CUSP!)

• I helped start a nomadic art collective called Nobody's Gallery. (We had a show in a Penske Truck in August)

• I spent the month of May in New Orleans as a resident artist at the Aquarium Gallery and Studios, which burned down on June 1st, just before I left (you can read the whole story here).

• I showed what was left of the work I made in New Orleans at a show in Rochester, NY, plus some overnight new work made after the fire..

• I worked non-stop to put another show together as soon as I got back to Philadelphia-- Apart From Us, which was on display at Pendle Hill's Barn Gallery in the fall. This was the first show I felt genuinely proud of.

 

• I cleared out of my first grown-up private studio at Alter St. in Point Breeze, and took up with a motley crew of star-shiny artists called Panorama Collective in Southwest Philly.

 

• I took part in a life-changing collaborative creative experience called "Going There" in which I performed with 8 other artists/performers in at a warehouse in West Philly in early October. We all really stretched ourselves as artists and humans and it was incredible.

• The second that show ended, I somehow flew back to New Orleans for a month, and made work non-stop for a benefit show to help rebuild Aquarium Studios, while helping occasionally at the site, and also selling at art markets.

• I came back to Philly in time to vote, and was devastated to watch Donald Trump and Pat Toomey be declared winners of my President and State Senator elections.

• I lobbied for Prison Reform, to end Mass Incarceration, with FCNL in DC.

• My friend Hannah and I decided to go out the Standing Rock in solidarity with Water Protectors-- but on Dec. 5 decided we could offer more effective support through our fundraising at home, rather than traveling out there where we may not be useful or wanted. We raised over $2000 for them. Please stay informed about the situation! (I follow frequent updates from the Sacred Stone Facebook Page)

• I decided at the last second (...Dec 10) to make a calendar, which went to print within 6 days of the first drawing for it.. pretty Badass, you might say ;)

• I was overwhelmed with the support and affirmation from making a calendar that celebrates badass women.

I ended up printing over 300 calendars. I still don't really comprehend it. Thank you so much, everyone who shared this project and got excited about it. (I still have about 25 left, if you want one!)


OH MY GOD, I did a lot! I didn't even include everything! I think a lot of people were affected by the deaths of some famous people-- which I think really speaks to the kinds of things being done and created in the 70s.

Time is weird. I'm 26. I did a lot, made a lot, grew a lot this past year. I feel like I'm whirring, and one goal for 2017, even in the midst of such a need for continuous action, is that I want to find a way to slow down, and learn what it feels like to be refreshed..

Is it possible??

Anyway. Can't end this post without copious gratitude for you and you and you. Thank you humans. We're in this together.

To sum up my summary, I made a lot of stuff in 2016, and I had a cool haircut.
 

P.S. I grabbed most of these pics from Instagram, where I post my most frequent updates. Go ahead and follow me @usandweart go ahead go ahead.

Badass Women (the Calendar)

Woof-- that a week. What a MONTH. WHAT A YEAR.
(Annual year review post coming in a couple weeks)

Meanwhile, although sometimes it feels like the future is so uncertain, I whipped up a calendar featuring some very badass women, to inspire you in what may be a very challenging year for women in the U.S.


Featuring such badasses as Audre Lorde, Ida B. Wells, Malala, Frida Kahlo, and more-- it's wonderful that there are so many badass women to choose from, and it was hard to draw the line at 12. Maybe I'll just have to keep making these every year..

Full disclosure-- these mighty little 8x8" calendars were more expensive to print than I anticipated-- and I put a lot of badass work into them (!) so I am selling them for $20 each, BUT if you pre-order by NOON this Friday 12/16, they are just $18 (what a deal!).

I am printing them locally (yay!) and will ship pre-orders out on Monday 12/19. If you order online after that I can't guarantee it will get delivered by Christmas, if you're into that (but it might).

How to get yours:

• For $20 - Find me selling them and other art at the Go West! Craft Fest on Sunday! (10-4pm at the Rotunda)

• For $18 - Pre-order Online:
RIGHT HERE!

• For $18 - Pre-order for Philly Pickup:
Pay by Venmo (preferred) @usandweart with "Badass Women Calendar"
Pay by PayPal (joeyhdow@gmail.com)
Pay cash to my little hands

You can pick up:
- by appointment after Sunday 12/18 -- however, you cannot pick up at the Go West Craft Fest!
- at the Pop Up Art Market at my house on Weds. 12/21 6-9pm (more info soon)

 

I have to say I've put a lot of time into researching some incredible women, and it has been a blast. It's also been fun to draw graphite portraits which I haven't done in a long time! I'm blown away by the support you all have already shown for this project-- I know it's last minute to put out a calendar, and I'm so glad to feel you supporting me on this. Obviously badass women are important! Thank you!

P.S. Check out my Instagram @usandweart for some sneak peeks.

Standing Rock

ART FOR STANDING ROCK

Prints for sale to support the movement at Standing Rock
against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Please send your donation via PayPal to joeyhdow@gmail.com, indicating the title(s) and number of prints. (Please add $5 if you need me to ship it to you)
If you would like to pay by Venmo, please contact me at the same email.

 

Thank you so much for your support. We're in this together.

Art for this time

I haven't updated this blog in the last few months-- and I've since experienced a life-changing collaborative performance project, spent a month in New Orleans making art and trying to support the Aquarium Gallery, and in the last week gave a talk in my hometown about art & activism, and spent several days in DC, meeting with the rest of the general committee of FCNL, and lobbying to end mass incarceration.

I've also been feeling my feelings.

Today I saw a headline that said "Trump Protests Could Be the Start of a New Civil Rights Era". Several people have already said to me, "we need your art now".

Somehow, I haven't made anything yet (in the last week). I've been cooking up big ideas but haven't sat down to paint or draw on this. And I agree, we need art right now. I often turn to music to fuel me in various ways, and I wish there was a playlist of songs for this time, songs about pain, hope, rage, revolution, love, truth, creation.. And then I thought, I could share some art that gets me going right now.

Here are a quick few pieces from contemporary artists for which I've felt something enough to save the images (Instagram can be an awesome tool, that's how I find a lot of great art). I'm sorry I don't have the name for one of the artists, if you know whose piece it is please let me know.

Also, check out Justseeds.org.

 

 Drake Pickel (Chrome Destroyer)

Drake Pickel (Chrome Destroyer)

 Agnes Cecile

Agnes Cecile

 Langston Allston

Langston Allston

 (Unknown)

(Unknown)

 Heather Joy Miller

Heather Joy Miller

 Magda Boreysza

Magda Boreysza

 Emanuel De Sousa

Emanuel De Sousa

 Tom French

Tom French

 Johnson Tsang

Johnson Tsang

 Swoon (Callie Curry)

Swoon (Callie Curry)

 David Oliveira

David Oliveira

 Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez

Make something!

Feed Love,
Joey