Make Something!

Hey, check it out, get 10% off anything in the shop this week with the promo code: MAKESOMETHING.

Can't think of what to get? How about a coloring book? or this new print?

"We are invisible trees. Rooted in the pores of the scalp of the skull of this great, great earth. The maps will never mark our place in 1,000 years-- never."

(My New Year's Resolution is MORE POETRY. ^^)

 

Leaps & Bounds

See what I did there? It's a leap year.

I was watching fireworks in New Orleans when midnight struck 2016... although I guess it would've been an hour difference if I'd been in Philadelphia. I had a BLAST in NOLA and I can't wait to go back. Meanwhile this is a good time to reflect on the year past and the year to come.

How appropriate! I made a calendar!

I got a limited printing of 50 of these and sold out :) I'm so happy with how they came out, and I'll be rolling out my own painted prints of these creatures in the year to come.


In August 2015 I moved into my first grown-up artist studio, and I couldn't be happier. It's just a 12 minute bike ride from West Philly, and I actually love that it's in a different neighborhood that I can get to know. Thank you everyone who has come to an open studio so far!

In 2015 I had work in 4 solo shows and 2 group shows. I sold at 5 craft fairs, and hosted 3 open studios in my new space. Can you believe that?

...I know I've said it before, but I can't get over how lucky I am to enjoy my work. Sometimes I get bogged down by being a human in the world, and wonder if what I'm doing is really valuable. I recently came to the realization that even if it doesn't feel like I'm really helping anyone when I'm selling at a craft fair, or packing and shipping coloring books, it's all part of something bigger. At some point I will be starting or being part of a project that is going to really make an impact.

For now, here I am, in the world, doing my thing. I can't say thanks enough for your support. And I support you in doing your thing too.

Love,
Joey
 

 

 

 

Holiday Pop Up Shop This Weekend

Hey! Come to my studio to feel cheerful, and acquire enjoyable gifts for your loved ones! Plus you'll be supporting a local artist (me!).

Sunday Dec. 6 • 12 - 5 PM • 2202 Alter St.

I'm gonna make cookies, and they are very good.
Cards, Prints, Coloring Books, Calendars, and Originals for Sale :)

Hope to see you there.


P.s. If you can't make it (or just want MORE) I'll also be at the Go West! Craft Fest the following Sunday, Dec. 13 <3

 


Interview: Articulate with Jim Cotter

A few months ago I did an interview with the Articulate Show (WHYY) and it's now online as a web extra. This is a pretty shortened version but I think the editors did a fantastic job of representing my (weird) voice.

Check it out, feel free to share:


Here's the News

First News:   O P E N   S T U D I O   /   1 S T   A R T   R E L I E F

I'm not actually sure what inspired the idea of Art Relief, but I'm pretty into and am hoping to have lots of them, whatever they are. The first one doubles as my Studio Warming Celebration / Art-Investment Encouragement Shindig.

Friday September 18:

Details: Alter St. Studios are located at 2202 Alter St (Point Breeze).
Enter through the badass medieval door. My studio (my studio!) is on the 3rd floor. (Sorry, there is no elevator)

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Second News:   G O   W E S T !  C R A F T   F E S T

If you haven't been to a Go West Craft Fest yet, I don't know what you're thinking! It's really quite excellent.
I'll also happen to be there, selling my wares.

Saturday September 19:

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Third News:  N E W   I T E M

I'm making earrings out of maps and they are available in the shop, as well as at Go West ^^
I'm pretty sure they are quite rad.

(Ears not for sale)

Hopefully I will see you at a thing soon.

<3

Craft Fair Season Approaches

It's almost September, can you believe it?

Yesterday I sold my wares at Philadelphia's first rooftop flea market (at the South St. Whole Foods). I got a little sunburned but had a great time, I hope they do more of those.

Thanks everyone who helped color in my display coloring book. (Get your coloring book here!)

Thanks everyone who helped color in my display coloring book. (Get your coloring book here!)

If you missed it you can catch me at Go West! Craft Fest on Saturday Sept. 19 from 11-5pm, at the Woodlands. And I'll have some new things!

I'll ALSO be set up in Old City for First Friday this weekend so come visit because it might be very agreeable.

Basically here are some things I'm doing this fall:

9/4 • First Friday - Old City 5-8ish pm

9/19 • Go West! Craft Fest - The Woodlands (West Philly) 11-5 pm

10/2 • First Friday - Old City 5-8ish pm

10/3 • Walk For Farm Animals - Face Painting in LOVE Park 10-1:30 pm

10/4 • Art Reach Fall Festival - West Fairmount Park 12-4 pm

 

Finally, I just want to say, I love Philadelphia.

<3

New Work

Here's an impressive thing that I did:

I agreed to hang a show at Nomad Pizza in July, and I was super busy with other shows and things, so I ended up making 13 new pieces for this show in 6 days. Here are some of them.

Obviously this came together very quickly, and I learned a lot. I wanted to paint faces. I still sneakily included maps (the subtle white outline you see on some eyes). There's something about portraits, too... something about a frozen moment in a human face that tells us a story.

This particular series features people whom I had asked to think about what they might be feeling in 20 years (2025). Most of the models ended up being young adults. Come check it out while you enjoy some really excellent pizza.

Nomad Pizza
611 S. 7th St.
Philadelphia
 

Terra Exspira

In two weeks I have a show opening at Repair the World and it's all new work and you should come!

us and we art terra exspira

Terra Exspira 

As humans push each other between our desires to sustain and protect our home, and our desires to keep the comforts of consumerism in our increasingly complicated lives, we are watched by the ghosts of a patient earth. What does the battle look like to the land, water, and creatures that hold us up?

Artist Joey Hartmann-Dow (Us & We Art) brings these Earth Haunts into our own space, asking us how we would act differently if we were being watched by the rivers and forests instead of Google and Facebook. Terra Exspira gives breath to the forgotten witnesses to our actions.

The opening reception is 6-8pm on Friday, June 26, at Repair the World 4029 Market St., Philadelphia. The show will run through September.

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Things are Happening

Some cool things that are happening soon and also I am involved:

MergeArts
Coda • 1712 Walnut St, Philadelphia • Thursday 5/28 • 8 PM

I am one of 9 artists showing at this event which is a night of live music, art, and fashion in downtown Philadelphia. You can get tickets from me for $15 (or $20 at the door). And to encourage you to come to this FUN FUN FUN thing, if you buy any print this week you will get a free ticket!! (Unfortunately the event is limited to 21+)


Philly Trans* Health Conference
Convention Center • 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia • 6/4 - 6/6 • 8 PM

I am excited to be a part of PTHC where I will have coloring books and lots of wonderful genderless creatures available for sale. Come visit, the event is free! (But registration is encouraged)


Philadelphia VegFest
Headhouse Square • 2nd & South Sts, Philadelphia • 6/6 • 11 AM - 4 PM

I have a table at Philly VegFest where I will have cute veg-themed prints and cards, AND I will be face painting (!) It's free so come visit because YUM.


Independent Rock Open House
Independent Rock • 38 Jackson St, 2nd Fl. Philadelphia • 6/6 • 10 AM -7 PM

I have a couple pieces in this group show at the Independent Rock School!



AND... In June I will be putting up a show of new work at Repair the World Philly, which is a great organization and you should check it out. Details soon!

 

Opening at Barberella this Friday

There is a cool new salon in New Hope, PA, and they are having a launch party on Friday featuring music by the very rad John Beacher and art by me! I'm honored to be their first featured artist and I will be sharing a lot of new work at this show. The party will be lots of fun so please come check it out!

P.S. The art will be up until August 1.

Hope to see you there!

Go West! Craft Fest this weekend!

I will have a table at the Go West! Craft Fest on Saturday-- you may remember that this is my favorite Craft Fair because it is extra AWESOME. I feel like it's getting better and better too, plus my own set up is growing a little more professional every time. So come visit at the Woodlands this Saturday April 25 from 11-5! I will have lots of map prints, cards, and coloring books, and don't forget Mother's Day is coming up ;)

See you there!

I found this photo on visitphilly.com. THAT'S ME.

I found this photo on visitphilly.com. THAT'S ME.

Bicycle Art!

I'm excited to be donating four pieces featuring bicycle creatures to the Bicycle Art Benefit Auction next Saturday April 18 at Studio 34! The event supports Neighborhood Bike Works AND the first urban earthship, which is being built right here in Philadelphia! Please come to the show, there will be live music, good food, bike art, and bike crafts :) (Facebook event)



Maps for Earthmates

Thank you so much everyone who came out to the opening reception on Thursday! 

Here’s what Philly Weekly said:

"The unique "map creatures" of Us & We Art, aka West Philly artist Joey Hartmann-Dow, [is] the spotlight of Maps for Earthmates, an art exhibition at Locust Moon. Hartmann-Dow’s work is created directly onto maps, offering viewers a new way to look at the world and humans’ place in it.”   

Please take photos! AND please tag Us & We Art on respective social media
facebook (Us and We Art) • instagram (@usandweart) • twitter (@usandwe_art)
and/or www.usandweart.com. Thank you!

If you missed the opening, stop by any time the gallery is open through March 26.

Locust Moon Hours:

Monday-Friday, 12pm - 8pm • Saturday 11am - 9pm • Sunday 11am - 7pm                                                 Located at 34 S. 40th St. Philadelphia, PA.

Some map things you'll see at the Maps for Earthmates Show

I'm excited to have made some new work for this show, I'd love to share it with you! Please come to the opening on Thursday 2/26, 7-10pm at Locust Moon Comics (34 S. 40th St, Philadelphia) !

Upcoming Show @ Locust Moon

Please join the event on Facebook and share so that everybody comes to my showww. Thanks.

Press Release:

Local West Philly artist Joey Hartmann-Dow (working under the name Us & We Art) brings her signature map creatures to Locust Moon for a solo show "Maps for Earthmates", opening February 26.


As seen at Go West! Craft Fest and occasional First Fridays in Old City, the artist paints and draws directly on maps, making creatures out of the borders of land and water. In her artist’s statement she asks: “Can we see that land as a moving, breathing creature, worthy of love and care? How would we treat the earth differently?” The work invites viewers to look at the features of our planet in a new light—as living things with hearts and souls.

The opening reception for Maps for Earthmates is 7pm to 10pm on Thursday, February 26 at Locust Moon Gallery. The work will be up through March 28, and digital art prints will be available for sale throughout the show.

Locust Moon Comics is a retail store, art gallery, and publishing company based in West Philadelphia. The store and gallery are open Monday through Friday, from 12pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 9pm, and Sunday 11am to 7pm, and is located at 34 S. 40th St, 

For more details, visit www.locustmoon.com or www.usandweart.com.

Back to Maps

The Coloring Book was sooo much fun, and I am getting more printed. And now I am back to painting and drawing on maps! Which feels so good. And I also feel like making all the ink drawings in between painting maps was important and has affected my new work. Check it out!

(These are also available as prints in the shop)

P.S. I have a show coming up in Philly! Save the date: opening reception 7-10 pm 2/26

"Howl"

"We float"

"Teach me to swim"

What happened with the Coloring Book

OH. MY.

In case you were wondering how it all went down, this is a transparent account of what happened:

• I created a coloring book from 30 drawings I made of genderless, raceless creatures, feeling their feelings.

• I launched an Indiegogo campaign to help me pay to print the books.

• Each book cost about $8.30, which doesn't include packing/shipping etc., so I needed a boost to get going. ...Although I won't actually get the money from the campaign for a couple weeks, I wanted to make sure I would at least break even on the project.

People ordered 58 books !! Today at the Go West Craft Fest, I sold 21 books, and I had left 6 in Bethlehem, which people bought from my parents pretty quickly. I had ordered 100 books, so the day before my campaign ends, I have 15 books left. #math

This is so cool. It feels so amazing that people are so into it, and I'm going to get more printed.

• Oh, this means you probably can't order any more for Christmas/Winter holidays this year... but you can for January 2015.

I love you all! Thank you for your support.

--Joey

"I'm Feeling My Feelings" Coloring Book

On Monday I launched an Indiegogo campaign for my coloring book, and now 2 days later it's more than half funded! Thank you so much for the support from friends, acquaintances, and strangers. I'm so glad to fill the void that was wanting a genderless raceless coloring book of creatures. HERE IT IS, in time for the special days at the end of the year that many people celebrate.

The book has 30 unique drawings that can be easily torn out, becoming instant personalized art prints. WHAT A GREAT GIFT. Each book is $20, and you can find deals on the site for multiple books, so send your mom this link to make sure you get one for the holidays: www.igg.me/at/feelingmyfeelings

I'm so proud to be printing this book locally at a small business in Philadelphia. Support local artists and local businesses!

I also just made a very quick video (a little corny, I know...) with a little bit about the project, so take a peek, and please share!

Love,
Joey
 

Living as an Artist

Today I ran into a friend from childhood, and upon receiving the question, "What are you doing now?" I answered, "I'm living as an artist."

Just now it is striking me that I can't think of another profession that one declares living as, instead of just saying what it is. "I'm living as a teacher." "I'm living as a social worker." "I'm living as a Zombie Prevention League Investigator" (Live on, friend..)

So now I'm wondering not only why it's a thing that people say, but why I said it without thinking. My guess is that although it is implied that other working people are simultaneously living and earning money doing their job, there is a broad assumption that many artists are making art in addition to "earning a living" doing something else. Art can be a hobby. In the moment, I felt the need to distinguish myself as someone who is making art for a living.

I often hear "How do you make money?" in a genuinely curious, non-offensive way, because many folks are surprised that emerging artists can support themselves just by selling art. WELL IT'S NOT EASY. (Forthcoming blogpost will answer this question!)

Meanwhile, I am living, working, and playing as an artist. As with any part of life, my feelings about it swell and flop by the day. Sometimes I feel so proud to be doing this. Sometimes I feel like it's not valuable to society at all. I always feel incredibly lucky to be in control of my time and energy.

Yes, I babysit on the side to help pay the bills. I am also grateful every day that I have a full-time week, month, and year(s) to make art, to promote my art, to explore my own art-mind and the art-minds of others, and to practice, practice, practice. I can see my art growing in a way that it never would if I also worked in a restaurant or a school or an office, and I am so thankful.