Elsewhere is creating Enchanted Objects and Small Magics
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Elsewhere is the world in my head. It is the space between, between the everyday and the extraordinary. It's a quest to to define reality as we want it to be, not as what has been handed to us.

I create things that makes life more magical, that fosters enchantment, connections, and extraordinary experiences. I make artifacts, totems and environments meant to bring that glittery tingle, or a sense of mystery, or just pure enjoyment. I like to hide gifts in the forest and make treasure hunts. 

Recently my main focus has been FINDERS CREATURES, my ongoing public art treasure hunt. I make small, sparkly totem creatures and hide them for you to find. There's an app and everything. Supporting this Patreon is directly funding an ongoing free art treasure hunt for all <3

Why am I here?  
My reasons for being are to make fun, magical work, and to help guide the next generation of artsy folk. That's it, that's all I want to do. Make, and teach.

I teach and mentor as an adjunct professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, as well as privately mentor high school seniors to help them choose, apply and get admitted to art school. Being a young artist is one of the most confusing and harrowing experiences; helping them through it, helping them see how capable, how powerful, they are is one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. 

The things I make take a lot of time, a lot of material, a lot of work and funds. They don't create as much liquid capital as they take. I rarely price the salable items as high as they should be because I want people to have them, own them, use them; I want them to be accessible. I want these things to exist whether I have the budget for it or not. I am hoping that the things I put out in to the world are worth something beyond the suggested retail price. I think the world needs this... needs magic and glitter and wolfibous, needs guides for young artists, hopefully needs me. I think this is far more important work than anything else I could possibly do, regardless of salary.

I am hoping that all this is meaningful to others as well, that you think I'm doing more good for the world this way, that you might be willing to support and patronize art and glitter and magical goofy rainbow things.

Any way you contribute to this means the world to me. Whether it's pledging, responding to a post, sharing this page with your friends... you have no idea how much it means.  

About your humble narrator:
I make things. To the point of obsession. There was never any question that I would pursue art, and I have several degrees with the letters FA in them. I sometimes stare in wonder at my silly little life: I have participated in lengthy discussions on the difference between a Thing and an Object. I have defended glitter as a legitimate critical concept and defined a converted short bus as a magical otherspace. I have written essays on why My Little Ponies are, in actuality, significant and sacred objects.

My parents are very proud.

In art, there is a lot of pressure to have a "thing"-- something you are known for that you can promote and grow over the years. This is just good business sense. I have NEVER been good at this... I have been told I am not a good Capricorn. I love learning. I love figuring things out. I love the high of a new project, of diving into research and total immersion in whatever I am working on. I am very good at figuring out how to make things (or objects).

About Elsewhere:

Elsewhere is the magical world that got me through grad school.

Before moving to Oregon for school, I was living in the Bay Area and running a small clothing line called BeastWares, based on making anything that sparkled. I loved it and loved the people who wore my work, but the grind of dealing with full-scale garment production was draining me. I was both sewing items myself and locally outsourcing, doing all the photos, shipping, website, marketing, designing.... It was not sustainable and I was missing something creatively. 

Grad school was a whirlwind of work, creativity, critical thinking and madness. Best thing I ever did; if you're a maker-type, I highly recommend the Applied Craft + Design MFA. Through it, I learned to distill what my work was about, to realize that it's not the medium that matters so much as the message. It didn't matter so much that I wanted to express myself in a thousand different mediums as long as I knew what my line of inquiry was.

This is where Elsewhere was born. 

What I care about is magic, and wonder, and approaching adulthood in a way that retains the childhood readiness to be amazed and surprised. I care about making things that explore and express this, whether it's a plush of an imaginary creature, a magic traveling cloak, or a powerful amulet. Elsewhere is the word that kept coming up again and again... a connection to an enchanted place that is not exactly other, but is more a state of mind. It now serves as the name of my world, the banner under which I work.

It's also a place with an open-door policy, so you are welcome to come hang out here with me. 
 
Onward to Adventure!
I want to thank any and all of you who read this. The internet is a beautiful, but loud thing, and sometimes I forget that when I was growing up I didn't concern myself with likes, followers, or my personal brand. I try to stay in that space. That being said... we need each other. I'm not asking you to be another like on a post; I don't want you to be a statistic. I want you to be a patron in the sense of being a partner on this ride. I want to connect to a community, to share this world with others living their own scary, thrilling, painful, beautiful creative lives.
Tiers
$1
$1 or more per month
Eternal love and gratitude. Access to any patron-only posts :)
Finders Creatures Booster Pack
$5 or more per month
This tier allows me to cast 3 creatures! That's 3 sparkle spirit animals you brought into the world!


Twenty Twenty Twenty Four Hours to Go...
$24 or more per month
  • 15% discount code for any and all items I make to sell, which are, and will be, purchasable on welcometoelsewhere.com, plus all the other good stuff.
Fifty Shades of Glitter.
$50 or more per month
  • Pendant of the Month Club: I make a special glitter amulet just for you, once a month. Comes packaged in a gorgeous slider/window box for keeping or sharing.
  • Plus all previous rewards...
Serious Patronage: Magic of the Month
$100 or more per month
  • I'll make you something special and unique each month. This shifts depending on what I'm working on-- it might be a Wolfibou plush, or a glowing, magic crystal, an adventuring hat, a painting, a unicorn totem... you are guaranteed to to get something handmade and enchanted every month. 
  • Plus all previous rewards except the pendant-of-the-month... though you may get pendants too...
Elsewhere is the world in my head. It is the space between, between the everyday and the extraordinary. It's a quest to to define reality as we want it to be, not as what has been handed to us.

I create things that makes life more magical, that fosters enchantment, connections, and extraordinary experiences. I make artifacts, totems and environments meant to bring that glittery tingle, or a sense of mystery, or just pure enjoyment. I like to hide gifts in the forest and make treasure hunts. 

Recently my main focus has been FINDERS CREATURES, my ongoing public art treasure hunt. I make small, sparkly totem creatures and hide them for you to find. There's an app and everything. Supporting this Patreon is directly funding an ongoing free art treasure hunt for all <3

Why am I here?  
My reasons for being are to make fun, magical work, and to help guide the next generation of artsy folk. That's it, that's all I want to do. Make, and teach.

I teach and mentor as an adjunct professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, as well as privately mentor high school seniors to help them choose, apply and get admitted to art school. Being a young artist is one of the most confusing and harrowing experiences; helping them through it, helping them see how capable, how powerful, they are is one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. 

The things I make take a lot of time, a lot of material, a lot of work and funds. They don't create as much liquid capital as they take. I rarely price the salable items as high as they should be because I want people to have them, own them, use them; I want them to be accessible. I want these things to exist whether I have the budget for it or not. I am hoping that the things I put out in to the world are worth something beyond the suggested retail price. I think the world needs this... needs magic and glitter and wolfibous, needs guides for young artists, hopefully needs me. I think this is far more important work than anything else I could possibly do, regardless of salary.

I am hoping that all this is meaningful to others as well, that you think I'm doing more good for the world this way, that you might be willing to support and patronize art and glitter and magical goofy rainbow things.

Any way you contribute to this means the world to me. Whether it's pledging, responding to a post, sharing this page with your friends... you have no idea how much it means.  

About your humble narrator:
I make things. To the point of obsession. There was never any question that I would pursue art, and I have several degrees with the letters FA in them. I sometimes stare in wonder at my silly little life: I have participated in lengthy discussions on the difference between a Thing and an Object. I have defended glitter as a legitimate critical concept and defined a converted short bus as a magical otherspace. I have written essays on why My Little Ponies are, in actuality, significant and sacred objects.

My parents are very proud.

In art, there is a lot of pressure to have a "thing"-- something you are known for that you can promote and grow over the years. This is just good business sense. I have NEVER been good at this... I have been told I am not a good Capricorn. I love learning. I love figuring things out. I love the high of a new project, of diving into research and total immersion in whatever I am working on. I am very good at figuring out how to make things (or objects).

About Elsewhere:

Elsewhere is the magical world that got me through grad school.

Before moving to Oregon for school, I was living in the Bay Area and running a small clothing line called BeastWares, based on making anything that sparkled. I loved it and loved the people who wore my work, but the grind of dealing with full-scale garment production was draining me. I was both sewing items myself and locally outsourcing, doing all the photos, shipping, website, marketing, designing.... It was not sustainable and I was missing something creatively. 

Grad school was a whirlwind of work, creativity, critical thinking and madness. Best thing I ever did; if you're a maker-type, I highly recommend the Applied Craft + Design MFA. Through it, I learned to distill what my work was about, to realize that it's not the medium that matters so much as the message. It didn't matter so much that I wanted to express myself in a thousand different mediums as long as I knew what my line of inquiry was.

This is where Elsewhere was born. 

What I care about is magic, and wonder, and approaching adulthood in a way that retains the childhood readiness to be amazed and surprised. I care about making things that explore and express this, whether it's a plush of an imaginary creature, a magic traveling cloak, or a powerful amulet. Elsewhere is the word that kept coming up again and again... a connection to an enchanted place that is not exactly other, but is more a state of mind. It now serves as the name of my world, the banner under which I work.

It's also a place with an open-door policy, so you are welcome to come hang out here with me. 
 
Onward to Adventure!
I want to thank any and all of you who read this. The internet is a beautiful, but loud thing, and sometimes I forget that when I was growing up I didn't concern myself with likes, followers, or my personal brand. I try to stay in that space. That being said... we need each other. I'm not asking you to be another like on a post; I don't want you to be a statistic. I want you to be a patron in the sense of being a partner on this ride. I want to connect to a community, to share this world with others living their own scary, thrilling, painful, beautiful creative lives.

Recent posts by Elsewhere

Tiers
$1
$1 or more per month
Eternal love and gratitude. Access to any patron-only posts :)
Finders Creatures Booster Pack
$5 or more per month
This tier allows me to cast 3 creatures! That's 3 sparkle spirit animals you brought into the world!


Twenty Twenty Twenty Four Hours to Go...
$24 or more per month
  • 15% discount code for any and all items I make to sell, which are, and will be, purchasable on welcometoelsewhere.com, plus all the other good stuff.
Fifty Shades of Glitter.
$50 or more per month
  • Pendant of the Month Club: I make a special glitter amulet just for you, once a month. Comes packaged in a gorgeous slider/window box for keeping or sharing.
  • Plus all previous rewards...
Serious Patronage: Magic of the Month
$100 or more per month
  • I'll make you something special and unique each month. This shifts depending on what I'm working on-- it might be a Wolfibou plush, or a glowing, magic crystal, an adventuring hat, a painting, a unicorn totem... you are guaranteed to to get something handmade and enchanted every month. 
  • Plus all previous rewards except the pendant-of-the-month... though you may get pendants too...