Why crap on anyone’s parade?

I’m not a huge follower of many things but I have a few select YouTube videos I like and a select few bloggers I find fun to read, I have Instagram and Twitter and the book of face. While reading a blog the other day I noticed there are quite a few people voicing concerns about publicly posted negative comments and the effect it has on them.

Social media, as we all know, is a double edged samurai sword. It can be brilliant, it can be positive, it can be productive but it can also be deadly, vicious and extremely negative. Prime examples of late have been the heart-breaking stories of teenagers committing suicide due to ‘cyber-bullying’. The scary part is the the Trolls who take the time and effort to be down right vile can be anyone in the world; one teenager in the US who committed suicide was hounded by classmates along with someone in Europe, a total stranger. It’s disgusting. What makes a random stranger feel the need to act out like that?

I follow quite a few tattoo artists on Instagram and I really enjoy looking at posted pictures of various forms of tattoo artistry. Some I look at and think ,’Eeeew!’ and others I will stare at for ages, marveling at the detail/color/image depicted on a persons body. My opinions are mine and I recognize that one persons’ likes won’t mirror mine but I wouldn’t dream of slamming a person publicly through social media, which is exactly what I saw happen to a very talented artist who goes by the name Paul Acker. He did a stunning Harry Potter leg piece which would have taken a lot of time and patience to complete. Looking at it, anyone worth their salt would say, ‘Wow! That’s quite something.’ Apparently some people did not think so and posted on his Facebook page their negative thoughts – some individuals didn’t like it, slammed his talent and said he had done a bad job all because the characters didn’t look exactly like the actors portrayed in the movies.

Why?

As a free thinking world we are entitled to opinions but to slam someone because they didn’t draw Harry Potter ‘properly’? Did J.K. Rowling feel the same when Daniel Radcliff was cast as her protagonist? He was probably as close as you could get to the character but it he would never be the Harry Potter we each, individually dreamed up as we read the books. To declare an individual persons’ expertise incompetent because it doesn’t match your personal opinion is so wrong! Do the haters take into account the actual level of capability artists possess when it come to tattoos? Sure, there are definitely people who should never be allowed near a tattoo needle, but in this case Paul Acker has serious talent. Just look at his work – it’ gruesome and not my kinda style but even so, I was amazed by some of the pieces he’s done.

 

Flip the coin; if you are going to put yourself out onto the world wide web then you have to expect an audience to have many views. You won’t please every singe person. I learnt that when I took a children’s book writing class through the University of Toronto. We all had to learn to accept that people will read/see/hear/think things totally different to what we originally wrote and sometimes it was really frustrating. With Social media there are a lot of voices, each with their own opinions and thoughts, but why get nasty? What’s the point? If you don’t like something, move on, don’t take time and effort to crap on someones parade!

One more person I am going to highlight, it’s to do with make up. This girls talent is MIND-BLOWING! Her name is Alexys Fleming, her YouTube Channel is here and she has, in my humble opinion, a stunningly good talent as an make-up artist and body painter. I will freely admit her accompanying music can be a bit harsh and personally I find her thick Chicago accent funny to listen to, but all that aside she can do brilliant work! With that said, she also receives hateful messages through her Instagram/youtube account and it gets nasty. Individuals will leave comments saying her voice is horrible, her music choices are terrible, her art is worthless…why the hell did the hater watch the video in the first place?! Positive feedback far outnumber the negative and her loyal followers will tell the haters where to go but still, why go to the trouble of writing it in the first place?

Anyhoo, that’s my two-cents on the matter. I know one day I will probably get someone voicing their disapproval of my thoughts but hey, their entitlement and if it gets nasty I will tell them to bugger off! I wonder though how many people, normal, regular individuals, deal with this sort of behavior on a regular basis? What’s the worst thing someone has written about your blog and how did it get handled?

 

I Love Paper!

Recently I discovered a passion for bookbinding and book craft. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for all things paper and stationery related so I suppose this newest hobby was a natural transition in furthering my obsession! A few years ago, before I had kids, I had a little online shop on a wonderful site called Etsy. Etsy is a site devoted purely to all things handmade. You can find anything through the site and I have regularly made it my go-to for birthday/Christmas present hunting. My little shop was called FingerprintPeople. Through this site I sold hand ‘printed’ note cards. I had designed little characters using my fingerprint and colorful stamp ink. I also painted pictures and sold quite a few little works of art! Now, however, my store is slightly dormant due to not having the same amount of free time to make things.

That may change in the future though. As I said previously I have a new passion and it has brought me back to wanting to constantly make things! The first book I bound by hand was a week long project, one in which my husband jumped in on. He  helped me find all the tools I would need in order to construct my book; he patiently wandered around with me in my new found FAVORITE paper shop in Toronto, The Paper Place. I could loose hours here! They have the most amazing selection of Japanese papers, pens, origami papers and other paraphernalia. I found everything I needed and got ridiculously excited about the project! After a week of carefully cutting and folding and binding and ironing and gluing and sewing, I had my very first hand made book -  although nothing near a professional finish, I was very happy with it and that was all that matters. Now I want to make books all the time! This weekend I built a book press and am in the middle of making my third book.

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My other new artistic passion is making pictures using vintage comics. It was actually my husband who started this first and then I got into it. We had several old comics lying around so we picked up a plain black frame from Walmart that had an inner boarder and proceeded to cut up the comic into strips and paste them onto the boarder. By the time we were finished we had a small masterpiece! We had a vintage comic framed with a unique comic strip boarder. I’ve now made three pictures; Transformers, Avengers (for my Godson) and a Tomb of Dracula picture.

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With all this new found artistic love pounding through my veins, I was suddenly struck with a small problem.There is only so many books and pictures I can make before my family get worried, so what will I do?

The Answer: Etsy!! I’m hoping that maybe one day (in between kids, school and work) I will be able to post up some sellable items and join the ranks of the professional artists who proudly show their works through the site.