Dear friends, family and fellow art lovers,
I hope all is well with you! It has been years since I have sent out an art related newsletter, or even just a group email for that matter! Life in the before-times was very different, but we made it. We are (mostly) on the other side, and I hope to see your bright shiny faces soon.
I have a few exciting things that are coming up that I would like to share with you all.
Upcoming activity #1
I am very pleased to announce that two of my works were accepted into the Beyond Mud national juried exhibition at BWAC. The exhibition opening is May 13th and I hope to see you there!
Upcoming activity #2
Third Avenue Clay, the studio where I work, is participating in the Brooklyn Ceramic Arts Tour. We are setting up an exhibition in a local gallery space called Gowanus Gallery by Larisa which is located at 161 Twelfth Street near Third Avenue in the Gowanus. I am just over the moon that I will be able to show work with my clay mentor Adrienne and my clay family. Come party with us on May 19, 7:30-9 pm at our opening reception. Brooklyn Ceramic Arts Tour hours are Saturday, 5/20 from 12-6 pm and Sunday 5/21 from 12-5 pm. Keep in mind that the Beyond Mud exhibition will also be running this very same weekend, so I will have work on view in TWO different exhibitions.
Upcoming activity #3
As someone who is actively working as an artist, there are many benchmarks that one shoots for in order to better one's practice or one's standing in the art world. One of these benchmarks is to get into an artist residency. For a full-time working person with responsibilities, it is difficult to make time to pause and reflect on one's practice, so an artist residency is key to the development of an art practice.
Well, I am thrilled to say that this is finally my year! I was accepted into a Watershed for the Ceramic Arts residency!!!!! The theme is Building Resilience, a topic that has been close to my heart for quite some time.
I am really over the moon about this opportunity. As you can imagine, an art residency is not cheap and unfortunately, I did not get any funding. I WILL get there. Some of you have been asking how you can help, and I can now say that I have a few different side hustles happening:
My website is up-to-date and most everything is for sale. Just shoot me an email and let me know what interests you and we can make that happen.
I opened a Spoonflower shop where I have adapted my works-on-paper designs into home goods: https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/zudou_for_you?sub_action=designs. I myself am still deciding on which design would make the best duvet cover, but once the weather cools off again, I am sure I will have made a decision.
I have also opened a Contrado store, where I have also adapted my works-on-paper designs into home goods: https://www.contrado.com/stores/kasiazudou. I am obsessed with their shower curtains. (Keep in mind this company is in the UK, so shipping is expensive).
I have been furiously making mugs as a "thank you for supporting me and my life goals" gifts. If you send me $30 by Venmo/Paypal (email@example.com)/or Zelle, I'll put one in the mail to you. (U.S. only).
Upcoming activity #4
I am also so excited to announce (very cryptically) that I am working on a two person show with a brilliant artist and friend. It'll be in August. Stay tuned.
So, that is what's going on. I hope to see you during one of the upcoming events, and I thank you all profusely for your support. Life has been quite the roller coaster the past few years, and I am so glad that we have been able to ride it out together.
Love, love and more love,