Flauntleroi inspires poet at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival

Events, Illustration, NSFW, Uncategorized
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Flauntleroi

It is no secret that the Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF) is my favorite event of the season. Not only is there fantastic art, but there are performances and readings, live drawing sessions and interactive stations, tours and sensory delights. SEAF transports you to another realm where everything is beautiful, everyone is accepted, and every sense is piqued.

I am proud to say that I volunteer my time and efforts as a designer to the layout and creation of the SEAF catalog for the past 4 years. I am honored to have my art accepted by the SEAF jury for the past 5 years, and for each of those years, my art has sold and I have heard how happy my art has made its new patron and those that viewed it at the show. But this year has been extra special. This year, my art inspired someone else to create a piece of art of their own.

I arrived Friday night and promptly ran into an old friend who was also giving tours. He told me that a member of one of his earlier tours had written a poem based on their impressions of Flauntleroi! Though he tried to get the two of us together to meet, it didn’t end up happening. BUT! He did connect us online. I have chatted with the author, Zoe Brook, and we both shared our enthusiasm for the experience of creating art in impromptu (and at the time, anonymous) collaboration, and she has allowed me to post the poem she wrote here for all of my followers to read and experience.

I am deeply honored and flattered to present to you Zoe Brook’s poem:

Confidence Talks. 4/27/18.
By Zoe Brook.
In response to Flauntleroi.

When you meet their eyes straight on
when your shoulders thrown back without constant maintenance
that little smile in the corners of your mouth
the steps you take that float on air
laughter that rings around you freely
light shining off your hair
sparking in your eyes
that’s confidence talks
you speak into confidence
until confidence speaks into you
no matter which is this moment
in this moment
you
are incredibly sexy.

Thank you, Zoe, for seeing the celebration of confidence in my art. Thank you more, for reveling in your own inspiration and creating more art from mine. Finally, and most importantly, thank you for sharing your art with me.

You can read more about Zoe and view her works at her website: https://zoebrook.com/.

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Deviant Femme Tarot at Club Privata in May!

Events, Illustration, NSFW
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The Chariot
watercolor
I am happy to announce that I will be showing a series of watercolors depicting deviant femmes in the first 11 cards of the Major Arcana tarot deck at Club Privata in Portland, Oregon for the month of May! (whew!) Here is the show write up:
Deviant Femme Tarot
After a long absence, Hooligan Lili is back with a new project to share with you. Deviant Femme Tarot is an adaptation of tarot cards into the realm of feminism, eroticism, and sadism. The first eleven cards of the Major Arcana illustrate the juxtaposition of divination, religion, and kink in what will ultimately become an entire tarot deck over the course of the year. Each card stays inline with the tarot symbology, but deviates from the norm by using only the female figure in all positions of power. Come to the art opening at Club Privata to see what these watercolor illustrated cards hold in store for you.
View show details here: https://fetlife.com/events/660166,
Come see my work!

Flauntleroi at Seattle Erotic Art Festival

Events, Illustration, NSFW
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Flauntleroi watercolor
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Confidence Talks. 4/27/18.
By Zoe Brook.
In response to Flauntleroi.

When you meet their eyes straight on
when your shoulders thrown back without constant maintenance
that little smile in the corners of your mouth
the steps you take that float on air
laughter that rings around you freely
light shining off your hair
sparking in your eyes
that’s confidence talks
you speak into confidence
until confidence speaks into you
no matter which is this moment
in this moment
you
are incredibly sexy.

For the 5th year in a row, my artwork has been selected to show at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. This year, my watercolor “Flauntleroi” will be on display and for sale at the show April 27-29th at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. See details on the festival here.

 

Portland Pancakes & Booze (April 13th, 2018)

Events

20180413_134717The Portland Pancakes Booze Art Show was held last night at the Hawthorne Theatre, and I was one of the presenting artists. It was my first time showing with this production, so I had no idea what to expect. The Pancakes & Booze is a traveling show with shows each month in cities across the country, the premise seemed very Portland-centric, so I decided to join in on the fun.

This is an non-juried show. Each artist pays $15 per piece of art hung on the provided panels, with a minimum of three pieces per artist. There is no commission. All sales are handled directly between patron and artist. Additional prints and originals can be made available in a box/display under your hanging work.

The afternoon prior to the event, you check in, hang your art, arrange your display, and then come back for the show. During the show, you mingle with patrons, drink libations, dance to the DJ’s beats (check out this remix from Dariio), and eat the occasional pancake. The pancakes were made in a separate room, and I didn’t partake, but I saw many pancake plates make their way through the gallery. The smell of maple syrup permeating the air. At the end of the night, you pack up your remaining items and head home.

Because I didn’t know what to expect – what the layout was, who the other artists were, what else was going to be shown, what the demographic of the audience was going to turn out to be – I decided to show pieces that I already had ready, instead of make net-new. I have also been heads down with the Dirty Little Secrets Art Gallery, and producing pieces for my upcoming show at Club Privata in May*, that I didn’t feel like I had enough bandwidth to create a new set of images for this show.

I went all out, though. Not only did I hang my latest pieces from the Seattle Erotic Art Festival Seduction party, and past juried selections from the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, I brought with me the entirety of stock of prints and originals I’ve kept from years of comic cons and other shows; some work dating back to 2012. I looked at it as a sort of litmus test for a new audience and their response to what I had to offer as an artist.

Though I had seen erotic images online from Pancakes & Booze shows in other cities, my display was the only erotic display last night. That being said, it was very well received. SO MANY people walked directly up to my art and stood for a long time, taking in what they saw. They walked away to grab their friends and partners and show them my art. They returned over and over to flip through the prints and originals in the box set below. There were smiles and nods and giggles and lots of pointing. Comments ranged from “that’s beautiful”, to “your art is really sexy”, to “you have inspired me to get pinup portraits done for my wedding anniversary”. The most interesting comment was made by a woman viewing my art with her partner. When I said “Let me know if you have any questions about the art.”, she did a double take on me, asked if I was the artist, and then said she thought that a man would have created this art. Her partner then showed her the “Boot worship” piece and said, “Really?”. She blushed and they left, but they also came back to look many more times after that.

I only made a handful of sales last night: two original watercolors and a few “Pussy Power” stickers. The watercolors were pinup/burlesque-focused and the women that bought them identified with the subject. Though many admired the more erotic pieces, none of those moved. Moving forward, if/when I do the Pancakes & Booze art show again, I will leave the more erotic items for the print/original bin and hang more burlesque/pinup images. I will also focus on creating more curvy body types.

Will I be back again? I think I will. Though it took a LOT of energy for me to enter that space alone as an unknown artist, I left feeling part of the Portland artist community. My art held its own, many of the artists felt exactly how I did, and we all formed a solidarity because of it. Putting your art out there for all the world to see isn’t easy, but it makes it a slight bit easier when you are among other artists doing the same.

Thank you to the Pancakes & Booze Art Show team for producing a great show, and thank you to the Hawthorne Theater for providing such a great space.

Check out the photo from @empwo of the art show in full swing: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhi3cJaljw1/?hl=en&taken-by=empwo

 

*more on the DLS Gallery and the Club Privata show to come in future posts