Category Archives: Jammin’

GIRL’S MAKER DAY

After a wildly successful inagural event this past fall, EmBe is hosted its second STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Girl’s Maker Fair this past Saturday, April 22. Once again, JAM took part in this fantastic event geared towards building confidence in making, early exposure to an interdisciplinary approach, and getting girls excited about fields where women are traditionally under-represented. The fair featured booths that helped girls explore these academic areas with creativity and innovation. JAM had a blast creating junk sculptures with the girls, and weaving on our loom.
Be sure to keep your eyes open for the next Maker Day!

Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Wen Duan
Photo by Wen Duan

Let’s Celebrate Jordan Thornton’s Artist Residency

Landing an artist residency is a big deal. So when an artist does, it’s cause for celebration.

One of JAM’s favorite artists, Jordan Thornton, has “nailed” down her first artist residency!

It happens to be in Vermont, and there happen to be fees and costs that come along with that, so the Sioux Falls community has the awesome chance to help Jordan in her journey.

But before I get to that, here’s a little more information about Jordan.

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She’s a printmaker with a deeply-rooted love of nature, which you can easily see in her work. Handpulled and hand-printed woodcut prints, often displayed in shadowboxes (that she usually makes herself) are her forte.

Jordan describes her current work as having a focus “on plant imagery, primarily the roots. The visual part of these pieces is of the physical plant, while the thought behind the work focuses on our own roots: what holds us to a place, a person, a pursuit.”

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If that’s not enough info about her craft, check out our Inspired Interview of Jordan.

She’s been honing her craft for years. And she’s also been applying for residencies for years. And then the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT offered her an artist-in-residence spot for the upcoming month of August.

Here’s the catch: getting to Vermont isn’t free.

So that’s where you come in.

Jordan’s got a Kickstarter campaign that’ll cover the remainder of her residency fee and travel costs. But, most importantly, this campaign puts her art into the hands of the people investing in it.

To kick off the campaign, Coffea Downtown is hosting a launch party which doubles as the artist reception for Jordan’s three month show at Coffea. The party’s going down on May 6th from 6-8pm.

If you can’t be there to high five her and join the fun in person, you can still join the fun online:

Wanted: Volunteers!

JAM Art and Supplies, Sioux Falls artists, volunteers

JAM is seeking volunteers to help operate the store on the weekends.

The Perks:

  • Great opportunity for community service
  • Meet the artists and crafters of Sioux Falls who come to the store
  • You are free to read, study, do homework, craft or browse the internet while you manage the store
  • You will receive a Membership Card, giving you 25% off of your JAM purchase for a year ($25 value)
  • You will receive lots of love from JAM

How it Works: Continue reading Wanted: Volunteers!

Thoughts on Gallery Experiences

thoughts-on-gallery-experiences“A major Magritte show ran at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was fascinating to see all of his greatest hits in one place, nicely curated and hung.

Unlike the Louvre, photography was forbidden, which got me thinking about ideas, photos and originals.

In front of the Mona Lisa are hundreds of people, all taking a picture, sometimes with their cameras held overhead to get a better view. Why? What’s the point of taking a picture of the most famous, most photographed painting in the world? You’re certainly not going to take a better picture than you can find online with a few clicks. Continue reading Thoughts on Gallery Experiences

5 Reasons to Stop by Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is the big day! We can’t believe its already arrived. When Jess first described her dream to us, the Creative Reuse store was a huge part of that dream. That dream is taking shape right before our eyes and we couldn’t be happier or more excited. We are grateful for the support we’ve received so far, and look forward to seeing you out and about tomorrow night.

Not like you need the extra push, but here are five solid reasons to venture out into the cold tomorrow Continue reading 5 Reasons to Stop by Tomorrow

5 Ways to Support JAM Art and Supplies

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The JAM Creative Reuse Store would not be happening if it wasn’t for you. Over the past few months, we’ve met some incredible artists and creatives in the art community – you know who you are. We’ve loved collaborating with you and meeting you, hearing your stories and needs. Plus, we love showing you off. Continue reading 5 Ways to Support JAM Art and Supplies

5 Possible Reasons You Would Shop at JAM

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The JAM Creative Reuse Store is a store similar to a thrift or pawn shop where you bring your unused, like-new art supplies to the store to donate and we re-sell them at a low cost. We are a nonprofit for artists, but we’re also helping Sioux Falls become a little more “green.” Plus we help other nonprofits by donating art supplies to their endeavors. We can only survive with your help so please bring your donations to us, or let us know how we can help you find the supplies you need. See a list of items you can donate here.

To give you an idea of WHY you would shop at JAM, I’ve listed a few common reasons creative reuse stores are popular in other big cities around the country:

1. You only need one pink permanent marker. Continue reading 5 Possible Reasons You Would Shop at JAM

5 Reasons the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls

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This is it. The final countdown is upon us. The JAM Creative Reuse Store will be opening in Exposure Gallery in Sioux Falls this Friday. We invite you to attend the First Friday events around Sioux Falls on Friday as well as to stop by and see us! To countdown to our big day, we will be serving up a series of posts this week to let you know what JAM is REALLY all about. Below are five reasons why the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls creative community: Continue reading 5 Reasons the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls

Pricing your work like Picasso

JAM-Like-PicassoLegend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you Continue reading Pricing your work like Picasso

Jammin’: A Graphic Designer’s Perspective

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I am a graphic designer, not an artist.

I suppose I am an artist in certain ways, but definitely not a fine artist. Paint makes me nervous. I don’t like messes. I don’t have a DIY board on Pinterest. I hate hands-on projects. I like structure and schedules and planners. I rarely get too personal with a design I create. Maybe that’s just me and my ways, but I feel like those characteristics play a huge part in the difference between an artist and a graphic designer.

Becoming involved with JAM has opened the door for me into a new world of artistic creation and the lifestyles of artistic people – one that I have not ever been a part of. I always knew it existed, but if you’re not actively involved in this community, having real conversations with real people, then you don’t know a damn thing.

As a graphic designer, I’ve been taught that Continue reading Jammin’: A Graphic Designer’s Perspective