Monday, July 23, 2012

On Aprons & The Magic of Instagram

{The Kibbutz of Social Media}

Remember that shop apron from Stitch & Hammer I was all 'citey about? Well turns out it was actually intended as a kitchen apron, and Amy of Stitch & Hammer happened upon my Instagram of her beautiful apron covered in oil paint and got a kick out of it. So she sent the super-talented, super-lovely Nicole Franzen over to my studio to shoot some pics for the (wonderful- check it out) Stitch & Hammer Journal. Internetting is full of surprises!

But back to Instagram. I'm finally on it, @lilystockman. If you're on a computer you can see my pictures here (I ordered prints from them last week and can't wait to see how they turn out) but it's much more fun if you come say hullo on the actual Instagram app, so we can, I dunno, corgi-gram each other (THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING).

I only joined Instagram (and Twitter) a few weeks ago -I'm skeptical of the worth of spending yet more time on the internet- but have been pleasantly surprised by how much Instagram fills a hole that (if I'm being honest here) the structure of a blog leaves gapingly open. As a friend put it recently, blogs can feel a little like an "inspiration factory," whereas Instagram is a level playing-field, one in which everyone has the same layout, the same tools, the same opportunity to show whatever it is he or she wishes to show us. Sometimes Instagram seems like an Israeli kibbutz compared to a blog format's Russian autocracy circa Peter the Great. And on these long, industrious, worker-bee summer days I'm enjoying being a kibbutznik;) So come say hullo on Instagram. 

Images above by Nicole Franzen, courtesy of Stitch & Hammer Goods

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  1. except instagram doesn't level the playing field for those of us too poor for smartphones! :(

    sad, sad.

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    1. LEXIE! You are so right! Gah. Let's just scrap this whole internet thing and take up pen-pals again. Who's with me?

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  2. pretty lady, pretty apron. also, instagrid. awes!

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  3. I don't have a smartphone. My cell phone costs less than a box of cookies. I'd cut my arm to buy an iPhone, but it's too expensive for me and i have the sick tendency to drawn cell phones. In toilets, pools, rainy gardens...each an every cell phone I owned has died drawning. Unless they don't invent an iPhone that can also swim, I'm not buying it.
    That apron look even better with all the paint!!

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    1. Ah, Bobbi, I love thee. And I would trade all the Instagrams in the world to have your cookie box phone. Stay strong, my Italian sista!

      (and thanks)

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  4. Yeahh..... I was going to say the same thing about instagram and smartphones! I've elected not to get one because I'm already too lured into the seductive wiles of the internet and don't want to be 24/7 on it. I see some of my favorite bloggers migrating over slowly and it makes me sad, but of course we must keep these things in perspective. :-)

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    1. Glad you (and the gals above) did! I try to keep the computer time limited to a morning coffee-and-newspaper hour (or two or three depending on how much emailing I have to do) before I go to the studio, and I leave for the studio the comp stays at home for that very reason; it takes. over. your. life. I try to use the convenience of the iPhone for just that and no idle browsing, etc. Instagram is a little shot here and there, but it's been really helpful with worth. GOD WHO KNOWS. It's all just a balance, right?

      I agree with you about being a wee bit sad about seeing some of my favorite bloggers trundle off slowly into "microblogging" but there is no replacement for the longform entry a blog affords a writer (and photographer). bigBANG is around to stay as far as I'm concerned, as long as I find fresh material to write about and readers still interested in clicking on this url. ;)

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    2. Ha ha yes! Thankfully my very favorite bloggers really are writers, not just photo posters and hopefully therefore just as addicted to writing words as I am to reading them. I'm so in for the pen pals club, I have a LIFETIME of stationary, just ready to go. This year I've so missed the mails, since my two grandmothers passed away last year, and they were really my last consistent pen pals. I sure miss their letters. Hope somewhere they are feeling that.

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  5. I've been following you on instagram and love all the photos. Especially of ranch and work things. and dogs. One of my friends is a dogwalker/pet sitter and he just posts all animals oooohhmmyyygoood. I spend less time on the internet, at least daily because uhh I just check instagram. This would go into the sadness of microblogging but I usually just spend an afternoon a week catching up on webthings instead of every day. A lot of my friends are on it and I was really excited when they released the app for Androids cos I didn't want to get an iphone and I had an upgrade but I can sympathize with those who can't afford a smartphone. Or those who just don't want one. It can also be a bit ridiculous when all the people you work with are taking a photo of the same thing to post to instagram haha.

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    1. I admire your one-afternoon rule. I'm going to try that. Also, I want to follow your pal's 'grammin. ALL DOGLETS ALL THE TIME.

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  6. Instagram took me a while... for the first month or so I didn't realise that all the pictures went straight on the internet (I thought it was just a cool way to take photos). I *may* have taken a photo of my friend who was lying naked by the pool because the light was lovely and she looked pretty. Other people *may* have seen it before I realised what I'd done and deleted it. Oops.

    Also, I'm following you and agree with Dizzle up there- love the dogs and ranch and turquoise books and everything.

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    1. AMAZING STORY.

      Glad you dig the doglets and Montanagrams!

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  7. AHHHH! THE PHOTOS TURNED OUT SO WELL! you look so great, darling! xoxo

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  8. so funny that you mention the playing field...i've been noticing the trend to shoot with a DSLR hooked up to an iPad, which then allows you to import (and export + use another app to process the image + import again, if i understand correctly) the photos into instagram, which then makes your photos look a gazillion times more spiffy than those shot with just a regular old iPhone (or android! woo!). not that this stops me from shooting with my phone! but it does make me sad, since some people are out of the loop on it, and feel dejected looking at shots that could never have come from a camera phone (no matter where in the world that phone came from!).

    ANYWAY. i'm a huge fan of your instagram...especially puppy shots! woah do we need a "lily's dogs: the instagram shots" book or something coming out for us fans, haha. :)

    and that apron is FANTABULOUS. i had a nice apron i "ruined" with flux, motor oil, and metal shavings once. those were the (jewellery fabrication) days...sigh. glad to see someone else is taking up the torch! haha.

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    1. WAIT, I DID NOT KNOW THIS. That sounds like so much work. Forget it. I can barely manage breakfast and taking Dolly out to pee in the morning in one piece let alone all that importing and exporting biznaz. I need to take a nap just thinking about it.

      But, PUPPY SHOTZ!!!!! So delighted Dolly has a small fan base;) Makes up for those sad first months of her life in the Yucca Valley shelter when NO ONE LOVED HER. Saaaad! Bwaaaaa!

      Also, what is FLUX.

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    2. hahaha, yeah, i was pretty sad when i learned that instagram wasn't just for phone-tographers (see what i did there?)....but i'mma still shoot! mainly because it's fun. and also because the world needs more photos of big bad messes/oodles of flowers. (sometimes these are one and the same.) :)

      please tell me you are thinking about a book?! that bracelet shot today nearly killed me with its awesomeness. i heart yer pups! they just have the best doggy personalities ever...and it makes me sad to know that somewhere dolly was not loved, but clearly you're making up for that (if you haven't already)!

      flux is...fluxy. (i was trying to make that sound sexier. FAIL.) it's this weird compound you put on metal you're going to heat up, to protect it from firescale...and i'm probably giving you too many terms. wikipedia says it's "to prevent oxidation of the base and filler materials" by forming an oxygen-free barrier on the metal itself. so in my case, with the jewellery-making, it was to stop the sterling silver (pure silver + a small amt of copper - sadly copper will oxidize like a mofo, hence the flux) from looking yucky and permanently tarnished after i'd soldered something together. it also helped the solder to flow, which is always good! it kinda looks like papier mache paste, but a bit grittier, and it dries on the metal kinda gooey, but on the hands/table/apron like a flaky but sticky ash. so a mixture of love/hate on this one, but clearly a necessity in jewellery fabrication. :)

      ...sorry for talking your ear off. i really do miss soldering...and my good old dirty apron. siiiigh.

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  9. That apron is amazing, and so is your red watch. Is it a Swatch?

    Instragram is super fun, and it's a fun way to stay in touch with friends that are far away. It's like a little glimpse into their daily life.

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  10. Well put, Lady. I, for one, am in love with instagram, but totally get folks who don't have a smartphone, don't have one myself, but instead use my iPad. Your instagram is a treat. Between Montana, your sis's India pics and those curtains this morning ... gahhh! I love it all.

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  11. You look totally fabulous with your painterly apron! Congrats:)
    I am too underfunded for the instagram app and whole package right now. It's on my wish list though...one day;)

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  12. you, amy, nicole...so much talent i can hardly handle it.

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  13. I would like to have your hair plx. K thanks!

    I am new to instagram too ayetwobee.

    Also Corgis: I work at a fancy shmancy dog boutique and there was an 8 week old corgi in the other day. Too much cuteness!!!!

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  14. during my residency this spring, i felt so much pressure to update people with a blog, with photos from my camera, uploaded to my computer, and descriptions of my days, which would have been decidedly dull. but once i realized i could give mini-updates on instagram, and publish them right to twitter, i threw the blog overboard and stopped pressuring myself. i can take two seconds to take a photo with a hashtag, i DON'T have energy for a blog post at the end of a studio day. and when i got back, so many people asked me about my residency and said they were keeping up on instagram and twitter! and i found that my work had been documented far better and more naturally than if i had been photographing with a blog in mind. one guy even said, "if you had written a blog post, i wouldn't have read it, but i clicked on all your instagram photos".
    since my residency, i've found myself making all sorts of new friends on/from instagram. amazeballs.
    just one girl's testimony.
    that being said, your blog is one of the few i read (because i also don't want to be spending time on the internet). please don't stop writing it. just glad you've joined us elsewhere!

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  15. I'm not on instagram or twitter, but I *love* your description of what it is compared to blogland (kibbutz vs. autocraxy). Great analogy. ;)

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  16. "Sometimes Instagram seems like an Israeli kibbutz compared to a blog format's Russian autocracy circa Peter the Great."

    You, my dear, are hilarious.

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  17. I love that apron! I'm going to follow you on Instagram too.

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