It’s Fall, It’s Progress!

September 23rd marks the Autumnal Equinox, and SparkleBlob will go into OVERDRIVE for our most ambitious annual projects of the year!

When the clock strikes MIDNIGHT on October 1st, we will be launching GOTHTOBER for our 16th year! Our annual countdown calendar shall display the workings of 31 different artists, each new day revealing a different artist! What’s in there? Your guess is as good as ours! The theme this year is “Casino” and artists may follow the theme, or simply pick something “Halloweeny” for their piece.  At this point in our illustrious Gothtober career, we’ve got over 300 tiny films and projects in our archive. The original architecture for the majority of the calendars has been Flash, which will be officially DEAD in 2020. Thus, one of our plans is to build a comprehensive archive of all these amazing works that have been made for us over the years. 

December Preparation Abounds! Also, in the works, here’s a photo of myself (JP) with Jason Myers, the SparkleBlob Holiday Show Music Supervisor. We’re gearing up for our holiday show, Jason and I are writing a BRAND NEW HOME MADE HOLIDAY TUNE that we can’t WAIT to debut this December! It’s always lots of fun to visit Jason’s studio, it’s got a mess of stringed instruments hung on racks, and his desk and keyboard are covered with odds and ends, making me feel less terrible about all MY papers and odds and ends all over MY desk, lol. We both have messy studios, which, history reports, points to a more creative mindset. We’re making it work for us! This marks our first song-writing collaboration together, I wrote the lyrics, and Jason’s composing the tune, it’s called “Holidays in Your Face” which also might be the title of this year’s holiday puppet show, stay tuned!

~JP SparkleBlob
Executive Director

Gothtober 2013 is ALIVE!

SparkleBlob would like to thank all participants, volunteers, patrons and performers in what was a wonderful Fall Fundraiser! More news on that is coming up verily, you can check out photos of the event here. In the meantime, another SparkleBlob program has begun it’s yearly launch and is full steam ahead!

What’s Gothtober, you may ask?

In it’s eleventh year, The Gothtober Countdown Calendar™ is a curated time-release flash-based online museum of 31 works of art by 31 different artists. The official run of the show is from October 1st to the 31st, a new piece being revealed with each day of the month.The best way to see what it is though, is by visiting it!

Gothtober is one of SparkleBlob’s programs, a spirited forum that encourages people to take part in creating something seasonal, strange and spooky.

In many instances, in the busy life, one must carve out opportunities to be creative. The world’s demands are formidable, and the unglamorous part of creativity is the staving off or shutting out of distractions, and clearing out a place for one’s own ambitions. Anyone who appreciates making creative work, or who wants to make creative work needs to experience this conundrum face-to-face, it brings satisfaction to the artist, and makes them understand and appreciate their fellow participants.

The habit of frequency is merely ONE aspect of maintaining the mind’s requirements for bringing forth ideas and bringing said ideas to fruition. During Gothtober, it has been found that ingesting a fair amount of candy corn can help with alertness, followed by a refreshing cat nap.

You can also read about the interesting back story on each artist’s piece that launches day by day, when you visit the Gothtober Blog. Happy Viewing! -JP Head Candycorn