It's been a while, sorry about that. Time flies when my conscious and unconscious mind piles projects, causes and events into heaps. I'm just starting to get out of it.
First and foremost, I have a Patreon. Opening an account, writing on my motivations and hopeful outcomes, adding the URL on my business card, and sharing the link in social media has been my official "introduction" into the art world, with me drawing more consistently and lovingly.
After the holidays, I finished two competition entries and one art-related application. We're one for three, but this means more production: I'll be tabling at Exterminator City, a comic and art mini-fest at Push/Pull Gallery.
I also humbly attended Advocacy Day for Affordable Housing and Homelessness at Olympia, representing the 43rd district. It's something that I deeply care about, and was very happy to have a boss that thought of me first with this event. We both went and though we took a passive role, we absorbed as much as we could for the next fight.
There are a few bills in the pipes on affordable housing. One of them is HB 1565, which outlaws source of income discrimination, such as Section 8 vouchers and other government subsidies. This sort of discrimination happens quite blatantly. Advocates also reminded their legislators to continue support for the Housing Trust Fund and programs such as HEN, ABD, and SSI Facilitation services.
In Seattle, HALA is the housing affordability giant getting attacked and praised from all sides. My next steps with advocacy is joining a community organization (begun by the Capitol Hill Eco District crowd) representing neighborhood renters, as we feel the conversation so far has revolved around property owners, and not around majority of residents: renters.
March holds emptiness, but not for long. I'm hoping to get selected to be part of the HALA Community Focus Group for my neighborhood. There's also comics to submit for one anthology or two, as well as other mini projects cropping up like flies.
For architecture, I am managing two house remodels, plus all my other responsibilities as architectural staff. 2016 has been treating me well.