I'm still recovering from the weekend adventure that was sf zine fest. When I first found out that I was going back to the bay to show my work, I was filled with excitement and joy, knowing that I'd be back in this place that I spent four years in, learning, growing, loving.
My really good friend Elise (that also got a table) asked me what my travel plans were for the fest and after talking to two of my friends, Randy & Trent and setting that up, we all decided to carpool up together and Randy & Trent would show their work on my half table! It worked out perfectly. Elise's friend Emily hooked us up with a place to stay through one of her friends, THANK YOU TOMMASO for letting us stay in your humble abode! We all had such great sleep that night!
So the morning of SF zine fest comes, we go pick up snacks in preparation for a long day, and we get there at the perfect time. I was inspired waiting in the line with all those people because I saw all the contraptions people had to help them carry all their stuff! Lots of DIY dollies. And the work, there was so much good work!!! We all had the chance to set up early, I feel so happy with how we all figured out that little 3 foot space.
Seeing familiar faces, friends, and meeting complete strangers but connecting through art-making was so special to me. The bay is where my art-making/understanding was nurtured and developed so to be back in this setting was too cool. I saw a friend that I went to school with that I haven't seen since I left the bay, Ray, he just came up to the side of me and said, "tony". We reminisced about school and he had so many nice things to say about my current work and work back then, him and all the people that were in the same program as me were all inspiring and motivating people. If it weren't for that group and our advisors/teachers, I wouldn't be where I am with my work today.