BABA BE LOCO

Hello, I'm Seal and I'm an artist.

Cecilie Thulin

Its been a year since i bought the Baba Be Loco domain.

It started out as an idea to create a kids clothing brand but as i started creating, I quickly realised that what i was making wasn't exactly kid friendly.

I continued to make, not knowing where I was heading and discovered that it was okay to call what i was making art. I've always shied away from calling myself an artist - despite having a Fine Art degree - but its taken me this year to see that if I surrender to the process, awesome things can happen! 

A couple of months ago I was searching the web for artist residency programmes for mothers and found very little, but came across this online residency programme

“ A self directed, open source artist residency to empower and inspire artists who are mothers.”

Theres an online kit you can download, where you are asked questions to help you structure your program.

As I was answering the questions, i saw that there was nothing standing in the way of me having the creative practice I wanted. I had the time, the space, and the materials - so there was really no reason not to join - other than the fact that I'm pretty useless when it comes to discipline. 

So if I was gonna do this, I was gonna need to some serious accountability...

               Letterpress Artist Residency in Motherhood Customisable Business Cards 

              Letterpress Artist Residency in Motherhood Customisable Business Cards 

It was then i came across the #100dayproject on Instagram.

It's an online version of a project created by designer and teacher, Michael Beirut. He started the project as a graphic design workshop at Yale University.

When asked about what the point of the project is, he says   

“I've always had a fascination with the ways that creative people balance inspiration and discipline in their working lives. It's easy to be energized when you're in the grip of a big idea. But what do you do when you don't have anything to work with?“

The project was brought online by The Great Discontent and Elle Luna, who describe the project as being, 

“a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process."

So I decided I'd do the 100 day project and put my discipline to the test!

The challenge would be to draw 100 prints of faces in 100 days. Ive been drawing this style of face since 2010, so i thought it'd be a pretty safe theme to stick with...

But what was safe became boring fast. And by day 40 I knew I had to redirect or drop out. 

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Today I’m on day 86 - and since day 40, my faces have become stamps, pillows, garlands, dolls and planters. Its been a really exciting process of letting go, experimenting and playing. And now I can comfortably say, yes, I'm an artist.

In two weeks I’ll be celebrating my 100th day and launch my Etsy shop offering my quirky face creations to the world. I'm calling it The Doppelgänger Collection and I really hope its the first of many more BBL collections to come. 

What should my next 100dayproject be?

I'm thinking 100 days of pussy!