So I’m Really Into Vikings Right Now. 

No, I haven’t even seen the History Channel series. I prefer to get all of my information from books, lecture series, and historical reenactment. I cannot get enough information on Viking clothing, lifestyle, social structure, combat strategy, trade habits and armament. It’s all I’ve been sewing lately in preparation for the Vermont Winter Renaissance Fair! Read more about So I’m Really Into Vikings Right Now. […]

Connecticut Renaissance Faire and New Viking Costumes

On October 15th, 2016 we had an absolutely fantastic time at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in North Haven, CT. The CT Ren Faire isn’t as big as the King Richard’s Faire, and it doesn’t have permanent faire structures, but the people and programming is top-notch. This mid-fall faire was also the debut of our band-new, Read more about Connecticut Renaissance Faire and New Viking Costumes[…]

King Richards Faire 

Last weekend me and my crew attended the King Richard’s Faire. What a beautiful October day to travel through time, wear flowers on my head, and shop for weaponry. We saw some big cats to whatever they wanted on stage, ate stew from a bowl made of bread, and Kelley and Jake tried to help Read more about King Richards Faire […]

Star Wars, Belly Dance, and Granite State Comic Con

Granite Con was a blast once again! As always, the variety of vendors, good programming, and unrivaled access to guests of honor made this another memorable year of convention-going in Manchester. This year’s convention had an unofficial Star Wars theme, and so, on fairly short notice, my friends and I whipped up some costumes to Read more about Star Wars, Belly Dance, and Granite State Comic Con[…]

Solo Art Exhibit at iYo Cafe in Somerville, MA

For the entire month of June I will be exhibiting some of my brightest watercolor paintings in a  Solo show at the iYo Cafe in Davis Square, Somerville, Ma! Though the subject of the work varies, the collection was assembled primarily for its warm-weather feel. I would describe the bunch as a simple, whimsical celebration Read more about Solo Art Exhibit at iYo Cafe in Somerville, MA[…]

Post-Granite State Comicon

This past weekend Kelley and I attended Granite State Comicon as vending artists in their Artist’s Alley and Dealer’s room. I had a wonderful time and met some really cool people! With Halloween coming up, many of you asked if I had a store online or made custom masks. Yes, and yes! I sell my Read more about Post-Granite State Comicon[…]

Granite State Comic Con

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday), Kelley and I will be exhibiting and selling our wares at Granite State Comicon! You can find us in the Artist’s Alley, booth number 907. I’ve included a map below with our table circled.  Granite Con will be held at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm Street, Manchester on Read more about Granite State Comic Con[…]

Preparing for King Richards Faire

Renaissance Fair Season is upon us! I love spending a day out in the woods with the  fairies and jesters, celebrating the late summertime magic. The first Fair on my list is King Richard’s in Carver Mass, and to make sure I make the most of my Fair day, I am adding a few new Read more about Preparing for King Richards Faire[…]

“Are You Smarter Than A Nerd Chick” on the Hill-Man Morning Show WAAF

What an interesting week I’ve had! Before I get into it, I’ll apologize for not updating this blog more often. I’ve gotten so busy between work and trying to squeeze the last drops of summer out of this miserable rainy weather that I haven’t had much time to work on or publicize personal projects or Read more about “Are You Smarter Than A Nerd Chick” on the Hill-Man Morning Show WAAF[…]

Connecticon 2013

This weekend I will once again be exhibiting with Faire Trimmings in the Artist’s Colony of Connecticon 2013. Held at the Connecticon Convention Center in Hartford, CT, Connecticon is already in its 10th year! The artist’s colony is located on the first floor, in the same giant exhibition hall as the dealer’s room. There will Read more about Connecticon 2013[…]

Photographing the West

Hey everyone, Yesterday I uploaded some new photos to my photography gallery at Shaunart.net from my trip out west. Don’ worry, these photos aren’t tourist shots of me on the beach. Only beautiful  moments in nature here. I will be the first person to admit that I do not know a whole lot about cameras. Read more about Photographing the West[…]

The Pirate Rendezvous

On Saturday, June 22nd, Faire Trimmings (a collarborative brand between Kelley and I) will be vending at the Pirate Rendezvous in Damariscotta, ME. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The pirates invade at high noon, which is essentially a large parade and general storming of the fair grounds by costumed reenactors. All attendees are Read more about The Pirate Rendezvous[…]

Studio Open House April 6th

This Saturday, April 6th, I will be opening my Studio to the Public for another Open House. Come check out the Western Avenue Studios, a complex of buildings filled with over 100 working artists. Work ranges from textiles, to printmaking, to metallurgy, and prices can range from cheap trinkets and gifts to rather large investments. Read more about Studio Open House April 6th[…]

Manga Workshops At Milestones, Inc.

I would like to thank everyone at Milestones, Inc for inviting me to host two How to Draw Manga workshops today. Milestones is a therapeutic school for children with any disorder that interferes with their ability to learn in a traditional school setting including autism, anxiety disorders, non verbal learning disabilities and more. Milestones places Read more about Manga Workshops At Milestones, Inc.[…]

Super Craft Weekend Recap

This weekend was awesome. Besides a wonderful annual caricature gig on Saturday afternoon (I love being paid to draw children), my best friend Kelley came up to my studio in Lowell for the weekend to have a super craft marathon. In a day and a half we got a solid 10 hours of work time Read more about Super Craft Weekend Recap[…]

Facebook Give-Away

In an effort to get my Facebook fan page over that last hump before 300 ‘likes’ I decided to have a give-away. One lucky fan of my page will be selected at random to receive this hand-made, hand-painted ginko leaf leather necklace for free!  All you have to do in order to participate is visit Read more about Facebook Give-Away[…]

Holiday Open Studios – Dec 1st, 2nd & 8th, 9th

The Holiday shopping season is well underway! If you happen to be looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, maybe for that artsy, hard to buy for person in your life, may I suggest you consider attending the Holiday Open Houses at the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell Massachusetts. This December, I will be opening my studio, Read more about Holiday Open Studios – Dec 1st, 2nd & 8th, 9th[…]

Black Friday Sale in Etsy Shop

Hey readers! If you are looking for some unique gifts to get the cosplayer, geek, or art enthusiast in your life, I will be having a Black Friday sale in my Etsy Shop! Starting Friday, Nov 23rd at Midnight, Enter the code “Turkey” to receive 20% off any item in the shop! The sale will run all weekend Read more about Black Friday Sale in Etsy Shop[…]

New Style Prints in Etsy Shop

For those of you who have been following my latest style experiments, first of all thank you, and second of all, I want to let everyone know that I have prints of what I have been working on available for sale in my Etsy shop just in time for the big shopping holidays. These include the Read more about New Style Prints in Etsy Shop[…]

Old Worlds New Views, Exhibition of Artworks from Ghana and Sicily.

Woo! Life is busy right now. I recently started a new job as Head of Advertising and Promotion at the University of Hartford Art School MFA in Illustration Program, and I just got back from New York Comic Con! Now, I will be on the road again this Thursday to hang my next show. This Read more about Old Worlds New Views, Exhibition of Artworks from Ghana and Sicily.[…]

A Successful Open House.

I want to say thank you to everyone who came out to the open house this past weekend at the Western Avenue Studios. I had a great weekend and made a lot of new contacts. I practically ran out of business cards and promo bookmarks, and I am very grateful for the interest in my Read more about A Successful Open House.[…]

HUGE Update in the Crafts Gallery.

I just added a boat-load of new pictures to the crafts gallery at Shaunart.net.  In preparation for the fourth quarter (the holiday season, crafting season, and an artist’s most profitable time of the year), I have completed a big round of crafting, making fall accessories from vegetable tanned leather. There are some really cute Halloween items Read more about HUGE Update in the Crafts Gallery.[…]

Lowell Open Studios, October 6th & 7th, 2012.

In less than two weeks, over 140 local artists of Lowell, MA will open their doors to the public for the 12th annual Lowell Open Studios Event. With over fifteen studio locations throughout the heart of Lowell, this two day event is a great opportunity for the community to buy original and reproduced artworks straight Read more about Lowell Open Studios, October 6th & 7th, 2012.[…]

September Open Studio Tomorrow.

Get out and enjoy this beautiful end of summer weather with a trip to Western Avenue Studios, Located at 122 Western Ave, Lowell, MA. I will be there tomorrow from 12-5pm, in my studio, #527, making and selling original artwork and accessories. I have been working hard on some truly unique leather jewelry with serious Read more about September Open Studio Tomorrow.[…]

Studio Open House August 4th

This Saturday, for the first time, I will be opening my brand new studio space to the public as part of Western Avenue Studio’s Open Studios events, which take place the first Saturday of every month. Western Avenue Studios is a converted mill factory that became artist studio spaces seven years ago. On Open Studio Read more about Studio Open House August 4th[…]

Pics from TOMS Shoes Event

This past Saturday I worked as an event consultant artist for TOMS Shoes Inc at Nordstroms at the Burlington Mall. I was there for three hours customizing costumer’s shoes. Myself and four other artists used markers and paint to draw patterns, flowers, animals, and all other manner of images on customer shoes per their request. Read more about Pics from TOMS Shoes Event[…]

Reminder: TOMS Shoe Event at the Burlington Mall

I will be at Nordstroms at the Burlington Mall (Ma) tomorrow from 1-4 for a TOMS shoes “Style Your Sole” event. Purchase a pair of TOMS shoes from Nordstroms, and have them decorated by a local artist! Honestly, they didn’t give me any more details than that, so you’re going to have to show up Read more about Reminder: TOMS Shoe Event at the Burlington Mall[…]

How to Draw “Manga, Manga, & More Manga” Workshop at Artworks in2shades. Aug 7,8,9

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw your own manga? Are you a young artist age 9 & up? Well you are in luck, because I have been hired to teach a how-to-draw manga three day workshop at Artworks in2shades, located at 11 Salem St, Medford, MA 02155. The workshop runs August 7th, Read more about How to Draw “Manga, Manga, & More Manga” Workshop at Artworks in2shades. Aug 7,8,9[…]

Granite State Comic Con 2

I had such a wonderful time today at Granite State Comic Con! Everyone I met was really friendly, and the con was refreshingly small. You can read my entire review of the convention here: http://shaunartcosplay.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/review-of-granite-state-comic-con/ on my cosplay blog. If you are just visiting my site for the first time, as a result of a business Read more about Granite State Comic Con 2[…]

Granite State Comic Con

Hey Everyone! Earlier in the week i announced that I will be exhibiting at the Granite State Comicon Artists Alley this Sunday, June 10th, 700 Elm Street, Radisson Center – Manchester, NH The convention is a one-day event, and runs from 10am – 6pm. The artist’s alley opens at 10 and closes at 4pm. I Read more about Granite State Comic Con[…]

Senior Show was a Great Success!

Two weekends ago my classmates and I celebrated the culmination of our art education with our senior exhibition. Our show was titled Vignettes, which represented the different worlds each of our work peered into, but also how unified the work because under one consistent method of presentation. In order to exhibit in the senior show, Read more about Senior Show was a Great Success![…]

Vignettes Press Release

Vignettes  The Hartford Art School Illustration BFA Thesis Exhibition   What: The senior illustration class at the Hartford Art School is pleased to announce Vignettes: The Hartford Art School Illustration BFA Thesis Exhibition.  Featuring artwork by Mike Russo, Shauna Leva, Marissa Madonna, Lauren Moran, Jacob Aronow, Kristen Nawoschik, David Fiondella, Keelin O’Riley, Allison Litera, Marcus Read more about Vignettes Press Release[…]

Show card and Flyer for Senior Exhibition!

My department’s Senior show ‘Vignettes’ is only 32 days away! Ah!! I still have so much work to do! But despite all of the stress, I am really excited for the show and for graduation. I know that everyone’s work is going to look fantastic, and I think that all of my readers, if you’re Read more about Show card and Flyer for Senior Exhibition![…]

Thanks BHS for Having Me at Artist Alumni Day.

I had a great time today visiting the high school, seeing old friends & teachers, and presenting my work & experiences to the art students still there. If any of you students have any further questions about illustration, crafting, costuming, art school, or anything else, please feel free to email or Facebook me! Good luck Read more about Thanks BHS for Having Me at Artist Alumni Day.[…]

New York Comic Con. This Weekend.

This weekend I will be attending New York Comic Con for the first time. I will be representing Nerd Caliber as cosplay correspondant, and will be conducting video interviews all weekend. I also plan to take tons of pictures and, as always, write a detailed review of my experiences for my cosplay blog. Check back Read more about New York Comic Con. This Weekend.[…]

Incase you missed it: review of TGNESE, New Steampunk Outfit, and NC pictorial contribution.

Longest title ever. Right! So incase you missed it on the cosplay pages, last weekend I attended The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition (TGNESE). As with any convention that I attend, I wrote a thourough and honest review, posted here, and wore a two newly completed steampunk ensembles, seen here, and here. I also worked Read more about Incase you missed it: review of TGNESE, New Steampunk Outfit, and NC pictorial contribution.[…]

Vacation in the Mountains, Pictures Part One: Landscapes & Clouds

My family and I spent a few days just South of Laconia, at a resort on a hill. Since I just got a new camera, I took lots of nice pictures. You can watch the slideshow, with bigger pictures here. If anyone wants one of the above photos for a desktop wallpaper, let me know Read more about Vacation in the Mountains, Pictures Part One: Landscapes & Clouds[…]

Chihuly Exhibit at the MFA Boston

Did you miss the Chihuly Exhibit at the MFA? Well its a good thing I took so many pictures then, isn’t it! Chihuly slideshow The work was absolutely amazing, and definitely lives up to all the hype, if you’re into sculpture. Chihuly’s work has been on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston as Read more about Chihuly Exhibit at the MFA Boston[…]

Update on Connecticon pictures and Videos yet to come.

The photographer that shot our X-men photoshoot at Connecticon 2011 said that the pictures should be ready to post in a day or two!! I am very excited to see how the shoot turned out, and will post them on my cosplay blog as soon as I have them. I will also provide a link Read more about Update on Connecticon pictures and Videos yet to come.[…]

Review of the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival 2011

This year was my first time attending the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival, held at Ye Old Commons in Charlton, MA. The faire has been in business for six years now, and has a small following of about 500 attendants on average each year. Unfortunately, due to weather and perhaps bad timing, the faire saw only Read more about Review of the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival 2011[…]

Summer Crafting Part 1: Gemstone necklaces

This summer I am going to be doing a lot of crafting, especially because I will be selling at a Renaissance Faire. To start the summer off, I have been making jewelry, and some of that jewelry has involved natural gemstones which are thought to have medicinal properties. The idea is that everything vibrates at Read more about Summer Crafting Part 1: Gemstone necklaces[…]

BHS Graduation Special

To the 2011 graduating class of Burlington High School (MA), I am offering to hand-paint graduation caps for only $15 After a personal consultation with you, I will paint your name, and one accessory item that represents you on your graduation cap in water-proof, scratch-resistant acrylic paint. Are you a dancer? Get a pair of Read more about BHS Graduation Special[…]

Set to Sell at the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival, June 2011

Gah. I just had my wisdom teeth out, so I haven’t been able to do anything fun or productive for days. I’m starting to feel a little bit better, so here’s an update on my artistic life. I am all signed up to sell at a merchant booth at the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival, this June Read more about Set to Sell at the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival, June 2011[…]