Spring Open Studios

This weekend my studio is open to the public. I've been working hard to make some smaller pieces for sale and am excited to show them off! Also on display will be Bubble prints by artist Jacob Huston. Come see all this great work and more!

April 8th, 9th and 10th 2011
2425 17th Street (@ Portrero)
Friday 7-10pm
Saturday and Sunday 12-5


For Satoko, For Japan

Having lived in Japan for 2 years back in 1999-2001, the current set of tragedies hitting the island nation feel particularly close to home. I lived in Morioka-shi, the capitol of Iwate-ken, one of the poorest prefectures in Japan. Unfortunately, Iwate touches the coast north of Sendai and was badly hit by both the earthquake and the resulting tsunami. I can only imagine that the natural beauty of the coast, particularly that of Jodogahama, has been severly damaged if not destroyed. 

Through this tragedy, I have come to believe that the gaman mentality of the Japanese will hold strong and carry them through these awful set of cirumstances. And it is with this belief and hope that I created a small piece for my friend Satoko, who is suffering through this aftermath of destruction half-way across the globe from her family.


Handblown Bubbles

For the past few shows at the studio, I have been assisting Jacob Huston in creating a series of Chromogenic prints based on his original artwork. Using ink, homemade bubble solution and a deft hand, Huston layers blown ink bubbles on paper to create landscapes of an imagined world.


On the Table

For the past few weeks I have been working on ideas for a new commission. Using green gingham fabric and a plethora of cool colors, I have created a series of small samples soon to become a much larger piece. Keep your eyes out for the finished work by the end of the month!



The old brick buildings in Ballard have caught my eye since I first set foot on Ballard Ave back in 2003. These days, when I'm strolling through the farmer's market or waiting to get a seat at La Carta de Oaxaca, my eyes wander to explore the history and character etched on the walls that line this quaint street. This Fall, I took a leisurely stroll and snapped a few photos of what I saw.



For my brother and sister-in-law's birthdays I wanted to make two pieces that reflected the love they share for each other. Having noticed all of the notes and cards they had lying around their house, I decided to borrow a few to use as source material and set out to make them their own handwritten love notes for the wall. They are now happily displayed in their bathroom where they both can see them everyday.



I spend a lot of time walking. Living in big cities for the last 10 years has inspired me to live close to work and to use public transportation. If given the choice between a smelly, late bus or a brisk walk down the road though, I'll choose to go by foot any day. I've been inspired lately to shoot images of the patterns and colors I see walking these concrete and pavement pathways. Above are two shots I took while walking underneath Highway 101 on Duboce.



This piece began as a rug design for the floor. But after finishing the inking process I decided it was nice enough to hang on the wall. I'm always a sucker for geometric shapes and working with a Chinese lattice design was a true delight.



When I moved into my new studio, the first thing I did was put up my inspiration board! It's filled with snippets and samples, notes and drawings, letterpress prints, fabric pieces, target shots, museum postcards, torn out images of ethnic textiles, and most importantly lots of color and texture!




I've enjoyed drawing in my sketchbook so much that I decided to set a new idea onto bigger paper. After blockprinting a grid as my first layer on bfk reeves paper, I drew in my Xs and Os with ink, gouache and pencil, finishing up the piece with a final layer of gesso and a big I Love You!



Playing around with ink, type and gesso!



I have always preferred graph paper. To this day, ruled and blank sheets of paper still make me nervous and fearful of destroying a perfectly good piece of paper. When I got my new sketchbook last year, the over-sized, gridded pages immediately made me excited to dive in and start drawing. I never considered myself much of a drawer or painter really. I mean, I had my fair share of classes in high school and college but I was never driven to pursue it on my own time. Perhaps my affinity for drafting weaving patterns helped me embrace this paper and encouraged me to take it a step further, this time working outside of the lines with ink, pencil and gesso.

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