2020 Palmer Midsummer Garden And Art Faire

2020 Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire

 

For this year’s local gardening, food, art and music festival, I designed two posters featuring chipper chickadees and a Scandinavian-inspired mandala of garden tools, food, music notes, art supplies and more. Since we’re deep in January’s cold, short days at the moment, the chickadees outside are great symbols of year-round cameraderie and good cheer, chirping even on the chilliest days as they zoom around searching for food. A recent trip to fabric shops in San Francisco and Tokyo also inspired the color choices on this graphic. For the round, mandala design, I was inspired by the many moving parts and perspectives that make community events possible: from delicious produce to decadent fair treats to art and craft vendors and garden experts, the PMGAF encompasses many of the interests that make Palmer a quaint place to live.

 

 

The 2020 Palmer Garden & Art Faire will take place on July 11 in downtown Palmer, Alaska. Find out more at palmergardenandart.org.

Bearanoia Brewing Cider Labels: Rescue Party

Bearanoia Brewing Cider Labels: Rescue Party

Friend and award-winning homebrewer Christophe Venot of Bearanoia Brewing recently bottled a New England-style cider from my parents’ apples and collaborated on a label for the brews. The crabapple tree just outside the house produces over 300 lbs of fruit every other year, but they’re too tart to eat out of hand and often are left for wildlife to eat. In fall 2018, Christophe collected several hundred pounds of them, pressed the juice, and brewed them in a dessert cider, reducing and caramelizing the juice several times to optimize the flavor. As far as we know, the crabapples are a variety called Rescue, so the cider was dubbed Rescue Party by Bill Jamison and myself.

Rescue Party • 2018

  • New England-style cider
  • Longbrake Farm Crabapple with brown sugar
  • 12% ABV
  • 1.038 Final Gravity

 

Oytag Valley: 10×10 Exhibition

Oytag Valley: 10×10 Exhibition

Bunnell Street Arts Center invites artists to submit work that’s 10x10x10 inches or smaller for an annual members’ exhibition. Using my 65W Boss Laser, I made a layered illustration from a photo of the beautiful Oytag Valley in China, separated the layers into individual wood panels, stained them in sequence, and compiled them into a frame. Interlocking the artwork and frame edges means easy assembly.

  • 10 x 10 x 1.25 in.
  • Baltic birch plywood layers
  • Stained with acrylic ink & paint
  • Drawing made with a Surface Pen

See the Kunlun Valley in Google Earth here >

Here’s an example of how I plan a piece like this:

Color mockup using Adobe Illustrator:

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Paper Cuts

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral paper cuts

These hand cut paper panels have been waiting for a home and found one at the International Gallery’s 100×100 event, opening First Friday, November 1, 2019.

  • Three 9″ x 24″ panels
  • 2 layers of hand marbled paper, selectively cut with an 11M Xacto blade
  • Oil paints thinned with turpentine and floated on water
  • Mounted between with laser-cut plywood header and footer and waxed cotton thread
  • “Animal, vegetable, mineral” patterns based on space-efficient natural phenomena: geometric crystalline structures, flowing and oozing forms, and radial crusting arrays

Find a variety of awesome, affordable local artwork priced around $100 at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage. Their gallery openings on the first Friday of the month are a great chance to see what’s new in the art community, meet artists and curators, and get some hygge social time during the dark winter months.

Details online here.

Radial: Old Parts To New Art

Radial: old parts to new art

The Radial artist books I created a few years ago have a new look at the upcoming IGCA 100×100 show in Anchorage. It’s a happy day when artwork leaves a storage box and finds a new use: I rehung these pieces on a circular plywood backing to make them easier to handle and to take advantage of cast shadows.

 

  • 24″ round, plywood backing
  • 7 laser cut artist books made with a 60W laser and 3mm Baltic birch plywood
  • Hand sewn to create spiral stacking
  • Spacing created with specimen pins (for dissection!)
  • Recycled latex paint sprayed to create ombre color gradients

Planning sketch using Adobe Illustrator:

Check out the show of affordable local artwork at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, this Friday from 5-8pm.

Details online here.

Book Club: New Upcoming Show

Book Club: new upcoming show

In the Phoenix area? Check out ABBA’s exhibition: my Orange House Book will be there to flip through, along with a LOT of wonderful artists’ work.

Opening reception: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5-8pm

Free and open to the public

Harry Wood Gallery – School of Art, 900 South Forest Mall, Arizona State University

Hosted by ASU’s artists book collective: ABBA: A Bunch of Book Artists

Catered by Green New American Vegetarian

Spiral Book In Progress

Spiral book in progress

This work in progress uses a spiral book form from foldfactory.com. Sometimes, even people like me who make art every day can use a little help getting started: adding to this book over the next few weeks (before it’s due to be sent off to an exhibition) will be a low-key way to create a piece without the pressure of the blank page or trying to finish something Instagram worthy from day 1. The hand-marbled paper scraps used for one side had lingered in my stash for months: finding a home for them and being able to enjoy the tiny details from this process is a treat.

7 in. x 7 in., mixed media including hand marbled paper with oil colors, Liquitex acrylic ink, Staedtler Fineliner pens, Sharpie and Mr. Sketch markers, and more.

Orange House Book

Orange House Book

“Orange House” is a digitally printed, post-bound flip book, 4 in. x 10 in., 50 pages. It chronicles the hope, joy, despair, grief and recovery from a personal experience in 2017. My perception of our home in the last 12 months progressed from future nest to empty shell. Gradual acceptance of our loss, the need to repair damage, and the desire to once again look forward to the future manifested as a colorful exterior transformation.

Coming soon: exhibition details for A Buncha Book Artists’ 2019 exhibition, coming soon to Arizona State University’s Harry Wood Gallery!

 

 

Tools used: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, HP LaserJet Pro 200 color printer

New Laser, New Books

New laser, new books

I acquired a new laser cutter/engraver just over a month ago, and have been busy cutting new accordion books from around Alaska. Improvements on these new designs include “Jacob’s ladder” sewing for easier folding and fresh colors.

Anchorage

View from Knik Arm, Cook Inlet – 4 x 6 x 1″

Aurora

5.5 x 8 x 1″

Independence

Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass – 4 x 6 x 1″

Matanuska

Matanuska Peak, Palmer – 5.5 x 8 x 1″

Pioneer

Pioneer Peak – 4 x 6 x 1″

Placer

Placer River – 5.5 x 8 x 1″

Polychrome

Polychrome Pass, Denali National Park – 5.5 x 8 x 1″

4 x 6 x 1″

Susitna

Sleeping Lady, south view – 5.5 x 8 x 1″

Scrap Wood Test Tube Vase

Scrap Wood Test Tube Vase

This little flower vase is inspired by my time in the chemistry department and was made from scrap wood. Test tubes are often on sale at my local Michael’s store, so I picked up a few and got to work with a miter saw and a 1 1/8″ paddle bit. These dark purple lilacs are just starting to bloom at my house.

 

Farmland Awareness Signs

Farmland Awareness Signs

Do you know what’s growing in the farmland near you? My dad and I made these jumbo veggies to increase awareness of local produce and encourage our neighbors to support Alaskan agriculture. Everyone loves dad jokes (especially my dad!) so each of the veggies also includes a pun.

The Alaska Farmland Trust can use your help to protect critical farmland: go here to find out more and donate.

Special thanks to Country Garden Farms for donating the materials for the signs as well.

Vegetable puns on signs:

  • “Nothing beets local food”
  • “Don’t squash farmland”
  • “Romaine calm and eat local”
  • “Don’t cry: fresh onions coming soon”
  • “Keep calm and carrot on”
  • “Turnup at your local farmers’ market”
  • “Turnup at farmers’ markets”
  • “We carrot about local farms”
  • “Hot spuds grown here” – gold potato
  • “Strawberry fields forever”

Interested in making signs for your farm or community? Just contact me: I’m happy to share the designs and tips for making these and other community art projects inexpensively.

Get in touch >

Wasilla Museum Block Party

Wasilla Museum Block Party

This quick little lockup for the Wasilla Museum’s upcoming event includes interlocking flags and buildings, as well as the museum’s palette and type family. Branding for special events can be a fun exercise in using the same fonts and colors in a new way.

 

 

Wedding Favors | Calendula Seed Packets

Wedding Favors | Calendula Seed Packets

These seed packet designs were created with sincerest congratulations to my friends Hannah and Tabitha. The flower Calendula was chosen by the couple for a wedding favor because of its medicinal and culinary uses. I illustrated the flower using my Microsoft Surface and Pen with Adobe Illustrator, and completed the layout in Adobe InDesign.

From WebMD:

Calendula flower is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods, and reduce fever. It is also used for treating sore throat and mouth, menstrual cramps, cancer, and stomach and duodenal ulcers. Calendula has also been used for measles, smallpox, and jaundice.

 

South Africa Travel Photos

South Africa Travel Photos

Check out my new book of travel photos from South Africa:

Buy on Blurb

 

 

Locations:

  • Johannesburg
  • SA Rail train to Cape Town
  • Simon’s Town
  • Kirstenbosch botanical garden
  • Garden Route to Durban
  • Drakensburg
  • Kruger National Park
  • Mabalingwe
Foramina Sewn Panels

Foramina Sewn Panels

These 24″ round sewn, mixed media art pieces on plywood with stained veneer trim were created for a private commission.

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About the title:

foramen:

fo·​ra·​men | \ fə-ˈrā-mən  \
plural foramina\ fə-​ˈra-​mə-​nə  \ or foramens\ fə-​ˈrā-​mənz  \
a small opening, perforation, or orifice

Materials:

  • 24 lb. inkjet bond paper (check out your local drafting supply shop – I got a great deal at The Surveyor Exchange)
  • Art Advantage oil paints & turpentine (for marbling)
  • 100% cotton fabrics – batiks & broadcloth
  • Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10 cotton thread
  • Golden matte medium
  • 3/4″ AC plywood
  • Shellac
  • Birch edgebanding

Tools:

  • Plastic washing machine tray for paper marbling
  • Milescraft CircleGuide kit for cutting circles with a router
  • Janome Magnolia sewing machine
  • X-Acto #11M blades & ergonomic handle
  • Iron & BandIt trimmer for edgebanding
  • Rubber brayer
Desert Botanical Prints On Wood

Desert Botanical Prints on Wood

These tall, narrow illustrations featuring desert Southwest plants are designed for print on wood slats, installed in a narrow alcove. Agave (Agave americana), Mexican fencepost cactus (Pachycereus marginatus), alligator juniper (Juniperus deppeana), palo verde (Parkinsonia aculeata), and saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) were chosen for their recognizeable silhouettes, diverse textures, and critical ecological roles as habitat for other plants, animals and insects.

I used to think that only people who were crazy were attracted to the desert, but once you’ve lived there, you become that way anyway.
– James Turrell

 

Tools used:

  • Pen and ink drawings
  • HP LaserJet Pro 200 color MFP scanner: 1200 dpi
  • Adobe Illustrator: vectorization, layout, colorization, and mockups
Japanese Mountain Murals

Japanese Mountain Murals

These 48 ft. x 10 ft. murals feature six of Japan’s 100 most revered mountains and parks. Illustrated using a combination of analog and digital tools, the curving slopes and angular peaks of these beautiful features were drawn from Google Earth data and photos.

During the research for these drawings, I discovered that Japan often refers to a famous peak with one name, while there may be several named peaks with monuments. In my home in Alaska, a mountain must have a prominence of at least 1000 ft. from its neighbors to attain a separate name, but in Japan, this seems be measured a bit differently. That said, the peaks depicted are indeed formidable mountaineering challenges, made more difficult by unpredictable seismic and volcanic activity. The eruption of Mount Ontake in 2014 killed 30. Here on the other side of the ring of fire, we have the utmost respect for our neighboring mountains, whether enjoying them from a distance or experiencing them as a hiker.

The final color selections for these pieces are coming soon: check back for a view of the final selected design and installation.

Featured peaks:

  • Mount Fuji (Fujisan)
  • Mount Ontake (Ontakesan)
  • Mount Yari (Yarigatake)
  • Mount Tate (Tateyama)
  • Mount Hotaka (Hotakadake)
  • Mount Haku (Hakusan)

Tools used:

  • Pen and ink
  • HP LaserJet x 1200dpi scan
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Bridge & Camera Raw
Groovy Wasilla Alaska: 1970s Yearbooks

Groovy Wasilla Alaska: 1970s Yearbooks

A recent project for the Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center included a trip through the Wasilla High School yearbook archives for 1970’s design inspiration. Groovy fonts are very hip in 2019, and these yearbooks featured a LOT of knockout type, fancy serif fonts, statement sunglasses and eyeglasses, and some perennial quotes. Also noted: ads from long-standing Alaskan companies like Spenard Builder Supply.

Mogollon Rim Panels

Mogollon Rim Panels

These 24″ round panels were made on commission for a private business in Arizona with custom illustrations digitally printed on cotton poplin and mounted to plywood.

Mogollon Rim: Flora

Mogollon Rim: Forest

Mogollon Rim: South

Mogollon Rim: North

 

Techniques:

  • Large format pen and ink illustrations based on photographs of the region
  • HP LaserJet Pro 200 scanner
  • Adobe Illustrator (Live Trace line drawings; color and fill)
  • Adobe Illustrator Javascript from Wundes (Vary Hues)
  • Spoonflower digital fabric printing on cotton poplin
  • Plywood circle cutter
  • Golden matte gel medium
  • Ikea shelving
  • Canon Rebel T3i DSLR camera
  • Adobe Camera Raw photo editing
Come Wander With Me

Come Wander With Me

This lovely haunting song, Come Wander With Me, as sung by Bonnie Beecher, comes to mind during the short, dark winters here in Alaska: the trees are covered in hoarfrost and mysterious ice fogs can make a mountain range disappear. This graphic includes a photo taken while backcountry skiing in Hatcher Pass.

He said “come wander with me, love
Come wander with me
Away from this sad world
Come wander with me”

He came from the sunset
He came from the sea
He came from my sorrow
And can love only me

Oh where is the wanderer
Who wandered this way
He’s passed on his wandering
And will never go away

Come wander with me love
Come wander with me
Away from this sad world
Come wander with me

He sang of a sweet love
Of dreams that would be
But I was sworn to another
And could never be free.

Baby Blue Subaru Stickers

Baby blue Subaru stickers

Recently my husband Bill sold his baby blue 1991 Subaru Legacy, his trusted travel companion for many years. In memory of the ol’ Sube, I made some die cut stickers to share using my laser printer and Silhouette Cameo’s awesome optical registration feature. Rust spots, Thule rocket box, bike hitch, and stickers on stickers on stickers made it a tough car to miss in the parking lot and a welcome sight at trailheads and travels across the West, from Alaska to California.

Tools for this illustration and sticker:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro with Surface Pen and Type Cover
  • Adobe Photoshop (for drawing from a photo)
  • Adobe Illustrator (to convert drawing to vector and color)
  • Avery GHS chemical labels, 8.5 x 11″
  • HP LaserJet Pro 200 color
  • Silhouette Studio (CNC software)
  • Silhouette Cameo (CNC drag knife cutter with optical registration

Get in touch if you’d like to know more about printing your own die-cut stickers!

Summer 2018 Printmaking

summer 2018 printmaking

Check out my printmaking projects from June-August 2018 over on my art portfolio: it’s been a busy season of making artist books, papercuts and a collection of travel photos. Special thanks to Mariano Gonzales at the University of Alaska Anchorage for sponsoring my summer research projects.

 

Fifty Trees artist book

 

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral prints/papercuts

 

Japan travel photos

 

From the studio

Relief prints made from a laser cut lattice

 

Presses at the University of Alaska Anchorage printmaking studio

 

Counting prints

 

30 minute drypoint print on acrylic

Girdwood G Wood Stickers

Girdwood G Wood Stickers

Bill Jamison of Bill’s Pots designed these great G-Wood stickers, as he’s a number 1 fan of the town of Girdwood, Alaska and the fantastic skiing and snowboarding to be had at Mt. Alyeska. The northernmost temperate rainforest in North America is home to monster Sitka spruce and crunchy hippies, the inspiration for these stickers. My contribution was printing custom CNC kiss cut waterproof stickers and preparing the art for screenprinting.

Color inspiration: mustard yellow, ochre, rust, fair trade organic chocolate, steel cut oatmeal granola and crazy hippie van art

East-West Mural

East-West Mural

This mural was commissioned by Curator Engine for a client that does business in both Japan and Arizona. The original art was created for my laser cut books and adapted for large-format print in cool hues and bright vermillion on a clean white background.

Taste Of Talkeetna Farm Tour

Taste of Talkeetna Farm Tour

Margaret Adsit at Alaska Farm Tours commissioned these designs for a proposed campaign for Taste of Talkeetna, including a van wrap, print designs and web collateral. If you’re visiting Alaska (or know someone who is) this tour is not to be missed! The final design will be updated as it’s refined and adapted for 2018 tours.

 

Inspiration images and hand-drawn logo and illustration components, including rustic wood elements and hand lettering:

 

Beached Whale At Kincaid Park

Beached Whale at Kincaid Park

Recently a small baleen whale beached near Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. If you can stand the smell, it’s well worth a visit to see the decomposition process in action.

I hiked with a friend northwest from the Kincaid Chalet along the Coastal Trail until we reached the bluff trail, then down to the beach. After turning left and walking along the water, the dead whale’s aroma starts to reach you quite quickly! Scattered pieces of blubber and skin will lead you right to the spot.

Publicity For Bookish: ABBA Artist Book Show 2017

Publicity for Bookish: ABBA Artist Book Show 2017

Featured image: Cheyenne Black, “Leaves: A Cento,” mixed media encaustic

Special thanks to Dan Mayer at Pyracantha Press for sending press from Visual Art Source (full article here) about September’s A Buncha Book Artists annual members show:

See a video of this show on Facebook here

“Bookish” is the 17th annual exhibit by ASU-based A Buncha Book Artists (ABBA), a group that often crosses disciplines into writing and technology, widening the definition of artists’ books. A few of the artists explore the re-appropriation of old books into sculptural forms, as in “Elpesodel Tiempo” by Antonieta Carpenter Cosand. It consists of decades-old diaries — with handwriting somewhat visible — joined together and splayed out into three standing semi-circles. Other artists use artifacts of publishing and printing to create found-object assemblages. Another technique is appropriating the pages themselves, as in Cheyenne Black’s “Leaves: A Cento,” in which leaf-shaped pieces of text hang from branches; the text contains excerpts from well-known female writers.

“Interrupted View” by Stephanie Burchett has topical resonance in referencing the U.S.-Mexico border fence and an American flag. The digital photographs are embossed onto a stand-up accordion shape, which is ready to be folded into a steel box. Also confronting contemporary issues is “I Heard You, Did You Hear You?” by Hailey Tang, in which a simple paper gatefold form deals with gender identity through words and images. Sam Fresquez deconstructs the idea of books by concentrating on alphabet letters, creating delicate boxes composed entirely of tiny, laser-cut wooden calligraphy. ABBA considers the components of books — typography, pages, images, binding, spines and covers — to be the surest means to expression.

Also in the news at Arizona State University: more about ASU’s Pyracantha Press:

Pyracantha Press uses collection of metal machines and moveable type to produce expressive, limited-edition works of art

There are thousands of printers, tablets and computers on the campuses of the nation’s most innovative university. But tucked away inside an underground classroom on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus sits a relic that has its roots in Gutenberg. It’s a breadth of heavy metal presses and moveable type, collectively weighing in at an estimated 30 tons. It occupies 2,000 square feet of space fanned out over two locations, and includes 3,000 cases of metal and wood type — enough to fill several semi-trucks. “This collection gives students and academics an incredible resource for teaching and creative research,” said Daniel Mayer, director of Pyracantha Press in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. “The work we do here is super labor-intensive, and every project is unique and a work of art.” Most of the book projects are by invitation only, and each production can range from one to five years. Print runs can vary from 10 to 200 copies, depending on project complexity, handwork and duration. “A lot of the projects we choose are culturally significant and interdisciplinary,” Mayer said. “We are very selective in our choice, often picking subjects that might otherwise not see the light of day.” 

printed pages of paper made with clothing fibers

These pieces were created from paper made from clothing that refugees were wearing when they fled their homelands. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Pyracantha has produced approximately 30 original books for national and international poets, artists, musicians, ceramists, historians and historical figures. They’ve also re-created works by William Shakespeare, James Dickey, Rita Dove and ASU’s own Alberto Rios, Arizona’s poet laureate. Kurt Weiser, ASU art professor and ceramist, is Pyracantha’s newest author. He’s excited about a special limited-edition book of his work, which Mayer said will be published later this year. “It’s different than ceramics. I don’t have to fire it. It doesn’t shrink. It doesn’t crack, and it doesn’t peel off,” Weiser said. “What you see is what you get. There’s certainly a craft to the printing process, and right now I’m just watching and listening.” The two have been collaborating on the project since February, which includes dialogue, proofing sessions, prototyping, cutting, folding and constant trouble shooting, according to Mayer. “It has to be precise,” Mayer said. “Everything is hand-produced and hand-built. That’s what makes our books special.”

Originally established as a letterpress shop in 1981 inside of the Art Building, Pyracantha Press publishes fine books and special limited editions for individuals, collectors and special collections, including the Getty Center, Yale University, Klingspor Museum in Germany, the Library of Congress and others. The press is self-supporting and receives sustaining gifts from the Hatchfund and the Philip C. Curtis Charitable Trust. In 2016, ASU was gifted the Adam Repan Petko Type Collection, making ASU’s type collection the largest at any institution of higher education in North America. Twenty years prior, he donated 10 tons of type to the book arts program and Pyracantha Press. Despite its massive size and weight, the press is capable of producing expressive works of art, said Professor Emeritus John Risseeuw, who came to ASU in 1980 to establish a book arts program within the printmaking area of the School of Art in what was then known as the Herberger College of the Arts.   “In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, this equipment was being offloaded by the industry as equipment was upgraded, so people like us, collectors, took it in so it wouldn’t be put in the trash and started making art with it,” Risseeuw said. Risseeuw added that this type of press is expanding commercially and gaining popularity with universities nationwide. He says the fascination remains because of the sentimentality factor and continues to be “a medium of expression.”

Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Some of the titles in the Pyracantha catalog have been spectacular. They include:

  • “Venus and Adonis” — a 1984 edited version of William Shakespeare’s narrative poem. Includes an introduction by John Doebler, with two lithographs by Leonard Lehrer. Bound in leather and maroon linen.
  • The Bill of Rights — a five-color broadside of the text of the Bill of Rights to commemorate the bicentennial of the document on Dec. 15, 1991. It was printed on 100 percent rag handmade paper from pulp containing cotton American flags.
  • “PETRIfied forEAST” — a 1994 collaboration with three poets and artists from Budapest and Hungary on the theme of freedom and oppression.
  • “Eco Songs” — a song cycle based on poetic works by Chief Dan George, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Stevie Smith, Alfonsina Storni, Li Po and the Book of Job. Published in 2000, it includes an artist’s book constructed of plant fibers from around the world, a CD of music and a colophon about the making of the book.

Pyracantha will remain in good hands, said Mayer, now in his 30th year at ASU. Part of his charge is to continue the tradition by training the next generation of printers — people like design major Hailey Tang, who has a passion for books. The 21-year-old Herberger Institute junior is not only being mentored by Mayer but is the president of A Buncha Book Artists, an ASU student-run organization of interdisciplinary artists and writers working in the contemporary artist book movement. Tang said their generation has transitioned into a digital lifestyle where many believe books have become obsolete. Tang said, however, that book and printmaking can never be fully replaced by the digital medium. “I find that as a designer and artist that books are a huge part of how I tell other peoples’ stories and communicating ideas,” Tang said. “I hope that I can keep the book arts alive in the future and make others realize how it is needed.”

Gratuitous Sunrise Roundup

Gratuitous Sunrise Roundup

Need a fix of color on a gray day? Look no further than Google Images sunrises over water. The cynical designer in me usually eschews these types of photos, as they can be generic, but the optimist in me loves the subtle transitions between colors and the promise of a beautiful day to come. Voila: blues, purples, pinks, golds, grays, greens and oranges to brighten up today’s outlook.

“Bookish” Submissions For A Buncha Book Artists 2017

“Bookish” Submissions for A Buncha Book Artists 2017

The folks over at A Buncha Book Artists are putting together another amazing show of artist books: see it at the Arizona State University Harry Wood Gallery September 4-15, 2017, with an opening reception September 5 from 6-8pm.

My submissions include:

  • Asemic, a quarter circular book made from hand-written asemic text pages, scanned and modified in Adobe Illustrator, cut into circles, rubbed with wax to make the copy paper transparent, folded, and hand-bound. When the book is set down with the spine vertical, the pages fan out, showing the translucency of the paper. More details about the process behind this book coming soon!
  • Concinnity, a handmade “album” with 9 layered papercut panels, hand bound. Each panel has both hand-cut and CNC cut elements made with a Silhouette Cameo and Adobe Illustrator. See individual panels in my portfolio here.
  • Sweet Relief, a zine collaboration with Molly Koehn and Bill Jamison. This zine features photographs of relief, both natural and artificial. Find out more about Sweet Relief and submit your images to be featured in the next volume here.

love making handmade books and would jump at the chance to make one for you: feel free to contact me with your project or idea.

Gold Mint Valley To Reed Lakes Backpacking

Gold Mint Valley to Reed Lakes Backpacking

For my husband Bill‘s birthday, we backpacked from the Gold Mint valley trail to Reed Lakes in Hatcher Pass over a hanging valley: we had spectacular bluebird weather, a super cute sendoff by my sister and 1- and 3-year old nieces, and tons of fun watching our pup Ruby zoom around like a wild thing through the alpine meadows. The basic trip we followed is available here at Alaska Hike Search. The only thing we might have changed was perhaps one more day to explore Bomber Glacier or Snowbird Mine: the upper hanging valley where we camped (full of wildflowers and gurgling streams) would have made a great base camp for another day of exploration. The blueberries were just beginning to ripen, so I’m sure we’ll be back for some more leisurely berry picking soon.

Concinnity: Paper Cut Series

Concinnity: Paper Cut Series

This series of papercuts features hand cut and CNC cut layers of acid free, archival cardstock in neutral colors. Each piece measures 12″ x 12″ x ~0.2″.

Designs were inspired by the nanotechnology themes in the book The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson: he uses the term concinnity, which means “the skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something; studied elegance of literary or artistic style.” Special thanks to the X-Acto company’s amazing #11 blade, which enabled the thinnest cuts, only possible by hand.

Southwest Maker Fest 2018 Design Concepts

Southwest Maker Fest 2018 Design Concepts

The kind folks over at Southwest Maker Fest asked me to create three concepts for their Saturday, February 17, 2018 festival in downtown Chandler, Arizona: these illustrations implement hot colors, strong geometric shapes and energetic lines to convey SWMF’s diverse range of programs, vendors, and educational opportunities and the city-in-the-desert setting. The selected design will be used in print and online materials before and during the event.

Bookish: A Buncha Book Artists Member Show 2017

Bookish: A Buncha Book Artists Member Show 2017

ASU’s book arts guild, A Buncha Book Artists, presents Bookish:

Bookish is coming up this September to Harry Wood Gallery and we’re accepting submissions from members starting August 1! This year we’re featuring guest artists Bruce Licher of Independent Project Press – who has worked with clients like REM and Shepard Fairey – as well as the UA Book Arts Program. Don’t miss the opportunity to show work among these amazing artists! Feel free to share our event on social media or with your local community. We accept work of all skill levels. Become a member by paying dues online at abunchabookartists.com!

More about ABBA:

We live in an evolving digital world. With the increasing amount of online news, ebooks, and virtual reality technology, it would seem that printing and bookmaking are simply becoming obsolete, that people are transitioning to digital lifestyles, that humans no longer need these archaic art forms. But here at ABBA, we prove otherwise. We are A Buncha Book Artists (ABBA), a coalition of interdisciplinary contributors to the contemporary book art movement. As a student-run organization at Arizona State University, we focus on making, exhibiting, and promoting artists’ books, as well as educating the public about the book as an art form. We welcome all experience levels, and our members include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and independent artists.

We as the artists control all decision making from conception to completion. Our bookmaking and printmaking processes range from traditional methods, such as handset type, linocut, screen printing, lithography, and intaglio to more innovative forms of digital printing technologies, such as polymer printing. The text used in our books include original poetry and prose, appropriated found text, and letterforms as graphics. We experiment with various binding structures: some are traditional Eastern accordion styles, 3rd century Ethiopian exposed Coptic stitch, and the Western codex, while others entirely new and experimental, designed to carry the specific content of the individual books.

Send us an email, visit the payment page, & check out our photos! Anyone can be a part of ABBA.

Biomimicry Featured In AZ Foothills Magazine

Biomimicry Featured in AZ Foothills Magazine

Special thanks to Arizona Foothills Magazine for their article about Tempe Center for the Arts’ current exhibit, Biomimicry. Read the full article here.

Here’s an excerpt:

Cool off this summer at the Tempe Center for the Arts and enjoy their latest exhibition Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Design, perfect for the entire family! This wonderful exhibition offers an engaging collection of artwork, fascinating examples of science, and engrossing literature about biomimicry, along with hands on activities to truly connect its visitors with the concepts and ideas inspired by biomimicry. This fascinating group exhibition highlights art, science, and engineering, while exploring the fantastic world of Biomimicry.
“Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problem, states TCA Gallery Curator Michelle Nichols-Dock. She goes on to elaborate that “Today, biomimicry is used by professionals such as scientists, engineers, architects, designers and business people to create things like new and/or improved products, manufacturing processes and design standards.” Some common but important examples of biomimicry that we see and use every day include solar cells aka solar panels that were inspired by photosynthesizing plants as well as Velcro inspired by plant burr hooks!
This exciting exhibition features a dynamic group of artists working in a variety diverse of mediums including: Matt Baral, Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers, Alan Burr Johnson, Christine Cassano, Halldor Hjalmarson, Nissa Kubly, Christine Lee, Emily Longbrake and Damon McIntyre. Phoenix based sculptor Christine Cassano’s creates engrossing mixed media wall sculptures such as “Pelt & Parchment” that incorporate such striking materials as concrete, copper, porcelain, moss, soil and more.
While pyrographer artist Alexandra Bowers, creates delicate artworks inspired by nature using beautiful wood panels that she then adorns with a unique and intricate hand burned drawing of local flora, fauna, and animals. Bowers noted, “She extensively studies and records her findings, which she then utilizes to produce wood burned studies of plants and animals.”
Other highlights of the exhibition include Jose Benavides whose work is attention grabbing and playful utilizing repurposed materials in his work such as aluminum cans to create engaging sculptures of things found inspired and found nature such as cactus that explore the ideas of structural strength. Alan Bur Johnson’s “Progeny Fig. 13” utilizes photo transparencies and steel insect pins to create a dazzling array of color, texture and shape, which the artist states “addresses fleeting life cycles and physical impermanence.”
Also coinciding with the exhibition is a special 9-week residency where artists will be mentored by experts from ASU and challenged to create new ideas, artworks and/or concept sketches located in the Gallery has been taking place with three artists: Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers and Nissa Kubly who were selected by jury, allowing patrons to connect with the artists as they explore and create work based on biomimcry. Patrons have been encouraged to speak with the artist, learn about their process, and see them creating new work live in the gallery over the course of their residency.

Don’t miss the Friday Night Maker Night Follow the Glow, learning from the Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion With Cyndi Coon of Laboratory 5 Inc. on August 18, 2017 from 6-8 pm in the Gallery. There will be a free lecture with Dayna Baumeister, who is the co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute on August 24, 2017 from 7-8:30pm in the Theater (Free tickets available at the door).

Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Design will be on display through August 26th at the Gallery at the TCA. The TCA Gallery is open Tuesday-Thursday 10-5 pm, and Friday 10-7:30pm and Saturday 11-7:30pm and admission is free. Be sure to check Gallery at TCA online for more information regarding this exhibition, the gallery, or special events. For more information about biomimicry visit http://biomimicry.asu.edu *All images are courtesy and copyright of TCA and artists.

Mural Inspiration Roundup

Mural inspiration roundup

While working on sketches for the Alaska Farmland Trust mural, I came across an amazing array of block prints, screenprints, paintings, flower crowns, and photos to inspire me: support your local farmer, grow food, buy organic, shop local, pledge allegiance to the land, start a Pecha Kucha near you, preserve farmland, read a myth about Demeter, save our soils, and visit your local farmers’ market today!

Here on our mountain bed of leaves | we learned life’s reason why | the people laugh and love and dream | they fight, they hate to die. -Woody Guthrie

Alaska Farmland Trust Mural, Postcard & Swag

Alaska Farmland Trust mural, postcard & swag

Drafts for an upcoming mural, postcard, and swag for the Alaska Farmland Trust, dedicated to protecting Alaskan soils and farmland for future generations: donate today at akfarmland.com! Mockups made in Adobe Photoshop have been invaluable in showing board members a better idea of a mural’s final effect on red barn walls and screenprinted tees.@akfarmland #saveoursoil #farmsfoodfuture #supportlocalfarms.

Nature Knows Best At AZRedBook

Nature Knows Best at AZRedBook

Check out the featured article on Tempe Center for the Arts’ Biomimicry exhibition at AZredbook.com:

From the tiny hooks on a burdock burr plant that inspired the creation of hook and loop fasteners by Velcro Companies, to the remarkable aerodynamic body of the kingfisher bird that helped improve Japan’s 200 mile-per-hour bullet train, nature’s ingenuity has inspired scientists, engineers and artists throughout time.

Biomimicry seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problems. Today, biomimicry is used by professionals such as scientists, engineers, architects, designers and business people to create new and improved products, manufacturing processes and design standards. The Arizona State University Biomimicry Center currently offers two graduate-level programs online, with additional on-campus programs in development.

The Gallery at TCA is collaborating with a variety of organizations such as the Velcro Companies and Arizona State University departments including Science is Fun, the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science, the Biomimicry Center, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Natural History Collections at the School of Life Sciences.Genius designs found in nature and some new ideas they have inspired are on display at The Gallery at TCA‘s new exhibition “Biomimicry: nature inspired design,” May 19 through Aug. 26. The show includes works from Arizona artists Matt Baral, Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers, Alan Burr Johnson, Christine Cassano, Halldor Hjalmarson, Nissa Kubly, Christine Lee, Emily Longbrake and Damon McIntyre.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Gallery at TCA will host events for all ages including hands-on family workshops on Saturdays, a biomimicry challenge with three artists working on biomimicry projects, a think-tank Beehive for teens, Friday night maker nights and a lecture with nationally recognized expert Dr. Dayna Baumeister, co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, that uses the practice of biomimicry to help innovators find inspired design solutions.


Biomimicry: nature inspired design

May 19 – Aug. 26

The Gallery at TCA
Located within Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

For a complete listing of events, visit tempe.gov/TCAGallery.

Vinyl Frontier: Upcoming Show At Rhetorical Galleries (Containers), Phoenix

Vinyl Frontier: Upcoming Show at Rhetorical Galleries (Containers), Phoenix

Here’s a sneak peek of my upcoming show with Bill Jamison and Adam Montoya in Phoenix: this is a sample of the 72 tiles with linear designs in silver that will form a panoramic experience in the shipping container gallery.

Image of Vinyl Frontier, 2017

Image of Vinyl Frontier, 2017

Vinyl Frontier

Despite its urban sprawl Phoenix is surrounded by natural beauty. Vinyl Frontier’s immersive panorama brings these landscapes back into the heart of the city through the perspectives of three Arizona transplants. These artists share a common, intrinsic relationship with the outdoors that was developed from childhood and is reflected in their art practices. The sweeping line work of a mountainside, the disorienting relationship between a desert sky and ridgeline, and the complex contours of singular rocks and sticks are each presented through digital abstraction and commercial techniques. This contrast between subject matter and process reflects the artists’ own complex relationship to the natural world.

Emily Longbrake (top row) is a creatively omnivorous artist from Palmer, Alaska. Although she has studied ceramics, printmaking, and design, Emily is happiest when combining past experience with a new medium or technology.  Despite its wide breadth, her work often employs the patterns, repetition, and fragility inspired by internal and external landscapes.

Adam Antonio Montoya (middle row) was born and raised in Salt Lake City, where he was surrounded by the vistas, histories and stories of the American Southwest. Montoya received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Utah and an MFA from Arizona State University. In Phoenix, he is continuing his explorations of the oddities, subtleties and grandeur of the American West’s desert lands.

Bill Jamison (bottom row) is a structural engineer turned ceramic & mixed media artist from Anchorage, Alaska who received a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an MFA from Arizona State University. His work represents a pursuit to reconcile various dichotomies of self through an exploration of contrasting processes and materials.

Upcoming May Exhibitions

Upcoming May Exhibitions

Join me in May for three art exhibitions around the Phoenix valley:

  • Tempe Center for the Arts, Biomimicry, opening reception Friday, May 19 from 6-9pm. Design inspired by nature: work by artists in collaboration with ASU’s Biomimicry Institute. Runs May 19-July 28.
  • Rhetorical Galleries, Title TBA, Third Friday, May 19, 6-10pm, First Friday, June 2, 6-10pm. Installation with Bill Jamison and Adam A. Montoya at the container gallery, also known as PHiCA or Hot Box galleries.
  • Vision Gallery, From Thin AiR II, opening reception Thursday, May 25 from 5-7pm. An exhibition by past and current artists in residence at TechShop Chandler. Runs May 25-June 2.

Work in progress images: more coming soon!

Morning Brain Vs. Afternoon Brain

morning brain vs. afternoon brain

I’m a morning person: before noon, I’m like a hungry bear hunting for projects and efficiency with gnashing fingers at the keyboard. After lunch, my brain tends to act more like a slippery salmon, evading deadlines and priorities and tending to go with the flow.

Pillow Queen

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A quick illustration of Pillow Queen (Birdie the pit bull) and her buddies Ruby, Albie and Charlie:

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Illustrations made with Adobe Illustrator (vector) and Adobe Photoshop (embroidery mockup). For a free vector version of this image, please contact me.

Spirit Bear Sketch

Spirit Bear sketch

The rare Kermode bear, photographed by a friend who was able to photograph one in British Columbia, inspired this drawing. Ink on bristol, digitally colored in Adobe Illustrator.

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Quilted Kuspuk

quilted kuspuk

Quilted kuspuk test garment: repurposed cotton sheets, quilting thread, CNC long arm, custom bias tape trim, and toggles TBA. This piece came out super warm and snuggly, but a bit too big for me: I’m calling it a size L-XL.

Contact me if you’d like to commission a custom kuspuk!

Sonoran Desert Plant Prints

Sonoran Desert plant prints

This series of prints is inspired by the nurse relationship of many Sonoran desert plants with the mighty saguaro. T-shirt designs, tote bags, and business cards from my original drawings are shown.

Saguaros are often found growing between and through the branches of the ocotillo, palo verde and ironwood, to name a few.

Spring Classic 12

Spring Classic 12

Sketches for Spring Classic 12, Anchorage, Alaska’s favorite frisbee golf tournament featuring a tattooed hand and eyeball frolf disc.

Installation Sketches

Installation Sketches

One great thing about this digital age is the ability to render projects before beginning production. These sketches are for a proposed installation based on the idea of biologically-generated patterns.

 

Lattices / crystalline structures

 

Layers / membranes

 

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Coils / tubes / SNAKE shaped things

 

Palmer Midsummer Garden And Art Faire 2017

Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire 2017

The Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire is coming up on July 8, 2017: check out details at palmergardenandart.org.

Here are some of the assets I illustrated for this year’s fair and concurrent events, including the Wine Walk and Rhubarb Rumble:

My inspiration for this event always comes from Art Nouveau’s beautiful curving lines and harmonious color schemes. Here’s my inspiration gallery for this year:

Grant Street Studios Ceramics Grand Opening 2016

Grant Street Studios Ceramics Grand Opening 2016

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Over at Grant Street Studios, the graduate art facility for Arizona State University, the ceramics department is celebrating their grand opening with a cup sale.

Ceramics Open House at Grant Street Studios Saturday November 19th, 2016, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

 

Offset Circle Patterns

Offset Circle Patterns

Here’s a little throwback to 2014, before I started my 365 Days of Design project. Experiments with Adobe Illustrator have expanded my skills and come in surprisingly handy for graphic design and web design jobs. These circle patterns were an initial foray into offset paths and Wundes’ Vary Hues script: moire never gets old!

 

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Snakes In Art Image Roundup

Snakes in Art image roundup

Snakes epitomize line as a design element: here’s a collection of snakes in art including photos, engravings and tattoos.

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UPDATE:

Have you heard of the blue coral snake? Its venom, among the most vicious even for the snake world, causes spastic paralysis, sure to make the last moments of its victim truly miserable. On the plus side, this beautiful reptile primarily eats other poisonous snakes: my hero!

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(One ring-necked snake snuck in, only because its colors are fascinating.)

Upcoming Logo Designs For MPower

Upcoming logo designs for MPower

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These logo designs were developed as part of a new fitness facility that includes hot yoga, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and boot camp style classes. This boutique gym brand is inspired by warm brick and metal finishes, clean architectural lines, and a welcoming, inclusive look. The combination of letters M and P, an upward spiral of health, power, and vitality, and contemporary but classic and readable typefaces were also implemented in these samples. Existing MPower facilities use very thin line weights and trendy icons, so I hoped to transcend the trends with a logo that has presence and staying power, from t-shirt to building signage.

Hobeaux Rococeaux Type Studies

Hobeaux Rococeaux type studies

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The typeface Hobeaux Rococeaux Regular is OUT OF CONTROL. Sultry flora and woodsy fauna, all in one beautiful, outrageous font, free for Adobe Typekit subscribers.

Lust Type Studies

Lust Type Studies

Typography studies using Lust Script’s wonderful selection of swash variations and Adobe Illustrator’s blending modes. Type reads ‘REAL’ and ‘FAKE.’

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Cactus Wallpaper

Cactus wallpaper

These continuous repeating cactus patterns were inspired by prickly pear cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden near Tempe, Arizona. The variety of spines, paddles, flowers and ribs overwhelms many visitors used to seeing the same ol’ pricklies in their landscape. More in this vein to come! Contact me for vector versions of these or other patterns you find on this site (made with Adobe Illustrator’s pattern tool.)

Nurse Trees And Saguaro Cacti

Nurse trees and saguaro cacti

Saguaro cacti, which can take 5-10 years to grow to the size of your thumb, often get their start at the base of a protective nurse tree, like the palo verde, mesquite, ironwood, or ocotillo cactus. Here’s a very high resolution image of a saguaro growing through a nurse tree, taken in Saguaro National Park’s East District, just outside Tuscon, Arizona: click for the large photo. The nurse tree facilitates the survival of the cactus, which in turn gives back to the entire Sonoran desert community of plants and animals throughout its 150-200 year lifespan. Cactus love.

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Tote Tuesday

Tote Tuesday

Today is tote day, y’all: these two tiny-ish totes are made from scrap fabrics and extra bias tape. Out of the UFO pile and into the emergency gift cupboard! Whatever totes your boat….

Special thanks to Molly Koehn for her help with the Cochineal Elimination Squad screenprint.

Tiny Cards: Botanical And Desert Landscapes

Tiny cards: botanical and desert landscapes

Tiny 3 x 3 in. botanical and desert landscape notecards with envelope in tiny cello envelopes, both hand colored and black and white and printed on FSC certified cardstock. Special thanks to Bill Jamison over at billspots.com for the trip to Zion National Park that inspired these drawings.

Hand colored cards:

Landscape designs:

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Digitally colored versions:

Bonanza panel

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bonanza panel book by emily longbrake
This 24×36″ panel combines 9 of my Bonanza laser-cut Baltic birch books. Each part of the panel is a hand-sewn, freestanding, self-contained 6×8 book that stores or ships flat. This art object can be customized and made into any size: contact me about commissions.longbrake bonanza book 1longbrake bonanza book 2

TOP SECRET Quilts For Friends

TOP SECRET quilts for friends

These two quilts for dear friends were made from scraps and hope to grace their new homes with amazing memories and good luck for years to come.


Collaborative quilt made from a quilt top and fabrics by the fabulous Madison Creech (creechers.com). Madison’s pieced black and white stripes, flying geese, and hand screenprinted textiles inspire me with their graphic quality and soulful hand-drawn quality.

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‘Golden Years’ graduation/MFA/life partnership/celebration quilt for the heartbreakingly talented Jonah Amadeus Skurky Thomas (visit his website here) and his lovely Micah Bell. Quilted with TechShop Chandler’s CNC long arm quilter, free motion technique, on strip pieced pixel squares.

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Planning the quilt with lyrics:

Golden years, gold, whop, whop, whop
Golden years, gold, whop, whop, whop
Golden years, gold, whop, whop, whop

Don’t let me hear you say life’s
taking you nowhere,
angel

Come get up my baby
Look at that sky, life’s begun
Nights are warm and the days are young
Come get up my baby

[CHORUS] There’s my baby lost that’s all
Once I’m begging
you save her little soul
Golden years, gold, whop, whop, whop
Come get up my baby

Last night they loved you,
opening doors
and pulling some strings, angel
Come get up my baby
In walked luck and you looked in time
Never look back, walk tall,
act fine
Come get up my baby

I’ll stick with you baby for a thousand years
Nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years, gold
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up my baby

Some of these days, and it won’t be long
Gonna drive back down
where you once belonged
In the back of a dream car
twenty foot long
Don’t cry my sweet,
don’t break my heart
Doing all right,
but you gotta get smart
Wish upon, wish upon, day upon day, I believe oh lord
I believe all the way
Come get up my baby

[CHORUS]

Don’t let me hear you say life’s
taking you nowhere,
angel

Come get up my baby
Run for the shadows, run for the shadows
Run for the shadows in these golden years

I’ll stick with you baby for a thousand years
Nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years, gold
Golden years, gold whop whop whop [Repeat]

Knitting Animation

Knitting animation

Stop motion animation made with a knitting machine!

From the Youtube comments:

For those who doesn’t understand french and who are wondering what these french words means, it’s about 2 lovers in the cold winter of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They are leaving a party together because they want to have a moment alone, and are saying the love they have to each other. By the way “Peau de lièvre” is an old slang french term which is a visual description of big clusters of snowflakes falling from the sky. Those who knows our winters in Quebec will understand.

Matanuska Colony Traveling Trunk Museum Exhibit

Matanuska Colony Traveling Trunk museum exhibit

This traveling trunk exhibit box is custom made for the Palmer Museum of History and Art to feature Matanuska Colony artifacts. Schools and home school families will be able to check out the 18x18x24″ Baltic birch plywood trunk, filled with activities and objects from colony life.

The images engraved into the box are from the Museum’s collection:

  • The original map and assignments of families to their homesteads in the Matanuska Valley
  • An aerial photograph of the colonists’ tents in the Palmer community center
  • Teachers and students at the original schoolhouse – a train car!
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Wood And Acrylic Single Earring Displays

Wood and acrylic single earring displays

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Freestanding, flat-pack acrylic and wood single earring displays made at TechShop Chandler for Bunnell Street Art Center and Palmer Museum of History and Art. Shown with marbled and laser-cut earrings from my store.

Cactus Wren Free Motion Quilt

Cactus Wren free motion quilt

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Cactus wren and prickly pear, free motion ‘sketched’ using TechShop Chandler’s HQ Avante18 long arm quilter. 12×12″ on cotton muslin with King Tut thread.

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Thirty one years, coming up next week! Photos from 2015-2016 travels to Zion National Park, UT and Tempe, AZ. Fonts include Futura Bold, Blenny Black, KG All of Me, and KG Geronimo Blocks.

Sneak Preview: Grand Canyon Quilt

sneak preview: grand canyon quilt

Here’s a preview of an upcoming show with TechShop’s artists in residence, May 5-13 at Vision Gallery, 10 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ. The show reception is Thursday, May 5 from 6-8: hope to see you there!

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Vision Gallery’s hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm: contact them at 480.782.2695 for more information about their other programs.

This piece will be a 100×100″ (queen size) map of the eastern section of the Grand Canyon. Color values are based on an algorithm run on a geological map of the region, and the quilting design is another algorithm run on the topographic contours from that map. This piece was designed in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop with special thanks to John Wundes for his amazing JS to AI script library available here.

I’ll use TechShop Chandler’s HQ18 Avante CNC long arm quilter to complete the piece. Textiles include recycled and new cotton, linen and denim; cotton batting; and contrasting cotton quilting thread.

Photos of the final piece to come on May 4 after installation!

Spring Classic Eleven: Frisbee Golf Tournament

spring classic eleven: frisbee golf tournament

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Spring Classic Eleven version 1: illustrated killer giant chicken, crushing a frisbee golfer while his friends watch, with space helmet, plucking a top-hat-wearing mustachioed snake

Spring Classic Eleven version 2: hand-drawn underwater leopard seal/sea lion devouring a SCUBA diving frolfer as a frisbee golf basket sinks past, surrounded by swimming golf discs

 

Spring Classic Eleven version 3: block lettering

 

The 2016 Spring Classic is tentatively scheduled for May 14 in Anchorage, Eagle River and Girdwood, Alaska, and I can’t wait to see how the shirts come out!

 

UPDATE:

Coozies and shirts are in!

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The Art Grads T-shirt Designs

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The Art Grads t-shirt design by Kate Horvat

T-shirt designs featuring Grant Street Studios and TAG: art by Kate Horvat, mockups by Emily Longbrake and Bill Jamison.

The Art Grads at Arizona State University is a student group dedicated to expanding opportunities for graduate art students and facilitating their integration in the Phoenix and greater art community. Mockups were made with Adobe Photoshop, assets from their Creative Cloud library, and images from American Apparel.

Grand Canyon Field Guide

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Favorite illustrations from Stephen Whitney’s Field Guide to the Grand Canyon:

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Foliated Vishnu schist, above.

Special thanks to Prospero’s Books in Kansas City for this great find.

NCECA 2016: Makers, Mentors And Milestones In Kansas City, MO

NCECA 2016: Makers, Mentors and Milestones in Kansas City, MO

Strange days at NCECA 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri: photos were taken from the more than 100 sponsored and concurrent exhibitions of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Special thanks to conference roomies Alanna Derocci, Jonah Amadeus, and Bill Jamison as well as all the great artists who contributed work to this amazing event. From historic pots in the Nelson’s amazing Asian art collection to mentors like Steve Godfrey to perennial favorite artists to brand new emerging artists, from tiny Orton Cone Box competitors to giant dinosaur bones to the most outrageous articulated python skeleton, NCECA didn’t disappoint.

Southwest US Travels: Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, And Tuscon’s Sonoran Desert Museum

Southwest US Travels: Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Tuscon’s Sonoran Desert Museum

This March, I was fortunate to travel to a number of beautiful places with family and friends, including Utah’s Zion National Park, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, and the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tuscon, Arizona. We also traversed Arcosanti, Sedona, Flagstaff, Springdale, and Page on our way through this monumental part of the United States. These photos, featuring a showoff bighorn sheep, decadent rock formations, and stellar weather, were taken along Zion’s East Rim, Overlook Point, Weeping Rock, Hidden Canyon, and Angel’s Landing trails.

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