Announcing My New Shop on VIDA

I’ve created wearable art with VIDA (a company committed to creating clothing in a socially conscious way) and would like to share my first designs with you. All the items I’ve designed are available now, and can be found on my personal collection pageScreen Shot 2017-06-05 at 5.08.02 PM

The designs were pulled from some of my favorite pieces created over the past 3 years. They all capture a sense of joy and exuberance that I know I aspire to include in my life everyday. Adorn yourself with one of these elegant wraps and embody your YES all day. Enjoy!

Making an Impact

I’m especially excited to be a part of the VIDA community because they are working hard to create a better world for their artisans. Their Literacy for Life program highlights the makers of their products and provides a lasting impact. Learn more about their program.

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Each piece is uniquely designed and custom-printed.

More designs by me are being added every month.

Visit my my personal collection page to see!

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Current Exhibition @ Fresh Thymes

I am so happy and honored to have my art up at the delicious Fresh Thymes Eatery.

My Celestial Beings Series is up through the end of July at Fresh Thymes and I love how it looks on their rustic wooden wall. They are also available for sale. There are only 9 of these beauties so go check them out today. They all need loving homes and I think they radiate with goodness. The “Celestial Beings” series was inspired by a collaboration with Turning the Wheel to create “The Good Box” 

The project was focused on reclaiming the word good as a positive meditation word and resulted in the creation of 30 affirmation cards all with a phrase about the innate goodness in all of us. My art is featured on the cards, and I played an important hand in the final design. After the completion of the deck of cards I felt activated to create more paintings inspired by the goodness all around us. The “Celestial Beings” Series grew organically from this starting point.

I hope you enjoy them!

Fresh Thymes Eatery 

Address: 2500 30th St #101, Boulder, CO 80301
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OBSESSION – Mini Paper Butterflies

If you follow my instagram I’m sure you’ve seen a myriad of pictures showcasing my newest, most favorite toy in my studio: my butterfly paper punch! I bought it on clearance at Michaels and it is by far one of the most satisfying art gadgets I’ve ever purchased.

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The punch has three different shapes built in and with very little effort I can generate hundreds of beautiful one of a kind works of art. Inspired by my purchase I quickly generated a pile of painted papers using slap dash applications of acrylic paint, blended serendipitously with my brayer and gelli plate. Once the paint was dry I punched away and now I have this stunning pile of little gems that I can’t wait to integrate into even more delightful paintings. Stay tuned for even more butterfly madness.

 

Dance Shrines – Current Inspiration

I’ve blogged about my little shrine assemblages many times and I am happy to say that I am at the end of the exploration. This past month I used up the last of my little wooden plaques in the best set of shrines I have created to date!

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The latest series of shrines are all dedicated to my love of dance, specifically tribal fusion belly dance, which I have been practicing on and off for the past 6 years. This last summer I jumped back into the practice and it has been so rich and fulfilling that I felt called to make art that came from the inspiration I feel from the colorful costumes and intricate dancing. I also want to shout out to my troupe, The Tribal Misfits, for being such fun to dance with and to my instructor Ashanti, who is one of the most creative people I have ever met. Thanks!

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Creating the shrines boils down to three steps:

First I find and create the focal image for the shrine. For this collection I used stills from performances of myself and other troupe members. I started looking for fresh images but eventually came back around to using images from my elements series I created in 2014. I then set about watercoloring the dancing figures on watercolor, which is one of my most treasured art activities.

 

Second, I decorate the actual wooden part of the shrine. IMG_8348.JPGThis generally involves a combination of decoupage, painting, and spontaneity. Decoupage is the lovely process of gluing papers and other decorative pieces to an object. I like combining handmade papers, tissue papers, and recycled clippings from cards, gift wrap, and other notions to create a blend of layers and colors. I also decided to spray paint some of the shrines, and also revisit some old patterns drawn on with paint pen that I loved back in 2014. I like all the different textures created from the different techniques.

Third, I put the two pieces together, integrating the dancing figures into the decorated shrine. This sometimes involves adding additional elements to blend the foreground with the background and other times simply means gluing the figure on top of everything to create a more bold composition. I have two of each figure in this series, which appeals to my sense of variety.

I was also pleased to resolve to shrines that had been lying around in my studio unfinished since I started working with them in 2014. They’ve traveled halfway across the country and back, and it feels so good to say with confidence that they are complete!

These shrines, and others, will be for sale at A Place to B’s Summertime Swap and Sell on July 22nd.

If you can’t wait till then – please contact me!

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