Red Shoes – The Shoes!

When Dorothy finds the Red Shoes in “The Wizard of Oz” the course of her adventure dramatically shifts. She now has the key to come full circle to her hearts desire, to return home. But perhaps the power to come home and fulfill her hearts desire was inside Dorothy’s feet from the start, perhaps the shoes were simply a foil for the power already residing deep inside?

Its easy to think that the magic is outside of ourselves, and with the right tool, costume, trinket, or boon our heart’s desire will finally be within reach. The Red Shoes, in my solo show of the same name, represent this mad hunt for personal power.

Here is a peak of the sculptures.

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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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Canvas to Cuff Contest – Please VOTE!

c2cI am one of the 10 professional artists chosen as a finalist in the first Walters & Hogsett Canvas to Cuff Contest!

My design has a chance to be selected for the newest addition to W&H’s Boulder Artist Series by being produced on to an EVOCATEUR cuff. If I win, I will share in the proceeds of every future sale of that cuff.

Now is the time to vote!

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My Entry for Canvas to Cuff Celestial Being #6

Two winners will be chosen (1 professional and 1 student) by in store and online voting. Follow the link for online voting and share with your friends and family. The Boulder community is deciding, so spread the word! Voting began April 10th and ends at midnight on April 21st.  Winners will be announced the following week.

Walters and Hogsett will host back-to-back Gallery Nights for each category. The professional Gallery Night will be on April 21st from 5-7pm with light hors d’oeuvres and sparkling drinks. Voting will continue during the event.

I would love to see you there! RSVP

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Spring Collection on Society 6

What’s better for spring than new bright clothing? New clothing designed by your good friend and artist! My new collection “Magic Carpets” was created with a series of little paintings I created to deconstruct. I loved them so much I decided to create a whole collection of goodies for you to wear and use and have in your home. Check it out!

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My favorite products from this collection

Floor Pillows: These are brand new to Society6 and I think they are truly fabulous. Get Comfy.

Leggings: I love a good pair of fancy pants and these are no exception! Adorn yourself here.

Canvas Prints: Since the originals were deconstructed and don’t exist anymore these canvas prints are the next best thing. I love bright and bold art prints like these. Add some color to your walls! 

Rugs: Who knew there would be a day when I became a rug designer? Spruce up your floors.

Character Concepts: Super Heroines

Role Playing Games are a great way to generate ideas for stories, artistic projects, and costumes. Last summer I played in a home brew game with some of my girlfriends who wanted to girls only game. We settled on a super hero setting and went on to tell a tale of heroic deeds and comic antics.

My character was the Avant Guard, who had come to own a magical set of paintbrushes from ancient China that let her manipulate the world around her. Formally an artist, she was determined to make her whole super hero career into a performing art piece. One of her first ventures as part of a super hero team was to design costumes for all of her colleagues. With nothing better to do I went ahead an drew out the costumes.

Fabric Flowers and Burning Man

For those who don’t know Burning Man is a wild event that happens in the desert of Nevada at the end of the August. For 7 dusty days participants show up in one of the most inhospitable places in the world to build a city filled with art, music, and just about anything else you can think up.

I went this year for the first time and i’m still processing the experience. I saw the most awe-inspiring fires, the wackiest art, the most splendid random acts of kindness,  and so much more. A big important part of Burning Man, which adds to its uniqueness, is that everything in the city is gifted. People bring what they bring to share with friends and strangers alike. Food, games, workshops, access to the art, drink…. its all given away. Its super neat! As a participant I also brought a gift. I made about a hundred fabric flower hair clips. Looking good is very important to me, even if I am in the middle of nowhere covered in dirt. And so I wanted to bestow a little color and artistry on the people I met.

Here are a few that came home with me from the desert. Some were damaged so I couldn’t give them away. Others I was too attached to…

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For the first few days I went out of my way to give flowers to people I met, who interested me, who wore costumes I admired, who gifted me something I truly enjoyed and so on. I found actively gifting pushed my edges. I had to breach verbal or physical barriers to initiate the gift giving. To go up to someone and pin a flower to their hair or hat, having just met them, was hard for me. It surprised me a lot.

Showing off their lovely new flowers.

I also would offer my gift to people, which felt a little closer to traditional social dynamics. It also felt like it was somehow missing the point of the exercise. Asking someone if they want a gift is really different from just giving a gift. You don’t always want or need the gift that you receive, but thats part of the fun.

By the end of the week I still had a lot of flowers. Even though I really liked them all, and they were all unique little pieces of art I did not want to take home 50 something flowers. So I created a gifting booth. I pinned all my remaining flowers to the booth and invited people to take one. And if they wanted I offered a notebook for people to leave a note.

Here are some of the lovely notes I got.

Some of the time I stood at my booth and heckled people. I said they needed a flower for their hat or hair or bike or overall, and for the most part people stopped riding their bikes and happily took a flower. Having my place to offer from was much easier for me. I much preferred people coming to me to get a gift than going out and finding people to give to.

I plan to go back to Burning Man again. I learned a lot about how to comfortably live in the desert, how to navigate the breadth of things to do in the city, and how I want to participate, contribute, and gift while there.