Creating Place

August 2017

I’ve been craving a creative space ever since I graduated college and had to leave my studio. Since then, I’ve made my art in bedrooms, guest rooms, living rooms, and basements. Having a studio outside the house finally became an option once we moved back to Portland and had room to grow.

October 2017

While building out this space, I quickly realized it was his vision just as much as mine. It has given us an opportunity to work with and compliment each other. He has a construction background, and I love the design part. Visually we wanted to keep it simple. White with wood accents and lots of natural light.

February 2018 & May 2018

Nine months ago the shell of the studio went up, and the built out began. By November, I had moved into it and was able to start using it to working on my art. We have continued to finish and refine the studio as the months past. This past week we put in the new desk and framed out the windows so now it’s finally 90% there. 

May 2018

It’s silly, but once Gian put up the shelf over the window I immediately went out and got plants. Sentimental nicknacks and friends artwork reminds me of where I’ve been and who has been with me. It has transformed the space to a place that I call mine. This studio is me. 

I am an introvert, so I need my alone time to recharge. Having a creative place creates a sanctuary where I can easily replenish my energy and feel centered.

May 2018

We will continue to fine-tune and adjust as each season brings up new challenges, but for now, I want to be in there as much as possible. 

Looking forward to having some time in June to create and live in the space more.

The Graphic Language

As I begin my class Claiming Voice at PNCA I have been thinking about what I want to research most. Communication has always interested me. I even have my masters in it. How humans connect and communicate. Looking back, pre-language marks and the graphic language are examples of a basic need to leave one's mark. 

Can't wait to really dig into this topic and learn more.

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