In honor of International Women's Day, I thought I would give some love to some artist crushes I've had for the past year or so. Here is a little taste of women who are killing it and having fun documenting their process. Mad respect to all of them.
I am totally hooked. This past weekend I got to spend time in White Salmon, OR at Wildcraft Studio. It was a 2-day intensive screen printing workshop taught by the owner Chelsea Heffner.
Not only do I love screen printing and want to get into it more seriously but I also realized three other things.
1. I cannot wait to have my own studio.
2. Being around other like-minded artist is so invaluable.
3. Learning new techniques is so important for understanding your craft and others.
The studio space and surrounding area are simply inspiring but, more importantly, so were the people. I loved being around makers and creators of all trades. Still on cloud-9.
There is something special about the island life of the San Juan's. Every time I go up I want to stay longer. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and beautiful people. The only way to describe it is inspiring. Hope I can hold on to the tranquillity even in city life.
"...understanding her materials to the extent where she creates limits and then sets them free, allowing natural seepage and absorption to determine the form they take." – K. Sundberg
well i can relate to that. clarity words is always refreshing when talking about the visual world.
here's to the momma that made all of this possible. to bare feet and magnolia trees, and a family that can love across a continent. i am one lucky gal.
“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies - all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes. Most island universes are sufficiently like one another to Permit of inferential understanding or even of mutual empathy or "feeling into." Thus, remembering our own bereavements and humiliations, we can condole with others in analogous circumstances, can put ourselves (always, of course, in a slightly Pickwickian sense) in their places. But in certain cases communication between universes is incomplete or even nonexistent. The mind is its own place, and the Places inhabited by the insane and the exceptionally gifted are so different from the places where ordinary men and women live, that there is little or no common ground of memory to serve as a basis for understanding or fellow feeling. Words are uttered, but fail to enlighten. The things and events to which the symbols refer belong to mutually exclusive realms of experience.”
― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell
One of the most important pieces of literature and, more pointedly, quotes that frames how I look at the world and interpret my art.
This image pretty much sums up the relationship of man + nature. Man needs to create order while nature creates awe-inspiring organic formations that are fluid. Both have their own internal structure but it manifest in juxtaposing ways. Both are beautiful.
I just want to live as the left side.
below are some more inspiring footprints
(google earth snapshots can be found in this chrome widget - totally beautiful)
Completely inspired by Heather Day. Her mixed media paintings and approach to making art keeps me wanting to make more and more. I follow her on social media and completely love her approach and how she talks about her art. Also completely jealous of her studio space.
Ever since I was little I spent time outside exploring. As an adult it has become an essential outlet along with working in the studio. The more time I spend outside or in the studio, the more rejuvenated and centered I become. Both are powerful life forces for the soul. It is amazing how environments have the ability to build energy and also to take it away.
Design inspired by R. Mosse
One of the most inspiring pieces I've watched in a while. I am beyond excited to check out the exhibit in the Portland Art Museum but more excited to have learned another artist's perspective on beauty and their thought process.
"Barbara Kruger famously began her professional career as a designer for Mademoiselle and other magazines before defecting from the mass-media overculture to join the conceptual-art resistance. And she didn’t join the cause empty-handed. In her work, Kruger hacked the magazine world’s finely turned tools of cultural communication to begin conveying slogans that went in direct contrast to social conventions (particularly when it came to women): “gender is irrelevant,” for instance, or “your body is a battleground.” Many works declare positions that seem anthemic but then become more and more ambivalent with time, and, in this piece, “Culture Vulture” is both a mark of pride for its owner and an occasions for reflection on the more predatory sides of the arts industry." – ARTSPACE
I'll just stay here always
On display on a street corner near you. Love this city.
... And so life goes. This new year I have been really bad about getting in the studio. Bathroom remodel + travel have taken priority over my little sacred space. I was pulling out artwork to take to a friend for her birthday and it hit me I have made little to no progress on my body of work. It happens. It's not a bad thing I just need to get back after it. In the meantime this is a snapshot of what January & February have held.
sometimes you just need to stop and look around you. for art and design it always is helpful for me to look to others who also create for some inspiration. meet my brainchild ::: A R T L O V E ::: it's a personal project that acts like an online gallery and catalogues artwork that i love. i hope it introduces people to artist and pieces they wouldn't have seen otherwise. most importantly, i hope it inspires.
What I love about this film is how subtle human interaction creates humor throughout. Even though the avalanche is an extreme event that triggers the storyline it is purely a commentary on how humans react to events and one another. This is what makes it relatable, humble, and endearing. Also the art direction is beautiful.