February 9th, 2019 - April 24th, 2019 // Earthly Delights Preparation

It's almost show time!

Last year I decided I would put my entire presence into a show, and make sure that every last bit of it was treated as art. From the invite to the artwork tags. I wanted to see what would happen if I had complete control and was able to propose everything under my vision.

And what happened was a lot of work, which is why it's taken me a while to update my journal. But that work was satisfying, and it was challenging and daring to look at a space and decide what needs to happen.

I've never been more proud and more frightened of what I have created.

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One of my biggest goals was to make a tangible invite that wouldn't be quickly disregarded. I wanted it to feel precious, and unique, and have an ephemeral bit of art tucked in.

I made almost everything by hand. Below is an overview of what I came up with.

The card thick, and is wrapped in a Thaumatrope, a Victorian optical toy that when spun, creates an animation of a full hand.

Furthermore, once you are done with the toy, you can plant the paper directly in the ground and seeds embedded in the paper will grow.

I sent out about 250+ of these invites, all around the world, and I feel quite lucky that only two came back to me as undelivered!

I couldn't send them out to everyone, so just in case you didn't get one. Here is the info, I hope I get to hug you and talk art and flowers soon.

Earthly Delights

Solo Exhibition May 1st - 25th (Wed-Sat, 12-6pm)

Opening Reception May 2nd | 6-9pm

CORE Gallery

117 Prefontaine

Seattle, WA 98104

Oh, and I made some wallpapers of some of my favorite details within the work. You can find them here.

I will see you on May 2nd!

(Oh, and there is some exciting stuff coming!)

January 2nd, 2019 - February 8th, 2019 // all that glitters

I recently shared this quick little video on social media, and someone asked me why I incorporate jewelry into my work as much as I do.

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They caught me at a bad time, and it wasn't something I was prepared to go into. Because there is a lot of reasons why I love jewelry, and I'd need more than a quick Instagram message to go over it.

Now, I'm sure they weren't expecting me to need a full journal post to explain, but hopefully, they find this because I will unquestionably chat about it for as long as you'll listen.


From a technical perspective, as a photographer, I love the specular highlights jewelry adds to my collages. Each piece also adds a bit of shaping quality which can be useful. I find that you can "read" a grouping of flowers as a recognizable hand more comfortably if it's wearing a ring to give you context.

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But I don't include jewelry just for the beauty and usefulness of it; I also love the storytelling abilities it has.

Jewelry is often a symbol of power, whether it's King Philips II's very real crown of golden oak leaves or Rembrants imaginary gold chains; when we look at it, we read value. And I'm doing work about people like you, fragile as a flower and as powerful as a gold.

It's also a shared experience that we all can relate too. One hundred thirty-five thousand years ago Neanderthals were making jewelry and adorning themselves with eagle talons. I'd wager that just about every human since has had at least some sort of adornment they have worn, even if they made it themselves. So even if we aren't familiar with wearing a crown each day, we can relate to the notion of it.

I use these familiar items in my strange world symbolically, often referencing symbols found in art history. Some of these items would be instantly readable as having a secondary meaning in their contemporary times, and I find that even if the specifics are lost today, often they are still familiar, such as Elizabeth I's the use of the color white and pearls to emphasize her virginity. I like to add these little tidbits and play them against our modern ideals.

So thank you random Instagram follower for opening that pandora's box.

December 6th, 2018 - January 1st, 2019 // Favorite Things

As we start the new year, I wanted to quickly look back and share some of my favorite finds of 2018 - some of these are artworks, some are tools, some are just things I liked. A few of these are not necessarily new in 2018, just new to me. Enjoy!

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These Jörmungandr studs by While Odin Sleeps. I'm obsessed, as is everyone around me when I wear them. Anything Lauren makes is gorgeous; I can't wait to add more to my collection.

I took a lot of inspiration from Florance and the Machines "Big God" video this year, directed by ever creative Autumn de Wilde. Choreographed by Akram Khan and Florence Welch. The color of those veils is just perfect. I can't look away.

These pencils. I have these stashed throughout my home, studio, and backpack. I even found one I accidentally buried in my garden a few months ago. What I love about them is how simple they are to keep around, and the red/blue gives me just enough options to sketch out ideas and use the contrast to note essential details I want to come back to. They force you to quickly get the idea down and move on. I can't live without them.

My friend Ellen decided to teach herself how to fix up her father's old moto some years ago, and after that project finished she decided to tackle another sentimental vehicle, and this time she's documenting the process via her blog as well as her Instagram. It was a joy to watch her finish the moto, so I can't recommend following her new adventure enough.

This summer I was lucky enough to attend the Ayatana Artist Research Residency, where we made our own bat detectors. And I am obsessed! This little thing is so much fun. I had no idea so many bats lived around me, even in the middle of the city. (Linked is a recommended bat detector, as you can't buy the ones we made.)

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My new friend, Clare Celeste Börsch made a collage installation this year that has inspired me greatly. Titled "The Mushroom Hunters" it's just ... dreamy. I want to live in it. And I can't wait to see what she gets up to in the new year.

I'm not a fancy candle person, but when I came across the Illume Woodfire candle, I had to pick it up. Many years ago my husband was constantly overseas (ahem, five and a half deployments in six years) but he was able to get his hands on this body wash over there that smelled exactly like this, and I adored it.

When he finally left the military, that was it, as we couldn't find anything like it. So when I walked by this candle display my nose immediately took me back to a time in my early twenties where I would soak in his scent and be so thankful he was home.

THIS MUG. So my friends Oda and Kit gifted me this mug by artist Angela White-Wenger, and I simply adore it. With what I can only assume is magic, Angela is using real webs to make them, and I just keep looking at it and admiring it. And it's made all the better by the surprise gift from my friends.

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And last, but certainly not least; meet my new little friend Isla Joy! Her mother and I have been close friends for most of our lives, and it's been a joy to watch my childhood friend become a mother and oh my goodness look at the perfect little human she grew from scratch! I can't wait to watch Isla grow up and, yet again, be the weird aunt who teaches her how to cuss like a lady.

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November 8th, 2018 - December 5th, 2018 // Mistletoe and Wallpapers

I am a notorious grinch this time of year, the result of working retail before pursuing the arts.

But I'm a sucker for any plant that has symbolism attached, especially if that symbolism holds through to today, so I decided to swing by my local flower market and pick up some mistletoe (and other lovely winter greenery) to photograph for my collages.

Mistletoe picked up is romantic symbolism in ancient Greece, where it was often used in marriage ceremonies. And later the Romans would hold peace meetings under it, a sign of good faith.

However, I prefer the Norse symbolism. Baldur is the doomed son of Odin and Frigg. Frigg, being the goddess of love, decided to do a grassroots campaign to save her son, and petitions all the plants and animals to never harm him. Unluckily, she forgot to catch up with Mistletoe, and Loki fashions a spear from it and fulfills the prophecies.

Depending on who tells the story, she is able to revive Baldur, and thus rewards Mistletoe by declaring it a symbol of love.

In reality, Mistletoe is merely a parasitic plant that grows on a variety of trees. I was lucky to find a great bunch at the market, and I look forward to weaving it into my artwork in the future.

If you need a bit of a festive update for your laptop, I updated my free wallpapers to include some of these more wintery vibes. Just click here.

I'm looking forward to the new year; I have some big plans and a new gallery to work with. Thank you as always for keeping up with me and supporting my artwork.

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