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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!)

August 9th, 2018 - September 26th, 2018 // Summer Details!

The last few weeks have been frantic as I am finishing up shooting late summer blooms and finalizing my schedule for this fall and winter.

I don't have much to write about today, as I just wanted to highlight some of the beautiful things I have been privileged to photograph this summer. I couldn't wait to collage them before I shared them with you.

The next time you see these images, they will be in the finished work. And hopefully, I'll remember to update this post with links to where ever these end up!

-MJ

July 3rd, 2018 - August 8th, 2018 // New Website!

If you follow me and my process, you probably know that my summers are harsh; I have to photograph all of the botanicals I use to make my digital collages during the warmer months because it's the only time it's affordable to do so. (And has the most options.) It's also the season I show the most and get the most inquiries. In short; I'm always busy.

Because of this, I usually end up a bit burnt out by fall. So this year, I decided to take a month-long social media sabbatical, a gift to myself for my birthday earlier last month. I made use of that extra time by finally sitting down and tackling something that has been on my to-do list for months. Re-branding my website.

I have been wanting to update and re-organize this space for about a year or so now. Every time I set aside time to tackle it, something came up, or I had something I wanted to get done first. It was a priority, but not enough of one, after all, my previous website was technically fine, just not what I wanted.

That said, I'm so glad I finally made time.

A friend of mine who checked out the new site said, "... it's a magical world I would like to live in" and thats exactly how I feel about it too. (All though, I probably do live in it a bit.)

If you haven't yet, please check around and let me know what you think.  And keep an eye out for some hidden little details along the way.

-MJ

New logo; make sure to keep an eye on it.

New logo; make sure to keep an eye on it.

June 22nd, 2018 - July 2nd, 2018 // 31st Birthday Self-Portrait

For the last five years or so, I have made a self-portrait around my birthday, however this year I wasn't entirely sure I would be able to fit it in. The last week of my 30th year felt like an entire month's worth of ups and downs and running around. So taking an afternoon mid-week to pull this together felt a bit selfish and as if I didn't have my priorities in order; I had to keep reminding myself that when I feel overwhelmed, it is the right time to stop and make something because making is essential to my well-being. 

In this case, I had decided earlier this month to make myself a pink Rococo wig, for no other reason than earlier this year I made a big fluffy Marie Antoinette inspired wig for another project and really struggled with that process, so I wanted another shot at it to put into practice everything I had learned. 

My first wig was part of a personal project series named Commoditize, which I suspect I'll be posting more about when I wrap up the final image and write an overview of the entire series. Until then, you can view the wig here. 

That wig took me months, and a docked me a few ego points. This wig took me a day and recouped a few of those ego points. I don't plan on making another pompadour style wig, but it's nice to know that I have that in my bag of tricks now. 

While I was planning on semi-cosplaying as an 18th French Queen, I still wanted something that was defining of myself. So I designed the wig using some recycled silk-flowers found at Seattle ReCreative, because, could it be a portrait of me without flowers? The answer is no.  

Making the image was simple; I just set up my Oliphant backdrop (one of my favorite possessions ever) near my north facing window, set up my tripod and spent the afternoon experimenting with different poses. 

I wasn't expecting to really love the resulting image as much as I do. It may become my new bio photo. 

-MJ 

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