Slide Project, Part 2

So then what do you do with all the slides?

Lamps!

Lamps!

My brother had a big birthday coming up and I wanted to figure out a way to make him a gift with the slides. Some type of art would be great for his new home. Lighting made the most sense for showing off the slides so I headed out to IKEA to find something I could hack. Turns out they had these frosted square glass table lamps that perfectly fit eight slides per side. A little gaffers tape, Gorilla glue, and some simple tools helped make it happen. I started with a lamp featuring slides of my older artwork to test the process before moving on to the birthday present.

More Denim Love

Here are a couple of new salvaged denim projects I’ve created so far this year. All the denim used comes from recycled sources or slightly damaged donated denim yardage.

When I couldn’t find a good laptop sleeve for my new machine, I made one myself.

When I couldn’t find a good laptop sleeve for my new machine, I made one myself.

This damaged denim jacket becomes an even better one-of-a-kind piece with the addition of fabric from old jeans, hem scraps, and a bit of leather.

This damaged denim jacket becomes an even better one-of-a-kind piece with the addition of fabric from old jeans, hem scraps, and a bit of leather.

Giving Thanks

During challenging times, artists turn to their art. I was working on some new work in my PopDot series during the election so some of the pieces I created were inspired by what I was seeing and hearing. As the first 100 days began to play out and I wanted to do more, but couldn't, I realized what I could do was thank those that are digging for the real truths and doing their best to keep some checks in place. I turned my Bridges, Not Walls image into thank you post cards and have made them available to anyone who would like to give thanks. Let me know how I can get you some.

16 Years of Brothers

I've been shooting a portrait of these two every November for the past 16 years. Yesterday we shot these. To watch them grow from 2 and 4 to 17 and 19, check out the Brother's Portraits section of my portfolio.

Cameron at 17, Clayton at 19

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iTrip 2016 – Iceland to Italy (for the Floating Piers on Lake Iseo)

This year Stewart and I were invited to join some friends at a house they had rented on Lake Iseo in Italy during Christo's installation of The Floating Piers. WOW Airlines was offering great prices on flights, so we decided to stop in Iceland on our way there. We had about five days in each location. The time flew by as we clocked loads of adventures. Here's some of what we saw. 

The Secret Lagoon. Our goal in Iceland was to soak in hot water at least once a day. This was our first night. 

The Secret Lagoon. Our goal in Iceland was to soak in hot water at least once a day. This was our first night. 

A path to the geysers at The Secret Lagoon.

A path to the geysers at The Secret Lagoon.

Greenhouses near The Secret Lagoon. This is 10:00 at night. Though it was cloudy, the nights never got dark.

Greenhouses near The Secret Lagoon. This is 10:00 at night. Though it was cloudy, the nights never got dark.

The Lupin or BlueBells grow like weeds all over the countryside.

The Lupin or BlueBells grow like weeds all over the countryside.

Midnight outside of the second nights soak at Laugarvatn Fontana.

Midnight outside of the second nights soak at Laugarvatn Fontana.

Under a waterfall looking up.

Under a waterfall looking up.

Scar on path to soak for day three at the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, Seljavallalaug Pool.

Scar on path to soak for day three at the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, Seljavallalaug Pool.

Met this guy on our hike up the hill to find soak number four.

Met this guy on our hike up the hill to find soak number four.

After the 2.5 mile hike up, this view and the hot flowing river made the whole climb worth it.

After the 2.5 mile hike up, this view and the hot flowing river made the whole climb worth it.

Our fifth and final soak was the famous Blue Lagoon.

Our fifth and final soak was the famous Blue Lagoon.

Then it was off to Italy for  The Floating Piers !

Then it was off to Italy for The Floating Piers!

Amazing experience being out on the water with hundreds of thousands of people and seeing Christo & Jean Claude's dream become a fantastic reality.

Amazing experience being out on the water with hundreds of thousands of people and seeing Christo & Jean Claude's dream become a fantastic reality.

The swans loved it too.

The swans loved it too.

We interacted with so many different people each time we ventured out to the  Piers . These two were recipients of noses we brought from the whythenose project.

We interacted with so many different people each time we ventured out to the Piers. These two were recipients of noses we brought from the whythenose project.

We lucked out with the location of our house. Rather than wait on the hours long line that many people had to endure to get to  The Floating Piers , we were able to take a ferry to the large island in the center of the lake and walk a mile to the island entrance of the piers.

We lucked out with the location of our house. Rather than wait on the hours long line that many people had to endure to get to The Floating Piers, we were able to take a ferry to the large island in the center of the lake and walk a mile to the island entrance of the piers.

The house was also a great place for dinner with a view.

The house was also a great place for dinner with a view.

...and to just relax and watch the water.

...and to just relax and watch the water.

We took more than just a small piece of the  Piers  home with us.

We took more than just a small piece of the Piers home with us.

Macro Nature and the Postcard Exchange

I recently got a Photojojo Iris Macro lens. The rains we so happily received in NorCal this winter have gifted us with a garden overflowing with flowers. That has been my favorite place to play with the macro. 

A month ago a friend roped me into joining the SPARK Postcard Exchange. SPARK is a call-and-response group combining artists, writers, and musicians to inspire each other. For the Postcard Exchange we were given one month to create 5 postcards to send to the randomly selected people in our group. I knew none of them and they were from all over the U.S. I decided to mix two of my favorite things and print these new macro photos of the flowers in our garden and then sew them to heavy paper stock to use as postcards. I may need to make more...

Getting to Know LA

In December I was promoted to Director of Graphic Design for FIDM. Along with all the new responsibilities comes the opportunity to get to know LA a little better. I am a Bay Area girl through and through, but I love to travel and get to know new places, so one of my favorite parts of the new position is going to LA monthly for a few days at a time. Here's a little of what I've seen so far.

My favorite architect alive today, Frank Gerhy. The Disney Concert Hall.

My favorite architect alive today, Frank Gerhy. The Disney Concert Hall.

Installation outside of MOCA.

Installation outside of MOCA.

Haven't been inside The Broad yet.

Haven't been inside The Broad yet.

Love the labyrinth at The Last Bookstore.

Love the labyrinth at The Last Bookstore.

Pershing Square is set to be changing.

Pershing Square is set to be changing.