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.
For the third year in a row we worked with the visual team from Macy’s to create these special attractions. The vintage carnival theme this year was especially fun to work with. Students are given the theme and a small budget, and are encouraged to use recycled and alternative materials.
Congratulations to the Visual Communications students on their beautiful designs and hard work: Paige Ladensack, Ke Liang, Sydney Shives, Kyle Howell, Cindy Voong, Joy Ann, Amber Talley, Katie Jystad, Taylor Michelle Cole, Janella Amonoy, Carolina Recendez De Luna, and Nicolette Fleming.
The Young Designers Award was created in 1998 by The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) to encourage creativity in graphic design and package design. This year, more than 100 students from 18 schools across the United States submitted an original design concept for a cosmetic or personal care product. FIDM SF student, Eva Edgren, received an honorable mention this year for her "Lock Block: Hair Sunscreen Cream". Congratulations, Eva!
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
The Macy's Flower Show in San Francisco's flagship store opened to the public on March 18th for two weeks. For the second year, FIDM students created installations featured on the third floor overlooking Union Square. The Macy's Visual Team participated in our Design Installation class by challenging students to create mannequin displays using alternative materials and inspired by American Icons.
The print I designed for BetaBrand that reused the ripped paper from the background design of the 2013 Burning Man Map has moved from the ThinkTank into CrowdFunding. This means they made a sample of the print on fabric, created the dress, photographed it, and placed it on the site for sale. It is currently 36% to the goal. Once 47 more dresses sell, it will be real! Check it out and consider buying one for yourself or someone you know.
Located at the end of Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos near the Highway 17 on-ramp, is my latest Public Pop Dot, Sun Powered Outlet. The meter sits alongside an EV charging station. When the City of Los Gatos put out their call for concepts to place art on utility boxes around town, they asked for submissions with an environmental theme. This update of the Outlet Pop Dot was their choice. Below are the all the designs submitted in the initial proposal.
I'm happy to announce my first textile design for BetaBrand. It is currently live in the Think Tank and needs votes and comments to make it real. Take a look and add some <3.
It's been over a month since we returned from Paris and I have neglected to post photos here.
The events of November 13, 2015 have left me thinking of Paris often and what a beautiful giant city it is. Here are some photos from our time there the end of September through the start of October.
During the first two weeks of May I had an amazing opportunity to join students from FIDM's Advanced Study Program in Set Design & Decoration on their European Study Tour. For two weeks we traveled through London, Florence, Venice, and Rome going to various theaters, museums, and historic sites. Seeing some of my favorite cities through the lens of this trip was a truly exceptional experience and it was a fantastic group of women to share the adventure with.
FIDM 2015 Advanced Study Program Beauty Tour to SF.
I have been using the same style Baggallini Messenger Bag for about a decade. I've gone through about 3 of them in that time and still have a black one that works perfectly fine, but I was getting a little tired of always caring around the same bag. I haven't been able to find another commuter bag that has all the right pockets in all the right places for grab-and-go while on the move so I decided it was time to make my own.
On Friday the Macy's Flower Show in San Francisco's flagship store opened to the public. On the third floor overlooking Union Square is a colorful installation by FIDM SF Visual Communications students. The Macy's Visual Team participated in our Design Installation class by challenging students to create mannequin displays inspired by the works of famous artists throughout time. Check out the Fashionable Art Masterpieces created by FIDM students using recycled and alternative materials. The Flower Show is on view during store hours through April 4th.
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Macy's info here.