"In the wild, Bengal White Tigers are found exclusively within South Asia, notably in India. Although Bengal tigers make up 60% of the world’s wild tiger population, individuals with white coats are indeed very rare. Only one White Tiger exists out of every 10,000 normal orange-coloured tigers." -James.t2
Thrift shop find BEFORE
Reconstruction crafty madness AFTER
(pretend the black is brown, I know you can extend your imagination to indulge me just a little)
Hope your Halloween was as adventurous as mine. Planning for next year begins tomorrow :D
Kent Williams' work is so exotic, colorful and mesmerizing. Cool and collected, he oddly enough drew for me a crowned skull, which I feel appropriately fits in with today's most awesome of holidays, HALLOWEEN!
Delightfully talented, snazzy dresser and smooth dancer, Martin is the cat's meow! I first met Martin a couple years ago at Comic Con in San Diego and his work is ever increasingly refined and wonderful. Martin has a piece in the Three Apples show I attended at Royal/T. Below is his handsome mug along with his amazing painting titled, "Once Upon A Kitty Wedding".
And it was so much fun running into this lovely lady on Saturday night. I was invited to a little get-together at Lola's and met some wonderful, fun and creative people.
Here's a blurry shot (Brandi insisted on not using a flash, silly lady) I took from that night. L to R: Luke Chueh, Kim Chueh, Lola, Roman Cho and Brandi Milne.
Thanks Lola for a fabulous evening!
The only downfalls were
1) I missed the GB opening at JANM, which was incredible from what I hear and
2) It took me 2 hours to drive back to where I was staying due to highway 101 and 110 being closed... the only major arteries going to where I needed to be. I don't know LA and finding my way through side streets which were also blocked often was a little frustrating, especially at 3 am :(
BUT I made it back and now I'm in SD again, trying to catch up and also get some great ideas onto paper and into people's hands for my next curating adventure! YAY! LA!
I obviously don't know how to use Photo Booth for recording video (taken at Eliza's studio with art cat Zara). In the clip above I'm trying to tell you how great the night before was at the VIP opening for the Three Apples/ Hello Kitty show at Royal/T in Culver City. They made everyone... EVERYONE wait in line to get in since the fire marshall called in his troops. Artists and Sanrio employees were waiting too. Finally we managed to bypass the line and get our Hello Kitty lovin' selves inside (minus Eliza who had to leave and not counting Jeni since she despises HK, but she was there for moral support). After snacking on delicious treats and free Sapporo... much awesome art was enjoyed and dancing ensued. Fun FUN night, even for HK hater Jeni, lol.
Geeky/crafty me painted my own Hello Kitty Space Kat tie just for the event... and had many fans appreciating my labor of love. Dork. The pic on the right is inside the Hello Kitty Airstream, schwanky!
I'm spending the rest of the weekend up here in LA and recorded the video with Zara at Eliza's studio where I'm super jealous of her set-up. Almost... ALMOST makes me want to be up here too with a studio space. Keeping busy all weekend, wishing everyone out there the best weekend ever and reminding you that Halloween is coming up soon... get out there this weekend and get your costume perfected... cause it's no fun combing 7-11 on All Hallow's Eve for disguises.
(a hint at what I might be turning into October 31st.)
Left my camera battery charging at home, therefore missing many fantastic picture taking opportunities, but ArrestedMotion managed to do a great job of covering most of the fantastic activities going on at the Three Apples VIP Party, enjoy:
While catching up on friends' Flickr photos I came across Mike Burnett's new design, "Average Joe Schmoe", wooden DIY figures that are being produced by Bigshot Toyworks. Looks like a traveling custom show is coming up in November starting at Shoparooni Annex Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.
The piece shown on the postcard for the show specifically caught my attention, it's by Jacksonville, Florida artist Sean Mahan. Sean's site doesn't reveal too much about him, but I did manage to learn that he had a show back in September at Brooklyn Collective in New York and that there is an interview with him in Give Me Back magazine, I'll keep a lookout.
His work is so peaceful and elegant. He works on luan wood with graphite and washes of acrylic. Young people seem to be his favorite subject matter and I love the simple colors and stylized lines of his juxtaposed flat and 3-dimenensional work. I am always a sucker for exposed wood and he does a fine job of letting nature shine through his work.
I am particularly smitten with the painting "Sewing" (shown above). The sudden use of bright dramatic patterns is wonderful! I hope to see more work by this Savannah College of Art & Design graduate and maybe one day have an opportunity to work with him. :)
Oooh, and check out that fine writing instrument she's sporting. What is it you ask... SNIFTY®, "The Nifty Scented Pen" of course! Designed by yours truly. Watch for more artists indulging me in endorsing the newest coolest writing tool, SNIFTY®. Thanks guys (and gals)!
It is a bittersweet thing to write that the Kokeshi show at the Japanese American National Museum has come to an end. It's been an amazing experience having the opportunity to work and show at such a respectable space. I know it was a first for many artists to have their work in a museum and for a few... the first time to show their work to the public, anywhere. Gives me goosebumps thinking about the opportunities that have happened and are in the works and in the future for so many amazing creatives. I'm keeping my toes, fingers and cats' mitts crossed for more adventures in the future where I can continue to work with such incredible talent. To the new friends I made, I am truly honored to have had the privilege to meet you (online or in-person) and to now know you on a first name basis, lucky lucky me!
Meeting so many artists this year has been intoxicating and as a result I was inspired to collect my own "Yearbook" of autographs from a few I spent some time with in-person. Below is a necklace book that I found at Renegade Craft Fair in LA, the day after the Kokeshi show opened, July 11. The maker of this beloved treasure is Found and Made Designs.
1.5" x 2" book made from random papers and old book cover.