Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer, Sun, and Short Hair

I was looking through my iPhoto and phone pics, and I just thought I was due for a little summery update post. I know I'm super infrequent and random about posting here but I really want to get back into posting semi-regularly and keeping updated on what's going on in my life/my style/my art. Basically I just want somewhere to dump all the million photos I take in my life and a way to document my art and outfits and just fun photos of my life events. I'm trying to figure out where this blog is going and what I want out of it. I saw Amanda Brohman's blog and realized I really miss outfit blogging, but also feel like that's just not me anymore, maybe?? I'm not sure... But this blog is so important to me and I like updating it, especially since it's sort of like my journals in it's documentation and I just can't say no to documentation you know? I love it.
One thing that Amanda Brohman did in her blog that I really liked was posting a list of things she's been into/interested in lately in her posts, which is very much in line with what I want to be doing with this blog, just keeping a continual documentation of things I'm up to/into so I'm gonna start doing a version of that here! I'm not sure if it will be every post or just every "Lately" post. 
Me in my oatmeal fragile shirt and a necklace Emily made for me  
The first day after I impulsively cut my hair! // Some of the tshirts I've been making, which you can purchase here
Shopping at thrift town taking selfies in the bathroom and in the dressing rooms in my favorite slip
A journal entry with magazine cutout "Feel Sorry" //  After I cut my bangs, but before I chopped the rest of my hair off
From the SFMOMA, someone tell me this artists name! I forgot to write it down
(Me and the work mannequin in a cute giant fake fur coat and the most amazing slip I own// Drawing in my journal of myself in a bed in my bed)
My bby Zach wearing super cute outfit in the vintage store I work at. // Redecorated this wall again
My friend Anna at a cafe we hung out at for a while
Selfie from work with my favourite slip and cutie lace up shoes // A super 70s outfit I wore to the Sutro Baths with a shirt that I made
An amazing slip jumpsuit I bought from my job and wore when I met Emily Payne from Project Runway! She just walked into the vintage store I worked at and she was so nice and I was so awkward and star struck! 
(A selfie in the bathtub one morning when the lighting was amazing and made me feel like I was in a movie // My tiny cutie scissors tattoo that I gave myself)

Reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I'm reading it in tiny spurts that I hope will grow into longer spurts as I have more time when I quit my job and have the half an hour to an hour shuttle rides to the city every week when classes start. 
Creating: Series of handkerchiefs for "Text-tales" textiles show about crying that I'm excited to share! Also working on t-shrits, sewn shirts, and upcyled mens shirts for this craft sale I'm going to be a part of next week
Wanting: more time to make things, to go swimming, a new tattoo, to feel the creative journaling spark
Listening to: InvisibiliaThis American LifeBack Pocket by Vulfpeck
Wearing: mostly vintage, thrifted, or made by me or friends. I love being in an art environment where these things are possible for me. 
Excited About: next semester! I'm taking so many amazing classes that I'm so excited about, this craft show I'm a part of, all the art in my head that I've yet to create!
Crying About: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the countless lives lost and the racism in our country now and always, the environment and seeming inevitable destruction of the earth
Favourites: iced mochas sitting in a cafe reading or writing in my journal, my oatmeal colored fragile tshirt, all white outfits, bodies of water, the game "essence", the sun
Inspired By: the sun, the color red, a few favorite instagrams atm: 1, 2, 3, 4, salt, layers, (trying to be) spontaneous, 2017 Chanel Cruise Line, super worn t-shirts that become slightly see-through, art pieces that are series, things that go together

Some flowers from the farmers market and me modeling some 1970s sunglasses for my job's website
Me in another fragile shirt I made on a super cute sheer crop top // Accompanying my mom to her tattoo appointment // The full outfit with the sheer fragile top
Some more shirts I'm selling--I'm really into kids shirts as crop tops // Zach and some cute Miyazaki wall art
A journal entry from my road trip // Right after I gave myself the little scissors on my ankle
I got the cutest label maker and started immediately making journal entries about salt! // A cute house in the city
The most amazing cuties that I love at the Sutro Baths on such a beautiful day
List of inspirations // My grandma wearing the jacket I posted about in the last post! She loves it! She's worn it a few times now :') I'm so happy she likes it and it was right for her. 
Cutout journal entry self portrait // Salt journal entry self portrait (more label maker art)
Another shirt I made // The light at dinner with Zach when we went to the beach for the day
Me and a giant sunflower I got at the Farmers Market with my mom
Me modeling for my job in some amazing 1970s bellbottoms that I ended up buying...
More pictures of me in my slip jumpsuit and American Apparell red bra // Some flowers from the Botanical Garden's free day!
The same day I cut my hair looking like I'm about to cry and trying to figure out how to pull my hair back with it so short // Full denim outfit all the same color denim that I owned layered on top of each other
More photos of me and my best friend at the Sutro Baths
Natalie looking out at the ocean // Zach got a septum piercing and a buzzcut (that I did). Wearing another t-shirt I made for Zach's b-day!
Some pictures of me in an outfit I made (!!) at the Botanical Gardens on the free day :)
Me again in the Botanical Gardens being kissed by my girlfriend the sun!
Zach looking SO CUTE when we went to the Moma together
My friend Claire made the most fabulous and summery brunch

So many things are happening! I can't wait to update with more, my art, and this sale I'm doing next week! I'm nervous and excited for all the things to come 
xoxo,
Maya






Thursday, July 21, 2016

What's In My Bag

The other night I went to my grandma's house for dinner, actually to give my grandma the jacket I made for her that I just wrote about in the previous post (For Grandma) and my aunt and cousins are visiting and staying with my grandparents for the next month or so, but I hadn't seen much of them yet because I've been working a lot. My grandma always gets around to great topics when we talk for so long, and somehow we got around to the idea of what people carry in their bags. I'm not sure how it came up, but I started joking around about how people always make fun of me for the ridiculous stuff I have in my bag and decided to just have an impromptu performance art piece to show them that I was not exaggerating.  I grabbed my bag and started pulling things out and through the lens of my aunt and grandma's reactions (mainly laughing), I realized just how ridiculous all the things I carry around are! And so, the other night, inspired by the ridiculousness, I went through my bag and photographed everything in it in an aesthetically pleasing (I think) fashion.

What's In My Bag?

 Three pencil cases and a wallet
 Pencil Case One: Four regular sized post-it note pads (different colors), One small size post it note pad, One pack of rainbow origami paper, star stickers, letter stickers, flower stickers, alien stickers, food stickers, rainbow stickers, shell stickers, and four bobby pins
 Pencil Case Two: Three pink tapes, one floral fabric tape, three yellow tapes, one green fabric tape, one green stripe tape, one blue stripe tape, one blue fabric tape, one purple tape, one red tape, six black and white tapes
 Pencil Case Three: Letter stencils, two extact-o knives, two scissors, one water paintbrush, four white gel pens, one white pencil, three erasers, one glue stick, one travel size paint-set, three different deco-color paint pens, three skinny black pens, two black sharpies, one black paint brush pen, pencil led, one mechanical pencil, one water soluble pen, one blue colored pencil, one rainbow pencil, two $0.89 pens (one pink one red), one orange hi-liter, one skinny orange sharpie, three sharpie paint pens, one yellow sharpie, one pink sharpie
 One book, two sketchbooks, and a planner
 One 6 inch and one 10 inch embroidery hoop
 Five antique doilies
 An extra pair of underwear and a matching color of embroidery floss
 Red embroidery floss, a map to the SFMOMA, and a neck tie
 A waterbottle, pink polyester thread, and a bag of rubberbands
My Key Ring: One stuffed giraffe, car keys, two copies of the same house key, one work key, two flash drives, my student ID, a lanyard from a school Zach used to go to


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Recap

First Semester: 

Tessellation and Toilles: 

This class was all about screen printing repeat patterns. It was super complex and really challenging for me learning the techniques was so valuable to me and my future art career that it was worth all the hard work. I love classes that really push me to work hard and understand what I'm working for. 
The first project was a tessellation--a shape that fits into itself in a repeat pattern. I was really proud of how this one turned out--so proud it's kind of what inspired me to get a cow skull tattoo! The final project in this class was to re-print something we'd printed before in a different color way or in some way differently, so I printed this one again in the brown color scheme seen on the far right. 
One of the last project was to create a pattern with a color background, meaning you had to work out printing a color and leaving out the shapes you would later fill in with other colors. I took inspiration for a print I drew in my sketchbook of lots of my favorite foods and modified it to be less colors. I didn't love how the finished product came out but I really liked how it looked with only black white and red! You can see my registration is a bit off--it's so hard to register perfectly on a repeat pattern on fabric!

Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Culture

This class was amazing--we looked at pop culture and critiqued it through a very feminist lens. We watched shows and discussed how they were problematic and how they were progressive. It was an amazing class taught by an amazing teacher! 
For this project, we looked at a show, movie, or commercial and discussed how it was problematic and re-wrote it (or discussed how we would rewrite it) and made a visual project connected to it. I wrote about the homophobia in friends and discussed how few shows we have like Friends that are in any way diverse (in race, sexuality, body type, class, etc.). So I re-wrote all the characters making making all of them queer in some way, and made little character cards discussing their personality traits and writing an outline for an episode about them. These two were my favourites: Chandler and Monica re-written. I wish I could find the character cards so I could type up what I said about them, but you can use your imagination!

Individualized Mentorship: 

This was the class I took to determine whether or not I should be in the Individualized program, which I've written about a few times here. Now you all know I was accepted (!!), but here was my final project for the class, showing how I would combine my journaling, textiles, and fashion into my own art. 
Here's my final artist statement at the end of the course (which we worked on throughout the class, making approximately 245340987 drafts to come to the final, still working, statement)
 I’ve kept a carefully catalogued documentation of the moments in my life in the form of over 30 journals over the last 10 years. Because of the obsessive nature of my documentation, each journal has become a representation of myself at that time. Through a collage of collected and saved items, the journals capture these series of selves in an overflowing, and yet organized chaos.
     The art I create takes the multi-layered, playful, and interactive elements of these journals and turns that into clothing. The journals serve as a pattern for the ensembles I create–the clothes reflecting the writing, drawings, and collage in pockets, tags, and layers of garments. These ensembles of garment upon garment capture a moment in time in a similarly layered fashion.
      Using a hybrid of textiles techniques, I create full looks that embody, excite and interact with the wearer in the same way that my journals do. The use of text and imagery through fabric silk-screen and embroidery will reflect the writing and illustration in my journals, just as the materials I intertwine through weaving, sewing, and knitting will reflect the collage. These ensembles will thusly have many emotional, evocative, and literal layers.
"The Vulnerability of Undressing": This project was to prove we belong in the individualized program by showing our hybridity of different processes. This final project's prompt was to take a project you viewed as a failure and re-make it in some way. I took this secrets project I made last year, which looked okay in the photos but looked horrible in person and actually literally fell apart during the critique and my teacher singled me out as someone who had "poor construction" and made me cry. For this dres I took the "body box" which was all about my body hate, exaggerating all the things I had felt self conscious about at one time or another (hairy, big nipples, not flat stomach, tiny boobs etc.) and made it into a reversible dress. The outside showed an x-ray of all the foods I feel guilty for eating (which came from a misprint of the food print background) and the inside showed all the exaggerated body-hate I had, with thick acrylic yarn as hair. There were two pockets on the outside of the dress, which were printed with all the secrets I'd discussed through the boxes I made and more, printed on white fabric with white ink, making them visible but hard to read, and even further obscured by embroidered imagery depicting some of the secrets I'd written about. 

Fashion Studio 1: 

This class was just furthering our sewing skills, teaching us proper techniques in sewing and pattern-making. 
The final project for this class was called "sustainability", which forced us to problem solve in a very project-runway type way. We had to make a new garment out of two old thrifted men's button-ups. I took one linen shirt and one denim and made this little tunic dress! I used the under-collar of the denim shirt as a collar for my dress, the sleeves as pockets, and the upper-collar as a pocket detail. I also used the fronts of the shirts as the back of the dress, lining up the buttons for a full button-up back. 

Second Semester: 

Narrative Stitches: 

This class was all about embroidery, sewing, and story telling. We learned embroidery stitches and worked on long projects that included learning quilting techniques, embroidery stitches, and listening skills. 
This projects prompt was to be inspired by Victorian samplers and women's silence in their sewing in the Victorian age and make a project about something we felt we couldn't talk about. I made this handkerchief discussing my fear and anxiety about Global Warming. I wrote a rant about everything I'm afraid of in my own rambling handwriting which I laboriously stitched in variegated cotton thread across the handkerchief. On top of the words are flowers symbolizing the emotions I feel (in black and white to symbolize the destruction of nature). Lily of the Valley for sensitivity, Convolvulous Major for extinguished hopes and eternal sleep, and the Bay Leaf, meaning "I change but in death". 
This handkerchief is part of a series of handkerchief's I'm working on right now for next year's textiles show...there will be updates soon!
Process pictures of this project called "For Grandma"

"For Grandma": When my grandmother was in 1st grade, she drew fire. When her teacher asked her where she learned to draw fire so realistically she responded “ I just looked”. Her teacher brought the drawing to every classroom. 
My grandma singles that moment out as when she first knew she was an artist. As I interviewed her I heard fire coming up again and again as a sort of motif; her passion for art and life was fiery, her love for my grandpa and her 6 kids was warm, her big dinners for my extended family (using fire to cook things). Her whole house is even bathed in light. Out in the garden where we talked for over two hours, I actually got a sunburn. Everything about her is fire. 
 Using mostly warm colors, I patched together three pockets with three themes. One pocket about her and my grandpa’s love; a background of hearts with butterflies flying across it (in her own words “butterflies are the house of the soul”) and an appliqued hook earring which she used to “catch” my grandpa with the embroidered date “June 1956”, when they were married. Another pocket shows the meals she cooks for our big family gatherings; a big part of how i grew up. I painted the background fabric as the tile that’s above her stove. The last pocket is her passion for art. Using the imagery that made her realize she was an artist, I created a fire using pieces of different flowers. I also hand printed the jacket fabric, adapting my grandma’s own art: a broken plate print she designed to recognize her creative and passionate spirit. Using her actual words in the inside of the jacket, this piece tells my grandmothers story in the form of clothing that she would actually wear.

Saturated Cloth: 

This class taught dying and painting fabric techniques. While it was probably my least favourite class I still learned really valuable techniques that I'm happy to know. 
"Hellfire (She Remembers)": This dress takes the idea of cloth remembering resist techniques: holding the memory of the ties or stitched resist that manipulated them as a way to talk about the earth’s memory. Each layer represents an element (Rain is the arashi (”storm”) shibori outside of the dress, earth is the front inside of the dress, air is the back inside of the dress, and fire is the “hellfire” underwear. “She remembers” refers to mother earth’s memory.  (All pieces sewn, dyed, and embroidered by me)
This planning for my Klimt Dress looks better than the actual dress I made so I'm just gonna leave just the plan here. I feel I have more work to be done for the Klimt Dress. I'm thinking I may wear it next year for Halloween...

Fashion Studio 2: 

This lined jacket was the final project for this class. I combined a lot of the textiles techniques I learned this semester into my sewing, overdying the black fabric with indigo to create this splotchy green effect and making this yarn fringe by individually sewing the yarn onto the jacket. 

Since the end of the second semester, I've edited the artists statement I showed above to something I think embodies all the art I make, not just the clothes:
I've been keeping a journal in some form or another since I was eight years old and in the past 12 years, have accumulated over 30 filled journals. Because of the obsessive nature of my documentation, each journal has become a representation of myself at that time. Through a collage of collected and saved items, the journals capture these series of selves in an overflowing, and yet organized chaos.
The art I create takes the emotional and personal layers of my journals and imbues that into the drawings, embroidery, weavings, sewing, and clothing I create. It takes the multi-layered, playful, and interactive elements of these journals and mirrors them through a collage of techniques and medium.