Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Warm & Bright & Strong

I am back at school! Woah! I am happy to announce that (knock on wood) I'm feeling a lot better and more excited about making things again! I have two studio classes this semester and they're both really different than the studios I've had the past few semesters--one Bookmaking/Papermaking class and one class on Natural Dyeing. Both are so new to me that I'm learning a lot already! And the new processes are really getting me out of my funk. I feel very inspired! But I will talk more about that in a future post, when I post things I've been up to this semester.
This past break was very rejuvenating for me. I got a lot of rest and had a lot of fun and although I wasn't sure when it ended whether or not I felt recharged, now that I'm back and after a brief sickness, I do feel reinvigorated and ready for school. I had my birthday, Christmas, and finished a journal so I have a lot to share!
1. grandmas hectic but beautiful kitchen (beauty in chaos) //
2. through a window at the botanical gardens //
1. a plant I bought for Zach that I had to buckle into the car when I was driving it home // 
2. my grandma has a key for how to do different smiley faces on the computer //
 // showing process of creating textile designs-- from journal page to pattern back to journal page //
1. new year new orange // I feel like just about every December/January I have to paint an orange // 
2. me and Ava at Christmas lunch. I have a specific color pallet I've been wearing/journaling in/making art with lately //

1. me and my grandma--both wearing the powerful yellow (she's wearing the jacket I made her--more photos in this post) //
2. "Yellow is strong and bold and bright and warm. Yellow may be my inspiration in 2017." 
// vulnerability and strength, positivity and strength //

1. floral pattern in the background of my outfit selfie is a pattern I've been working on over this break--working with different color ways--hopefully I'll print it on fabric soon! //
2. Sol Le Witt's artwork from the SFMOMA //
1. from my trip to Monterey, in the bathroom of a vegan Mexican restaurant // 
2. everyday inspirations--also from my trip to Monterey. I'm really loving royal blue with orange right now. and floral patterns now and always //
1. from the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Zach--the first image is of a bigger jellyfish eating a smaller one! they fed the smaller jellies to the bigger jellies on a stick! WILD //
1. inspirational Christmas wrapping from kid's paintings. also inspirational self-love thought--my aunt gave a gift to herself //
 2. a photo of two of my friends in an Aquarium both wearing the all powerful YELLOW //
1. a journal entry from my trip to Monterey with Zach painting the view out the window from the little house we were staying at. The quote is from Paris, Je T'aime, I have never read/watched anything that so perfectly described this feeling! I have experienced this exact emotions and never been able to put it into words //
// "Sitting there, alone in a foreign country, far from my job and everyone I know, a feeling came over me. It was like remembering something I'd never known before or had always been waiting for, but I didn't know what. Maybe it was something I'd forgotten or something I've been missing all my life. All I can say is that I felt, at the same time, joy and sadness. But not too much sadness, because I felt alive. Yes, alive"  // 
2. the main house and garden from the Airbnb we stayed at --inspiring and beautiful home //
1. an amazing rock I found (!!) with Zach in the background foraging for cool shells // 
2. a journal entry about forcing myself to make things and do exciting and fun things to inspire myself overlaid on and image from a beach in Monterey //
images my friend took from a cute brunch we had--Cantaloupe, painting nails, and discussing positive friendships and life plans //

1. "emotion motion" journal entry painted entirely with different kinds of clay/dirt //
2. clay on the beach in Monterey //

1. the centerpiece on the table from Christmas lunch at my grandparent's house // 
2. different plans of garments using a print I've been designing in all different color ways //
1. from the beginning of my journal this summer--now reflecting on my semester goals, and reaffirming some of the same goals for this coming semester "vulnerable/spontaneous/excited/questioning/creative" // 
2. (border) more rocks from my Monterey trip //
1. slivers of light, pops of red -- thinking about color schemes, thinking about aesthetics of 1970s crocheted coasters // 
2. Natalie at the SFMOMA // slivers of red //
1. New Years Eve-- a photo that feels so genuinely happy and fun (me and Claire drunk and laughing at a party of people we didn't know taken by an angel and ray of light, Hanne) // 
2. a pattern sketch from my journal that is so exactly New Years Eve //
1. a new tattoo I gave myself of a Mountain Girl that Eryn drew. when I get my shading needles in the mail (and after it's healed) I'll shade in her hair // 
2. more snippets of patterns designed in my journal // 

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