A 15' window installation for the crew at the 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store. The treasure map transforms our San Francisco into an adventurous island of bewildering landmarks and curious creatures. The hill of Bernal Heights is now a skull cave, and the hairpin turn-ful Lombard Street is a mysterious, winding dragon, labeled “Lombard, Guardian of the Barbary Coast.” Karl the fog makes an appearance as…Karl the fog.
Our team was invited by the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) to create the identity for their annual DAAPworks events, highlighting the creative output of the graduating class.
Prop creation and set production: Julia Cone, Agnes Lee, and myself Illustration and typesetting: Jez Burrows Photography: Garrett Olinger
A window installation for DIY.org, an amazing, kids-only online learning platform, headquartered in the Mission district of San Francisco. To reflect the hands-on making and tinkering encouraged on the platform, I created an explosive array of tools for the installation.
There's a lively bar with the warmest bartenders at Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco. The bar features a rotating exhibit of artists' work on its walls, as well as an installation in its front window.
For this installation, I created over fifty planes out of paper to create a piece titled Taking Flight. With a shorter prep phase than usual, I took on this install as an avenue to explore form and movement (and what turned out to be an extensive process in figuring out a clean way to turn one side of every sheet gold). Read more on this piece on Hoodline.
As part of the 100 Day Project, I created a daily cut paper piece from April 6 to July 14, 2015 around the theme of memories. The Project culminated into a show in October alongside Zhen Zeng's 100 Day Project at Heron Arts.
Statement Every day, I seem to encounter snippets of scenes, wisps of objects, scent, color—fragments of moments, really—that remind me of someone to whom I'm connected. It's with the collecting of more and more of these fragments that we become increasingly intertwined and connected to each other. I thought of you is a documentation of these moments, seemingly mundane slivers of everyday life whose meanings have accumulated to shape who we are. Whether it is something as simple as a shoe or a book of matches, I'm enthralled by the fact that so many things each day serve as connections to someone.
A cut paper wedding invitation for two great friends. He proposed in a treehouse, after which this piece is modeled. I created, shot, and typeset the invitations for their special day.
826 Moonlit Deliveries
A holiday window installation for the 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store depicts a moonlit scene of the sea. A ship carries a crew, one catching stars in the crow's nest, another knitting holiday scarves for his brethren, and another loading in a delivery of holiday gifts from the postal tugboat. The moonbeam bisects the ship, shifting its colors from light to dark.
In the spirit of experimenting with my two favorite things—plants and paper—I collaborated on a project with my friend Alda Tchochiev, an artist and floral designer extraordinaire. She created a floral arrangement, to which I responded with portraits of individual stems in the arrangement.
In the spirit of experimenting with my two favorite things—plants and paper—I collaborated on a project with my friend Alda Tchochiev, an artist and floral designer extraordinaire. I created two stems to start, a magnolia flower and silver dollar eucalyptus, which she arranged alongside live flowers.
Mountains & Sea Diorama
A whimsical little world captured in a diorama, a hot air balloon hovers above a landscape of dreamy homes and a seascape of sailboats. Made entirely of hand cut paper, the diorama imagines a tiny world, including a dock off of a lighthouse (with string lights, for parties), billowing smoke chimneys, and miniscule birds.
826 Pirate Ship
The holiday season of 2015 brought another chance to work on the window installation at the 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store! This second installation for 826 had a 12 foot pirate ship cruising into the window. Half of the window offers a peek into the pirate's quarters, with vignettes of rooms ranging from a busy octopus operator to a literary fox writing holiday messages in bottles. A look into the portholes reveals a scene into a mysterious jungle and a bright starry sky.
A series of props, including a 15˝ asparagus and 6˝ molar, created as film props for independent short film, Esperanto.
For gravitytank's holiday gift, illustrators contributed imagery for gravitytank's Book of Innovation Fables. For these spreads, close up photos of leaves, bark, and bramble were shot, then digitally "cut" to create the courageous frog and his friends.
After collecting stories of friends' dreams (the kind your brain cooks up at nighttime), I recreated the scenes as shoebox-sized dioramas. Each are completely white, with holes that viewers can peer in to.