So I am a little bit over 1 month into my 100 days of painting and I have 28 paintings! I got a few days behind last week when I ran out of resin but I’m back on track now. Currently the majority of the paintings (about 20 so far) are smaller 1×1 pieces and the rest are larger pieces. I initially was super nervous to do the larger ones and didn’t think I’d enjoy them as much as the smaller pieces but now I’m really loving doing larger pieces. At this point I’m mostly viewing the smaller pieces as experiments testing out different color pallets and when I come up with something I like I’ll make a larger piece using that palette. I’ve definitely been drawn drawn to a few different color palettes as you can see above. Blues, pinks and black and whites are my favorite so far. I’ve tried variations and other combinations but I keep coming back to these colors. I think just the nature of fluid painting blues look really good and because colors can overlap and create new colors I prefer to do three different shades of a similar color and then one accent color unless of course it’s black and white. I’ve been sharing pieces as I make them over on my instagram so if you are curious and want to see more, check it out!
I recently started painting for essentially the first time in my life. I can’t really explain why it started but the muse showed up and I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to take action. After creating several little paintings and becoming completely captivated by the process I remembered something called the 100 day project. Not fully remembering what it was but thinking maybe I want to do some sort of project where I create paintings for 100 days I googled it and a project by the magical Elle Luna showed up and it was starting in about 2 weeks from then! Essentially it’s a world wide art project where you can pick any sort of medium and create for 100 days. You share along the way mainly 0n instagram and become part of this really big awesome community that is committed to making things. I was already in just with the idea of the project and because it was Elle’s initiative I knew it was meant to be because of the way that I came to know who Elle was and the way that I found her book. I decided to just copy and paste an old blog post telling the story below if anyone was interested. It’s pretty strange and wild and I now understand maybe this 100 day project is why all of these things happened? Or maybe there is no meaning but to show me that there is magic and beauty in the world…
This book, The Crossroads of Should and Must, is both beautiful and inspiring and I have kind of a strange story about how it came into my life. As mentioned previously (many times sorry lol!) we recently took a trip to Bali. After we had booked the trip I was randomly listening to a Creative Mornings talk with the artist and now author of this book Elle Luna. She told a story of having this reoccurring dream of this very specific white room. She wondered what it meant when a friend said to her, maybe you should look for your dream in real life. So she did. And she found it! She found the same room that she had been dreaming about (it was listed on Craigslist actually!) and she rented it out and moved in. When she got there she had no idea what she was supposed to do or why she had had the dream. At some point she found her answer when she heard a voice saying to her “you need to paint”. And this incredible time of following her creativity and curiosity led her to a really amazing career as an artist and an author among many other things.
There is a lot more to the story (which you can read in the book) but I thought it was super interesting so I went to her website to check out her artwork. As I was scrolling through photos I saw an image of her at the same airbnb I had just booked in Bali!! I got goosebumps and thought, this is really strange. Then the rational part of me thought well it’s a really popular airbnb and I could totally see how a person like her would want to stay at this beautiful and inspiring place. But still it’s not like it’s a hotel. It’s this tiny privately owned bamboo hut on the other side of the world. I put it in the back of my brain but it was one of those things that I really felt like, hmm maybe this is another thing saying you really need to go to Bali. Fast forward to a day before we left. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts and a guest had mentioned this book. I don’t follow Elle closely so I had no idea she had a book out but I thought what a great thing to bring on our trip to read. So the day before we left I had Andre pick it up for me.
As I was devouring it on the airplane I noticed that in the middle of the book the architect Alejandra who owned the airbnb we were going to be staying at was mentioned. How cool! It was just a little blip but another thing that was kind of interesting. Midway through our trip Alejandra stopped by to check in and see how we were doing and the book was out on the table in front of us. I picked it up and asked her if she had seen it, because she was mentioned in it and she started freaking out a little bit, not because she hadn’t yet seen it but because Elle had actually been there the day before. By there I mean she stopped by the airbnb we were staying at, I think to show her mom since she had spent a significant amount of time there. We were out and about in the city but she stopped by was walking around maybe her book that we had brought with us was out on the table even, ha! So strange. And she’s from San Fransisco so just as far away from home as we were. Also she had apparently written the book just across the small rice paddy at the joglo directly across from ours. This was another crazy goosebumps moment and I thought maybe one of the reasons we are here is to meet her?? But we didn’t ha. So I really have no idea why all of these coincidences happened but maybe we’ll meet in the future or maybe this book will influence my life in a big way or maybe it will mean nothing at all! Who knows…
Looking back at last year I am so honored by all of the incredible things that happened and all of the amazing people I got to collab and connect with! Just a few highlights include having my photography work published in the very first The Confessions of a Hairstylist book, launching a new business Desert Loom, learning the magical art of macrame from Emily Katz, doing my very first handmade market Pineapple Triangle, launching two online Skillshare classes on macrame and indigo dying, teaching fiber arts classes locally, being interviewed by Finding Arizona Podcast and McKenzie Steuber, having photography work published in Angelic Magazine and Emma Magazine, taking a trip to the northwest to visit some wonderful friends with my bae, and getting to photograph so many beautiful and talented ladies! 2016 you were pretty messy but I’d say you were a success! Here’s to the new year and all of the adventures ahead!
In light of everything that has happened over the past week I decided to start a gratitude journal to be intentional every single day about focusing on the good in the world and the beauty, love and creativity in the humans that surround me.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph Miss Sareena Dominguez for Desert Loom again. Sareena is so much fun to shoot and I feel like we always get really great images. She has amazing energy and I love that she loves vintage so much! Did I mention she is a seriously talented musician? Seriously, she’s a goddess. Check her out here. We shot a few vintage dresses as well as some gorgeous jewelry made by my friend Johanna at Harold Jewelry. Serious dream team! I love it all.
Photos by Aslan and Andria at Shepard Visuals
I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with a local interior designer, Anthony Williams, on a really cool project called Local Trade. Anthony’s background is in real estate but has recently shifted over into the world of interior design. For this new project the idea was to complete gut and revamp a Phoenix house that he would later put on the market and furnished it all with pieces made by local artisans. I contributed the large triangle macrame piece and some of my macrame plant holders in the images above. He had a big reveal party where people could come and shop and check out everyones work. It was super cool to have my work included in such a well designed space with so many other amazing local makers and I am beyond thankful for such an inspiring community!
SO much has happened in the last couple of months that I haven’t updated my blog. Many photoshoots, local markets, new skillshare classes launched, local workshops, new products created, joining a mastermind group, launching a new portfolio website, a trip to portland, planning a trip to iceland, really cool collaborations with an interior designer and then some! Did I mention I also have a full time job that has nothing to do with any of these things hah. This is probably a huge reason I haven’t updated because I’ve been crazy busy. I’ve been sharing many of these things on my instagram but it’s nice to have a space like this blog where I can share multiple images at a time and more of the stories behind them. With that I wanted to share one of my most recent photoshoots with Miss Kylla wearing some gorgeous velvet pieces from my vintage shop and some insanely cool jewelry from Harold Jewelry. It was an absolute blast to shoot with this little lady and I am really happy with how our images came out!
Hello friends! I recently launched a new online class through Skillshare called 5 DIY Shibori Techniques using Indigo Dye . Huge thanks to Silas Kyler + David Hildereth for filming and Tremaine Ranch for hosting us on their beautiful property and letting use some of their furniture! Check it out over here and let me know what you think!
I recently had a macrame workshop party in my living room to celebrate the launch of my very first online skillshare class! I also was trying to test out some patterns I’d designed and also see if workshops were something I’d be interested in doing in the future. It was a blast and I decided I definitely want to do more workshops! The girls were able to learn a couple of different knot styles and create their very own pieces using the patterns by the end of the workshop! It was really cool to see each girl really enjoy the process. We decided it was the combo of instant gratification and the sense of accomplishment you get as you are making these very simple knots and then before you know it you have a beautiful tapestry! It’s magic and it does some good stuff to the brain! Keep your eyes open for phoenix workshops in the future. I’m hoping to do one in winter as soon as I can find a place other than my living room to host ha!