Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lil' Lindsay Lohan

I was invited to participate in the annual mini-print for the University of Utah's printmaking department. It is a fundraiser to raise money to send the printmaking students to the Southern Graphics Council convention. Last years exchange was probably the best I've been in. Here is this years (last years is still up from December, 2009).

letterpress printed from linoleum blocks, photopolymer plates and wood type; glittered heart necklace

Here are 95 of them strung up on our "drying rack."

that's a lot o' Lohan

SCREENPRINTING SET-UP / Saltgrass Printmakers Fundraiser

We have finally set up our screenprinting studio!
Our excuse was for the Saltgrass Printmakers annual fundraiser. Max and I were asked to participate this year by printing on prayer flags. The open house is Dec. 4 and 5th at Saltgrass.
This has been in the works since before we moved into our current apartment. Our studio (which is also our living room) is only about 100 sq feet so we had to be creative. Our "drying rack" is a hot-pink clothesline zigzagging across our ceiling and my desk doubles as a screenprinting table. Unfortunately, we haven't built our dual exposure unit/coffee table, but we'll get there soon. For the time being we are just using work lamps and washing out screens at the car wash. Here are some pictures of the set-up and our prints.
Max printing his flags

Printing mine, they were on the same screen to save emulsion
Here is our set-up. Max's print is the bowling ladies
My print was of my cat Charles
We also printed on shirts. It was an experiment that worked well. We are planning on printing more shirts with many more designs. Stay tuned for those as they come.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

BIRDBRAIN press interviewed!

BIRDBRAIN press has officially been interviewed! Thanks to Gavin Sheehan of Gavin's Underground and the Salt Lake City Weekly for writing us up. The article went up the other day and has been very well received.

Here is the link http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/blog-4602-birdbrain-press.html

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

4 Months in 40 minutes!

Ok, it has apparently been since July that I have posted anything. This is ridiculous because I have been crazy busy. I have been in several shows and done several things.

First of all, Max got a blog! He is concept birdhouse, check it out!

In August there was Craft Lake City. This was the 2nd annual craft fair in Salt Lake City. Max and I, under the guises of BIRDBRAIN press, had a booth where we sold our wares. See the BIRDBRAIN press website for the things we had for sale. We did surprisingly well.

I also participated in the second Kayo Gallery fundraiser: Box Paper Scissors 2. It was the same format as last year; every artist gets a cigar box and makes it into an art piece. The only restriction is that it must still close because the night of the fundraiser, the boxes are closed and there is a silent auction. My box went for $40.00 which was pretty exciting! Here are some pictures of "Ecolocuties."
box cover

close up of explorer and bats

side view of interior where you can see the tunnel book aspect

inside of the cave where you can see a little glimpse of the glitter crystals in the very back

September came and went with a few shows. Members of the Saltgrass Printmakers group invited me and a few of my friends (including Claire Taylor) to participate in a traveling show they were doing with the Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibition Program. Check out the website, the cover image is of one of Claire's prints! The show is traveling around Utah for two years. It is going to schools and Universities as an educational experience for the viewers. Each artist was asked to write a little blurb about their process. I entered these two prints:
this is "the dude wrestles a tiger" that I made last year for the "Impressed?!" show

"Monster Threshold" originally for the show "Liminal" at Kayo Gallery in March. Letterpress printed with watercolor, color pencil and glitter

I was also invited to participate in the "Mutation Exchange" at Copper Palate Press organized by Emilee Dziuk. The theme was mutation so I made a flex-a-gon about Lindsay Lohan. It documents the transformation of her from cute child starlet into crazy Lilo mess. It is called "Lilo" and is letterpress printed from linoleum reduction cuts with photopolymer plates.
side 1 and 2 unfolded

when folded it reveales side 1, flipped over is side 2

folded in half and flipped out is side 3, repeat for side 4

October is over (it has been for a while now). I was working on some more sketches for my celebrities with animals series, but have nothing substantial to show yet. Some images to come later. I'm very excited about the series. It is the same series I made Amy Sedaris with tiger and leopard for the Paper Show: Friends of Friends at Garfo in March. The only problem is that they are so big and we live in such a small apartment; there is no storage space. I'm hoping they will get picked up for a show so that I can make them life size. So far on my short list are: Alec Baldwin with unicorns, Janelle Monae with velociraptors, and Lady Gaga (I haven't thought of a good enough animal for her yet). I think I need to finish my sketches first and foremost though.

November, finally the update for the current month! My sisters birthday is today. She is a sports fanatic, especially baseball, most specifically the Boston Red Sox. I made her this picture. It is the team from 2008 which is when she went to school in Boston. She went to many of their games. It is made with pen & ink, watercolor and gouache.



I also made this picture for an interview Max and I have for BIRDBRAIN press. Gavin Sheehan from Gavin's Underground (a portion of the Salt Lake City Weekly online) contacted us and we just finished the interview. It comes out soon. The picture is of Max and me working in our studio space which is the other half of our living room (approx. 100 square feet total).
  "BIRDBRAIN studio" pen & ink, watercolor, gouache

Saltgrass Printmakers recently asked me to participate in their annual fundraiser. This year, they are embracing the prayer flags from Tibet. Each artist was asked to make an image that was inspired by the traditions of the flags. We were then given a bunch of flags, straight from Tibet, to print on. I am making a picture of my cat Charles. It is due soon, so I'll have photos up soon (hopefully).

I think that might be all for now. It has been a pretty intense few months. December is coming up with a print for the mini-print show at the Gittins Gallery at the U. It is the annual fundraiser for the University's printmaking department. That is also a print of Lindsay Lohan. I think she is my muse right now. Uh oh.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Alternative Press Festival

Max Kelly and I launched BIRDBRAIN press today at the SLCPL Alternative Press Festival. It is our small publishing company that focuses on zines and comics. Check out our blog for more info!

We will also be at Craft Lake City in August, and probably at the Utah Humanities Book Festival in October. Ryan Perkins of Big Fun, SLC asked me to do a poster for him for the Alternative Press Festival. That image to come soon. Better late than never I suppose.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I was invited to participate in the "Smog Show" at the Bay Leaf Cafe in Salt Lake City. The show focuses on the crappy air quality in Salt Lake City. It opened on March 5th.
With these pieces I really explored this new cut-outs idea I have been thinking about. I made 5 mixed media, cut-out pieces using watercolor, colored pencil, regular pencil, and glitter. They are each a drawing of a specific landmark in Salt Lake City that is being attacked by a smog monster. The clouds and cloud elements are done with colored pencil. The drawings of the buildings are done in regular pencil. The backgrounds and hands are watercolored.

"Smog Monster!"
"Smog Monster II: Revenge of Smog"
"Smog Monster III: Smog Harder with a Vengeance"
"Smog Monster IV: Son of Smog"
"Smog Monster vs. Mega-Smog Monster"


I forgot to post my 8 fold books in the last post. There are 5 of them. Only 4 were photograph-able, but you can see the layouts below the photographs. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. They are also for sale, so contact me if you are interested in purchasing one.

 "8 Things I Like About You, Alec Baldwin"
"I Was Born, and Then Some Things Happened, and Now I Love My Life"
"A Little Book About Monsters"
"This Thing Happened, and Now I Have Seizures"

And here are the layouts (click to enlarge in new window):


Here are the pictures of the finished pieces for the "Friends of Friends: Works on Paper" show at the GARFO Gallery in Salt Lake City. It was curated by Cara Despain and Kenny Riches, who are both very awesome local artists.
I was asked what my influence was for this piece. Honestly, it was my love of large ferocious animals and celebrities. This is Amy Sedaris and large cats called called "Purr-fect Pals."

 here they are! Amy is about 6' tall.
from the side

close-ups of the heads: cats' eyes are gold glittery and Amy's lipstick is red glittery

Also in the show, and the reason I was invited to be in the show in the first place, is my good friend Claire Taylor.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I realized I haven't posted anything recently because I have forgotten to take pictures. Too wrapped up in making stuff!
Here are some, nearly finished, pieces for the upcoming show at the GARFO Gallery (click on current show to see the line-up) in Salt Lake City. The show is called Friends of Friends and features national and international artists who do works on paper.
This is my main piece. They are paper cutouts that I then watercolored and I will soon be mounting them on foam core.  The figure with the leopard in her mouth is about 6' tall.
initial sketch

top of the figure



leopard detail


tiger detail

The lighting in the room is kinda crappy, so the colors aren't quite true.
Also, some inspiration:

I am also in the process of making small, 8 fold zines for the show. Pictures to come soon!