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I just arrived home from my three day trip to the great city of Milwaukee. This is my third trip to Milwaukee, and I really love it there. Two out of the three times I’ve gone there, it’s been in the middle of the winter, and MAN is it cold there. Like I would wear a face mask if I lived there. That kind of cold. But it’s also really beautiful in Wisconsin and the people there are super friendly. Highlights of my trip:
-The Abstract Fiction show at the University of Wisconsin Art Gallery. What a magnificent space. Above top left you can see Liz Miller’s amazing huge pink installation to the right and a portion of Eddie J. Villanueva’s installation on the left. Deedee Cheriel and I both showed wall pieces. You can see my friend Faythe looking at my shadowboxes on the top right. I did not feel too nervous during my artist talk, which is a miracle. Maybe I was just too tired to have the jitters after having been up since 4 a.m. California time.
-Friends, friends and more friends who came to that show, like the amazing and very cool Veronica, who came all the way from Chicago. And Rebecca and Robbie, who I adore and brought my flowers!! And my pals Melissa and JW of the Little Friends of Printmaking, who I could talk to forever. And Colleen and Marisa, who I met that night and who were so gracious and kind. And all the other cool people who I met that night, who are far too many to name! You were all highlights!
-Going to get french fries and whiskey after the show with Faythe and Janelle. I loved hanging with these ladies in a warm bar on a cold night.
-Thrifting and antiquing with Faythe. We did marathon thrifting an antiquing both Saturday and Sunday and I got a bunch of really, really cool stuff and barely spent any money. I love that I have a friend who has as much endurance for this kind of thing as I do. Thank you, Faythe.
-The Kohler Art Center which was so great. My favorite was the work of Timothy Wehrle, which has to be observed up close in order to be fully appreciated.
-Saturday night drinks with Faythe and her man Aaron and Heather of Bona Drag. Favorite place was At Random, and completely old school bar inside and out (only mixed drinks + liquor are served, no beer or wine), and you must wait to be seated (no standing bar). The impressive exterior is pictured above, bottom right.
-Getting to stay with Faythe and Aaron and spending some good quality time with these two friends. They are awesome people.
I am so happy to be home. At least for a little bit. I leave Thursday again for Portland for another show, this one at Land Gallery. More on that this week.
Time to get some cuddle in with Wilfredo before I get back to work.
Tomorrow I leave for Milwaukee. I’m going for my second show there. My first show there was at the now-closed small Paper Boat Gallery, where I made a crazy doily-meets-neon installation in 2008 called Life in WonderMountain. What I remember most about that trip besides hanging out with owner (and dear friend) Faythe Levine was how incredibly COLD it was that December. I have lived most of my life in California, and my body does not know what to make of temperatures below 25 degrees.
This time, I’m showing at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee with three nationally known artists. I’m being flown out by the University and giving a talk tomorrow night. Note to self: My, how things have changed for me in three short years. You can read more about the show, called Abstract Fiction, here. The weather will likely be a bit warmer this time around, thanks to strange weather all over the US this winter.
I’ll be showing six shadowboxes (many of which I’ve shared here on the blog over the last couple of months), two large drawings (one of a dead bird and one of reindeer antlers), and a small accordion book, pictured in my studio below.
All the work for the show will be for sale, so if you think you are interested in any of it, let me know and I’ll put you in contact with the gallery.
So looking forward to seeing all my Milwaukee pals who are able to come out tomorrow night for the opening. I’m also looking forward to a weekend of play with Faythe, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the universe.
My posts here (except 365 Days of Hand Lettering) may be spotty over the next few days while I am away. But at some point, I’ll give you a recap or two of the opening and my travels.
Happy Thursday, friends!
Words cannot express how proud I am of my partner Clay who co-produced this amazing It Gets Better video for California College of the Arts where she works. She’s also in it (she’s the adorable woman in the grey hooded sweatshirt). I hope you will watch & share.
Hi everyone! There is a really long interview with me on The Great Discontent today! I talk about how I got started making art in my early 30’s and what the process was like for me. Also, there’s a bit about how I grew up, my family, my interests outside of making art, and a bunch of other stuff about me you never wanted to know. If any of this interests you, give it a read! I want to thank Ryan and Tina of the Great Discontent for featuring me! They were a dream to work with!
This past week I attended Alt Design Summit. That’s me on the left all dressed up for the white-themed Winter Wonderland party (yep, I’m wearing a white wig!) and on the right with two of my favorite people Kelly Beall of Design Crush and Uncle Beefy of the Bedlam of Beefy outside in downtown Salt Lake during the Saturday evening snow storm (thank you to Victoria for that photo!). I love Kelly and Bradford so much.
I went into the experience of Alt very excited about the experience. But I was also pretty dubious and a bit nervous. Would I really have a good time? Or would I feel overwhelmed and awkward in a sea of female design bloggers? I am so happy to report that while there were overwhelming moments, I had a completely amazing time and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat (I already cannot wait for next year!).
There were fantastic speakers and panels, great parties each night, and I got to meet loads of incredible people. On the left above I’m posing for a photo with Janine of UPPERCASE (the publisher of my book) and my two dear friends and roommates Victoria of sfgirlbybay and Rena Tom. On the right are me and Shayna Kulik of Pattern Pulp showing off our love for stripe and pattern at Friday’s lunch.
I had some unforgettable moments over the week too, meeting some powerful and inspirational women. I met and hung out (even went thrifting) with Emily Henderson (that’s us, above, left) who is as charming in person as she is on television; I chatted the articulate and talented Pilar Guzman of Martha Stewart Living (she was on Thursday’s keynote panel); and had the privilege of meeting Anya, the winner of the last season of Project Runway, who is also pretty adorable in person! Oh, and the photo on the right? That’s Victoria and I in our fancy shoes before the Winter Wonderland party.
On Thursday I was on a really great panel with Anne Sage of The City Sage, Liz Stanley of Say Yes to Hoboken and Rena Tom. We talked to a standing room only crowd about living a creative life filled with multiple projects. What amazing women! It was a privilege to sit with them and talk about what we do.
Besides all of the aforementioned people, I also loved getting to spend quality time with my friends Grace Bonney of DesignSponge (and her amazing team), Morgan of The Brick House, Laure Joliet, Jason Hudson, Alix of Cute and Delicious, Margot of Pitch Design Union, Kate of Art Hound, Danielle of The Jealous Curator, Ben Silberman of Pinterest (who gave one of the best keynote presentations I have ever heard), Christine Castro Hughes, EZ of Creature Comforts, Maggie of Mighty Girl, Nicole of Making it Lovely, Jordan of Oh Happy Day, Rebecca of Permanently Disco, Marisa of Creative Thursday and so many more!! I also want to thank everyone who came to me and introduced themselves. It was a pleasure to meet all of you!
Salt Lake city is such a beautiful place and I also enjoyed the scenery. Thinking next year I need to plan a way to include a little documentary-film-watching at Sundance into my trip after Alt is over.
Perhaps the best part about going away and having a dreamy trip with a lot of cool people is coming home and being with family. I got lots of smooches from Wilfredo when I arrived back in San Francisco!
Now it’s back to real life for a few days. I leave for Milwaukee on Friday so I am soaking in being here in my apartment with my own bed, my pup and cats, delicious home-cooked food, and my wonderful partner Clay.