Tiffanie Turner :: HEADS

05/07/14

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If you’ve been paying attention on the interwebs over the last week, you might have noticed there is a lot of talk about an exhibition of gigantic crepe paper flowers happening in San Francisco right now. That exhibition, which opens at Rare Device on Friday, is the handiwork of artist Tiffanie Turner. I first met Tiffanie when she came to an event in my studio in early 2012. At the time, she was interested in getting back to making art — she is a licensed architect who left the industry several years ago — and was looking for new creative pursuits. She has in the two years since engaged in a multitude of serious creative projects — all of which are documented on her blog. But none has caught the attention of her fans (and the general public) as much as her giant paper flowers.

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Through HEADS, Tiffanie explores the organized chaos and rhythms of nature — and in some ways (I’d hazard to guess) it explores (and may bring a sense of order) to the “chaos” of her own life. Each flower, made from crepe paper, takes her 35 to 80 hours to make — a true feat of strength and perseverance for Tiffanie, who lives & works in a small apartment in San Francisco with her husband and two kids, who are 4 and 8 years old.

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HEADS opens with a reception this Friday May 9 from 6-8:00 p.m. at Rare Device. You can read more about Tiffanie and her stunning flowers on this fabulous article published this week by The SF Chronicle. All photos by Sarah Deragon and Tiffanie Turner.

See you at the opening & Happy Wednesday!

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New “Fête” Leggings and Shift Dress

05/06/14

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Hi friends, I’m super excited to announce that I’ve got leggings and a shift dress with my “Fête” abstract painting design over at printalloverme.com. You can find the leggings here and the shift dress here.

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Happy shopping & have a great Tuesday!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Paintings
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New *DONUT* Poster :: Good Editions

05/05/14

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I am so thrilled & honored to be part of the Portland State University Graphic Design Department’s GOOD EDITIONS project! For the project, I created the donut themed poster above (WHO DOESN’T LOVE DONUTS??) which is for sale for just $25 (A STEAL for an 18×24 inch poster!). You can purchase it through buyolympia.com.

What is Good Editions? It’s the online shop for the Portland State Graphic Design Program. In their own words: “Our intention is to create a portal that showcases the incredible work that is coming out of our program whether it be from students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the program. All money we raise goes to support the Portland State Graphic Design program and will be used to fund everything from supplies for workshops to bringing in guest speakers.”

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Each term, Good Editions features three artists who donate their time and artistic expertise to create a print for the shop (this term, that’s me, and also Will Bryant and Dan Cassaro). I also selected two pieces that inspired me from a pool of work submitted by students from Portland State (you can see those here). Each of the chosen student work along with the featured artist prints are available for sale to raise money.

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I hope you will support PSU’s Graphic Design Program through Good Editions! You can get my poster here.

Happy Monday, friends!

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Lines & Circles Paintings Now Available

05/02/14

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Friends. work for my solo show Lines & Circles is now available online here in the Marion & Rose shop. There are 22 paintings for sale, and 1 limited edition print (edition of 25 only).

You can also view and purchase the work in person at Marion & Rose’s Workshop in Oakland. You can find the shop’s location and directions here.

Lines & Circles is up until June 15 and can be viewed during any open hours. The show opens tonight (I will be there between 5 pm and 6 pm only tonight) and there is a reception on May 10 from 4-7 pm (I’ll be there for that entire party!).

If you are interested, you can read an interview on the Marion & Rose blog about my work & inspiration and other topics here (with some cool shots of my studio).

I have been making representational paintings and drawings for fourteen years, but this is my first complete body of abstract work. I heard a famous designer say a few years ago that everything is made up of lines and circles. I have never been able to let that idea go, and it has since changed the way I approach drawing and painting. For example, in my representational work, I think of a leaf not as a leaf anymore, but as a collection of connected lines, both straight and curved. In my abstract work, lines and circles play with and against each other to create energy and movement. I am forever obsessed with “perfect balance”, and while I am not sure I ever achieve it in my work, it is always my goal. Abstract painting has freed me up to play with shapes and the space around them in new an interesting ways.

Thank you for your interest! Click here to purchase!

Happy Friday.

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More Framed Paintings for Lines & Circles Show

05/01/14

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If you missed it yesterday, I’m showing a preview of some of the (now framed) pieces that are going into my show Lines & Circles at Marion & Rose’s Workshop in Oakland, which opens tomorrow. You can see the pieces I posted yesterday here. All of the paintings (there are 22 in all, ranging in size from 5×7 to 24×36 inches) will be for sale starting at 9 am PST tomorrow, Friday, May 2, in the Marion & Rose shop. At 9 am tomorrow, I’ll provide a link to the shop.

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In the Heat of the Night, 9×12 inches on masonite.

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Hamlet 3 and Many Moons, both 6×6 inches on masonite.

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Tornado, 11×14 inches on masonite.

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Constellation and Eclipse, both 5×7 inches on wood.

 

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Map of my Brain, 10×10 inches on masonite.

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Hamlet 1, 8×10 inches on wood.

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Lines & Circles opens tomorrow (the gallery will be open till 7 pm tomorrow night). The official opening party will be held Saturday, May 10, from 4-7 pm. All are welcome! Hope to see you there. Have a great Thursday!

 

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Framed!

04/30/14

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April Revelry, 24×24 inches on wood.

I’ve spent the last several days framing up my paintings for my upcoming show Lines & Circles at Marion & Rose’s Workshop. There are 22 paintings in the show, all of them abstract, and they range in size from 5×7 inches to 24×36 inches. I’ve spent the last few days framing all of them in 1/4 inch birch wood with my miter saw.

Today I’m going to share a few of them with you, and tomorrow and Friday I’ll share a few more so you can see the full range of work. All of these paintings are for sale through Marion & Rose and Friday –  once they are available –  I’ll share the link to purchase them. You can also visit Marion & Rose’s Workshop in person at 461 9th St, Oakland or call the gallery during open hours to purchase work over the phone with a credit card.

The show opens this Friday night (I’ll be there for an hour or two at the opening if you want to stop by) and then on May 10 I’m having a reception from 4-7 pm at the gallery. All are welcome!

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Arches & Swell, both 6×6 inches on masonite.

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Swimming, 16×20 inches on wood.

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Like Magic, 24×36 inches on wood.

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Floating World, 8×10 inches on masonite.

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The End of the World as We Know It, 11×14 inches on wood.

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You Turn Me Right Round, 8×10 inches on wood.

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Ghost Mountain, 11×14 inches on wood.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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Collaborations with Clay :: Project 1

04/29/14

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A couple of months ago my wife Clay and I were talking about my sewing project this year in which I have committed to making my own clothes or buying them second hand for the entire year — all in an effort to consume less & save money, or at least to be more conscious of my consumption & spending. Clay mentioned that she’d been thinking about how together we could extend that idea to gift giving. We collectively spend a lot of money on gifts each year — for things like birthdays and holidays, and also for smaller things like going to a friend’s home for dinner. She suggested that we spend time about once a month designing and making our own gifts for friends and family, all ready made to give away.

So this past weekend we embarked on our first collaborative project: citrus bath salts (made from scratch, which is super easy!). Clay came up with the name Un Bon Bain (that’s “a good bath” in French), I designed the packaging (which was carved for block printing), and we made the bath salts and block printed the packaging together.

Here are the stamps I carved to make the packaging. For more on carving stamps & block printing, I recommend Christine Schmidt’s book Print Workshop. My friend Jen Hewett (another amazing block printer) is also teaching a block printing class at Makeshift Society in May. I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon block printing with Jen last week (after reading Christine’s book) and got to put everything I’d read into practice.

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Ahead of time, we purchased all the ingredients for the bath salts (we used Martha Stewart’s recipe here), the jars (purchased at a local food coop), and everything we needed for block printing (I used my friend Christine’s book, mentioned above, as a reference for that).

Then Sunday we got to work. Making the bath salts was super easy and fast. Printing the labels took a bit longer because there were some mess-ups (all part of the learning process since block printing is new to us).

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In the end, we have 12 jars of bath salts, ready to gift! We plan to make different gifts monthly, and next (since not everyone wants to take a bath), we’ll be making some flavored nuts with their own packages. Stay tuned for that.

Best part? Spendng time with Clay getting ink on our hands.

Have a happy Tuesday, friends!

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Illustration in Martha Stewart Living :: May ’14

04/28/14

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I was so excited last week when my second illustration for Martha Stewart Living Magazine came out in the May issue. You may recall that last year I did this little piece for them (which was also really fun).

The story is about the mental health benefits of kindness. Here is a close up of the illustration & the cover of the current issue:

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Have a great Monday, friends.

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Oakland Book Signing This Saturday!

04/28/14

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Friends, I’m having another Bay Area signing, and this one is in my current home town of Oakland! Come out to Nathan & Company’s College Avenue shop this Saturday, May 3, any time between 1-2:30, and I’ll be there to say hello and sign your copy (the store will have copies on hand for purchase). Oh, and Wilfredo will be making a special appearance at this signing, so if you’d like to meet him (or me), now’s your chance!

Have a great week!

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Will Taylor :: Bright Bazaar

04/25/14

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About two years ago I met Will Taylor online, probably on Twitter or Instagram (I can’t remember exactly). Since 2009, Will has kept a blog called Bright Bazaar, on which he writes prolifically about interior design and his commodious love for color. Aside from having a really fantastic eye for design, Will is simply one of the most genuinely authentic and kind people you will ever meet on the interwebs. One of the most exciting things that’s happened recently for those of us who love Will and his bold aesthetic is that he’s recently written a beautiful book. The book, called (aptly) Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style (St. Martins, 2014), features not only Will’s own gorgeous home in the UK, but the homes of many people who revere and use color in magnificent ways. Lucky for us, it’s released TUESDAY, April 29 in the US! I got an advance copy and I can’t want to share some of it with you.

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In his book, Will offers recipes for “Color Cocktails” and their coordinating mood boards (see the amazing examples above and below for “Tangerine Dream” and “The Citrus Twist”), along with step by step advice to create color-filled rooms. This book is particularly great for people who love the idea of using color but are intimidated to decorate with it.

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Almost every inch of this 191 page coffee-table-sized book was gorgeously photographed in bold color by ultra talented Andrew Boyd. The text is super easy to follow, accessible and light-hearted, just like decorating should be! Bright Bazaar is organized not only by color family (there is even a section on decorating in black and white) but also by room, like home offices (see below). There is even a section on outdoor spaces.

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Will is currently on tour in the US and signing books all over! Check his blog for when he might be in your neck of the woods.

I leave you now with this photo of Will, because a) it’s adorable and b) behind this stunning book is a real person, who works really hard and does it all with a generous heart. Oh, and he’s go amazing style himself, wouldn’t you say?

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{photo of Will by Kiana Underwood}

Thank you for being you, Will, and thank you for making this book! Friends, you can get it here and in most bookstores.

Have a happy weekend, friends.

CATEGORIES: Inspiration
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New Abstract Work

04/24/14

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{April Revelry, 24×24 inches, acrylic and gold leaf on wood}

I have been busy at the studio preparing for my upcoming show at Marion & Rose’s Workshop here in Oakland. The show includes about 25 abstract paintings, ranging in size from 5×7 inches to 24×36 inches. It opens May 2, and the opening party (all are welcome) will be held May 10 from 4-7 pm. All of the work will be available through Marion & Rose’s Workshop starting May 2.

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{Fête, 24×36 inches, acrylic and gold leaf on wood}

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{Broken Wheels, acrylic on wood, 24×24 inches}

Have a great Thursday, friends. If you are in San Francisco, I hope to see you at my book signing tonight!

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Thank You

04/23/14

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{I carved a stamp! More on my adventures in stamp carving and block printing coming soon.}

I wanted to take a moment today to say thank you to the people who read my blog and support my work. I get many amazing emails every week, and I don’t always have time to respond to them all (or at least respond quickly). I appreciate each of them, and all of the encouragement and interest that is included in them. I am also grateful for all of the love and support you give on Facebook, on Twitter and Instagram. And then there are the good people who contact me because they are interested in hiring me to illustrate things, to invest in my talents or to collaborate with me in some way.

Ten years ago I never could have imagined that I would be doing what I do every day. And without you — the people who read my blog, buy my work & books, take my classes, pay me to draw things for you and spread the word about what I do — I would not be here. So thank you!!!

Off to ship Etsy orders (and use my new THANK YOU stamp).

Have a great Wednesday.

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SF Book Launch & Signing Thursday!

04/22/14

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Just a reminder that my San Francisco Book Launch and Signing Party is happening at Rare Device this Thursday, April 24 from 6-8 pm! All welcome & I hope to see you there!

Happy Tuesday.

CATEGORIES: Hand Lettering | My Books
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2014 :: A Sewing Odyssey :: #4

04/21/14

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If you’ve been following along here, you know that I’ve committed not to buy any new clothing in 2014, and instead only to buy second hand or to make my own. And last week I made the fourth item in my Sewing Odyssey project! To make the dress, I used Ed Emberley’s “Scribbles” fabric in black on white with Marikmekko fabric on the pockets (I get scraps of Marimekko fabric at the Crate and Barrel Outlet in Berkeley, CA). My necklace is by the amazingly talented Emily Green.

I used Sonya Philip’s Dress #2 Pattern. You may recall that I wrote a few times about Sonya’s 100 Acts of Sewing Project back in 2012. Sonya is a huge inspiration to me, not only for her dress project, but in life in general. Someday I hope to be as prolific, talented and innovative at the sewing machine as she is!

Sonya’s Dress #2 pattern is a very simple pattern; unlike the first dress I made (which had gussets on the sides) this one has just a front and back, two sleeves and two pockets. It requires about 2.5-3 yards of fabric. The sleeves were a tiny bit tricky to fit perfectly in the armholes, but with patience you’ll get them. It was also recommended to me after I sewed the dress not to sew the sides of the dress until the sleeves are fitted in so that you can get a perfect, pucker-free fit where sleeves and armholes meet. I recommend if you’ve never sewn a dress with sleeves before to start with Sonya’s Dress Pattern #1, which is sleeveless (also available in her shop).

In the end, it’s a bit more of a tunic than a dress (to wear with leggings or pants underneath), but that’s just what I like, so I am very happy with it! I think if I make this dress again, I might play around with length and also adjusting the sleeves so they flare a bit more at the ends.

Next month, I’m going to make a skirt by drafting my own pattern. I’m taking Cal Patch’s amazing pattern drafting class on Creativebug, and am so excited about beginning to make clothes that fit my specific measurements.

Have a great Monday!

CATEGORIES: Sewing & Upcycling
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Words for the Day :: No. 20

04/18/14

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In honor of one of my favorite writers. May he rest in peace!

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