SWARM - Artist Research Residency

SWARM - Artist Research Residency

I wanted to write about my recent artist residency while still fresh in my mind. Parts of it are already starting to lose their shine and fade away as I slip back into the routine of daily life. I spent 8 days at the Ayatana Research Residency in Chelsea Quebec. The theme of the residency was insects.

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Time to unplug (at least for a little while)


In just a couple of days I am off to my biophilia residency in Quebec. I am really excited about it and can’t wait to learn, research and be inspired by all of the activities. I have decided to unplug for the week. Lately I have been feeling very overwhelmed by all of the information coming at me, it’s just too much. This residency is a perfect opportunity to get back to nature and really be present. So no social media, internet, laptop or TV for me. I am making an exception for my Kindle and Ipod. I can’t live without my music and books. Although this is not an art making residency (more for research and learning) I plan on doing a lot of writing and sketching. I will be bringing a small watercolor setup and a cyanotype making kit. Both are pretty small and require minimal setup.

I promise to share all of the details and images with everyone when I get back.

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Bats, fireflies, and a whole lot of artwork

The life of an artist can be kind of unpredictable. Even when you try and plan or outline your year you really never know what opportunities will pop up, what you will or will not get accepted or invited to.  When you apply for exhibits, grants, residencies, etc. It can be several months before you know if it is going to work out or not. I’m not complaining, in fact I love it - it’s exciting and fun and always changing. It just means that sometimes things can be a bit overwhelming and challenging to work out; especially when you have an enthusiastic toddler who wants to be a part of everything.residency So in true artistic style my summer is jam packed. I am so so soooo excited to share that I will be attending a week long biophilia artist research residency in Quebec. The theme of the residency is nocturne and each night we will be working with a different scientist or expert in a variety of fields. We will be learning about and catching fireflies with an entomologist, spending the night in the Lafleshe Cave system to witness the departure and arrival of a colony of bats, inoculating grain with bioluminescent fungus, as well as working with and learning about Herpetology, Ornithology, Astronomy and more.

Another crazy thing that I will be participating in is the Sanchez Art Center 50/50 art exhibit. I will be creating 50, 6x6 pieces of art in 50 days in the theme of Bugs and Botanicals. I know, I may be a bit mad especially since my residency is in the middle of those 50 days but I am always up for a challenge.

Thank You

I want to thank everyone who came out to the opening reception of Diary of a Naturalist. It was such a great evening. I met and talked with so many wonderful people. Its always great to be able to talk to strangers about your art and give them a little insight and background into your process. I have really enjoyed my residency at TechShop, it has opened up a whole new world for me and I cant wait to experiment and try other areas of the shop.

If you didn't get a chance to come out to the opening the exhibit will be up until Sept. 26th.

Here are some images from the exhibit and opening.

In the final stretch

There is only 2 weeks until the opening of my exhibit at TechShop. I am in the final stretch of prepping everything. This is the time where all of the behind the scenes stuff happens - titling, labeling, pricing, figuring out the hanging configuration, etc. You can learn more about the exhibit here. I am very excited about the show. I have learned so much and had a lot of fun during my TechShop residency.  There is so much more I want to learn and try out too. For those of you who don’t know about the TechShop it is an amazing place. Their tag line is “Build your Dreams Here” and boy can you. Imagine a place with every tool you can ever want; laser cutters, 3D printers, full wood and metal shops, sewing, embroider and quilting machines, vacuum formers, water jets, a variety of software and so so much more. They teach classes on how to use all of the equipment and are open 24 hours. So needless to say it’s pretty fantastic and I have had access to everything during my residency.


Save the Date

I have been working away during my 3 month residency at the Tech Shop San Jose. I have been creating some really cool pieces ( at least I think they are). Save the Date!

Friday Sept 4th - 7pm

Opening reception for “Diary of a Naturalist” my solo exhibit at the Tech Shop San Jose

More details soon


Iceland or Bust

I can’t believe that it in 3 weeks I will be in Iceland. Time just slips by so quickly. A lot of people have been asking about the residency and what I plan to do during my time there. So I thought I would share some of my plans and info about this adventure.

From the West coast it will take about 9 hours to get to Iceland with a 2 hour layover, they are also 8 hours ahead of PST so I will arrive at 6:45 AM - yuck. I am going over early so I can spend a few days doing the tourist thing in Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik I fly to Akureyri the second largest city in Iceland that is about 45 min away from Siglufjördur the northern most town in Iceland and home of the Herhús residency. I will be at the residency from Nov 2nd – 27th. Here is a little blurb from the residency website.

Herhús in Siglufjördur is a newly renovated artist-in-residence home and workshop located in the centre of town next to all service. The house, commonly referred to as Herhúsid (the Armyhouse) , belonged to the Salvation Army and many of the inhabitants in Siglufjordur cherish joyful memories from the meetings held there in the old days.

While there plan on focusing my energies on three main areas:

1) Photo weaving project: I will be brining lots of large scale 20x20 photos with me and hand weaving them while there. I will have all my supplies, X-ACTO knives, cutting mat, straight edge, ect to assist me with this project. I will also be creating some smaller pieces 8X8, 10X10. Since I don’t know if there are any printing facilities in town, I am planning on brining all of my prints with me. If I am lucky there will be somewhere I can get prints made of the photos I take while in Iceland.

2) An encaustic a day: I would like to make a small photo encaustic piece each day. This will allow me to practice my encaustic painting and have lots of new little 6x6 pieces for the holidays. I am in the process of making lots of encaustic medium to bring with me along with my hot plate and other tools.

3) Business Stuff: This is not always the fun stuff to work on but I will have time and it needs to be done. I would really like to put some proposal together for new exhibits, grants, and other art related stuff. I also just got a new artist business software GYST (short for Getting Your Sh*t Together) and plan on getting everything entered into that.

So there you have it, a brief overview of my plans. Sometimes it seems like a lot but it’s all I will be doing 24/7 for a month so I think it is doable. I do plan on taking some photo excursion and exploring my surroundings. I really hope to see the Northern Lights and interact with some of the locals.

In search of the Northern Lights

Happy Summer ! I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. This year has been so amazing for me, and it keeps getting better.

I am very excited to share that I have been invited to another artist residency. This November I will be heading out to Herhúsid Artist Residency in Siglufjördur Iceland, for a month. I know this residency will present unique physical and mental challenges with the average temperature in Nov at 30⁰F and only 4-6 hours of sunlight. But, I am really looking forward to experiencing the Northern Lights and the unique landscape of glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal springs, rolling pastures and much more.
My Silicon Valley Arts Council Fellowship Grant will assist me with airfare, food and art supplies. I have a couple of projects in mind to work on during my stay including continuing work on my hand hand woven photographs that I began in Costa Rica.
In addition to that wonderful news I also have two solo exhibits, one group exhibit and several art festival/fairs coming up.

I am excited to invite you to the following events:

Solo Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibition - Efflorescence Series
September 1st - October 30th
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA
I will exhibiting select pieces from my Efflorescence Series
Solo Exhibition - Wax Libris
September 1st - October 30th
Cafe Trieste
315 S 1st St
San Jose, CA
I will be exhibiting all new encaustic book art pieces

Group Exhibition:

Memento Mori
Opening Reception on August 20th, 2011
Modern Eden Gallery
403 Francisco st.
San Francisco, CA
I will have one new encaustic piece in this show. Modern Eden also carries my upcycled bullet jewelry

Art Fairs & Festivals:

STREET MRKT - First Fridays Art Walk
Friday August 5th
7:00pm – 10:00pm
SoFA District (So. First Street between San Carlos and E. Reed streets)
I will have a booth and be selling my artwork and jewelry

STREET MRKT - First Fridays Art Walk
Friday September 2nd
7:00pm – 10:00pm
First Fridays Art Walk
SoFA District (So. First Street between San Carlos and E. Reed streets)
I will have a booth and be selling my artwork and jewelry

Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th
San Pedro Square Market
I will have a booth and be selling my jewelry

4th Annual Luna Park Chalk Art Festival
Saturday September 24th
10:00am – 4pm
Backesto Park, San Jose, CA

Come and enjoy some amazing chalk artists, Aztec dancers and lots of arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit arts education in local schools
I will have a booth and be selling my artwork and jewelry