This is a bowl I threw during the Summer of 2016 at the California State Summer School of the Arts. The inside is glazed every with an opaque cream color, but on the outside I decided to fade the glaze into the raw terra-cotta clay, and I just love the way it turned out.
This is a pair of small vessels I threw during the Summer of 2016 at California State Summer School of the Arts. They are some of my favorite pieces I have made, and are some of the inspiration for my work moving forward, and what I am interested in offering at West Coast Craft INTRO this September.
The amazing Laamsha Young of Blank Verse Jewelry taught me some amazing metalworking skills and helped me make this pair of hoop earrings inspired by the crescent moon. I learned to saw, file, solder, hammer, and polish in the process of making these earrings and I am absolutely delighted with the results!
These are two bowls I threw in the Summer of 2016 at California State Summer School of the Arts. They are unglazed, which means they do not hold liquid, but I use them to hold jewelry and other small trinkets in my room. I love the bumpy texture of them, due mainly to the grout in the clay. These bowls do not have feet, and in a way I really like the way they rest on a surface without them.
I threw both of these bowls at the California State Summer School of the Arts. I spent one month there and double majored in ceramics and printmaking and learned to throw pottery on the wheel for the first time. It took me four days to be able to even center the clay. My hands were raw and by back tired, but I was hooked. These bowls were my two favorite to come out of that month, mostly because I just love the way the glazes turned out. I currently use the smaller bowl to store my home-grown white sage smudge stick that I burn in my room to cleanse the air, and the larger one to keep my precious assortment of gold earrings in. Both very sacred tasks!
I made this bag by carving a woodblock, printing that woodblock on a patch of fabric, and sewing that patch onto an old tote bag with a design that I didn't enjoy and was just going to give to the goodwill. So much radical in one bag!
All the faces I depicted in this woodblock are from pictures I found on the internet of black people who were murdered by police officers. Some of these people are children, some of them elders, all of them human. As I sat, staring into their faces and rendering their beautiful features in the expressive, difficult, and complex medium of wood carving, I mourned and I processed and I planned.
I am ashamed to live in a society where the right of some of its citizens to not be murdered is still questioned and needs reaffirmed. But I will affirm it, with every chance I get and with every time I use this bag and carry it around for all to see and for all to remember.
I'm making cloth dolls now! Something I've wanted to do for so long. This is one of my favorite dolls of the bunch because I think she has a vintage and prairie style look about her. Little House on the Prairie was (is) a huge part of my life, and when I look at this doll it takes me back to dressing up in an apron and bonnet and toting picnics around the meadow in second grade.
When I set out to make a bunch of cloth dolls for a craft fair, I knew I wanted to make dolls with different skin tones. I've had a doll since I was about two that has dark skin, and as a child I never thought once that that was strange. Now, I've realized that children's toys are almost always light skinned with Euro-centric features except for when they are marketed to children with darker skin. That's ridiculous! It perpetuates the idea that white skin is the "norm" and dark skin is the exception, which is totally ridiculous considering the minority majority. I created this doll in the hopes that not only would little boys and girls be able to find a doll that looked like them, but also that they might find a doll with darker skin just as reasonable and lovely as the rest!!!
This is a zine I created using a typewriter, a black pen, and a copy machine. It started with a project that I was designing for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History's Radical Craft Night. The activity was "Slow Fashion Patch Making" where I was teaching guests how to embroider little scraps of recycled fabrics and create cute patches that could be used to extend the lives of their belongings. I created this little zine to accompany the project so that guests could have something to take home and use to learn more. The project was a huge success and I've had the opportunity to repeat it at multiple events. Lately, I've been selling little mending kits at local craft fairs with this zine and a cute fabric patch and they have been very popular as stocking stuffers for young kids. I'm so thrilled that these traditional practices of preservation are being revived!
I sewed this red linen blouse from an XL dress that I bought at a local thrift store for about $3. I cut a rectangle for the body from the skirt of the dress, and then added some rectangular sleeves that were pieced together from other areas of the dress. Then I threaded a thin piece of elastic through the top for a prairie style look that requires no closures (zippers, buttons, etc.). It was quite simple to make and I really like how it tuned out. I love working with lovely fabrics such as linen because a very simple garment can be so sophisticated and fine. Fabrics with integrity create beautiful things, especially when that fabric was reclaimed for next to no cost!
I sewed this linen blouse from a thrifted skirt. Similar in construction to the first, this one has short sleeves with elastic on both sides. The fit is a little off, sometimes it rides up too much, and I'm wondering if that has something to do with the tightness of the elastic. It took a few attempts of trial and error to get all the elastic to pull correctly. I think I will continue to experiment with some of these up-cycled blouses, and do some experiments testing the ratios between fabric width and elastic length.
I spent a Sunday afternoon making my first foray into natural dyeing with turmeric! Using vinegar as a fixative, I gathered up pretty much everything in my house that was relatively white and turned it BRIGHT yellow! This bag, which had been stained multiple times and was looking quite grimy was given new life in the dye pot.
I chose turmeric for my first experiment because it does't require any chemical fixatives that need to be purchased. I did it all with things I had around my house (which is my favorite way to make anything!). Plus, if you've ever cooked with turmeric, you know it's super easy to get some color out of it.
I sewed this sweater from two other sweaters that were either thrifted or given to me (some of MANY).