This is a series of Risograph prints, titled Exercises in Escapism, made from my digital illustrations. The series is a limited edition of three designs, each two-colors, printed in an edition of 30. Currently available at Press: Works on Paper in San Francisco and City Limits Gallery in Oakland.
Heavy Breathing is a summer series of free critical theory seminars in the San Francisco Bay Area. The seminars take form as absurd, artist-led fitness classes. Heavy Breathing invites guest artists and the general public to feel the burn as we combine physical exercise with group discussion on topics such as humor, ritual, failure, pleasure, aesthetics, and ephemerality. Very excited that Heavy Breathing was featured in the New Yorker this past July!
For this project, I designed their logo, bandana, and website in addition to art directing several photoshoots.
I created a series of stop motion animations for Headspace + Movember's film series about men's health. The animation sequences were woven in between interviews, taken place at Movember's Barber Shop in Los Angeles, CA.
Royal NoneSuch Gallery
Royal NoneSuch Gallery is an artist-run alternative art and event space located in Oakland, California. I re-designed their logo to better suit their mission and aesthetic. The asymmetrical shape is a play on the tired concept that galleries should be a white box, especially since RNG is in a DIY, shotgun shaped space that makes the curating and viewing experience unique. The words are positioned in a way that suggesting movement and playfulness, as they adapt to the unique space around them.
A just-for-fun project to make the passing of time feel a little more tropical.
SF or LA?
I designed and illustrated a flowchart for The Bold Italic addressing a hot topic for young Californians: should you live in Los Angeles or San Francisco? Even though the two cities couldn't be more different, they do share the laid back, breezy California vibe. I wanted the piece to remain geographically neutral while highlighting Classic California aesthetic. No specific landmarks were used, only suggestive color, pattern, and graphic elements featured in the copy.
Conclusion: Whether you prefer the bong or the bottle, smog or fog, there's a place for you.
Artists In Education
Southern Exposure is a San Francisco, CA based, artist-centered, non-profit organization. This tri-fold is for their Artists In Education program, which pairs students ages 12 to 21 with artists to provide a unique learning opportunity and creative outlet. Using 80’s skateboarding culture for inspiration, this tri-fold was designed to engage a teenage demographic with a fun and creative DIY culture.
In Nature is a collaborative publication between myself and Alexandra Williams. It documents our travels around California and Mexico as surfers, road trippers, and campers, breaking society's gender construct that the great outdoors is a masculine pursuit. With photographs and handwritten affirmations, this publication is intended to inspire other women to be adventurous and push boundaries of the self. As a limited edition of 20 (sold out), each copy is handbound with a screen printed cover.
Tape Waves are a surf-pop band from Charleston, SC. I designed their first two 7" albums and 12" for Bleeding Gold Records. Their dreamy, sun-drenched music is very reminiscent of California. Having hailed from Charleston before arriving in San Francisco, I can relate to the connection. Their beachy pop tunes remind me of palm trees (the ones on the cover were shot in Oakland), tide soaked sand, and waning sunlight.
For Wintershop 2015, I created a series of "unintention candles" meant to provide comic relief to the seriousness and stress of the daily grind. Light a candle, put on some UB40, and let the bullshit melt away. Each graphic has been printed onto clear vinyl and pressed onto multi-colored prayer candles made in Compton, CA. Inquire to purchase individually or wholesale.
One color screen print of my original design.
Ida Mae Rising
Business card design for Oakland-based jeweler, Ida Mae Rising.
Jasmine Reef is an alias for the collaborative work between myself and artist Reba West Fraser. In 2013 we published the book WET. It is 24 pages of carefully styled photographs that aim to transcend you straight into summertime. We directed the photo shoot in front of a green screen, no pools were harmed (or used) in this project. The models were photographed standing vertically on the raft and have been rotated horizontally. Gravity is pulling in an unnatural direction, giving the photos an awkward stiffness and subtle sense that something is not what it seems. You may view the entire publication online here.
Kellee Creative is the new venture L.A. based fiber artist, Kellee Vopelak. Focused on - but not limited to - her handwoven loom pieces, Kellee is also a master craftswoman of many creative trades.
For Kellee, I designed her logo and business cards.