Sharing my favorite images of the world around me
… to drop off a couple of photos for a Portraits show at Petaluma Memorial Hospital. I entered on the next to last day, thanks to the SF Etsy list sending out the call for artists even though it was near the end, and two of the five images I submitted were accepted. They’re both Abney Park performance photos, one of Daniel and one of Finn von Claret. (No, these are not current photos. They’re from the 2009 Edwardian Ball.)
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I just posted my new prototypes on Etsy for custom hair accessories, tiaras, and hat decorations.
In response to the most common query about my gears, yes, I do have movable gears now!
SF Bay Area Locals are welcome to place custom orders online for local pickup. I’m at TechShop San Jose most days, and will be in San Francisco on Thursday, 1/19/2012 as well as Friday and Saturday before the events. I may (cross our fingers) be attending the Alt.Dance event on 1/19/12 at DanzHaus, 1275 Connecticut St., SF.
Here’s an album of my steampunk photos submitted to the HSU Annual Portrait Show in 2009. How time flies!
Last night I showed my gear ornaments at TechShop SJ for First Friday, at their open house for all their Makers. You can see my entire inventory on the tree or strewn around it. On the left, you can see a red aluminum water bottle laser-engraved with kraken tentacles by Ilana of The Golden Gear. On the right, you can see a photo of a Segway replicated by a TechShop member. In the middle, you can see way too much bling on one tree!
After TechShop quieted down, I dashed around the few galleries that stay open past 9:00. It was good to catch up with my art friends! I got back to TechShop just in time to pack everything but the tree but wasn’t ready to call it a night: work awaits. So I went to my late-night coworking space, aka Denny’s, to make some new stock for Bazaar Bizarre and catch up on packing orders.
Here is a photo of the completed tree at the Ainsley House and a few closeups.
The Ainsley House Museum in Campbell, CA decided to do something different for their holiday decorations this year: Steampunk! And to make a long story short, the Geek Club and the Steam-Federation had two weeks to plan and execute this ambitious project. Besides recruiting the local Steampunk community to lend artifacts and costumes, we needed to make lots of ornaments that would look good from arm’s length quickly and cheaply.
One of our ideas took advantage of my laser cutter class and TechShop membership: gears drawn in Adobe Illustrator and cut from discarded IKEA boxes on the laser cutter. Since I designed five different gears and had four shades of metallic paint, it was easy to create unique assemblages with different layouts of varying sizes of gears, sprockets, and an elegant escapement.
The first batch decorated the Christmas tree, sconces, and other areas of the suite. The second batch I brought to Two Buck Tuesday at Kaleid Gallery and assembled an ornate star tree topper, a simpler topper, and a prototype simple ornament for my Etsy shop (also called SplendidColors). After assembling ornaments from the rest, I joined them into a gear-train-like garland with copper wire.
I also photographed the gears for my Etsy shop. However, I still need to work out some technical glitches with the laser cutter. It turns out that, thanks to the inverse-square law, the laser beam doesn’t cut as well the farther it gets from the plotter origin. I need to program the laser cutter so it uses different settings on different areas of the cardboard sheet so all the gears will be cut through cleanly.
Artists and crafters see many creative possibilities for these intricate yet lightweight and inexpensive faux gears.
Here’s my graphic design portfolio, all in one post!
The captions include the names of the art director and client.
Here are some photos from a few years ago in the tidepools of Northern California, Patrick’s Point State Park and Redwood National Park. I took these macro shots with a Nikon
5000P5400 in a soft underwater case.
Welcome to my online portfolio!
Although my most recent show, Sense of Wonder, gathers my botanical macrophotography, I also enjoy documenting my travels and the interesting people I encounter. One common thread in my fine art work is that I have taken a naturalistic documentary approach, working with available light and capturing scenes without intervention, rather than composing and lighting still life settings or models.
However, for graphic design work, I enjoy the challenge of setting up a scene to physically manifest the concepts from my imagination, as in the medicine cabinet photo. Although I can apply my photographic skills to design concepts, I am also skilled in Adobe Illustrator and can draw everything from clip art to scientific illustrations.