Let me take you around my little art oasis and show you everything I use to create my mixed-media paintings and other creations. I take you through my whole space from packaging for art prints to canvas storage and some works in progress.Read More
When I walked into Biz Babez in DTLA for the first time and met Dani Nagel, the first thing I said to her was, “You look just like your pictures!” Dani is the colorful lady behind Dazey LA and one of the co-founders of Biz Babez. Her brands and her personal style evoke all the best things you think of when you think Los Angeles. When she asked me to create a collection of paintings for her Dazey Den I was so excited to get painting in Dazey’s warm vintage color palette.
For this mini collection, I designed three new pieces with that California desert color vibe in mind. This is a special open-edition of paintings, each one made by hand. For me, the most exciting thing about these paintings is the connection they have to my Ladies of the Canyon collection, an ode to the Laurel Canyon heyday and my spirit animal, Joni Mitchell.
In both collections I use thread to create shapes inspired by old-school yarn crafts, like God’s Eyes, something I associate so vividly with the 1970’s. The colors, the craft vibes and the loose canvas all work together to create that sense of freedom I see in Dazey.
Shop the EKS x Dazey LA collab collection here.
I had a blast translating my embroidered paintings into festive digital wallpaper for designlovefest's dress your tech! designlovefest is basically the inside of my brain in blog form, so it was a major honor to be part of Bri Emery's dreamy digital world.
What I love about these wallpaper designs is the texture of the thread, which adds a bit of dimension to our flat screens. I'm always interested in adding new life to folk art, like embroidery, and bringing it into our modern lives.
I've been watching home makeover shows my whole life and my favorite part has always been the classic painting-of-the-walls timelapse. It's just so satisfying to see a room change color in 30 seconds or less.
Since I've made it my life's mission never to paint my own walls again (the taping, the trim, droploths... I just cannot), I thought I'd share with you a good old-fashioned timelapse of how I made one of my favorite paintings. In real life it took many many hours, but through the magic of the internet you'll see it all come to life in a few short minutes.
I usually start by mixing paint color, but this one stole my heart right out of the tube. I apply loosely with a palette knife then follow up with a brush to get those painterly, improvised brushstrokes. Next I choose my thread colors. I'm a big follower of my intuition when it comes to art making, especially when it comes to color. I try to make decisions quickly and not overthink too much. Once I'm all set with colors, I draw some guidelines and get to stitching.
ope you enjoy the video! Don't forget to comment and let me know if you want to see more or if you have any questions!
Excited to announce a new collection of paintings on view at Los Angeles County Store January 2018! The show is titled "Ladies of the Canyon," and was inspired by my romanticized impressions of California.
I have a bit of a crazy obsession with Joni Mitchell. I've been listening to the same three or four albums of hers on repeat for the last fifteen years. Now you know 🤓
Before I moved here, a lot of my ideas and visions of LA came from listening to the music that came out of Laurel Canyon in the 1960s. And that's still the LA that I love in my mind: long hair, tambourines, being part of nature, creative freedom and all kinds of special herbs. The pieces in my collection are an abstract love letter to this mythical time and place.
All works available for purchase through LA County Store. View the collection online here
Show opens Saturday, January 13th and will be on view through January
LA County Store
4333 Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake
image © Henry Dilitz/MorrisonHotelGallery.com from Vanity Fair