Monday, December 28, 2009

hand-sewn sketchbook

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i made my first hand-made sketchbook by binding rives BFK drawing paper and sewing the cover from patterned cotton fabric and off-white muslin for the inside lining.

in japan, it is common to hand-sew neat covers for bunkobon, or small paperback books, which is a good idea because sometimes, beautiful books have the misfortune of being published with hideous covers. i have a few examples on my shelf which deserve better dust jackets. it is also a good way to hide embarrassing reading material.

Friday, December 25, 2009

happy holidays!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

the last romanovs

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Monday, December 21, 2009

magic

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i shot, processed, and printed them on friday. they are all a little funny, underexposed, but i think it's charming. wabi-sabi; i am embracing imperfection. the very fact that they exist and that i made them is a little miracle.

Friday, December 11, 2009

minicards, too

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and the half-size cards with my blog address came in the post today! i love them, too.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

business cards!

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the business cards i ordered from moo arrived in the mail yesterday, and i love love them. they came in time for the market! the cards are printed on 100 % recycled paper and come in a precious little box.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

art market 2009

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today was the first day of mica's 3rd annual art market! i have prints and gift tags for sale, and i already sold about five items this morning. anything that doesn't sell - plus new prints - will be for sale in my etsy shop. the market will be going on through saturday, december 12th, 10 am - 6 pm. it takes up three floors of the brown center this year, and every department is represented.

Monday, December 7, 2009

alice in wonderland, 2.0

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alice got a slight makeover tonight. i am going to be making prints of this one, as well.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

it's good to be home

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i am in ohio for the weekend, marveling at the perfect combination of very cold air and very bright sun.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

first batch of prints

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in preparation for MICA's annual art market, i have finally started making prints of my illustrations, on high quality, white enhanced matte paper. prints will shortly be available in my etsy shop (coming soon)!

Monday, November 23, 2009

embroidery experiment

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this is what i did today. i liked working on it, so i might incorporate embroidery into my thesis to give it a more special quality.

doll

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i am slowly expanding my horizons, starting with embroidery and attempting to hand-sew this doll, which i designed last year. i have off-white muslin for the body and cotton fabric remnants for simple clothes. if the experiment is a success, hello corduroy and tweed!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

this bird had flown

i have just discovered that there is going to be a film adaptation of haruki murakami's "norwegian wood," my favorite book in the universe, starring ken'ichi matsuyama and rinko kikuchi (from "babel"). i am reading it for the third time right now, and it feels like crawling under the coziest down blanket on a starry winter night.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

daily sketchbook, nine

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

daily sketchbook, eight

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i just checked out two books from the school library that i am very excited about: "wabi-sabi for artists, designers, poets & philosophers" by leonard koren and "six names of beauty" by crispin sartwell.

Monday, November 9, 2009

previously unseen prague sketchbook pages

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above are some pages from my prague sketchbook that i have not shared yet. i remembered them while re-scanning the other ones today. they are all from my last days in the czech republic, which i spent reflecting on my life in the previous five months and slowly preparing to look forward.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

positively kafkaesque

before leaving prague, one of the last things i did was visit the franz kafka museum. photography is not allowed in the museum but i just had to sneak one in, of a small drawing that kafka did of himself sitting at his desk. i did something so similar in my sketchbook last year!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

daily sketchbook, seven

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i have recently become fascinated with people photographed by the sartorialist and of course, the best way for me to fully process the images is to draw them.

contemporary japanese fashion

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yesterday b. and i went to washington and finally paid a visit to the textile museum, which is hidden away in neat and quiet embassy row. the current exhibition, "contemporary japanese fashion," features three designers: yohji yamamoto, issey miyake (top), and my favorite of the three, rei kawakubo of comme des garçons (bottom). her work is extra bizarre and some of it is quite unflattering to the body, but her explanation - "what is beautiful doesn't have to be pretty"- really resonated with me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

daily sketchbook, six

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

artist's bio

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here is the brief bio for my hypothetical website. i wanted to write it in third person at first, but when i did it sounded very stupid.

i hatched in saint petersburg, russia and migrated to the great lakes eight years later. in 2010, i graduated from the maryland institute college of art with a BFA in illustration.

sometimes i get overwhelmed by the amount of beautiful things in the world. a few of my favorites are world exploration, dashing historical men, good grammar, fancy urns, books, elephants, persian portraiture, folklore, japanese things, limericks, elaborate textiles, napoleon bonaparte, silent cinema, russian ballet, and mysterious circumstances.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

daily sketchbook, five

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the daily sketchbook hasn't been very daily lately, but i'm trying to stay on top of it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

my new love

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vera kholodnaya, russian silent film star, 1893-1919.

Monday, October 5, 2009

nepalese manuscript cover

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our latest assignment for the class "arts of asia," is to go the walters art museum and find an asian object that has some religious association, and then write an essay about it and submit a little sketch. i chose a beautiful 11th century wooden manuscript cover from nepal. above is my drawing. "the four outer figures on each side are kings of the primary and intermediate directions of the compass." in the middle is the linga, or "sign" of shiva. to its left are vishnu and his consort lakshmi, and to the right, brahma and saraswati.

sometimes, it's ok

i gave up. i dropped the basic photography class. i don't like to give up and so i was not giving myself permission to leave it because i told myself to hold on, it will get better. but everything that could go wrong keeps going wrong every single time. i fixed problems, and immediately new ones came up. when i noticed that i barely sleep, frequently walk around stressed and misty-eyed, convinced that the gods of photography are telling me "go away, stick to what you know," and most importantly that my thesis - which should be the center of my universe right now - is being neglected, i decided to put my foot down. i still have access to the photography department's equipment for the rest of the semester and will take and develop photographs that are funny and imperfect - just the way i like them - on my own time.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

11 second exposure, 2.5 filter

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it took me all class period and many, many test strips, but here it is: my first baby. happy october!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

photography blues

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i seem to have forgotten my praguey idea about magic and the everyday world. all i do these days is weep over destroyed film and complain about the "unfriendly looks" i get from people in the photo lab to anyone who will listen. that spells bumbag and i don't like it. once i accept the fact that i am a bit slow, i can calm down and take things at my own pace, even if it means many trials and many errors and falling behind everyone else. i will get through this thing, and i will like it too!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

espresso cups

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i found them at an antique store in hampden. i don't even drink coffee!

Monday, September 28, 2009

il treno

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i went to SPX (small press expo) this weekend, and while very few items agreed with my taste, i did find this gem - "il treno" ("the train") by hong kong illustrator chihoi in collaboration with taiwanese poet hung hung. this edition of the book is in italian, but there is an endearingly bad english translation at the bottom of each page.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

about the color yellow

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i found the mums at waverly farmers market this morning. the weather was lovely as i carried home a giant orb of yellow.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

young playwrights festival poster sketch

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this is my sketch for centerstage's "young playwrights festival" poster. it's accordion lady! except this time, she has a typewriter. i feel like drawing her again and again. maybe she can be my mascot.

daily sketchbook, four

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