Collaboration with Nicole Feest of Nylon Saddle
Nicole took the photos and I painted over them. Love how they turned out.
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Last winter when I got back from Art Basel in Miami I decided that I was 100% bored with my closet. Because when you see the creative forces that are the crowds at Art Basel, everything changes inside your brain and heart. It did for me at least. It was that kind of bored that requires swift and immediate action but can only be revived back to life with meaningful and thoughtful choices. I needed color and I needed it bad, my current wardrobe consisting of mostly black and grays. But I also have been turned off to fast fashion lately and how damaging it is the environment. Don't get me wrong, I love me some trends! I just wasn't feeling awesome about the industry's standards. I wanted to support small businesses/makers and mama earth...so I'm turned my eyes towards all things vintage. A vintage revival for me of sorts. I've always been one to love a hunt and I would rather have pieces that feel unique that no one else can just run and snag. In comes in Tandem Vintage run by local gal Amanda Baumann. Early this year I reached out to her and asked if she would want to do a photoshoot with me as an excuse to get into her fabulous finds and give me a reason to play dress up. Because deep inside of me, I always want to play dress up. My vision for the shoot was bold color stories with a heavy dose of weird playful positions and a few sheets of paper to keep budget friendly. And photographer Hannah Voxland was in to get weird. I'll be trickling out the goodness on my instagram feed but wanted to share a few from the play date.
I was invited to participate in this year's (2017) Black Magic Woman Event hosted by Norseman Distillery. All participants are local creative females, each group made up of a photographer paired with an artist. I was paired with Diana Albrecht and we chose Jana Shortal as our muse. Diana took the photos, I made the collage. We worked on the concept and art-directed the shoot.
Mixed-media collage, all human elements are photos of Jana.
50% of proceeds were donated to the Trevor Project. (All pieces now sold).
"As a journalist, you’re supposed to maintain an unbiased viewpoint, but how do you do that when you wholeheartedly disagree with the state of current politics and affairs? For Jana, there is a never-ending strife between maintaining her personal and professional integrity in a cis male dominated industry. Our collection is a vibrant and visual commentary of Jana’s experiences after hearing her story.
We both play in different mediums: Ashley, a mixed-media artist by trade who plays with bright colors, bold shapes, and good vibes and while Diana, a portrait photographer who weaves moody tones and deep emotion into her work. Working with the collage medium gave us flexibility within our own trades while being able to conceptualize Jana’s perspectives and personal challenges in her work-space A true collaboration of opinions and ideas, this series reflects ideas and visuals we are all energized, challenged, and inspired by."
I'll be playing a few fun roles during the event. I'll be live painting one of my noodles pieces for the full event, I'll post a follow-up to the experience and end-results but keep an eye on my instagram for some live stories at the event. I have never live painted before and am a little nervous. I'm used to painting around folks as I share a studio with 3 other businesses but I'm new to painting while being watched. I'm excited to try something new and see the outcome of it all. Let's hope for the event's sake I make some good progress on the piece otherwise we will all literally be watching paint dry.
I will also a part of the speaking roster and will give a short talk at 3pm, "Permission to Play" where I will be explore the misconceptions of perfection, how to get started in your next creative season, and tools for playing. I will have a number of paintings, prints, zipper pouches, and NEW pillows to purchase as well. Swing on by if you can and if you like cool things.
From their site,
"...we are hosting an event comprised of curated local businesses and makers called The Collective. This will be held at Loring Social located on the main level of LAB Headquarters. The Collective is beyond your typical pop-up – it’s a modern marketplace – an interactive experience to shop local. In addition there will be a schedule of discussions led by local business owners sharing their passion, experiences, and artistry. Our goal with The Collective is for you to join us in our mission, which is to create, connect, and collaborate."
I am thrilled to be a part of this show opening at Gallery 360 that opened last Saturday. I created 9 new pieces of work for my 5ft show. I tried to focus this series on some more subtle hues: deep indigos, soft sandy tones, pops of peach and yellow as well as explored simple patterns, almost creating a graphic textile feel to the work. Other artist who have 5ft shows include Kristen Arden and Shawna Gilmore. The main exhibit is by the talented D.C. Ice. Oh my goodness... this show, this show!! You won't regret a visit to this gallery.
I'm the lucky gal who gets the share a studio with Minny & Paul, a MN giftbox company that celebrates all things locally made. Laura (owner) and I met a few years back when she invited me to be a part of an illustration show she was putting together at Kit and Ace. We've been buds since and she's been sweet enough to include my work in some of her boxes since the beginning. When she first launched M&P, Laura and I worked on a custom tiny zipper purse (Laura managing production) and this time around I wanted to take over production (teaching myself to fish) and I wanted the bags to be bigger this time around. If there's one thing I hate about the work I do (which isn't a whole lot), it's production. In part because I'm horrible at it and also because it takes my time away from what I love to do, painting and designing. It's the details and I sink (read "drown" in them!) Thankfully I have patient people in my life willing to help me through my panic and mistakes. I used Spoonflower to print my fabric (they pick up the details of my designs beautifully) and my other lovely studiomate Chelsea of Modehaus Bridal stitched them to perfection. When the fabric was delivered, I was smitten with how fun the repeat was. I called my girl, Louisa Podlich of Louisa Marion and Shop A Mano who was willing to help me capture my giant printed fabric ream before it got diced up into zipper oblivion. My small zippers can be found in the "Minny" box and my slightly bigger zipper can be found in the "Bridesmaid" box.
I tested out a few other artworks on fabric and loved how they turned out.
As if I wasn't already pinching myself while on a recent trip to Hawaii, having a friend see this on the internet during my trip, made it that much sweeter. I'm a long time fan of Grace Bonney's and was surprised and humbled to have some of my work featured on her blog, Design Sponge. See the full post here.
This January I had a visit from Claire of Centered by Design. Claire is an interior designer, yogi, and blogger who showcases lady bosses in her "Women who Make" series. Claire and Erin of Francois et Moi (who introduced us and took all the lovely pictures) spent the late morning with me chatting all things interior design and art. This year I am trying to work with more interior designers to help decorate their client's home (my art works well with kid and baby rooms and anyone not afraid of a little color). Claire and Erin gave me so much helpful advice for mixing into that industry. Thanks ladies! Below is the full interview and I had to share some additional pics Erin captured because it's always a treat to have someone else taking the photos in my space with a real life big-girl camera.
A few months ago I was invited by Astropad to test our their latest software, "Astropad Studio". Basically what this program does is allows you to use your ipad as a drawing tablet (and the apple pen as your tool) and stay within Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. So when I'm illustrating in Photoshop, I can work directly on my ipad and all my work will show up on my desktop. I can also work off-line, meaning whatever I make on the ipad, will save to work on later from my desktop. Before using Astropad, I used a Wacom tablet and have trained myself to look up at my screen while illustrating. It was amazing to be able to look down at my work with Astropad, I was able to be more detailed, more efficient, and also not have to lug around my giant wacom was amazing. . I highly recommend if you're an illustrator looking for a digital platform to work on seamlessly.
This is just a small collection of images from my first time shooting with local MPLS photographer, Kelsey Lee at my studio in Northrup King Building. Kelsey and I had only met once before this shoot and you wouldn't have known it by how comfortable she left me feeling. She was a sweet as they come and up for anything. I was in the mood to play with color (because when in Rome) so naturally I busted out my banana pants. Grateful for some of these candid moments she caught of me working (and the not-so-candid pics were just as fun).
Recently I was interview by Team Open Book on the topic of "Hustle". I put that in quotes because I think I'm supposed to? (grammar nerds I need you!) but also because sometimes you put words you feel uncomfortable saying or cliches in quotes too. And that's about how I feel about the word. It's one that is deeply relevant to my work realities but also one I slightly cringe to use because it's been over-saturated in social media along with "squad" and "goals". Though if you're in a team sport, I hope you have both. But if defined as "busy movement and activity" then I would say hustling is my spirital gift. The interview is short and sweet and lives right here. Photos captured by the talented miss Alex Ry.
This fall (2o16) in working with Design Loop I launched a series of 8 phone case designs in Target stores nationwide and online. My assignment was to create a variety of cases that were inspired by novelty, fun phrases, and of course, my art! The colors and patterns inspired me to go extra bold and graphic for a photoshoot. I asked the lovely Megan Gonzalez of Mae Mae Co to come alongside and co-style all the product and my talented friend Lauren Krysti to shoot it all. One of my favorites parts of this series was bringing my paintings into a surface design, I loved seeing the translation from paper to plastic. I also design the packaging for the phone cases using elements of my favorite brush strokes, polka dots, and stripes which turned out super playful and really popped on shelves.
This summer I got the craving to shoot my cute little apartment (and by little I mean 650sq.ft). This apartment played a special role in that season of my life. Time spent in this space was precious and consequently an environment I rediscovered myself in. And so I wanted to mark it somehow, remembering each little corner and detail that I had spent time making feel like "me". That spring I had met photographer Sarah Hrudka while she was shooting at Golden Rule. We ended up in a short convo that turned into me falling for her hard. A few months after meeting I emailed her, my gut telling me she was the one to shoot this space with, her energy is electrical and sweet and cozy. I submitted the photos to Apartment Therapy's House Call article that eventually turned into a full tour write-up. And because she took so many goodies, here are some extras from our time together. People, follow this lady's work. She is good for the soul.
In the fall of 2015 I got to launch a line of 15 cosmetic bags in Target stores nationwide and online. Using four different watercolor paintings I had done, I brought the work into the computer and created my set of patterns. The experience was a first for me in the world of surface pattern design and I've been hooked ever since. While I learned a ton, made plenty-o-mistakes along the way (production is NOT my forte), my experience was positive in that I walked away with a new set of understanding for the process and some pretty sweet little cases to share with the world. Friend and talented photographer Lauren Krysti helped me capture a few shots i styled of my tools, swatches, and final product.