office hours

while i love consulting and working with others in their respective space, i need to keep my own space and hours too! so here they are. i will start keeping them next week.

office hours:
wednesday: 6 p.m. - until i am completely worn out
thursday + friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
saturday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

on first ave. between spring and madison [on top of my friends at far4]. enter via the back alley, go through door with mobius cycle sign, walk up three flights, and there i will be.


carving: earth and blocks

I have been sketching, writing, and researching and decided that block printing will be the medium I work with for our library project. What haunts me most about the photos from Seattle's regrade are the huge holes and people peering into them - as if they are staring into an unknown future. I like the thought that they could not imagine the massive hills gone, and now it is hard for us modern Seattelites to imagine them there in the first place.
Therefore, I am exaggerating the excavation in my images to have the holes seem endless. Here are a few sketches that I created from looking at original images from the Denny regrade taken in 1908.

The next step will be to carve the images in a manner that conveys depth. To help me with this I started researching wood and linoleum block printing techniques and found these gems.

High Tide Detritus : Reduction color linocut 2008 Sherrie York (American)

Ocean Surface Woodcut 1992 Vija Celmins (American, born Latvia, 1938)

Essence Mulberry Helen Frankenthaler (American, born 1928)


library finding + art focus: denny regrade

After speaking with Jody - manager of special collections at the Seattle Public Library - she suggested that I look at the historic photos of Seattle's Denny regrade project. Basically, all the hills in Seattle were getting in the way of expansion, so they tore those suckers down! The massive destruction and molding of earth is what strikes me most.

Therefore, for my library/ art project I will focus on the concept of massive cutting for the hope of some imagined civilized future. I am thinking of making a series of wood block prints, or possibly layered paper cut-outs - something using the process of cutting in any case.

This leveling -- called the Denny Regrade -- proceeded in two stages: 1902-1910 and 1929-1930.

Photographs of Denny Hill from 1928, 1936, and 1964. New features from ‘64 include a Space Needle and enhanced photo stitching technology sans seams. Photograph courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives.

Nas hands modeling the special gloves we get to wear whilst perusing special collections.


studio space + library project

I got a new studio space with Katie, Nick, Tomika, and Lindsey.

... now we are collaborating on a library project we stole from the new york public library.

The studio folk [+ Nas and Aya] met last night at the special collections with librarian Talia Kaye to see what they have... stay tuned for what we make!