Tuesday, November 24, 2015


graphite on bristol board with felt tip and colored pencil accents

There is a lot of creativity going on here.
Let's see what the girls came up with for their Two Point Box Constructions.

Senior Kyla Balquin has given us another scary scenario with her design.
I really like the touches of red she brought in to move the eye around the piece.

Senior Risha Bhakta shows us some playful teeth getting into mischief.

And senior Hazel Cruz's' piece reads more like a self-portrait of all the s_ _ _ 
she has on her plate.

Then there is senior Bernice Lin who gives us this tricky design,
and is also bringing in some color pointillism.

And senior Katherine Ku came up with this adorable and clever design.
bringing in a tad of color really helps the piece to pop.

Great job girls!!!

Monday, November 23, 2015


graphite on bristol board with some colored pencil accents

After doing several exercises to learn One Pt. Perspective,
I had my girls create a box construction,
and bring in a light source with highlights and shadow.
Look carefully at each of their shading styles.
Some are more textural than others.

I'm starting with senior Bernice Lin.
Her design is dynamic and really pulls the viewer in along with her strong range of values.
Terrific piece Bernice!

Senior Kyla Balquin pulls us in with her scary and though provoking design.

And senior Katherine Ku sends us a powerful message about the ill effects of smoking.
She also chose to bring in a bit of colored pencil for pop.

And senior Risha Bhakta invites us in for some fun and games.

Friday, November 20, 2015


My girl,
alum Kaili Hamada,
class of 2015,
blowing her heart out on the French Horn,
on the field for the University of Hawaii.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


After my Beginning 3-Der's did their eco-bundles 
there was much leftover windfall.
So rather then throw it away,
I collected it and pulled out a vintage linen blouse I thrifted.  

Along with the plant material,
there were also a couple of tea bags and coffee grounds to spread around.

I try to reuse string from other bundles,
not only for recycling purposes 
but because there is usually leftover dye stuffs on the string
 that gets transferred to the material.
Below you see a combination of new and reused string.

Here is the blouse right after I unbundled it
 and set the marks with heat from the iron.
It has not been washed yet.
The small area of color above is from the reused string 
along with the color the water turned that I simmered the bundle in.

I loved the delicate marks that were left from the leaves.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


white paper towels & Rit Liquid Dye

To reinforce the Color Theory lessons my beginners learned
 in the Polymer Bead & Button Unit,
I take them thru a Tye-Dye Unit where they get to play more with color.
But before we get to cloth and t-shirts,
we experiment with design & color on white paper towels.
The kids have to turn in 3 samples;
a one color dip,
 a two color dip allowing a bit of overlap, 
and a three color dip w/ overlap.

This first one is a great example of a 3 color dip with overlap
done by senior Clarissa Gutierrez.
You can see evidence of a lot of fan folding going on and binding areas for resist.

This next one is junior Helen Park's monochromatic or one color dip.
I love the precision folding towards the center then the traditional binding  for the resists.

Love the sparkly resists that Helen achieved on her 3 color sample.
So after folding several times she used the ends of wooden clothes pins
to hold it closed to create the resists.

This is a two dipper (blue/purple) by senior Christine Caballes .
You can see her fan folded edge lines 
and it looks like she folded the fan in half and wrapped with string
to get resists.

And check out this next monochromatic piece by 8th grader Malia Pulido.
Looks like many square folds were made first 
and then some clamping with staples.
Oh yes, 
you can use staples which gives a very cool linear effect.

This sampler is also by Malia,
and went into 3 of our colors for a very striking traditional design.

8th grader Iris Lin is also doing a traditional design
 but has included a rusty something that adds additional interest.
This is her two dipper,
love your color choices kiddo!

Carl Estrada,
8th grader,
achieved this very cool diamond pattern with his two dipper.

And this very organic one was one of my personal favorites,
created by 8th grader Charlotte Park.
It feels like fireworks bursting in air.

And loved this gorgeous,
rich and striking design by senior Iris Xu.
Her use of color is amazing!!

And we end with this beauty by 8th grader Eliana Lee.
What interesting colors she has chosen to use,
I would have never thought to use them together,
 but the finished effect is AWESOME!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


cotton cloth and indigo dye bucket & various clamps and resists

Our 7th grade history teachers do a big unit on Japanese life & culture,
and asked me to do an art project that might relate to their studies.
Since I already had the Indigo vat ready to go,
I thought I'd pull it out for the young ones.

Here are my cuties,
working that indigo bucket like pros,
resulting in many incredible designs.
Let's take a look see.

But first let me show you how critical thinker,
 Ryan Tseng,
 figured out how to resist the dye above.
Very clever boy!

Sweet Astha Bisht made this amazing design above.
She got so into the process,
working extra hard at lunch 
that she was able to finish two pieces.

Jonathan Gutierrez created this incredible piece above.
And below,
Keanu Keopimpha thought to use bits of rusty hardware to wrap into his design
for added interest.

Alex Min was another who loved this assignment
 and worked extra hard to be able to make two.
Above is his best one.
Notice all the great ranges in value within the blue color.

And I'm pretty sure this is Ryan's from above.
The one we saw bundled before going into the dye.
Ryan told me several times that he loves symmetry  :)

Monday, November 16, 2015


I'm having so much fun demonstrating for my Beginning 3-D students 
the art & craft of Tye-Dyeing.
Whether it's showing them the traditional patterns from the late 60's and 70's,
or the newer patterns that involve multiple layers of folding and wrapping.
It's all a blast!
So these are my paper demos. from this year.
And it seems that right now Tye-Dye has really made a come back in the fashion industry.

This summer I saw so many tops and dresses made from Tye-Dyed designs.

For me it's the unveiling that's the best and most satisfying part.

You just never know what you're gonna get,
and you are constantly thinking of new ideas to try.

And the second best part is that it's relatively inexpensive to do with a large class of kids.
And right now on Pinterest,
there are so many great tutorials and ideas.
Give it a try.
I recommend using Rit liquid dyes.

Friday, November 13, 2015


up in the San Bernardino Mts. 

A tree nursery up in Arrowhwead,
and ginormous fallen leaves from my neighbors tree.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


intermediate 3-d art students

Now that you guys are pro,
I want you to check out Alamitos Bay Yarn Co.
in the Long Beach Marina off Second and Marina.
It's the most picturesque fiber store offering classes in
knitting, crochet, weaving and spinning.
It's right on the water and you can watch the sail boats coming into the harbor.
And the store has the cutest red dutch door to catch the ocean breezes.
And then of course when you walk into the door and see all the all the fibery goodness...
I hope you get a chance to check it out,
I know you'll love it as much as I do.  :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


with a little bit of this and that,
and summer cabin flowers.

Vintage baby top...

old loom woven piece from college...

some saved clothes tags...

and a stuffed doll I made in the 1980's (Native American inspired).

Too much wildness for a baby top...

but I like how some of the ink from the tags has transferred to the top.

Way too much on back side.

But I like the cotton weaving.
I'll save it and incorporate it into something.

The stuffed doll's horse hair got a bit frazzled,
but I like the tags.
We'll see where they end up.