Sunday, December 5, 2010

visual territory

I got into the Visual Territory show at Pittsburgh State University!
i am moving forward a little at a time.

and i made over 200 dollars from my knitted goods over the weekend during our end of semester show.

time to go pay bills and traffic violation tickets!

Friday, December 3, 2010


i was in the paper!

now i have to write a paper...and read 700 pages of material. gahhhhh
one more week and i am free....
till spring semester.

thing's i've been thinking about lately...

laura welker's building garments. combining the literal with the abstract

monica canilao's tent with scales and stuffed linear elements

saggy rainbow.... ? i'm not sure. all i know is that i'm attracted to the depressing yet charming nature of a rainbow that can't stand on its own.
(can't remember where i found this image)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

good things

Things are looking up finally! I am actually quite excited about what has been going on lately. Although I am pretty exhausted from working 30 hrs a week on top of school, and not sleeping or eating well, I am slowly getting through it.

Big happenings:
  • I got nominated for the Windgate Fellowship Award from the Center for Craft Creativity and Design through KCAI! I know it means more work to do, but I am excited to try for something really big like this. It is weird to see my blood, sweat, and tears paying off in this way.
  • I applied for the JET program. I don't hear back till January if I get an interview or not, which is ok since that is when I turn in my Windgate application. Hypothetically I will only have to worry about one thing at a time.
  • Ben and I are finally moved out of our old place and into our new! (for the most part) but still! A huge load has been lifted off my shoulders, and I am excited to make our new place homey.

Ok, so none of these are actual "happenings", but they are things that could lead to big happenings. The most exciting thing about all this stuff is that it is giving me confidence to try out for big new things. I am really thankful for all the people who have been helping me along the way (and there are so very many.) I know chances for getting these grants and jobs are slim but it is encouraging to see so many people supporting me. Cheesy right? I could almost barf with how happy and cheesed out I am.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

wake up

ok, so i am finally starting to shake off that awful "burnt out" feeling.
i'm finally making and just in time for my 32947928 deadlines!

i'm doing a material study with knitting and am currently knitting newspapers...
let's just say, my hands are black.

These are some images. The origami one is in process but I probably will not keep going with it. I don't think the newspaper is for me. gahhh

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

bad storm

today was the first time in a long time that i brought something to my fiber critique that i was not at least 75% happy with or proud of. maybe it's stress from moving, or working, or the fact that i have only slept about 12 hours this week in total. but bad excuses aside, i sucked today and it made me sad.

i don't know what i'm doing or where i'm going with my work lately.
the negativity is brewing like a hurricane-torndao hybrid. no bueno.
i just really need to reevaluate my process and materials and how they are going to affect the whole picture. i am struggling like a drowning cat.

there's my negativity creeping up again.
what happened to my senior goals of being positive? and making badass things?
oh i see, they have been slaughtered.

but don't worry. it will be reborn again

these photos will help me do that

these wonderful photos found from:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Photos with Tal

"Home Boy Home" 2009

"Weight" 2010

"Geta" 2009

got some photos done with tal wilson on monday. thought i would share!

Monday, October 4, 2010

kewpie love

So there is a new sculpture up by the Gao brother's in front of the kemper museum.
Every time I see Lenin's giant head with that miss mao on top, I want it to be my head with the kewpie doll on top. amazing, right?

i'm not saying that baby kewpie is using my political ideals to rule a mega country for better or for worse...
but now everyday at school all i can think of is kewpie.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

road block

road block. i need to start producing or i will turn into a vegetable.

things i need to do:

1. make paper
2. knit with paper
3. write a paper
4. pour my insides out



image is art by matt furie. colored penciler extrordanaire

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

knit garments

took some photos of my knit garments last week.
here are just a few.
keep in mind that i am no photographer
but with the help of christina's modeling and nathan's lighting skills,
they turned out pretty good.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


ok, so i am apparently really bad at updating. i need to carry my camera around more often so i can post up any visual stimulation.

school has started. i was excited until i realized this is my last year. as my title implies, i am nervous and horribly anxious. it is only day three and the pressure to make sweet ass bfa work is upon me and i feel as always the same way i felt the first day of college. f.u.c.k.e.d.

but alas, with my new senior attitude of being positive, (not as easy as it may seem), i am going to get through it and attempt at this bfa thing. wish me luck.

things i've been thinking about ....
do ho suh's fallen star

Monday, August 9, 2010


self portrait suicide print of great grandfather
should have probably printed more than six...

first project using direct image of a family member
i think i chose the right person for that.

no one says no to a man in a suit.

Monday, August 2, 2010

craig lawrence

i wish i was craig lawrence. or the model wearing craig lawrence's ss10 collection piece.
hot damn.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

scarves and hoods

i made stuff!
everything shown is knitted by hand and modeled by my sister nanaeeee

Thursday, July 15, 2010

thinking about hair...

so i want to use more hair in my pieces.
actually i would like to knit with hair but i am still brainstorming on what is the best way to do this.
how should i gather the hairs together in a rope? felting? twisting? braiding?
next step is to try to convince the hair salons around town to donate some hair to me...

"toshie and tracy"
made with human hair

Thursday, July 8, 2010

first big summer project

although it's summer, all the stresses of doing dumb responsible adult loan crap has been making me daydream about knitting again and knitting big. so i've started making some new chunky knot knit necklaces and have started machine knitting a gray strip to hopefully hand knit something like this...

but BIGGER! because bigger is better. not really, but in this case, it will be.

I have also been doing lots of net searching for wonderful knit inspirations done by other students/designers.



this is '09 graduate work by Sarah Benning from westminster. i actually found out about her by liz and kim who suggested i look at her work after seeing mine. and it's probably not a big surprise that i love the work she does.
Benning has such a solid concept/collection and a strong way to mix print work with knitting. something that i have a hard time executing.
gahhh envy! must keep working.

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