Here are excerpts from my ongoing series of NYC skylines inspired by my rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - countless collages, paintings and typographic constructions used in product design, licensing, merchandising, interiors and fine art editions.
MoMA Design Store’s Destination: NYC
I created a postcard book featuring skylines from this series. It was chosen for MoMA Design Store’s Destination: NYC Collection 2013 – products all made in the USA by New York City designers.
Re:Construction is a public art program produced by the Downtown Alliance to create colorful landmarks and brightened streetscapes. Excerpts from this series were displayed on a construction site in downtown NYC on Fulton and Nassau in 2012. Featured on Communication Arts Exhibit.
Every year the OFFF Festival publishes a book that will be given to all the audience of the festival in Barcelona. I was invited to contribute to the OFFF 2016 official book called “Archetype" by creating a piece of art on the concept of passion and how strong emotions provoke artistic creation.
I also had to answer some questions:
Q: Define what craft means to you.
Grab what you need to express what you want. For me, it’s anything I can find...anything within arm’s reach. It’s about the idea and the method means less. I like mark makers that bring surprise. I like the physicality of creating. Time's effect on materials that bring a delicious authenticity. The ink that oozes. The paint that splats. The pencil that smears. The paper that tears. The polaroid that's imperfect. The typewriter that makes a different "A" every time. Instinct draws me towards what I need at that moment.
Q: What is the value of crafts in a world that turns more digital each day? The physicality of mess and surprise and smells and feelings and getting lost in making something by hand is a wonderful rush. Pixels aren’t fluid, but I don’t rule anything out. Everything is a tool.
Q: Patience and passion, what rules more in your job and how are they important? Passion! Zip, Zing, Verve, Fire, Grit, Sparkle, BANG! (what’s patience, never heard of it)
Q: Do you think a traditional technique can be more effective in communicating a message in a digital world? It’s more effective for me and what I’m drawn to. It’s all about the messy process of thinking... not a perfect finished thing that you handle with white gloves. But most of all it's about the idea and the storytelling.
The trash all over my neighborhood used to really piss me off until my Trashabet was born. MORE TRASH PLEASE. These collections are the culmination of hours and hours of searching for the wonderful, smelly, sticky alphabetical treasures hidden in the cracks of the sidewalks of Brooklyn...a daily typographic treasure hunt!
Wandering the streets of Havana, seeing the nooks, tasting the crannies, how can a place be so lush & so parched all at once? This handmade photo journal contains pages of colorful collages and polaroids from my trip to Cuba. The book was a gift to my husband who walked through his history for the very first time. It took about a year to make.
8" x 11.5" / 70 pages
Cracks, Sludge, Dust, Grime, Wandering, Tripping, Staring, Smelling, Swearing, Sweating, Everyday, Go Out, Look Up, Look Down, Stacks, People, Concrete, Can’t Walk A Straight Line.
This book is all about NYC and took me over a year to make. The book weighs a ton and is so fat it can't quite close. Delicious.
11.75" x 16.5" / 96 pages
Two of my limited-edition books were on sale at the International Center of Photography store in midtown. Keep on the lookout for more merch!