Fashion. Need I say more? It seems strange and almost unnecessary to make art out of art, but it's also so irresistible. The drawings here are from runway photos found mostly on Vogue.com, and feature designs by the following fashion houses (in order of appearance): Gucci, Romance was born, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Gucci, Emporio Armani, (a street snap from Seoul Fashion Week,) Paul Smith, Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, YSL, and Valentino.
2008 to present Pastel + charcoal
It was love at first touch, working with pastel: the way it kisses the paper and leaves behind layer on top of buttery layer, the rich colors, the way it refuses to be flat. It's a delicate (and messy!) medium, but there's something poetic in how easily an entire pastel drawing can be smeared into oblivion if you're not careful.
2016 to present Mixed media
I love the ritual of the red envelope in giving cash gifts to friends and family, mainly at Chinese New Year. The gold and showiness of New Year decorations have always appealed to the magpie in me, but year after year, the envelope designs available in stores and banks never seem to change, and are often too tacky for my taste. I wanted to re-imagine the red envelope, so I made a set for the Year of the Rooster, using lucky colors and plenty of gold and red foil. (If you'd like to purchase these, they're available through the "Shop" link above!)
Another time red envelopes are used is at weddings, and for this occasion I created a much fancier envelope, taking inspiration from Western weddings. This envelope is made of a beautifully textured blush cardstock, and embellished with hand-sewn vintage sequins and freshwater pearls.
2015 to present Watercolor
After years of resistance, I finally gave in one day and tried an oyster at Blue Ribbon Brooklyn. As you can see, it opened up a whole new world: one oyster became a family, which became a constellation, which got printed on fabric and will ultimately be made into something for my closet!
2014 to present Mixed media
Fashion Week is exciting, but the special pieces that make us smile when we get dressed every morning are absolutely essential.
The Art of Tidying Up
2016 to present Mixed media
A compulsive "collector" or pack rat, I find that I'm always trying to get rid of stuff and clean up. Marie Kondo's The Magic of Tidying Up has inspired my latest round of purging. It's so hard for me to give some of these things up, though, and drawing them makes it feel better, so here we are. Details for the history for each object can be found on my Instagram.
A Wrinkle in Time
One of my very favorite books since I read it in the third grade! I felt it deserved a better cover than the one I had on my shelf, though, so here's my version.
2013 to present Mixed media
Sometimes things seem quite ordinary on their own, but when grouped with other members of their own kind, their unique features start to emerge and a story begins to unfold.
2011 to present Mixed media
San Francisco Lunches
2015 to present Watercolor + pencil
The vibrant and ever-growing restaurant scene in San Francisco is one of my favorite things about living in this city. I wanted to pay homage to what I consider a hallmark of our food here: thoughtfully-plated dishes composed of fresh and seasonal ingredients.