Homemade screen printing project on archival art paper with a Ying-Yang Koi image in two colors.
Bathroom coup d’état redesign project that included an antique wash basin table refinished with positive affirmation messages: “Carpe Diem” | “Pluck the day as it is ripe…” by Horace & the serpent’s messages to Eve about trying the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden: “Ye shall not surely die… In the day ye eat thereof… Your eyes shall be opened…”
Mirrors and prisms can be used for reflecting natural daylight into a room to create an uplifting mood and add a touch of bohemian style and color.
A DIY home window drop can easily be made using crystals, art beads, or Swarovski elements that are strung or sewn together with colored ribbon and thread. (Or try making a curtain of several drops.)
Swarovski crystal elements and other supplies are easy to buy online or at a crafts store.
As a holiday gift, I made an “annal” with thoughts and images of 2014. I used a small framed bulletin board as a base and composed a picture using a style similar to a traditional Japanese method called “Kirigami” that involves cutting and folding paper to make images.
For this project, I cut all of the shapes and patterns from newspaper and I selected an article from the L.A.Times as a backdrop to summarize some of the meaningful moments in books, art and life for 2014. The other inspiration was a “yin-yang” of two koi fish swimming upstream and against the current. I made some initial sketches for the koi as a reference before I started cutting and also had a vintage Japanese dish/platter as inspiration for some of the water patterns. On the back I attached a personal note and picture from the year as a memory of 2014.