Joshua Tree. A winter weekend.- In the expanse of other world, the collision of the Colorado and Mojave deserts, exceptions, here are commonplace. Harsh conditions, gradually pushing out comfort and easy survival, it is the exceptions who inherent the land. Sure, this national park has captured the imagination of so many, but my expectations were initially low. Joshua trees, rocks, sky, and cholla, create an intense synergy together.
There is a visual feast every place your eye looks. The vistas alone are breathtaking. We landed here after a rain, vivacious drab colors in greys, pinks, straw yellows.
Wild places like this can feel forgotten. But Joshua Tree is hardly forgotten. The little gems to eat at and play at are as warm and inviting as the desert is harsh. Charmed. Totally and completely.
I've often known that the in-between places- the places where things (concepts, ideas, cultures..) overlap are often the most interesting. This place is just that. I never thought I could love California more. But there you go.
I think I am possibly becoming a cactus. XOXO
Oh man, welcome back! Thank you all for an incredible 2015! It was a huge year for Unurth and myself. Unurth became my main gig. Taking that leap is a scary thing for a ton of reasons! But, what I put in, I got out, and my little company is growing.
I am back in the studio, cleaning (hah! Because yeah, the holidays were like a tornado in my studio!), dreaming, planning, and I have a nice little path mapped out with room for serendipity to make an appearance. Here's what's coming up-
Shop Restock!: January 25th I'll have a fresh baked round of ready to ship wares in the shop. I'm loading up on all styles of my mugs, planters, and new favorite serving bowls.
Adventure: To reconnect with my muse and the earth, I have two little retreats planned in the coming weeks. To the desert and to the forest. The theme for January: Find the line. This is a technical month for me as I am reconnecting with my hand drawn work and watercolor painting. This work is close to my heart. I am eager to explore ways to bring this into Unurth.
This Year: Dig deeper. Looking back on 2015, I explored new textures + forms + designs. This year calls for pushing down those paths further. Explore new textures, new techniques to bring my line work and drawings in and keep pushing my vision further along its path! I am excited to reconnect with my drawings and bring those into Unurth's offerings. A collection of prints are on the horizon. My watercolors have been hollering from the corner at me for too long!
And more connection here. Some structured, some sketch notes, some poetry. Unurth is really a way to focus a huge passion and a wild muse. I am excited to share more of that with you, because this is a journey and it's only so fun without company!
Cheers to an amazing year ahead!
Happy Spring Wonderlusters!
Spring renewal has hit California with a bang + we have had the most gorgeous flowers in the hills. I believe strongly in getting outside as a way to renew ourselves and connect with our community. I have several camping trips planned with good friends + family. It is definitely going to be an amazing summer.
This year, my eyes have been turning to the heavens. Fueled by Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos + Star Talk Radio, I picked up my first pair of cosmic binoculars so I can star + moon gaze with my own two eyes. Star gazing is a magical sort of past time, full of dreams + an incredible way to connect with friends outdoors in gorgeous nature. I am so excited to share more of these explorations as summer begins. All this star gazing is inspiring some incredible new pieces and goodies coming for 2015!
In the meantime, there's a few shows coming up. Stop on by and snag a sweet planter to bring some nature home.
Jackalope Art + Craft Fair//
See you soon!
The studio is starting to shape up in a major way. We are just about moved in and now just fine-tuning it to get it ready for movement. Very exciting indeed.
In the meantime, the focus has been on design. I have been gathering visuals, much like raking in leaves as they fall, til there is a nice cushion of inspiration. Imagery and concepts from trips to LACMA (go. right. now.), LA Art Show, and the green California winter hills are dancing in my head + my sketchbook is filling with ideas- new table ware, new kitchen ware, and art objects since it has been oh-so-long.
GOOD STUFF TO SEE:
For your inspiration + perusal:
A-Roma, by Common Studio: The elegantly executed natural environmental project about the flora + fauna in Rome. The excavated and researched, distilling the essence of the place down to a scent.
If you haven't gone, you must see:
Pierre Huyghe at LACMA: A "living" retrospective of this artists work that uses installation, video, live environments, and much more to create a rhythmic experience of the art. Incredible. Take your time!
Samurai at LACMA: Ancient armor from the time of the Samurai! The detail that went into these pieces is awe inspiring.
On my nightstand:
Have the best week ever!
Working as an artist and designer requires consistent pushing forward in both concept + skill + efficiency. A couple things that I'm am absolutely loving:
There is so much on the immediate horizon. Unurth is moving studios to a much larger space + new equipment is on its way! Stay in touch on instagram to follow the journey: @unurthwonder