Find me at the CraftHER Market: Spring 2019

Being my second time applying to the event, you can imagine my excitement on being accepted into the Spring 2019 CraftHER Market. It really feels like all the work I have done since November to help mature my art brand, generate more content, and build a wider audience has really paid off.

Just another wonderful reminder that if I keep trying, evolving, and working hard to follow my illustration dreams, things do start coming together eventually. Also, something to keep in mind if you are pursuing some creative dreams: sometimes you just need a little extra maturation time, so don’t give up!

It’ll be happening on my birthday and I would love to see your smiling face there!

About the Market

What is the CraftHER Market?

CraftHER Market is a bi-annual pop-up market, put on by #bossbabesatx, showcasing the talent of women and non-binary makers throughout Texas.

Open to the public, this community event features entrepreneurial panels, opportunities to support local nonprofits, and family-friendly activities. Additionally, over 125 vendors, reflecting a myriad of women and nonbinary artists and creative entrepreneurs, gather to exhibit their craft and sell their wares.

Event organizers #bossbabesatx is a nonprofit centered around sustaining communities that care about gender equality and supporting local, creative businesses.

CraftHER Market, Spring 2019

Where:
Fair Market
1100 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702

When:
Sunday, April 14, 2019 — 11am-5pm
It’s on my 32nd birthday! — Please, come say hi to me, but keep in mind that I will also be working.

Cover:
Free

Info:
Family-friendly, dog-friendly, and people-friendly event. Limited metered street parking and garage parking available in area.

What will I have there?

I plan on having a wide variety of merch options, covering diverse price points, available at the event. These items will feature various illustrations I’ve done, including my tarot series, RuPaul’s Drag Race portrait series, Inktober postcards, watercolor studies of birthstones, flowers, and David Bowie‘s lifetime of style, and many others.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the types of merch you can pick up at my table:

  • Framed original illustrations, including All-Stars 4 series
  • Original Instagram challenge postcard illustrations (MerMay, Inktober)
  • Art & postcard prints
  • 1″ pin-back buttons
  • Hand-decoupaged matchboxes
  • Maybe live art? Maybe portraits? Let me know in the comments what you want to see. I will keep this post updated as I solidify my plans!

Afterhours ATX Canvas Battle Recap

Afterhours Canvas Battle 2018

This past Friday night was the Canvas Battle at the 2018 Afterhours Poster Show Opening and it was such a fun and unforgettable experience. It was a really exciting start to this year’s East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.).

The Canvas Battle

At 8pm, down on the sidewalk in front of Wright Bros Brew & Brew, we were given the prompt “GROOVY!” and the battle began. We had until 9:30pm to concept and create a 24″x36″ artwork with only the supplies provided: an art board, a small sketchbook, an eraser, and a variety of paint pens, pencils, markers and pens.

I went with a peace-loving roller skate babe, reminiscent of Cher’s style from the late 60s, with radiating auras of patterns and shapes. Check it out, with some other shots from the battle, in the gallery below. Major thanks to Liz, Kristen L., and Kristin H. for capturing and sending me these great photos and video!

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Congratulations to the Winners!

First place: Trish Monsters

The votes were tallied and Trish Monsters was crowned winner of the Canvas Battle. 

Trish Monster Canvas Battle

Second Place: Aaron Hamilton

Aaron came in with the second most votes for his super cute hippie bus. flying through a psychedelic cloudscape.

Special thanks for showing up

Drawing as live entertainment can be nerve-wracking, especially on a time limit and competing against three other amazing artists. It was great to see some familiar faces at the show cheering me on and helping me bag a few guaranteed votes from the audience. 

As with my last show recap to show my appreciation, I want to make a brief shout-out to all of these people that came out to support me, with links to their businesses, projects, and portfolios, as applicable. (Please let me know if you have a project you want me to link.)

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Canvas Battle: 2018 Afterhours Poster Show Opening Night

Canvas Battle at Afterhours Poster Show Opening Night

So hyped right now. Also a small ball of electric anxiety.

I was one of the four artists selected to compete in the Canvas Battle at the opening night celebration for the Afterhours Poster Show, part of East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.) and hosted by the AIGA Austin.

About the Event

What is a Canvas Battle?

They come in many forms, but for this event in particular, we’ll be given a prompt, a 24″x 36″ art board, a handful of black markers, and 90 minutes to create a unique piece of art. The audience votes on the canvases and one artist is declared winner of the canvas battle!

The artworks are then raffled off, with all proceeds benefiting a selected charity. This year’s non-profit partner is Kids In a New Groove, an organization providing music mentorship programs to children within the foster care system.

Afterhours Poster Show Opening Night

Where:
Wright Brothers Brew & Brew
500 San Marcos Street #105
Austin, TX 78702

When:
Friday, November 9, 2018 — 6:30pm-11pm
Canvas Battle runs from 8pm-9:30pm — Please, do not come say hi or try to talk to me during the canvas battle.

Cover:
Free

Info:
All ages event, Limited metered street parking available in area — Ride share suggested

Fellow Canvas Battlers

These artists I’ll be competing against in the Canvas Battle are absolutely amazing. These are just a selection of each of their works that I really liked, but you should go check out all their cool art and give them a follow!

TrishMonsters

Chase Quarterman

Aaron Hamilton

Chocolate & Art Show 2018 Recap

Chocolate & Art Show photo by Betty Soper

This past Friday and Saturday night were great and I am riding the wave of love and positivity this week.

I had so many people who have showed up for me in so many different points throughout my life come out to celebrate the debut of Kystalline Kweens with me. I also met a lot of amazing artists and got to introduce myself and my work to some new people. I even sold my Queen of Cups portrait!

Hearing from so many friends and strangers that they’d like to see the series become a full tarot deck, book or coloring book was incredibly encouraging. If you want to help me on my way to making this dream a reality, consider making a monthly donation via Patreon.

I hope you enjoy these photos from the show and keep reading for a special thanks and some artist shout-outs! Much love to everyone who sent me their photos.

Thank you for making it an amazing experience!

It means the absolute world to me that people are willing show up for me. I get really anxious about putting myself out there, so having everyone that came through this weekend made all the hard work and anxiety so completely worth it.

To show a little appreciation, I want to make a brief shout-out to all of these people that came out to support me at the Chocolate & Art Show, with links to their businesses, projects, and portfolios, as applicable. (Please let me know if you have a project you want me to link.)

Friday

Saturday

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Artist Discoveries

As I mentioned previously, I met a lot of other really talented artists at the show, as well. Check out their Instagram accounts below and give them a follow!

Roni Zulu

I was floored by this guy’s talent with oil paint. Also, I felt he was a kindred spirit because both of our series featured portraits of our friends and loved ones.

miboland

This guy has some gorgeous geometric aluminum mini-structures, that resembled natural horn mounts. He also was handing out some cool stickers and bandanas he designed!

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little minis available this weekend! @chocolateandart

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Allie Eileen & Jeff Miles Jr.

A super cute artist power couple that were my neighbors at the show.

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Taking mixtape titles…

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Calloway Studios

He displayed across from BAMFaktory a couple of years ago at RAW: Trend, but it was great seeing him again. And I picked up this super cute whale tail keychain from him!

Celeste Munoz

Another sweet show neighbor, who had some beautiful Prismacolor work.

Nicole Clauder

One of the live painters at the show. She was working on the nifty florescent cat piece in my photo gallery above!

Crystal Anastasia

I met her sister, Crimson, because Crystal had a big event in Dallas. Her hair techniques were phenomenal and so many of her pieces had cool, acrylic transitions outside of the frame.

Reverie Fabrications

She had so many naturally beautiful crystal jewelry pieces with organic-looking melted metal settings.

MoonPower

For something to channel your inner unicorn, this lovely lady had holographic crystal jewelry creations.

Sincerely Whimsy by Ty

Her whole set up was so cute and creative!!! She had some really crafty pop-art jewelry.

Krystalline Kweens: Debuting at the Austin Chocolate & Art Show

Chocolate & Art Show — Austin

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be debuting a brand new 8-piece illustration series titled Krystalline Kweens at the Chocolate & Art Show in Austin on the evenings of Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8.

About the Debut

Krystalline Kween Series

This series will feature eight portraits of inspirational queens in my own life with elegant crystalline growth, based on feminine tarot cards. This first set in a future full tarot deck focuses on three women who have walked with me throughout my life, four women whom I respect for their entrepreneurship and empowered pioneering of their own lives, and a self portrait (always remember to be your own inspiration ^_^).

Here’s a sneak peek at the half-size, outlined thumbnails of what I have planned for the show:

Outlined thumbnails for Krystalline Kweens

Stay tuned on the BAMFaktory Instagram and Facebook page to catch updates and live streams while I am drawing!

Chocolate & Art Show, Austin

Where:
Fair Market
1100 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702

When:
Friday, July 20, 2018 — 8pm-2am &
Saturday, July 21, 2018 — 8pm-2am

Show dates have changed. The new dates are:
Friday, September 7, 2018 — 8pm-2am &
Saturday, September 8, 2018 — 8pm-2am

Cover:
Pre-sale: $15
Doors: $20

Info:
21+ event, free street parking

Inspiration

Muscial

Visual

Rider-Waite Tarot Deck


Julie Mao The Expanse SYFY
Early stage protomolecule reference from The Expanse TV series