Several of my Krystalline Kweens have graced the pages of Almost Real Things’ 13th issue all about Identity. Come out and celebrate the issue release with me and grab your copy!
About the Issue & Release Party
What is Almost Real Things?
Almost Real Things (A. R. T.) is a local non-profit quarterly mini art-zine, providing a free platform online and in print for creatives of all kinds to showcase their craft.
What’s the Issue?
Issue 13 was focuses on identity and explores the relationship between creativity and the self. It navigates through a few of the many layers of this concept — identity fluidity, perception, how art relates to the artists, anonymity — while giving contributors a platform to express who they are.
Last November, I did an eight-part portrait series featuring women who have inspired and supported me throughout various points in my life, as well as a self-portrait.
Based on cards from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, I selected four major arcana cards to illuminate and explore the individual identities of my mother, sister, childhood best friend, and myself. Additionally, my four minor arcana queens were matched with the identities of female entrepreneurs who’ve inspired me. My self-portrait and a couple of the minor arcana cards were featured in this issue of Almost Real Things.
As a portrayal of myself and those closest to me, identity is heavily reflected throughout this series. I have a plan for future series, expanding into an entire fully-inclusive deck at some point, with each card focused on unique personalities of people from all walks of life.
We Got Issues Celebration: 13 “Identity” & 14 “Vivid”
Where: Soma Vida 2324 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702
When: Friday, June 21, 2019 — 6pm-10pm Happy summer solstice!— Please, come say hi, but keep in mind that I will also be working. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen.
Cover: General Admission — Free Supporter (2 drink tickets) — $10 VIP (Unlimited drinks & welcome gift including: flamingo koozie, stickers & selection of magazine issues) — $20
Info: All ages outdoor event. Limited metered street parking and garage parking available in area.
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
For a quick introduction, check out this KEYE/CBS We Are Austin segment I had the privilege of doing with Natalia Rocafuerte of Boss Babes ATX, on April 9th. This was so exciting and I am so happy to have had this opportunity.
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.
Info: Family-friendly, dog-friendly, and people-friendly event. Limited metered street parking and garage parking available in area.
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.
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!
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: