Artist Spotlight in Almost Real Things (+ We Got Issues Release Party)

A.R.T. We Got Issues 13 & 14

Woot woot! Your girl got herself a print feature.

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.

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

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.

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 and Krystalline Kweens series
  • Original Instagram challenge postcard illustrations (MerMay, Inktober)
  • Art & postcard prints
  • 1″ pin-back buttons
  • Hand-decoupaged matchboxes

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

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