Now w/Art Books! The Honolulu Printmakers Show…

Starting this Friday, Nov 25, Impressions16 will open 10 -4 at Honolulu Museum of Art School.

This year is unique in that Art Books are now part of the show!

I’ll have a great selection of my Travel Journals available. Part of my Migration/Navigation series, I’ve used old flight maps from around the world as inspiration for the Art Books with embroidered themes.


I’ll have a great selection of my map paged Travel Journals available. The reverse of each map page is a plain white page for more notes.


Honu Mamebon 豆本 (Little Bean Book)

Sharing a table with the amazing paper maker, Allison Roscoe, Friday is a good time to stop by for a visit. I’ll be there from 1 – 4PM.

Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona area.

This weekend is a great time to choose a few gifts for your favorite traveller.

Compass Rose

Stop by, Impressions16, the Honolulu Printmakers Show this weekend, now with Art Books!!

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All Four Seasons – My Latest Art Adventures

2015 has been a very eventful year! It’s still going strong and thankfully so am I.


“The artist must participate in the epoch in which he lives; he must be of his country, of his people if he wants to be authentic.” – Francesco Oller

This is a great book about Hawaiian Islands history. A good outline of what various people brought here or what drew them here and when they arrived on the islands.


Found myself in the local library studying again for another botanical art installation. Many of the flora we think of as native to Hawaii are actually imports with some being quite invasive. I began to see myself in some of the species and began to ask questions about what kind of life do I want to have here in Hawaii. Will I become naturalized and flourish here? Or will I be just another non-native, invasive as the Strawberry Guava?


In between the book studying and meeting new friends, I have found myself playing with the shadows and light as I work on various wire crochet designs.


SOLD!! Thanks to an art lover, these four seasons have been sold via the Mixed Media Miniature 18  exhibition at Koa Art Gallery. A great way to round out my 4th show of the year!


My small steps into the world of knitting continue. A failed 2014 New Year’s Resolution has found success in 2015.

Have a great holiday season everyone!

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There’s a Portfolio here, too!

Yes, Finally! This artist has an online portfolio here

Found my way between preparations for the Tokyo Art Book Fair and R & D on my next installation project, I’ve updated my website to a cleaner, portfolio supported theme called Illustratr.

I haven’t decided if it’s best to add any descriptions such as, materials used or the size, etc.


Thank You!  Enjoy my Portfolio!


Migration/Navigation Art Book Series – Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014

My largest piece in the Migration/Navigation art book series is just about done. So far the series includes Travel Journals, each with unique map pages, and mini art books called mamebons. I have also completed other map art books with Migration/Navigation themes such as,  Route 66 and the Montgolfier Brothers hot air balloon.

This large piece is a great sea serpent design from an antique sailing map called the Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus. It’s first copies were printed in the early 1500s. I’ve hand-embroidered his design onto a modern day aviation chart. The complete piece measures approximately 50cm x 30cm (20″ x 11″)



I’ve been stitching madly to ensure it is completed in time for our booth at the Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair!  





All scrolled up as antique charts were, making it my favorite art book design so far. It will be available for sale at the Tokyo Art Book Fair. Look for me at the Tokyo Art Byte Critique group’s booth.


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Patterie by Rie Suzuki

I finally got to meet Rie Suzuki earlier this month at Spiral’s Independent Creators Festival. Her gorgeous embroidery work has impressed me from the first time I saw it.

Using sheer fabrics in multiple layers, satins, ribbons, beads and smoothly wrapping the hoops all leads to a lovely floating world for her feminine characters to swim, float and dance. Anything that brings stitch work into the 3D world such as Rie’s Stitch Drawings really inspire me.

IMG_0001 Detail from Swim/Float.

IMG_0003 Her meticulous attention to detail has led her to dye the fabric she used for this piece to ensure the best color for her work.

IMG_0004 Visit Rie’s Blog, or her website to see more of her inspiring work, including her unique stitch jewelry pieces. Don’t be shy, go say, ‘Hi!’ She is a lovely person who does speak English!



Testing, Testing…My First Art Book!

This is a post of fun with mediums, stitch work and mistakes. Lots of mistakes!

Using the theme of a creative octopus filled life, Tako Life, in which tako, 蛸, is octopus in Japanese. I picked up a meter of a lovely linen/cotton blend fabric and set about determining a good size and shape for my book. 25cm high and using the full 100cm length I thought I was being smart and could create four books from each 1 meter piece. As you’ll see in the following layouts that 25cm is just too high, it leaves way too much open space for the elements I want to include.

IMG_0283I pushed on to see what more I could learn.

The title is hand embroidered on the cover page, there is a thin layer of quilt batting added to the front cover along with a piece of cardboard for durability but not enough of either. That mistake will be corrected in my next Tako Life Art Book. It may be another mistake but I would really like to overstuff that cover!

After printing the photos I wanted to use, I immediately placed them in my new book using Liquitex Matte Medium not using any forethought as to how they should be framed within each layout. Oops. Being a bit sloppy with the medium I now have hard, crusty “frames” around each photo. They are clear so it doesn’t seem too bad but really is not a look or texture I’m going for.

This did give me a great opportunity to test those fancy stitches my simple Singer Sewing machine offers and I’ve tested most every one of them at varying stitch lengths and widths. I feel most of them worked in the way I’ve tested in my Tako Life Art Book except for the thick black zigzag stitch. It seems like an overused texture and not very creative.

IMG_0284I improved on the machine stitching in some areas by adding hand threaded colors into the embroidery project photo frame, and used a sharpie-type marker instead of thread to frame the Stuffed Yakiimo photo.

IMG_0285For looks I added the chain stitch onto the spine, it would interrupt the layout of the inside pages if I pushed it though all the pages. Using hand embroidery work to provide the charted crochet edging pattern is a look I’d like to continue in the next Tako Life art books.

In the meantime, while I wait for more printer ink to arrive, I’ll still be playing with more mediums using paper and fabric and whatever else that’s fun from my studio stash!

Working hard but nothing to Show: Stitch Experiments

For all of my hard work this month I don’t have much for completed projects. My disappointment with my art book ideas has led to a lot of experimenting. Mostly fails, but lots of playing with lots of different mediums.

A friend introduced me to Liquitex Gel Mediums as a better alternative to Mod Podge and I’ve really liked the results much better. Super quick drying and non-sticky. Plus, I had a 30% off coupon from Yuzawaya.

IMG_0248_2My machine needle easily goes right through and hand stitching is also possible. Markers, too!

Finding the balance between the super, awesome time-&-money is no object ideas and the reality of deadlines has left me plowing through my entire studio for any materials not nailed down to be the next great idea.

IMG_0247_2My 14 yo simple Singer Sewing Machine has now learned how to use several new stitches at several new widths and stitch lengths.

IMG_0249_2Leaning back on my hand stitching roots I chose to present my charted crochet edging pattern in embroidery. I really like to look and hope it is understandable to other crocheters.

How do I create a fabric book without all the work of stitching each and every single page and then binding it all together? And what size will be the most economical yet will allow for an eye-catching presentation of my content?  I have an idea that may work….but I suspect more experimenting is in my future. Wish me Luck!