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Interview with Little Paper Planes: Kelly Lynn Jones + my prints are for sale in her shop!

Kelly Lynn Jones

I’m beyond thrilled that my work is now for sale in the fabulous Little Paper Planes shop. I got to deliver my prints in person to Kelly this summer in San Fran. I’ve been a long time admirer of her incredible work. It was really great seeing it in person.  She was even kind enough to give me her precious artist zine. You can get yours here. The prints of mine for sale in the shop can be seen here (interview with Kelly below):
my prints in the LPP shop

and these too.

A little interview with Kelly:

Kelly, I know you are an artist. I love your work. Have you always drawn and painted? When and how did you get started?
Thank you, you are so sweet.  Making art is just something I need/have to do.  I have always done art, it is a part of me.  I look at it as a way of life, it is how I view everything in the world.

You’re subject matter is often interesting places and structures. Can you tell us about them?
I am interested in urban sprawl, specifically the American Landscape and even more specifically the California landscape.  I am looking at how us as a people affect the environment and what in turn happens as a result of us altering the space we  reside in.  Many of my concerns with in my work are directly related to my concerns in the world, the idea of sustainability, waste, lack of water, etc.

It’s unusual for an artist to want to promote and feature other artist’s work. Can you tell us what made you decide to start LPP and how you curate it with your artistic vantage point?

I personally am very interested in community and think all artists should support each other in all ways.  I started the site 4 years ago just as a place for my friends and I to sell the zines, prints and shirts we were all making to help support our painting careers.  This was at a time when there was no etsy, no real online stores (morningcraft is the only one I can think of besides the amazing tinyshowcase)  and before blogs were that prominent.  When deciding on art for the site, I look for work that aesthetically goes with the other work on the site as well as work that I feel has a strong voice and/or vision.  Many times I sell someone’s work because it is my friend or my friend’s friend.

What are your plans for LPP and for yourself as an artist?

Most importantly for me as an artist, I am currently working on my MFA in San Francisco so that is my next two years.  As far as LPP goes, I just got the new site up which was a long time coming, as well as Little Paper Press which is my publishing venture.  I will be starting off with making prints of artists and slowly get into art books.  I also curated my first show that opened at the Tinlark Gallery in Los Angeles.  I have another one that I am curating that opens in July here in San Francisco.  More to come.

Do you think eventually you’ll have to put more time into one or the other? I hope not. I love your work and see it going extremely far. Selfishly though, I think LPP is an amazing venue and I’m honored to have my work featured in the shop amongst your other amazing artists.
It is hard to say exactly what the future holds, however my work as an artist will always take precedent over everything else.  I will not ever sacrifice my work for anything and my growing as an artist with all that it entails.  However with that said, I can compromise here and there as I do love having the store and helping out other artists along with doing blog posts about art.  Curating the site and giving artists a platform to sell and support themselves makes me really happy so I dont have any plans on ever stopping the site.  As it grows I will grow with it which means letting go of responsibility, right now I have three interns who are amazing and have really helped me step down a bit so I can focus on my grad studies.

I am so glad you have joined the LPP team, you are a lovely addition to the work.

Thank you so much Kelly!

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Feature in Foam Magazine and my illustrated MJM Organic Cosmetic labels.

MJM cosmetics
I made these labels for Mary Jo Matsumoto‘s new line of delectable all natural goods. The labels above are Vanilla Rose Sel De Mer and Rose Honey Lip Balm. Did I mention that they’re all natural? I love the balms, they’re so silky and soft. They make you smooooth. Here the labels are on their packages. Thanks for sending them over Mary Jo!

Foam Magazine did a piece on my work and daily illustration challenge. It’s a great magazine, makes me want to go to the beach and surf…also so lose about 30 pounds so I can wear a crochet bikini! (you can pick up the March issue at any store like Barnes and Noble and Borders or read it digitally, I’m on page 94). FOAM Magazine

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Interview with blogger/fashion designer: Mary Jo Matsumoto (Trust Your Style blog)

Trust Your Style blog by Mary Jo Matsumoto, designer of fashionable bags. Interview for Maquette blog.

I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite bloggers, Mary Jo Matsumoto of Trust your Style. Beyond blogging she’s a fashion designer/ fashion/beauty editor/non-profit founder whose stunning bags were snapped up by the lux Fred Segal, one of L.A.’s hippest boutiques, in the first week of designing! Bergdorf Goodman is another one of the exclusive boutiques worldwide that carry Mary Jo’s designs. They’ve been carried by the likes of Robin Wright Penn, and have appeared on Oprah, Extra, and the Oscars. Not bad!

Here’s the interview, some photos from her blog of the bags and some little illustrations I did for the fun of showing off her beautiful and delectably colorful bags. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Journal Maker: Tyler Bender

TYLER BENDER INTERVIEW IMAGE
I was so thrilled about Tyler Bender’s recycled book journals that I posted about him and about my recycled sketchbook. Tyler was kind enough to let me do a follow up with a wonderful interview. I was a big fan his journals before but after finding out more about him am even more obsessed with his work. Here’s the interview:

What gave you the idea to make these splendid journals?
As a teenager I found a 1920’s book entitled “a dictionary for boys and girls”. I was so mesmerized by its design I wanted an excuse to hold it and use it everyday, so I found a way to incorporate it into my life. It was like being in touch with another time.

Where do you get the old books?
Schools, libraries, thrift stores, friends. Customers also have the option of providing their own book for re-purposing.

Where do you get the paper that fills them?
Everywhere: Craigslist, friends, sometimes office supply stores, and as much as I can use from the books themselves. Continue Reading →

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