As part of my Desert Fellowship at Blue Sky Center, I spent my first few days teaching twelve workshops in the Cuyama School District. We had fun printing t-shirts and posters with 202 students, from 3 to 18 years old, across the Elementary, Middle and High School.
With thanks to Blue Sky staff who helped setup and facilitate workshops, the Cuyama School District, and the students, who were buzzing to get their hands on a squeegee! Photography courtesy of Blue Sky Center.
Against the backdrop of the sunset, we sipped margaritas and made prints inspired by Spring in the Cuyama Valley. We had three different pieces of artwork that could be mixed and matched to create unique layouts on t-shirts and bandanas.
With thanks to Blue Sky staff who helped setup and facilitate workshops, and those who attended. Photography courtesy of Blue Sky Center.
Half of the workshops took place with a group of ten students over three weekly sessions. Using a Pattern Hunter zine I created as our starting point, we were able to capture patterns that described texture, shadow, nature, textiles, and urban setting all within a block. We then used our makeshift studio to simplify and turn them into stencils. We screen printed these using a Cuyama colour palette, and collaboratively layered our designs to tell the stories of what we’d found.
Other workshops took place as Pattern Walks, with residents as tour guides and companions. Together we gathered images and stories with pencils, paper, and a camera, that described the small moments that make the Cuyama Valley special. An invitation was extended further to locals and visitors to join our hunting troop by using #patterncuyamaon instagram to add their own images to the pattern library!
With thanks to Blue Sky staff who helped facilitate workshops, the Cuyama Rec. District, and the Cuyama Community who collaborated with me. Photography courtesy of Blue Sky Center.
During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2018, we hosted a month of free printmaking workshops at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW), to anyone affected by sexual assault, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center (SBRCC). Each workshop was 2-3 hours long, with participants making flags in response to being in the space together. The project was intended to use printmaking as a tool to help participants engage their emotions at their own pace.
The culmination of the workshops was an exhibition of the flags made, which were threaded on rope and installed in the vast space at CAW. All participants, as well as the public, were invited to attend an Opening Reception on a Friday evening to celebrate their journey.
We have a grant pending for a project in 2019, in collaboration with Domestic Violence Solutions. For any updates please follow us on instagram.
Please get in touch with me if you would like to make a donation for this project or to learn more!
With thanks to; The Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, and Casey at the Community Arts Workshop. Photographs courtesy of Barbara Parmet.
A collaboration with Girls Rock to provide screen printing workshops at their summer camps, as well as live printing at their annual benefit.
Girls Rock Santa Barbara empowers girls and women through music education, creative expression, and performance; promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and teamwork.
Whilst at summer camp, the campers form bands, write original songs, and perform in front of their friends and family. They come up with a band name and logo, which is where I stepped in, aiding them in their design and helping them to cut DIY stencils, which we use to screen print t-shirts for them to wear at their final performance.
The Santa Barbara Arts Fund invited me to host a pull-a-print workshop during their fundraiser in October 2017. I designed the artwork to be a simple three layer print, making a patterned design celebrating three aspects of Santa Barbara - the foliage, the sun and the sea!
Photos courtesy of the Arts Fund.