I LOVE MY COLLECTORS! MY PROMISE TO YOU...
I not only want you to be happy with your order, I want you to be THRILLED. So I go above and beyond to make this happen for you, that's why we spend so much time searching for the best papers, fabrics and framing, so your art looks amazing.
CAN YOU HELP ME MAKE SURE I'M PICKING THE RIGHT PIECE?
If you are not sure if the colors you see in a painting are exactly what you want, just let us know and we are happy to send you more photos. No problem at all! Shoot me an email at email@example.com and tell me a little bit about what you are looking for. If you'd like, send me a photo of your space and we can drop in some options so you can see what they will look like. We also offer the option to purchase a sample of the print in a 4”x6” size so you can see how the colors will look in your home. Then if you do end up ordering the print, email us and we will credit the cost of the sample to your order.
I'M HAVING A HARD TIME DECIDING WHICH PIECE WOULD LOOK BEST IN MY SPACE, CAN YOU HELP?
Absolutely! We love hearing from our collectors and are happy to help out in any way that we can. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for recommendations on the perfect pairings or piece for your space. One thing that is often quite helpful is seeing how the piece will look. Just send me a pic of your space, and I'll drop in the piece or pieces you are deciding between so you can get a better feel for which will look best.
WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU LOVE IT BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO FRAMING?
No problem! you can easily add framing later. we'll even send you a prepaid label and get it on its way to be framed in no time.
If you are not totally thrilled with your order, please get in touch with us so we can make your order right. if something is not right with your order, please let us know within 10 business days by emailing us at email@example.com. Just let us know the problem and the order number and we will do all that we can to fix it. If you have any complaints or problems, we'd love to do whatever we can to fix this and get the correct order to you right away.
We are now accepting returns on all items, with the exception of fabric by the yard and wallpaper. We want you to be just thrilled with your purchase, so if you don't love it, simply ship it back in unused and resaleable condition to us within 10 days of when the item was delivered to you for a complimentary exchange, refund or store credit, less the shipping charges. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details on initiating a return.
Ship returns to:
Kristi Kohut Studio
872 S Milwaukee Ave, #63
Libertyville, IL 60048
There will be a $15 restocking fee per shipment that will be deducted from your refund when you choose to have your original form of payment credited. If you choose to have to receive a store credit, this fee will not be deducted.
Due to the custom nature of fabric by the yard and wall coverings, we are not able to offer returns on these items. But there's a few things we can do to make sure you are thrilled with your order. We offer sample sizes on all of our prints, fabrics and wallpaper. If you are unsure or torn between a few different ones, we highly recommend ordering these first. We will even credit back the cost of a sample for any piece you end up purchasing. If something is not right with your order, please get in touch with us and we will do whatever we can to fix this and get the correct order to you right away.
MY PRINT OR FRAME WAS DAMAGED IN SHIPPING. WHAT CAN I DO?
From time to time, the work doesn't receive the same kind of love and care that it does when we create it, during the shipping process. No worries though. Please contact us immediately at email@example.com and we will gladly repair or replace if necessary your piece. Please save all of the packing materials and we will send you a return label to have the piece on its way back to us. We'll even schedule a pick-up for you if that helps, just let us know when.
WE BELIEVE IN GIVING BACK AND HELPING TO MAKE THE WORLD A HAPPIER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL PLACE. THAT IS WHY I DONATE A PORTION OF MY PROFITS TO:
All of our items are made to order especially for you. We can even tweak it to make it exactly what you are looking for. Looking for a specific size of print or finished frame size? Just let us know and we'll see if we can make it work! Is there a certain frame style you had in mind that's not shown? We have access to numerous other frame styles not listed and are happy to work with you to find the perfect one. See a wallpaper design, but wish it was available as a fabric? Just let me know, we can most likely make that happen for you. There are so many possibilities. Here are a few ways we can make it custom to your needs and vision:
CUSTOMIZE WHEN ADDING TO YOUR CART
When adding artwork from my Print Shop to your cart, you'll have the option to select the paper type, size, and framing style. You can also choose between hand-torn edges or traditional straight edges. You can also choose whether you'd like to hang it horizontally or vertically and we will take care of adjusting the hanging hardware and signature for you! Looking for a different size or frame style? Just indicate this in the notes at checkout or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do what we can to make it happen!
LET'S GET CREATIVE
I love collaborating with designers and collectors and am open to hearing your ideas and see what we can create together. I've created custom wallpaper designs based on a piece of art a client loved, turned a wallpaper design into fabric, hand-embellished prints for an original look and so much more. Please reach out and say hi and tell me a little bit what you had in mind. Would love to hear from you!
All of our items are custom made to order and we put a lot of love into making them just right. Here's our standard turnaround times for orders. I promise it will be worth the wait!
STANDARD TURNAROUND TIME
TEXTILES, PILLOWS AND POUFS - Ship in 2-3 weeks
WALLPAPER - Ships in 5-7 business days
UNFRAMED PRINTS - Ship in 5-7 business days
FRAMED PRINTS - Ship in 3-4 weeks
LUCITE FRAMED PRINTS - Ship in 4-5 weeks
NEED IT IN A HURRY?
We offer rush processing and shipping for an additional cost. Just let us know you need to rush your order and we will reach out to you with options.
Shipping stinks. No one likes paying for shipping, there's nothing fun about it. That's why I've insisted on offering you FREE SHIPPING (yay!) on most of our items. Woohoo! Happy day right?!
LET'S GO DUTCH
The only things I have to exclude from this deal are the lucite framed prints and originals. Ugh, I know, wish I could include these as well but these beauties require a little extra love in packaging, crating and shipping. But here's the deal, what if we go dutch on this? I'll cover half, you cover half? So what you see at checkout will be just 50% of the packing and shipping charges. Fair deal?
Ordering from outside the U.S.? No problem! I love my global collectors and ship my work all over the world. Since each case is so different and I don't want to overcharge you, we figure international shipping costs on an order by order basis. You can expect to receive an estimate for shipping after your order is placed. Want to receive an idea of what it will be beforehand? No worries at all. Just shoot us an email at email@example.com and we will hook you up. ;)
When it comes to the materials my art is reproduced and printed on, packaged and framed in. I’m a serious NUT. Like bad, really bad. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent researching and trying out different printers and materials. Absolute craziness. When you put as much love, joy, so much of yourself into your work like I do, it is so important to me that when I hand my work over to be translated, the same kind of love and attention to detail is given to each and every piece.
Seriously, my framers are as obsessive about the framing as I am about art. They’ve invested so much time and care selecting top-notch molding and materials and perfecting all of the details of the framing, so all you have to worry about is where to hang the piece. We are so pleased to offer hand-crafted crafted, custom framing made here in the USA. We use premium wood moldings, uv-protective acrylic and acid-free mat and foam core. Frame choices include Gallery White, Gallery Black, Gallery Natural, or Signature Gold, or Lucite Shadow Box. The best part? We will handle the entire process for you. Framed prints ship in 3-4 weeks. Lucite Shadow boxes in 4-5 weeks.
FOR PIECES UP TO 30"x40" | With its block profile and its smooth, unembellished design, the Gallery is our most popular frame. The version is in a clean, bright matte white. We love how the white makes the vivid colored pieces in our shop really pop, which is why we use it so much. And the contemporary streamlined design doesn’t compete with the art and lets it easily integrate into any type of décor style. Available in matte white and black finishes. 100% wood. 3/4" Face, 1-1/4" Deep.
FOR PIECES 30"x40" AND LARGER | Our Gallery Deep frame has a slightly larger, chunkier block profile than our Gallery frame, but features the same smooth, matte black finish. A frame like this one, with a larger profile, we find ideal for the larger works of art that we sell in our shop, for that added depth perception and a more artistic display. The matte color is great if you are looking to slightly ground our more colorful pieces. Available in matte white and black finishes. 100% wood. 1" Face, 2-1/4" Deep.
FOR PIECES UP TO 30"x40" | Elegant but subtle, this frame features a narrow edging, with a clean, sloped profile leading into a beautiful linear detailing. With a matte finish of layered tones of antique gold, this beautiful frame adds a touch of iconic elegance and works really well when grouping art, or using as part of an art gallery wall. 1” Face, 7/8” Deep.
SIGNATURE GOLD WIDE
FOR PIECES 30"x40" AND LARGER | This frame is inspired by the iconic Hudson River School of class American painters. The extra wide edging with a raised bevel gives it an understated luxury, while its lightly distressed appearance gives it an old world charm, especially in this beautiful vintage gold finish. It offers a interesting contrast when framing our contemporary pieces, giving it an entirely new impression, and the gold really makes the colors come alive in a completely different way. Also available in Vintage Silver. Frame intentionally has an imperfect finish featuring slight dings and markings. 100% wood. 1 ¾” Face, 1 3/8” Deep.
WOOD CANVAS FLOAT
This narrow profile is the perfect complement to your canvas without detracting from its beauty. Each canvas is hand-stretched and attached inside the frame so that it appears to "float" with 1/4" of space between the edge of your canvas and the inside of the frame. 1/4" Face, 1" Deep on the sides. Canvas will be stretched around 3/4" deep wood stretchers. Available in White, Black and Luxe Silver.
Additional Framing Details:
- Wooden frame UV-shielding plexiglass, which protects against about 89% of UV rays and 92% of light transmission
- Custom cut acid-free 4-ply white mats with beveled edges
- Acid-free lift for artwork that is floated, backed by an acid free 4-ply white mat
- Archival acid-free foam core backing
- Protective paperback finish
- Wall bumpers
- Hanging hardware + nails
- Hanging and care instructions
- Each frame arrives gift-wrapped in kraft paper
ANY TIPS OR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO HANG? sure thing!
IF YOUR ART HAS A SAWTOOTH HANGER
1. Hold frame to wall at desired position.
2. Leave finger or light pencil mark at the sawtooth hanger location.
3. Apply drywall screw w/ a Phillips-Head screwdriver at the location of the pencil mark.
4. Leave the screw sticking out 1/8" to 1/4" from wall.
5. Hang the sawtooth hanger on the screw and check with a level.
IF YOUR ART HAS TWO D-RINGS
1. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ADD A WIRE. The two D-rings are meant to hang on two separate hooks.
2. If your piece is large and awkward to handle yourself, have a friend help.
3. Rub pencil on the corner of the D-rings and make sure the D-rings are flipped up. That's how they'll eventually hang on the picture hangers.
4. Hold frame straight using a level.
5. Gently place frame against the wall in desired position. This will transfer small pencil marks for the picture hangers onto the wall.
6. Position your picture hangers so the hooks align with the pencil marks on the wall.
7. Hammer the nails through your two picture hangers.
8. Hang the D-rings on the picture hangers. Check with a level.
IF YOUR ART HAS A HANGING WIRE
1. Hold frame to wall at desired position and lightly mark on the wall where the center top of the frame is with pencil or removable painter’s tape.
2. On the back of the frame, find the center of the hanging wire and use your finger or the end of a tape measure to pull the hanging wire toward the top of the frame so all slack is taken out of the wire.
3. Measure the distance from where you are holding the wire taut to the top of the frame.
4. From your mark designating the center top of the frame on the wall, measure down the distance from Step 3 and mark an x there in light pencil. This is where you will hammer your hardware into the wall.
5. Position your hook and nail on the wall and hammer the nail through the hook.
6. Erase the pencil marks or remove the tape on the wall.
7. Use your hands to help guide the wire securely onto the hanger. If your piece is too large and too awkward to handle yourself, have a friend hold the frame while you guide the wire onto the wall hanger.
8. Once you’ve got the wire onto the wall hanger, check it with a level.
WHY IS THIS FRAME STYLE SO POPULAR?
Our Lucite shadow box simply said is a stunner and an incredibly popular choice. We happen to be located by some of the best acrylic framers in the business and we work with them to create these gorgeous framed pieces. This frame is a a piece of art in itself and great for any contemporary space or as an eclectic contrast to a more traditional style. It is custom made to fit your artwork as the piece is floated over white linen for a truly art gallery-style display. We absolutely love the glossy look it brings to our pieces. 3” Deep.
HOW LONG DOES THE ACRYLIC FRAMING TAKE?
These shadow boxes take a bit longer than traditional framing and ship in about 5-6 weeks. A lot of love and care goes into these but boy are they are worth the wait!
HOW THE HECK DO I HANG it?
Each acrylic frame comes with a "french cleat"...it's attached to the back to show how it fits, just remove the tape and that's the "cleat" you use to hang the piece on the wall. We recommend using long screws and anchors to hang the cleat. Make sure its level, hold the cleat against the wall with the high side facing OUT (so the frame can "hang" over it) and mark the three holes. Then insert the anchors and then screw the cleat into the wall. And Viola! The frame will fit right on top like a puzzle piece, secure and flush with the wall. And if you are more visual like me, there's also a lot of great videos on YouTube if you google french cleat.
HOW DO I CARE FOR IT?
- We recommend using Sparkle Glass Cleaner - Do not use anything with ammonia as it will scratch acrylic
- Use a very soft, like a cloth diaper, to clean with
- If scratches occur, we recommend using NOVUS, this is a great product for acrylic
SOME GLITTER FELL AND IS SITTING AT THE BOTTOM, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Given the nature of my 3D works and the materials I use, this will happen from time to time, especially in transit. The good news is, this is easy to resolve. Each of my custom lucite frames are made to allow for easy access to the works. Simply unscrew each of the screws along the sides of the frame and carefully lift up the cover. See care instructions above to clean and/or gently wipe away any excess glitter, etc. Then return the cover aligning with the screw holes and, screw each one back in place.
WHY ISN'T SHIPPING FREE?
This frames are stunning, but they are works of art in themselves. They are fairly heavy and require extra care in shipping. For smaller size pieces, we use a special packaging foam that surrounds and encases the frame itself. For larger size pieces, we construct a custom wood crate for shipping. This all in turn effects the shipping costs.
we’ve spent so many hours perfecting the calibration of the printer, so the colors are as rich and saturated as the originals. The paper is of mucho importance to me….after all what good is great printer if it’s on bad paper? The paper we offer is gorgeous…velvety cotton rag, or traditional imported Japanese rice paper, that is similar to the paper I create my originals on. We also offer a luxurious canvas gallery wrap.
Choose to have your artwork printed on thick, textured Cotton Rag fine art paper, lightly patterned fine art Rice Paper, or on a velvety canvas gallery wrap.
Our Cotton Rag is a thick, textured fine art paper that has a rich and velvety feel. Made of 100% cotton, we love the subtle bumpy texture it gives to our artwork, adding that little bit of extra dimension to the piece. With this paper, you have the option for your piece to have classic straight edges, or hand-torn edges for a one-of-a-kind artistic display.
Imported from Japan, our fine art rice paper is made from a unique mixture of Hemp and Kozo. The light pattern of Su on the surface (a screen made from bamboo) gives the art a sense of tradition and creates a nice juxtaposition with our modern pieces. This is a great option if you want to add a little more texture to the piece. This paper is available with your choice of classic straight or hand-torn edges.
Manila hemp 20%, 80% wood pulp.
You have the option to have your artwork printed onto our archival grade, OBA-free canvas gallery wraps. These are printed using the same fine art giclee-based printing as our fine art prints, using only archival-based inks. Each velvety-canvas is coated with a matte varnish that is 100+ years archival certified and protects against UV light, prevents scuffing and fading, and even protects canvas in humid environments. If you see a print that you like that is not shown in canvas, please contact us for custom ordering.
Our bold, statement making prints are proving incredibly popular with tastemakers. Created from original artwork, we take the fabric as seriously as I do making the art itself. We import our luxurious linen fabric from Libeco, Belgium, renown “masters of linen” that have been in business since 1858. The actual printing of our artwork onto the linen takes place here in the USA with a lot of care to ensure that it is flawlessly transferred onto this gorgeous fabric, and the colors are maintained. All of our fabric is sold by the yard. We also have samples available to order. Available in a linen/cotton blend, 100% oyster linen and 100% heavy oyster linen.
HOW should i care for my fabric, pillows and poufs?
Our linen pillows and poufs are for indoor use only and are created from some of the finest fabric in the industry, imported from Libeco in Belgium. The natural linen fibers will soften over time. with We recommend spot-cleaning for your pillows and poufs. Dry clean only when necessary.
how long does it take for textile orders to SHIP?
All of our textiles, pillows and poufs are custom-made to order and ship in about 2 weeks. Rush processing and shipping is available for an additional fee upon request.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FABRIC TYPES?
PRINTING QUALITY STANDARDS AND ALLOWANCES
Fabric is printed to customer specifications, warranted to be first quality and free from defect in workmanship. The following standards and allowances are based on the Worth Street Standards for printed fabric, but address the nature of ink-jet production with pigment ink.
• Spot Flaws: Ink spatter (droplets); Banding (brief misfire of print heads resulting in a striping or discolored area); Horizontal drag (streak of ink across the width of the fabric caused by contact with underside of print carriage)
• Large omissions (absence of ink due to loose threads/yarns, wrinkles, or creasing in the fabric) Loose fibers are inherent in most ground cloths. Small omissions caused by these flecks are NOT considered spot flaws.
• Running Flaws: Print out of registration; Absence of one or more colors; Vertical drag
ALLOWANCES FOR DEFECTS IN FIRST QUALITY GOODS* Printing Allowances:
• A minimum allowance of ¼ (.25) yards per Spot Flaw will be added to the end of the piece.
• Yardage equal to the length of a Running Flaw will be added to the end of the piece.
Every effort will be made to align the fabric grain to the print. However, no allowance will be made for grain drift or misalignment issues. Occasional omits and areas of banding are inherent to the ink-jet process and are more visible and prevalent when printing large areas of solid color. These are not considered flaws and no allowances will be made. When printing engineered designs, batched files, or when cut lengths are specified, allowances will be made to ensure flaw-free pieces up to four yards.
I TREAT MY WALLPAPER AS OBSESSIVELY AS I DO MY FINE ART PRINTS. IN FACT, WE USE THE EXACT SAME PRINTING PROCESS AS WE DO FOR OUR FINE ART GICLEES, SO YOU CAN BE ASSURED YOU ARE GETTING THE TRUE VIBRANCY AND DETAIL, MAKING IT ESSENTIALLY A REALLY LARGE PIECE OF ART. MY DESIGNS WORK GREAT AS AN ACCENT WALL OR YOU CAN REALLY MAKE A STATEMENT BY FILLING AN ENTIRE SPACE FOR AN EYE-CATCHING ROOM.
Our classic wallpaper has been designed to bring our art to life through outstanding print quality, deep, rich colors, and crisp resolution, on a durable, tear-resistant paper. We use the same printing process as my fine art giclees, lending to a rich, highly-detailed paper.
Thickness: 11 mil
Apply using a standard, pre-mixed wallpaper adhesive, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Apply using a dry or damp cloth. Please note, using too much paste or water during the application process can cause the ink to bleed, so please exercise caution.
INK AND PRINTING PROCESS:
The printing is identical to any of our Fine Art Prints you purchase.
12-Color Giclee Printing Process
Water Based Pigment Ink
We suggest not getting the materials wet due to the ink being water based. Wash gently with a damp cloth.
In order to allow the repeats to align perfectly, there will be a hair-line border that needs to be trimmed or overlapped during installation.
Our wall fabric has been designed to bring our art to life through outstanding print quality, deep, rich colors, and crisp resolution. Apply to nearly any surface and remain adhered for either short-term or long-term use. This paper is removable and reusable and will not leave sticky residue on the wall after removal.
100% polyester woven fabric
Extraordinary Print Quality
Pick a clean, smooth, and dry surface to customize. When applying your print to painted walls, we recommend making sure that the wall has been primed before painting. Without a primer layer, the paint may come off when removed. With newly painted surfaces, we recommend allowing 30-45 days for the wall to fully dry. If not, you may experience bubbling in the material.
If used on a pebbled or textured, or very porous surface—brick, cement, stucco, etc—may result in poor adhesion, though we have seen this work well in many cases. We recommend testing the proposed area first.
Before applying, we recommend using a damp cloth (lint-free, ideally) to thoroughly clean the surface and allow it to completely dry. Fingerprints, dust, dirt and other normal things that collect on walls can negatively impact proper adhesion and could result in premature failure of the adhesive. We do not recommend using chemicals to clean the wall, or if you must, make sure that they are completely removed before applying the material to your surface.
Tips: If you use your hand for smoothing make sure your hands are clean and dry or wear cotton gloves. If you are working with a large printed piece, it will be helpful to have two people install it. Depending on the size, we like to have one person pull down the backer, while the other smooths the print down to the wall. If there are any bubbles or wrinkles, you can lightly press or smooth them out, or simply peel back that area and re-apply. Being very aggressive may cause ink to smudge due to the natural oils on your hands, this tends to only happen with high density black inks within your print.
Start at the top of your print. Pull down about 6 inches of the back liner and crease it to keep it out of the way. Try not to let the adhesive come together and fold up on itself. Fabric Wall Cling was specially designed to withstand this error during the application process and you can gently peel apart, but definitely try to minimize this. Begin to apply the exposed adhesive area to your surface. It can be repositioned if needed, to achieve proper alignment. Once you have proper alignment, continue to slowly pull the back liner downward in 4 - 6" increments; smoothing the print down as you go.
WHERE CAN I FIND TIPS ON HANGING, REMOVING AND REUSING REMOVABLE WALLPAPER?
Check out these great features for some fantastics ideas on using removable wallpaper:
HOUSE TWEAKING - "Removing Removable Wallpaper (& What To Do With It)"
APARTMENT THERAPY - "What You Need To Know About Removing Temporary Wallpaper, Before You Hang It"
We've partnered with Tailor Made Textiles to create these unique, hand-woven flat-weave rugs. Each rug is created from original artwork and made with the finest New Zealand wool. using traditional weaving techniques handed down through generations of skilled, artisan weavers. Each batch of yarn is spun by hand and color-blended to order with organic dyes. Hand-made in Northern India. Fair-trade and sustainable. Our process helps preserve the craft of weaving and supports our ideals of preservation, education and design.
HOW do you recommend maintaining my custom rug?
Our rugs are for indoor use only. We recommend rotating them periodically to minimize wear on patterns and having them professional cleaned every 1-2 years. Liquid spills should be blotted up with care as soon as possible with a white towel drawing the liquid up from the outside edge of spill inward to prevent migration. A designated wool detergent can be use, but please use sparingly. Mud or dirt stains should be allowed to dry and brushed/vacuumed with care. For small stains, we recommend a designated wool detergent used as per instructions or service with an experienced rug cleaning professional. Rugs should be vacuumed regularly without the use of the beater bar. We do not recommend the use of preventative stain treatments as they can degrade the yarn and the wool's own lanolin, which is a natural repellent. The use of a rug pad is required for flat-weave goods.
There's a loose thread sticking out of my rug, should I cut it?
Loose threads happen occasionally and are normal with hand-woven rugs. We recommend carefully pushing the thread back into the weave. Excess threads should not be trimmed.
HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE TO MAKE?
Each rug is custom made to order. Please allow approximately 3-4 months for your rug to be made. Expedited lead-times are possible, please contact us for additional info. Custom color-ways and sizes available to the trade. Please inquire.
How will my rug be shipped?
Rugs sized 8x10 and larger will be shipped rolled on a pole to avoid creases. White glove delivery and installation can also be arranged in certain delivery areas. Please contact us for availability and pricing. Rugs smaller than 8x10 will ship folded and natural creases will relax in several weeks.
where's your studio located, i'd love to visit?
Unfortunately, my studio is not open to the public and as much as I'd love to have visitors, I'm not able to do so at at this time. However, I love sharing behind the scenes looks at my process and work in progress. Click here to learn more about my work and be sure to follow me on Instagram for the best behind the scenes glimpses.
"Every piece I make is born from a whole lot of joy, sweat, grit, hundreds of hours of trial and error, play, fear, doubt, grace, faith, strength and a relentless love of creating."
IT ALL BEGINS WITH A LITTLE VISUAL CANDY
My process is very intuitive. I start by feeding my head. Looking at the world around me for inspiration. I love design and fashion blogs. I'm obsessed with the visual candy of Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr. There is beauty everywhere. My work is influenced by color and pattern in the natural world and in the commercial world. A permeating crack on the sidewalk, the vibrant layers of an agate rock, the mix of color that randomly pops up on my Pinterest board, the exotic clothing of a faraway place, are my muses.
RECENT INSPIRATION FROM PINTEREST
AN EXPLORATION OF SHAPES, COLORS AND TEXTURES
It is an intuitive dance of play, working until I find just the right combination of color and texture. I love the color and effect created when unexpected colors and textures are combined. The glossiness of an acrylic paint next to the chalky texture of a pastel. Or an iridescent blend next to a thick, velvety smudge of oil pigment. I'm very inspired by the symmetry in nature - both the visual and the metaphorical - and I often incorporate the technique of folding the rice paper in half and letting the paint bleed through to the other side, creating a mirrored effect to my work.
Capturing the beauty and magic that surrounds us
I know it's done when it elicits a feeling inside, a zing, a ping of joy or pleasure that often only comes with that final touch or pop of color, suddenly transforming the piece. That feeling is a connection to something more, something that is not of the day-to-day routine of life. The antithesis of routine. A hint at what's on the other side of this world. The something more we feel ourselves longing for. For me, making art is to touch the divine. The hidden force that turns a nut into a tree, makes your heart sing when your baby smiles, puts you at that exact spot that you hadn't planned on being at, right in front of your soulmate. There is magic and mystery all around us. Beauty everywhere. If we can just open our eyes and look. That's what I am trying to capture.
transforming art into unique pieces for the home
I firmly believe in the power of surrounding ourselves with beauty, which led me to create my line of pillows and textiles. All of the patterns on designs originate from my original artwork. My process involves scanning the original work using a powerful flatbed scanner and importing the image into Photoshop. From here a new process of intuition and play begins as I reflect and repeat different elements from my work, creating the vibrant patterns that are then printed on beautiful, luxurious linen. I love the effect of seeing the patterns transferred onto the linen...the nuances and natural texture of the fabric mimics the quality of the rice paper that I often create my works on paper on.
A CYCLE OF FEEDBACK, GIVING AND INSPIRATION
When you buy a piece of art, you're not just buying the work itself, but all of the passion and love that goes into creating each piece. The hours upon hours of experimentation and play that go into honing a style and fine-tuning a technique. The joy and wonder in observing the world around us and imagining what lies just on the other side. The power of finding your calling and bringing to life what only once existed in fantasy. To me there is nothing like creating art, and I hope that it brings to you even just a bit of the happiness it gives me in making it.
It is really important to me to be able to pay some of this happiness forward and do my part in helping to make this world a better place. That is why we donate 1% of all sales to Feed Projects, to assist in their amazing and generous work in combating world hunger. Know that a bit of your purchase will go toward supporting this wonderful cause.