big steakFor June’s edition of Unblurred, Image Box hosted Eastern Standard: A Time Exhibition, curated by the venerable Joe Mruk. My submission, STEAKTIME, signifies a new direction for me. I have been implementing elements of rapid prototyping into my recent work.  CNC tools lend themselves well to creating and recreating work to be produced on a small scale. STEAKTIME contains an enclosed clock mechanism, and will surely remind you that every waking moment of every day is steak time. The clock face is laser engraved on painted pine board with white acrylic numbers. This work is available for purchase (wouldn’t this look great in your butcher shop?) The show will be up for 2 months so you have plenty of time to check it out in person, and see the work of other talented local artists.

Land in the ForkOn Thursday, 6/5/14 History Inspires  is up at the Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park. My piece is called Land in the Fork, influenced by Shawnee patterns and historic plans of the original Fort Pitt. The designs are hand-drawn and laser engraved into pine board. I’m lucky be part of such a talent-packed show. If you’re in Pittsburgh, don’t miss it! You can see the show until July 14, and be sure to vote for your favorite.

Pucker Plant - a portrait of Andres Gutierrez

Pucker Plant – a portrait of Andres Gutierrez

Tomorrow morning is the TIMELINES panel for DRAW2014! I was chosen to represent the generation of “now” on a panel of 5 artists who use drawing in their art practice. I am excited and nervous! Researching old inspirations has been great… Jim Nutt, New Objectivists, Daniel Clowes, and Ren and Stimpy. It was hard to narrow down the selection of artists whose work has inspired me.

Here’s my newest drawing. Might be the direction I go from now on, because it just came out naturally. No struggles here!

Prom 2013

Prom 2013

Today is the last day of 2013, and it’s been an incredible year. This is the year I returned to Pittsburgh jobless and missing warm Oaxaca. Shortly thereafter, I found a job as the Education and Events Coordinator at TechShop Pittsburgh, which is an amazing place to work and grow as an artist. Went to Detroit for the first time for my training. Then we opened a shop here in Pittsburgh and hired a bunch of talented instructors to teach people how to use our machines. Things got busy for a little while at the shop, while I continued to make drawings and experiment with vacuum forming. I made a comic about Ceviche in Mazunte, Mexico and submitted it to the awesome Memory anthology edited and published by my talented buddy Jeremy Baum. My friend Laurie Shapiro of The Grease Diner invited me to send her artwork and crafts to display in her bodega/art gallery/studio space in Oakland, CA. Can’t wait to visit her and jon jon in May of next year! I moved into an apartment with Andres, and escaped the cycle of roommates, dirty dishes, and shoes everywhere. I was asked to draw the cover of the 2013 Summer Guide for the Pittsburgh City Paper. I was also invited to participate with 5 other Pittsburgh artists in the Illustration Ale project with the Toonseum and local East End Brewery. I got to see my BFF Lara Mann who came all the way from Chicago to see us, and we met up in the middle of PA for a bluegrass festival. Also got to meet Andres’ aunt and uncle from Medellin, Colombia. I met lots of cool people throughout the summer and fall, because Pittsburgh is full of surprises and friends/strangers overlapping. I pumped out some stuff for the Pittsburgh Zine Fair in the late fall. Andy Scott of Little Tired Press asked me to draw the front cover to issue #5 of Andromeda Quarterly. Then there was the RIP Fashion Show, where I vacuum formed some scary masks for four models to wear and work on the runway. Soon after, Handmade Arcade was right around the corner, and I spent lots of time making laser-engraved wooden earrings and coasters. I performed in a basement using an old-school overhead projector, giving a dirty-talk Spanish lesson to people. I just got back from Chicago and am delivering an original drawing to the Toonseum for the Wonder Women exhibit opening this Friday Jan 4th! It’s one of the largest shows featuring the work of all women comic artists and illustrators. Click here for exhibit info.

2013 was fucking great, but 2014 will be even better! Thanks to everyone for supporting me, and for making Pittsburgh a creative-cool oasis.

Handmade Arcade this past Saturday was a huge success. I sold a ton of jewelry and coasters, even some original paintings. It was my first time as a HA vendor, and my first time whipping out the ol’ Square credit card reader. It made a lot of purchases possible, and it seemed that many vendors at HA had a Square reader. Did you know that Square reader was prototyped at TechShop San Francisco?

It may have been lucrative, but not without the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making stuff, unloading stuff, selling stuff, loading stuff, and driving stuff around. So much stuff! I will need my own table next year for all this stuff.

Thanks to all who came out and supported shopping handmade. I am looking forward to next year!

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Come to the David Lawrence Convention Center tomorrow Dec 7th from 11am-7pm for the Handmade Arcade! It’s the biggest market of the year for handmade goods, and you don’t want to miss it. I’ll be tabling with the Monalloh Foundry crew – Maggie Negrete, Steph Neary, and Brian DiSanto. Guess what? It’s the holidays! Buy stuff!

Last night was the Illustration Ale Release/Tapping Party at the ToonSeum. Scott from the East End Brewery tapped the first keg of Illustration Ale – which was delicious – and we all toasted to great art and great beer. You can now buy your own bottles, and collect all 6 at both East End locations in Pittsburgh. Learn more about how to get your bottle here. Thanks for all your support guys. Cheers!

Complete set of 8 "drinks on me" coasters - $35

Complete set of 8 “drinks on me” coasters – $35

Handmade Arcade  is coming up on December 7th at the David Lawrence Convention Center, and you can find me there with fellow artists Maggie Negrete, Steph Neary, and Brian DiSanto. We’ll be selling you stuff for the holidays and for your life in general. Don’t miss it, because it’s Pittsburgh’s biggest independent crafts fair of the year!

I’ll be peddling zines, prints, coasters, jewelry, and other housewares. The coasters are a new thing for me, and feature illustrations of drunk people laser-etched onto baltic birch, secured with a cork backing. They make great gifts for family, coworkers, and friends!