Artist, Collage

Kathy Bouthier

I tweet­ed last week about the work of Kat­ty Bouthi­er. She is an artist work­ing in col­lage, using pho­tographs and accent col­or to make her work pop. 

The con­tent of Katty’s work tends to be fan­tas­ti­cal and almost mys­tic. There is the explo­ration of the unknown and a empha­sis on con­scious­ness, espe­cial­ly in the crop­ping of her pieces — they feel like vignettes, small and inti­mate, as if we are tak­ing a glimpse into the inner thoughts of some­one else. 

All images via her website/blog.







Chelsea Brown

Here is some beau­ti­ful work by Chelsea Brown. An artist based in San Fran­cis­co, her draw­ings and paint­ings are based around the super­nat­ur­al, Native Amer­i­can and ani­mals.

I asked Chelsea to tell me about her work, which she hap­pi­ly oblig­ed:

Most of my work deals with super­nat­ur­al themes inspired by myths, leg­ends, spir­its, cos­mol­o­gy and rit­u­als. I am espe­cial­ly amazed by Native Amer­i­can spir­i­tu­al cul­ture and a lot of the research that informs my work begins there. There are so many inter­est­ing intri­ca­cies to their cul­ture. For one thing, there is no sep­a­ra­tion between humans, ani­mals and the earth. In some Native Amer­i­can lan­guages, there is no word to dif­fer­en­ti­ate ‘humans’ and ‘ani­mals’ because they are in essence the very same thing. I find it fas­ci­nat­ing that in many cos­mol­o­gy myths, it is an ani­mal or a non-human phe­nom­e­na that is respon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the uni­verse for all beings, instead of in many oth­er ‘reli­gions’ the cre­ator is a man or some image of man cre­at­ing the uni­verse specif­i­cal­ly for man. 

Although each tribe has its own unique cul­ture, there are some inter­est­ing ways in which tribes across North Amer­i­ca are sim­i­lar in their spir­i­tu­al cul­ture. Most tribes have some vari­a­tion of a Vision Quest, which is a process where­in an indi­vid­ual seeks out their con­nec­tion to the spir­i­tu­al world. This process would yield a ‘spir­it ani­mal,’ or some kind of phe­nom­e­na that became very per­son­al, and would give that per­son strength and pur­pose through their lives. 

Chelsea’s work is clear­ly informed, and shows with­out her expla­na­tion. The com­plex, mul­ti­fac­eted imagery has a beau­ti­ful sor­row to it. 

All images via her web­site.






Illustration, Interview

Piccolo Print Project: Interview with Michael C. Hsiung

Lisa Per­rin and I con­duct­ed anoth­er inter­view with an illus­tra­tor of our Píc­colo Print Project, a cam­paign we are also run­ning on Kick­starter. This inter­view first appeared on our Tum­blr.

Through the Print Project, Píc­co­lo has had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with 4 tal­ent­ed illus­tra­tors. But, who are the peo­ple behind the images? We inter­viewed them in our series, Píc­co­lo Por­traits!

If you love Michael’s work, be sure to sup­port our Kick­starter and pur­chase one of his prints!

Píc­co­lo: Can you tell us a lit­tle bit about your back­ground?

Michael C. Hsi­ung: My name is Michael C. Hsi­ung and I was born in Chi­na­town, Los Ange­les.  I wasn’t always mak­ing art for a liv­ing – I actu­al­ly grad­u­at­ed with an Eng­lish Degree and was work­ing in schools, muse­ums, and even at a back­ground inves­ti­ga­tion com­pa­ny before even think­ing of mak­ing art.  I’ve been real­ly lucky to have had such a nice run so far, and I attribute it to my facial hair.  

P: What was the inspi­ra­tion behind your piece for the Píc­co­lo Print Project?

MCHMy love of the cir­cus and per­form­ers (clowns/muscle men/stiltwalkers) was the inspi­ra­tion behind the Pic­co­lo piece. 


P: What are your favorite techniques/mediums to use when you cre­ate your work?

MCH: My favorite medi­um would prob­a­bly be ink, micron pens, and rapi­do­graphs, and my favorite tech­nique is pat­tern­ing with semi cir­cles.

P: Do you think the field of illus­tra­tion is chang­ing? And if so, how?

MCHI think the field of illus­tra­tion is chang­ing as far as I can tell, though not real­ly being an illus­tra­tor in the tra­di­tion­al sense, but I think that its eas­i­er for artists to get his or her stuff out there now with the var­i­ous social sites, forums, and com­mu­ni­ty groups. 

P: What are your favorite small things in life?

MCHMy favorite small things  are prob­a­bly dice, like 20 sided dice because I’m a lover of all things fan­ta­sy and Dun­geons & Drag­ons relat­ed. [Sara’s note — This made me very hap­py because I too am a D&D play­er.]

P: What’s on the hori­zon for you — any excit­ing projects you’re work­ing on?

MCHI’ll be hav­ing a two-week solo show called So Far, So Good, So What! Feb­ru­ary 8th at THIS, LA gallery in High­land Park. I’m real­ly excit­ed because it’ll be my first time in a long while show­ing works, and I plan to have lots of draw­ings, a print, and a reprint of a zine that recent­ly sold out called Booze, Dudes, & Bears.  Also, I’m be doing a print with Poster Child Prints some­time this year which I’m very excit­ed about, as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing in a group show Out of Town­ers which opens some­time in April at the See­ing Things Gallery in San Jose. 

Thanks, Michael!