This year has begun on an amazing artistic foot and last year ended as a travelers dream. I have been able to experience everything from corporate ambient performing to fine art posing to live music, peppered with countless beautiful good times in between during my travels . I fully intend to make a post about my travels to Barcelona, Paris, and Virginia as soon as I have all my photos edited and backed up, but for now I will share all of what has happened since ringing in the New Year.
This January I was given the opportunity to grace the run way as a mermaid in uv reactive black light body paint done by Rachel Debeor for Envision Raw Artist San Francisco. In a few short hours I went from human to super aquatic being. So many jitters running through my body as I spun pod poi by Flow Toys on the 1015 Folsom Stage, thankfully I was met with such a warm welcoming crowd that quickly reminded me I was present to share in artistic creation. Thanks to my amazing friend and talented photographer Kenny Hoff I have a video of the evening for to share with you all, along side some Photos taken by Ian.Shire.
A few days after being a mermaid, I entered another realm as a fantasy steampunk fairy working for Mezzanine Circus Arts at the Museum of Computer History for the Amazon Holiday Party. Surprised joyfully once again to run into talented photographer Kenny Hoff covering photography of the event, and am thankful to share the moments he captured including some play with talented performer Sylphie Ariella. I also had the joy of working along side one of my favorite performance partners Rion Fish, who looked spectacular in his stilting costume and LED buuegang.
Following this series of events was a most dashing of evenings at the Edwardian Ball. I attended in support of the amazing fashion designer Vanessa Nash who had created corset pieces for the Ball of sheer elegance. An abundance of art installations, from old clocks to tea service, with an indoor vendors market to top it all off. Yet, there will still so much more from aerial and dance performances to live big band music. All of the splendor of an evening on the town with a classic and timeless twist. I was left impressioned in the most lovely of ways.
A not as known skill set of mine is hair styling which I was thrilled to do behind the scenes for the Outersect music video shot in the Flow Toys Studios. Working with Vertel and Cindy the Producers of this event is always such an uplifting experience. No hair is complete without makeup for a production, tag teaming with me on this project was my amazing other half Vanessa Nash. It is so rare to find another artist whom one can create with so seemlessly, beyond grateful to be on countless gigs with this powerhouse of a woman. All of these behind the scenes photos taken by the truly wonderful Lane Lillquist.
To round off an amazing first two months of the year I was asked by Belle SF magazine to pose to live music at the Madrone Art Bar. This corner bar was so welcoming, all of the artist made me feel so at ease and fully respected as they all sip and sketched with amazing speed, as each pose was only held for 20 minutes. I was astounded as the evening came to an end and quite a few of the artist shared with me what they had created. I find perspective to be such an overwhelmingly beautiful thing. The sketches below are done by the talented Daniel Parada. I left the evening looking forward to doing more posing, which is just what the future seems to have in store. My next sitting will be for a painting series and I am counting down the days until then.
Much thanks to divine timing and location post gig I was able to attend my first fire jam of the Autumn season under a bright full moon on an particularly warm San Francisco night. Truly breathing life back into my passionate relationship to fire dancing. I have begun to truly explore fire manipulation outside of my Hoop and with other props such as double staves and dragon staff. I am finding a new way in which I am enjoying movement and the exploration of these new to me props has me on cloud nine.
Thank you to Daniel Craig, Brian Sorenson and Jim Fitzgerald for these captures.
Wonderland, a most curious place where hula hooping harajuku unicorn aviator do really exist, or as I know it a lovely evening with Mariah at her constantly changing themed photography studio. A photo studio gem Carle Photography Studio in Oakland is somewhere I always love the outcome of ending up at. The shoots always have an element I haven't explored before, and a space I feel safe exploring behind the lens in.
The last shoot we did was a long exposure one, with my neon lime green hoop, and a bit of my rainbow wardrobe. Glad to have had time to play with my toy and be who ever I wanted for just a moment or so, brief moments of magic for me. May I never forget the joy of play and games of dress up, worlds of make believe.
I had a truly pleasent day being a tourist and model in my own area, with Brian Gilwee, when he visited town from Sunny Southern California . 'On The Street', reminded me how beautiful of a city San Francisco can be when you see it through new eyes, when we aren't walking from point a to point b for work, this city is alive with color, people, shapes, architecture. There is music on the sidewalks, poetry on the curbs, art on the walls. The food is filling and flavorful, and the company he kept with me is kind. Thank you for sharing a day of your vacation adventuring with me!
Slowly but surely I have begun to fill a binder with my writings found on napkins, receipts, notebooks, sticky notes, photographs, journals, and postcards, wherever I could storage a series of thoughts I may have dreamed up or felt in the moment. Writing poetry,songs, rhymes, etc. is therapeutic for me a release of whatever I feel that allows me to empty my mind onto paper and return me to the present moment. Hope to hear some responses as they start to trickle in amidst the other future posts on this creative journey I have set out upon.
"I would like to know if I could be the type of lady you could get down for"
Got me dancing to the oldies like I never been in elementary school innocent love before.
Flying across cities to be a nervous wreck knockin' on your door.
Don't mean to be asking so many questions but I wanna get to know the man behind the face I adore.
The spirit you is the one I implore.
Flip switch on the record Rewind to past lives our energies aligned.
Surpassing the infinity of universes time .
Melting into cosmic synthetically Beat.
Here comes that southern heat,
Spreading my doors open a place for you to retreat,
Sip on the honey of life so sweet,
As wet as the floods taking the northern Cali streets,
Whenever our minds meet .
Paint this portrait with me,
two Midwest kids loving the west coast rainy days, and the rhythms of their heartbeats.
Woman's March Against Washington in Oakland, California, January 21st, 2017 . I am a NASTY WOMAN and I stand with living an existence that doesn't degrade or disrespect anyone else's. I stand for equality, for love, and for the wild woman who birthed each of us, as far back as every lineage has gone.
Tears poured easily down my eyes as I climbed on-top the Bart Train Roof Top to take a higher view of the history I was so fully present for today, even when asked to leave by the cops I said, "surely but in a minute". The beauty I was seeing the unity, love, the mutual respect, compassion, and laughter was so strong so powerful a force I needed to let it soak into me like the rain from the clouds that were drizzling upon us all. There was a power I have never seen before at work and it was a flood of pink kitten ears voicing strongly that, We are the change we have been looking for.
Bubbles not Bullets, love not hate floated in the air. The march today broke records in American History and made global news. This was the largest largest inaugural protest in U.S. history, and Womankind I thank you for making this movement occur, to all the men who came in support of us, to all those who claim no gender, multiple genders, you did this, you deserve your equality. Every single continent on this Earth participated, the unity in this movement to me resembles a far greater movement than just for our country, this march is the beginning of hope for all women world wide to speak up and be their truth. This is what hope looks like, these signs are our swords, we have words, you can not silence us now, we have learned our wings are un-pluckable made out of back bones, our faith relentless, our drive unparalleled. There is power in peace, in dance, in song, in stories, and in love.
I sit here now in my bedroom office, cup of tea to the left of me and the words on the wall in the back ground of this photo ring as true as ever, "turn your cant's into can and your dream into plans". Putting the time and energy into developing this website has been on my to-do list for quite some time now, after months of gathering content into files on my laptop, and recording my thoughts and ideas into journal after journal, here I am. Still unsure what exactly makes a whole website work wonderfully, but I am feeling optimistic and thankful for YouTube tutorials. I may end up having a glitch or misspell error here or there but that is a W.I.P. (work in progress). I've learned with all things I have put my heart and soul into is that progress for and with myself is the end destination all while being the journey and in both I am thankful for the ability to experience. So stick tuned for the constant progression of this webpage, blog, portfolio and bear with me as I learn yet another professional skill. Hope to be able to share with all of you out there the world I have been creating.