What is an illusion? The dictionary tells us it’s a noun with a few different definitions: “A thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses,” “a deceptive appearance or impression,” or “a false idea or belief.” It’s important to remember that illusions are not always visual deceit. Society holds many illusions. We create and build up concepts until we believe they are inherently true. We construct false concepts within our Western society, feeding them through the generations until we can no longer tell that they are just smoke and mirrors.
Illusion is an experimental and nonlinear book, just like the experience of gender. Readers will explore the what, who, where, and hows of gender. But this project is not supposed to answer your questions. If anything, it should leave you with more questions than you started with. I hope this book helps you to question gender, question our illusionary society, and question your understanding of these concepts. Sometimes learning new concepts and unlearning old ideas can create discomfort. But this kind of discomfort will help birth a new generation of queer radicalism.
Psychotropic is a magazine that explores the experimental glitch art movement and how it coexists within graphic design, fine art, and music.
I was fortunate to work with 6 Pillars Marketing's design team in Honolulu Hawaii in the winter of 2016. Our largest client at the time was SALT at our Kaka'ako, a local city block/shopping center that hosts many events. Pictured are two examples of design/marketing work I provided for SALT’s many events. One monthly event that they host is the Pa'akai Marketplace which celebrates the spirit and voices of Hawaii's thriving community. The family and pet friendly marketplace allows family, friends, artists and cultural practitioners to come together to display, share and sell their creations while paying homage to Hawaii's rich history. Another event they host monthly is a bar crawl, where each month features a new beer. This particular month's featured beer was Firestone Walker. This was the first time this beer was available in the state of Hawaii. I designed all the graphics for this Launch Event Bar Crawl keeping both SALT and Firestone Walker's branding in mind.
The Calm Before The Storm
The Calm Before The Storm is a two-book project that tells a visual story of mental health via original photography and poetry. The project was to walk from one neighborhood to another and create a concept connecting the two places. I walked from the Japanese Tea Garden to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco and was fascinated by the clear duality. These accordion-style books are each 8 inches by 8 inches.
Pretty Boi Zines
Pretty Boi Zines is a zine brand that focuses on the visual narration and stories of queer, trans, anarcha, satanic, punk, and intersectional individuals.
I love expressing myself through zines. To me, zines are the perfect medium to display my thoughts, my creativity, and my inner workings. They intersect the power of words, art, and accessibility in a way other publication design cannot reach for me. Zines are unapologetic - by being independently printed and distributed, they can be full of originality and spunk and bypass anything published work may have to deal with.
I also have an ongoing project that I’ve humbly named The Lean Mean Zine Machine. You may be asking yourself, “hmm, what is a zine machine?” This is a totally understandable question, as the concept is quite rare. This is an adjusted vending machine, originally manufactured by Beaver Vending Machines, to vend stickers. Adjusted to what? To dispense zines, of course!
I commission local artists, authors, and zinesters to create original zines for the machine. A machine like this brings the concept of zines to an audience that may have never heard of them, as well as introducing them to local, unpublished art and literary content.
The Lean Mean Zine Machine currently lives at The Bindery at 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco.
I’ve been at the Booksmith since mid 2017. My love of art, design, and the written word intersect here. I am our children’s book buyer and graphic designer. I get to work with books all day long. This includes the analytics of them as our business, hand selling them to customers, meeting with publishing houses, hosting author events, etc. But I am also a creator. I design our store’s web icons and banners, print fliers and pamphlets, and more. This can be for upcoming events, book recommendations, etc.
I play to my strengths when I balance the “left brain” expenditures and business finances of being a book buyer with the “right brain” creativity and playfulness of being a graphic designer and artist.