Joshua Tree

Over the past year I have found myself going to Joshua Tree often to get away from the crazy day to day of L.A. life.  As always I take my Holga along with some expired slide film to see what other worldy images I can create, especially in a place that looks like Mars.  I plan to make a new gallery of the finished pieces soon after I decide if a standalone image or mixed media approach with gold acrylic overpaint is working best.  While documenting the park I also learned that Joshua Trees are endangered because of global warming.  Even more reason to celebrate these unique organisms while we can and maybe reminding others of their beauty help keep them around a little longer.  Here are some of my faves from recent excursions.

Here is an example of gold liquid acrylics overpainted on a large kinkos printout for testing.

Here is an example of gold liquid acrylics overpainted on a large kinkos printout for testing.

another printout test with gold liquid acrylic overpaint

another printout test with gold liquid acrylic overpaint

Vintage goodies and block prints on Etsy!

I finally got around to making an etsy shop of the backlog of inventory I have been keeping in a cool dark place for awhile.  Lots of old photographs I printed by hand in a real color darkroom.  Those were the days!!  I also have all my block prints I have created in the past five years up as well. 

Stop by and poke around. etsy away!

 

Make/Shift article on "the pink house"

make/shift mag is a super rad feminist publication.  they have a nice feature in the summer issue on "the pink house" series.  nice taste of more to come.  "floral accent" is even on the back cover!  check it out at your local independent book store and support feminist media!


so minted

I have been looking for a home for my Holga work for awhile and I am happy to announce they have finally found a place to chill and be enjoyed by the general public.  I take my Holga with me wherever I travel.  It is a cheap plastic camera that you don't have to be afraid of losing (only the film inside it is a loss) and it will take a beating from the elements.  The images you can create with the advantage of multiple exposures and pinhole looks create dreamy landscapes that are just how you want to remember a place.  


Here is a preview of the store.  Stay tuned to see what will be available!



Source: http://www.minted.com/storefront/meghanqui...

little heroes

i was talking to someone about she-ra a few weeks ago and how she was a really awesome role model for little girls.  she led a rebellion of colorful characters (truthfully, glimmer was the real leader, she-ra just came in and stepped it up a notch) against an evil oppressive horde.  i thought about other heroes from my childhood.  jem- who as her alter ego jerrica runs starlight house, a foster home for girls, uses jem and the holograms to further the foundation's cause.  pippi- the strongest girl in the world who raised herself while her absent father sailed around the world.  wonder woman- who needs no introduction.  lastly, tank girl- she isn't one for charity, but with her don't fuck with me attitude and ferociously protective instincts of her booga and friends deserved a place too.  i wanted to make in mini a toy chest for a little girl armed with these heroes.  i made wigs and crowns from scratch and built the toy box and room.  the she-ra crown i am most proud of.  here is a breakdown of how it was made.

with a paper pattern, i carved the pieces from a coke zero can.  using a mechanical pencil, i etched the  wings.

with a paper pattern, i carved the pieces from a coke zero can.  using a mechanical pencil, i etched the  wings.

assembled and painted gold.  just needs a finishing gem stone.

assembled and painted gold.  just needs a finishing gem stone.

polaroid of the finished scene with all the heroes piled together ready for playtime.

polaroid of the finished scene with all the heroes piled together ready for playtime.

the final image.  kodak portra 160 vc

the final image.  kodak portra 160 vc

finding inspiration in the littlest places

southern california is a beautiful place.  growing up on the east coast i still delight at how different the landscape is and the variety of vegetation.  the flowers that seem to grow wild all over los angeles add to the beauty of our urban landscape providing an inspiring environment to nurture creativity.  about six weeks ago i first saw these flowers blooming that looked like tiny bouquets.  they're called lantanas.

found this little beauty outside a bbq joint in venice.

found this little beauty outside a bbq joint in venice.

 

i'm drawn to all things miniature and these little guys have been popping up in different colors all over the region.

proof of film's superiority of consumer grade digital:  my iPhone, as seen here, could barely register the vibrancy of the colors.  some nice kodak portra vc (r.i.p.) would have caught every nuance.  sigh.

proof of film's superiority of consumer grade digital:  my iPhone, as seen here, could barely register the vibrancy of the colors.  some nice kodak portra vc (r.i.p.) would have caught every nuance.  sigh.

a little over a week ago i attended a wedding in palm springs.  as little souvenirs each guest had a mini eames at their place setting!!!!   of course, i made sure no one left theirs behind and if they weren't feeling it made sure they knew it would go to a good cause if they donated it to the "quinzee making cool mini shit" fund.  so here is my mini eames next to my mini bouquet (lantana).  

iPhones do help making quick "sketches" on the fly

iPhones do help making quick "sketches" on the fly

i've been brainstorming ever since for shots to create with mini flora incorporated.  

getting back holga film- making the cut

i picked up my latest roll of film from samy's yesterday.  i shot a roll of 135 mm in my new 135mm holga while in nyc the first week of march.  the beauty of holga is being able to blend images together.  it's a big guessing game, but an educated guess with practice.  when dropping off the film you ask the lab to process only, do not cut.  this is awesome because you get your film done for 4 bucks as opposed to paying 20-30 for process and prints (it's crazy that it costs that much these days, but that is the state of film photography). you get this beautiful long strip back where you now have to choose what will be your final images to scan.  i have an old flatbed film scanner and it  limits me to about 6 inches in length.  some images get blended together so much it is difficult to decide where to begin and end an image. 

first step is using my laptop as a lightbox.

perfect lightbox backdrop: google

perfect lightbox backdrop: google

then i photograph the strip on my iPhone and invert it in photoshop.

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this quick and dirty trick can help me figure out where the image is falling off and how best to edit it.  

here is the final flatbed film scan.

beautiful late winter decay along the high line.

beautiful late winter decay along the high line.

the film i used is the new lomochrome purple.  so you can get stoked on it too, here is more info.  fall in love with film!

click here: yo this film is purple y'all!