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EYEBALL BURP, is a Portland based annual art-zine, created in 2008 by artists Alex Chui and A’misa Chiu. I’m totally excited to be featured for the second time! Issue No. 7 “A survey of collage Art” is printed in in full color and is out now! Other contributing artists include: Jon Vaughn, Dunja Jankovic, Sylvia Mann, Zigendemonic Art, Norihiro Sekitani, Champ Champ Champoy, Albane Simon, Alex Chiu, Dase DaseDase, Buggle Sweet, Hyo Davis, Kevin Cheah, Emily Rabinowitz, A’misa Chiu, Alain Marciano.

Below are the images I contributed:
“In An Expression of the Inexpressible”
-paper collage

“Silk Cuffs”
-mixed media:
sewn silk, various color pigments


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A few bedroom shots from my last visit at with MaiLing at Cocoon Hair Studio.

Current cassette crush ||| from Bogota, Colombia superninja 3066


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946713_10151664735673128_1854757180_n Myself, Dazzla, and Linda at El Dorado‘s Boys & Girls night last Saturday.
Photo by Norton

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Unravel on occasion.

I recently agreed to do a photo shoot for my hair stylist MaiLing, her salon is called Cocoon Hair Studio. cocoonI am totally into the two-toned color she gave me, its super fun and versatile.

Below is a self -portrait, we’re still waiting on the final results from the photographer.

Cocoon is a relaxing and intimate experience, it’s a single studio space, located in Bankers Hill or Park West and is walking distance to Balboa Park.

This is a great neighborhood, with all kinds of places to eat, drink, shop and walk. It’s also a stones throw from downtown and Hillcrest.

Balboa Park is home to various museums and gardens such as The San Diego Zoo, MOPA, Museum of Man, and the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center which has an IMAX theatre. Some other favorite places in Bankers Hill are Tin Can Ale House, Cafe Bassam, Evolution Fast Food and the Spruce Street Bridge.

In the back of Hunt & Gather we have a callejón or little alley. Perfect for making a mess, so I’ve gotten into tie-dying silk. The silk blouse or shirt is a perfect candidate for this process: clean lines and very absorbent. We’ve done two batches by now, the first was about ten items and the second about 25. The images below are examples of what has been created. Originally the blouse on the left was completely white, which is the best to work with with consideration to the brightness of color. My favorite part of this process is the un-doing of the rubberbands. The contrast of color becomes visible. Aside from the change in color, myself and Zoe Crenshaw have been making alterations on these pieces; taking off sleeves, adding studs, creating new hem lines- in other words, putting a modern twist on basic shapes. Each one is unique, this style available and made for both men and women.

The image to the right is my first successful tie-dye on silk (and has already been sold). The necklace is made out of Tagua nuts which are seeds from a palm tree that is typically found in northern South America. We have a variety of hand-made jewelry at the shop. My co-worker Jess Lambard, is the designer of the jewelry line Found Pieces, which focuses on re-purposing anything from rattle snake vertebrae, rat skulls, turquoise, quartz and leather which are then made into wear-able pieces.

Hunt & Gather is open from 11-7 Sunday thru Thurday and 11-9 on Friday and Saturday. We currentley have pre-sale tickets for the 16 year anniversary celebration of SIESTA FIESTA BOAT PARTY! happening this Saturday, October 6th. Check out this line-up!!! DOC MARTIN [Sublevel/LA], SOLAR [Sunset/SF], JOE BICKLE [Animal Club/LA], JENILUV [Making Shapes/LA], CHUY FRESNO [Art of Sound/SD], PAUL NAJERA [Lost & Sound/SD], CRIS HERRERA [Art of Sound/SD].

Wake up early.
Moments of self reflection, realization and appreciation.

Hunt & Gather has been a consistent positive driving force in my life for the last three years. Owners Lee Reynolds and Zoe Crenshaw are an awesome pair. These two carry a flair for future fashions and music and are both talented with an array of skills. Lee and Zoe have been friends of mine for years – I began working at H&G shortly after it opened. I am ecstatic to be a part of this unique shop and so proud of my friends for creating such an awesome idea.

Hunt & Gather’s 3 year anniversary is on Saturday May 19th!!! For more information on the party check out the FB Event page here.

“A vintage boutique reminiscent of shops in San Francisco, Notting Hill and New York, Hunt & Gather brings locals an incredible selection of garments and accessories as well as reconstructed vintage items.” –Discover SD

Some local designers who currently have their work in the shop include: Found Pieces, Grammatique, Juju, Pop Rock, and The Serene Collection.

Oakland based artist/musician Billy Sprague currently has art work for sale at Hunt & Gather as well as a V/A sampler tape from his label Sanity Muffin. This 90 minute tape is filled to the brim with sounds from: Odd Nosdam, Kraanium, Perpeteia, Hondo, Travis Wyche, Drape, A.C. Way, Torture Corpse, Hondo+Galena on the A-side and Lissom, Bre’r + Odd Nosdam, Engines, Naked Lights. Jims, Selaroda, Gears, Galena, Born To Kill & Gog on the B. A lush full color double sided fold out insert with art by Chicago’s font & gnome mastermind Hydeon.

Sprague’s current musical projects include Naked Lights and solo/duo recordings under the name Galena. As an artist he is recently fixated on graphite, india ink and mural work; attracted to naturally found textures, shapes and patterns, most work is based on dreams and the fusion of psychedelic mutated formations within imaginative natural environments.

Other artist’s who currently have work on display at Hunt & Gather are Kandice Guzman and Gil Dominguez.

Musical selections for Hunt & Gather’s 3 year anniversary party include Blackass, Mikey Lion, Jon Doss, and Lee Reynolds. Lee aka Dr. Indulgent recently won a mixtape contest to play at Lightning in a Bottle art and music festival in Irvine at the end of May.

Hunt & Gather offers men’s and women’s vintage, new and up-cycled clothing, accessories, vinyl, art and more. It is located at 2871 University Avenue and is open seven days a week. You can vote for Hunt & Gather in CityBeat’s makeover contest here.