Image Descriptions: Three black and white scanned block prints. The first print is of a femme with small crescent moon shapes floating in the background above her. She wears a crewneck shirt with one small crescent moon on it. Her eyes are cast downward and she has a curly fro. The second print is of a femme with stars floating in the background above her. She wears a crew neck black shirt with white polka dots. Her eyes are closed and she has shoulder length wavy hair. The third print is of a femme with four-petaled flowers floating in the background beside and above them. They are wearing a black sweater with a small heart on it and hoop earrings . Their eyes are cast downward and their hair is in a tight bun.
Over the past few months I have picked up block printing again. These are three recent femme characters I imagined, carved, and then printed. Delving back in to this medium has been fulfilling and educational as I’ve played with different materials and tools. I especially love these prints because they depict queers, femmes, living in their beauty and resilience.
These were hand carved on linoleum blocks and printed with Blick block printing ink on some basic Strathmore printmaking paper I had lying around.
I am excited to share a new project I have been working on with my friend Nori over the past month called Keeping Up with the Koreans. It is a multi-media project dedicated to growing knowledge on radical queer Korean experience. We are making content about arts and cultural events, history, and our own day-to-day experiences. It’s a project rooted in both our hearts and we hope you’ll follow us!
I took this photo exactly one week ago. Mid-bike ride, on my way to meet a close friend across town, I felt the need to stop and capture the moment. I didn’t care if it was a great photograph or not. Oakland was just so warm and sunny and beautiful and riding my bike made me feel warm and sunny and beautiful. On that day, in that moment, I felt so purely good. If you’ve spoken with me at some level of depth in the past four years you’ve probably heard me talk about my deep love and respect for Oakland and for how much life and history its streets hold. In the past two years if we’ve spent time together you have probably seen or know about my bike, Giovanni. These two consistent pillars of my life are very linked.