CREATING THE SAVAGE MUSE WORLD:
I have created and launched my own vision for an art & lifestyle design studio and brand that speaks to the diversity and beauty I see in a more global & inter-sectional way of entertaining & creating community, expressing style and exploring art.
I call this brand and this lifestyle philosophy SAVAGE MUSE. It is a world where I am exploring and being inspired by my different "muses", many of whom are women who have made a significant mark in the world of art, style, social movements, food, and literature. What makes these different women my muses is that each has stayed true to their own ideals of beauty, style, creativity, and social influence, even if their ideals went against the mainstream or standard ideals of their society and time in history.
LIFESTYLE/PRODUCT DESIGN FOR THE SAVAGE MUSE WORLD
With my deep love and passion for patterns, colors and textures, one of the ways I am expanding on the SAVAGE MUSE aesthetic and brand is by creating ceramics, textile prints, and patterns that can be applied to different products.
Below is a print collection called "SAVAGE IMPRESSIONS" inspired by a series of abstract "impressionist" patterns I painted. I have applied the patterns to ceramic collections and garments in this example.
EXAMPLES OF ILLUSTRATION WORK
Click here to go to the gallery page showcasing some of the illustration work I have been doing for SAVAGE MUSE.
Example of a SAVAGE MUSE PORTRAIT: CELIA CRUZ
Below is an example of a mixed media watercolor & digital art portrait I created of one of my muses, Celia Cruz. To learn more about Celia and why she is one of my muses, you can check out this piece I wrote about here by clicking here.
Examples of merchandise created from one of the SAVAGE MUSES, Celia Cruz:
SAVAGE MUSE PAINTINGS
Another aspect of the SAVAGE MUSE world is to connect with and be inspired by the art world. As part of my sabbatical and personal process, I went on a two week art residency in the deserts of the Southwest, where I allowed myself the time and space to paint large format acrylic paintings.
SAVAGE MUSE POP-UP DINNERS & EVENTS
Taking my love of lifestyle design to the next level, I have begun hosting SAVAGE MUSE POP-UP DINNERS as a platform that allows me to use my visual design skills, my love of cooking, menu & event planning, and desire to build community and create memorable experiences. Click here to read more about the process behind these pop-up events.
SAVAGE MUSE STUDIO & MURAL ART
As part of the process of creating the SAVAGE MUSE lifestyle, I converted my garage into an art studio and workspace for both myself and creative friends to come and use. As a part of the studio space, I painted a mural on one wall to celebrate the SAVAGE MUSE vibe of the new work space.
This collection of ceramics channels the colors and spirit of the Greek and Turkish civilizations that have been inspired by the Aegean Sea for many centuries. With shades of Cerulean Blues, Midnight Blue and a more mid-tone Navy Blue popping off a white background, these pieces bring a rustic sense of serenity but with a modern artisanal twist.
With the Aegean Sea and the surrounding villages as the source of inspiration, this is a mono-chromatic color palette focused on three shades of blue, all framed by a white background: Cerulean Blue, Midnight Blue and a mid-tone Navy Blue.
I designed four painterly patterns/artwork that compliment each other, can be used in many different scales and can be combined to create a multi-patterned piece.
I have chosen several different giftable tabletop silhouettes, along with a small example of dinnerware, to create some assortments. I chose ceramic pieces that have an uneven and rustic shape to them, to further create the essence of the Aegean Sea theme.
Version A: PATTERN MIXING
In this version, I played around with the four different patterns and created some bold pattern mixes on some of the silhouettes. Not only is there a mixing of patterns but also of scales, which adds a dynamic style quality.
Version B: WORD PLAY
For this version, I added the words "AIR" "BREATHE" "SALT" and "OCEAN" to channel the sensation of taking a walk by the scenic blue Aegean Sea.
Version C: FATIMA'S EYE
The eye icon found in Greece, Turkey and most of the Middle East, has become a hot trend in the world of fashion and home accessories. This interpretation is used on novelty gift-giving items such as serving platters, pitchers and serving spoons.
Version D: SIMPLE PATTERN
Last but not least, here are the same silhouettes shown in a singular pattern/art. I still made sure to bring extra interest into the selection by offering different scales of the artwork.
There is so much more I could develop for this theme- both more products and silhouettes, as well as more art & patterns. This is just to show you an example of how I can flesh out a concept into fully realized collections, complete with original art and new silhouettes to expand the Magenta offerings.
All the delicious colors, shapes and textures of a cake shop with NONE of the guilt. This collection of sugary sweet ceramics will satisfy your sweet tooth and add a celebratory vibe to your living space.
All the colors of the cake shop are here, from the classic pinks and dark chocolates, to the vintage-inspired robin egg's blue and yellows. Finishes have a lustrous glaze and opaque, pigmented quality to the paint.
Example of watercolor illustration technique applied to a "Rae Dunn" type aesthetic
The Huffington Post recently wrote an excellent review of the ground-breaking Third Muslim group art show that opened at the SOMarts gallery in San Francisco on January 26th. Co-curated by Yas Ahmed and Zulfikar Bhutto, this show is giving a platform to queer/trans artists who have some connection to the Muslim world and whose lives have been deeply affected by the intersection of the different worlds and identities they must navigate.
Click on the link below to read an in-depth piece on what the Third Muslim show is about and to get a sneak peak at some of art, including one of the pieces I created for the exhibit, titled "It's Complicated". I will go into a more in-depth conversation around the pieces I created for the show in a different post. But for now, check out the Huffington Post article here.
I just had my first commissioned SAVAGE MUSE pet portrait....and I am hooked! A client asked me to do a portrait of this adorable Goldendoodle as a Christmas gift for her sister-in-law. The fur baby, Millay, was named after reknowned Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay--who is definitely a SAVAGE MUSE and a very iconic woman.
Click here for price list and more info re: ordering a custom pet portrait!
After learning a bit about Millay the dog and Millay the poet, as well as getting some basic info about the gift recipients persona tastes (ie what colors does she like, etc)---I went to work.
Here are the two images I used as my reference for the pet portrait:
And here are a few different versions I created for the client to consider. One is a more clean/simple portrait set on a solid background and the other two play with my signature watercolor textured background:
Creating an entire world around your pet portrait
In addition to custom creating a stunning and memorable portrait of your pet that can be printed on gallery-quality canvases; I can set up an entire "shop" for you of your favorite pet portrait with many options of giftable home and fashion accessories for you to collect for yourself or give as special gifts to your loved ones.
Click here for the price list and more info about creating a custom SAVAGE MUSE portrait of your favorite pet! Or email me here!
Lipstick Collection Process:
I developed this series of lipsticks to show an example of my loose, whimsical watercolor/gouache illustration style. The word play comes from the act of seduction that is part of the romance of lipstick.
Lipstick Collection: Fancier Silhouettes
This shows my illustrations on more elaborate/fancier ceramic or melamine silhouettes that enhance the glamour and femininity of the lipstick theme.
Lipstick Collection: Simple Silhouettes
Here I have demonstrated how the lipstick collection can be translated into a more casual/rustic assortment.
Directly from the runways of today's most celebrated European design houses, the FOLK-FLORIC ceramic collection is a vibrant clash of folkloric florals, geometric and animal motifs that create a whimsical yet stylishly bohemian statement. Drenched in jewel tone colors in playful combinations, this collection is bold, memorable and filled with attitude.
A vibrant jewel tone collection of colors painted in an opaque, highly pigmented glaze.
Inspired by the ingredients I use for my SAVAGE MUSE PERSIAN POP-UP DINNER SERIES, I have illustrated a few of my favorite classic ingredients that go into my Persian cooking: Figs, Pomegranates and Pistachios.
I have chosen to illustrate them in that loose and whimsical watercolor/gouache technique, which these iconic images lend themselves to.
Below, I have demonstrated how the Persian Market art can be applied to some of the classic tabletop silhouettes. I can see expanding both the art selection as well as the tabletop and giftable silhouettes to make the Persian Market a fully comprehensive collection, complete with soft goods added into the mix.
In addition my extensive background as a lifestyle/product designer & illustrator, I am also a passionate cook, event planner & hostess. I curate special dinners at my home in Silver Lake, where everything from the layout & styling of the tableware to the graphic design of the menu are part of my creative process.
Because I am a believer of the indoor/outdoor dining lifestyle, I am a big fan of beautifully designed melamine tableware that can be bold, colorful, memorable while also easy to handle and clean.
Below is an example of one of the menus I designed for a POP-UP DINNER earlier this summer. I designed both the graphics/visuals/branding of the menu as well as designing the dishes and offerings on the menu.
Below are some more visuals from the events.
Although my professional career has predominately centered around fashion and apparel design, I have been passionate about ceramics for almost 15 years now. For me, ceramics has been yet another interesting medium to approach as a blank canvas to create art & designs on.
SAVAGE MUSE ABSTRACT ART PLATTER
This platter is a piece I painted on my birthday a couple of years ago. For me, going into a ceramic painting studio to paint all day is my kind of birthday celebration!
This platter is being featured on a new NBC TV show about crafting called "Making It" starring Amy Poehler-- I believe it will be airing this fall/winter.
CUSTOMIZED WEDDING GIFT CERAMICS
A wedding gift tradition I started about 15 years ago is to create customized ceramic pieces to reflect the love story and taste/lifestyle of the friends/family members getting married. I ask both of the people getting married a series of questions about how they met, their favorite food/dining experiences, favorite colors, travel spots, etc. Based on those questions, I choose a piece(s) of ceramic that is symbolic of their love/life and paint it to reflect their union.
AMOR Y ALMA WEDDING PLATTER
When my good friend and renowned Native Foods Chef & Healer, Felicia Cococtzin Ruiz of Kitchen Curandura was getting married a couple of years ago, I knew I wanted to create a special platter that she could use to serve special meals to her family for years to come.
I wanted to surprise her with the platter, so instead of sending her a questionnaire to figure out what kind of ceramic I should create for her, I took a look at her Instagram page and paid attention to what colors, patterns, and textiles she was using and featuring on her posts.
Based on the images, below, I came up with three different potential colorways and designs. I knew I would be limited by whatever paint colors and resources would be available for me at my local "ceramic painting" shop, so I didn't know until I went to paint the piece which of the three designs I would end up creating.
The final platter design reflects Felicia's Xicana/Latina and Native American heritage and the use of the Spanish words of "Amor Y Alma" which means "Love and Soul" were my way of honoring her marriage and wedding ceremony.
PROCESS OF PAINTING CERAMIC IN STUDIO
PLATTER FOR MAHFAM & CRISTOBAL'S WEDDING
When my Persian cousin, Mahfam (who owns an artisinal food/catering company called M.A.H.F) married her Chilean chef husband, Cristobal, I knew I had to design a platter for them that they could use for many years to come and feed family and friends their exquisite culinary creations. With a love of Spain and Spanish art from the mid-century as my inspiration, I created this bold platter as my offering to their love and union.
COFFEE MUGS ARE FOR MORNINGS IN BED
This pair of coffee mugs was designed for a beautiful couple who are good friends- she is a renowned film maker and he is a handsome actor. Their favorite romantic ritual is to share coffee with each other in bed every morning. Their favorites colors a blues and rust/oranges. They prefer more modern and geometric shapes.
This collection celebrates the glamour and sparkle of the "Rosé All Day" lifestyle and attitude. It draws inspiration from two lifestyle trends: Drinking beautiful bottles of Rosé during the sun-drenched garden parties of the summer and the Rose Gold metal accent trend that has been the metal finish of choice with the fashionable set.
A blend of matte and metallic finishes, this color palette of blush pinks and metallic gold and rose gold is the epidemy of feminine glamour.
Inspired by the festive nature of confetti, celebrations, and our inner child, this ceramic collections combines fun geometric patterns with bright colors and a whimsical & playful attitude.
A playful "pop" color palette of primary and terciary colors. A solid opaque painting/glaze technique ensured a brightly pigmented finish.
Home to me and many other creatives here in Los Angeles, Silver Lake is a bohemian hide-away that has been influencing the world of ceramics and lifestyle design for many years now. The SILVERLAKE & SUNSET ceramic collection takes inspiration from the sun-bleached desert colors, hand-made shapes and imperfect geometric art that has become synonymous to casually stylish Southern California living.
Sun-faded desert colors and two types of finishes: matte as well as a semi-opaque glaze give this collection the mood and attitude that is Silver Lake and modern bohemian California living.