Friday, September 28, 2012


Holy smokes! It has been a while since my last post... In Houston, we hibernate in the summer for the heat + humidity is like swimming through a sweaty armpit. Its just best to not exist for a few months. In my internet absence I have been sorting through thoughts and planning some new projects. A new link will appear in the next couple of months to explain more. In the meantime, take a look at what my friends are doing!

Richmond, VA:

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ms. Julia

For the last 6 weeks I've been filling in at the Esperanza School teaching art to 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
Sadly, Friday was my last day of being called "Ms. Julia" and when I told the kids, some of them gave me their drawings.
It is so amazing that three of them drew me houses.
I don't think they understand how relevant that is.
Here are works by Madison, Olivia, Avery, and Glenn.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

newest member of the crew

Pillow Commission

16" x 16" custom home pillow
all I need is a photo! This one was done from a cellphone picture.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ben Milam Hotel

As I searched Houston for my next project, I ended up wandering around downtown in awe of the contrast between our shiny skyline and the abandoned beauties that hover closer to the ground. I found myself at 1717 Texas Avenue where a 10-story building, with a thick coat of dust and grime, caught my attention. I photographed it and went to work on a series of bags that, when hung in a grid, create an image of the abandoned building.

After some research on the building I have learned that my intuitive decision to choose 1717 Texas Avenue may have more significance than I imagined.

This is the Ben Milam Hotel. 
Built in 1928, it was Houston's most luxurious hotel and a definite hot spot for visitors coming in from Union Station. Architect Joseph Finger also designed Houston's City Hall and opened the Ben Milam Hotel with 250 rooms that went for $2.00 - $2.50 a night.

The Ben Milam Hotel has a list of firsts: 
In 1932 it was the first hotel in Houston to be fully air conditioned.
In the 1950s it was the first hotel to have a TV in every room
and the first to have a rooftop swimming pool!

Now, the building is owned by Marvy Finger (apparently not related to the original architect, Joseph Finger) and is on the waiting list for demolition. The plan is to build an 8-story apartment house in its place; but who knows when, as the developer has other projects lined up ahead of the old Ben Milam Hotel.

To see the Ben Milam Hotel brought back to life, please join me at the opening of Menagerie, a group show at Winter Street Studios opening on July 6th.
The reception is from 7pm - 10pm.
I hope to see you there!

Rooftop Swimming Pool
Ben Milam Cafe

Monday, June 18, 2012

Winter Street Show!

I'm getting pretty excited about Menagerie: a group show at Winter Street Studios opening July 6th!
Here's a little glimpse of what I will be showing...

This is a great group of artists and I hope to see you at the opening on July 6th from 7pm - 10pm!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

1706 Westheimer Road

I photographed the vacant 1706 Westheimer Road building with plans to make a backpack of it.
About a month later I witnessed its demolition while in Domy Books, across the street.
Suddenly, recreating this building became a crucial part in preserving the neighborhood.
Plans have been released for the construction of the lot and I must say I am a bit heartbroken.
Here is an article Swamplot wrote on the issue.

Monday, May 14, 2012

mother's day

This mother's day I embroidered my mom's house on a pillow.
She lives in the left half of a duplex so I decided to stitch only her half.

Love ya momma!!