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MorYork Gallery presents WATER STORIES, a collaborative mixed media art piece

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The MorYork Gallery in Highland Park is a true wonderland of curiosities hidden in plain view. Its home is on a busy corner diagonal from locally famous Café de Leche on York Boulevard in Highland Park. A plain green wall lets the space sit unnoticed while walkers and drivers pass by. Behind the green wall is a portal into an otherworldly collection of art and artists collaborating and creating amid a large skating-rink-turned-art-space that is nothing short of epic in size.

Owner of MorYork Gallery, Clare Graham, talks with his resident artists underneath a hanging installment of dangling spines, fibers, and other oddities. An almost occult playfulness and innovativeness is apparent via copious sculptures, furniture, paintings, scientific concoctions, skeletal systems, and beyond.

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This has been Graham’s space since 1986, long before the hype of Northeast Los Angeles seduced the minds of Los Angelinos to come and rally in NELA for hip cultural gatherings. The wood floor still shows traces of basketball court painted lines and the wood vaulted ceiling is reminiscent of what one might imagine Noah’s ark would have perhaps looked like.

Graham’s work incorporates recycled materials, often cast aside unwanted. New life is breathed into each piece, as its corresponding elements work together to create larger than life works of art with radiating character. As one nears one of Graham’s pieces, it seems it comes more to life with the emergence of every detail. Up close, it can be seen that these large-scale pieces are frequently constructed out of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tiny everyday mundane pieces. His work genuinely winks at the concept of power in numbers.

The theme at hand during this visit is water, leading to the forthcoming collaborative art performance which incorporates movement, sound design, textiles, and prose to portray WATER STORIES.

A series of workshops will allow the public to immerse themselves into the art by extending the opportunity to practice in a variety of media, ultimately contributing to the final product as a whole. The logic behind these sequence of workshops in concert with the final product results in a community minded experience where abstract concepts and philosophy can be pulled from applicable experience. It soaks the viewer in engagement, bringing them closer to a more acute understanding of the art piece rather than taking on the mere role of a spectator.

However, this does not exclude the less active audience member. Stephanie Zalatel, creator of the szalt dance company, works with her team to choreograph a deeply moving five-part performance for WATER STORIES. Movement appears to narrate a story set to the sounds collected by musician and composer, Louis Lopez. Audio clips collected from field samplings are set to bold tones with an ethereal ambience and subliminal humming reminiscent to the experience one might have submerged in water.

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Perhaps one of the most unique elements of the piece, aside from its already left-of-mainstream surroundings of the gallery, is the use of textiles and costuming. Fiber artist, Amabelle Aguiluz, incorporates her knitted clothing into the performance by creating abstract masks and dress-like coverings for the dancers as well as the landscape around them. The various patterns in the knit work resemble the natural patterns that might be found in nature within a bed of sea coral. While Aguiluz generally works with basic dark and light colors, this piece will incorporate a wider spectrum of color, amplifying the colorful and unpredictable make-up of water and all the connotations it possesses.

To round out the process, there will also be poetry about the performance constructed by poet, Julia Nowak. The poems will be featured in the programs at each performance, giving each audience member a memento to take home with them if they were unable to participate in one of the preceding workshops.

There will be several opportunities to get involved. The actual performance will have multiple weekends including April 22-23 (for VIP ticket holders) / 29-30, and May 6-7 /13-14.

Starting March 20, the workshops will be every Sunday from noon until 3pm. It costs $30 to register online, and $40 at the door. If you are interested in all four classes, you can get a bundle rate of $100. The first will be a textiles workshop, followed by sound recordings workshops, then a movement research class, concluded by a culmination workshop where all the acquired skills can be put to use in a cohesive piece. For more information please visit stephaniezalatel.com/class.html or e-mail Stephanie at szalt@gmail.com. If you know you want to purchase tickets, you can do so by going to waterstories.brownpapertickets.com.

The MorYork Gallery is located at 4959 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90042.

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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel open commercial art space in LA’s historic Arts District

When my Uber driver pulled up to 901 East 3rd Street in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District on Sunday, March 13, I was nothing short of impressed by the scene I had suddenly found myself in the middle of. There were a slew of other cars trying their hands at weaving in and out of an influx of people crossing the street coming to and from the large white building resting on an entire city block on the corner of East 3rd Street.

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The bustle was all for the opening of the newest commercial gallery space, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. This new Los Angeles location is the newest addition to the world-renowned collector/curator spaces of Hauser Wirth with home bases also in London, Zurich and New York City. There were people of all ages making their ways into the gigantic space to experience Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Woman, 1947-2016.

Inside the venue one might find them at a loss of what to do first. Upon entry there is a fine bookstore, public breezeway with historical references about the building’s history as a wheat mill, a research area, education lab, planting garden, and restaurant. An outdoor courtyard area lured in spectators with the aroma of delicious food, which was handed out as complimentary dishes for all guests. The weather was idyllic for such an event and hoards of people enjoyed the communal outdoor sitting tables to feast and discuss the unique art on display in Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.

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Various grand rooms gave way for opportunity to see in-person works by some of the most influential artists in history. The first room I made my way through was the large show space, bright with natural light streaming through the grand atrium. I walked around the space observing a myriad of sculptural pieces set among the building’s historic and elegant columns. From room to room, gallery goers were able to experience large-scale sculptures, installations, paintings, works on paper, and beyond. Contrary to the typical gallery experience, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel offers more than just pieces on display with price tags attached, but rather they are more representative of the non-collecting art museum. Many of the pieces shown at Revolution in the Making, are on lone from other galleries.

Swiss Gallery juggernauts, Iwan and Manuela Wirth, alongside their partner, Paul Schimmel, formerly of the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, aim to have a space where art is commissioned, there are group shows, and education is at work. It makes for a more communal experience and is more engaging with the public. As opposed to other shows that don’t typically stay in one gallery for extended period of time, Revolution in the Making will make its home at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel until September 4, 2016; optimizing the amount of time the public can come and enjoy the art.

The building itself is over 100,000 square feet and each unit’s origins range from the 1890s until the 1940s. A personality of its own emergences from the mere presence of the building, paying homage to its integral roots in Los Angeles’ rich history. A symbol of wheat and ship’s wheel marks the original purpose of the space, and points back to the early days when it was amidst the manufacturing district of Downtown LA.

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It has been mentioned that the mere architecture of the space alone points to an optimism about LA that once radiated throughout the city during the industrial revolution that we don’t see as frequently in architecture of today. Perhaps the activity and life breathed into spaces such as Hauser Wirth & Schimmel will reignite that sort of enthusiasm in the public surrounding.

I found myself taken aback by the sheer number of artists involved in the show as well as the amount of pieces. There are over 100 pieces by over 34 artists being shown right now at the gallery, each with their own story and place in the advancement of women in art. Each room seems to transcend generations and penetrate to the core of the women’s movement during each era. There is a sense of community, learning and awareness surfaced when venturing from one room to the next. Among just some of the names of the post-war era artists shown are Ruth Asawa, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Claire Falkenstein, and Louise Nelson. Moving on to artists of the 1960s-70s are works from Magdalena Abakanowics, Lynda Benglis, Heidi Bucher, Gego, Francois Grossen, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Yayoi Kusama, Mira Schendel, Michelle Stuart, Hannah Wilke, and Jackie Windsor. Representing contemporary artists there were names such as Isa Genzken, Cristina Iglesias, Liz Larner, Anna Maria Maiolino, Marisa Merz, Senga Nengudi, Lygia Pape, and Ursula von Rydinsvard.

To describe the experience feels rather artificial, as one should go and witness the breadth of work and history present in a deeply historic and monumental space tucked into the framework of the Los Angeles art world.

Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Woman, 1947-2016 will be on display at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Gallery located at 901 East 3rd Street in Downtown Los Angeles until September 3, 2016. Gallery hours are from 11am-6pm, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and from 11am-8pm on Thursdays. For more information you can contact Andrea Schwan, of Andrea Schwan Inc., via e-mail at info@andreaschwan.com or telephone at 1 (917) 371-5023. To learn more about the history of Hauser Wirth and their other locations, you can visit http://www.hauserwirthschimmel.com.

Home is where you park it! : Tiny living in my freshly renovated vintage Silver Streak trailer in Highland Park! (I did it under $1500)

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Whirling Girlish walk in the (Highland) Park!

andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaI’ve wanted to do this for so long, so I finally did! I have always loved the historic architecture around the neighborhood, especially the unique signs. It gives the area a lil somethin’, somethin’ ya know? These are all candid shots taken in motion with my iPhone 6 (and they are unfiltered too!)

Above is my Eden, the Milagro Allegro Community Garden located behind the Historic Highland Theater, and it’s lined with recycled water jugs as we wait for our upcoming drip water system! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaThe ever-changing walls of graffiti around the neighborhood always makes for strolls around town that are short of boring. I always like checking out what’s happening inside Sun Beam Vintage (creating a mental inventory of things that I wouldn’t mind owning in the future). They’ve had truckloads of stuff coming in lately it seems.  I always come across something new ie: this random door. Good thing too, because you have to remember not to always stare at the ground! There are some renovations happening in the upper levels of lots of the buildings along Figueroa, so I’m interested to see what becomes of them. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This is getting to where it seems like the cool cats like to hang out. I can never tell if the stores are open or not, but the tiny cafe, The Kitchen Mouse, is always hoppin’ and seems to be a place for the young and hip to congregate and agree with whatever the other person is saying. There are a lot of denim jackets and ironic t-shirts involved (not that I’m not guilty of those things myself, I’m just saying…)andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaIt wasn’t until this specific stroll that I realized there are a ton of options shop-wise to go to get beautified. Salons, barber shops, nail places etc. I guess Highland Park wants you to be pretty. In case you couldn’t tell, this place wanted to make sure you know they are open. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california

My favorite place to get beer! At “The Coldest Beer in Town”. The folks that work there are awesome, they have a good selection and are, well, Brasilian, which gives them automatic kudos in my book (sue me!). Birds of a feather!

There’s also an ever-so-present theme of classic cars. Why does everyone have them? Also, when they have time to restore them? How do they do it? Isn’t that expensive? I feel like I moan every time I have to just get an oil change. IMG_5188andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california The people watching can’t be beat. I’m always wondering where bystanders and commuters are going. Sometimes you see some heartfelt stuff…other times not so much, but I try to keep it positive. I like the interactions I have. The other day I saw a man watching hard-core porn on the public computers at the library and that was interesting. It was uncomfortable, but even the librarians and I agreed that there was something to be admired about his gives-zero-shits approach to doing what he felt like doing. You never know what you’ll come across! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaAh, yes, La Estrella. This place has saved me once or twice at 2:00 am after and evening at La Cuevita Bar (the home of Sunday Service, my favorite LA queer night!) God love ’em. Like I said, there are no shortage of barbers in these here parts. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Another gem of a wall that has been here longer than me! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california I love this, because it makes me wonder if I have ever consciously been talking to a millionaire and then knew I was learning something from them. Have you? Just a reminder that you might be craving a breakfast biscuit, and maybe a little bit of Jesus on the side. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california The Highland Park recreation Center. Great lawn, better people watching (and you get the wi-fi from the library next door). So, you can’t really lose here. This food truck is the jam, and the people who run it are cool. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Note the hair studio. We are now approaching York Blvd. (there will be more York pics in a later post)  I also associate mattresses with Highland Park. Like, they might be on the side of the road, or they might just be stacked sky-high in the bed of a pick-up truck. Either way, people got them some beds to choose from around here .andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california It could be weird, but I think documenting gas prices is always a good testament of time. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california There’s no shortage of this rubbish littering the sidewalks! Real estate agents up the wazoo trying to get everyone to sell their houses. (Don’t worry, I picked it up and threw it away along with about 30 other miscellaneous property-related flyers along the walk).  Your dog is a mini-poodle, my friend. But sure, I’ll beware! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california There’s also an emergence of cool gates. Could it be competitive? It never stops! Now we gotta try and have the coolest gate. Let’s just take down all the gates. Unless I get the coolest gate, then we can all have gates. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Along with the multitude of mattresses, I always find some bed frames that are looking for a new home. And behold! Yet another classic car as the backdrop. Oh wait, and a barbershop in the back ground. We are some bed loving, vintage car driving, style fiends around here. I wonder if this used to be someone’s home, or even what kind of business it was before. Either way, it’s pretty cute. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Loving the houses turned pop-up restaurant. There is a lady on my street that sells these amazing pupusas once a week and she just sets up tables in her front yard. There’s always a LINE. But it’s worth it. Find your currency, then use it, ya know?andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This place has unassuming looking margaritas that you should a) go and enjoy and b) beware and have your Uber app ready. Trust me. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This store rules! And the prices aren’t too crazy. If nothing else, it’s good for creating that mental inventory I talked about before. Sometimes it’s fun to do it in person rather than just on Etsy or Amazon. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california It took everything I had to not go in (I want answers, damnit!), plus there’s nothing more convenient than having my future told to me while getting my latest lower back tattoo. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california When I want to remember Florida, I come here. The aggressive tension of the waiters is remniscent of the geriatric bullies outside of a Cracker Barrel on a Sunday morning. Some people take their giant checkers games seriously. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This museum has some rad stuff including but not limited to some real artifacts from some crazy chases and happenings that took place during the infamous LA Riots!  Sort of like the gas thing, but it’s always fun to document these and use them as visual time capsules. Plus, from an architectural standpoint, they have a cool history that I will delve into in a future (very upcoming) post! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Jesus and classic cars. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Something about these always intrigues me.  There’s Daisy, making sure we dress to the nines again. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaAm I the only one who worries when I notice someone hasn’t checked the mail in a while?  andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Clean up your fake bamboo tiki fence and talk to your neighbors, dude. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaWe all do!  Note the “More Art for LA” banner swaying ever so gallantly in the forefront of McDonalds. Hey, who says you can’t have both?andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This lady was not amused and wanted to make sure that I “don’t end up like her” and I asked in what way, to which she responded, “Oh, shit, it’s already too late….just keep going.” I was concerned. But I pressed forward. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california There’s always some character to these liquor stores (characters on the inside) and a personality of their own on the outside. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This place is a picture/experience treasure trove and the people that work there are gems in themselves. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Again with the hair.  Also, the hair. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Also, do you need a haircut? andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california I really dig these benches but have yet to pass by this place and it ever be open. Color me intrigued.  I’m going to do a future Whirling Girlish posts dedicated to all the Lavandarias around the neighborhood and I’ll be stoked to do so. Stay tuned! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Look at that open sign! Open for business and open to diversity is how I see it! Who knows.  Thank goodness there is somewhere to get my hair done. I do like that logo though. I always said if I had a bar of my own I would call it the “Scissor” and the logo would kind of look just like that. Way to be on the same wave length, peeps! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Why can’t I ever say “no” to fruit…why?andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california     andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california  andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california Shopclass offers, well, classes, for those of your that want to get your wood-working on! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This is where we used to bring (Tesla, the xolo, who now lives in Florida with her confidante, Lucy the labrador). andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california  andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california

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Grab a cup!  andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california IMG_5449andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california   andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaThe Monte Vista projects (on arguably the most historic stretch of buildings in Highland Park!) andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california  andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaIMG_5484IMG_5485IMG_5486IMG_5487IMG_5488IMG_5489IMG_5490IMG_5491IMG_5492IMG_5493IMG_5499IMG_5500IMG_5501 IMG_5502  andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california  andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california This is Dr. Moore. He taught at Pepperdine for 33 years and walks around the neighborhood with his African Gray Parrot on his shoulder as to ensure that she doesn’t “get restless”. She poops on him constantly, and he genuinely doesn’t care, and I hope to adopt his mentality one day. andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_california andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaIMG_5557IMG_5546IMG_5552Couldn’t resist throwing in a trailer pic! Love the light this time of day. But I still need to figure out how to hide my power cables! andrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaandrea_jackson_whirling_girlish_highland_park_los_angeles_californiaPS I cannot WAIT to go to this event, it’s going to be awesome/interesting and there will be lots of “YAHS” hollers (on my part) I’m imagining.

Home is where you park it! : Tiny living in my freshly renovated vintage Silver Streak trailer in Highland Park! (I did it under $1500)

This dream of a project consisted of A LOT of power tools, sorting of scraps, recouping after random El Nino storms, and organizing what seemed like an endless to-do list. But persistence (and mild OCD) got us to where we wanted to be!

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I’ve always been pretty into the idea of living with as few material possessions as possible. Since living like a true Semana isn’t a viable reality for me, I at least try to stick to the essentials (or at very least quality goods that mean something to me).

I had an amazing living situation in Highland Park with two of my best friends that are getting their doctorates from CalTech in physics (intense!) But alas, when I was introduced to my knock-out artist/feminist/rock star of a neighbor, Stormie Art (of Roseark Jewelry), my Sagittarius instinct kicked in (classic) and I convinced her to let me live in and renovate the vintage Silver Streak “Jet” trailer instead of turning it into her mobile boutique (she’d been toying with the idea for a while). 19′ and she’s all mine.

She was down (what, really?!), and I was surprised about it. Luckily, the move wasn’t a long and/or strenuous one (I’m across the street), and it only took one car load to move my belongings. So begins the journey of the budget-minded (and epic) Highland Park Silver Streak renovation!

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She needed some work. I saw the potential and never doubted her! We got started right away clearing out the insides of what used to be a mobile office for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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And with the help of some tiny laborers, we chiseled away at the project day-by-day. Luckily, I had just acquired amazing lumber from the San Franciscan Bay area from a dear friend (and my favorite artist), Kyle, who owns Bay Area Custom Furniture as well as creates work that can be seen here.

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After scraping away at a few decades of dirt and grime from the walls and coating her with some new stark white matte paint, she was beginning to feel the new life breathed into her. I used some of my lumber to create some accents throughout the trailer included the Douglas fir, boiled linseed oil varnished, entrance wall.

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We got lucky on the floor and found a lad in the area with a limited supply of hardwood cherrywood (a step up from the most cost-efficient option of linoleum wood flooring). Generally, the floor planks are staggered, but I chose the quality of the wood over the standard design because we had to be as efficient with the planks as possible.

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I had purchased the small dresser drawers from a pretty great store in Ventura, California called Rotations. I need to be as space efficient as possible, so I just sawed an inch or so off of each leg and applied little sliders to the bottom of each foot to eliminate scratches on the hardwood floor.

While I do have power to the trailer, it helped saved space and electricity utilizing a couple of fans (for summer) and a small portable space heater (for winter) as well as some pretty great value camping lanterns that I think add to the authentic aesthetic of the trailer.

The large print on the wall is one o the original layout prints for the community garden (Milagro Allegro), so I framed it and it’s just one more element of my tiny home that means a lot to me!

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The most labor intensive part of the project was replacing and reinstalling light/air ventilation units in the top of the trailer. We had to take out the old units, replace them, seal the air holes, and tar the surfaces to protect against water damage. In the end, they allow for pretty impressive air circulation and natural light.

The tire cover box is a multi-functional sitting surface as well as a sort of display area where I used a soft throw and some big throw pillows to add some more texture in the room. If you look closely, you can see my issue of the latest Tom Tom magazine sitting on it!

I purchased two air plants from Echo Garden  on York Blvd. in Highland Park, and the other finer details sort of popped up organically. The two antique table lights are compliments of antique-junkie/entry level hoarder, Stormie. The genuine leather (bad ass) vintage barber chair was purchased from the buyer for a local store, Sunbeam Vintage (okay, okay, it was my splurge).

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The yellow rolling chair (one of my favorite pieces) was also found at a thrift store in Ventura. On the bottom of it there is actually an etched “property of” tag, tracing it back to a hospital office in the late 70s!  The filing units under the desk were original from the previous office set up. They had been painted and after scrubbing away with some steel wool, I was able to reach the layer of cool sea foam green, then seal it off with some anti-rust spray.

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The avocado table is an original piece created by yours truly! I wrote an article about it in 2014 which can be read here, and I am so excited that it (and it’s counter part, the side table/ stump next to the bed) have found a home where I think they really vibe.

The books on top of the table are a gift from a good friend. They are graphic novels by artist Jaime Hernandez and part of a series called Love and Rockets (and I recommend you get your hands on a copy whenever you get the chance). There’s also some good read on the shelf that I’ve collected through the years and even some recent purchases from one of my favorite places, The Last Bookstore, in Downtown Los Angeles, where I sift through the $1 book section for hours.

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Homey touches are along the walls, where I printed some old pictures of my family and stacked some of my favorite art prints on the empty light canisters (original to the trailer). I also have some original prints hanging (you can see them in the “Drawings” section of The Whirling Girlish) as well as a piece from Highland Park artist, Bleys Lieuallen, and one of my favorite prints by artist Tom Lamb, who does hand drawn maps of different L.A. neighborhoods.

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Not shown above are the 100+ year old tiles that are from the original house on the main property that was built in 1906 and rest on one acre of land (even amidst the burgeoning nature of the neighborhood). I still need to wipe away the excess grout! Eek! The only caveat is that the internet connection in the trailer is a little less than desirable, so I had to improvise.

Sidenote: (Shout out to the bowl of packaged seeds from the Amaranth harvest we had at the Milagro Allegro Community Garden for the seed library!). I manage the garden and we do some pretty cool stuff. Another perk? It’s right up the street from me, located by my daily spot, Kinship Yoga who partners with us at the garden for various projects, and also the Historic Highland Theatre off of Figueroa.

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I attached a simple curtain to the closet area not only to take away from the business of my wardrobe, but also to add a bit of texture to the space. I also did this by adding some different printed wool blankets from Pendleton (via eBay), and adding some large throw pillows to the day bed (also what I like to refer to as, you know, “my bed”). Most of that I just got from some of my favorite Goodwill stores (Glassell Park, Santa Barbara, Redondo Beach).

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(There have since been multiple succulents and other such wonderful living things moved onto the deck using recycled containers and water!)

Another one of the my favorite elements is the bright yellow door….my spirit color! When it’s shut and you are on the interior of the trailer, it adds a pretty awesome pop against the white walls and ties together different yellow access around the space ie: the rolling desk chair. The outdoor deck ain’t too shabby either. I’m using a lot of the old drawer units and remaining filing cabinets as planters for different plants and succulents I have growing about.

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Now there are more pictures on the walls and texture added by the combination of fleece and wool blankets. It would also be a good opportunity to add some sort of sheep skin, or maybe a cow hyde (artificial if you are sensitive about real furs!). Instead of bulky curtains, I opted for a crochet scarf I found at the Bearded Beagle in Highland Park. It allows for sunlight to stream through and still gives me privacy without the inconvenience of bulky drapery or shutter blinds.

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There are some awesome left over pieces of lumber and I was able to make this bike table (created from a vintage movie-prop bike that had been rusting away in my neighbor’s yard for years, and some of the refurbished Douglas fir panels!)

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Next to come? An outdoor brick bread oven. Then the holiday trailer/oven parties will be a go-go! She’s going to be a work in progress for as long I live there, and I am looking forward to every minute of it!

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Proof it can be done! Use your resources (do you know anyone that might have the materials you’re looking for?), try to keep it local (it’ll mean more if you do), and say “yes” when the opportunity comes up! Is it conventional? I mean, not really.

But if nothing else it does make for a good ice breaker at parties.

She wishes she was that belt! (PS she made that belt, and Nyima Ward is wearing it). PSS I live with her.

I live with the BA artist that hand-crafted some of the beaded jewelry featured in this month’s issue of Numero Homme Magazine in Germany, and I’m pretty excited about it. 

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The October 2015 issue of Numero Homme magazine based out of Germany features model, Nyima Ward wearing (my badass roommate’s hand-made, artisanal, Native American, beaded goods) STORMIE ART (represented by Roseark). Photos are by renowned fashion photographer Alexei Hay, and styling is done by non-other than Bill Mullen ( This group of people…I’M TELLIN’ YA!)

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You get a sense of not only the kind of work Stormie does, but also the kind of person she is. Old School style meets psychedelic funk as it manifests itself through her tribal inspired, intricate bead-work.

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Stormie is a feminist’s feminist. A strong, independent woman who etched her way into the fashion scene long before digital and social media was ever thought of. She has worked with some of the most renowned stylists around the world, while her work has been worn by artists like Madonna, and Mick Jagger (just to name a couple).

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Stormie has her finger on the pulse of trending styles, as she has a most unique and creativity-inspiring living situation nestled in the burgeoning neighborhood of Highland Park in Los Angeles (where she’s been kicking ass for the last 20 years with her myriad of animals….including a pet pig, on a big piece of land in a SWEET 100-year-old house). But she never loses her sense of self, and stays true to her true passion and spiritual ties to Native American culture, a community she has been active in most of her life.

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Stormie’s work can be found painted around social media via her website, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and soon-to-be-launched blog! (She’s going to step out of her comfort zone and be less private, per my nagging request hehe)

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Not too shabby a morning for Stormie, huh!? PS She’s toying with the idea of going with a Nyima Ward inspired themed costume for Halloween (they have the same hair) and I completely support her in this endeavor.