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I have been working with stained glass for four years, and had the good fortune to hone my Bad Ass chops at my friend's basement stained glass studio. It was incredible to have her state of the art studio and expertise at my disposal, not to mention all of the glass scraps and tools to play around with. I began to create a body of work inspired by old school tattoo flash and Sci-Fi images, and I hit the craft fair circuit. Since then the symbolism and imagery continues to evolve outward in different tangents of tattoo inspired expression.



In the cold winter months of 2009-2010, I transformed my leaky basement into a Bad Ass Glass den of Zen. I now spend afternoons in my basement studio cutting, grinding and soldering scrap metal and glass into new and unconventional configurations. Most of my design work is…

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  • Joined July 4, 2009

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Glass, of course, wire, metal, paint, stone, found objects, pieces of objects, parts of pieces

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About

I have been working with stained glass for four years, and had the good fortune to hone my Bad Ass chops at my friend's basement stained glass studio. It was incredible to have her state of the art studio and expertise at my disposal, not to mention all of the glass scraps and tools to play around with. I began to create a body of work inspired by old school tattoo flash and Sci-Fi images, and I hit the craft fair circuit. Since then the symbolism and imagery continues to evolve outward in different tangents of tattoo inspired expression.



In the cold winter months of 2009-2010, I transformed my leaky basement into a Bad Ass Glass den of Zen. I now spend afternoons in my basement studio cutting, grinding and soldering scrap metal and glass into new and unconventional configurations. Most of my design work is done in the evenings, at work or in my home office/ upstairs studio, and is inspired by all that exists within the margins of society, and all that lies outside conventional thought. I've been fascinated with tattoos, drawing, painting, crafting, Science Fiction, Science, monster movies, outlaws, anti-heroes, and rogue characters in general since I was in elementary school.



I earned a BFA in Fine Art Photography at Arizona State University, after changing my major from Painting to Woodworking, then to Photography, then finally adding a Psych minor. I did most of my undergrad studies at Herron School of Art, then I transferred to ASU, and added the Psych minor. These days I have a wonderful and exciting occupation working with adolescents at a crisis shelter, where I often get to work on my designs with fresh input from the young people in our program. When I am not at work, I may likely be sleeping, riding my bicycle, gardening, cooking, or working on the latest, dopest, freshest Bad Ass Glass.



As a former tattoo artist, I see connections between the tendencies toward the subversive both in the tattoo arts and in my approach to glass design and choices of imagery. The level of irony and wit that tattoo clients lend to their subject matter and tattoo choices, and how that lends itself to incorporating tattoo flash with the exhalted tradition of stained glass, can lead the priveleged viewer to unexpected revelations.



As a multi-media artist, as well as avid packrat and recycler, the opportunity to merge my creative endeavors with my drive to repurpose bits of glass and metal into new incarnations, is a natural path to tread. My Photo major is not failing me in the challenging practice of photographing back-lit glass, not to mention Photoshop skills, my newer interest second only to my new love for glass. I am very generous with shop talk and photo tips, photoshop, glass cutting tricks of the trade, so hit me up via email.

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