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Born in an Oregon snowstorm, raised in post-nuclear meltdown Simi Valley (America's best-kept environmental secret), and currently finishing my first year at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. My boyfriend, our dog and I will be relocating to Portland this winter and I'll finish my art education at Oregon College of Art and Craft. I'm a photography major and I've been taking photos and crafting since childhood. Largely influenced by my jewelry-making, woodworking, metalsmithing, needlepointing grandma and the my ever-evolving environment.

I've had a transformative year. After recovering from mysterious liver failure in late Summer '14, I moved from Southern California to Oakland for school. I learned how to develop my own film and print my own images in a darkroom which was very empowering and I discovered my undying love for the artform of film photography. My boyfriend…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 15
  • Joined September 17, 2011

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Gold, labradorite, baby teeth, moon magic, barbie parts, fairy dust, wood and bunny kisses

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About

Born in an Oregon snowstorm, raised in post-nuclear meltdown Simi Valley (America's best-kept environmental secret), and currently finishing my first year at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. My boyfriend, our dog and I will be relocating to Portland this winter and I'll finish my art education at Oregon College of Art and Craft. I'm a photography major and I've been taking photos and crafting since childhood. Largely influenced by my jewelry-making, woodworking, metalsmithing, needlepointing grandma and the my ever-evolving environment.

I've had a transformative year. After recovering from mysterious liver failure in late Summer '14, I moved from Southern California to Oakland for school. I learned how to develop my own film and print my own images in a darkroom which was very empowering and I discovered my undying love for the artform of film photography. My boyfriend lived in Hidden Valley Lake, about two hours north of Oakland, and I spent as much time at his house in the mountains as I did in school. After the spring semester and a couple months at my boyfriends forest retreat, I moved back to Southern California and learned how to draw. When school started again I had the wonderful opportunity to live in San Francisco with a retired teacher and her houseful of old hippies. Yay, homemade kombucha!
This semester in school I've been challenged by projects in the woodshop, made hand-dyed sugar skulls for an installation on campus, learned the basics of plaster and silicone molds, and have fine-tuned my digital photographing skills.
Unfortunately, during this Fall semester, the valley fire of Lake County destroyed my boyfriend's house. We barely made it out in time and the situation was deadly. His entire street burned down, as did hundreds of surrounding homes and businesses.
When we returned to the house, there was nothing left but dead trees. I imagine the ghosts who once lived there no longer do.
But, as they say, ashes often lead to wildflowers and that's certainly the pressing metaphor in my consciousness these days. We lost a lot but it has opened up doors for us that we couldn't have imagined before. Finally, we can escape the drought and I can return to the city I was born in. I've always preferred green trees.

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