Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Elegant Monoprints New on Etsy!

I recently discovered the art of painting directly onto a surface using traditional printmaking methods and the results are as shown above. I enjoy being able to create one of a kind prints rich in color and texture. This direct method of printing has proved to be unpredictable, which makes these pieces unique and impossible to duplicate.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just for fun...

I like to make vinyl purses from recycled materials and scraps discarded by my
family's custom upholstery business.
There are no preliminary designs, which make them unique. I usually grab which ever scraps are available and sew the bags intuitively on the spot.
Here are a couple of examples:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Calavera Fashion Show 2009

Calavera Fashion Show

I am happy with the end result of my piece for the Calavera Fashion Show held annually at Galeria Tropico de Nopal in Los Angeles. I was eager to try and make my very first dress and my Fashion Debut was well received. Twenty One Artists were invited to honor loved ones, heroes or social causes by creating a wearable altar and the description of mine is as follows:

Title:  "A Stitch in Time"

The dress is dedicated to my grandfather whom sewed all his life in the custom upholstery business and to all the working class individuals whom have gone blind overseeing stitches and threading needles, whom suffer arthritis from overuse of their hands and whom have slaved over sewing machines to make a living.
It is also in dedication to all whom have perished while working in sewing factories such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York in 1911, and the sweatshop collapse in Bangladesh in 2005.

To view more photos please visit my Flickr Account: Stephanie Mercado Flickr

Sunday, September 6, 2009

New Prints!

I recently uploaded a series of prints using Chine Colle methods on Etsy.
The images were printed in small editions and are reasonably priced.
To see the latest work please visit:
Buy Handmade

Calavera Fashion Show, Walking Altars

Tropico De Nopal will be hosting its sixth annual Calavera Fashion Show, Wearable Altars and celebrating it's 10yr Anniversary on Saturday, November 7, 2009

I have been invited to participate and I will be creating a piece that integrates historical painting, and personal relationships. Although I would like to keep the design a surprise... It is no surprise that it will be dedicated to my grandfather whom recently passed earlier this year.
My grandfather was a skilled tradesman who worked in the car and furniture upholstery industry for more than 50 years. He sewed all of his life, and I was fortunate enough to acquire his talent. I am my grandfather's legacy... and I hope to make him proud this November at the fashion show.

for more information please visit: www.tropicodenopal.com

Calavera Fashion Show Walking Altars
Location: Tropico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space
Street: 1665 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


Kimberlee's Bikes For Kids Art Spectacular

Please Join me and other artists in assisting the KBK Foundation:
On November 7th Kimberlee’s Bikes for Kids Bike Art Spectacular will launch in San Diego. The event will take place from 6-9 pm at the Quilt Art Vision Gallery at San Diego’s hottest new venue, Liberty Station, located just outside the city’s downtown. All monies raised will benefit Kimberlee’s Bikes for Kids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that buys new bikes, helmets and locks for underprivileged children.
“We are very ..excited.. to be debuting Kimberlee’s Bikes for Kids Bike Art Spectacular at the Quilt Art Vision Gallery,” says Dan Gindling, president of Kimberlee’s Bikes for Kids, which honors Kimberlee Caledonia, a talented and avid cyclist who died of brain cancer in March 2008. “The gallery is brand new, features professional lighting, and has an open and airy feel to it."
The Bike Art Spectacular will feature bicycle-themed art from all over the world, ..including.. England, Australia, Canada, and, of course, the U.S. The art will be displayed and sold at the reception on November 7th. In addition, the reception will ..include.. a silent auction, door prizes, drinks and appetizers. Remaining art not sold at the reception will be featured in a special eBay auction from November 9-16.
“The support from the art community has been unbelievable,” says Gindling. “We have artists creating one-of-a-kind pieces for the event, plus, in the next few weeks we will be announcing major contributions by a couple of world-renowned artists.”
The donated art will feature original paintings, limited-edition prints, hand-embellished giclee’s, sculptures, photographs, recycled art, T-shirts, jewelry and cards which carry retail values from $5 to $5,000. For more ..information.. on the 501(c)(3) foundation, go to www.kimsbikes.org.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fun With Paper Dolls

I made this piece while preparing for a relief printing workshop.

The goal was to create a marionette or a puppet with moveable parts.

I printed the template multiple times, and used the extra scraps to create a collage.

The result reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

Avenue 50 Studio's Annual Art Auction and Fundraiser

Ricardo Muñoz, Raoul De la Sota, Lara Medina, David Stowe, J. Michael Walker, Vanessa Acosta, Ulises Diaz, Poli Marichal, Kathy Mas-Gallegos

The Board of the Avenue 50 Studio
Cordially invites you to...
4th Semi-Annual Tardeada and Art Auction Fundraiser.
As we journey through our ninth year in the Northeast neighborhood of Highland Park, we ask you to join us in celebration of art, friendship and community

August 22, 2009, 2 - 6 p.m.
At the home of Ricardo and Maria Teresa Muñoz
284 St. Albans Ave., So. Pasadena, CA 91030

Tickets: $25/per person or $40/couple
(Please make check payable to "Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.")
Tax ID No. 54-2088575
Poetry, live music, great food, tequila tasting, and most importantly: wonderful affordable art by some of the best artists Los Angeles has to offer

(Selected artists as of 7/7/09):

Lalo Alcaraz, Abel Alejandre, Michael Amescua, Esau Andrade, Linda Arreola, Armando Baeza, Sam Baray, Fernando Barragan, Lili Bernard, David Botello, Joseph Botello, Joe Bravo, Armando Brito, Yrneh Brown, Barbara Carrasco, Camilo Cruz, Mita Cuaron, Raoul De la Sota, Beau Daignault, Victoria Delgadillo, Roberto Delgado, Ruth DeNicola, Val Echavarria, Kikki Eder, Ofelia Esparza, Donald Ferguson, Kathi Flood, Emilia Garcia, Margaret Garcia, Germs, Pat Gomez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Mark Steven Greenfield, Tina Gulotta, Roberto Gutierrez, Gerardo Hacer, Cidne Hart, Kevin Hass, Brandy Healy, Wayne Healy, Peter Hess, Carlye Hild, Heather Hoggan, Amy Inouye, Luis Ituarte, Patricia Lazalde, Leo Limon, Ronald J. Llanos, Pola Lopez, Jose Lozano, Heriberto Luna, Maja, Poli Marichal, Daniel Martinez, Isabel Martinez, Stephanie Mercado, Andres E. Montoya, Toti O'Brien, Angela Penaredondo, Beth Peterson, Ramon Ramirez, Stuart Rapeport, Tina Rodas, Nancy Romero, Sonia Romero, Peri Shefik, Juan G. Solis, Kevin Spitze, Cindy Suriyani, Howard Swerdloff, John Urquiza, John Valadez, Richard Valdes, Sergio Vasquez, J. Michael Walker, Wendell Wiggins, Nan Wollman

Honorary Board:

Chon A. Noriega
Director and ProfessorUCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Gregorio Luke
Writer and Art Lecturer

Mark Steven Greenfield
DirectorLA Municipal Art Gallery
Ed P. Reyes
Councilmember, First District
Laurie Arroyo
Co-President Arroyo Arts Collective
Gilberto Cardenas
Assistant Provost and DirectorUniversity of Notre Dame
CCH PounderActress, Gallery OwnerPounder-Kone Gallery
Nicole Possert
Friends of the Southwest Museum
Pam Hannah
Director of Operations Autry National Center of the American West
Eliot Sekuler
Art Collector
Howard Swerdloff
Owner and Curator Howeeduzzit Gallery, Alhambra
Karen Mary Davalos
Art Historian and Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Richard and Rebecca Zapanta
Friends of the Avenue 50 Studio
Carrie Adrian
Art Collector and Supporter of the Arts
Dorothy HerbstDirector
Grand Performances
and more...


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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome Bienvenue Benvenuto Bienvenidos Välkommen

Hello and Welcome to my first blog post.
It's Saturday night and I am preparing for a printmaking class I will be teaching in Pasadena next week. I am thinking about teaching the participants how to make paper dolls. I can't wait to see the results!