Sunday, December 9, 2012

Self Help Graphics Monstruos del Print

Artist William Acedo demonstrates how to use a printing press 

Artist Endy Bernal working on a mono print

Carolyn Castaño and John Miner 

Good Mexican Girl showcase an array of hand made goods 

Artist Daniel Gonzalez demonstrates how to use a letter press 

Artist Jose Lozano sits at his booth surrounded by his drawings

Artists  Poli Marichal and Don Newton, from the Los De Abajo Printmaking Collective 

Artist Victor Rojas 

Artist Sonia Romero from She Rides The Lion Studio

Artist Juan Rosillo 

If you missed Self Help Graphic's "Monstruos del Print" event, you can make up for it by attending their annual Holiday Sale event taking place Sunday, December 9th. Above are images of some of the artists and vendors that participated in the first "Monstruos del Print' fair. Many of the artists were sharing their art work and their process, through demonstrations and through one on one interaction with art enthusiasts. We had a great time sharing our work and our ideas and we look forward to the next one!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Paper Doll Press @ Monstruos Del Print Fair and Holiday Sale, Self Help Graphics, December 08 & 09, 2012

DECEMBER 8th and 9th is a weekend of... 

SELF HELP GRAPHICS, in East Los Angeles!

Monstruos del Print: December 8th is a kamikaze-style printmaking fair
 featuring the best printmakers in L.A.! The day includes
 demonstrations & print sales benefiting Self Help Graphics!

Monstruos del Print
December 8th from 3pm to 10pm

Annual Holiday Craft and Art Fair: December 9th is a day to get 
your Holiday shopping on! High quality crafts and fine art from local 
vendors and artists, and prints from Self Help Graphics print collection!

Holiday Craft & Art Fair
December 9th from 12pm to 6pm

Paper Doll Press Art Mart, November 2012

A sincere THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Paper Doll Press Art Mart. It was a big success for the studio and an absolute pleasure to meet many of the fellow artists and residents in the community and throughout Los Angeles. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Paper Doll Press Art Mart - November 16, 17, 18 

Artists: Ana Rodriguez and Stephanie Mercado, Paper Doll Press 

Paper Doll Press : 5101 Monte Vista St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Preparing for our open studio event took a lot of time, effort and footwork. Thank you to all of the local businesses that allowed us to leave our event flyers with them. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Alice, 2012
drypoint, Ed. 10
7-1/2 x 6-1/2" - paper size

Time, 2012
drypoint, Ed. 10
10 x 9"  - paper size

Weathervane, 2012
drypoint with gouache, Ed. 1/1
12 x 9-1/2" - paper size

In Dreams... Series of small paintings on found vintage photos

Please join SPACE - South Pasadena's Art Center for their opening reception of their annual hand-made Holiday Boutique. They will have an assortment of hand-made gifts and an exhibition of small affordable art works on view.
Where: SPACE - South Pasadena Art Center
Address: 1506 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030
Date / Time: November 10, 2012 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Seeing With My Mind's Eye

Like Swimming Horses, 2011, Drypoint and Chine-colle, 15 x 18-1/4"

Jane's Carousel, After Hurricane Sandy, New York,  October 2012

Untitled, 2010 - 2011, acrylic, ink and gouache on watercolor paper, 12 x 19"

House Floating at Sea, 2011, after the tsunami struck Japan

The first time I painted a house floating at Sea, I found it absurd. Although it was poetic, I thought to myself, "what are the odds that this could be possible, it would sink before anyone could have a moment to capture this image on camera or witness it first hand". Apparently, I was wrong. When I saw the photo online, of a house floating at sea after the tsunami hit Japan in 2011 I was not only amazed, but I was also in disbelief. By then, I had made several works of objects floating in the ocean. The ocean series I was working on at the time had come from a body of work in which I was working with maps. Cartography became an important element in the work because for me, it personified real-estate, imperialism and man's long lasting pursuit of new horizons, or a better life somewhere abroad. In other words, it was another element of the American Dream theme that has been a consistent part of my work. The ocean and objects floating at sea became symbolic of our relationship to the Earth and questioned the significance of our materialistic pursuits. Suddenly everything I ever wanted could be thrown in the ocean and the desire to pursue those things became absurd. I began to re-evaluate our relationship to nature and to question the importance of the things that we seek. 

When I saw the image of Jane's Carousel surrounded by water, I was speechless. I was positive when I had made the piece that the image I had created could never become a reality. Again, I was wrong. Although it is exciting to see that my work is not as surreal as people have claimed, it is also rather frightening. I promise not to make any work foreseeing an apocalypse. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monoprint, Don't Cry...

Don't Cry or Your Face Might Melt No. 7
monoprint, oil relief ink on paper 
7 x 7"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

Paper Doll Press, 5101 Monte Vista St., Los Angeles, CA 90042 

The Yale House, Heritage Square Museum, Highland Park

The Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway was built in 1940 and was nationally recognized as one of the most significant roadways in the 20th century. It is one of California's first and only state historic parkways, and was considered to be a model for Los Angeles freeway systems. The  Arroyo Seco was the center for the Arts andCrafts Movement on the West Coast and is one of four internationally recognized centers of the movement in America.

You can explore the Arroyo Seco and its historical and cultural richness by participating in the 20th Annual Self Guided Tour, where you can meet more than 100 artists in the Arroyo and in surrounding neighborhoods.  The Discovery Tour is made possible by the Arroyo Arts Collective; a grass-roots community based organization of artists, poets, musicians, crafts-persons and supporters of the creative community in North East Los Angeles.  The mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate and expand the audience for culture while creating an awareness of the creative vitality that exists in northeast Los Angeles.
For tickets and additional information please visit:

Monday, October 8, 2012


This year, in conjunction with the Arroyo Arts Collective Tour, Paper Doll Press 
will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 16th, 17th and 18th.
We will have new paintings and prints available for sale in addition to a 
special hand picked collection of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing for sale
 by friend of Paper Doll Press, Treasured Rags Vintage.