Monday, December 2, 2013

I'm mentioned in Entertainment Weekly's - 2013 Hollywood Design Report - November 22nd Issue

Have you ever watched a TV show or a movie and found yourself focusing on the background or set location more than the actors? I have. I've often wondered how set designers and location managers committed to making certain decisions. It takes a detail oriented person to construct a visual narrative around characters in a production. They have to consider what kind of characters they are or construct their back story while being mindful about not including items that would be too distracting to the audience. 

Thanks to the South Pasadena Arts Center, some of my art work found a home on the set of the hit television series Modern Family.  Entertainment Weekly's Holiday Design Report - 2013 takes a tour of  Modern Family's set. The spread breaks down the elements that come to play in creating the environment for the actors of the show. The section highlighted as "Art Appreciation" depicts a couple of my drypoint prints hanging in the center of an eclectic arrangement in the Dunphy family's home. It's an honor to not only be credited by Entertainment Weekly, but also to be a part of a successful American sitcom with a large following. I hope that the sets of the show become as iconic as the sets I viewed when I was a child on sitcoms like "The Cosby Show",  "Married with Children" or "Roseanne". 
I will never forget what it was like to enter the homes of those families and feel as if I was getting to know them personally. I'm happy to be a part of this and look forward to seeing my work on set. Thanks to the design team for including me! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Paper Doll Press, Select Prints, Edition 1

Social media has revolutionized how we communicate, stay in touch and share information with others. I have grown to believe that using sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. has changed our psychology and has made us less likely to remember images, events, articles or conversations. It has made sharing information immediate and impermanent. Though the belief that publishing something on the internet is more permanent than the printed word, it has also become easy to forget. Sometimes within an hour's time, one forgets the images they saw an hour before.
Henry David Thoreau once said "Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years." One can say the internet has changed the pace of acquiring and distributing information more so than then invention of the printing press. There is a belief that print is dead, and many would agree that newspapers, magazines, books and printed media in general is suffering. However, there are people like me that appreciate paper and enjoy carrying books, sketchbooks, pens and pencils in their bags or in their pockets. I still make to-do lists and I enjoy crossing them out physically. I also really enjoy making art.
Whether it be printmaking, drawing, paintings or sculptures, I find it fulfilling to make something. Lately, I have been feeling that sharing what I am actively making with others online, generates a temporary interest qualified by "likes" or "hearts". I have become reluctant to show others images of works in progress, because of a fear that one will lose interest in the work before reaching completion. So I have been focusing on making work and I feel good about it. Once I have finished a solid group of art work, I hope to have a show and keep information and images current. Print, paper, text, images, art, ideas and everything under the creative umbrella is important to me. I have made at least 25 different print editions to date that have required countless hours of brainstorming, sketching, engraving, inking, wiping, tearing paper, measuring, running back and forth on each side of the press, editioning, signing, sharing... in addition to countless of hours of frustration from the printmaking process itself. I have uploaded images on every possible social media site and they have been well received but I am planning on taking a different approach to sharing the work.
I made a digital catalog of select drypoint prints using a new program called ISSUU. ISSUU allows one to self publish magazines, zines, and creative or informative journals. They also invite you to look at other users creations online and make the catalogs downloadable, hence printable. I enjoy making digital catalogs and I have many ideas for new publications. The next one will be a series of "sketchbook diaries". If you would like to participate and submit pages from your sketch book, email me @ stephaniexristing [@] I look forward to collaborating with other artists and making a lasting impression both online and in print.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vinyl Art Work

Vinyl has made a huge come back and there are many bands printing records with one-of-a-kind art work. I was commissioned to create art work for a local Los Angeles band: Rough Church. The record was pressed by Beautiful Work Horse Records, an independent record company and music management group. 

This marks the first time I have created art work for a record cover. I am happy with the results and I am looking forward to making additional record covers in the future. 

Vinyl artwork by: Stephanie Mercado, credited as "Steph Mercado"
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Natural Child - Art - Fashion - LACMA and ME

I am happy to have been able to contribute to the following article on Art and Fashion that was featured in Natural Child Magazine's July / August 2013 issue. 
The article discusses the collaboration between art and fashion, and the role that museums such as the Los Angeles County's Museum of Art plays in furthering the dialogue between the two. It questions the controversy behind the marriage of the two and the future of the Fashion world in relationship to the Art world. 

The article references and quotes my ideas about the importance of validating fashion designers and creative people who have contributed greatly to the arts, to design, to film, to music etc. 

My words follow directly under the caption "New Artists, New Ideas" and continue under the caption "A Marriage of Creative Minds" and the "Future of Art and Fashion". Please click on the images to read the article and please visit the magazine's website for additional information. 

Natural Child - Natural Fashion - "Blurred Lines : A Conversation between Art and Fashion" by Jessica Gagliardi July / August 2013 issue

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Seven Beauties Exhibition @ Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park

An eclectic mix of work by an amazing group of L.A. artists brought together by José Lozano

Untitled, silkscreen print — Stephanie Mercado

Kim Abeles, Leigh Salgado, Rochelle Botello, Poli Marichal, Stephanie Mercado, Linda Arreola and Lili Bernard


portraits of each artist by José Lozano

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present in the main gallery, “Seven Beauties”, organized by artist, curator José Lozano.  Seven Beauties will have it’s opening night reception on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7-10 pm.  

I had the phrase seven beauties in my mind for a while when I was approached by Avenue 50 Studio to curate a show.  I know seven beautiful female artists whose work is spiritually and intelligently beautiful, and whose work I really admire. These are disciplined artists producing very wonderful art.  My first choice was Kim Abeles who is my mentor.  She was the professor at Cal State Fullerton who directed me toward the artist I am today.  It’s an honor to have her in the show. This is not a feminist show. It’s just art done by women. Many different approaches and sensibilities run through this exhibition.  It shows where women artists are at today in the making art in Los Angeles. -- José Lozano

As a thank you to the artists, José Lozano will be exhibiting his small portraits of each artist.  

*During the course of this exhibition, Avenue 50 Studio will be screening the movie, Seven Beauties by Lina Wertmuller.  Participating artist, Poli Marchal, will lead a discussion on how the movie relates to feminism in today’s world.  More information on this screening will be forthcoming.

Opening Night Reception:  Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7-10 pm

May 11 through June 2, 2013

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA  90042

Monday, April 22, 2013

New Print Completed during my residency with Coronado Studios, Austin TX for the Serie Print Project XX

The print pictured above was completed through the generosity of Coronado Studios in Austin, TX. For the last twenty years Sam Coronado has been a pioneering voice for the arts community in Austin. Every year he selects a group of artists to create a work for the Serie Print Project, resulting in a diverse collection of prints that gives Latino, Latina, Chicano and Chicana artists a platform for their creative voice.  

Once the prints have been editioned and signed by the artists the suite of prints is displayed in an annual exhibition at the Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin. The artists included in the 20th anniversary suite, or Serie Print Project XX are: 
Farley Bookout, Margarita Cabrera, Paul del Bosque, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Sandra C. Fernandez, Nahum Flores, Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, Salvador Lopez, Oscar Magallanes, Michael Marshall, Stephanie Mercado, Brian Phillips, Patricia Tinajero, George Yepes, and Ernesto Yerena Montejano

The print completed for this project is a continuation of the exploration of the pursuit of the American Dream. It depicts an imaginary landscape with an anthropomorphic mountain at its center. At the mountain's peak in-between the Earth and the sky, sits an iconic house surrounded by a colorful garden that serves to entice figures below, and to adorn the mythical mountain figure's head as a crown. The mountain's tangled lace-like structure is constructed of figures crawling up and down its face and all-knowing enigmatic eyes. The silhouettes below, travel the dark and mysterious forest. Their ghostly multi-colored ambiguity representing an archetypal individual in pursuit of their dreams. 
The print is a limited edition serigraph, printed on archival paper. It is a 10 color print measuring 30 x 22" - paper size. The image size is 22 x 16".
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Coagula Curatorial's Salon Style Saturday


Curated by Mat Gleason

Abel Alejandre, Vicki Barkley, Sharon Bell, Lili Bernard, Wini Brewer, Mike Vegas Dommermuth, Val Echavarria, Carol Es, Ruben Esparza, Roni Feldman, Yolanda Gonzalez, Jerk, Karen Karlsson, Vito Lorusso, Stevie Love, Michael Maas, Rosalind McGary, Antonio Mendoza, Stephanie Mercado, Joe O'Neill, Joshua Petker, Stuart Rapeport, Leigh Salgado, Joan Sebastian, Gina Stepaniuk, Audrey Stommes, Mike Street, Sharon Suhovy, Tim Youd

Celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Coagula Curatorial's opening on Chung King Road, Chinatown.
Coagula Curatorial is part of the Chung King Road Gallery Row located in historic Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles at 977 Chung King Road.

Salon Style Saturday
Featuring 30 L.A. Artists
Opening Reception:
Saturday, APRIL 20
7PM - 11PM

977 Chung King Rd.
LA, CA  90012

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Serie Project’s 20th Anniversary in East Austin with New Residents and a Call for Grassroots Support

Detail from Michael Menchaca's print, Imperial Construction, 2012
Detail from Michael Menchaca’s print, Imperial Construction, 2012
Founded in 1993 by Austin artist Sam Coronado, the Serie Project is a nonprofit organization that offers free printmaking facilities, training and housing for 8 to 15 artists per year through a one-week Artist In Residence program. During the residency, each artist produces an edition of 50 prints in a collaborative workshop setting with a Master Printer.
Serie Project has fostered over 250 artists to produce a collection of serigraphs. The artists participating in the 2013 Serie XX Artist in Residence Program include Farley Bookout, Margarita Cabrera, Paul del Bosque, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Sandra C. Fernandez, Nahum Flores, Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, Salvador Lopez, Oscar Magallanes, Michael Marshall, Stephanie Mercado, Brian Phillips, Patricia Tinajero, George Yepes, and Ernesto Yerena. The first artist begins printing the last week of January, and the residencies will continue through July.
Sam Coronado, founder of Serie Project
Sam Coronado, founder of Serie Project
Coronado established the Serie Project in East Austin with the hope to create a place where established and emerging artists of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds felt welcome. He envisioned a supportive environment where artists could learn the serigraphy technique through a one-on-one apprenticeship, and where affordable printmaking services and fine art prints could be made available to the community. Last November, the Austin Visual Arts Association recognized Coronado with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since its founding, Serie Project has relied on city grants for a majority of its funding, but, with cuts in arts funding, is looking for more grassroots support, launching a new membership program this month that will allow members of the community to become financial supporters of the Serie Project’s work directly.

published by Glasstire, Austin, TX:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Photo of me in Texas, by Scott David Gordon

Scott David Gordon, a great photographer living and working in Austin, TX compiled this panoramic photo of me during my artist's residency with the Serie Print Project, hosted by Coronado Studio. The project has been made possible through the generosity of a community of artists in Texas and founder Sam Coronado, a pioneering voice in the arts community in Austin. Please visit Scott's website to see additional photographs and to get a glimpse of his Panorama 365  project: 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Serie Print Project, Artist's Residency, Austin, TX

I've been on an artist's residency in Texas making a new limited edition 
serigraph through the generosity of the Serie Print Project, in Austin. 
Above are some photos of the work  in production and a detail of the
image to come. Please visit their website to see additional works 
printed by them:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm the featured artist in the latest issue of CRATE! CRATE is a bi-monthly online literary journal that comes out of the graduate Creative Department at University of Riverside. Please check it out: