Kachinas are immortal spirits who visit the mortal Hopi people. "Tawa" is the spirit of the sun and is the creator of the creatures of this Earth according to various Hopi creation stories.
When we visited Grandma on the Hopi reservation, corn was used for everything from decoration to hominy stew. To the Hopi, corn is sacred.
Three Sisters Garden
The most fruitful crops of the Hopi tribe are beans, corn, and squash. Despite the harshness of the Arizona desert, Hopi people can plant anything in the sand and grow it.
Many times my sister and I would get tired of watching TV at Grandma’s house and go outside. On the reservation, dogs wander around with no owners, but are very friendly. Especially if you offer to pick off their ticks and then throw them into the fire. Relieves the itches. Also, they pop really loud when they burn, which is really fun.
Shibe Summer Nap
The Shiba Inu is the most popular dog breed in Japan. They are growing in popularity in the U.S. and the Shiba even have their own meme category on the internet.
Celtic and Chinese knot study using Adobe Illustrator.
The Masaaw Kachina is the Hopi spirit of death. He passes judgement on who can go into the next world. There are various color alternatives to this pattern. Eventually these patterns will be made into fabrics
The Aya Kachina is a unique Hopi spirit in that the Aya challenges a Hopi clown (Koshari) or a random man in the village to a race. Instead of dancing, the Aya races with the person of their choosing and then gives the challenger a gift, whether they win or lose. Though, if you lose, Aya comes up with creative punishments.
The Soyoko Kachina is meant to intimidate young children to be good. Apparently, when I was young, I went right up to them with my offering and said with a proud smile “I’ve been a good girl!” I actually thought they looked cool, not scary. They are supposed to hit you with a yucca branch to remind you to be good. I got a light tap.
While I’m commuting on the train I like drawing portraits once in a while.
Chris Do’s lessons help me become a better designer every day.
Bella Ella Boutique
Bella Ella Boutique needed graphics for their homepage, emails, and print media which I provided in-house at their corporate office. I learned a lot about what in-house design work is like and I learned how good communication is the core of a good client-designer relationship.
Thundercloud Snapback Cap
This snapback cap was part of a rewards tier of my Honovi Apparel Kickstarter. The thundercloud is a traditional symbol of healthy crops and rain. It's always a good omen for it to rain during an event, especially weddings. This cap is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.