Flower Press is an equitable publishing practice working to center femme, queer, women, and POC artists and practitioners. We publish poetry, research, periodicals, zines, memoirs, and other writing and self-produced materials. We empower artists to determine their publishing split, in the interest of building an environment of trust and shared reciprocity.
We are actively building a network of artists, stockists, and printers across the country to create shared value through transparent and creator-focused publishing practices.
Homeboat is leading an open, inclusive, collaborative exploration of what a community-oriented building could be at the Yes! House in Granite Falls, Minnesota. The project scope spans from discovery to implementation and centers community-created solutions. Pictured here are our initial community engagement processes, building renovation, and initial programming.
Space Space Space was a three-day gathering centering around alternative pedagogy, self-organizing, and exploring ways of disrupting the productions of knowledge within academic structures.
I worked with Homeboat collaborator Jack Forinash to present three dinners for forty conference participants each evening. This meal series operated as performance within the space of the convening; meals were responsive, participatory, and cumulative in nature, sometimes functioning as non sequitir action to get folks into a different mind-space.
Meal One: BUBBLE
- Okroshka (fizzy chilled soup)
- Bubbly presentation of spinach and cheese tart, beet meatball, and roasted brown buttered and herbed vegetables
- Jasmine milk tea pudding with boba and florentine
Meal Two: (W) ROY G BIV (B)
- White: Mystery flavors popcorn
- Red: Freshly baked bread with tomato and pepper
- Orange: Carrot ginger and squash soup
- Yellow: Curry cornbread with turmeric butter
- Green: Herbed rice with yogurt, crispy spinach, mint, basil, and chili leaf
- Blue: Rum drink with blueberry ice
- Purple: Blueberry granita with sumac
- Black: Coconut black rice pudding with caramelized black grape syrup and a dollop of black sesame pudding
Meal Three: SPRING
- Roots “buried in the garden” with viola blossoms and sprouts
- Bird’s nest spicy noodles with soy soaked egg
- A chick emerging from an egg (coconut mochi bun with lemon curd and vanilla ice cream)
Bandhu Gardens is a network of women working together to amplify and expand economic opportunities among the Bangladeshi community in Hamtramck, Michigan. This self-determined group of women sells vegetables, offers catering, does pop-up events, and teaches cooking classes.
I'm fortunate to collaborate with Bandhu Gardens in a number of ways, including branding, planning, and big picture dreaming.
I was a co-organizer of the 2017 Detroit Kite Festival, an inclusive community celebration uplifting creativity, history, and communal play. While the first year of this festival was 2017, we drew on a long legacy of kite-flying and making in Detroit and cherish the history from which we built.
Alongside general organization/co-creative responsibilities, I developed the festival branding and provided creative direction and asset production.
Victory Kitchen originated as a community center focused on equitable access to food, personal growth through creative expression, and community service. Core activities include a donation-based biweekly dinner and craft night, an artist in residence program, and many intermittent workshops and collaborations with local organizations.
I started Victory Kitchen in 2015 in the Bay Area, where I was born and raised. Situated in a renovated warehouse on the intersection of three distinct communities - Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville - Victory's first home brought together folks from all walks of live to play, eat, and learn together.
Over two years, the Victory community turned a little warehouse into a home, learned about coffee roasting, unicycling, marmalade, zhoug, and banana ice cream making, bean sprouting, sourdough baking, seed bomb making, Shibori dyeing, sachet sewing, seed paper pulping, cider pressing, soap making, prayer flag stamping, and storytelling.
For Valentines Day, we made cards for our loved ones and care packages and notes full of love and power for 80 women in the Bay Area Rescue Mission's Women's Center. During the holidays, we decorated homemade ginger cookies and popped them into more than 50 dinner bags for folks who might not get to enjoy a gutbusting meal with family. We made Mother's Day cards for the various powerful women in our lives. We partnered with Homeless Lives Matter to cook pozole for 150 people experiencing homelessness in the East Bay. We hosted five brilliant artists in residence, raised money for a local screenprinting shop, and collected canned goods, personal care items, and warm clothing to make the necessities a little easier for a few of our neighbors.
We huddled into our tiny (seriously, TINY) kitchen and prepared our meals together. We ate Japanese ramen, Texan three bean chili, Ghanaian spinach stew, Wampanoag Sobaheg, Indian Mulligatawny, Tibetan Thenthuk, Tunisian Shakshouka, Thai Tom Kha, Nigerian fried tomato stew, Mexican tortilla soup, cheddar broccoli stew, curried chickpeas, my dad's mac & cheese, my grandmother's vegetable soup with noodles, and cried purple tears into a lavender navy bean soup dedicated to Prince.
In the Summer of 2016, I met with over 50 stakeholders on a cross country road trip focused on researching community food systems. I called this trip Field Work. It was life-changing, overwhelming, illuminating, and the best crash course education I could have asked for. This led me to move to Detroit and to continue my practice, learning about and contributing to resilient alternative community infrastructure.
Poems, dreams, jokes, archival materials, and more. Following is information and pricing for each of my zines. Email me to purchase or trade.
Pomes – $6
A collection of poems, memories, and dreams largely influenced by my childhood among the redwoods and salt waters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Reliquary – $6
Mostly hot love poems I was ready to put together in a special glass box for safe keeping and in order to attenuate their fire. Also, beautiful, strange archival images.
Cat’s Cradle (comes with a cat’s cradle string) – $7
Adapted from String figures; A Study of Cat's-Cradle in Many Lands by Caroline Furness Jayne (1906), Cat’s Cradle is an homage to a 100-year-old ethnographic research project exploring string games (and their attending mythologies, stories, and rituals) across the world.
Plant & Fungus Jokes – $6
Corny jokes about plants and fungi mostly written by yours truly.
Groaners, Humdingers, & Eye-rollers – $6
My second joke book is even dorkier than the last. Dads love this one.
DesignBuildBLUFF is a program within the University of Utah's architecture school. Students collaborate with Bluff, Utah community members to design, plan, and build custom homes, drawing on local wisdom, materials, and building techniques along the way.
Program Director José Galarza engaged me to build DesignBuildBLUFF's brand from the ground up, including brand guidelines, identity, website, and collateral for the program. I brought in collaborator Kelsey Premo Jones to help tackle this challenge.
Together, we crafted a brand that is full of energy and remains in keeping with the University of Utah brand while expressing its own scrappy, intuitive, hands-on personality.
I led the design process from primary research to art direction to production and am happy to say this was one of the greatest collaborations I've experienced as a designer.
The Business Portal is a full-scale service redesign for the City of San Francisco. From research to planning to opening doors, small businesses in San Francisco will use the Business Portal as the first stop for facilitating every step of the journey.
I was involved with every aspect of the process, beginning with rigorous customer research through visual design and communication with engineering. I collaborated with two other teammates to synthesize and deliver research findings to our client. I led interaction design for the project, including developing storyboards, personas, user stories, information architecture, and initial mocks. I created all wireframes and collaborated with two visual designers to present design solutions to the client. The mocks shown are my solution, and the final, implemented design, drawing from all three presented solutions, can be seen here.
This flexible, agile work style has allowed me to cultivate a deep, genuine understanding of customer needs and to be able to make truly intuitive design decisions.
You can see the wireframe and user stories presentation here.
When The Barefoot College was built in the 1970s in rural India, its creators initially intended it to be a craft school which would help impoverished communities develop marketable skills. Today, the College enjoys a long legacy of incredible craftspeople and has expanded its activities far beyond the initial scope.
The fastest-growing program within the College is the Barefoot Women Solar Engineering Program. Available only to illiterate grandmothers the world over, the Solar Engineering Program ensures that a woman will be able to leave the College after six months with the skills and the confidence to solar electrify her community. This program is complex, deeply idiosyncratic in its methodologies, and unbelievably successful. This said, its rapidly sprawling nature makes for many huge scaling issues, not the least of which is that the women who leave the College may have no way to contact fellow Engineers, College staff, or even NGO staff on the ground in their community if they need assistance with the electrification process.
In 2012, at a five-day innovation lab, I worked with a small team to help the Barefoot College address the communication and scaling issues they were facing. We came up with a hardware/software solution – an education platform and a tablet durable enough to survive the field: The Barefoot Tablet.
In 2013, I engaged in a rigorous research process on the ground at the Barefoot College. Following this research, I co-led synthesis and feasibility research to support a tool like the Barefoot Tablet. I've shared a few initial concepts I did of the Barefoot Tablet. You can see the final synthesis presentation here.
I was one of eleven directors to earn a micro grant from Real Ideas Studio to direct a seven minute documentary film around the theme of the Other. The eleven films were shot over five continents and assembled into a feature-length piece, Other Than, which premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.
With a portable café in tow, I approached 100 people in the streets of San Francisco to have coffee and a conversation. Some strangers remained standoffish, and many challenged my intentions. Others passed on fatherly advice. Sometimes we hugged; one woman wept. Ultimately, the project fed my constant curiosity about different kinds of people and provided a safe space for conversations that wouldn't have happened under any other circumstances. It's somewhere between a confessional and a long bathroom line, but with intention, and coffee.