Artists at Work

Tom Killion Woodcut Prints

by Anh-Minh on August 18, 2014

killion1I was recently looking at the list of exhibitors for this weekend’s Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, and was excited to see Tom Killion‘s name. Killion is a local printmaker who specializes in woodcut works. His subjects include some of my favorite places in the Bay Area—like Big Sur, the Marin Headlands, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Influenced in part by the Japanese art of ukiyo-ëKillion carves his landscapes out of linoleum and wood. He then prints them on to handmade kozo paper, employing oil-based inks and a hand-cranked proofing press. Over at Wanderfoot, they’ve got a great profile on Killion with photos taken in his Pt. Reyes studio. I love seeing a glimpse of his process, and am looking forward to checking out his work in person at the festival. (Good news for those who are unable to go to the event: Killion sells his prints through his website.)

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{ Print photo via Tom Killion. Studio photos by Klea McKenna via Wanderfoot. }


Valeria Nascimento

by Alexis on June 11, 2014


When I first saw the work of Valeria Nascimento, it didn’t cross my mind that the ethereal installations could be made from anything other than paper. But her beautiful, wafer-thin creations are actually ceramic. Valeria has a degree in architecture—which comes through in the ordered structure of many of her pieces—but immediately resonated with clay as soon as she was introduced to the medium after graduation. Her design school education along with the time she spent growing up on a farm in Brazil have fused into a beautiful style Valeria describes as “about repetitive sequencing with separate elements to form a cohesive sculptural group.”

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Today we’re sharing our fourth and final installment of Claudette Carracedo‘s The Mother-Daughter Project; the series has been a sweet reflection leading up to Mother’s Day. It’s easy to focus solely on the particular phase a relationship is in at present, but the breadth of these relationships is a good reminder of memories from the past, as well as a look into the years to come. If you missed week one, two, or three, spend some time reading them this weekend. Thanks for sharing these with us, Claudette!

From Claudette: Vickie is my wonderful mom. This past year has been one of her most trying. I’m constantly inspired by her courage, strength, and perseverance. Making her laugh makes me happy.

From Claudette: It never ceases to amaze me how our pets play such pivotal roles in our lives. They are family. And like family, they help us through both our trials and tribulations. Hearing how Tupelo was there for Romy at a time she needed it most was just heartwarming. Romy’s incredible wife, Heather, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She underwent a lumpectomy, 6 month of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, followed by 5 weeks of radiation.

From Claudette: Michelle and Maiya have one of the sweetest mother-daughter relationships, filled with crazy amounts of kisses, hugs, and love. And a lot of silliness. But don’t be fooled, this little 5-year-old is a big fan of Star Wars and can probably out-quiz you if challenged!

{ Photos by Claudette Carracedo }


Today brings us to part three of Claudette Carracedo‘s The Mother-Daughter Project. In honor of Mother’s Day on May 11, we’ve been sharing installments of the photos Claudette captured of relationships between women of all ages. This week’s are particularly heartwarming, and a good reminder of how sweet a bit of humor between a mother and daughter can be. If you missed the previous installments, be sure to check out week one and week two.

From Claudette: Laurel, an old classmate of mine, along with her family adopted beautiful Dieulane from Haiti in 2012. And wow. This little girl has such a cheerful and energetic disposition. I’m positive it is a result of being welcomed into such a warm and loving family. When leaving the studio I asked Dieulane for a hug to which she replied: “I’m a big fan of hugs!”

From Claudette: Michelle, a lawyer, and Margaret, a retired pharmacist who immigrated to Canada at the age of 21, have an inspiring and dynamic mother-daughter relationship. Clever, bright, and quick-witted. During our session, we went from Margaret insisting on re-combing Michelle’s hair to having brief discussions on vegetarianism, photography, figure skating, and religion. According to Michelle: “We use to go to the library together almost every week to find books to read, starting before I could barely read. She says she was desperate for me to learn to read so I’d sit quietly and not be such a pest.”


Today I’m excited to share the second installment of Claudette Carracedo‘s The Mother-Daughter Project, which we’re featuring in the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day. If you missed the first installment last week, you can find it here. When Claudette started photographing these pairs, “the goal was to create an authentic image that speaks to the uniqueness of each mother-daughter relationship.” While she captured the women on film, she also listened to them describe their relationships to one another and recorded some of the most emotive words.

From Claudette: When Kelly and Maisie came into the studio I was a taken aback by how closely Maisie resembled her mom in high school. I hadn’t seen Kelly in over 20 years. I knew Kelly’s youngest daughter, Indie, struggle with breathing as she was born with paralyzed vocal chords and has had a tracheostomy for 12 years. During the session it was clear to me Maisie has been an incredible source of strength for Kelly throughout the years.

From Claudette: Bianca, my sister-in-law, and Elizabeth are family. They connect on a daily basis over the phone, however, the project appeared to have given them a reason to connect on an even deeper level, which was an honor to witness. I felt we all walked away with a few ‘aha’ moments that day.

The subjects in Claudette’s photos include mothers and daughters who are current clients and collaborators; friends and family (among them, her own mother); and even classmates she hasn’t seen in over 20 years. I hope you’ll check back every Thursday between now and Mother’s Day for new installments highlighting The Mother-Daughter Project.