New Work at Sassafras for Belltown Art Walk!

Woah! It’s September already? What happened?!?! This is only three days away, but here it is: I’ve got some new inked girls up at Sassafras for the next month, and opening night is during the Belltown Artwalk, this Friday, September 11th from 6-9pm.

If you haven’t been to Sassafras (and even if you have, of course!) do stop by. They are great. On the corner of 1st Ave and Bell St, at 2307 1st Ave. We’ll have wine! Do come!

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“I Love Noodles!”

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“Bad Hair Day”

 

Sumi Swirls and Sleeping Girls

Did I not post these? I forgot to post these! I created these five large sumi ink paintings in January for the group show: Wavelengths, at GR2 in Los Angeles. I kept these simple, just sumi ink on watercolor paper.5 More Minutes_sample

“Five more Minutes”coil_sample

“Coil”

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“Curl 2”

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“Dark Matter”

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“Fog”

P.S. Hi Fructose wrote a little blurb about the show here (!).

FAQ – Who are you, anyway?

So, hello! You know me, I’ve been sorta-kinda adding to this blog for years now, and it’s time I got more serious! I figure, if you don’t know me, I’d like to give you a short primer. This will be a page that I keep updated with new info as you get more inquisitive, but I find that I get asked a lot of the same questions when I’m out and about at art shows/craft fairs, so here they are in one short, sweet blurb. Enjoy!

FAQ

How do you say your name?

Stay-juh, like Asia, or Anastasia (nix the Ana).

How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been drawing since I was really small, and have always wanted to illustrate children’s books. I went to college for fine art, dropped out, returned to get that degree, and since graduating (2009) have been working full time as an independent artist.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I try to create art that I want to see, that makes me feel. You can’t help but be influenced by your environment so I try to keep that rich with people and things I love. Short answer: people watching, children’s book illustration, directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom), visual artists: Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, Alfons Mucha, Egon Schiele, Aguste Rodin, Kiki Smith, Sam Weber, Yuko Shimizu, Jillian Tamaki, Jeffrey Brown, among others. Seeing the beautiful work that others are creating are equal parts humility and inspiration.

What media do you use?

Pencil, charcoal, sumi ink, Windsor and Newton inks and watercolor paint mostly. Sometimes I will create the initial drawing with pencil and ink, and color/texture it digitally. I am attached to cutting designs (flowers, insects) out of cotton quilting fabric, and then using them to collage over an existing drawing. Recently, I’ve been challenging myself to get into oil painting. I’ll let you know how that goes!

Do you do custom work?

Absolutely, yes. It is one of my favorite things.

Do you design tattoos?

I do this too.

What’s your ethnicity?

My Papa’s Japanese, Mama is mixed Scandinavian/English/French/Scotch-Irish mutt. I was born in Texas.

Can I visit your studio?

If you’re willing to drive to Seatac, WA – sure! I have coffee, tea, and might even make you cookies.

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Well, that’s it for now! If you have a burning question you don’t see answered here, please ask, and I’ll do my best!

Read more in some past interviews here:

GR2:

http://www.giantrobot.com/blogs/giant-robot-store-and-gr2-news/15791435-gr2-interview-merging-views-stasia-burrington

Consortium Gallery

http://www.consortiumgallery.com/#!stasia-burrington/cg8u

Japan Cinema:

http://japancinema.net/2014/04/17/creative-spotlight-episode-323-stasia-burrington/

Sequential Tart (talking about the Virgin Project):

http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=2546

More Sale-art!

So, last night I packed up three boxes of mugs. I may have a problem. We’ll likely be moving Memorial day weekend, and I am more excited for this move than I’ve been for one in a long, long time. It’s gotten so bad that I have been having dreams about it, and about altering the house Minecraft-style, deftly adding and removing blocks, complete with sound effects. Here is a sneak peek of the backyard, and yes, that is a treehouse. A future treehouse studio? Perhaps.

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Yesterday I put up some pages from my sketchbooks in the Etsy shop for purchase, to further facilitate our move. A lot of these are from last year’s Inktober challenge. Take a look-see! book face“Book Face” – sumi ink on Strathmore kraft drawing paper

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“Burlesque Girl 2” – ink on Strathmore kraft drawing paper

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“Burlesque Girl” – ink on Strathmore kraft drawing paper

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“Kiki in the Studio” – sumi ink on Strathmore kraft drawing paperlegs 2

“Legs” – sumi ink on Strathmore kraft drawing paper

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“Rain” – sumi ink on Strathmore kraft paper SOLD. :) Thank you!

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“I Love Steve Buscemi” – sumi ink on Stonehenge kraft drawing paper  witch 2

“Witch” – sumi ink on Stonehenge kraft drawing paper

Huge news! The studio is moving (again!) – but this time it’s special.

So, for the last year Nick and I have been looking for a place to call our own, and I’m so excited and humbled to say that we’ve found it. My studio is half in boxes, and we’re getting ready to move ourselves, Kiki and Momo, and all our stuff fifteen miles south to Seatac – and into this home! We should be all moved in by the end of the month, and I will update you with more pictures, probably unwanted, but I’m pretty in love right now and I’m gonna show them anyway!

our house 15More pictures to come once we get the keys, full of surprises!

As is now tradition, to go along with the move I am having a sale on lots of my original artwork, which are up and available here. I am letting go of older work, and some newer work, to make room for the new. Here are some of the things that I’ve just put up for sale today!

  cozy 1“Cozy” – original watercolor painting SOLD! Thanks, Ron!!

cozy man 4“Cozy Man” – original ink drawing

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“Fast Ride (Hold On!) 2” – original ink drawing SOLD. Thanks, Andy!!

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“Ghost” – original pencil drawing

kitty brew 1

“Kitty Brew” – original sumi ink drawing (SOLD. Thanks, Jen!!)

miyazaki 1

“Miyazaki Tribute” – original watercolor painting  SOLD (thank you, Amanda)!

brooklyn inked 1“Brooklyn Inked” poster design – original ink painting (SOLD. Rachel! Thanks!)

never“Never” – original ink drawing SOLD. Kyle – thank you!

chestpiece“Chestpiece” – original pencil drawing on handmade paper

night in“Night In” – original pencil and ink drawing

spring 3“Spring” – original watercolor and ink painting