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Urban Arts Gallery

February 24, 2013


There is a new gallery at the Gateway that everyone should stop in and visit. Last weekend was the grand opening of the new Urban Arts Galley, and I am very impressed. It is a very nice and large space showcasing a number of different artists, and currently featuring the artwork of Jimmi Toro. A lot of very nice work! You’ll also find a boutique selling all sorts of local handmade stuffz.

There are also a number of events planned for the space, including dance performances, CONNECT, Gallery Stroll, and the Urban Arts Festival. Checkity-check!

AMF Artwork

September 9, 2012

I wrote last Sunday about how I was participating in Art Meets Fashion, and now that the work has been on display up at Red Butte, I want to post it here on ArtDuh too.

The theme of the show was Metamorphosis. I suppose that in the end, my piece simply shows a woman sitting in a field of blue. But, for me at least, there is a more going on too. I don’t usually like to talk about what a piece means to me, or what I see in my own work. I’d rather see and hear how other people react. But I was asked a few questions about my new artwork before the show, and so I thought I’d post my answers to those questions here as well.

Q: How did you interpret the theme of Metamorphosis?
Creating artwork always involves metamorphosis. I fill a blank piece of paper up with marks and colors, trying to give it meaning. Adding one new color or line can change the way we understand the overall piece. I am interested in breaking the subject down into simple form and color, and then rebuilding it. My small act of creation is a reflection of the larger world. Our world, the whole universe and everything in it, is constantly evolving and changing. We move through time, are shaped by it, and we mark times passage with our lives.
Q: Is there specific symbolism in your piece?
I see the browns and yellows as the physical body, or the earth, and the surrounding blues of my piece is the sky. Or maybe its the blue aether of intelligence, that mysterious substance that binds everything together. Mind falls into the physical world, takes a look around, and lives a life.
Q: How did the theme challenge you artistically?
The concept allowed me to actually sit down, consider some recurring thoughts, and represent them visually. It is always a challenge to take a personal abstract thought or concept and put it down on paper.

Q: Do you have a personal philosophy that emerged during this process?​
Like a lot of people, I wonder “What moved and brought the world into being? How did mind and spirit emerge from matter? And how does the individual person fit in with the rest of creation?” Regardless of how you see things, it’s incredible that any of us are here at all. Its amazing we are alive and able to seek meaning, gain a little understanding, and that our brain can manipulate and change the physical (and maybe spiritual) world.

Art Meets Fashion

September 2, 2012

Art Meets Fashion is happening this next Saturday, September 8th. I’m so excited to see it come together.

Very talented local fashion designers including Beckett & Robb, Sophie St. Claire, Nephi Garcia, and Heggy Gonzalez will be showcasing their new collections. There will also be an exhibit featuring the work of artists like Shelly Huynh, Cody Chamberlain, Mark Crenshaw, Blake Palmer, Jon Lang, Zuzanna Audette, Chase McCleary, Jenevieve Hubbard, Susan Ferguson, Silvia Solis, Jimmi Toro, Matthew Potter, Nanette Wiser, Alexander Ferguson, David Marshall Habben, and Todd Powelson (hey, that’s me!).

The event will be held at Red Butte Garden, with ticket and art sales benefiting their new Water Conservation Garden.

Hope to see you there!

Art Meets Fashion at Red Butte Garden (300 Wakara Way, SLC)
Saturday, September 8th, 6 – 10 p.m.
$50 for regular admission, $100 for VIP, $35 for students | Art Meets Fashion

Hair Stylist to the Canine Stars

May 23, 2012

I have a little fantasy that someday I’m going to go to hair school. I think I have some apptitude for that kind of work. My favorite “person” to practice my hair cuts on is my dog, Scout. The inspiration for this look is a haircut Denise Huxtable (played by Lisa Bonet) had on The Cosby Show at some point in the 1980s. What do you think? Not bad for someone with zero training, right?

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

May 6, 2012

I should add a disclaimer before I even start this post… if you know me, you probably know I am not personally very fashion conscious. That is to say, I appreciate fashion, and love many of the fashion designers that I have met over the years. I have to give Anna a whole lot of credit too, and the people and ideas she has introduced me to, because they have opened my eyes to what is possible. Unfortunately, I still don’t give what I wear or how I look a lot of thought. This is a shortcoming, because there is a whole lot of power in presentation, and costume is also a powerful form of creation and self-expression. To be honest, I’d like to dress a whole lot more extravagantly, and I know I’d enjoy the hell out of it. But, for now at least, I will just appreciate and applaud fashion and costume on other people.

I know I am late to the party, and I also know I didn’t see the work in person, but I just came across photos of Alexander McQueen’s show Savage Beauty. I love what he created. The characters that he made are incredible, and I am in awe of the craftsmanship. I won’t even try to describe his work, but will instead post some photos, provide a few links, and hope you enjoy these photos of his work as much as I have… | alexandermcqueen | Savage Beauty | Alexander_McQueen


Don’t Let Your Style Go to the Groundhogs

January 31, 2012

Every day, when you head out the door, does your hair look exactly the same as the last? Boring pony tail, half-finished bun, or just hanging there?

Megan Moore from Moore Hair Design gave us a primer on how to keep our hair from getting the winter blahs. So get out of your rut with these looks.

First up, we have a retro 1970’s wave. Megan used a 1 inch curling iron and center part to get this fun look for model, Venice. She let each curl cool before teasing it gently with a comb and then setting it with hair spray.

Pony tails are great, practical, professional  and. . . well, boring. That’s why Megan’s style team took the pony tail up a notch for this fun look on Karlie. Karlie’s cute bangs add a nice touch, and a braid, three elastics concealed by teasing the hair and a cascade down the side make this a pony that doesn’t look like you just rolled out of bed.

According to Megan, braids were big in 2011, but they aren’t going anywhere for 2012. She did this style in Emily’s chin length bob by doing two French braids on each side and then securing with safety pins. Letting the ends fly free keeps this look loose and casual, great for a day at the office or a date after work.

To get these looks or learn more, visit

Bullet in My Shoulder

January 5, 2012

blood running down my vest

For hmm at least four years now I’ve been paying tribute to my cowboy/pioneer heritage by mixing textiles with spent bullet cartridges. It all started with The Bullet Bra – a costume I was asked to make out of industrial materials. If bullets aren’t a useful industrial material, what is?

I became interested in wearing bullets on more than just my bra, and I’m now refurbishing denim cowboy style jackets with bullets. I’m calling this series “Bullet in my Shoulder” after an old Frankie Lane song I listened to as a kid.

I don’t want to give all the pieces away, and in fact, some of them haven’t yet been made. But here is my favorite, a mating of a pioneer girl and an old school cowboy I like to call “Blood Runnin Down My Vest.”

Oh and guess where you can see them and maybe take home one of your very own? The My Dead Friends Show, Ulysses, opening Jan 15.

H & M

December 8, 2011

The Swedes are at it again, invading Utah with inexpensive, stylish and modular clothing you assemble at home. After bringing IKEA to Draper a few years ago, I should have realized the Swedish made magic in the retail sector.

H & M opened in Utah on November 10. The store is known for high fashion at a low price, the price point is similar to Old Navy while the styles are much more fashion forward. I’m quite late posting about the new H & M store, to be honest, I just couldn’t stomach the crowds the first few weeks. But I finally went and I didn’t buy a single thing. Instead I took pictures of my gift picks for you.

My favorite things about the store was the menswear and the shoes. If Santa doesn’t bring me a pair of floral print combat boots, then I’m gonna leak his dirty secrets to the media! I also loved all the classic career wear. Here’s my favorite fashions:

Stocking stuffers

Stocking stuffers



Career wear

Career wear


B.A.M. Bikini Awareness Month

July 19, 2011

BAM photo by Aaron Michael Woods

Last year invented a half-assed celebration called “Bikini Awareness Month,” AKA B.A.M. I love to make bikinis so much that we are continuing to celebrate this non-existent holiday again. I’ve made three new designs this year and the 65th anniversary of the bikini’s invention seemed like a great excuse to share them.

Number 1 – The Kennedy

The Kenniki

The Kenniki

This bikini was designed to grace the gorgeous bod of Princess Kennedy in the 2011 Gay PRIDE Parade. Our float, hosted by SLUG Magazine, took first place! It is made from cotton I dyed by hand at Pioneer Craft House in a rainbow of prideful colors. One breast is extroverted, adorned with out-going and popular popcorn stitches to represent the fun-loving lifestyle of a PRIDE princess. The other breast is more introverted, lacy and keeping maybe a little taste of her overwhelming sexuality to herself. The bottom is a lace garter belt adorned with triangles on the corners. However, a single hip is graced with a blossoming flower to symbolize coming out, embracing one’s inner beauty  and learning to love the real you found deep inside. The private areas are covered with tidy whiteys, made over in a bright color, to represent childhood. I know you can’t take it all in with a single glance, but to me, this bikini is the past, present and future of a treasure of our GLBTQ community.

Marilyn and Aaron

Marilyn and Aaron

Number 2 – The Marilyn
Designed for my friend Marilyn Golightly, this bikini has shapes and colors you will remember from the 1950s with all the aggressive sex appeal of 2011. If you like it, come see me at Craft Lake City. My booth will be stocked with string bikinis in this 50s style in a variety of colors and sizes. However, the cream and gold version of this bikini is for Marilyn exclusively. Marilyn brought the hair, makeup, modeling experience and amazing legs, as well as an awesome photographer, Aaron Michael Woods who took most of these photos.

No Hairrah On Top

No Hairrah On Top

Bikini Number 3 – The Farah
No Hairah Faucett (a.k.a. Blossom Bottom) likes the color blue, so a variegated and simple crocheted string bikini top paired with hot pants from Consignment Circuit became the look to outfit her for the 1970s. A twisty gold necklace provides a touch of the exotic, and No Hairah and I teamed up on hair and makeup. However, I can’t take credit for the amazing legs, or the darling ginger toddler that fell for her hard and stole the show when we showed these outfits at the Utah Arts Alliance’s Craft Lake City and Connect party.

I want to thank Kennedy, Marilyn and No Hairah for being my inspiration. I can’t make an outfit without knowing who will wear it, since I design every component to represent that personality, story and moment in time. These three are among the most beautiful and gifted models I have ever worked with.

Long live the bikini! Until next July!

New Single

New Single

Glinda and Toto

Glinda and Toto

Fashion Stroll Hits the Runway with Flavor-based Design Contest

June 16, 2011
vitaminwater XXX by Amparo

vitaminwater XXX by Amparo

vitaminwater asks SLCC Fashion Students to Design Outfits in Passion Fruit, Citrus,
Acai and Kiwi

vitaminwater Glow by Kelli Lynn Baker

vitaminwater Glow by Kelli Lynn Baker

The Salt Lake City Fashion Stroll will hit the runway on Friday, June 17. The highlight of the show is a design competition, challenging eight Salt Lake Community College Fashion students to make outfits inspired by flavors like citrus, acai, kiwi and passion fruit – all found captured in full color in bottles of Glaceau vitaminwater.

“The SLCC students are busting out their best ideas to create outfits you don’t just see but can almost taste and smell,” says Matt Monson, SLC Fashion Stroll director. “Colors like orange, pink and purple that are found in healthy drinks will inspire the students. A panel of local celebrity fashion folk will judge their creations and the grand prize is . . . well a grand.”

vitaminwater squeezed - by Sterling Bitsue

Fashion Stroll is a street festival that celebrates local clothing and creativity. With live runway shows at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m., and artist booths offering locally-made clothing and gifts, Fashion Stroll is a free and fun way to get to know the city’s budding fashion scene.

Fashion Stroll organizers are switching things up this year. The 7:30 p.m. show will consist of local fashion made by popular cut and sew designers including Danny Nappi, Rachel Hayes, Mary Rino, Suzanne Clements and Jordan Halversen. The second show will showcase the vitaminwater -inspired competition. The show will close at 9:30 p.m. with a vintage show featuring real women and men from the community as models. Vintage boutiques and designers including Misc., Retro Rose, Consignment Circuit and Cory Bushman will be included.

Entertainment will round out the evening with blues music by Christian Coleman and dance by Transfusion Hype Dance Company.

The SLC Fashion Stroll is sponsored by vitaminwater, SLUG Magazine, In This Week, City Weekly, The Downtown Alliance and  For more information about the event visit


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