Ellis Hepburn at Stripe for First Friday Santa Cruz

Ellis Hepburn Art

Ellis Hepburn Art

Ellis Hepburn Art

Landline

Ellis Hepburn

Landline, a mixed media series of fifteen varied works, is a self-reflective exploration of current events using analogue mediums. Simplifying information and striving to find moments of clarity and wit, allows me to process. This series focuses on color, texture and engaging with each piece by hand using stitching, gold leaf and indigo.

Ellis Hepburn holds a BFA in Graphic Design + Art History, and an MFA in Fiber Arts / Textile Design both from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

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Join us for the artist reception! Cocktails will be served.

Stripe

5–9pm


Akiva Levi at Stripe Men for First Friday Santa Cruz

Akiva Levi art

Akiva Levi art

 

CONTINUUM

Akiva Levi

Continuum is a collection of “visual meditations” inspired by nature; an exploration of gestural line work, shape and color. Each piece stems from dozens of hand-drawn minimalist illustrations suggesting natural or imagined landscapes. The intent was to create subjective work that invites an exercise in perceptive agency and sense of relativity for the viewer. Repetition, continuity and connectedness are some of the more inherent qualities. There are also moments of resistance; when blocks of color, the edge of a mountain, or the linework that holds everything together oversteps the frame. These attributes speak to larger existential themes and how we choose to define, interpret, or contextualize what we see.

Akiva Levi is a multimedia artist born in Santa Monica, CA. He attended UCSC, receiving a B.A. in Fine Arts in 2010, with an emphasis in sculpture and installation. His body of creative work includes illustration, watercolor, hand-lettering, graphic design and metal sculpture. He is a professional illustrator, graphic designer, and branding consultant currently serving as in-house creative for Verve Coffee Roasters. He lives in Santa Cruz with his partner and very large cat.

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Join us for the artist reception! Cocktails will be served.

Stripe

5–9pm


Carol Aust at Stripe for First Friday Santa Cruz

 

Carol Aust

I work with acrylics on canvas and wood panels. Through my figurative paintings I endeavor to express the human need for connection and belonging, and the difficulty of achieving either. Each subject in my paintings is at some critical juncture of a spiritual/psychological journey.

My figurative paintings are emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with tension and secrecy. Sometimes celebratory, sometimes lonely and disturbing, my paintings express a wide range of human desire and yearning. My work consistently features strong and vibrant colors along with figures that are both engaging and vulnerable. My method is to have some starting point—a curve of beach, a combination of colors, or a child on a hip, for example—and then be open to surprises. I layer contrasting colors, adding and subtracting figures and clouds and trees until the work feels complete but mysterious.

I believe creating art is like raising children. Just like sons and daughters leaving home, a painting isn’t finished when I sign the corner. Actually its life has just begun. When a painting leaves the studio and elicits responses from viewers, the art becomes a living force in the world. Viewers of my work add the next chapter to the unfinished story, explaining why the woman is traveling alone, why the couple is dancing in the clouds, why the party is being held in the desert.

 

carol.aust.art@gmail.com

Visit Carol's website: http://www.carolaust.com/

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Join us in welcoming Carol Aust as our Stripe First Friday artist for the month of January!

Artist Reception

January 5, 2018

Stripe

5–9


Tyler Speas at Stripe Men for First Friday Santa Cruz

 

Face It by Tyler Benjamin Speas

Tyler Benjamin Speas was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 26th, 1984. He moved to Milwaukee in 2003 where he attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts. He graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. He has been creating art and living in Santa Cruz, California ever since.

This collection of work was developed over the course of almost a year. It branched off from a previous project that involved people mysteriously falling. I wanted to hone in on the faces of these fictional falling people. As I focused on the faces more, design elements opened up and the work grew from there. The facial expressions were important and when combined with the overall compositions, they took on an implied narrative. These faces are reacting to something. The mystery of what they’re seeing became the central theme and something that is best left unanswered.

 

Visit Tyler's website: http://www.bloodonbrushes.com/

tylerspeas@gmail.com

IG: @bloodonbrushes

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Join us in welcoming Tyler Speas as our Stripe Men First Friday artist for the month of January!

Artist Reception

January 5, 2018

Stripe Men

5–9


Vincent Waring for First Friday at Stripe Men

Vincent Waring cyanotype

 

Vincent Waring Artist Statement

Through this series, I explore the complex interrelationship between nature and ourselves. The present ways in which we share and connect to one another has been radically changed. The instantaneous ability to communicate, and what we thus absorb from the various information sources around us, gives me pause to consider how this has affected our own comprehension of our place in things. Our appetite for resources is visible. As we start to witness the disappearance of wild spaces, I find that it is paramount to have conversations centered around our relationship to nature— that we are in fact nature. We are effective at listening to the noise that we ourselves have created, but have perhaps lost grasp of our daily practice of listening to the humbling, living environments that surround us. Listening to the voice of the Earth is becoming an ever-pressing need. It is what is essential to maintain the fabric that supports life.

This work allows me to explore my personal sense of responsibility to this larger living world. Some images in this series explore the intricate beauty of the landscape, and others have radiographic waves and magnetic pulses overlapping with the organic. This speaks to the layers of forces present in each moment, affecting our finite and delicate Earth in life-altering ways.

Vincent Waring is a maker of sorts based out of Santa Cruz, CA. He is interested in the ecology of wild and intentional spaces, which he often explores through imagery reflecting parts of the whole. He utilizes a variety of mediums, including printmaking, painting, and drawing. Born and raised in the Central Valley, he moved to Santa Cruz to attend the University of California where he received a BA in Studio Art. In the midst of making art, he also spends his days working with textiles, wood, and plants.

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Join us in welcoming Vincent Waring as our Stripe Men First Friday artist for the month of December!

Artist Reception

December 1, 2017

Stripe Men

5–9


Stephanie Martin for First Friday at Stripe

Stephanie Martin 01

 

Stephanie Martin Artist Statement

Ephemeral/Eternal

Etchings by Stephanie Martin


I've been described as obsessed with nature, and will not argue with that label. For the past ten years I have been dedicated to portraying some of the ephemeral treasures of our California coast, especially our birds and plants. With each sketch, I learn something new about my subject; time slows down, and I can become lost in wonder.

Etching is a perfect medium for me. It allows me to create delicate lines, use the aquatint process to make fine tonal areas that almost look like watercolor, and make striking marks and textures. It is a long, challenging and vexing process, involving copper, acid, scribing and burnishing tools, a press, powdered rosin, heat, ink, and paper. Not all etchings cross the finish line. I figure that if it were easy, it wouldn't be worth doing.

Some of the newer pieces in this exhibit are illustrations for my husband Orin's book on fruit trees. See if you can find them. Many thanks to Stripe (Suna, Dana and staff) for hosting local artists in this beautiful venue.


Stephanie Martin

831 426-2495

martins4@cruzio.com

www.stephaniemartinart.com

fb/insta: stephaniemartinart

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Join us in welcoming Stephanie Martin as our First Friday artist for the month of December!

Artist Reception

December 1, 2017

Stripe

5–9


Getting Hooked On Ceramics: An Interview With Jonas Davidson

Jonas Davidson Permanent Vaclaytion Ceramics

Jonas Davidson (AKA Permanent Vaclaytion) is the newest addition to our lineup of local makers at Stripe. His mugs, plates, and pour over coffee sets are simply designed and beautifully crafted. Read our interview with Jonas, where he shares how he got hooked on making ceramics. 

How’d you get started as a ceramicist?

I've always admired almost anything ceramic related, whether it was kitchenware, decorative items, or planters. I collected antique pottery for years and whenever visiting festivals where artists sell their work I've always been drawn to check out the pottery. One day my wife suggested that I take some classes and try it myself, so I signed up for a monthly membership at a studio here in Santa Cruz.

After a few lessons I was totally hooked. I wanted to go to the studio all the time to either practice throwing or work on something I had started during a previous session. I'd spend a lot of time thinking about doing pottery, imagining and even physically practicing the motions I had been taught for throwing. I found a lot of satisfaction in it, especially while sitting at the potter’s wheel mesmerized by the piece of clay rotating in front of me. There was something about it that provided me a sense of relief, simultaneously allowing and requiring me to tune out from all the everyday stresses and worries that bog down our everyday experiences.

 Jonas Davidson Permanent Vaclaytion Ceramic Cups

Where do you find inspiration for the pieces you create?

My biggest, and most obvious, inspiration is the work of other ceramicists. As mentioned earlier, that was what originally sparked my interest. Any time there's a festival in town where other potters are selling their work I try to make it to go see what they are doing and possibly gather bits of inspiration. I follow anything and everything pottery related on social media as well to see what others around the world are doing, saving images of work that I feel inspired by.

I also like to look to pottery from the past, browsing antique stores and thrift stores to gather inspiration from the many styles created over time.

Another area where I've found inspiration for pottery is in architecture. I suppose I see similarities between the two, both involving three-dimensional forms with unique texture patterns and color designs. I could easily spend my weekends driving around looking at buildings and houses gathering inspiration for new work. 

Jonas Davidson Permanent Vaclaytion ceramic mug and plates

What goes into designing something like a coffee mug?

The process of designing something like a mug can be different each time for me. But in most cases it is one part intentional and the other accidental. I usually start out with an idea of how I want the mug to look by asking myself some questions. What sort of shape, size and details will the body of this mug have? How should the handle look to compliment that body? Since this is supposed to be a functional item, will it be easy to hold and drink from with this form and not just something that I think looks cool? Is this something I can consistently recreate?

As I go about making the mug I might notice certain unintentional features in it that turned out by accident and yet I really like and want to keep. This is the accidental part of the process I try to stay open to. I guess for this reason it's hard to say there's ever a final design.

Bottom of mug by Jonas Davidson Permanent Vaclaytion

What’s next for Permanent Vaclaytion? Awesome name, by the way.

Thank you!

I've had a few things in mind that I'd like to accomplish as I come up with the time. The biggest one is that I'd like to make my items available outside of the Santa Cruz area, so I'll be launching an e-commerce website in the near future where people can purchase online and have items shipped to their doorstep.

I'm also interested in starting to explore glaze chemistry so to someday create my own glaze recipes. Up to now I've been using commercial glazes, which are super reliable for the most part and offer a nice variety, but I'd really like to develop an understanding of the chemistry of glaze and start producing my own.

Other than that I'd like to get more shelving in my studio, spend time experimenting with my new clay extruder and continue enjoying making pottery.

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Join us for a Pop-Up with Jonas!

Saturday, November 11th

12–5pm

Stripe 107 Walnut Ave

Follow Jonas's work on his Instagram


Enrique Lopez for First Friday Santa Cruz at Stripe Men

Enrique Lopez artwork Stripe Men

Enrique Lopez Artist Statement

Enrique Lopez is a Printmaker/Creator born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He studied Art while attending the University of California Santa Cruz and spent three years working as a Course Assistant in the Art Department. Currently, he is a monitor in the Print Department which allows him to use the University facilities to continue honing his craft and sharpening his skills. Enrique finds inspiration in the urban landscapes in which he grew up and in his cultural background. From birds and flowers, to cityscapes and graffiti, he is inspired by anything and everything he sees. He primarily employs three types of printmaking techniques: woodcuts, stenciling, and lithography.

“Zoología” is a series on the study of animals, spirit animals in particular. Each spirit animal corresponds to a specific person or persons whom I care about and who has influenced my life. “Zoología” is a small homage to those I hold near and dear.  As with much of my other work, I utilize three methods of printmaking: lithography, relief, and stenciling. One of the main goals behind “Zoología” was to keep things minimal and allow the simplicity to create elegance. I attempted to incorporate elements from my previous works and utilize them together for this series. I’m constantly adding and expanding to this body of work. What’s your spirit animal?

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Join us in welcoming Enrique Lopez as our November artist at Stripe Men! 

Artist Reception 

November 3rd

5–9pm


Erika Perloff for First Friday Santa Cruz at Stripe

Erika Perloff artwork at Stripe

Erika Perloff Artist Statement

All my life I have been drawn to the edges of things: the edge of the continent or the wilderness, the edge of town, the places where habitats meet, or where the sky meets the land. Exciting things happen along edges. Light strikes in interesting ways, birds flock, earthquakes rattle, and waves crash. In a painting I want edges to appear and disappear, to let you see where you are in space. Edges are the last thing I adjust before a painting is finished, and what makes the painting come together.

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Join us in welcoming Erika Perloff as our November artist at Stripe! 

Artists Reception 

November 3rd

5–9pm


Stripe Instagram Giveaway

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Stripe Instagram Giveaway Details and Rules

Win a $100 Gift Certificate to Stripe and Stripe Men!

We get a lot of comments and compliments on our key collection, so we thought it'd be fun to make it part of the giveaway contest. Can you guess the number of keys on our wall that create our Stripe sign? The person with the closest guess wins the $100 Gift Certificate!

To enter, all you have to do is:

    1. Follow @stripe_santa_cruz on Instagram.
    2. In a comment on the contest post, tell us your guess for the number of keys on our wall and tag 3 friends.
    3. You must enter before November 1st to be eligible.

 We'll announce the winner on Instagram on November 1st. Good luck!

**Giveaway contest open to U.S. citizens age 18 and up**

**If multiple participants guess the same number, only the first entry submitted is valid.**