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  • Aura Drawings and their Meanings

    Chakras are energy centers in the body that correspond to various aspects that impart meaning in our lives: From our primal need for safety and stability to our endless search for harmony within the Universe.

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    Each person has the seven chakras within them. However, some chakras are more prominent than others, depending on the individual and their unique life experiences. Chakras reveal themselves through colors (auras) as well as complex aural shapes, which I demonstrate with my harmonograph, also known as an aura drawing machine.

    Display your aura drawing in a prominent place in your home to guide you in times of heartache and pain as well as times of great joy and well-being. Let your aura drawing be a reminder of your unique depth and beauty.J_Sayuri_Aura_Drawing_Harmonograph_Crown_Chakra

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  • 4 Los Angeles Markets for Artists (Pros and Cons)

    The best way to get your vision out there is…surprise…you HAVE to get out there. And for people with introverted tendencies like myself, embrace your inner extrovert with enthusiasm. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.

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    In my journey in understanding basic economics, I’ve experimented with selling my artwork at various markets around Los Angeles. More than earn a quick buck (which is surprisingly hard), I use these experiences to understand how people associate value to different objects, experiences or services.

    I’ve prepared a handy pros-and-cons sheet for the LA markets that I’ve been a vendor.  I hope that this list serves as a good guide for anyone interested in finding the right market for them. Enjoy.

    Please share your experiences at these markets and let me know other markets to sell at!

    Venice Beach Boardwalk (Read about my experiences on the Venice boardwalk here)
    Pros

    • Lots of foot traffic, especially in the summer months and near the holidays
    • FREE 10′ by 10′ space to sell your stuff on a first come first serve basis
    • Lots of tourists looking to buy something to memorialize their vacation
    • Beautiful backdrop because even if you didn’t make that much money, you’ve spent the day at the beach

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    Cons
    •Having to get there early to reserve a space
    • Having to fight with tweekers to get your space
    • If you’re looking to surround yourself with talented artists and craftsmen, this is NOT the right market for you.
    • Parking can be difficult
    • Sketchy people (especially in the early morning hours)

    Montrose Farmers Market
    Pros

    • Very safe
    • Family friendly
    • Easy to set up
    • No tweekers

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    Cons
    • Great place to sell corn on the cob, but no one really wants to buy art
    • Low foot traffic volume
    • $45 booth fee or $35 if you’re a member

    Odd Market at Casa Vertigo

    (psssst…Photo creds for the Odd Market photos go to the beautiful and talented Victoria Hungerford)

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    Pros

    • Beautiful space
    • Talented (and juried) vendors
    • Phillip Dane is great to work with
    • Cool food trucks and FREE Nesquik

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    Cons
    • $3 entrance fee for anyone who wants to attend
    • It’s a very new market so a lot of people don’t know about it yet
    • $80 table space as of last month (6′ by 5′)

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    Sportsmen’s Lodge
    (pssst…photo cred goes to my dear friend, Andy Chan)
    Pros

    • Free for everyone to attend
    • In the parking lot of a trendy hotel
    • Nick Kroll sometimes does a comedy bit there
    • Another market of Phillip Dane
    • Friendly vendors
    • Night market
    • Cool food trucks and FREE Nesquik

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    Cons
    Low foot traffic
    • Need to bring lights to display products because it’s a night market
    • Not well publicized

  • STEAM Carnival…Movin’ Us Forward

    I’ve recently been involved with the inaugural STEAM Carnival that will take place this week and throughout the weekend in the Port of Los Angeles.  FYI: STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.  I’m excited to be a game technician during Student Preview day on Friday, October 24th where I get to assist K-12 students understand the basic mechanics behind the games they will play.

    When I went in for the training session this past Saturday where I was surrounded by an eclectic group of people with interests ranging from chemical manufacturing to flute playing. The STEAM Carnival is the brain child of a unique group of artists, engineers, programmers and tinkerers that make up Two Bit Circus, an entertainment company based out of the Artist Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles.

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    Two Bit’s vision for the STEAM Carnival came out of a desire to re-imagine the way we learn through tech-infused game attractions and carnival inspired entertainment.

    What really excited me the most about STEAM Carnival was their inclusion of the ‘A’ which stands for ‘Art.’ One of the core ideas behind the STEAM Carnival is the inclusion of artistic expression which I believe makes the science behind the technology and games more accessible. (So maybe the ‘A’ can stand for accessible as well!)  Although I appreciate the ambitions of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research and education I often felt excluded because of my art background.  By simply adding ‘Art’ into the acronym, STEM, Two Bit makes a powerful statement that education cannot be so crudely divided between what we perceive as purely science or purely art. We are increasing living in an interdisciplinary world which demands creativity and a synergy between the arts and sciences.

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    I share the vision with Two Bit Circus and STEAM Carnival that the world around us is fundamentally changing because of the exponential rate at which technology is evolving. I also believe that in many ways, our education is failing us because it is not able to adapt.  More than ever, we need to breakdown stereotypes of the melancholy artist who is mathematically inept or the unemotional scientist who declares herself uncreative.  We need this change to happen at the fundamental levels of our educational system so that we can solve the big problems: agricultural sustainability, global warming and economic disparity (just to name a few).  And these problems are only getting bigger which is why this change needs to happen now.

    Once we see the world not as two or three or four, but as one, true progress can be made. I am joyful and inspired because of events like the STEAM Carnival and groups like Two Bit Circus that take action to create a future they hope to live in.

    And with that, please enjoy this photo of myself (lower left, sticking out my tongue) and my fellow STEAMsters wearing red clown noses in the spirit of the STEAM Carnival.

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    Stay tuned for a followup article about Student Preview Day at STEAM Carnival and teaching hundreds of students about basic electronics by using Makey Makeys! Cheers and STEAM on!

  • Fear, Freedom and Publishing My Comic (November 9, 2014)

    Artists tend to have an innate fear of judgement and ultimately a fear of sharing their work. Because after all, small (or big) traces of ourselves end up in our larger bodies of work, whether we like it or not.  Over the years, I’ve gotten over this fear through biting classroom critiques and a general sense that I have no one to impress. In the grand scheme of things, I’ve realized that no one really gives a shit. Only you. And I don’t mean for this to be negative but sobering. You have no obligations and no one to disappoint. That’s a freedom that we rarely get to enjoy in life. So, it’s time to celebrate!

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    For better or for worse, this fear is exasperated by the Internet and the social media that inhabits it. Not only do we reveal our work to our family and friends, but we open the floodgates to a slew of complete strangers who might love or hate our work.  Internet people are so fickle.

    And with that introduction about fear and freedom, I now segue into my announcement that I will be revealing my graphic novel, The Musical Melodyians, in weekly page installments ON THE INTERNET! (Come at me, trolls) I’ve been working on this larger transmedia project for the past two years with my collaborator, Scott Tooby, and we’re both very excited to get the story out there.

    I’ve been all talk for the past two years and refused to show unfinished pages to anyone except my closest friends to edit.  Somewhere in between quitting my day job and realizing that the present moment is the most important, I’ve decided that the time is NOW!  And to show you how serious I am, here’s a sneak preview of the cover art I designed.

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    So, cheers to no obligations, a banishment of our fears and comic making merriment! Stay tuned.