Collection BTS: Memory Block

I'm just going to jump right into it.
This won't be the best blog post ever (running on little sleep + somehow still alive) but it is important for me to write about this collection I'm putting out into the world. So here we go.

The coolest thing to me about any artwork is the meaning behind it all. I wanted to give you a glimpse into what my upcoming April collection looks like through my eyes. Consider this a mini artist statement, if you will. Side note: I did something a little unconventional and decided to launch pieces from two different schools of thought - mixed media arrangements and paintings. The collages and paintings work seamlessly together, bringing you cohesive color ways and a fun punch for your walls. You know I always have to use black and some vibrate hue in my pieces to set them off.

I've included my most succinct thoughts on my arrangement collection, Memory Block, below.

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Memory Block #14

Memory Block is comprised of 28 mixed media arrangements. These works on paper challenged me to dive back into my past, blow off the cobwebs, and cope with some heavy stuff. But how? I finally decided after putting it off since last summer it was time to bring new life to work produced after my trip abroad to Montepulciano, Italy. This collection also touches on the shift my artwork took as a direct result after those 5 weeks in Tuscany came to a close. I used my senior thesis as a platform to dip my toe into something entirely new. I was more liberated to take risks, paint whatever the hell I wanted, and do it with confidence. This was the time I thought I knew everything, lost everything, started over, and discovered mixed media. I wanted to make Memory Block as an homage to those interesting months because they not only changed me as a person but they changed me as an artist.

As I sat on my studio floor filtering through all of my old work and somewhat tangible memories, I knew I'd made the right decision. I began cutting each piece, ripping them down the middle, and pairing old, negative emotion with a fresh, positive outlook. It was so therapeutic for me. Looking at these pieces aesthetically and arranging them to form a little family of blocks whose only job was to simply be admired was so healing. I always knew I wanted to repurpose this box (yes, think box of old love notes you passed in the hallway with your crush. These were my love notes but to Italy, old friends, and so. many. drawings.) and make something new from them. And I'm so happy I finally did.

If this seems vague and confusing, that's because it is. But I know you can somehow still relate. For this particular collection I want to keep some details for myself. And more importantly, I want those who purchase my work to have their own memories they associate with these arrangements - not my old, dusty, sad memories. Maybe the canvas strips makes you see the sand from your honeymoon... or the paint swatches are the exact color of your husband's favorite shirt. Maybe it's a shade of peach your favorite aunt always wore on her lips for Sunday service. Or maybe the textures just draw you in and you create a new memory in the room you hang your artwork. Whatever it may be, I find peace in putting my life into my art and having its new owners place their own meanings and memories on it.

The Facts:
You will find fabric, my original artwork, rag paper, photo plates + printed vellum, thank you notes, paint rags, canvas, and other hidden gems.
Each Memory Block was hand-selected to coordinate with my most recent body of work for your home.
Paper measures 12x9 inches.
Custom orders are optional. Email hello@allisonjamesco.com or head to my Commissions page.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about my thought process for this collection. I'm not sure if it will be a continuation or if this will be Memory Block's first and last hoorah. I think I'll know if I have a longing to keep putting these out into the world. Or if another trip to Italy is on the horizon. Until then, keep creating and and be kind.

Xo, Allison 

The Everyday Simple interview!

Hi, hi!

I was approached by Nicole George of The Everyday Simple two months ago about being her first artist to jumpstart her Creative Corner portion on her blog. Nicole is a beautiful, young mama that resides in Atlanta who somehow I've never met! We fell into each other lives about two yeas ago via Instagram and have kept tabs on each other ever since. She has since grown an empire on natural home remedies, raising two little ones, and keeping a level head while doing so. She is incredibly down-to-earth and sugary sweet. So I was so flattered when she asked me to do the interview.

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Being the busy people that we are, Nicole and I relied on email to get our initial questions out of the way. I've done interviews in the past before and you always assume the questions are going to fall into the same boat. But not Nicole's questions. She made me ask myself things I've not thought about in months... always a good sign. I loved that Nicole, someone not completely involved in the arts, wanted to learn about me and share it with her followers! This only solidifies the importance of art in my eyes because it continues to bring joy and value to people's lives, no matter their circumstance, background, religion, status, whatever.


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Here is one of the questions Nicole asked me in our interview. Loved doing this with her! (How many times can I say that before it's annoying?)


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Click here to read about moi, my process, and my goals as an artist through the eyes of the wonderful Nicole George. Make sure to check out her blog and follow along with her on Instagram

Xo, Allison


Photos were sourced from www.theeverydaysimple.com 

What makes you IKONic?

I recently sent out an email to my newsletter subscribers diving into my newest series (launching FRIDAY!). It was so succinct and perfectly tailored I decided instead of trying to replicate it or give unnecessary details, I would copy and paste it into a blog! Photos and all. 

I also thought this would be a great opportunity for you non-subscribers to kind of see what my emails are all about before you commit. And just so ya know, I only send 1-2 a week, besides you initial HELLO! email and followup email, which dives into my studio practice. If you like what you see and want to know more about my rhyme + reason, click here to sign up! 

Enjoy reading this short and sweet post and make sure to check the shop March 9th for your IKON!

Xo, Allison

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Above: Featured piece from upcoming series, IKON.
IKON #1, 2017.
Mixed media on watercolor paper.

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Sounds of the Studio: March 2018

March 1st not only brings on those whispers of "rabbit, rabbit" but it also comes with NEW TUNES! If I can't get my act together enough to carve out weekly blogs for your babes, the least I can do is provide you monthly with good music.

So let's quickly go over this month's studio playlist: It's shorter in length but EVERY song is amazing. Hopefully it will be the best 37 minutes of your day (or hours, depending on how many times you replay it!) I've mixed the tracks to have a consistent ebb and flow of highs and lows. V important. For the most part, 03:18 is a playlist of upbeat tunes that you're going to deem your new favorite songs if you haven't already. You'll hear some new songs (Vance Joy's album dropped Friday so he is making double appearances - one cover song + one newbie!) plus some that have been featured on the radio but are just too good to be annoyed with yet (Hey, JT.) 

Click the image above (03:18's album art - thank you, random amazing pinterest artist... I should really start drawing my own.) to head to my Spotify page and get ya listen on. Or, you can always search "Sounds of the Studio 03:18" in your account to find this playlist, as well as the rest from 2018. 
Happy March guys! I hope these tunes inspire you as much as they have me.

XX, Allison

An interview with Negah.

Hi friends ---

What a crazy, wonderful past month it has been! We are rounding out February and I've been SO busy I've realized I haven't shared with you all that I meant to. I'm still getting this "planning ahead" thing pinned down... I suppose better late than never, right?

So earlier in January, I was chosen to be the first featured artist + first to partake in an interview series with www.easelforart.com. What an honor, right? Being picked to be the first at anything in life is a total Sally moment of "you like me! you really, really like me!" and I felt that through and through when Easel reached out to me. But I know most of you are thinking... who and what is Easel? Let me explain. Easel is the dynamic duo of Negah and Sahand who created a platform to help consumers easily navigate through various mediums of art and request commissions - straight from the artists themselves. I know, I wish I would've thought of it myself! They are building this start up with the intention on making everyone's lives easier; artists, clients, consumers, the works. In just a few short months, they've gained recognition in their home state of California, being interviewed by LA Times for a full article after the New Year! Wowza. With so much competition in San Francisco and the dog-eat-dog nature of Los Angeles, I couldn't be more proud that these two kind souls scored a spot in the LA Times. 

 photo by the lovely Tatum Lewis, founder of  Honey Photo Video

photo by the lovely Tatum Lewis, founder of Honey Photo Video

As for the interviews, Negah and I talked on the phone for over an hour this day while I blabbed and she feverishly typed away all of my nonsense in a local coffee shop in Los Angeles. Trust me, she got ALL of the scoop on my journey - and probably more than she wanted! Her write ups for this two-part series include some of my crazy verbiage and make for a great 15 minute read via her Medium profile page. I talk about what I would've done if art never came into my life, my process, and learning how to articulate exactly what's happening in front of me while I paint. 
I've linked my interviews part one + two here and here

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Needless to say, my gut told me from the beginning how good these people are and I hope their site is the next Twitter, Google, Uber, or Facebook. I had a blast chatting with Negah and hope you have just as much fun reading it. Remember to trust your instincts and partner with your perception of the best of the best - you will reap the benefits in the end! 

Xo,

Allison

PS: You can also follow along with their site on Instagram through the handle @easelforart