Poler Laguna Beach Flagship Store Murals & Handpainted Signs

Laguna Beach, CA

Poler opened a beautiful new flagship store in Laguna Beach in what was formerly a local nursery.  I was commissioned to paint two murals in the old greenhouse.  The Beach mural is in Poler's new multi-purpose space and the Starry Night mural is a backdrop for the Poler Tent "showroom".  Zach Erickson assisted me on painting the Beach mural for which I give supreme and everlasting thanks! I also was commissioned to make several hand-painted signs (see below).  This was such a fun project and I'm honored to have contributed to Poler's new space.  Thanks to everybody in Laguna Beach that looked after me while I was working on these.

Starry Night Mural

Beach Mural Details

 

Handpainted Signs



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I recently had the great honor of being invited to create a mural for Takashi Kumagai in a store he was launching in Shibuya, Tokyo called CPCM (Crafts and Permaculture Country Mall).  This 10,000 square foot store full of reclaimed wood, plants, natural light, and gorgeous handcrafted items is a treasure to behold.  It is described on the CPCM website as "the very first 'CRAFT & CULTURE SHOP' in Japan which mainly focuses on curating crafted items and furniture alongside Men's & Women's apparel collections and various genres of vintage items." My mural partner, Zach Erickson, and I painted this mural in 6 days.  I would like to thank Taka, Norie, Yuko, and Ryoko for all of your support during this project. 

You can learn more about CPCM and Takashi Kumagai below:

CPCM website

CPCM Instagram

Takashi Kumagai website

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Independent Publishing Resource Center

The Independent Publishing Resource Center claimed an enormous piece of my heart. It was love at first sight!  I started volunteering at the IPRC in 2008.  I served as the Membership Coordinator for a couple of years, and I now serve as a member of the IPRC Resource Council.

The IPRC's Mission is to facilitate creative expression, identity and community by providing individual access to tools and resources for creating independently published media and artwork.

I painted these two murals on wood panels to celebrate and honor the IPRC.  They were hung in the classroom at the old location in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Thankfully they were moved into the new location in SE Portland, where they hang in a sacred space above the photocopiers (where so much of the IPRC magic happens!).


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Mural for the IPRC classroom

THE PROJECTS is a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, happening at the IPRC and other locations in Portland, OR. This year's event begins with a week long artist residency which leads up to a huge 1 day festival at the IPRC on September 27, 2014.  4 days of workshops, exhibitions, panels, performances, projections and collaborative projects. Introducing experimental artists from comics, animation, and other narrative arts.    The festival is a free event, oriented toward creative process, idiosyncratic expression, and inspiration, leaving behind the flat model of comics as commerce.

I was commissioned to create a collaborative mural in the IPRC classroom.  I wanted to celebrate the joys of discovering the diversity of voices uniquely available in self-published zines and comics.  I chose to leave all of the zine covers blank and invite people attending The Projects to collaborate on the mural by painting in imaginary zine covers for these characters.  I am thankful to all who participated and honored to be a contributor to The Projects Festival!

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Photo by @navanel

This mural features many cameos of local legends. I filled this landscape with tiny vignettes to embody the ‘Camp Vibes’ spirit of Poler Stuff. My favorite way to tell visual stories is by weaving in details from real life experiences and there are many of those to be discovered as your eyes wander over this mural. See below details for a glimpse of them. I painted this mural with lots of help from Zach Erickson.

Mural Details


These are some of the many visitors and Poler store hosts (with the mosts) who took photos with the mural.

These photos were collected from the @polerportland Instagram account


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