Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Technical Difficulties Ahoy!

No sooner had I posted the link to this blog a few places a few months ago than I accidentally deleted nearly the entire archive, including a bunch of posts, tons of images and some of your cute comments... sigh.

On that note, please update your bookmarks and subscriptions and rss feeds and such, all new notes and rambles and updates will be posted here from now on! On the plus side, I can now employ some of the new, improved and way more functionally minimal and adorable layouts... yay!

That new address again:

See you there!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

City of Roses...

My dad was in town for a couple of weeks recently, which gave us a great excuse to drive around up in the hills and explore some of the Portland sights we hadn't quite made it to yet, like the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park... who could resist five acres of perfectly dew dropped experimetal blooms?

Friday, July 25, 2008

I wasn't made for these times...

Perennial flickr favorite Olga Saglo just posted an amazing link to the latest most magical time wasting device on all of the internets!

Without further ado, I present me, and my studio, circa 1969!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Disney Girls...

Some of you may remember seeing these "behind the scenes" sneak peeks that Jeff took at a photo shoot for a friends top secret book project last summer at my favorite ice cream stand in LA:

Now the secret is finally out! This weekend was the official release date of my dear (and dearly missed!) friend Miss Jennifer Brandt Taylor's magical new tome, Vintage LA!

"VINTAGE LA: Eats, Boutiques, Decor, Landmarks, Markets & More" is the ultimate travel and lifestyle guide for vintage fashion fans, Hollywood history lovers and cineastes alike. Jennifer, an L.A. native, takes you on a colorful tour of L.A.'s best vintage boutiques, restaurants, historic hotels, and movie palaces, as well as interviews L.A.'s most artistic residents. VINTAGE LA features dazzling Technicolor photography by Jeaneen Lund."

I always thought of Jennifer and her family as some of the last true Hollywood eccentrics, and will be forever grateful that they took me under their wing when I first arrived in Southern California and shared some of the most amazing secret hideouts in all of the land, so cracking open Vintage LA will surely have me pining for long lost Los Angeles in no time! I can't wait!


I think I may have accidentally acquired a new eBay obsession...

Where have you been all my life Florentine enamel?

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Home Sweet Home!

I only just realized that in all of the frenzy of the past few months, I had all but forgotten to post a few quick snapshots of our new place! Still very much a work in progress, originally dating from the 1800s and heretoforth known affectionately as the shed, it's an adorable outbuilding in a super central semi-historic neighborhood, a stable turned laundrette turned cute baby loft space and my new favorite thing ever... I secretly want to buy it and transform it into the vintage Disney set designer turned Storybook architect style faux English cottage of my dreams, half-timbering and all, but in the meantime:

Here is a beloved Princess Tina folkface pillow surveying its new surroundings...

The polished concrete floors still festooned with piles of winter rugs...

White stucco vintage brickwork and whitewashed original shingles...

Which are going to serve as perfect backdrops for all of our super colorful collections...

One of our favorite features is a row of skylights that extends through the living room and office areas...

I would love to rewire this area with all vintage globe lights, but alas, renting!

Oh, guess who else loves the skylights?

More to come as everything starts to come together, for now we're still unpacking, living in a sea of boxes, and considering a couple of summer garage sales when the sun finally comes out for good here!

Friday, May 23, 2008

"Pink Worlds and White Icing" at AfterModern SF

Hello everyone!
I have a 2 person show with Dana Carlson (one of my all time favorite contemporary painters!) on view this month at Aftermodern in San Francisco:

Pink Worlds (and White Icing)
An Exhibition of Recent Works by
Fawn Gehweiler and Dana Carlson

Opening Friday, May 23rd, from 6 to 8:30
On exhibit May 23rd through June 28th, 2008

Aftermodern Fine Art Gallery
445 Bryant Street
San Francisco

For more information please visit

About Pink Worlds:

Taking a cue from the show's namesake "Pink Worlds and White Icing", a collection of poems written by a 12 year old girl in late 60s, artists Dana Carlson and Fawn Gehweiler each present a collection of recent works that take a turn for the pastoral, pop and pretty, albeit with a dash of dark comedy thrown in for good measure. Awash in preteen nostalgia, strangely baroque and alternately naive, precocious, and deeply introspective, these tiny poems about "color, the Beatles, bubblegum, nature, and the universe" lend both a perfect title and a perfect backdrop to their respective candy colored dreamscapes and imaginary narratives of head-in-the-clouds teenage psychedelia.

Some installation shots taken just before the opening...

Some of my new stuff...

And last but not least...

Some great photos of the opening by Alan Bamberger, borrowed from!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Work in Progress...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Dutch Wonderland!

I have this cute end table available at Urban Outfitters right now, and it turned out so much more amazing than I ever expected!
In their words:
"Smooth enameled metal gives this pedestal side table a touch of black glossy glamour"
And it really does! Yay!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Semi creepy (considering) Sharon Tate Easter photo via Girlfriday 2 by way of Flickr, one of my favorite mysterious random image collectors!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Raggedy Ann Eyelashes...

After a few weeks of nonstop house hunting and catching up on long overdue projects, we were super excited to set aside a leisurely weekend last week to run around town taking in all of our friends newer, bigger, better gallery spaces, and ringing in the month long Robert Altman fest at the Portland Art Museum NW Film Center with a screening of one of my favorite movies of all time:

Brewster McCloud! I've been toting around a decaying video store copy of this film for decades, eventually upgraded to the laserdisk, but have never, never seen it on the big screen!

With an original screenplay written by Doran William Cannon, who was also responsible for another top ten favorite, Otto Preminger's "Skidoo," and starring the always perfect Mister Bud Cort and the magical, elvin and otherworldly Miss Shelley Duvall (Probably my number one vintage muse - as you can probably tell by the girls that I paint! Spider lashes, bunny teeth and ears poking out of stick straight hair? Check, check and check!) in her first ever movie role, personally discovered by Altman, who had this to say about his first impression:

"When I first saw her, she had painted long eyelashes on her face, and I thought "Here is a girl who is trying to make me think she is a Raggedy Ann doll." It was only years later that I realised that she WAS a Raggedy Ann doll."

Images and quotes via the Shelley Duvall and Brewster McCloud fan sites, both of which are amazing resources for interviews, articles, and ephemera about the film.

Check out the NW Film Center website for the rest of the festival calendar, maybe we'll see you there!

Crack in the Cosmic Egg Lamp...

Via Centre de Recherche sur les Arts du Feu et de la Terre by way of France Magazine by way of Design-Milk, I'm now completely obsessed with this Ingo Maurer porcelain Broken Egg lamp from 1996:

I can totally picture it in our new place, perched high atop the Kraut section of the record shelves!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Boating Stripes and Bow Ties...

The first of the imminent deluge of David Hockney inspired Spring editorials is out!

From Another Man Magazine
Starring and Set Design by Gary Card
Photography by William Selden
Styling by Nicola Formichetti

There's also a childrens version!

From Milk Magazine

Via Style Bubble, Diane Pernet, Sarah Colette

Now it's going to be even more impossible than ever to find a pair of those glasses (My first and favorite prescription, they fell apart in the mid 90s and I've been searching for the perfect pair again ever since) again! Though I suppose I could also shell out for the surely forthcoming Paul Smith version? Sigh...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Recent Acquisitions...

We've been finding entirely different categories of super common cute vintage stuff in the Northwest and have been accidentally starting lots new collections in the process... Oops!

Like adorable hand carved wooden owls:

(Note: the one with pink felt googly eyes was $1 and according to it's reluctant previous owner "about to be firewood!")

And booth upon booth of 70s novelty steins:

The gonk era Magic Mountain stein with a wizard for a handle is one of my new favorite things of all time!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Cute Clutter vs. Creative Chaos...

So we're officially house hunting again as of a bit later this month (Hoping for one of the last huge adorable affordable houses in all of Portland!) and it has me thinking a lot about studio decor and studio practice, since this is the first time besides a handful of ill advised moves to the Midwest in search of a) the easy life and b) bargain basement rents on giant crumbling Victorians (Done and done, by the way!) that I could potentially have room (We've spotted triple car garages and basements and woodshops galore!) to spread out and actually create the kind of space that I'm convinced is totally necessary for happy, stress free art making! I can't wait!

Left to my own devices, my creative spaces usually teeter wildly on a scale somewhere between the (barely) organized chaos of Francis Bacon:

Marie and Marie (via Ester Krumbachová, quite possibly the most amazing Art Director/Set/Costume Designer of all time) :

or Julie Verhoeven:

The slightly less unruly creative cacophony of Yoshitomo Nara:

or Sofia Coppola:

Or (ideally) the cute clutter of Victoire de Castellane:

Black Magic!

New Alexander McQueen...
Odes to a girl who lives in a tree!

(photos ©

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are a few of my most recent lovey dovey projects!

New Screaming Mimi's ad, out now, in the latest issue of Paper Magazine!

And, more of my little homewares collection for Urban Outfitters is in stores now...

Canvas Critters Wall Art!

I love how they had these printed on raw linen rather than the standard glossy digital for a loose approximation of Scandinavian textile prints!

Also online!


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Jazz Baby...

Allow me to introduce my first absolute favorite find of 2008 so far:

The most adorable and ridiculously comfortable 20s/30s/70s oxfords ever made!

Cue the cobbling together of outfit ideas from the acres of piles and files of clippings scattered across my desktop:

Bows and spats via eBay, of course! Bloomers and argyle via the fashion blog of a cute Japanese shoe store with a Tyrolean fetish to match my own, but the link to which I seem to have misplaced, and the amazing, amazing silver sequined bowtie is somewhat of a mystery, but if it belongs to and/or is familiar to you, please let me know because I might NEED one!

P.S. Also, think Polly!


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Odds and Ends...

Now that we're settling in, I'm slowly but surely, and finally, organizing and updating my website, and, in lieu of a pending major overhaul for now, will be adding new stuff practically every day. For starters:

Some drawings and studies and odds and ends from a few recent shows are finally up for sale HERE!

And, even more exciting for the budget conscious, a whole new slew of prints have been posted to my SHOP!

Monday, December 31, 2007

Here's to a magical new year!

We finally made it to the Northwest with all of our worldly possessions intact and are now safely tucked away in a thicket of trees just outside of Portland! Our neighborhood is about 95 percent German and 95 percent cute old ladies, with a sausage place on every corner, so of course I kind of love it!

Come Spring we'll be looking for a place to call our own, but in the meantime, here's a shot of our first tiny snowstorm in our new temporary backyard...

Note: This fairytale shed is possibly my new favorite thing ever!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Please Stand By...

Things should be up and running here in a few weeks!

In the meantime, please ignore the mess while I relocate a million different posts from a million different locations on the internets, and in real life, pack a million crates, then suitcases and cat and car and ourselves for relocation to the Northwesternly woods! Yay!
More sooooon!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Some installation shots of the "LIttle Lost and Innocent" show...

Courtesy of Outre Gallery and the lovely miss Gemma Jones!

More info about the show HERE!

Thanks guys!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fashion Week Favorites...

Possibly the best inspirations ever:

David Hockney meets Bloomsbury at Paul Smith!

Note: Photos from

Tyrolean Rhapsody...

Bernhard Willhelm is one of my favorite designers ever so I have no idea how I missed this amazing video presentation of his Spring Summer 07 collection:

Floral lederhosen and a "Heidi" soundtrack = maybe the best thing ever?

In other fashion news...

I did this little Comme des Garcons banner for about a month ago...
I was honored to be asked since they've been one of my favorite fashion sites since I first laid eyes on the internet!

Inspired, of course, by these amazing Comme des Garcons Fall 2007 pastely pom pom bunny girls...

Note: Photos from

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Little Lost & Innocent

Dear Melbourne!
Please pencil me in!
I'm having a mini solo exhibition of new mini portraits on wood at Outre Gallery!
A description I love from the gallery website:
This beautiful mini-exhibition of crisp, dreamy portraits is a celebration of dollybirds, bubblegum, and girlish fantasies...
More information about the show HERE!
Sadly I won't be in attendance, but there will be a little launch party with pink fizzy drinks on Saturday September 8th at high noon!
Outre Gallery
249 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Friday, August 24, 2007

Every day is like a sundae...

every day is like a sundae...
We went to the San Diego Comic Con and all i got was a four foot tall hot fudge sundae!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Dessert carnage!

On the way home, we stopped by the adorable Tam O'Shanter restaurant for a piping hot chocolate souffle and a giant sundae prepared tableside with homemade hot fudge and whole almonds! Yum!

Summertime = Chasing Peacocks!

For my birthday this year we packed up first thing in the a.m. and took a perfect little daytrip to the Arboretum in Arcadia! I wanted to do something special but super low key, it was way up on our list of places we want to go before we skip out of Los Angeles for good, and what could be more magical than a picnic in the grass and chasing peacocks around for hours?

I promise I found this feather on the ground and didn't steal it from a bird!

This guy is ready for his closeup...

And then off for an afternoon stroll...

Baby peacocks...

That I desperately wanted to steal away in my handbag...

They were everywhere!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Summertime = Deviled Eggs!

I had Jeff take this glamour shot to show off my favorite dish, literally and figuratively!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Recent Acquisitions...

Vintage telephone booth bank from Shae (aka Miss Lullie Vintage, who really knows how to pick a gift!) and possibly the cutest little 70s notecard set ever made!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Little Savages

Les Petites Sauvages
All Artwork © Fawn Gehweiler

This series of paintings combines elements of my work from the past 10 years into some of my most strangely and intensely personal work to date. I have a feeling my girls may have gone feral for good...

The first preview of these girls will be at the Bestial show this weekend in Barcelona...

Iguapop Gallery Presents:
A Group Show
Curated by Miss Van
Opening Thursday July 5th
Exhibition runs through August 4th

For this exhibition Miss Van has selected 15 international artists:

Jeremy Fish, Aiko, Mike Giant, Herbert Baglione, Fawn Gehweiler, Ciou, Mademoiselle Kat, Landry & Limbo, Kev Grey, Nano 4841, Poppy Jabianski, Angelique Houtkamp, Sunny Buick, Kid Acne, Junko Mizuno, Miss Van.

Iguapop Gallery
Comerc 15

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Mini studio tour!

Clutter, collections and chaos...

These are a few of my favorite things!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Fashion Week Favorites...

Deco Dollfaces at John Galliano!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It's the little things...

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tiny Updates #1

This weekend in Portland:

The Wurstminster Dog Show: Over 100 international artists representing over 100 dog breeds.

Saturday February 3rd from 6pm-10pm
The Cleaners @ The Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

The Wurst Gallery launches their biggest show to date, with over 100 artists from all over the world each representing a different dog breed in their own unique way - from a five-foot plush doll to postcard-sized paintings. A portion of the proceeds of the art sales from this event will benefit Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in Portland, OR. Artists featured in the show hail from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Norway, Sweden and throughout the United States.

A one-night exhibit of the Wurstminster Dog Show will take place on Saturday, February 3rd at the soon to be opened Ace Hotel in Portland. Following the opening event, the work will be displayed and for sale online at

Featuring work by the following artists:
A.J. Purdy, Aaron Draplin, Aaron Meshon, Aaron Renier, Adam Bayer, Adam Haynes, Allan Sanders, Amanda Visell, Amy Earles, Amy Ruppel, APAK, Arbito, Beci Orpin, Benjamin Marra, Betsy Walton, Bill Barminski, Bjørn Lie, Blair Kelly, Brad Simon, Brandon Reese, Bubi Au Yeung, Bwana Spoons, Camilla Engman, Casey Burns, Charley Harper, Charles Whiteside, Chris Hutchinson, Cody Hudson, Cupco, Damion Triplett, Dan Anderson, Dan Funderburgh, Daniel A. St. George II, Derek Aylward, Driscoll Reid, Eamo Donnelly, Eleanor Grosch, Elisabeth Doherty, Emil Kozak, Emily Ryan, Erik Railton, Evan B. Harris, Eyeformation, Fawn Gehweiler, Feanne, Frances Castle, Geoffrey Lorenzen, Gideon Baws, Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius, Grady Mcferrin, Greg "Pnut" Galinsky, Guy Burwell, Hannah Stouffer, Heiko Müller, Holly Stevenson, HuskMitNavn, Jason Vivona, Jen Leong, Jennifer Muskopf, Jeremyville, Jess Hutch, Jesse LeDoux, Jessica Barnes, Jessica Lynch, Jill Bliss, Johnny Yanok, Jon Klassen, Juliana Pedemonte (Colorblok), Julianna Bright, Junichi Tsuneoka, Kangaroo Alliance, Kara Yanagawa, Kate Bingaman, Kate Sutton, Kelly Haigh, Keri Smith, Kevin Scalzo, Kirsten Ulve, Klaus Haapaniemi, Koichiro Takagi, Le Merde, Leo Hillier, Linzie Hunter, Little Friends of Printmaking, Luke Ramsey, Lyn Nance-Sasser, Mark Ulriksen, Martin Ontiveros, Matt Cassity, Matt Clark, Matt Furie, Mauro Gatti, Max Miceli, Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch, Meg Hunt, Mia Hansen, Michael Paulus, Michael Wertz, Mikey Walsh, Miki Amano, Mr. Pinks, Mizna Wada, Molly Anderson, Mona Superhero, Nate Beaty, Nick Deakin, Nick Weidenfeld, Noah Butkus, Nora Krug, Overture, Paul Clark, Rachel Blumberg, Ray Fenwick, Rick Froberg, Rob Flowers, Roman Klonek, Ryan Alexander Tanner, Ryan Berkley, Ryan Sanchez, S. Tudyk, Saelee Oh, Sarajo Frieden, Scott Barry, Scott Rench, Shawn Wolfe, Snaggs, S.britt, Stephanie Davidson, Supermundane, Susie Ghahremani, Swigg, TADO, Teresa and David, Todd Hoffman, Travis Lampe, Trish Grantham, Vincent Mathy, Wes Younie, Will Rhoten

My dog was the Japanese Chin, possibly the cutest dog on earth!

Tiny Updates #2

Next weekend in Los Angeles:


Corey Helford Gallery announces an exceptional lineup of artists for CHARITY BY NUMBERS, an art auction on Ebay to benefit The Alliance For Children’s Rights. The exhibition features today’s most collectible and sought after artists of the Underground Fine Art Movement who will transform classic hand-painted, vintage paint-by-numbers into modern masterpieces.

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA
Saturday, February 10
Private viewing from 6 to 9pm
Public viewing from 10pm to midnight
Exhibition runs through February 17th

Mark Ryden & Marion Peck, Clayton Brothers, Camille Rose Garcia, Todd & Kathy Schorr, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Eric White, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Friends With You, James Marshall (Dalek), Josh Agle (Shag), Michael Hussar, Gary Panter, Kent Williams, Miss Van, Richard Colman, Alex Gross, Elizabeth McGrath, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim, Souther Salazar, Saelee Oh, Caroline Hwang, Andrew Brandou, Korin Faught, Gary Taxali, Joe Ledbetter, Owen Smith, Aaron Smith, Natalia Fabia, Kaz, Bwana Spoons, Dave Kinsey, Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson, Erik Foss, Boris Hoppek, Nathan Jurevicius, Fred Stonehouse, Tara McPherson, Calef Brown, Paul Frank, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Martha Rich, Jennifer Poon, Heiko Mueller, James Jean, Jordin Isip, The London Police, Lola, Nathan Spoor, Amy Crehore, Isabel Samaras, Anthony Ausgang, Jonathon Rosen, Christian Northeast, Ana Bagayan, Mari Inukai, Greg Simkins (Craola), Donny Miller, Lauren Bergman, Tom Neely, Blaine Fontana, Audrey Kawasaki, Tokidoki, The Pizz, Jesse LeDoux, Kukula, Paul Chatem, Glenn Barr, Alex Pardee, Luke Chueh, Buff Monster, Sam Flores, Kii Arens, David Sandlin, Van Arno, Attaboy, Dave Burke, Sean Christopher, Greg Clarke, Frieda Gossett Clayton, Dave Cooper, Sarah Folkman, Fawn Gehweiler, Gris Grimly, David Hochbaum, Stella Im Hultberg, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Kozyndan, Tiffany Liu, Jason Maloney, Tim McCormick, Patrick McDonnell, Carrie McNinch, Chantal Menard, Brandi Milne, James Naccarato, Joe O'Neill, Kathie Olivas, Kevin Peterson, Joshua Petker, Pooch, Lesley Reppeteaux, Goldmine Shithouse, Savanna Snow, Amy Sol, Save Vaughn, David Von Der Linn

CHARITY BY NUMBERS opens on Saturday, February 10, 2007 with a gala event at Corey Helford Gallery, followed by a week long on-line auction. 100% of the proceeds will go to The Alliance For Children’s Rights. The private event is from 6 to 9pm, followed by a 10pm to midnight preview that will be open to the public. All members of the press are invited and should email to: to attend.

The Alliance For Children’s Rights is the leading non-profit agency in Los Angeles County devoted solely to providing free legal services to children living in poverty, both in and out of the foster care system. The Alliance For Children’s Rights’ mission is to protect the rights and futures of abused and impoverished children throughout Los Angeles County, in hopes of creating a world in which all children are able to have a safe and permanent family, access to quality health care, a quality education, and all of the support and services they so rightfully deserve.

PS: More soon, I promise!
PPS: Happy belated 07!


Monday, October 16, 2006

Mini Mod Mini...

This is pretty much the most perfect dress ever made!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Recent Acquisitions...

This was designed by my absolute favorite 60s commercial artist and was one of the holy grails of my vintage shopping forever and ever...

i finally found one a few years ago, and then another one sans chips just last week! Yay!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Things and Stuff...

Aside from newspaper boxes are literally melting into the sidewalk, hair perpetually melting into my forehead, and maybelle being rushed to animal emergency with a kitty heatstroke along with half the cat population of los angeles, the hottest weekend ever recorded in all of history had a few teeny bits of magic...

♥ a wild goose chase for brachs candy pebbles ♥

♥ working on a portrait of BECI for THIS SHOW

♥ os mutantes, gourmet hamburgers, egg creams, and sugary sweet cocktails in haunted schoolhouses ♥

♥ probably the worst idea ever, but i finally caved in, joined the latest wave of myspace holdouts and set up a little art profile HERE

♥ stumbling upon a dusty storefront full of vintage office supplies, gold leaf tipped diaries and ancient animation paints in my dream colors ♥

TAMERA selling some of the cutest stuff ever on ebay HERE to embark on the perfect dream life of a handbuilt fairytale cabin in the woods ♥

♥ having a week long SECRET SUMMER SALE and then shutting the shop down for a bit, most items 50% off or more, when they're gone, they're gone ♥

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Upside down mushroom room...

I've had a few little bursts of energy and creativity lately, which is really nice after being practically catatonic for the past year, and got to spend a few days out on the town with Laura (the most adorable woman of all time, who still has me starstruck over being Cyndi Lauper's boss and stylist circa 'She's So Unusual' and opening possibly the first and certainly the best NYC vintage store of all time), catching up over chai shakes, bacon wrapped hotdogs, and upside down mushroom rooms:

I've been staring at a tiny clipping of this in wonder for years, so finally seeing it in person absolutely made my year!
♥ ♥ ♥