A little detail of this watercolor piece, just because.
Often times I start something and come back to it 6 + months later. My mind is usually about that far behind my body, and I go back to the piece when it finally starts to reveal itself. It's a little magic how much my hands know about the internal happenings of my heart before my brain catches up, how much the subconscious knows before the conscious can piece it together. Knowledge comes in many forms, and drawing + sickness have been my greatest teachers in learning to trust my body's knowledge first.
Updating the website always feels pretty dang awesome. It's a good time to pause and reflect on the ideas/ponderinga that have moved through you over the past several months, to celebrate what has been made and to review, critique and search for how to grow forward. It reveals your internal diversity, struggle, craving and character in one concise place, the question of who you were and who you're becoming.
It's curious the bits that seem the most frail often carry the weight of our being. I'm carrying much thought today.
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Ring by @eilisainjewelry 💛
Some days are just so hard. Thank goodness I have such good friends.
Who do you read for wisdom?
Any of you makers go back and forth between mediums? What's it like? How's it shape your creative process? When I started this piece it actually began as a painting. I had been mapping out this pigeon with ink and pencil with the flower beating forth from its chest and I became curious what it would look like in three dimensions. In painting we must create our own shadows and light sources, we construct a very complicated false reality- how would it feel to witness the flower bursting forth in real space, to see the light and shadow fall, and get to play with how it interacts with the other objects in the room. It was just a notion, but I love how stepping back and making a little room for play opened up so much opportunity for growth. I'm still learning ceramics, and I'm such a noob but it feels good to have a little more room for play, and I gotta say I'm interested how the back and forth between 3D and 2D will effect my future idea making. 😊 looking forward to hearing you're thoughts!
I'm doing a little inventory and just realized I only have 5 of these beautiful cast moth stick pins (in vintage style) left. Just wanted to put it out there and give a heads up to anyone who's been eyeballing them. I don't think I'm going to have these remade so these are it. It's my personal favorite, I wear I on everything and feel like I'm vibing my very fashionable grandma every time I do (she had a fondness for stick pins so it reminds me of her). Pins are $15 in my shop link, or go to Christinamrozik.bigcartel.com and stateside shipping is only a buck. 🖤🦋
For anyone who falls prey to the glamorization/curated life that Instagram can create, I make most of my art in my bedroom. Followers nor talent always add up to money, and pinched pennies mean I can't really afford a dreamy studio space, so instead I snuggle in about three feet from my bed and get creative. It's not always ideal, but I've created a space full of inspiration, (prints and originals are all tagged!) and have learned to love making in the same space I dream. When we are idea chasers, getting into that magic headspace of collaboration with your thoughts is what really counts. So don't fall prey to curated grams, remember everyone has a very real and complicated life, filled with bills and heartbreak and sickness and confusion and just keep after what fills you up. Where do you guys all like to make?
♥️ Mm! Big big thanks to all y'all who came out last night. It was so fun to hang and get real about the Internet- I appreciate your thoughtful questions about and perspectives on how social media effects our creative endeavors. Here's me with one of my co-panelists: the stunning mind Ashley Rodriguez @ashrod of Not Without Salt, a thoughtful food blog and gatherer of people to the table. Thanks @boonerodriguez for hosting yet another stellar Beast Talks! Looking forward to growing with y'all more in this digital wild west. ♥️
Beast Talks TONIGHT! If you're in Portland OR and want to engage in a community conversation about how social media is used by and effects creatives, come to the @wacom_experience_center tonight and hang out with me and three other panelists who will be sharing our experiences and answering questions from you! Doors are at 6 with free beer and cider, and the talk starts at 7. The event is free, but there is limited seating, so please rsvp to @beastdaylight (link in their bio or go to beastdaylight.com/beasttalks). I'm so excited to get to see all your shining faces, hang out and talk shop! 💛 please bring your friends!
Just a little throwback to this stellar photo @antlerpdx took of my pink heron ceramic sculpture. The flowers were placed in as buds, and over the month they went from green pods to bloomed blossoms to hanging dried out petals barely clinging on- it was interesting to play with an element I use so often in my drawings in real time, leaving the composition to the unknown (much like the mysteries of life💛) .
This piece is still available, email [email protected] for more info.
Hey, what do y'all want to see new in the shop? Trying to brainstorm some new prints for Christmas and is super appreciate your help!