Thailand Burma Flora Fauna is a crowdsourced Kickstarter project that enabled me to travel back to the Thailand-Burma border to further teach drawing and design to migrant youth from Burma.
It is resulting in a large body of drawings and printmaking– monotypes, linocuts, and letterpress prints that feature the plants and animals native to Thailand and Burma.
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Students showing their work during Flora Fauna drawing workshops, Mae Sot, Thailand, 2014.
Younger students quietly working during a flora fauna drawing workshop in Mae Sot.
Younger student drawing.
The teacher training workshops were really rewarding! The three Burmese artsists pictured here are all teachers themselves with Mae Sot NGO, Kick-Start Art!
Students checking out their work during the animal hybrid workshop!
A student drawing leaves from life in the garden at the Puzzlebox.
Working with younger students can be a lot of fun as they have less inhibitions.
This little lady shows off a fun drawing made during an animal hybrid workshop. Drawing can help children to think in new ways!
Students showing off their work after a flora fauna design workshop.
Travel / Sketchbooks
I travelled into Upper Burma to see and experience some of the places my students come from. Shown here on U Bein bridge, located outside of Mandalay.
This is a sketchbook drawing of a Plumeria tree (Frangipani) that I saw in Bagan, Burma and Luang Prabang, Laos.
Detail from my Burma travel sketchbook with notes and thumbnail drawings of things I wanted to remember.
Loose preliminary sketchbook drawings for the Malayan Tapir linocut.
Burma travel sketchbook page.
Sketching in Bagan, Burma.
Concept drawing for the additional print in the series. It will act as a “title page” and features a Bagan, Burma landscape in the center.
This is a preliminary drawing for the Title Page print for the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna series.
Trying to understand the muscle movement of an elephant walking in my sketchbook.
The expansive first stage of my process is non-judgmental and loose. Later, I hone in on the better ideas.
Bagan sketchbook detail with banteng calf.
Working on a preparatory drawing for an earlier version of the design featuring light, cascading hills.
Printmaking / Studio Process
Tapir print, framed.
Title Page prints for Thailand Burma Flora Fauna series drying on my studio wall.
This elephant monotype was a prototype for one of the final letterpress print designs.
Drying linocut prints featuring the Camellia Kissii flower.
Studio shot with a stampede of tapir linocuts drying on the wall.
My printing press (dubbed The Little Workhorse) and walls filled with drying prints.
Carefully hand carving the linoleum block for the Malayan tapir print.
This print will feature a hilltop monastery loosely based on Mt. Popa, a favorite place we visited in Upper Burma in the Spring.
Burning the midnight oil reworking existing designs before making the final plates!
Burma Travel Photography
Here are just a handful of my photographs from my travels in colorful Burma! It’s such a beautiful country and culture.
A weaver uses lotus thread, cotton, and silk, all made by hand in their shop, to operate a foot pedal powered wooden loom to make beautiful, intricate longyis (traditional Burmese attire).
A horse cart in dusty Bagan, Burma. (There are no filters on any of my photos, just beautiful colors in Burma!)
Mt. Popa boasts a jutting spire of rock with larger monastery atop the mountain. You can also see some of the burning fields / forests that add to SE Asia’s air pollution crisis.
Walking through a gauntlet of golden stalls selling crafts at a large temple in Mandalay.
A young boy on a bike.
On Inle lake, a fisherman deftly uses his leg to paddle his wooden boat, freeing up his hands to cast and pull in his fishing nets.
A weaver in Inle Lake make thread from crushed lotus reeds using a hand crank and a bicycle wheel. Pretty ingenious!
This is a long exposure photograph (much brighter than with the naked eye) of Mandalay at night. The streets of Mandalay are largely dark and unlit except by the headlights of motorbikes and cars. Blackouts in Burma are still a frequent occurrence.
Old diesel trucks, tractors, motorbikes, trishaws, bicycles, and horse and ox driven carts are all modes of transport in Burma. Pictured here is Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake, one of my favorite places we visited.
Novice Buddhist nuns in a golden monastery, Mandalay.
Passing local commuters on the lake.