Thailand Burma Flora Fauna

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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.

Watch the video here!

Available Thailand Burma Flora Fauna prints listed on Etsy Shop!

Available Thailand Burma Flora Fauna prints listed on Etsy Shop!

You can read through all of the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna updates on both my blog and also on my Kickstarter page.

 

Students

Students showing their work during Flora Fauna drawing workshops, Mae Sot, Thailand, 2014.

Students showing their work during Flora Fauna drawing workshops, Mae Sot, Thailand, 2014.

A large group of younger students quietly working during a flora fauna drawing workshop in Mae Sot.

Younger students quietly working during a flora fauna drawing workshop in Mae Sot.

Younger student drawing.

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!

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!

Students checking out their work during the animal hybrid workshop!

A student drawing leaves from life in the garden at the Puzzlebox.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Loose preliminary sketchbook drawings for the Malayan Tapir linocut.

Burma travel sketchbook page.

Burma travel sketchbook page.

Sketching in Bagan, Burma.

Sketching in Bagan, Burma.

Concept drawing for the additional print in the series. It will act as a "title page" of sorts and feature a Bagan, Burma landscape in the center.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bagan sketchbook detail with banteng calf.

Working on a preparatory drawing for an earlier version of the design featuring light, cascading hills.

Working on a preparatory drawing for an earlier version of the design featuring light, cascading hills.

 

Printmaking / Studio Process

Tapir print, framed.

Tapir print, framed.

Title Page prints for Thailand Burma Flora Fauna series drying on my studio wall.

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.

This elephant monotype was a prototype for one of the final letterpress print designs.

Drying linocut prints featuring the Camellia Kissii flower.

Drying linocut prints featuring the Camellia Kissii flower.

Studio shot with tapir linocuts drying on the wall.

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.

My printing press (dubbed The Little Workhorse) and walls filled with drying prints.

Carefully hand carving the linoleum block for the Malayan tapir print.

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.

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!

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 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!)

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.

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.

Walking through a gauntlet of golden stalls selling crafts at a large temple in Mandalay.

A young boy on a bike.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Novice Buddhist nuns in a golden monastery, Mandalay.

Passing local commuters on the lake.

Passing local commuters on the lake.

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    83/100 - Plate for my mythology of "The Serpent with the Seven Sisters". ✨🐍✨
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#moreartlessworry #printmaking #the100dayproject 82/100 - Bat with night blooming flowers! 🌸🌷🦇🌺🌼 This is another of my "b-sides" designs from my teaching / printmaking project, Thailand Burma Flora Fauna. This image has been floating around in my sketchbooks for over three years now, and it feels so good to finally bring it to life as a print! 🌿 Two bats still made an appearance in my red panda print called, Night, which you can see in my Etsy shop. The Night print has 13 critters in all!
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The first time I lived in Thailand I was in a little blue house with a fruit tree garden right across from my window. 🌿 There were incredible night blooming flowers which would open up in the evenings. 🌿 Night blooming flowers are often bright white so potential pollinators can more easily locate them in the dark. The white also reflects moonlight, and the flowers often have an intense, sweet fragrance, too. 🌿 The flowers would attract insects of all kinds, especially moths, which in turn would attract geckos, tokay, snakes, birds, and bats! A pretty wild mini ecosystem to witness each evening.
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Also, ha! The plate was upside down in the video, but luckily I noticed and flipped the print at the last moment. 🙃
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#moreartlessworry #printmaking #the100dayproject 81/100 - This is the 2009 sumi ink drawing that the print in my previous post was based on. It was part of a large body of narrative work I made while living in New York City. At the time, most of my work was stream of consciousness, with zero planning before I would start drawing, and no edits. This was before I had any idea I would be moving to SE Asia the following year.
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In an strange coincidence, this drawing so closely resembled a specific, remarkable sunset I saw in Thailand, that when I came across this piece years later, I immediately assumed it was something I had drawn while living in Mae Sot. -
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That instance, on a mountainside in Thailand, we were watching the sun set over the receding mountains of Burma on the horizon, and we were listening to the thunderous echoes of what our host confirmed was mortar / weapons fire just over the border a few kilometers to the west. The conflict between the Karen people and the Burmese government is referred to as the longest running civil war in modern history, and is still being waged in that area-- ongoing since 1949.
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The sky was pretty indescribable with the variety of clouds, and the funny thing is this— that on our left was a grove of banana palms (pictured on the right side in the drawing, though I had no idea what a banana palm was when I drew it). On our right side was a “field” (but more like a wall) of a variety of grass that was 8-10 feet tall, and was the only time I saw that type of grassy plant in Thailand (pictured on the left side of the drawing). It’s like my subconscious got it flipped. -
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I don’t read too deeply into it, but it's just one of those nice coincidences that makes life feel like some things are meant to be, so I keep it above my work desk. 🔮✍️🌄
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#deepthoughts #moreartlessworry #sumiink #iwanttobelieve