Jillian Tamaki

Mom + Babies

Mar 12th, 2012

So I found a box of old Cat Fancys…

Feb 8th, 2012

A collage I made last summer.

Confessions of a Mask

Jan 19th, 2012

Sonoko, from Confessions of a Mask. I didn’t really “enjoy” this book (“joyless” is probably the best adjective to use), but it was interesting enough and filled with very lovely imagery and hence I would like someone to pay me to make some illustrations of it, please.

Was messing around with drawing on the Cintiq today because I’m thinking of doing a short comic digitally. Got sidetracked and made this Sonoko drawing. This was done completely digitally, which is not my normal Modus operandi, but enjoyable. For those of you who were asking on twitter: yes, this was done in Photoshop, on the big-sized Cintiq.

Embroidered Quilt: The Machines Are Alive

Jan 17th, 2012

I just finished another big quilt. I’ve been working on it for about 6 months… mostly picking at it after work (it’s hand-quilted). The theme for this one is “The Machines Are Alive”.

I really haven’t figured out how to get a nice straightforward shot of these large quilts, so these’ll have to do. Maybe one day I’ll get them professionally shot or something.

P.S. You can search all embroidered/quilt/fiber works by looking under the quilts or fiber tags.

Collage Comic

Jan 2nd, 2012


Jan 1st, 2012

Trying to make my studio a more amiable place to work in prep for a very crazy new year. Getting distracted by the stuff I’m supposed to be throwing away. Made this collage.

Sometimes I wish I was a collage artist. It’s so immediate and direct. I was very into this sort of thing when I was a high-school student, when I discovered the Dadaists and this book of Surrealist games.

Fall Leaves

Oct 14th, 2011

‘Made some Fall decorations this afternoon.

Cult Quilt

Aug 25th, 2011

Here’s a quilt I made a few months ago. I call it The Cult Quilt because it looks like someone in a cult made it. Is it hideous or cool? Maybe a bit of both. Whatever. I learned a lot making it… the thing is handquilted and took forever.

Fabric Doodles

Aug 12th, 2011

I’ve been making these little… things(?) on and off for a month or so. As I mentioned earlier, I have found appliqué to be a bit of a pain. These are an attempt to be a bit more spontaneous with it.

No specific plans for these. Just having some fun and seeing what’s possible.

Hang In There

Jul 26th, 2011

I’ve been trying to appliqué, but have had limited success. It’s too fussy and seems to lack the intuitiveness and spontaneity of embroidery and quilting, to my mind. Anyway, I made this thing as a bit of a test. Not terribly happy with it, but I’ll share some more successful appliqué experiments later this week.

It’s a little piece for the people I know that are sick, going through break-ups and are obscenely pregnant in July.

Everytime I think about giving up on the appliqué technique, I think of the Folk Art Museum’s Bird of Paradise quilt.