Jillian Tamaki

Tiny Quilt: Blue + Orange

Jun 28th, 2011

The Hairy Egg

Jun 25th, 2011

Appliqué and Embroidery.

Ergo: Quilt Type Experiment

Jun 18th, 2011

Ballroom Marfa Poster

Jun 16th, 2011

Don’t do collaborations very often, but they’re fun! Here’s a poster I made with Jon Han that will eventually be silkscreened at about 36″ tall. It’s for a music show at Ballroom Marfa, an arts/culture space in Marfa, TX.


Mar 3rd, 2011

I have always been thankful that I did my Foundation year in a Fine Arts environment. (I went to Queen’s University.) To have spent time around fine artists has shaped the way I think about images, make images, and my understanding of Illustration.

One of the exercises made quite an impression on me was one that involved charcoal powder and reductive drawing. Lay down a ground of charcoal powder down (you can make your own powder by rubbing charcoal onto sandpaper) and pick out the light with erasers… kneaded/sharpened with an xacto, etc. This relinquishing of control can be frustrating until you learn to accept the media on its own terms. Because the elements are typically very foreign, it lends itself to a sense of play, which is entirely the point.

I did the aforementioned exercise with my students today. They came up with some entirely unexpected and delightful results; some looked like silkscreen prints, some looked like etchings, some looked like constellations in the sky. Still so many of them seemed skeptical. As if by virtue of NOT spending countless hours slaving away on a picture somehow invalidated the whole thing!


Dec 20th, 2010

In 36 hours I will be in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan eating my German mother-in-law’s lebkuchen. Studio will reopen Dec 30th. Please email me if you need to get in touch.

Here is our crafty tree. We made all the ornaments with Chelsea and Chris. Merry Christmas (or whatever you fancy).

Gnarly Party

Dec 9th, 2010


Oct 6th, 2010

Monster Quilt

Sep 1st, 2010

I’ve taken up embroidery in a very enthusiastic yet clumsy way. Here this my first completed project! It’s a small quilt with a monster theme. Fun with a LOT of missteps, but I’m learning.

It was pleasant to work in an unfamiliar medium with some real inherent limitations. And, oddly enough, it was kind of nice to produce something that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. STILL! How to get a great photos of embroidered quilts… ?! It’s tough! If you have experience on such matters, let me know.

Their Master’s Voice

Aug 25th, 2010

‘Have a few jobs right now that are letting me use more traditional methods. Including pencil! Feels like cheating.