Adrianna Bamber, aka A.Bamber, is an artist and designer who is also pretty skilled at operating a sewing machine. Adrianna is both the author and illustrator of “My Ukrainian American Story” and she just launched a Kickstarter project to publish it.
Tell me about “My Ukrainian American Story.”
My book is about a Ukrainian American girl who shares fun tidbits about her life and culture. Working on this book has been an emotional cultural journey for me. From reminiscing about my childhood to pondering cultural identity – mine and of Ukrainians and the Ukrainian American community. Maintaining focus on a self authored and illustrated project is challenging; edits to both text and illustrations can spiral.
What is your dream children’s book project?
My dream children’s book project is to illustrate a magical, fun book (possibly containing ponies) to be published with a licensing deal for character toys and an animated show. What a dream!
Which artist inspires you right now at this very moment?
I am inspired by a mix of artists, illustrators and designers…as well as experiences, “non artist people”, travel and nature. The illustrators I’m into at this moment are Tor Freeman, Benjamin Chaud, Jean Jullien and Jayde Fish.
How will the rest of 2017 unfold for you?
I’m planning on publishing my first children’s book and getting started on my next book! Yay!
“My Ukrainian American Story” is Adrianna’s first children’s picture book. Adrianna’s other illustration work can be viewed at abamber.com and on Twitter and Instagram.
On Saturday, September 10 (2-6pm), DABSMYLA will be signing their new art book at Delicious Pizza in Los Angeles. This sounds like an interesting venue for an artist signing! Get a free slice of pizza with purchase, and see new drawings available for sale.
Artist duo DABSMYLA staged their most ambitious exhibition ever in the fall of 2015. Their installation takeover of a 4,000 square foot building in Los Angeles will go down in history. The building, a workplace on the site of the storied Modernica furniture facility, was fully transformed as DABSMYLA lavished its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings. From limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand-painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, each and every element was designed and created exclusively for duo’s collaboration with Modernica, fully utilizing the factory’s extensive technical capabilities. Before and Further is inspired by the the individual life experiences of DABSMYLA, and explores their mystical union and shared balance of love, creativity, friendship and sexuality. The significance of two becoming one is most essential to DABSMYLA, in their work and even more importantly in their role as husband and wife. This edition is limited to 2,500 copies and features a 16-page section of drawings and sketches made in preparation for the exhibition.
On Saturday, July 30 (12 – 4pm), stop by Leanna Lin’s Wonderland and meet artist Nathan Jurevicius. He will be signing copies of his new book “Junction” along with his new Kidrobot toy series, Nightriders. Nathan will also be live sketching so you don’t want to miss this special event!
On Saturday, June 4, meet two of the artists currently showing at Paws Art Show: Joey Chou and Chin Ko. Both artists will be at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland from 4-8pm to sign their new children’s books.
Joey will be signing copies of the latest book he illustrated, Monster & Son, published by Chronicle Books. Chin will be signing copies of his first self published book, Every Dad.
Both will be bringing a sweet assortment of prints and other goodies. You’ll also have a chance to purchase their available artwork from Paws Art Show!
If you remember how much you loved coloring books, you must get a copy of Outside the Lines, Too. Curated by Souris Hong, Outside the Lines, Too is a collection of line drawings from over 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, and street artists.
MOCA is having a book launch party for Outside the Lines, Too on Saturday, October 3 from 3-6pm. The event is open to the public and will include book signings by LA artists whose work are featured in the book. Uncolored artwork from the book will also be present and ready for guests to color!