My passion for photography is born from my work with shelter and rescue animals. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains with four shelter pups and a once-feral cat. They teach me about unconditional love and their ability to be in the moment and to put the past behind them continues to be an inspiration to me.
Leather is a marvelous medium…tough, hardworking and functional…with a softer side…just how I envision my bags to be. My esthetic could be explained in one word: utility. My bags are hand cut, stitched, and sometimes dyed…using traditional techniques but with a contemporary feel. I want to put a modern spin on the classic functional leather accessory.
Mixed media painting allows me to express myself using various methods and materials encompassing a wide range of my favorite styles and motifs...some new, some vintage. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind, and every piece has something new to share. The art quilts bring my textile design degree into the forefront, allowing me to engage my love of nature, abstract imagery, texture, color and sewing.
A designer-maker-artist with a penchant for results-driven mischief-making. In practical terms, this means doing work that breaks down oppressive systems, challenges expected narratives, and/or strives to re-imagine and rebuild from fresh perspectives.
Catamaran Literary Reader is a quarterly literary and visual arts journal. Catamaran features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and fine art in a full size, full color magazine. The Catamaran nonprofit is based in the Tannery Arts and Digital Media Center, in Santa Cruz, California, and our nonprofit mission is to capture the vibrant and creative West Coast spirit in writing and art from around the world. Among the themes we address are nature and the environment, personal freedom, and the artistic spirit. We seek to present diverse voices in a creative, sophisticated format by publishing the best literary writing and fine art we can find.
Sculptor, painter, photographer, storyteller, and film-maker, Brian Sarinova uses a multi-media approach to reveal the allegory that lies within the vision. Brian loves the challenge of building large-scale works of art which require him to innovate, collaborate, and venture beyond perceived technical limits.
Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in a number of historical and modern binding styles. She combines these books with found objects to create sculptural works. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. She also likes to rescue discarded books and give them new life as scrolls, wall pieces and sculptural objects. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations.