. . . Creativity and LIFEstyle
Sol Poniente – Dugo
ERICCO STUDIOS has started a podcast series on art, life and the unique and invisible ties we all have through the “6 Degrees of Separation” syndrome we’ve been expounding on in this series as well as throughout the ZO community. This month’s podcast with Tiffany Talavera is one of those synchronous links that actually ties into one his clients that we featured in a previous design article . . .
Ericco: Not long ago I was invited to stop by a local Art Exhibit in Thousand Oaks, California by an active and respected community arts leader, Len Linton, who is also on the board of the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks. Len and Judy Linton have been long time clients and we’ve grown close on a personal level. So upon Len’s suggestion, I went to the CMATO Exhibit, and absolutely, wasn’t disappointed!
Ericco Studio mural at the Linton home
Len’s suggested exhibit was held in an intimate space. The walls were filled with captivating works by accomplished visionary artists — curated by Museum Director, Tish Greenwood.
For anyone who’s been to various art exhibits, you probably know, there must be something to engage and link you once you’re in the imaginary worlds that artists create; and for this event that link became Tiffany. She was in attendance with respect to her working affiliation at the Getty. Her friendly, soft-spoken demeanor, effervescent personality, and comprehensive knowledge of art and the art world was quite fascinating and made it easy for me to stay awhile, comfortably hang out and talk. Upon leaving she and I exchanged info, and remained in touch, mostly through everyone’s new gathering place — social media.
The Gudetama piece above really delighted everyone at the magazine! Now they all want one – lol
Tiffany: “Gudetama, Day at the Getty” is about a fictional character visiting the Getty for the first time, but behind the scenes as a staff member. I started this in November 2019 roaming with the figure until Co-vid shutdown. So I was only able to visit a third of the places I wanted to go. I am hoping to explore more next year and complete this project. I wanted to make it a book, but it has turned into a storyboard for now.
I love Sanrio since my childhood, so this latest little character is just a way to celebrate where I work with a personal love of collecting a narrative of small things. It is done with respect for Sanrio and exploration.
Ericco: After our initial meeting at the Exhibit, I became more acquainted with Tiffany’s many talents as we shared our creative exploits. So, when I needed a formal written introduction to accompany a few of my art pieces to a client in Puerto Rico, I didn’t hesitate to ask her.
The Puerto Rico connection was through another 6-degree relationship, and it seems to continually guide and open the most wonderful doors. Even in the midst of everything now going on in this “NOT business as usual world scene” – I’ve still been able to move forward, and even find new meaning in things I’ve often overlooked. The complex connections and intricate relationships that sometimes seem random have now taken on a deeper twist and more than ever, the role art can play in connecting us all is so very apparent.
Tiffany: I started Needle felt (below) in April and this is my 4th creation started in July. It’s called “Yes Miss Potter” – Inspired by a conversation in my head between Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit.