Presenter at Austin Fiber Artists July Meetings

From the July Gathered Threads, the Austin Fiber Artists’ newsletter:


July Meetings – Two Sides of Ismael Cavazos
This month, the north and south meetings will have the same presenter, Ismael Cavazos, who will speak on two different topics.
NORTH-Second Tuesday July 12 7:00pm
At the north meeting, he will discuss his work in applied Pareidolia, where he makes Jackson Pollack style looping streams of paint into “scribble drawings”, then analyzes the drawing to find hidden shapes and pictures within the lines. (This is like finding bunnies and dragons in clouds, but the images don’t change with the wind.) He’ll hand out sample scribbles for attendees to color. It will be interesting to see what different pictures we produce from the same starting point.

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SOUTH-Third Wednesday July 20   Show and Tell 6:45
For the southern group, he will talk about his artistic journey and how he came to work in a very strange fiber medium: peanuts. Ismael carves peanut halves, capitalizing on the seed germ and colors in the nut. Ismael is an engaging speaker- I encountered him at Maker Fair overseeing scribble drawing coloring. Please come to either or both presentations this July


Benefit for the Art House at Community First Village takes place at TOMS

Adult Coloring Book Meet Up at TOMS Austin
Thursday, July 21 at 5 PM – 8 PM
1401 Congress Ave S, Austin, TX 78704

Join us for an evening of coloring, drinks and friends, to benefit the Art House at Community First Village.

Becca Borrelli and Ismael Cavazos invite you to stop by TOMS, South Congress to sample pages from our debut coloring release:

The Austin Coloring Book and The Visionary’s Coloring Book.

In keeping with the TOMS philosophy of *ONE for ONE, we’ll provide pages, coloring pencils, and sharpeners. You’ll bring a cash or art supply donation. We like to call it *ART for ART.  You can find our books on and OR check it out firsthand at the event.

The TOMS folks are so lovely, they will be providing complimentary drinks for people 21+. Coloring books will be available for purchase. Love is free.


Austin artist misses his job with Lyft & Uber

I can’t wait to have the two big guys back in Austin.  For now, I must return the 2015 Ford Fusion with sunroof, leather interior, rear view camera, and awesome a/c!  Xchange Leasing did me right with the following letter:

As you may have heard, Uber will shutter its operations within the Austin city limits effective Monday, May 9 at 8am. We know many of you use your Xchange Leasing vehicle to drive on Uber. If you no longer wish to keep it, you may immediately return the vehicle, as we are waiving the required advance two weeks notice. Simply return the vehicle to the dealership where it was leased.

If you choose to end the lease, Xchange Leasing will waive the $250 disposition fee and – if you are otherwise in good standing under the terms of your lease agreement – will credit your $250 security deposit to your Uber account within 7 business days. If and when Uber returns to Austin, we promise to help you get back in an Xchange Leasing vehicle (subject to program approval requirements).

If you want to keep your vehicle under the original terms of your lease you may do so as well. See direct payment options here.

Thank you for being a faithful customer of Xchange Leasing and we hope to do business with you again soon.

– Brent West, Xchange Leasing General Manager

Austin artist misses his job with Uber/Lyft.
Austin artist misses his job with Uber/Lyft.

A Coloring Party by Becca Borrelli and Ismael Cavazos

I’m pairing up with Rebecca Borrelli, to bring you all a coloring party in late April!

I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing artist back in 2014 at a restaurant we both worked at.  If you know Borrelli, you would not be surprised to hear she gifted her trainer (me) with some art as a thank you.  Of course, being the empath that she is, she gave a special gift that really fit who I am and what it is I do as an artist. Can you see the clouds coming alive with imagery?

Becca Borrelli Professional Doodles
Becca Borrelli Professional Doodles

Her style doesn’t just account for the objects, but also the spaces in-between!!  I fell in love with this aesthetic and when I learned she was the producer of this amazing coloring book, I reached out to her.

I’m pleased to announce she is letting me ride her coattails and we will be collaborating to bring you this most amazing coloring party.  From her representational art to my abstract art we will whet the appetites of all colorists.

Are we the Yin and Yang of the coloring world or WHAT?

Details of the coloring event coming soon…


Why are we doing this?

“Paint books and coloring books emerged in the United States as part of the “democratization of art” process, inspired by a series of lectures by British artist Joshua Reynolds, and the works of Swiss educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi and his student Friedrich Fröbel. Many educators concluded that all, regardless of background, students stood to benefit from art education as a means of enhancing their conceptual understanding of the tangible, developing their cognitive abilities, and improving skills that would be useful in finding a profession, as well as for the children’s spiritual edification.”

See you at Maker Faire 2016!

We are excited to announce that we have been accepted at Maker Faire 2016!  Stop by our booth to make your own abstracts and learn the amazing art of extracting resemblances and giving them life with color and shading.  You will have the opportunity to meet the Old Man in the Peanut, a character whose life was created using this very technique and you will discover how all this has culminated into a field of study known as Biomimetics.

12417759_1011374668899688_5434362778170532743_nBy the way, if you want to join me as a creative, they’ve extended the deadline to April 7th – apply today!

‘Futures’ – an exposition of 52 creatives.


RAW Austin presents Ismael Cavazos

Get your tickets here:

Won’t you follow me to a great exposition?!

On March 3rd, at the Belmont, you will experience an independent film screening (usually a short, webisode or music video), a pop-up gallery featuring several independent visual artists (like me) and photographers, fashion shows from up-and-coming local designers, live musical performances, vendor booths featuring local artisans and accessories designers, and live performance art. You’ll get a little taste of everything for just $20. Combine all this creativity with drinks, fun, and good company in downtown Austin and you win!


Meet the artist!

“If you’re a tech enthusiast, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, crafter, or maker of any kind—join us! In partnership with Make: Magazine, creators of the Maker Faire, we’re putting on a Mini Maker Faire in all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide from November 6 through 8. We’ll learn from each other, hear from experts, and work on projects together.”  Read more here: Barnes & Noble hosts Mini Maker Faire

Ismael Cavazos has been invited by the Sunset Valley B&N to speak about his art, how he makes it, and  the techniques you can use to heighten your creativity whether you are in a boardroom, lab, or classroom.  He will be presenting at noon on Sunday the 8th of November. Get directions to the store.

Make: Magazine partners with Barnes & Noble!
Make: Magazine partners with Barnes & Noble!