Jacqueline Kari Bos: Aurora

Released Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Aurora, by Jacqueline Kari Bos.
15% of the gross sale of this print goes to Show Hope.

Jacqueline Bos is an illustrator. She grew up in Virginia and moved to the green state of Oregon after graduating from college. She recently made her way back to the east coast, where she calls Brooklyn home, for the time being. Jackie loves drawing, painting and reading, and finds that illustration is a nice hybrid of her interests. In her work Jackie explores the use of collaged elements alongside hand-drawn details and patterns. She is on an eternal search for new sources of inspiration and keeps a box full of paper scraps for future projects. She's been a practicing printmaker for about 5 years, working primarily with screen printing and monotype, but she also learned how to do paper lithography a while back.

Jackie spends most of her time working from her cotton candy pink desk with her super fat cat, Zooey Papaya, napping in her lap.

Process sketches

About the print:
I recently released an illustrated mini-book called "I Heart the Arctic". The imagery I used for this print came from sketches and drawings I did in the process of making the book.

Aurora is a two-color screen print in white and copper ink, printed onto 250gms gray 100% cotton, acid-free paper. I watercolored the aurora borealis on each print by hand (a la a monotype), making each print one of a kind.



What has inspired you recently?
I checked out a bunch of books on textile design from the library recently, and am floored by the knitwear designs, with all of the intricate patterns and textures. I think that exploring all of the related design industries can be an endless source of inspiration. I'm particularly drawn to textile, fashion, and graphic design.

Why did you choose to pair Show Hope with your print?
I lost a parent to cancer recently, and I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be orphaned as a child. Show Hope helps orphaned children have a family life, and makes sure that the cost of adoption is not a reason that they don't have homes. My heart goes out to all of these children, and I would love for my print to make a difference for this organization.


How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I think recently there has been a huge influx of art exposure through blogs, which is great, as I get to see so much more work than I would normally be exposed to. It seems art is no longer only validated by being in a gallery, hung properly on white walls. There is more of a niche following for artists through online exposure. Art is more widespread.


If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Miranda July, because she’s awesome and has the most moving, cross disciplinary installations - spanning written, installation, and visual arts. I think we’d have a good time.

Who are some artists that other people should know about?
So many! Here’s a short list: Kristen Schiele, Annette Messager, Daniel Egneus, E.V.Day, and Michael Cutlip,



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