• Vexillologa on the move! From Seattle to Oakland.

    Vexillologa on the move! From Seattle to Oakland.

    So many things!

    I thought I'd start bombing my blog seeing as I've been slacking in this realm AND also because I have my biggest project yet, totally flag centered, waiting for me to get started in Oakland. As I wrap things up in my new home of Seattle in preperation for my road trip with my loyal trusty wiener dog, Reggie, I thought I'd get the blogging going as I'll be sharing all aspects of this project and encourgaing others to do the same. Gottah practice what I preach!

    About the project:

    My Story Is My Flag is an intensive three week project, in collaboration with Interface Gallery and the Oakland International High School community, to create a series of banner pieces that speak of the experiences of this uniquely diverse student population’s transient histories. The project is designed to encourage students to speak of their immigrant and everyday experiences through design, research, materials, color, and storytelling, while learning valuable technical and conceptual skills. My Story is My Flag seeks to make visible the histories of this marginalized yet vital immigrant population and the vibrant school community dedicated to its resilience. The final pieces will be installed along Telegraph Ave in Oakland with a grand event on, you guessed it, FLAG DAY! (cue the PeeWee's Playhouse screaming!)

    Even greater news is, we got a matching grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists. However, big crazy projects like this cost $ to make happen so we started a fundraiser to match the grant and cover the rest of the costs. WE ARE SO CLOSE. 34 days left!

    The East Bay Express thought the project was so cool, it got a write up! I was almost equally flattered to have the story featured under "Most Popular Stories" along with new about one of my favorite Oakland bands, "Los Rakas scheduled to play the White House". Made me feel pretty fly, in the nerdiest way possible. 

    So here is the link to donate should you feel enticed to because it takes a village. Pass it on. Do what you can to help us make this happen. Oakland needs it and I am so excited to lead it. 

    Super special shout out to the awesome Suzanne L'Heureux of Interface Gallery for making this all happen! 

    Also check out my new suitcase. 


    Your Vexillologa.

  • Jason Wyman shares his flag pride.

    Jason Wyman shares his flag pride.

    Many Moons ago, I met Jason Wyman at SOMArts during my Vexillology workshop. He approached my table with his big gorgeous grin and went to work on his flag without hesitation. 2 years later I was lucky enough to learn his grin matched his awesomely contagious cackle laugh when we participated in the annual This Is What I Want festival in 2015 as performers. As soon as I saw him, I rememebered we had crossed paths and that he had made a great, excellently designed and memorable flag with me. He was a natural.

    Both as an excuse to just say 'HI, I miss you!" and to get this blog entry out there, I recently asked him to send me a little blurb about his flag, if it still had significance to him anyway. Apparently, it did and still does which just warms me.

    Here is what he shared with me:

    "... the flag itself holds a prominent place in my home. It is right above my desk. I see it almost every day and it is a reminder that one can express oneself in a manner that isn't nationalistic but in a way that's still prideful. That's something more folks need to know. We can have pride. It is good to be proud. Where it goes sideways and veers into oppression is when that pride is marked SOLELY by ones nation or a singular identity. We all hold multiple identities. Your flag project help people think about their identities, how to manifest them in symbol, and how to place/arrange those symbols on a flat surface that others call flags. These flags can then be waved with pride for they celebrate wholeness. And that can be transformed into pluralistic unity."

    As I research and prepare for a large public project with Interface Gallery in Oakland and the Oakland International Highschool students soon to be newbie Vexillologists, I'm doing a lot of reflecting. Jason's words served to remind me of my evolving faith in working with flags as a medium of power and communication. "We all hold multiplle identities." If this random obsession of mine can in some way facilitate an inclusive point of access for relaying the often complex stories that make us, and at least create a space that allows people to create symbolic reminders of what they can be proud of.....well, then, I'll just have to keep on flagging.

    Please check out some of Jason's work at:

    More on my Vexillology shennanigans soon! It's gonna be a great year!!