it’s the little things, a moment in time spanned with faernworks

Faern, photo by Julie Michelle http://calibersf.com/julie-michelle/

Faern, at the Columbarium, February 2010, photo by Julie Michelle http://iliveheresf.com/

Faern is kind of a mysterious one; petite and graceful. She speaks with a low rich voice that is at once calm and yet impossible to ignore. She’s the type who you just know has delicious little secrets and delightful ideas. As an artist, she is driven. Anyone who knows her even a little knows she’s a Tasmanian Devil of multi-talent and she’s thoroughly the moody artist when she can’t be engaged in the making of some thing.

“I love shooting the crowd at festivals. So here is one of my faves from “Llightning in a Bottle 2008, - or termed, LiB is one of my favorite events and the crew there has always been extremely welcoming to me, as well as supportive of me there through my hard times. This picture was shot from a tall installation they created above the DJ booth, now, that was one hard little crow's nest to get out of- but man the energy coming at us up there was immense.” ~ faernworks

“I love shooting the crowd at festivals. So here is one of my faves from “Lightning in a Bottle," (2008) or LiB which is one of my favorite events and the crew there has always been extremely welcoming to me, as well as supportive of me there through my hard times. This picture was shot from a tall installation they created above the DJ booth. Now, that was one hard little crow's nest to get out of- but man the energy coming at us up there was immense.” ~ faernworks

photo by Faern, model Amy LeBlanc http://www.amyleblanc.com/, wearing a callibug design, http://www.callibugdesigns.com/

Amy LeBlanc http://www.amyleblanc.com/, wearing a callibug design, http://www.callibugdesigns.com/, photo by faernworks

ozomatli, photo by faernworks

ozomatli, photo by faernworks

"My most recent adventures including yoga festivals~ this past summer I found myself at the Wanderlust festival in Tahoe with Yoga Tree SF

"This past summer I found myself at the Wanderlust festival in Tahoe with Yoga Tree SF. That's KK Ledford, she teaches Anusara Yoga at Yoga Tree SF, Hayes Studio." http://www.wildmoonwisdom.com" ~ faernworks

One of the leading yoga, DJ, performance art and festival photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Faern has worked with everyone from ozomatli when they are at the Fillmore, to Bad Unkl Sista, Yoga Tree San Francisco to Common Ground Magazine.

Anastazia Louise, Bad Unkl Sista, photo by faernworks

Surly, Bad Unkl Sista, photo by faernworks

Interlude-Actuate, "Anticipate-Expand" from faernworks

Interlude : Actuate, "Anticipate : Expand" from faernworks

“In my newest series- ‘Interlude : Actuate’  , which I have termed a ‘photo mixed media project,’ I use a polymer base medium in my method of creating the pieces~ which is basically acrylic paint without the color.”

Interlude-Actuate, "Maintain-Adorn" from faernworks

Interlude : Actuate, "Maintain : Adorn" from faernworks

“In this project I am not only exploring the things that cause us to pause, and then move on- but I am also studying the marriage of my materials, something that is so beyond satisfying for me it goes beyond escaping into my work. Also, in creating ‘Interlude: Actuate’ it requires a lot of community support, the models volunteer, I collect surfaces from the neighborhood to work on or some are donated to me as well.”

Interlude-Actuate, "Recess-Cultivate" from faernworks

Interlude : Actuate, "Recess : Cultivate" from faernworks

“In my creative mind the past few years I have been exploring the ways in which we bind ourselves, what that means and how we can benefit from that. There are things we impress upon ourselves intentionally, whether we realize this or not, this is an integral part of passing through, moving forward, or activating. With this project, ‘Interlude : Actuate,’ I have chosen to address this part of the growth process visually while allowing for the connection to the natural progression of life. With the combination of fine art photographic techniques and printing with a mixed media process using acrylic and India ink.”

Out of a recent personal tragedy in her life has sprung the blog project called, “it’s the little things.”

february magnolia by faernworks

february magnolia by faernworks

For a week now a flurry (or perhaps a fury) of blog posts have appeared on Faern-In-The-Works, with snippets and flashes of a carefully noticed life: Nothing is taken for granted, everything is studied, no stone is not contemplated.

windows by faernworks

windows by faernworks

Faern is keeping busy by observing everything.

Century by faernworks

Century by faernworks

The little things are noted down with short, prose-like musings and are featured alongside vibrant and surprising photographs that celebrate life; quietly.

That ultimate sense of gratefulness encompasses and informs all of Faern’s current work.

the bus, SF, by faernworks

the bus, SF, by faernworks

“One thing that has happened recently, especially NOW is that I have drastically changed my perception of my work and Self in the past year. I am much more focused now in a multitude of fashions, that’s why taking a sort of hiatus from my client work and art series’ took such a chunk out of my psyche temporarily.”

Surly, Bad Unkl Sista, photo by faernworks concept and photo by Anastazia Louise and faernworks

“I’m still trying to find that chunk, it will turn up sooner or later.”

"One day in the "realm of the accidental" I came across “mistake media” and a love was born. And after years of working together on many projects from performance photography where I crawl around after the performers in Bad Unkl Sista to styling images together, Anastazia Louise and I have a very special bond."

“I am extremely happy to support my family in these hard times, but that doesn’t take away a sort of separation anxiety from the actual process- the work itself never stops but the making of it is an integral part of my being.”

anastazia Louise, Bad Unkl Sista, photo in a collection entitled, Blue Sky Sista by faernworks

Anastazia Louise, Bad Unkl Sista, photo in a collection entitled, Blue Sky Sista by faernworks

“The ‘its the little things’ came from this space, this place of missing my process combined with huge things happening all around me, but what I am faced with must come down to the little things, because the big things are nothing without the support structure of how we see these little parts of life and living.”

Silvie Hibdon teaches all over the city from crunch to subbing classes at Yoga Tree, SF, photo by faernworks

Silvie Hibdon teaches all over the city from crunch to subbing classes at Yoga Tree, SF, photo by faernworks

One of the things that surely keeps her a working artist in San Francisco, one of the most competitive art hubs in the world, is her ability to be extremely flexible. Being a certified yoga instructor herself, Faern is able to not only collaborate with her fellow yogi on location, lighting, and clothing, but also help choose appropriate poses and aide in spotting and finally take the photograph. More of her professional yoga photos are available on her Web site.

Marni Sclaroff of Yoga Loft and Yoga Kula,  SF photo by faernworks

Marni Sclaroff of Yoga Loft and Yoga Kula, SF, photo by faernworks

So when I say flexible, I mean that literallyand figuratively. She recently relayed on the phone to me about her adventures in yoga photography.

“A lot of times it will just be me and the yogi I’m photographing. I have to spot them and make sure they’re in the pose correctly,” she said. “Then I have to run and hurry up and get the photo. My latest yoga photoshoot was just me and Catherine, and she’s standing on her head on a little foot bridge. She can’t tip one way or the other…”

Catherine Davis, private instruction, photo by faernworks

Catherine Davis, private instruction, photo by faernworks

“Is that because she’d fall?” I asked.

“Well that and the postures have to be just right; they have to show the essence of the person as well as the alignment of the asana or pose.”

Chrisandra Fox of Yoga Tree, SF, photo by faernworks

Chrisandra Fox of Yoga Tree, SF, photo by faernworks

On top of her work behind the scenes Faern also models and has recently started guest blogging with her debut and recent photo shoot with Julie Michelle  at the Columbarium both  published on the i live here: SF blog earlier this week featuring a prose piece Faern wrote for them. The piece resounds with the theme of all of her current work, “These little things / they are just here, and there / it’s the little things that remind / me its ok to cry, while also they / help me fight back the tears.”

Faern at the Columbarium, SF, February, 2010, photo by Julie Michelle

Faern at the Columbarium, SF, February, 2010, photo by Julie Michelle

La La:  How did you and Julie decide on the location ?

Faern: We had been emailing for weeks about different spots in the city- which wasn’t easy for me because I use the city a lot for my own work so I have a lot of things that I just love about this place […] the whole time we were e-mailing I had the Columbarium in the back of my mind.

Faern at the Columbarium, SF, February, 2010, photo by Julie Michelle

Faern at the Columbarium, SF, February, 2010, photo by Julie Michelle

La La: What was it like being in front of the camera?

Faern: This is NEVER an easy thing for me, I have gotten better over the years of forcing myself to be there sometimes and having so many friends that use cameras now, but there have been times in the past that I acted like I was in witness relocation or something […] I can fit behind a lampost pretty well. And for this project, I volunteered, I mean, what? me? choose to do something like that… Lord, that is one rare occurance… but even in being in front of the camera I felt like I was sort of behind… reading the lighting, recording the details. I even had my camera with me also, but I chose to not take it out for fear of distraction and habit, it’s an easy object to hide behind, the camera, especially when you have been handling one since the age of three or four.

Faern at the Columbarium, SF, February, 2010, photo by Julie Michelle

La La: I like that the style of clothing and jewelry is vintage.

Faern: I have always been into vintage clothing. I went to the Rose Bowl monthly market and went through every piece of vintage anything, and that dress was my find, it reminds me of times past. Then the necklace, well I know this great artist couple and one of them started making this vintage reconstruction jewelry that I had been looking at a lot… I think I got the necklace first actually- I can’t remember, but anyhow, Velvet Otterhound knows about the little things- so I had to bring that piece with me.

Faern at the Columbarium, SF, February, 2010, photo by Julie Michelle.

Faern at the Columbarium, SF, February, 2010, photo by Julie Michelle.

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  1. #1 by julie on February 28, 2010 - 5:29 am

    A wonderful post… I so enjoyed seeing so many facets of Faern’s work and thank you for including some of the images from our i live here:SF shoot. I truly love how Faern’s story and photos work so well together.

    • #2 by La La on February 28, 2010 - 2:27 pm

      Thank-you, Julie… Your recent shoot and the resulting photographs are compelling ~ haunting and I’m completely thrilled I could use them for this post.

      I made it to where most of the photos of Faern link to the complete “a different alice” set on your TangoBaby’s Flickr account. (The last photo on the blog is your photo, but because of the necklace, that photo links to Velvet Otterhound’s etsy site).

      I hope all the readers see their way to click! It’s worth it!

  2. #3 by anastazia louise on March 2, 2010 - 4:43 am

    such a wonderful interview…such sweetness comes my way from you so often…i appreciate you so…i loved all the stories and the many photos of the complex and brilliant you…thank you for sending the link…
    love love love to you,
    stazL

  3. #4 by Kathy on March 5, 2010 - 1:31 am

    Enjoyed visiting your blog. So you’re down in Ann Arbor? Our son got his undergrad in sociology there. Just wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog the other day and to wish you luck in your blogging endeavors. From the UP, Kathy

    • #5 by La La on March 5, 2010 - 2:14 am

      Thanks, Kathy! I’m getting my English MA at UM right now. Go Blue!!!

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