Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another Mini Shop Sale on Saturday!

{{ 2nd/Mini Studio Sale }} this Saturday, December 15th, 2PM eastern time!

thanks for "coming" for a peek or a purchase for my last studio sale a couple weekends ago!
i was so surprised at how fast they flew off the shelf, thanks to you all.

so i'm having another super low budget sale this weekend - very last minute but hope you can make it!

Saturday, December 15th
2pm EST

this time, it will be mostly post-it notes for those who couldn't make it to Giant Robot's
8th annual post-it drawing show in LA, or for those who did go there but didn't end up procuring one
after standing in line for hours!

because of the scanning/packing/shipping process, the post-its will be $30-35 instead, but hopefully
that will still remain affordable originals for many (cheaper than some of my prints!).

i'll also have a few ink study pieces and maybe a half finished study painting listed as well.
thank you and "see" you this weekend in the shop!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Studio Sale this Saturday!

my Annual { Holiday Studio Small Originals Sale } will be on Saturday, December 1st (instead of Black Friday) - bit too many works this year though hopefully I'll have enough to maybe hold another one the Friday after... Please check shop.stellaimhultberg

i'll be holding my annual Small Originals Studio Sale (like in '10 & twice in '11) this saturday!

Saturday, December 1st
2pm EST

although due to many personal tasks i had to tend to this year, i don't that many pieces as in the
past - but probably around 15-20 pieces, perhaps - so please mark your calendars!

i might be doing another small sale the weekend after, of post-it notes for those who can't make it to
Giant Robot's 8th annual post-it drawing show (where each piece is $25, cash-and- carry) in LA.


also some new products i forgot to mention here!

artist olivia mew of stay home club made these awesome line of art patches (in addition to her other
amazing line of artists' fabric goods), a couple of the designs using my artwork from my last show!

 Ikiryo 01 Patch, $6, available here!

Ikiryo 08 Patch, available here!

i've gotten a sample of them here and they're really awesome!
Canvas art patches for sewing/ironing on clothes, bags, pillows or simply being framed! Available via! (Made by @oliviamew)
printed on nice quality canvas, you could frame them (since i'll never release these ikiryo series as
a print), or cut them up into individual shapes and sew/iron them onto your clothes, bags, pillows, etc!
view all her other fun patches here!


please ignore the above image where it says "This Run Drops in...." : it's live now!!

12pm, November 28th - December 5th, 2012 ONLY

a very limited edition of 50, one-time run, during a period of 1 week only!!!
the sale of the run ends next Wednesday, December 5th - only 30 left now, so please hurry!

happy holidays!♥♥♥ 

Borrowed Memories : 2-person show, October 2012

October 2012 opening with Tran Nguyen & Stella Im Hultberg + Jeremy Hush + Michael Ramstead
{ title wall photo by sam graham }

finally getting around to posting about my show, Borrowed Memories, with Tran Nguyen, at Thinkspace Gallery that opened back in September!  

i had a lot of fun making the pieces that were bridging 2D & 3D worlds, and some with a lot of patterns that i'd been obsessed with...

some opening night photos :

lady artists : tran, me, audrey, amy (too bad mari was late!)

and the dudes : andrew hosner (of thinkspace gallery), jeremy hush, and esao andrews!
the showing artists : michael ramstead, tran ngyuen, me, & jeremy hush
finally met the super cute soey milk!

chueh chueh train! FINALLY got to meet luke & kim too! :)

the opening was so much fun - got to meet a lot of young artists and old friends, new friends. :)
and lots of people i've known for a while but hadn't met in person. thank you, everyone, who came out to the show and for making the night so wonderful!!!!

view all my works in the show below :

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

20 Pieces of Dreams, group show

20 Pieces of Dreams, group show at GR2!

opening this saturday is this amazing show that i'm so sad to be missing out on (for not being there),
celebrating young Sena's 20th birthday (curated by her awesome mom!)

Mari gathered 11 of her friends, along with herself and Sena, to round up a group show consisting of
20 works total (one each from all the friends, and 9 from mother & daughter).
what a really amazing way to celebrate a daughter's birthday!!

and here's my piece for the show : 
Crescere. 11.75" x 11.5" . Acrylic & Colored Pencil on Hand-cut Wood. © 2012.

i know i have yet to upload the last show's batch of works (i just have to edit them first),
but here is my last piece of the year!
i made this piece at the same time i did the wood cut works for that show, though just finished recently for this one.
it was fun to use the negative space/shape and work in delicate shapes for once...
and inspired me to make some textile works (in the future, still in the works).

the title Crescere is a latin word meaning to grow - i remember being 20 and feeling like anything is
possible, with the whole future wide ahead of me. i hope Sena's 20s will be even more growing and fulfilling for her!

hope you get to go to this awesome party of a show, and enjoy all the fun works in an intimate setting of GR2! :)

12xTwelve on Saatchi Online

12xTwelve on Saatchi Online!

i still have a lot to get around to posting all the pieces from my last show (yikes, sorry!)
but i have some new things brewing up this week already!

this year, i was invited to be a part of 12xTwelve, a specially-curated original art show for the holidays by Rebecca Wilson, Director of Saatchi Gallery, London, on

i have an original painting in it (though it's not brand new), as well as a limited edition of 12 prints of it.

please check out the site to browse through a whole lot of (65 total) affordable art!


here's a piece of my contribution that might seem familiar (from 2010) :

Equinox. 12"x12". Mixed Media on Panel. © 2010.

Equinox. 12"x12". Mixed Media on Panel. © 2010.

you can see the process animation from the original blog entry here!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Borrowed Memories : 2-person show this Saturday

Borrowed Memories - 2 person show with Tran Nguyen at Thinkspace Gallery!

i'll be leaving for california in a couple days for my upcoming 2-person show alongside Tran Nguyen
at Thinkspace Gallery, opening this Saturday!

Opening Reception 6-9pm, Saturday, September 29th
6009 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232 [gmap]
310. 558. 3375

please contact the gallery for a preview list and for general inquiries about the show.


i'll post the pieces in the show here after i return - for previews before the show, please contact the gallery
or check the show page on the gallery website later this week.

some sneak peeks of the pieces i'm putting in the show here & here!
+edit : Boing Boing did an exclusive preview here! (thank you, david!!)

see you in california! :D
also more sneaky pesky : Lots and lots o' bursting. Wrapped / rapt. Sanding rounded edges is more satisfying with plywood! Faces. In progress (sanding)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


..:: massive photo dump warning ::..

{ summer play }
fort tilden. bike ride.

there hasn't been much going on here fun-wise. in the past couple years i haven't been much
of an NYC summer fan, and i'm glad it's subsiding and we're going into fall...
most of the summer has been spent on working... experimenting...
and instagramming in lieu of blogging, apparently.
and lazy blogging by clustering all the accumulated instagram photos. yikes!! >_<

4th of july on the 17th floor, upper west side.

hanging on our roof.

creepy cat.

silly cat.

some backyard dining on cooler evenings.

{ around the studio }

{ rambles / thoughts}

lots of different kinds of works this summer - most of june, i took a break from my regular
kind of works and did some fun projects for myself.
the wire sculptures seen above are my Ruth Asawa studies.
because i'm very slow, it only took me ages to figure out her techniques (kind of). and i already
knew how to knit and crochet. :/
this reset my eyes and my mind to start some new works - i feel like i finally started to reconcile
some deeper rooted ideas and interests of my own within my work so far... maybe. it's something
i've struggled with in the past couple years.

something about the mathematical nature of the wire looping got me going on geometric shapes
(which i've always loved and appreciated but didn't quite take enough bold steps to incorporate
into my own works) got me started on some other geometric forms and shapes - 3d and 2d both.
having been obsessed with the wire looping for weeks, it was hard to start painting again in 2d.
which is why i started with some wood-cut shapes to draw and paint on.
a compromise, in a way.

thinking and working through all this, i feel that i have a new vision for new possibilities - still
incubating and marinating in my head, but there are some new ideas and projects afloat in my
head. can't wait for the fall/winter/spring!!

+ all works seen above are mostly for my shows in the fall - 2-person show, Borrowed Memories,
at Thinkspace Gallery with the amazing Tran Nguyen.
then a group show curated by Mari Inukai at GR2 for her daughter's 20th birthday.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Motion : The Art of Movement, group show

MOTION : The Art of Movement banner flyer

this saturday, June 9th, Motion : The Art of Movement group show will hold an opening night

there are more than 20 artists contributing to the show with the theme of movement,
and i'm very excited and honored to be a part of it!

Motion : The Art of Movement
8522 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA
310. 287. 2340

please contact the gallery for a preview list and for general inquiries about the show.

here are some previews by My Modern Met, Arrested Motion, and Juxtapoz.

below is my painting of contribution to the show :

A Mirage, A Dream... 12"x16". Acrylic, Colored Pencils & Crayon on Birch. © 2012.
A Mirage, A Dream... 12"x16". Acrylic, Colored Pencils & Crayon on Birch. © 2012.

A Mirage, A Dream... Detail.
A Mirage, A Dream... Detail 1.

A Mirage, A Dream... Detail.
A Mirage, A Dream... Detail 2.

in-progress photos :

Underpainting-ing. 
2 pieces, 3 faces... in progress...
Two pieces in progress.
Hmmm... This is taking a while. 
Almost there...