Who am I? I’m Judi Morales Gibson (no hyphen please)… an indie-designer-bohemian-starving-artist-maker-burner and mom to my teenaged son Dexter, The Biscuit. Working as artist was always my dream.
I’m a California girl… based in Kings Beach (North Lake Tahoe) with roots in Vallejo in the northern East Bay (SF Bay Area).
Steampunk Clothing Indie-Design: I am big into Upcycling, in fact, I don’t use any new fabrics. I rescue used clothing, table linens and found objects to Upcycle them into Steampunk clothing and accessories. I do all the work myself in my home studio. I vend my line along with affordable Steampunk accessories here on this site, and a select festivals during the summer.
Art Instructor for Kids
As the Youth Education Coordinator for Arts Benicia, I doubled as a youth art instructor. I taught at the EcoArt Summer Camp, ABAS (Arts Benicia Afterschool Program) and Exploratory Wheel hosted by the Benicia School District, where I taught Tinker Time, a Maker class for 3rd-grade students.
The classes I teach are based on Eco Art principals of using upcycled materials, student-imagined designs and the use of a variety of tools. With the loss of classes like woodshop and art in schools, I see the need for kids to learn to use tools and explore their creativity.
My experience as a Respite Care provider for children with deveopmental disabilties, has help me understand how to work with children, especially those needing extra encouragement.
Art Instructor for Adults
Encaustic Painting is a hot beeswax medium. I teach unconventional and experimental techniques, including how to make your own Encaustic medium and paints with dry pigments and natural spices. I use affordable equipment including hand torches and upcycled substrates and materials.
Guerilla Upcycled Sewing is a radical way of sewing without patterns with upcycled fabrics. I currently teach at the Truckee Roundhouse Maker Space. I believe sewing should be fun instead intimidating or complicated, so I specialize in beginners. I teach how to make garments out of affordable upcycled clothing, home linens and scrap fabrics.
Freelance Writing: My blog was originally called Raising the Biscuit… dealing the balance of being a good mom and remaining true to myself. I now realize, it’s more about reclaiming my own childhood and enjoying it along with my son. It’s about having a good quality of life… everyday.
As a journalist, I’ve written for Benicia.Patch.com and eHow.com. I’m currently working on a book of non-fiction satirical essays… called Theories About Back Fat. I am a Irony Enthusiast.
I love gardening so I make table-top succulent gardens out of Upcylced dishware. When Dex was a baby, I did Mehndi Body Art (henna painting) at wedding and private parties. I’d like to find time to practice again.