about

judieyesclosed“It’s never too late for a happy childhood.”

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).

bloomerslaceblktie 2Steampunk 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.

ABAS-2015banner-webThe 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

enlaluzgreen_encaustic_12x12medPainting, Photograpy & Artisting: I paint abstracts in encaustic, a hot bees wax medium. I dabble in photography with cell phone. My eye seems to notice dramatic contrasts of light and color.

henna-2-handsI 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.


Affiliations:

orig brs logoBurning Man: I have been participating  in and volunteering at Burning Man since 1999. I founded a theme camp, Hot Monkey Sox, a sock monkey workshop as well as Black Rock Scouts, an educational program for kids. I’ve volunteered with Gate/Perimeter, Earth Guardians, Lamplighters, Greeters and Man Watch. My project for 2014 was Playa on Tap, a campaign to encourage burners to bring tap water to the playa, instead of bottled water. I am currently on the crew of the Neverwas Haul with Obtainium Works.
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Maker Faire Bay AreaI participate as a Maker at the Mini Maker Faire in Benicia and the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo. You can find me in the Steampunk Village with the crew of  Obtainium Works.
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Obtainium Works: Vallejo, CA: I am a member of Obtainium Works, a Steampunk  DIY group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate steam-powered art out of repurposed industrial detritus. Obtainium Works is best know for it’s three-story Victorian house on wheels, The Neverwas Haul. The Haul is a self-propelled Mobile Art Installation, best known at Burning Man.
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Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace: I am the Textile Shop Lead with this amazing non-profit maker space, located at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. It is a community-operated shop and workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art; can meet, socialize and collaborate.
High Desert Steam, Reno: I’m a member at HDS and participate as a vendor at Steampunk events.

 

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8 responses to “about

  1. Go Judi! Keep writing and get it picked up for a magazine or book!!!!

  2. Judy you are my hero! I love the phase, “never to late to have a great childhood” It is my goal in life. Miss seeing you, are you still at TJ’s in Benica?

    xx Kim

  3. great site, judi. you’re awesome.

  4. Judy, thank you for your great patience, kindness and understanding,

    Tom

  5. I’m so sorry to here about your dad. I always enjoy flying with him.
    Jim

  6. Judy! Your writing is honest/poignant/raw! Love this but missing your Tophatter Hats!

  7. Very inspirational. Cheers

  8. Hey Judi!! So much fun yesterday in Benicia!! Thanks for including Tom and I!! I have misplaced your card… So… Could I get your phone number again?? So glad our lives crossed!! Love your stuff’n

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