Carved Into Memory: Diem Chau

Storytelling Crayons, installation view, carved crayons and wood base

For most of us, Crayola crayons were our very first artistic tools. Whether it was those thick, fat ones perfect for uncoordinated, chubby little hands to grip or the de-luxe 64 pack with the built-in sharpener, those colorful little sticks were our first glimpse into the world of artistic expression. Seattle based artist Diem Chau takes those original tools, carving them into tiny figures reminding us of how they shaped our own young imaginations. Storytelling Crayons, installation view, carved crayons and wood base That distinctive scent, the waxy texture, peeling the paper down so that more of the brilliant color could sweep across the paper.


Girl and Dog, carved crayon and wood base, 3×3.5×2
Yellow Girl, carved crayon and wood base, 3×3.5×3

My most distinct memory of Crayolas happened on a summer road trip with my grandparents. A long trip in the car, of course, meant bringing along plenty to keep us busy. For me, that meant books, crayons and paper. My crayons ended up strewn all over the back deck of my grandparents’ green Impala and were promptly forgotten about when we stopped for a bit. We came back to a colorful mess! I don’t think my Mimi & Papa were ever able to completely clean the wax out of the upholstery. Oopsie!

Boy and Girl, carved crayon and wood base, 3×3.5×3

What memories do Chau’s crayons bring back for you? Please visit her website to see more of her work. She’ll be showing at the Elvistravaganza during Bumbershoot in Seattle or if you’re on the other coast, you can see her carving crayons LIVE at Saks 5th Ave on Sept. 6th from 6pm-10pm.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Article by, Lesley Frenz of Artsy Forager.

Phrequency Artist Stickers: JP Flexner


We’re so excited to be celebrating Phrequency’s 2nd year of Philadelphia art, music and culture. For this special occasion, we’ve decided to collaborate with four talented Philadelphia artists for a limited edition sticker release. Bradford Haubrich, JP Flexner, Hilary White, and Scott Albrecht all took to the task and produced some very unique, fun, and fantastic stickers.

This week we spoke with JP Flexner, a Philadelphia-based freeleance artist who has a passion for illustration and everything art and design related. His work is fresh, vibrant, and ranges from clean and linear to colorful and illustrative. Check out his sticker below:


Phrequency: When did art introduce itself into your life?

JP: I think this one went the other way around honestly- My father Paul (now a professor) was working professionally as an illustrator for accuweather when I was born so, thankfully there has never been a shortage of art in my life from day 1.

P: What do you think of the current art scene in Philadelphia?

JP: I really love it, and I’m not just playing favorites. This city has a HUGE print making community populated by some of the hardest working creatives I’ve ever met.

P: What/who are some major influences in your work? What kind of mediums to you use?

JP: Well, direct influences include the likes of R. Crumb, Basil Wolverton, Jim Alteiri, Chuck Anderson, Ron English, Post Typography, Lure Design, Shepard Fairey and many, many more typographers, illustrators and designers. I’ve also always really loved graffiti, paste ups, sticker art and creative people reclaiming public space in general. As for mediums, I start virtually everything as a drawing or a pile of thumbnails in my sketchbook which I then re-draw any number of times before moving on to inking or vectoring (depending on the piece it self and the eventual method of reproduction). My favorite medium and the one my illustrations end up in the most is definitely screen printing.


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Dutch Umbrella Project Charity Auction & Showcase

Dutch Umbrella Project Auction Postcard

By now I’m sure you’ve all seen The Dutch Umbrella Episodes…

So you know that ‘The Dutch Umbrella Share Program’ gave us some of their signature white umbrellas; and we passed them on to some rad local artists to reimagine. Now that the umbrellas are finally finished, we’re gonna celebrate the completion of the project with an insane HAHA MAG Auction – complete with mustache styled paddles (it is No Shave November after all).

We hope everyone has enjoyed following the project and will come out and celebrate with us & the artists. Proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting the artists themselves and various local arts charities.

DJ PHSH starts spinning the tunes & the beer starts flowing at 7pm.
The Auction starts at 8pm Sharp!

*All 12 Umbrellas will be on display at Paradigm Gallery starting 11/8
if you want to check out the goods before the bidding starts.

HAHA MAG Presents: Dutch Umbrella Episode 4


This time we’re with 27 year old local artist Frost 215 – the rogue sticker bomber of that trademark character, El Toro.

Are you watching the video already?…then make sure you stick around till the ‘2:27’ minute mark when Lily asks him what we’ve been dying to know since he jumped on screen.

To see more of Frost’s work, head over to: