We're off to a great start this fall - Jon Haaland is our guest artist at the studio for October.  You may already know Chemical Wedding Handbags - Jon designs them with his wife Tracy - now we're getting a look at his photography.

Jon is from Portland, OR, but has lived in Seattle most of his life. After leaving Portland, he attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where he honed his skill and technique in printmaking and photography. After college, he began his career as a hand-painted wallpaper designer for Northwest artist Steve Jensen at SJW Studios, an artistic wallpaper studio in Capitol Hill. Jon was the lead designer responsible for creating unique and captivating designs that can be seen in the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the homes of Eva Longoria, Cher and Oprah Winfrey, as well as designer showrooms across the United States.

Jon left SJW to continue his vision and created Chemical Wedding Handbags where he is not only the lead designer but also co-owner with his wife, Tracy. Jon's handbag creations can be seen at the Seattle Art Museum Clementine Shoes, MOMOseattle, and many more boutiques and galleries throughout the country.

Jon's work is heavily influenced by his experience in wallpaper design and construction. His love of color fields, surface and texture can be seen in the way that light interacts with these elements in his designs. Influences from mentors, such as his high school art teacher who has a passion for pushing boundaries, led to a love of an alternative way of looking at the world and embracing the beauty from unexpected places.

"In our mundane, day to day worlds we are surrounded by astonishing beauty. For me, it's in the overlooked spaces of our everyday experience. I hope to convey that beauty I find in the minute places. Like a glass of wine in the afternoon sun or the way grease clings to a pan in the kitchen sink, there's a fleeting world in the tension of water. A world that blinks out as the light changes and a new one arises. Constant loss always bringing constant renewal, and always leaving something lurking and waiting for me to capture. I'm fascinated by the worlds that surround us as light refracts through liquid and glass transforming the overlooked into a painterly abstraction that blurs the lines between photography and painting."

Jon's painterly photographs are here through October, with a closing reception on Saturday 10/25, from 5 to 8 PM.  The studio is open by appointment, email us at joanna@joannamorgandesigns.com to let us know when you'd like to come in if you can't make it on 10/25.