||Jaki Ernst is a native
Californian who believes pigs can fly! Those who visit her busy
studio and showroom soon fall under the spell of her 'can-do'
attitude and whimsical sense of humor. Here is a woman who dances
with dogs and trusts the maxim Leap! A Net Will Appear!
Ernst and her Shetland Sheepdog, 'Z'elle, perform tango
routines at local ballrooms, participate in improvisational
comedy on public access TV, and volunteer in hospitals and nursing
homes as members of Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
She has studied and traveled extensively
throughout the United States and Europe. Her research in Italian
fourteenth century manuscript illumination was awarded the declaration
ottimo profitto from the Universita Italiana Per Stranieri
at Perugia, Italy. Enrollment in the University of California at
Santa Barbara, was followed by receipt of a fully paid scholarship
in interior design at Bauder College, Sacramento, California. Consequently
her education has encompassed studio techniques, art history, interior
design, marketing, and special courses in textile application and
modern art from San Jose State University.
For over twenty years, she served as
principal at Ernst Associates in Graphics, an advertising agency.
She was responsible for design and production of brochures, annual
reports, and logotypes, as well as print, outdoor, and radio campaigns
for many of Silicon Valley's leading electronics manufacturers,
pharmaceutical companies, and long-established businesses. She lists
Acuson, Advanced Micro Devices, Monsanto, Syntex, and Almaden Vineyards
among her repeat clients. Known for thinking outside the grid, her
direct mail campaigns were on target and always netted more than
average response (not to mention comment!).
Today Jaki designs and produces her
own lines of gift products featuring whimsical cartoons and portraits
of breed-specific dogs and cats. Author of numerous how-to articles
for artists and two instructional books -- Journaling Junket (about
artful journaling) and The Glass Slipper (a small treatise on parody
postage and making Cinderella stamps which are also known as faux
postage or postoids)-- Ernst also creates inspirational and humorously
illustrated pop up books, artist books, and produces a bimonthly
art publication titled Wingin'
She is an inveterate journal keeper
bent on documenting her travels and experiences in word and picture
in her sketchbook. She claims, "Sometimes my life just feels
like a comic strip!" As if to prove it, her journals spawned
By The Seat of My Pants which she
shares in monthly installments on her web site.
and classes in book arts cover creating altered books, artful journals,
and feature technical input pertaining to the details of book binding,
and producing hand bound books, artist books, pop ups and paper
sculpture, as well as traditional methods of stitchery like hand
embroidery, appliqué, quilting, and trapunto. Her mail art
instruction extends to artistamps, embellished covers, and the historical
value of letter writing. Classes are well organized and packed with
practical tips, inspiration, and plenty of take-home templates for
beginners and veteran artists alike. She instructs out of her studio,
but also reaches the community through adult education programs,
senior centers, and rehabilitation facilities where her methods
and ability to inspire and communicate with rank beginners as well
as experienced artists has been praised by both students and administrators.
Jaki invites you to join her for networking, problem solving, and
sharing your book arts, mail art, and journal keeping projects at
Jump Start Socials
held every month in her studio.
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