My Fashion Story

I am a Fashion Educator at City College of San Francisco. Since 2018, I have taught Traditional & Digital Fashion Illustration, Contemporary Fashion History, Fashion Portfolio, & a Fashion Careers class.

My fashion journey began in 3 places. Behind the scenes, I started off in home textiles in 2003 with an internship @ Team Henderson Incorporated (TH.Inc!) doing production design, then went on to do home textile packaging design for Keeco LLC in 2004.

In retail, I have been a visual merchandiser for William Sonoma, United Colors of Benetton & it's sister brand Sisley.

As a designer, I have sewn & sold accessories to local boutiques like Sui Generis and online my Etsy is doing better than ever. I also create costumes for private customers as well as theater shows.

I have worked as wardrobe assistant at The Hypnodrome theatre, styled & done makeup for music videos & performances as well as done some personal styling and closet design.

I first started fashion illustrating live before audiences at the De Young Museum for the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in 2012, and went on to draw at special events for Bloomingdales, Desigual, Genentech and I even taught a free fashion illustration class @ Apple Computers for "Today at Apple" using their newest iPad.

My fashion illustration book The Hard-Femme Ex-Men was published in 2017 and I held the panel discussion, Homo Superior: Queering Comics, Costumes as Drag & Gender Equality at Stan Lee's Comic Book Convention in Venice, CA in 2018 & I spoke at the Geeks & Glamazons: Gender Bending in Comics panel at RuPaul’s Drag Con LA 2019. 

You can find my fashion illustration video series @ YouTube.com/DesignNurd

Art Residencies


AS220, Rhode Island

Focus on creation of Fashion Illustration. Solo art show and book The Hard Femme EX-MEN produced at end of month-long residency located in Rhode Island.


AS220, Rhode Island

Focus on creation of Civil Rights comic book. Solo art show and book 1963 is Not an End but a Beginning produced at end of month-long residency located in Rhode Island.


The Art Institute of California– San Francisco


Bachelor of Graphic Design

*Awarded Best Portfolio

Awards & Distinctions

Awards & Grants

San Mateo County Department of Education's Rudy Trenton award

Nation Queer Arts Festival: Queer Cultural Center Grant


Lambda Literary Award: Alphabet Anthology

Press / Work Shared


Actus Book Node

Awesome Inventions




Design Taxi

El Tecolote - March 2012

Escapist Magazine

Et Community Women



For All Events

Geek x Girls

Geek Tyrant

Geeks Are Sexy

Hello Giggles

Heroic Girls

India Today


Mister Mort



Radio Disney Club France


S. Bernstein

San Francisco Bay Guardian: Hot Pink List 2011

San Francisco Examiner

SF WEEKLY: "Best Of 2013" Best Bearded Lady

Slash Film

Tech Mediatainment

Wendels World




Art Direction

Daddy Issues Magazine

Street Worthy Magazine

The Mouth Magazine

YO! Youth Outlook Magazine

Art Fairs / Trade Shows

APE: Alternative Press Expo: 2010, 2012, & 2013

BYOQ: Bring Your Own Queer

Castro Street Fair

CSC: Center for Sex and Culture: ZineFest: n Macy

Folsom Street Fair 2011, 2012, & 2013

Handmade Ho Down

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo

Mama Calizo's Voice Factory: QAZ: Queer Autonomous Zone

ZineFest 2010

Body Painting / Henna Tattooing

Ambrosia Salad

Henna Garden

Jarred Marie

ODC Dance Company

Roxanne Redmeat

Comic Book Illustration

1963 is not an End but a Beginning



Hell Babes

The Misadventures of Misanthrisus

Queer Histories


San Cha: Music Video: "The Taker"

Peach Christ: Frameline Film Festival Intro

Comic Book Lettering

Gravity & Freedom Productions: "Planet Gay XXX-Press"

Pride Comics: "Pride High"

Commissioned Portraits

Abdul Latif

Angelina Salgado

Anne-Marie Torpey

Avocado Jones


Benjamin Mier-Cruz

Ben Wa

Bombshell Betty

Christina Torpey

Christine Louise Weber Järlström

Cookie Davis

Emily Foran

Freya Read

Gilbert Rocha

Hanna Quevado

Honey Mahogany

Houston Gillespie

Ivah Gentilini

Ivan Verra

Jai Carrillo

Jayson Frisk

Jesse Jimenez

Jo Anne Holmes

John Apodaca

John Nolen

Kenny TheBeast

Laurie Green

Lindsay Melnik

Lulu Bondagé

Mark Padilla

Mark Schuh

Matthew-Robert Hughes

Melvin Leir

Miguel Maldonado


Nicholas Danby

Orchid & Hound

Peaches Christ

Pnk Feather

Raul Pizarro

Ricky Luna

Rita Sapunor

Rotimi Agbabiaka

Sammy Rodriguez

Sarah Duval

The Box Factory

Vickie Santanio

Zac Benfield

Zack Sapunor

Community Service

Friends of the Urban Forest



Project Open Hand

Consignment Boutiques

Farm : Table


Needles and Pens

Sui Generis

The Seventh Heart


Fashion Shows

Graphic Design, Illustration

Alethea Danby

AnotherWorld + PosseBall


Ben Wa

Better World Advertising

Broken Seal

Carlos Barrera

Castro Book Club

Cañada College Theater Department

Chaotic Electricity


Crackerjack Highway

Das Einhorn

De Young


Genesys Inc.

Handmade Ho-Down

Honey Mahogany

International Latino Film Society

Jesus Acosta Padilla Construction Junglee Games

Justin Scales

Karin K. Vandervoot

Keeco LLC

Little Explorers

Maga Rincon

Make Drag Not War

Mark Padilla Illustration

Mesh Collective

Michael Lufthansa

Mini Marzipan

Misty Eyez

Needle X Change

Orchid & Hound

Periwinkle Journal

Greater Then One

Queer & Free Yoga

Ricky Luna

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Sam's Club


Sensory Revolution

Si a La Vida


Superstar Health Education


Tangle Target Tender Shipwreck

The Box Factory

The Gutenburg

The International

The Stud Comedy


Tyler Holmes

Under The Golden Gate


William Sonoma

Group Shows

Antebellum Gallery: Day of the Dead Erotica

Antebellum Gallery: Toon Fetish

Art Underground

Bottom of the Hill: Mesh Collective Group Show

Campos Art Gallery

Faetopia: 2012

Faetopia: 2013

Magnet SF: Attraction

Mission: Comics & Art: Batman on Robin

Powerhouse: Unicorn SF: March & May 2013

South First Billiards: Mesh Collective

Submission Art Gallery: Black Glitter: Soaked In Soul

SubMission Art Gallery: Mesh Collective

Tedda Hughes Boutique: Various Shows

The Box Factory: We Can Be Heroes

The Box Factory: National Women's Day

The Shooting Gallery / White Walls / 886 Geary: Hospitality House Annual Auction 2012

The Shooting Gallery / White Walls / 886 Geary: Hospitality House Annual Auction 2013

Whiskey Thieves: Mesh Collective Group Show

Live Caricatures

500 Club

Castro Street Fair 2015

Live Fashion Illustration

Live Painting

Bottom of the Hill with Mesh Collective

South First Billiards with Mesh Collective

The Box Factory

Utrect with Mesh Collective

Makeup + Styling

1950's photoshoot for Brenda Pina

Makeup for Claire Wheat-Fong's Fashion Show @ Blue Macaw

Makeup for Dino Real's Fashion Show @ Faetopia

Drag makeup for Effervescence Jackson for Meow Mix

Makeup for spoken word piece for Jeanne-Marie Duval

Styling for Kid Akimbo's video-release party Hugs N' Hearts @ Big Top

Minnie Mouse Drag makeup for Trangelina Jolie for Meow Mix San Francisco

Theatrical makeup for Rumi Misabu for Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma

Drag makeup & styling for Daddie$ Pla$tik photoshoot w/ San Cha, Tyler Holmes & Vain Hein

Styling The Cat Club: Project Runtover

Refinery 29 for Nicki Lips 


Better World Advertising

Good App

Modeling / Runway

Antonia Lopez

Antonio Velez

Dino Real

Emily Tinky

Funk and Flash for Katharine Curtain

Mama Kalizo's Voice Factory

Philip Ehlert

Sloane Kanter

Soaked In Soul


Art Institute International of California–San Francisco

Chastity Belle's Judy Judy Judy at Carnegie Hall

SF Oasis

The Box Factory

Villa Aroma Spa

Walgreens Pharmacy



50 Mason for Black Glitter

Big Gay Warehouse: Portland

Cartoon Art Museum

CounterPulse: Homo File

Dance Mission Theatre: Make Drag Not War III + IV

DeYoung Museum

Deco Lounge: Video Queen (organizer/performer)

DNA Lounge: Drag King Contest: Gina Lovoy (Wam Bam Thank you Ma’ams)

Eros for Kvetch

Hypnodrome for Thrillpeddlers, "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma"

Hypnodrome for Thrillpeddlers, "Pearls Over Shanghai"

Hypnodrome for Thrillpeddlers, "Shocktoberfest 13"

"Love Me Avenue" Music video for band "We All Need to be Active" by Swan Vega

Mangos with Chili

Meow Haus (band)

Mx and Match presents RuPaul's Drag Racism

Rebel for Cocktailgate: Japan relief fundraiser

SOMArts for The News

Submission Art Gallery for Black Glitter: Soaked In Soul

The Box Factory for Bubbles with Bernadette

The Garage for Vindicated Violence: Mr. Ri's Deceptively Strong Dance Project

The Lab: Without Names

The Stud for Meow Mix

The Stud for Some Thing

Truck for Cocktailgate

Underground SF: Indie Cent: Pink Saturday / Pride 2013

Production / Presentation Artist

Artistic Studios Ltd.

Keeco LLC


Puppet design, making & puppetry

Homo File @ CounterPulse

Rainbow Logic @ CounterPulse


Radar Productions 2016

Set Design & Props

Cañada College

Underground SF

Solo Shows


Hospitality House

Visual Merchandising


United Colors of Benetton


Web Design & Maintenance


Kid Akimbo

Pacific News Media