Word Tattoo

I invite you to join me on a journey to explore memories of the future.

a blog by john-michael korpal


In The Studio Today~ WIP

Posted below are several of the pieces that I am exploring concepts of how to take something that is 2-D and push it into the beginning stages of an installation and/ or a inter-sensory experience for the viewer.


I am using 140 lb watercolor paper and the image is the result of a reverse print of a plastic commercial cake tray that black etching ink has been applied to the surface and the paper is placed on top and pushed into the template to create the hexagon shapes.


Each one of the hexagon shapes is punctured and a random length of black yarn  has been fed through that opening, allowing it to be seen from both sides of the paper.


These are just one set of the series. There are several others. I am still experimenting with different colors of yarn and different placement and lengths.



January ~ Oh What You Have Taught Me.

Creative Process…2018


So far 2018 has been about exploring and challenging my personal and professional comfort zones as I move forward in my process of expanding the visual scope of my 2-D work.


Through the incorporation of sensory elements my goal is to create an immersive space, which invites the viewer to encounter the work within an interactive, multi-sensory environment that engages all of their senses.


My goal has been to elevate their experience from “looking through a window” to constructing a larger opening that invites them to wander from their current reality and persuades them to explore their internal dream world.


At the start of January I also began to incorporate concepts of gestural movements into my studio practice by participating in beginners dance classes (contemporary, ballet and hip hop) exploring concepts of how movement experienced through my body might inform my work.


This has been amazing journey and is providing me the tools to understand different methods that I can incorporate into the current work so it not only moves within the constraints of the physical frame, but also explore how it might invite the viewer to accept a more interactive role surrounding the art.


While I have been exploring all these elements I am still fascinated with the dynamics of the senses how they inform and overlap in out personal daily experiences In this process I am take note of the nuances as my art is informed by their multi-layering as I expand the work from 2-D into the realms of more installation 3-D interactive experience.


I am enjoying the process and also reminding myself that the most important thing to remember is to have fun and laugh.



Hallmark is nice…but personalized hand-made cards are better!


Through the use of the collective elements of Printmaking, Calligraphy, Origami and Haiku you will learn how to create one of a kind Valentine’s Day cards to give to your loved ones.


All supplies are provided and this is a VERY hands-on on class.


Sign up with a friend share the fun!


The Studio is BYOB friendly.


Friday, February 9 // 7-9pm

Flying Dolphin Studio

 Register for Workshop Here

Walkin’ After Midnight