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Jo Situ Allen

Jo's great love for all forms of art started when she was young - the budding of freesias in springtime, dandelions peeking through concrete sidewalks of Chinatown, LA - these were love letters sent from the universe. 

This spiritual connection to the super/natural world continued its way through her love of literature populated by Amelia Earhart and other intrepid explorers.  Along the way, the rhythmic line-work of fairy tale illustrators (Warwick Goble, Cecily Mary Barker) resonated. 

When she grew up (so to speak), Jo spun her love of the natural world into a degree in Geography / Environmental Studies at UCLA - almost becoming a Bryologist (that's right, a moss scientist)  in the process.  While there, she was mesmerized by the band Le Tigre and the feminist punk ethos of the Riot Grrl movement.  Inspired by the voices of girls with fierce attitudes and something to say, Jo started a comic series in 2001 called "Watch My Muffin" which lead to the conception of DIRTY ERASER - capturing the messy perfection of the creative process. 

After UCLA, she worked as a sustainability advisor for various agencies while setting up shop at the annual LA punk craft fair Bizarre Bazaar selling her first hand sewned "book", fanny packs made from vintage textiles, and illustration prints.  In 2009, she graduated from Presidio Graduate School with an MBA in sustainable management.  She co-founded Canopy Strategies and continued working in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) but always with a notebook and pencil in her hand.

Fast forward...

These days you find her creating graffiti works on board, paper, denim, and textiles.  She also loves working with watercolors, oils, and ink.  Jo is still a style dreamer and an ecology nerd who is blessed to be surrounded by a community of kick-ass, creative, and spirited women.  She lives in Laguna Beach with her hubby and two darling girls.

Published Titles from Brook Street Books:

"The Accidental Naturalist:  Exploring the Flora and Fauna of Laguna Beach and Beyond (2016)

"The Accidental Naturalist:  Exploring the Flora and Fauna of San Francisco and Beyond" (2017)

"The Accidental Naturalist:  Exploring the Flora and Fauna of Los Angeles and Beyond" (2019)  

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You can also DM her on Instagram @dirty_eraser