issue 65: e. terumi woods

Terumi Woods
e. terumi woods

Terumi Woods hesitates to call herself an artist. She’d rather say she’s a compulsive creator — fascinated by architecture, urban spaces, and nature, particularly when they intersect with each other.

Through real-world training in an architecture office and the variety of classes she took at City College of San Francisco, she realized there is a real tension between keeping the artistic inspiration alive and the tedium of the details. Her drawings try to represent that tension. Terumi is starting to really play with watercolor, a medium she finds both intriguing and terrifying … and she’s in love.

Find Terumi at Woods Work Studio and on Instagram.

Ferry Building
Bay Bridge from East Bay
Bay Bridge from SF
Sutro Tower
Golden Gate Bridge


on the nightstand:

  • How Architecture Works by Witold Rybczynski. He wrote the first non-fiction narrative about architecture, called Looking Around, that I ever read. I found it while in high school, and he has been a favorite author of mine since.
  • Tricycle magazine, Summer 2014
  • Frommer’s Great Escapes From NYC Without Wheels

am loving:

Prospect Park. It keeps me grounded until I can escape the city periodically.

what’s one item in your spring wardrobe you can’t go without?

A hat of some kind. It really doesn’t matter which one. My dark hair acts like a heat island in the summer.

what’s your idea of the perfect spring meal?

A salad which has fresh greens, an amazing homemade dressing (citrus, salt, pepper, olive oil), pears, toasted walnuts, and freshly grated cheese. I could have this every day.

what are three constants in your day?

  • Coffee (current preferred set up is a moka pot).
  • Thinking about the next place to draw and how to get there by subway.
  • The sounds of the store across the street.

tell us about the inspiration behind these photos.

I lived in San Francisco for 11 years before moving to New York City. I wanted to capture images that represent iconic SF, which may or may not be iconic tourist images. Images San Franciscans love. The drawings here represent only a brief overview as this project has become larger and more compelling than I expected.



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