A lot of the time I feel like I’m just a bit behind the trends, but when it comes to kraft paper gift wrapping I was way ahead. I’ve been using this stuff to wrap gifts for years. My draw to it was not so much the “brown paper packages tied up in strings,” but more for the stark industrial look. In fact, the earliest packages also utilized duct tape. But today I’m going to share some of my customizations with you that you can use this holiday season for your gift wrapping needs. Some require more time and talent than others, but there should be something here for everyone. Continue reading
Today I’m looking back at a past work that I did for school that documented my struggle with depression. Why? Maybe it’s just to show that everything isn’t about hopeful declarations about love or pop art robots. I wouldn’t say that this is a particularly great piece, but that it is at least important in the lessons I learned from it. You’re welcome to watch any and all of it, but be warned, it is not exactly riveting or short. Continue reading
If you’ve been following my Facebook posts from the beginning, you’ve seen a little bit of the development of the logo for my studio. Let’s take a little bit closer look at the development of my recent logo.
The first idea for this logo came over ten years ago! That’s why it’s important to write ideas down because you never know when they are going to be useful later. Anyway, about ten years ago I was in college and I was taking an introduction to ceramics course. I really enjoyed it and wish I’d fit further ceramic studies into my schedule. The professor was very experienced and having been born and raised in China had first hand knowledge of many of the old world techniques. During one lecture he mentioned that each pot maker would have had their own symbol that was carved into the bottom of each piece they made. At the time I considered taking my initials and combining them into one smooth symbol, but never really found what I was trying to achieve at the time. For years the idea haunted me and from time to time I’d be somewhere and be bored and practice combining my initials in different ways.
A couple months ago I sat down a little more determined than ever and filled a sheet of paper with these different concepts. The imaged above is a crude recreation because I couldn’t find the original. Eventually I found one I liked, scanned it an enlarged it, and proceeded to refine it. Continue reading
Here is a work in progress that has sort of come out of nowhere. It is something of a love poem in that it’s a rhyming poem about love. This is quite a bit different from other things I’ve done. Here’s how it came to be. Continue reading
No one is a success overnight and I don’t expect to be either. Over the last six months I’ve made considerable progress in getting my art business startup on its legs. Following are the many sources of inspiration and information that have really helped me along the way.
The $100 Start Up: This book by Chris Guillebeau isn’t about art, but it is about the entrepreneurial spirit and how to get started. His first business was selling Jamaican coffee on the Internet from a folding table in his home. From the inner book flap: