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11.01

2014

Temp Tats

I’m planning to make temporary tattoos for the big cartel site. I’m currently trying to woo Tattly into working with me, but if that doesn’t work I’ll get them to you somehow. TEMP TATS TOwebtats THE PEOPLE.

10.22

2014

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Florida (Seminole Tribe!) has commissioned a snapping turtle, longnose garfish, white catfish, deer meat pile, and fire pit.

Here are some photos of the snapping turtle – ready to ship to the museum.

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10.01

2014

Blog Hop

There’s a little new phenomenon on the internet and it’s called Blog Hop. I’ve been invited by Nina Garner to present a little bit about her work, and then tell a little bit about myself. I also have the pleasure of inviting a few other artists to participate. So here it goes.

Nina and I had the opportunity to work together at Worthwhile a while (ha) back. When I met Nina, she was so sweet and quiet that when I saw her thought-provoking and powerful artwork, I felt like I had discovered a whole new side to her. Delicate, detail-oriented and meticulous, looking at Nina’s art is like finding a secret love-letter that you’re not supposed to read but you just can’t look away.

Her website says this about her: Inspired by 19th century portrait photography, Nina’s work encompasses various techniques and materials to create compositions that glorify moments in time, the beauty in nature, and people.  Using film photography, her photographs transport the viewer to another time and place by bonding the everyday and the exotic.

I say that admiring Nina’s creations, like REALLY getting lost in them, is like having a deep sleep on a forest floor, and waking up from that dream knowing that the feeling you have is completely unique to you as it fades away.

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Now I’m supposed to talk about myself…

HOW DOES MY CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?
My creative process right now usually starts with some object, then I think of this hair-brained (harebrained?) scheme which I couldn’t possibly pull off, so I try to reign it in a little and go from that point of confusion.
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF IT’S GENRE?
I treat taxidermy and natural history artwork like fine art… so I guess I enjoy doing the best job I can at something that’s a little hum-drum, or can be seen as backwoodsy or blasé.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
Illustrations, mostly, which is what I went to school for. It’s funny how these things come in full circle. I am also doing some animal models for a Native American Museum, and some secret custom toys for a local graphic design/ad agency. Lots of stuff.
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
Because if I didn’t do it, I would wither away, shrivel up and die.
I would love to hear from the following ladies:
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Hailey Wist, Photographer8C2A1735-714x475
Olivia Rae James, Photographer 15238839301_809c0a3e57_o

09.23

2014

Of Mice and Hens

The Alliance of Artists Communities is holding their annual conference in Charleston this October.

I am excited to say that my home/studio is on the tour for the afternoon of the 22nd – and it’s already sold out!

We will be pinning insects, and having lots of demos on the world of taxidermy. Things might get weird!

Read more about it here. 

 

The bag’s for “The Daily” are selling pretty well, get them while they last! The daily also has STUMPTOWN COFFEE, which is the nectar of the gods.

 

I am also super proud to announce that I am working with Kelly Finn on a kid’s camp to be held at the ARK in Awendaw in November. We want to make the tuition for the full-day camp go toward a free day of art for a local kid in Awendaw as well, so it’s affectionately being referred to now as “Art Gives Back.” More on that later.IMG_1380

08.28

2014

Creative Mornings

Wesley Verhoeve created an awesome photo essay series, called One of Many USA.

Creative Mornings expanded on it HERE! 

Thanks, Wes!

Additionally, I am working on a series of 50 hand painted bags for The Daily.

They are looking super cute – they are all different!

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