Just a quick post about the good news I received today. I was selected as one of the featured Artists for the Visual Art Exchange's front gallery this July 2015-June 2016.
So I haven't posted for a while... with good reason. I have been working for the past few months preparing for my first show at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. I know, I have had over a year to prepare for it, but it wasn't until about three months ago until I knew what I wanted to do. I mean--I could easily populate the walls with everything from my closed down Etsy shop. But I wanted to get back into doing ART--the reason I went to MICA. It has been 20 years since I graduated from Art School, and I haven't really done a lick of ART since. I think I did an occasional drawing or painting through the years, but nothing like creating a body of work like I did in my Junior year.
Since graduating in (dare I say) 1995, I have spent most of my time doing animation, design and illustration--all self taught when I got out into the real world. I did have a pretty awesome stint living in London from 95-00' and being a co-founder of an education company called re-Animate Educational Software.
Upon returning to the states, I jumped right back into a job with K12, Inc., did a sabbatical with AARP jumping from one age spectrum to the other and then returned to K12. All of it has been a journey in my creative career. Now with an adoring supportive wife and two awesome boys, I am coming full circle as I watch my boys get creative themselves.
I watch my boys hone their motor skills using scissors to cut paper shapes. Then they glue and tape it down to create their own masterpieces. Pure love of creation.
Using paper, glue and tape, I have returned to that simpler time--that pure love of creation. I chop and bond my skills of animation, design, illustration, painting and sculpture to create work that pulls from my heritage, past experiences and pop culture.
I piece together moments in time that overlap to evoke thoughts, feelings, and nostalgia. Layering color and textures, I create dimension and volume that extrudes dynamic imagery and excites thought.
Inspired by their creativity, I have found mine again. Now, I am at a point to share it at my first solo show. So if you are out in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, come on out to Holly Springs, NC. My work will be on display the whole month of June. And the Artist Reception will be June 12 from 6-8 pm.
So people have told me to build audience it helps to do giveaways. So I am jumping into the holiday season with my #hollydaypaperdunny giveaway on Instagram. Since I am holding off on officially opening my Shop Store until the new year, I thought it might be fun to giveaway some prototypes that I love, but do no good for me sitting on my shelf. I am anxious to see if this helps generate new followers.
If you are on Instagram, the instructions are simple:
1. Follow me @paperchopshop
2. Repost image and tag #hollydaypaperdunny
Thats all you have to do. I will choose the winner using a random number generator. The numbers will be associated with each entry in the order they came in. Entries that do not meet the deadline and entries from private profiles will not be included in the final tally. (Thanks Bryan Rutherford for the verbiage from your awesome Instagram giveaway.)
The Holly Day Dunny was my prototype using printed papers. I took some seasonal cardstock from the Mrs.' stack and thought it would be fun to see how it would look on a dunny. I didn't think I would like it so much. I plan on looking for more different designs on cardstock to create more dunny's in the future.
So if you are on Instagram, come on by and check me out @paperchopshop.