I was very honored to speak at Kaneko for the Letter Arts Alliance. Sign painting as tradition, is passed down from master to apprentice. It’s something that resonates deeply with me, I spoke here on my approach to work and on the process in which sign painting and graffiti play a role.with so many talented people, Sharon Davis from Arbor Street Studios did a great job putting this together, speaking and pooling the talents of one of my mentors Rick Dolphens from Dolphens Design and Sign and PinStripe Legend Jim Curran. The Omaha Motion Post put a great video of the experience check it out!
A restaurateur, I’ve done work with in the past, asked me to create a bear head in a geometric style for a project. He wasn’t sure of anything other than he wanted this bear. I start out drawing the idea out here over coffee at one of my favorite places. With the concept locked in, and his blessing I started fabrication. Originally brazing the steel bear, but after realizing the time/budget restrictions I opted to wire weld.
At the heart of the historic district in Omaha, Nebraska, there’s a southwest style restaurant called Stokes. They needed a screen solution from the neighboring bar and needed to to match the existing interior decor. So I photographed, then recreated it for the CNC plasma cutter. We welded in place a divider between the neighboring patio. Accelerating the rusting process with an acid mixture was one technique used.
Here’s Bob Yard is welding into place. The window lettering for 12 of the windows in a silver metallic.
Here in Omaha there are various sub-communities just like a lot of other places.
Dundee is one such place.
A quaint area with shops, food, and bustling night scene. One of these shops is Scout, a local vintage cloth exchange.
The idea of a Canadian winter came to mind and seemed appropriate.
I cut out this bears leaving the wood grain, then outlining in chrome.The clouds are cut out of old doors, and float through the window.
I bent plastic to make these little tents and detailed with a graphite pencil.This bear seemed to be in the perfect spot and its up for available for holidays. www.midtownartsupply.com
It happens all the time… staring at the easel. Blank panels sitting there void of emotion.
For me I read. I go to my bookshelf and let my interest guide me.
This sitting was a yard sale book of American Antiques. Feverishly thumbing through I found these following items.
Drawing with a graphite pencil I took to the recycled wood doors and drew these items.
The hollow core door is considered quite environmentally friendly because manufacturers can use up wood products that would otherwise be wasted.
Before the manufacturing of hollow core doors, scrap woods were routinely discarded as waste.
While the hollow core door is certainly not heavy or solid, is it also not completely empty inside its frame.
Hollow core doors need some type of inner structure to add some support to the frame and there are a few different types of hollow core structures used today.
One common type of hollow core door filling is structural paper. The paper is often formed into a honeycomb construction and is glued to fit inside the hollow door frame.
Other types of support filling for hollow core doors include foam blocks and pieces of board placed in sections inside the door frame.
Here I salvaged doors to create these cut peices and cleat mounted them so they would “float”.Here is the smaller tree, hanging in the bathroom. All of these are available while they last here> www.midtownartsupply.com
When looking at this I feel the urge to travel. Working a wax encaustic as the encapsulate for the paper and paint
Here’s some pieces just sold. Which makes the “building blocks” show sold out.
It started out as a fun project with Omaha/Japanese vintage clothing giant Joe Dempsy, creative inspiration from super talent Omaha’s Caitlin Little ‘
and some sort of trade for suit jackets in the winter and a dresser.
Markers and random internet cat images I start my work.
I clean up the kitties with a modest atire.
I took what scraps I could and Made some pieces available here> www.midtownartsupply.com
Press on the subject: http://blog.omahype.com/2013/07/dont-make-cat-themed-art-at-westroads-seriously/