Tell us about yourself?
I’m an artist specializing in woodcut and ink drawings, a storyteller, and a wannabe minimalist.
I will be giving a live printing demonstration with a selection of my woodblocks. Maker Faire attendees will have a chance to try the process and the prints created will be available for purchase.
What was the first thing you remember making?
A drawing of a cat with chunky legs. I was upset with the standard stick figure cats that other people drew, and believed it could be done better.
What have you made that you are most proud of?
It’s hard to be proud of a lot because I’m always trying to outdate what I’ve done before, but if I had to pick, then I’m proudest of the works that have created an experience for people, contributing to something bigger than good technique and craftsmanship. Several years ago now, I created an edition of pamphlets that commemorated my dad and shared stories of my experiences growing up with him. I gave those pamphlets away, and I still remember how it felt to be able to create an intimate moment for people in that bustling, crowded gallery, and to see that many people bond with a story and reflect for someone who beyond a few hundred words on paper was a stranger to them. That was special. Beyond visual art, I’ve been able to do some great events with people, like a competition I hosted in my former studio space called The Fastest Painter in Milwaukee. We raised $500 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the synergy in the room surrounding the event was wonderful. Most recently, at work, we surveyed people to see what kind of values they would want us to live by and hire by as an organization. I wrote 8 core values as a compilation of our survey results, and hope those values will mean a lot to people in the years to come, because they’re the ones who contributed to their existence.
Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
Hundreds of building-sized murals that spanned across numerous cities and countries.