Q: How did you get started in your craft medium(s)?/How did you get started?/What inspired you to start your business?
A: I have my BFA in Graphic Design but in my final year I took a silkscreen class and that’s when I realized I should’ve studied printmaking instead, haha.
A: After 3 years of commercial graphic design work in Portland, I wanted more creative control and started my printmaking business.
Q: Where do you draw influence from?/What has most impacted yor art?
A: The intersection of Nature + Pop Culture. Ex: One of my recent designs is a map of Oregon’s nature-inspired by J.R.R Tolkien’s maps of Middle Earth.
Q: What is the difference between PSM and other markets?/For you, what is the core of PSM?/What is your favorite part of PSM?
A: PSM has a high standard for quality and creativity. You can definitely find that at other markets but they might only run once a year. PSM runs 40+ weekends a year. This has allowed me to do this full-time. And allows me to refine my collection and presentation week to week, which is really insightful and convenient.
Q: How would you describe the difference between “arts” and “crafts”?/What makes your food art?/What about your process is most important to you?
A: Art is creation. Crafting is creation using existing components in unique combinations. In my work, this is the same as illustration vs. design and I think about this intersection a lot. But the most important part of my process is ideation. When I find a/the right idea/concept/message, it’s like unlocking a tricky fun puzzle. I then just have to solve it, visually.
Q: What’s your favorite thing in the world right now?/What is the last book you read?/What is one thing you can talk about for hours?
A: My son Kase (3yrs). It is WILD to watch him grow and grow with him.
A: Calvin and Hobbes - The full collection.
Q: How long have you sold your wares at PSM? What encouraged you to apply/ keeps you vending with us now?
A: I’m about to complete my 9th season at PSM.
A: My wife encouraged me to apply. I was hesitant at first, as I only had two t-shirt designs to offer. Almost 9 years later and I’ve only ever offered a maximum of 3 designs at any given time.
A: Consistency. PSM is a dependable market to make a living as an independent artist, with a dependable network of colleagues and friends.