Link Puppet and Promo Video!

Guzu Gallery’s “High Scores,” a video game themed art show, was the official pre-party for Classic Game Fest. On display from July 24, 2015 – August 31, 2015, High Scores features over 30 artists, including myself. For this show I fabricated a hand-and-rod puppet of everyone’s favorite adventurer, Link! He comes with his shield and can even stand on his own. If you’re interested in purchasing him, he is for sale here.

After finishing him, it became obvious that a play date was in order. So Eric Samaniego, Wright Sulek, and myself made the above promo spot for High Scores. Eric voiced and puppeteered Link, I helped puppeteer, and Wright filmed, operated the boom mic, and gave us directions. We had a blast and it all came together very organically. I wrote the script on a Tuesday, finished the puppet and printed the backdrop on Wednesday, we filmed it on Thursday, and Wright had the edited video finished by that Sunday. This experience has made it all the more apparent I need to work in film.


Flyer for “High Scores” art show.

Business Card Designs

I work on a slew of projects. So here are three business cards designed for promoting my various creative outlets. One is for my jewelry design company REfusedDesigns Studios, one is for this very blog about my art projects (, and the latest card is for, who I write for and contribute content. My main passion is creating art with with my hands and I don’t think of myself as a graphic designer, but here are some business cards proving that I have some graphic design chops.

Looking at them now I see that I should have pulled down the text on the back of the orange card. The back of the RefusedDesigns card I see a strip of white on the left where the bleed didn’t extend far enough.

As you can tell I have a penchant for rounded corners. They don’t seem to get dinged up as quickly and are just more pleasant and tactile. The REfused Designs card with the gloss black text on matte black background is quite sharp. FYI, right now I have my etsy shop emptied. I’m debating whether I want to sell jewelry through them anymore.

Stripe from Gremlins!

Here is the fiber art piece I made for Guzu Gallery’s “Icons of Horror Show: A Haunted Portrait Show & Halloween Party.” Gremlins was one of my favorite scary movies as a kid. Yes, it was also a goofy comedy, but as a kid it was freaky to think about monsters scurrying in the dark sabotaging machinery, cutting power lines, and coming after you. One of the original scripts actually had the gremlins kill Billy’s mom, but instead they had her be a badass killing the gremlins with kitchenware. Think how different that movie would have been with Billy avenging his mom?

Ok, I’m getting sidetracked here, but yeah I made a thing! Looky! He’s approximately 8″X29″ and is made out of foam, felt, and a little wire to make his ears nice, perky, and posable. He will be for sale at the show at $275.00. Interested parties should contact Guzu  about purchasing this fiendish little fellow. 512-454-GUZU (4898)

If he doesn’t sell at the show, all the art goes up for sale online on November 3 at around Noon CST.

Opening reception for Icons of Horror is Friday, Oct. 31st from 7-10 p.m. At 5000 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX.

The show is open until Dec. 1st. So if you can’t make it out on opening night, it’s no sweat. It’ll be on display for a while. However, you might wanna show because the first so many people in the door get a free copy of Gore Noir Magazine and there will be a live music performance by dark synth maestro, Xander Harris.

Moth Man! Fabric Art Sculpture

With the resurgence of Kaiju films there have been several monster themed art shows popping up lately. After receiving invites to partake in a few I decided to make a Moth Man to pay homage to my home state of West Virginia. Here is the resulting soft sculpture after hours of building a wire armature, cutting, and hot gluing fabric.

Moth Man!

Moth Man is featured in Streets of Beige’s online gallery called “THE BIG ASS MONSTER SHOW!” which started May 16th. You can check out the rest of the submissions here:

Sweet flyer for the show by Matthew Griffin.

Sweet flyer for the show by Matthew Griffin.

Moth Man will be for sale at another T.B.A. show around September.

I tried to pull from various depictions of the Moth Man. Drawings of him have all sorts of different types of wings (went with standard moth wings instead of webbing or feathery wings to avoid making him look like an owl). He obviously had to have large red eyes, because all sightings of him reported those peepers glaring at people. After adding the mouth and eyes he really came together as opposed to looking like an over-sized grey pine cone. : D

Check out this sweet poster for the Streets of Beige show by Matthew Griffin. I bought a purple variant of it for my apartment.


Designer Con 2013 Trip

Best Trip Ever.

Wednesday, November 6th, I made the 19 hour drive from Austin to Pasadena with the gals from Ink It Labs to work at their booth at Designer Con. For the uninitiated, Designer Con is an annual design convention with over 800 booths selling designer toys, art, stuffed animals, jewelry, clothes, shoes, faux taxidermy, etc. Ink It Labs creates laser cut and print wood and acrylic charms, jewelry, and toys. This year Ink It Labs collaborated with several artists and created limited edition pieces we sold at our booth.

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Designer Con 2013 was an amazing experience where I got to meet great artists such as Gary Ham, Amanda Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Jason Limon, Scott Tolleson, Michelle Romo, and Paul Frank (who we did not recognize)! It was soo overwhelming with all the different  vendors and what felt like too short of shopping time available to me since I was there working. I made a bunch of new friends and work contacts and one new client of Ink It Labs made my year. When he found out I created fiber art and puppets he informed me that he was friends with Sid Krofft and invited me to hang out with him at Sid Krofft’s house!

Me and Sid Krofft.

Me and Sid Krofft.

The creative mind behind H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost. Words cannot express how awesome his house was, ok well, maybe; Dwell magazine would have peed their pants. He had a tree house, koi pond, hearth that would have looked right at home in the Shire, a water tower on the house feeding clean water into the pool, a studio where he hosted artist residencies, an African Grey parrot named Harley who gave him kisses, and a giant fluffy orange persian cat named Mr. Red. There were plants everywhere, it looked like the set from Land of the Lost, and under the stairs there was a spherical fish bowl. I didn’t get pictures of the inside of his house, but you can watch the movie Ruby Sparks; his house was used in a scene.

Lauren and I with Rick and Deb Lazzarini.

Lauren and I with Rick and Deb Lazzarini of The Character Shop.

Still reeling from the whole experience of meeting Sid Krofft at his house, I got an email from Rick Lazzarini asking if I could work with him on a project. I’m bad with names, however I kinda recognized the name, but I definitely recognized the company name; The Character Shop. They are a special effects studio specializing in animatronic puppets! I had not met Rick at Designer Con, he just happened upon my work online. I call him and we get invited for a tour of his studio. Rick created the Queen Alien in ALIENS, he worked on Hocus Pocus, The Sandlot, Mimic, etc. I used to watch the T.V. show Movie Magic, LOVED IT, well they were on an episode and that is where I knew them from. The Character Shop was insane, I was like a kid in a candy shop, marionettes, hand and rod puppets, maquettes, animatronics, and they were nice enough to show us around and even let me operate an animatronic tentacle! squee*!

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After the tour of The Character Shop we started our journey toward the Grand Canyon, which we checked out the next day. We got to the Grand Canyon a little before sunset. So the pictures didn’t come out too great, but it was gorgeous regardless! : D

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The day after our visit to the Grand Canyon we went to Albuquerque and hit up The Stranger Factory and Walter White’s house from Breaking Bad. The lady who lived there was home and told us stories about her home being picked as the location and being on the set of the show. Those were our last stops before getting home to Austin on Friday, November 15th.

All I have to say is that 2014 is going to have to work really hard to top this year. I’ve got a several ideas for this upcoming year’s projects. Hope they pan out. We shall have to wait and see. : D

Steve Zissou Puppet for “Bad Dads” Exhibit

Spoke Art is having its annual exhibit, entitled “Bad Dads”, it features artwork inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. They were nice enough to invite me to take part again this year. The show opened yesterday, Friday, November 1st, and is on display until Nov. 23rd.

Seeing that for the last Bad Dads show I made Royal Tennenbaums marionettes, I decided to stay in a similar vein and created a Steve Zissou ‘muppet’ style polyfoam hand and rod puppet.

He took a few months to make, that was when I wasn’t working the ol’ day job or interning for Trouble Puppet Theater for their show “The Head.” I’m really pleased with how he came out, especially since he’s only the second hand and rod puppet I’ve ever made. The first one being the Kenneth the Spider puppet I made 3 years ago for the Youtube web series “Seth Martin and Friends.”

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Arch Nemesis Show

Hero Complex Gallery is curating an art show called “Arch Nemesis”, an art show themed around arch villains. The opening for the show is Friday May 24, 2013. I got wind of this event and immediately started on some fabric art pieces focusing on Marvel villains. I did Magneto’s helmet out of yarn using weaving techniques, Dr. Doom’s mask out of felt and fleece using a technique in the paper craft world known as quilling, and finally made an elaborate mask based on the Green Goblin. They all varied in difficulty of construction and the amount of time to finish.

I learned to read at the age of three with your standard children’s books, but also with  my older brothers comics, well, at least the one’s he’d let me get my greasy little mitts on. I grew up flipping through Omega Men, Billy Bayou, Toxic Avenger, Conan, The What If Series, X-Men, X-Factor, X-Statix, Spiderman, Superman, and Batman. Comic books and graphic novels are my jams. My favorite of the sequential arts.

Anywhos, here are the pieces I made for the show!

First off is the piece entitled “Dr. Loom”.

Next is “Magnus Bis Tincto”, which basically translates to “Yarn Magneto.”

And then we have the Green Goblin called “Green Feltin'” :