On Nov. 19 I had the opportunity to attend the opening reception for two art shows — both at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md.The first show, Large Scale: Miniature Artists Go Big, is on the main floor of the Mansion. The 84th International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature is located on the second floor. What impressive shows — both of them!
I have four 3D paper sculpture pieces, including Hanging Out At the Beach, Paper Shells, In the Jungle and Mr. Rooster, that are part of the large scale exhibition. In the miniature show, I have one small rabbit named Hopscotch on display. Hopscotch is so small he fits under a glass dome and wooden base measures 3.25” high by 2.75”.
The oldest miniature art society in the United States, Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., has their annual show at the Mansion at Strathmore. This year, miniature artists were invited to also display their larger pieces during the same time frame. So this was a real treat to be able to see so many of the miniature artists also showing their large-scale pieces. What an exciting contrast!
Executive Director of Arts Business Institute and Founder of Artsy Shark, Carolyn Edlund, interviewed me for an article she published on the Arts Business Institute website. Every Friday, she profiles a different artist. I was thrilled and honored to be one of the artists featured.
As a private person, it is difficult for me to do any type of interview. I want people to be able to see my artwork, but, I find it difficult to tell my story. It is a constant internal struggle that I grapple with daily, including every time I post on social media.
But, I know people like to learn more about the artist — the person behind the paper sculptures and why they choose their subjects and create the art they do and the way they do. It is often difficult for me to put any of that into words.
Even though I have been posting regularly to this blog for years, I rarely post my personal story. I hope you will take a few minutes to read more at the ABI website. Perhaps in upcoming blog posts, I will start to tell more personal stories — so for now — this article is just the beginning of future personal stories.
Thanks for checking out the article.
As a self-employed illustrator, I have to continually market my work. One of the ways I do that is to come up with creative ways to show people my paper sculptures, which is a medium and style that is a little unconventional. I want to convey to people quickly that it is something different and exciting and explain to someone in a visual way what my illustrations are. I also want to demonstrate to a potential client how I can solve a project and what medium I use to illustrate it.
This whole process of coming up with marketing materials is similar to being in college, and being assigned your next project by an art teacher. Except now, you come up with your own assignments for your marketing and advertising needs and figure out the goal, the problem that needs solving and the parameters you have to stay within.
So, with this marketing assignment, I want to use the final image on all of my social media sites and also on a postcard to market my paper sculpture illustration business to art directors. The problem is, how can I quickly portray my paper sculpture medium and my process to someone unfamiliar with my work? How can I demonstrate that I can help solve a publication’s needs?
My concept was to create a one-word sign appropriately titled PAPER. I could show a progression beginning with a simple, plain white piece of paper and end up with a fully illustrated 3D paper sculptured letter. Using just one word will quickly explain my process visually and I will also be able to show different ways of visually and graphically communicating a solution to a publication’s message using my medium, paper sculpture.
Three of my paper sculptures, Crabby Baby, Hoppy Bunny Day and Keeping Watch, were all accepted into the Chambersburg, Pa., Council for the Arts 33rd Annual Miniature Art Exhibition. The opening reception for the miniature show is Friday, Nov. 3 from 5-8 p.m. The show runs through Jan. 5, 2018.