1. How did you become a maker? Has your process charged over time?
After several years of only working digitally in my career, I was feeling the itch to branch out creatively. I've always wanted to have my own line of products and work on creating things that I wished existed in the world. When I started Pop Rocket Creations with my wife, it was my chance to really start exploring what we could create and how we would go about doing so. The process hasn't really changed much, but it can vary depending on what we want to make. I've learned to screen print and have gained a lot more experience in photography. I've also learned the ins and outs of producing physical goods through communicating with our printer and manufacturers and have had to learn pretty much everything about running a business (and still learning!). Becoming a maker has helped me to improve in all aspects of design and inspires me to learn more with each project!
2. What are some things you like to do to get inspired? Has a certain artist/designer influenced your design process?
Road trips and the photos we've taken on them are a constant source of inspiration. I like to look at work by artists that inspire me, whether it's on instagram or in books I've collected over the years. Music also really helps me get into the groove and can help me stay focused once I'm there.
3. Has your major affected the artwork you create now?
I do believe that having a strong background in design and using Adobe products, especially Illustrator, has really helped how I do things. Also, one of the most important things I was taught at DAAP was "learning how to learn." Knowing how to jump into new projects (or new programs), understanding how to troubleshoot, and adapting to change has been extremely beneficial. This has been helpful not only so that I know how to adapt as the industry evolves, but also when starting Pop Rocket Creations and venturing out into a different area of design and production than I'm used to.
4. What are favorite memories of creating art?
The best times are when I get so in the zone of a project that I don't want to stop working on it until I really feel that it's finished. The connections and inspirations through other people that I've met because of art are also amazing! Whether it's my high school art teacher, who really helped me get more into art, or meeting and connecting with artists that I admire and being lucky enough to call them a friend now (especially locally!).
5. What would you be doing if you didn’t decide to pursue a creative field?
I'm not sure what I would've tried to do, but I've always enjoyed the aspects of my job where teaching has been involved. I come from a family of teachers and I think I may have ended up doing that!
6. If you could go to dinner with any artist/designer, who would it be and why?
I'd love to hang out with Paul Frank! His style is one of the earliest influences on me and still influences me today. How he's used it to create his own brand, collaborate with other artists, and work across so many mediums is always inspirational.