1. Crafting the Story: An Interview with Dan “BeeTeeth” Christofferson

    Written by cre8tivegirl | August 25, 2014


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    Creating a single image that tells a story is a craft. For artist Dan Christofferson, storytelling plays a significant role in the work he produces. His art may be controversial to some, but for most it is a young perspective on the histories of culture and religion. Not all of it is based upon his Mormon upbringing. There are also huge influences from growing up in the Southwest landscape.

    We are excited to have Dan in The Station for Septembers sXc, please join us.

    When: Friday, Sept. 5th, 2014

    Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
    Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45pm.

    Place: Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227

    Cost: $5 suggested donation at signup

    RSVP on Eventbrite

    Space is limited. Be sure to register early!

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    When I first came upon Dan’s work I didn’t know about the influences that inspired this formidable collection. What I did know was that I loved everything. His variety of mediums is impressive. Clean digital icons, intricate paintings, hand-drawn illustrations, and mixed media. His experiments with printing processes like foil, vinyl, textiles, and silkscreening bring an analog approach to the systems he often creates resulting in some pretty cool stuff.

    When I discovered what inspired his work, I became even more intrigued. You see, he is a man covered from head to toe in tattoos creating beautiful graphic illustrations and paintings of a world I know nothing about. His depictions made me very curious.

    “Not a lot of people know these stories, and grew up with symbols of beehives, keys, and handshakes. That was something that clicked for me in school, something that set me apart. Tell the story of where I come from, in as many ways as I could.“

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    YPE How does the Mormon community regard your work? Is there any controversy?

    DC For the most part they have embraced it. I have been very careful knowing that religion and spiritual beliefs mean a lot to people. I don’t want to step on any toes or put anything out there that makes people have to defend themselves. Instead, I want to combine all these symbols and images in a way that makes people ask what it is, or think about the stories they’ve already been told.

    I would say that 90% of the people who see the work are excited that illustrations and art are being made about these stories, and 10% of the people are frustrated that it doesn’t tell the story how they believe it should be told, or they feel like it is poking fun at something that is important. Those people might be just a little too conservative and wouldn’t see art for what it is. I sort of dismiss that, it doesn’t really bother me.

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    YPE Are you going through the Book of Mormon to create the imagery or are there just certain stories that resonate with you?

    DC It’s just certain ones. Because some of these stories have been told so much, (maybe not to the world, but in my community), I’ll start to combine stories and connect them in unique ways. I’ll find a couple of stories and merge some of the imagery, so I tell it or present it in a way that it can be told. I don’t want to give away all the answers but I want to have a visual that people can engage with, and maybe come up with their own ending.

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    YPE Do you have a consistent set of characters that run through your work?

    DC Yeah, I think aside from the overuse of these symbols and shit (which I just can’t seem to stop doing), I’ve noticed that I include animals in weird ways in a lot of things. It makes sense growing up in between two mountain ranges. My dad was an animal guy and that influenced me. He would raise birds of prey, and always had snakes around us. Growing up it was really easy to see these characteristics of animals and connect them with exaggerated characteristics of people.

    “I need the ability to paint and draw which is a slow process. There are a lot of mistakes that you can react to and the ability to do things digitally I can undo quickly. “

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    YPE You have a good balance of digital and fine art in your work. Do you prefer one thing over the other?

    DC I’m always torn between if I should just focus on one style or medium, I don’t want to confuse people about the kind of work I do. I would love to focus on a certain style to have someone like an art director to rely on.

    I need the ability to paint and draw which is a slow process. There are a lot of mistakes that you can react to, and the ability to do things digitally that I can undo quickly. That balance makes life a lot easier when you can go back and forth depending upon how you’re feeling.

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    YPE Have you ever thought about putting your own stories into a book?

    DC Yes, I’m working on two books right now. One is a children’s book with my wife, and the other is a book I’m putting together from an art show I did last year. It’s based upon a fictitious brotherhood I invented. Essentially all the mysteries of the universe are revealed to the brotherhood, and then they reveal all those mysteries back to us through fine sewing, tailoring, and garment making. Thus the mysteries of the universe could be found in a really nice suit. The paintings I did for the show, the textile work and a few illustrations will be apart of the book.

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    We are excited to have Dan in The Station for September’s sXc. He’s an awesome dude and an award-winning creative who combines art, illustration, and design into his work. Dan is currently the Community Director for Big Cartel and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife. Client work includes: Weapons of Mass Creation, Big Cartel, Mailchimp, and more.

    We are thrilled to bring Dan to Portland for this special event. See you there!

    When: Friday, Sept. 5th, 2014

    Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
    Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45pm.

    Place: Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227

    Cost: $5 suggested donation at signup

    RSVP on Eventbrite

    Space is limited. Be sure to register early!

    #sketchxchange #wemakepdx #pdxart #pdxevents #dan christofferson #beeteeth

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  2. RECAP: sXc with Jessica Hische

    Written by emdash84 | August 22, 2014


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    Back in May we had a special sketchXchange with the talented Jessica Hische who inspired and delighted the audience with a wonderful presentation and how-to.

    Jessica shared her work on type design, hand-lettering and illustration—created both for clients and personal projects. We got a glimpse of her body of professional work and she took the audience through her process of hand-lettering and type design. It was a treat for sure.

    See more photo here!

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    #wemakepdx #portland #sketchxchange #jessicahisch

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  3. Weaving Class with Kayla Mattes

    There’s a cool weaving workshop coming soon at The Station!

    tillamookstation:

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    AN INTRO INTO FRAME LOOM WEAVING WORKSHOP

    Learn all the basic techniques necessary to begin continuously experimenting with the endless possibilities of weaving. The workshop will cover warping, plain weave, horizontal and vertical striping, fringe, tapestry and finishing…

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