What exactly do you make?
Almost anything. I make handbags, wallets, luggage, flasks, bookmarks, cosplay (leather items mostly), illustrations, logos, brand identity, advertisements, web pages, sculpture, upcycled chandeliers, lamps, and completely original inventions like my salt smoking basket. If I can't make it, I'll refer you to someone who can.
Tell me more about your leatherwork.
I use top-grain, vegetable tanned leather that I hand tool, dye and paint, using eco-friendly, no VOC dyes and paints. Items for heavy use (purses/luggage) have straps re-enforced with nylon webbing. Cosplay items are made to be as accurate and comfortable as possible, but won't always be re-enforced (except where needed). I use top-quality hardwear; stainless steel, brass, and copper. If you can imagine it I can probably make it out of leather.
What about your illustrations?
I do both traditional and computer illustration. For traditional illustrations, I prefer pencil, scratchboard, watercolor, and colored pencils, but I also match the media to the use (yes, I have done crayon!). Digitally I create using Photoshop and Illustrator, depending on the needs of the project.
What do you mean by multimedia?
This is my catch-all for my creations that don't fit neatly into another category. I've upcycled chandeliers into steampunk, I've created lamps with wood, paper, glue, metal, mica. I've cast latex masks. And of course I made a mesh box in which I could make my own smoked salt.
What design do you do?
I have extensive experience (14 years now) in web and print design. I've worked for two successful companies, Testmart.com and Inspire.com, and done numerous side projects creating websites for small businesses. I've gotten to design t-shirts for a local CSA. I designed our wedding invitations, made with wildflower seed paper so they could be planted later. I've worked on branding and brand identity. I know many different print techniques, how to use them to the best effect, and which print houses will give the best results for the lowest price.
What does your Forever Guarantee mean?
It states, “If any product I make breaks or has problems, I will fix it. Free. Forever,” and it means just that. If something goes wrong or something breaks on something I made for you, I'll make it right. Now, that doesn't mean that I will upgrade your website to HTML7 for free, or that if you tore up an illustration that I can completely re-create it. But, if something broke off, or a link isn't working right, I will fix it. Let me know what happened (even if your kid knocked over a lamp and now there's a hole in it) and if it is at all fixable, I will fix it.
How do I get something custom made?
Just contact me with your idea and I'll get back to you with an estimate.
Can you tell me more?
You must be bored. You can always check out my blog, which contains projects, design stuff, recipes, and random musings about my life. Hey, I'm a normal person!