Posts made in November, 2010


Working Class Creatives – are you signed up? For more info, visit CharlestonParliament.com Brief synopsis below [from their website]: If you’re a creative professional living and working in the Charleston region, Parliament represents you. And by creative professional, we mean architects, urban planners, graphic designers, historic preservationists, chefs, farmers, writers, software programmers, filmmakers, editors, performing artists, publishers, art directors, web designers, visual artists… you get the idea. And since Charleston is already home to many, many individuals and organizations in a wide diversity of creative endeavors, Parliament tries to celebrate, connect and support members of the creative community – with events like Pecha Kucha, for example, an informal, idea-sharing meet-up for creative professionals held quarterly at different venues around the area. Parliament represents people with creative skills, making marketable products, whose value lies in their intellectual or cultural properties. It’s informal, it’s volunteer, and it’s inclusive, so anyone can get involved and...

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The Shutter Sisters have done it again! An awesome way to use your own photos to create a custom gift for the holidays!!! The calendars are compact, cute, and something you can easily print and assemble at home.” Last year I used binder clips [see more photos on their site.]To my friends, guess what you’ll be getting this year… 😉 Also if you run out of ink, use a local ink shop that adds the ink for WAY cheaper than brand new cartridges! Go green! For those that live near me [Summerville, SC], a great place is inktogosc.com. The usual price for us is $70 [color and black] – I got BOTH my old cartridge “inked” for...

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I came across Tami’s site when an artist “event” post by Alchemy Coffee [great coffee shop in West Ashley] flashed on my Facebook page. Intrigued by the artist’s profile name “Tami Like-likes To Draw”, I had to click. What followed next was a series of events that led to emailing Tami and her graciousness and willingness to do an interview. Below are the artist’s details, as well as her real last name; in case you wanted to inquire or hire her for her artistry. What is your full name? Tami Elizabeth Amy Boyce (it’s a mouthful, huh?)What do you currently do for a living?I’m a Freelance Graphic Designer. What is your creative background [education/self-taught]?I feel like I’m very new to the profession. I’ve always drawn but just assumed I’d “never be able to do anything with it.” (That phrase is better if you can hear it in my mom’s voice.) Finally, it all kind of came to me in an epiphany in my late 20s, so I went to Trident Tech and got my Commercial Graphics degree. [Editor’s note: I went there too! Tech rocks! It’s not where you went, it’s how you use it!] Does where you live inspire you? If so, how?I live here because of my family and friends, and they all definitely inspire me. Most of my stuff is light-humored and weird or twisted in some way; my friends are a huge source of many beginning ideas. Wait… I think I just called my friends weird and twisted… Ah, I guess that works. When did you notice that you had an inkling of creative leanings? I’ve loved drawing ever since I can remember, but actually gave it up after high school. I think it terrified me to try to make a career out of art because then I thought I would grow to hate it. It was pretty scary going back to school and embracing it all again. It took me years to just get comfortable with showing people my work. How do you stay inspired/creative?They say the brain is a muscle and you have to exercise it, and I think creativity works the same way. The more I make time to sit and draw, the more ideas I have… And the more prolific you try to be, the better your skills get, so I like to keep myself pretty busy. Do you have a creative ritual? If so, what is it?First I freak out. Seriously. With every new job and project, I get this fear that I’ll never have another creative idea again. But then I sit back, put on some music and tell...

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