Meet the Illustrator – Evan McIntrye

Meet Evan McIntrye of Evan McIntrye Illustration! Evan is the illustrator  behind the Summer Patchwork Market Tote Bag! Read on to find out more about Evan and his life in Durham, NC.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Evan McIntyre Illustration?Originally from Florida, my wife and I moved to Greensboro, NC to pursue her master’s degree. While there, I finished my schooling with a teaching degree, but quickly decided I did not want to do that, so I pursued my artistic side. I have always done some sort of art whether that be photography, oil painting, or mixed media. Drawing was something that I always began with and would do in any setting. I remember wanting to be an animator when I grew up (still working on that), so my mother would support that interest by giving me “how to draw” books. My wife got a job in the Research Triangle, and we loved Durham, so we moved here. I worked in a call center and would spend most of my time between calls drawing. I had a large whiteboard that I would update seasonally and randomly with new drawings. My desk was on the main drag through the office, so people began to expect new whiteboard illustrations. I became a bit known around the office, so much so that team leaders would often grant me paid time to draw each team’s logos on their statistics whiteboard. People started asking for tattoo art, portraits, etc. and I started charging people for my time. I then was asked to teach art during the summer at NCMA in Raleigh for the kid’s art camps. I took this opportunity to leave the call center behind and start a life of illustration. Along with our two dogs and a cat, we have a one year old. Currently, I’m the stay-at-home-dad and working on keeping this illustrating thing going. 

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I have to give credit to Laura Ritchie and The Carrack for introducing me to so many amazing artists and the community when I first arrived in Durham. Also, working at Scratch in downtown Durham has given me many opportunities to further reach the community and gain collaborative and freelance work (I miss working there). One other place in town is The Mothership which has been a consistent source of meeting people that are excited and encouraging of the arts in Durham, both the people that work there and customers that come through the shop (I work Monday evenings, come stop by!). 

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my moody workstation
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?I’m all over the place, really. Three years ago when I started this, I looked like a turtle on its back. Now, I still look like a turtle on it’s back, but I seem to get things done. I’m definitely more organized with somewhat of a routine, but I have a long way to go. The past couple months I’ve been researching methods for creating a good routine and I’ve been mildly successful. One method that works for me is at night before I sleep, write a list of what I need done the next day. Then, I write letters next to each task with ‘A’ for must be finished today, ‘B’ for I’d like it to be done, but not critical, and ‘C’ this can wait. I write these physically on a notepad and then cross them off when finished. Yeah, it’s pretty basic but the act of doing that seems to really help. It’s like a little victory or achievement. I’m a pretty big gamer and in video games, there are so many quests with items that are checked off when finished or collected. That could be why this method resonates with me. 
 
Other than that, I pretty much just stare at a blank piece of paper for awhile, panic, then start drawing something. Eventually, I start to gain traction and I get on a roll. I also spend time looking at a good amount of reference photos and other illustrator’s work. Initially, I had this notion of being as original as possible and quickly realized nothing is truly original, we just put our spin on things that influence us. Having that mindset has really freed me to draw more, as weird as it sounds. 

Tell us about one of your favorite illustration from your own collection? I really love how my Doom commissioned piece came out. There’s so much detail and I really think I nailed the colors. Everything seems to work so well together. Also, the process was really enjoyable. I played through the game to get a good feel for the subject matter, and would often pause the game to get reference screen shots.

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Tell us about your favorite illustrations from other artist? 

How do you keep your creative spark/ What keeps you fascinated?Looking back at old sketchbooks and cringing a bit, but amazed at how far I’ve come as an illustrator in only a couple years. It gives me hope to keep going and see how much better I’m going to be (both in illustrative style and running a small business).
 
As much as I hate keeping up with social media, it’s a great tool for showing the world my work and getting feedback. Also, seeing that other people’s work helps them succeed encourages me to continue when I have those unavoidable (and not too frequent, thankfully) days of artist self-loathing and insecurity. 
 
Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Evan McIntyre Illustration in the next year?I have an illustrated book that will be coming out later this year that was written by a friend. It’s a lot of fun and I’m getting really close to finishing. I hope to have it done by the fall 2017. Otherwise, look for me at local markets and zine fests. 
 

Where is your favorite place in Durham? It’s impossible to pick one place, so I’ll name a few. I really love my neighborhood in Walltown close to Club and Broad. I often walk around the area up to 9th street and frequent Monuts, Elmo’s, and Cosmic Cantina. It’s quiet, friendly neighbors all around, and the Duke’s east campus offers a great loop to run and walk around. Other than that, my go to bar is the Accordion Club, where you can see a mural by me in the bathroom. This place truly has the best selection of drinks in town with cheap Narragansett all the way to custom cocktails. Oh, and they make hot dogs and Frito pie! Lastly, a barcade called Quarterhorse just opened in Durham and I’ve yet to go but cannot wait and by the looks of it, I think I’m going to enjoy that establishment. 

Meet the Maker – Wilson Matsuo

Young Achiever: Wilson Matsuo (Class of 2020 Green Hope High School)

This Article Originally Appeared in Preston Life Magazine

Photographs by Laura Ann Photography

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In early 2016, Wilson started a charitable business, LovedByWilson, to raise money for the One Simple Wish foundation (a national non-profit granting wishes to children in foster care through local community providers). Wilson’s business sells handmade hand and string bags thru Etsy.com and at local craft fairs and farmers markets. To date, LovedByWilson has sold hundreds of bags, raising over four thousand dollars (100% going directly to One Simple Wish).

The idea for LovedByWilson originated from the charitable work he had been helping his mother with since attending elementary school at Green Hope Elementary. For years Wilson’s mother, Amy Matsuo, has been collecting linen and fabric donations that she makes into bags, quilting tops and dresses that were given away to charity. She told Wilson that the quilts and dresses were being sent to multiple nonprofits and that the bags were being sent to the nonprofit One Simple Wish who give the bags to foster children. Wilson realized that, in addition to giving the bags to One Simple Wish, he could provide financial support for the nonprofit by selling “LOVED” bags and donating the money raised directly to One Simple Wish.

Wilson manages LoveByWilson out of his Preston Village home. His repurposed bonus room is both his office, where he created an Excel accounting spreadsheet to manage inventory and sales, and warehouse, where he stores inventory and processes orders for shipping. 100% of the proceeds from each sale are donated to One Simple Wish because LovedByWilson has no overhead – all fabric used for the bags is donated and his mother/grandmother sew & string the bags, and volunteers have offered to help whenever there is high demand.

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For each bag purchased, he also donates a bag to a child in foster care. To date, Wilson has sold the bags online and at local craft and farmer’s market events and hopes to expand his service business in the coming years.

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At One Simple Wish’s headquarters in Trenton, NJ, Wilson’s “LOVED” bags are used both as totes for children who shop in the nonprofit’s clothing closet and also for those who are removed from their current residence, some in cases of high abuse and/or neglect. Removals are often made with little to no warning so Wilson’s “LOVED” bags are frequently filled with what the children may need by way of toiletries and clothing. Without these bags, many children would simply be given a trash bag for their belongings.

The money raised by LovedByWilson also helps the 400,000+ children who reside in foster care by contributing to the funds needed to fill their simple wishes. One Simple Wish is a unique non-profit that connects donors with the wishes posted by social service community providers for the children they support. Wishes can range from Legos to sneakers to laptops. It is not the nature of the wish though, it’s the knowledge that there is someone out there that cares, the hope that comes with the wish that truly has the potential to change a life.

So in addition to the money raised for wishes so far, Wilson’s goals don’t stop there. He hopes to connect individual donors and companies to One Simple Wish and help establish One Simple Wish clubs in schools. Wilson is hoping that the community gets inspired to work together and give.

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Here are just a few ways Wilson would like you to get involved in helping kids in foster care:

  1. Buy a bag online (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LovedByWilson)
  2. Ask your company to donate a laptop to include with the bag.
  3. Get your club, team or school to buy bags or help sell the bags.
  4. Host a fundraising event for One Simple Wish.

When Wilson is asked why someone should help. His answer is quite simple, “Why wouldn’t you?”

Please contact Wilson at wematsuo@gmail.com if you’d like to get involved.

Meet the Maker – Redden Goods

Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Redden Goods?

Hey there! I’m Katie Berman and I think it’s safe to say that I have been delving into artistic endeavors my whole life. It was in college that I discovered my love for fiber as I pursued my BFA. Once I completed my degree, I knew I wanted to keep creating and share my creations with others. I wanted others to be a part of the joy I felt through making with fiber. Redden Goods became the space for that. I had fallen in love with weaving during my time in school and miraculously found a 60″ floor loom on Craigslist when I moved to Durham. From there, I immersed myself completely in weaving and learning how to naturally dye my fibers– a skill I was not formally taught in school. I chose to produce goods for the home as I believe that home goods can be shared and enjoyed by all. Men and women, young and old alike.

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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I don’t have very many routines or rituals, but what I do require before getting into the studio is a full stomach, ha! Each morning before starting my work, I eat breakfast and take a few minutes to have some quiet time. Having a few moments to clear my head and have some space for reflection helps me to gather my thoughts and begin the day well. These few minutes can change the atmosphere from chaotic and stressful to joyful and fulfilling.

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Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

As of now, I think my favorite are the Deksel cloths. These pieces of cloth are designed to be versatile and can be a covering for horizontal or vertical surfaces. Place them on a table or hang them on your wall. Some of them can even be wrapped around your body if that’s what you’re into!

How do you keep your creative spark/ What keeps you fascinated?

Honestly, seeing the beautiful things people are creating on Instagram is one of my primary outlets of inspiration. It blows my mind that we now have these simple apps that connect fiber folk (or whatever folk you are) from all over the globe. People from everywhere are sharing and encouraging each other in their current endeavors, giving compliments or even advice. I love it!

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Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Redden Goods in the next year.

Well, Redden Goods is really just getting off of the ground! I’ve been primarily producing goods that are used in lounging spaces, but have been thinking about producing goods for the bathroom– washcloths, bathmats, etc. We’ll see!

Where is your favorite place in Durham?

Ooof, that’s a tough one. So much of Durham has my heart! I would say that my favorite place would be the Foster, Rigsbee, Geer St block. In one small space, you have a handful of places serving great food, great drinks, and great coffee. More than likely, you’ll find me hanging out at Cocoa Cinnamon, devouring a sandwich at Kings, or grabbing a drink at Motorco, Fullsteam, or Surf Club. So many choices!

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