Juan Diego // Machintoy


Name: Juan Diego
Location: Between Medellin / Colombian and Melbourne / Australia
Website: www.flickr.com/machintoy

How about a brief introduction?

Hi there, I like doing things with paper, not only drawings but also figures, specially toys and also buildings. I also enjoy walking in the city, taking photographs and drinking coffee.

Who/what inspires you?

Everything! Especially what I see on television, the food I eat and the place where I live. Also my family: my girlfriend and our two cats.

What message would you like to send out about your work?

I’m not trying to send any particular message; the only thing that I pretend is make people smile.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Make people smile with the things I make… that’s the best thing I ever made.

Share a secret with us!

(Psst! I want to share my secret with you, but if I tell you, then it won’t be a secret!)

Nancy Mungcal // Pretty Little Thieves

Pretty little thieves

Name: nancy mungcal
Location: california, united states
Website: prettylittlethieves.com

How about a brief introduction?
Hello. My name is Nancy and I am happy to be here. I draw, paint, and manipulate paper. I collect many things especially books, artwork, and cameras. I have a strong love for polaroids, cotton candy, and tea. I can often be found at a bookstore or a flea market.

Who/what inspires you?
my five year old niece
road trips
the woods and the animals that inhabit them
Kaoru Kawano’s wood blocks
the music of the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, and Hope Sandoval
the people I know and observe
the national parks

What message would you like to send out about your work?
I feel lucky and appreciative.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
being able to share my work.

Share a secret with us!
I’m a bad dancer but that’s not really a secret.

Sam Wedelich // Dwell Deep


Name: Sam Wedelich
Location: NYC
Website: www.dwelldeep.com

How about a brief introduction?
My name is Sam and I really love to draw. Much to the chagrin of my parents and teachers, I’ve been doodling for most of my life… especially during church and school. I’ve just begun focusing on illustration full time as of fall 2009 and can’t wait to see what lies ahead. Also, I really like chocolate.

Who/what inspires you?
In terms of visual art inspiration, I love Chris Ware, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Picasso, Paul Klee, just to name a few.
For actually making work, I am most inspired by music and poetry. Some favorites are French Impressionist composers (Debussy, Satie, Ravel) and Poets with a lot to say AND a rhyme scheme, like Frost and G.M. Hopkins.

What message would you like to send out about your work?
If in looking through my work you get the idea that it means something, you’re right. I don’t mean that as a judgment on non-narrative arts, but my work is highly content driven and I generally hope that viewers would find an emotional connection with the pieces I make, that it might inspire/provoke thoughtfulness for their own life’s journey. (ambitious, no?)

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Having my first art show in NYC this spring and getting a piece published in Uppercase Magazine are two standouts so far.

Share a secret with us!
Whenever I bake cookies, I always end up eating some at breakfast… they taste so great with morning coffee or strong tea. Just don’t tell my mom!

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