Friday, June 29, 2012

inaugural member spotlight: j. haley of the j. haley arts institute

hi friends!

here at MAKE, we aspire to keep our blog regularly updated with what is happening in the studio, and, of course, that includes the work of our wonderful members.  we think featuring each member would be a great way to give folks a better idea of the spectrum of projects that are possible with patty princess of power, promote the incredible wares of our fellow makers, and even let our members get to know each other a little better. members were invited to answer the following questions and to submit photos demonstrating their talents.

we kick off our new member spotlight series with j. haley, our trusty shop attendant who will soon move on to bigger and equally rad pastures in the wilds of new hampshire.  we chose j. for our first member spotlight not only because we love him and we'll miss him, but also because he has a show closing at the main pump project tomorrow; you should check it out and meet the man for yourself!  here's proof:


tell us a little bit about your work.  

My work, though created by myself, is inspired by a belief that I am being informed by the J. Haley Arts Institute, an entity from the future. We do not have anyway to corroborate this information, but are sure, that for the most part, this work makes itself present in the form of Mixed Media Drawings and Paintings, Words on the Interwebs, and even Events an Activities.

who or what inspired you to start designing/making things yourself?  

Just always made art, the advent of super sweet modernized tools that are available to the commoner has only helped expand our/my ability to make stuff that is even more super sweet.

what is your favorite material to work with?  what materials are still on your “to laser” list?

I like the way wood looks with lasered words. But I would like to see if I could laser into a thin layer of drywall mud on plywood and the add charcoal drawings  and a coating of polyurethane. I have done the latter process and love the vintage look the mud and poly does to the imagery. Maybe the addition of words would be just as cool. 

do you have a favorite project you’ve completed at the MAKEatx workshop?

I do not place anything in a hierarchal structural as I would not like to have any of my work feel bad about being sub par. 

do you have any advice for anyone interested in laser-cutting?
Experiment and work confidently. Find something you like and mass produce. Then go back to step one.

we know you’re great at making all kinds of crafty things, but what’s your favorite meal to make?

I like making it up with what I got. Sometimes it twists in the middle like a tomato based chicken noodle, turning into a garden veggie creamy delight, using the rest of the almond milk and the last of the shredded three cheese blend.

what’s your favorite handmade item you own?

Not sure. Let me make a couple more things and then I'll get back to you.

can we buy any of your creations around town? online?

Online is a bit hard now, but Saturday is the closing of my show at the main gallery at the Pump Project Art Complex and there is still quite a bit to get.  And after that look for my work at GrayDUCK gallery on S. 1st.

where would you take patty princess of power for a nice evening in austin?
I like home cooked meals and then it might be easier to convince her to stay over and just move in for good.

if you had to start creating your work under an entirely new name, what would you choose?
The J. Haley Arts World Power.

member's choice: add and answer your own question.  choose-your-own-adventure-style.

Q. If I were to ask my self a question, what would it be?
A. If I were to ask my self a question, what would it be?

payback time: ask us a question!
Why aren't y'all rich yet, your work is awesome, and your workshop should have workshops, plural?

thanks, j. haley; it's been real.