We, here at the Art Hive, are proud to launch our site at last! I'm Melissa, and I'm so pleased to introduce each of the members of our collective to you -- in our very first blog post! We've been working together like busy bees for several months, figuring out how and preparing to present ourselves and our work to the world as a group.
Originally, we "met" in Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells courses a couple of years ago. Though we are spread across the continental United States and haven't all met in person, I feel I know these ladies via the years of internet communication we've taken part in!
I was thrilled to be invited to the group by Jan Gerardi and Diane Neukirch, who initiated the collective's inception last year. Using Skype and Facebook, and good old email, the six of us have been discussing our goals and plans for the future, as well as dividing up tasks for getting ourselves up and running.
We decided on the name, Art Hive Collective, and logo ideas as a group. Jan, a consummate designer, crystalized those ideas into the final bee logo which represents our collective. Casey designed the banner header; Diane gathered all the elements and put the site together; Terry managed the domain name and Squarespace and Mail Chimp account set up; Lynn wrote the questionnaire questions, and I wrote the first blog post that you are reading and set up our social media accounts.
Each month we will be sending out a newsletter about our group projects, giveaways, individual processes, and works in progress. Please sign up to receive updates.
Below is a little snippet of what each of our members are about professionally and personally. Take a peek!
Lynn Gaines is an artist who loves all things cute!
She is a designer for a greeting card company by day and an illustrator-for-fun , toymaker and avid reader at night. Her work is inspired by vintage kids books, nature and frankly anything colorful. She loves to illustrate digitally and traditionally, draw, sew, craft, plays with illustrated lettering and specializes in kid oriented product and art with a storybook feel, although she does dabble in all subject matters.
Lynn lives in Ohio with her husband Mel, her mom, and 2 fur-kids.
What's your favorite trend right now? Chickens!
What art stuff do you use? Ink, Schmincke Watercolors and Photoshop
What was your craziest project? Designing a repeat wallpaper, 30" x 40" in goauche
Describe the style of your home or studio - Early College Dorm
Jan Gerardi is an illustrator and designer based in New Jersey. She has art directed, designed and illustrated many books for children and is the author/illustrator of the Teenie Greenies series of board books. Jan also creates illustrations and lettering for packaging, giftware and textiles.
Clients include: Penguin Random House, Time Life Inc., Carolrhoda Books, and Sky Pony Press.
What blogs do you stalk? Design Sponge
What do you do in your down time? Ride and show my horse, read
Favorite fictional character? Lucy Ricardo
How do you create - digitally, traditionally, or both? Both - I like creating traditionally, but love the flexibility of digit
What's your dream project? Illustrating a line of packaging designed for the gift market.
Melissa Iwai is the children’s book author and illustrator of Soup Day. She has also illustrated numerous picture books, including Let’s Go to the Hardware Store, Truck Stop, a 2014 Bank Street Library Best Book, Hush Little Monster, B is for Bulldozer, as well as many others. All of her books may be viewed at: www.melissaiwai.com
What art stuff do you use? ink, watercolor, Photoshop, Illustrator
Favorite binge food? Popcorn!
Favorite fictional character? Arya Stark
Dress or jeans? Jeans for sure!
What do you do during your down time? Spending time with my family, crossword puzzles, ken ken, and cooking.
Terri Fry Kasuba
Terri Fry Kasuba creates cute, clever and somewhat twisted illustrations for projects in advertising, publishing, product and surface design, as well as galleries. She enjoys working for a variety of clients including Hallmark, Urban Outfitters, Andrews McMeel, ishares , and Portland General Electric.
What's your favorite trend right now? Girl Power
What art stuff do you use? Golden High Flow acrylics
Your favorite song or kind of music? Modest Mouse is currently my favorite
What's your dream project? Creating a whole line of gift products and a children's book
Casey Krimmel is an illustrator and designer with a love for watercolor and ink pens. After graduating with a BFA in Visual Communications from Washington University in St. Louis, she returned to her native Oregon and worked for a number of years in web design before branching out into surface pattern design and art licensing. Her work has been described as elegant yet loose and she is inspired by nature, people watching, walks in her neighborhood, and funny stories. When she is not designing you can find her at dance or yoga class, checking out the Portland food scene, or buying too many plants for her garden.
What art stuff do you use? Pencils, black copic pens, random assortment of watercolors and inks
Favorite binge food? Chocolate covered peanut butter malt balls from the bulk food section.
Your favorite song or kind of music? Depends on my mood but I'm usually listening to NPR or an ever growing list of podcasts.
What do you do in your down time? Taking Ballet and modern dance classes, reading, buying too many plants for my garden.
What was your craziest project? Designing a website for an RV waste tank dumping system early in my design career.
Diane Neukirch is an illustrator based in Madison, WI. She has taught both Fine Art and Computer Arts classes for over 20 years and her freelance experience has covered a broad range of clients in and around the Midwest.
Diane discovered a love for drawing at a very early age and has been obsessed with digital art ever since going back to school to learn computer graphics over 10 years ago. For her work, she draws inspiration from the everyday, nature, textured surfaces and quirky stories. When she is not gazing into her computer monitor, you will most likely find her on the tennis court ready to poach at the net.
What art stuff do you use? I mostly work digitally and need a daily dose of Photoshop to feed my addiction.
What blogs do you stalk? The Jealous Curator, Illustration Age, Print and Pattern
Favorite fictional character? Rick Grimes from the Walking Dead
What's your dream project? Illustrating a children's book.
Describe the style of your home or studio? Modern Rustic.