As I am sure you are aware by now, I am one half of Píccolo, a small business that produces illustrated products that are affordable, accessible, and fun. We ran a Kickstarter earlier this year, and launched our online shop earlier this week! Here, you can purchase our wares. Our newest project was the “To Market” tote bags, which include designs by illustrators Tuesday Bassen, Karolin Schnoor, Lesley Barnes, Jessica HJ Lee, and Caleb Luke Lin.
Right now, we are offering 10% off anything in the shop when you use the promo code HOOPLA! So, please take a look! I use my Karolin bag nearly everyday. I love it!
Hey! If you live in Baltimore, you should mosey on over to MICA’s Studio Center in the Station North neighborhood this Saturday (March 30) between 2 and 4PM. I will be there with my pal Lisa hosting a workshop, Paper Fun for Everyone!
Together, Lisa and I form Píccolo, a collaborative illustration project. In January/February we launched a Kickstarter which got FUNDED thanks to so many of you wonderful people. So, Paper Fun for Everyone doubles as a bash for all of our local Baltimore backers, where they can pick up their rewards.
At the workshop, you’ll learn how to make a thaumatrope, a Victorian-era paper toy that mimics animation. You’ll get to make your own. Everyone who participates in the workshop will get their picture taken and be apart of our installation.
So, come to MICA’s Studio Center, located at 131 W. North Ave on Saturday, March 30 between 2 and 4PM for some paper fun and sweet treats!
Through the Print Project, Píccolo has had the opportunity to work with 4 talented illustrators. But, who are the people behind the images? We interviewed them in our series, Píccolo Portraits!
Píccolo: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Michael C. Hsiung: My name is Michael C. Hsiung and I was born in Chinatown, Los Angeles. I wasn’t always making art for a living – I actually graduated with an English Degree and was working in schools, museums, and even at a background investigation company before even thinking of making art. I’ve been really lucky to have had such a nice run so far, and I attribute it to my facial hair.
P: What was the inspiration behind your piece for the Píccolo Print Project?
MCH: My love of the circus and performers (clowns/muscle men/stiltwalkers) was the inspiration behind the Piccolo piece.
P: What are your favorite techniques/mediums to use when you create your work?
MCH: My favorite medium would probably be ink, micron pens, and rapidographs, and my favorite technique is patterning with semi circles.
P: Do you think the field of illustration is changing? And if so, how?
MCH: I think the field of illustration is changing as far as I can tell, though not really being an illustrator in the traditional sense, but I think that its easier for artists to get his or her stuff out there now with the various social sites, forums, and community groups.
P: What are your favorite small things in life?