A while ago I found this beautiful and inspirational project “My milk toof” by Inhae Renee Lee. The stories that she’s creating with these two cute little teeth ickle and Lardee are just so fun to read! I thought you might fall in love with them too!
You car read more about the project here.
A few weeks ago I took some pictures of my little sister who’s an amazing guitar player.
I admire her strong desire to follow her dreams, her passion and hard work that she’s putting into music. We had a lot of fun climbing the hills and taking pictures in the forest! There are a few more pics in my facebook page. Xo!
Probably most of you already know Gemma Correll’s beautiful work. I just love her illustrations and I am so honored to have her in this little interview on my blog. I am sure you will enjoy this as well! :)
I started blogging years ago, while I was still at college. I think I started my blog in 2005, when I had no knowledge of html at all- so I had a really basic blogger template. Then over the years it has evolved. I’ve learned how to customise the design and linked it to my website.
4. What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
Overcoming self doubt. As an artist, it’s impossible to look at your own work objectively and I still really struggle with my inner voice telling me that I’m not good enough, that I should just give up and get a proper job…. I don’t think it will ever go away, but I’m learning to live with it at least.
5. If you would do something else besides illustration, what would that be?
I worked as a teaching assistant for a while, working with children with special needs, and autism. I’d go back to doing that job, I loved it.
6. Do you have any favorite artists?
Too many to count! But, to name a few – Tom Gauld, Lynda Barry, Nora Krug, Graham Roumieu and Quentin Blake.
7. Do you have any advice for people that what to start an art/design blog?
Have fun with it. Customise your blog to suit your own aesthetic and don’t think too hard about what you post on there. Think of it like a kind of scrapbook for your work, ideas and inspirations.
Hello everybody! I am really happy to have in this first “Creative people” post my incredible talented friends from Skypiper. The music band is based in Omaha, Nebraska and represented in this interview by Gabriel Burkum. I am going to let the answers do all the talk. :)
1. I really love you band name. What’s the origin of it?
Well, that is certainly a question we get a lot. I would be lying if I told you we haven’t tried fabricating some deep meaning or definition of “Skypiper” but the truth of the matter is that when Graham and Michael began playing music together, band names abounded- but they eventually settled on a name Graham made up, Skypiper. How was it thought of? Simply the combination of two of our adorable girl cousins. Skylar, and Piper. Sky-Piper. and then turned into one word- Skypiper (ONE WORD.). Once we had formed more of a band and were in the studio, we felt like we needed a different name. So for months and months we thought of different band names, and none that we thought of fit our music, but that somehow Skypiper did. I Don’t know. It was weird. But we all Just accepted it as the name for our band, and we’ve never looked back.
2. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
This too is also a question that we get a lot. Not only that, but it seems to be something we find ourselves asking each other time and time again. I would say Skypiper is an Indie band. Vague, I know. Let me explain. Skypiper started out heavily influenced by Nickelcreek, a “NEW grass band” (a trio of extremely talented young virtuoso string players/singers). The main reason for this is because when we started, we simply played folky-simple-love songs with two acoustic guitars and an upright bass. Of course we were heavily influenced by an ocean of musicians, but that didn’t truly come out until we hit the studio. In the studio we added drums, electric guitar, accordion, piano, strings, and auxiliary percussion and instruments. Today our band consists of an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, upright bass, drums, piano, and accordion – And all of us sing.
What is so fun about Skypiper, is that we are all very different in what we are influenced by. A SMALL list would be everything from the Beatles, Punch Brothers, Travis, The Cardigans, Wilco, Edgar Meyer, Phantom Planet, Weezer, Alison Krauss, Sondre Lerche, Spoon, Ben Kweller, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Nickel Creek, to bands like Blindside, mewithoutyou, or the Dillinger Escape Plan. It’s always hard to make lists like that, because there are 100 other bands we enjoy, and that influence us in some way. All of us are into a lot of the same bands, but then again we are into a lot of different bands, too and I believe that has a lot to do with our individual approach. For instance, Kyle and myself (Gabriel) both came into this band from hardcore bands. Which is funny, because Skypiper is definitely not a hardcore band. Regardless, I think our past’s kind of bleed into what we bring to the music Skypiper makes. Getting into the music is something we never have a hard time doing. SO. We’re very influenced by music that moves us, both mentally and physically.
Which is also vague.
We play love songs, and angry songs, soft songs, and intense songs… I guess we’re a rock band with accordion and bass violin?
It’s also safe to say that we are not only influenced by other musical artists, but visual artists and authors as well.
3. What inspired you to make music together?
First and foremost I would say brotherhood. Not just friendship. Michael and Graham started out as best friends, and we’ve had way to many fights to just be friends. We’re all brothers, and I think that’s how bands should be. Sometimes it gets rough. Really Rough. But we all love each other and respect each other as people and as musicians. We may not be the best musicians in the world, but we all believe in one another’s abilities to bring something fresh and honest to the table.
4. How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Graham and I are Identical twins. So, we’ve known each other forever. Graham and I hit it off with Michael in Junior High School and have been close ever since. I played in a Hardcore band called ‘ALPHABET’ that played a couple times with Kyle’s Hardcore band, ‘BOY READY’ from Columbus, NE. I didn’t know Kyle that well, but when I saw him at a local ALPHABET show, I found out he moved here to go to school at UNO, we immediately became brothers and spent a good three months, constantly together while I convinced him to skip school and play music with me until he eventually dropped out of school (sorry Mr. and Mrs. Christensen). This was almost four years ago. We’ve gone through five drummers. Five amazing drummers who were all great guys, but just couldn’t commit to Skypiper full time. Right now our drummer’s name is Allen Gilbert and he is actually Kyle’s cousin-in-law? Yeah, that sounds right. And he is fantastic. I wish we could keep him. But he’s a college grad… So, you know, he’s a grown-up.
5. Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
In the past, the majority of our songs have been written by Michael and Graham. However, all of us being song writers, somehow changed that. The new album features songs written by each of us. Here’s how it usually works. One of us writes a song, they play it for the band and if the band wants to use it for Skypiper, we then add to it, and take away from it until we are 100% satisfied with it. As far as the themes and topics of our songs go, we write a lot about love, struggles, joys, and realizations. More generally, things that happen in our lives and the lives of people we love. I think that sums it up.
6. What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Our biggest challenge as a band?… Wow, that would be a hard one to pin-point. Well, I would say our biggest challenge has been communication. Communication might be the most vital part in our band. That and Sacrifice. I don’t think anyone except our wives truly know the depths of the sacrifices we have to make to further our band. It’s definitely not easy to manage a band. Everyone has their own personal schedules, and aligning them comfortably with the schedule of the band is often times difficult. Luckily, all of us share the same goals for the band, and we all are, and stay very clear on, the purpose of this band. We take Skypiper very seriously. Like a Job. It has to be, or else nothing gets done, and people get mad at each other. SO. Communication, and Sacrifice would be our biggest challenges as a band. You can’t just want it, you have to truly believe in it. (I say “the band” a lot.)
7. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
1. Find people you love and who you share your deepest loves in common with. Don’t just let Chet, the kid with the sweet new Stratocaster in your English class join your band because his parents bought him a guitar. Unless you just want to waste your time. Choose band members carefully, and for the right reasons.
2. Before you get too serious, sit down (in a room without guitars) and discuss your goals for the band. If everyone’s heart isn’t in it for the same reasons yours is, than that might just pose a problem. It is VERY crucial to be honest with one another about where you want the band to go, and how dedicated you are to the band. There’s nothing worse than making an album and setting up a tour and your lead singer deciding he’d rather go into Medicine.
3. Before you play out, make sure you are playing music that you yourself would listen to- because if you don’t love your band’s music, no one else will, and then you’re wasting EVERYONE’S time. You don’t want to be “that band”.
4. Don’t limit yourself to one genre, unless you want to. Play music with whatever stylings you choose- even if it’s hip-hop Klezmer music.
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