Another Person’s Trash is another Person’s Art
The oneida square Trash can project was created by Mike Ballman, a local pastor and cathy marsh, the local artist in residence. When pastor mike first came to utica, he noticed that the city was not in the best shape. He noticed that there was no employment in utica. Pastor mike wanted to help this cause, so he thought the best way to help is starting a social enterprise. His first attempt at this was to make t-shirts.
Unfortunately that idea didn’t work, so then he decided to make “Holy shih tzu: Dog waste removal”. That to didn’t work as great as he thought it would.
So, pastor mike took time to listen to the community and noticed that the town had so much litter on the streets and not enough trash cans. Pastor mike liked this idea, however cathy made it better. She insisted on making the trash cans into art.
Cathy’s philosophy was that if the trash cans can get noticed, then the area will get noticed. Cathy is a firm believer in symbols so she started thinking of artforms that best fit for utica. She saw utica as this beautifully broken city. She put two and two together and decided to make the trash cans mosaics.
This week I’ve been practicing my lettering with a water brush. The water brush is so nice and makes making letters with various of weights easier. Also I stated a course on the structure of a phrase. He are my notes from that class
This week I learned about the basic anatomy and structure of typography. I used a micron pen and tried a pen brush. Learning about all of this made me feel as if I was in kindergarten learning how to write again.
I started taking skillshare classes and one of the lessons we had to just create a bunch of different styles for the letters. Honestly it’s really interesting looking at letters as an art form and not just something you read.
For my personal project I want to teach myself hand lettering. At the end I want to create a series of sayings, illustrating the letters within.
Mikey Burton is a graphic designer/ illustrator. He has been working for over 12 years but still says he’s “figuring it out”. He’s done work for converse, espy, target, the new york times, times magazine, and esquire.