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Featured Seller: Jason LaFerrera

Jun 1, 2011

by laferrera

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Tell us about yourself.
Hi! My name is Jason and I’m 30 years old. I live in New York City, where I currently go to Columbia University and study math and computer science. Before going back to school, I lived in Morocco for 3 years teaching high school math, which was an utterly amazing experience and changed my perspective on the world and myself.

I started making these collages about a year ago; I had been creating computer art for quite some time but everything looked too digital, so I started seeking out scanned paper to make things look more textured. I came across a ton of old maps, one thing led to another, and now I’m working on a book of all the state birds made out of state maps.

Apart from creating, what do you do?
I try and do as much as possible, but everything is basically centered around either creating or learning. Going to school eats up most of my time these days, but I still love to cook as often as possible. I’ve been investigating porcelain casting and I’ve just gotten serious about programming and started some projects with Arduino and processing. I also love music — I was a recording engineer for five years and used to play in a band. These days the guitar is gathering some dust, but I’m making it a priority to play more this summer.

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What would be the title of your memoir?
Should Have Gone to Art School. That’s something I often say when I talk to my friends who went to art school. I’m always jealous of certain skills they have that I had to learn through trial and error. Then again, I’m not nearly as jaded as they are.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I am constantly looking for inspiration in books. I stop at every single book seller I see on the streets of New York City. Maybe Paris does it better, but NYC has some amazing book stalls. The Columbia libraries are an amazing resource too; I’m not quite sure what I will do when I graduate! While I look at a ton of books, I also check out a thousand blogs a day. I particularly enjoy image-focused Tumblrs — I can scroll through one of those for an hour and completely lose track of time. I’m always looking at composition and technique, trying to figure out why things work.

And then, of course, my friends are always inspiring me. As artists or scientists, they are consumed by their work; it’s just so wonderful seeing people loving what they do. I’m so proud to call them my friends.

What does handmade mean to you?
Recently I’ve been using digital tools so much, that for me, handmade doesn’t necessarily mean being physically touched by hand. I think handmade means having thought and care put into every step.

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Who has been most influential in your craft?
John Audubon has probably been the biggest influence in my work. He was such a beast; a rare combination of scientist and artist. He funded his work through trading furs and then traveled Europe with his sketches, showing off the mythical animals of North America to raise capital. It’s a remarkable story. Of course, I’m quite influenced by his composition and the entire aesthetic of field guides that he fathered.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
When I was a child I embraced crafts a bit more than the other kids. I was kind of obsessed with Marble Madness and would make these intense Rube Goldberg-esque marble tracks out of paper towel tubes and cardboard. I learned to solder when I was 8 and was welding by the time I was in middle school. By high school I embraced computers; I was editor of the literary magazine and fell in love with graphic design.

How would you describe your creative process?
I look at a lot of source material of animals in books and online. Then I go through my collection of maps and decide if I need to gather more for a particular project. Then I drink several pots of coffee and work for three days until the piece looks complete, and then hopefully I still like it and don’t delete it.

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If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Give me the Eames’ studio in the ’60s. They were doing it all: graphic design, film, and architecture. I love watching old footage of their production — it’s mesmerizing. I’ve always been a huge fan of Chuck Close too, with his unique way of pixelating an image. I always wanted to see the rig he used to raise and lower his paintings after his seizure.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I bought this huge lamp in Morocco, it’s almost star-shaped — maybe a stellated icosahedron? The lamp had caught my eye, but I wasn’t prepared to pay the price he was asking. I got really good at haggling while I was living there, but this guy wasn’t budging, and he wouldn’t let me walk away either. I decided to splurge and buy it — I’ve never regretted it.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I need to step away from the project. I find a walk outside will usually work. If not, a tall glass of scotch generally does the trick.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I don’t expect to be in New York in ten years, but I have no idea where. Rio de Janiero? Paris? California? I have no doubt that I will still be making things and hopefully surrounded by people that I love.

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254 comments

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 5 years ago

    Hey Jason you are really cool! Birds are such an inspiration aren't they. Two guys in a row way to go Etsy! Great FS! I LOVE your story and work!

  • LakesEdge

    LakesEdge said 5 years ago

    I love this, very cool designs Jason :)

  • OverstockDeals

    OverstockDeals said 5 years ago

    lol you and i have the same memoir title :)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    Your work is terrific. You sound like a very grounded person. Congratulations on the feature!

  • BluLima

    BluLima said 5 years ago

    wow, amazing work!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    Hi ! Congrats on being featured! Very interesting and creative work. Good luck with your endeavor. g...

  • tangente

    tangente said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    wow beautiful work, its nice to see inside your studio! I really like how your pieces have that texture that the map brings. very tactile, good luck for wherever the future takes you!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 5 years ago

    your imagination should be applauded. wonderful work thanks for sharing it with us.

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 5 years ago

    I really like your work! Congratulations!!!

  • taborarts

    taborarts said 5 years ago

    Love it! Geek + Art = FUN :)

  • taborarts

    taborarts said 5 years ago

    Love it! Geek + Art = FUN :)

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 5 years ago

    Interesting work. Best of wishes in your future pursuits!

  • jiggyjewels

    jiggyjewels said 5 years ago

    Very unique - love the crane. Enjoyed reading your article too.

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your busy life, I love your work. Congratulations as the newest Etsy Featured Seller!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 5 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful! I like art that reveals another story when you take a closer look. Congrats on the feature!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    love this. :D

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 5 years ago

    Such a curious combination of maths and arts you are! :) I'm happy to have a chance to meet such a great personality!

  • 464Handmade

    464Handmade said 5 years ago

    your work is amazing!! congrats on the feature!!

  • baublesandwhimsy

    baublesandwhimsy said 5 years ago

    Your work is extraordinary! I hope to be a customer very soon!

  • iadornu

    iadornu said 5 years ago

    Love your work, beautiful! I agree, better perspectives without art school. Haha and this is coming from an art teacher, but at elementary level. I encourage creatvity to the fullest! Audubon is fantastic, read the kids book, The Boy That Drew Birds. My students really dig the story and Audubon!

  • oddnia

    oddnia said 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS Work! Thanks for sharing. Love it! Cheers, ANNiE

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 5 years ago

    beautiful and unique work! Congratulations on the feature! enjoy the ride!

  • 4letterword

    4letterword said 5 years ago

    So so cool! I love! :)

  • SilviaEngel

    SilviaEngel said 5 years ago

    WOW ... incredible work.. congratulations on the feature !!

  • GloriousGirlJewelry

    GloriousGirlJewelry said 5 years ago

    No doubt Jason, that where ever you are in 10 years, you will be loving your life & deeply immersed in some art form ( or two! ) with a vast library of incredible books surrounding you, a tall glass of Scotch in one hand and a tale or two to tell your friends in the other! You are a breath of fresh air with no fears to hold you down - Can't wait to see what life has in store for you buddy :)

  • shelterprotectsyou

    shelterprotectsyou said 5 years ago

    whoa!! nice!

  • necklush

    necklush said 5 years ago

    excellent! congrats on your interview and wonderful work! -T&S

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar said 5 years ago

    beautiful work! Congrats

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 5 years ago

    LOVE your work!!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    absolutely incredible! i love that you are influenced by john audubon, i can definitely see that in your work. congrats on the feature!

  • chalkoholics

    chalkoholics said 5 years ago

    I love your shop, congratulations!

  • halfmoonroad

    halfmoonroad said 5 years ago

    just fascinating.

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 5 years ago

    One of the best features I've read so far. It was an easy read and I enjoyed it. I also totally love maps and your bird maps are my favorite. Congratulations.

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 5 years ago

    Your work is astonishingly amazing! Just incredible. I LOVE IT! wow.

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 5 years ago

    I have always loved your shop. Great Interview.

  • irishbabies

    irishbabies said 5 years ago

    Great work, Congrats

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 5 years ago

    I'm also a fan of Audubon. Your use of maps is very unique, love your pieces!

  • classicretro

    classicretro said 5 years ago

    LOVE love love your art! Congrats!!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing and where you go or will be in ten years always take your work and your love for it with you.

  • andTHITHERwas

    andTHITHERwas said 5 years ago

    You've got a brilliant eye! Am really impressed!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. Beautiful work!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    Lovely, great talent you have there. Congratulations on the feature. -Rozzie

  • pitterpattertutus

    pitterpattertutus said 5 years ago

    These are so fabulous! Immediately when I saw your work I though of Audobon, so you're in good company!!!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 5 years ago

    O' I LOVE your work!! It is so creative and gorgeous. Also share a bond with you with regards to Morocco - such an amazing country!! Well done on being featured!

  • Thesel

    Thesel said 5 years ago

    gorgeous and really unique!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 5 years ago

    Love your work, it's very creative and beautiful.

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 5 years ago

    AMAZING!!!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 5 years ago

    I love your work! Congrats!!!

  • GardenApothecary

    GardenApothecary said 5 years ago

    very cool... congratulations.

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 5 years ago

    You are an awesome geek.

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek said 5 years ago

    Wonderful works!

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 5 years ago

    Neat - O, thanks for sharing your story

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing!!! Congrats on the FS!

  • ZavalickDesigns

    ZavalickDesigns said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work - I'm also an admirer of Audubon, especially his Birds of America! Love your thoughts on what handmade is! Congrats on the feature and awesome interview!

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 5 years ago

    LOVE your work, congrats on the feature!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful work!!

  • extendedplay

    extendedplay said 5 years ago

    Really nice work Jason!

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    TheIndianPaperForest said 5 years ago

    Jason Congrats! Amazing technique - the birds look painted at first glance, and then to look closer and see the maps, wow. Don't stress over art school, as long as you've discovered your artistic talent and are now nurturing it, living it to your best, you're in the right place, even if by a different path. Wishing you continued success, inspiration and joy, Suzanne

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 5 years ago

    Jason, You are incredible. That basically sums it up. Keep living the dream, Rachelle

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Very unique and special. Congrats on your success!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Interesting and beautiful work. Love them all.

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio said 5 years ago

    Clever artwork. Visually beautiful and calming to look at. I enjoyed your interview.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • rochellefox

    rochellefox said 5 years ago

    I love how you use nature and man-made maps to create a collage of the two worlds. So inspiring!

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 5 years ago

    Great work!!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    Maps & natural history, two of my most favourite things, so it;s fabulous to see them put together so well! I love the way the images have such an impression of texture, even though they were NEVER actually contoured as a surface because they were created digitally. Brilliant, truly brilliant! Here's wishing you every success, but I honestly don't see how you could possibly fail with such stunning & unique artwork!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    Great article ~ Fantastic personality ~ Beautiful work

  • lorwich Admin

    lorwich said 5 years ago

    Congrats to a fellow Lion!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 5 years ago

    Amazing art! Congratulations on the feature!

  • PacificMerchantile

    PacificMerchantile said 5 years ago

    Tonights treasury add !!! :)

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 5 years ago

    Really impressive work & neat guy. Congratulations to you !

  • PacificMerchantile

    PacificMerchantile said 5 years ago

    I always comment to soon..... :] Just dug deeper into his work putting a connection between things as he does is inspiring to read and then later thing about.

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 5 years ago

    such awesome work!

  • PacificMerchantile

    PacificMerchantile said 5 years ago

    Opps "think" ^^^

  • PacificMerchantile

    PacificMerchantile said 5 years ago

    Opps "think" ^^^

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat said 5 years ago

    Great work, congrats on the interview!

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 5 years ago

    the armadillo rocks my world! Congrats on the feature!!!! :D

  • Dicentra

    Dicentra said 5 years ago

    Jason, you've had such an interesting life already; I expect you'll continue to experience the world and make great art, maybe even avoid becoming jaded. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Great Article!!! Unique Creative Works!!!! Love them!!

  • BingoBits

    BingoBits said 5 years ago

    Rio De Janiero - sounds good. Great article -Congratulations !

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 5 years ago

    Or Paris !!

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 5 years ago

    chARmiNg! cOnGraTs on thE fEAtuRe!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 5 years ago

    wow, love them and love the geekiness.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    very beautiful

  • thiswayup1

    thiswayup1 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations and great write up! Very inspiring :)

  • thiswayup1

    thiswayup1 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations and great write up! Very inspiring :)

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 5 years ago

    His work is great and he is cute :)

  • CarolAnnGarner

    CarolAnnGarner said 5 years ago

    Love getting exposed to some unique art!! Gorgeous!

  • CatNPhotography

    CatNPhotography said 5 years ago

    You're amazing. That is all.

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! I too am a huge Close fan. Congrats on FS.

  • DuryeaPlaceDesigns

    DuryeaPlaceDesigns said 5 years ago

    Awesome designs... congrats on the feature!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 5 years ago

    OK -so you are obviously that rare combination of scientist and artist-brilliant work! congrats on your success, your travels and on being featured seller!

  • lovecalifornia

    lovecalifornia said 5 years ago

    congrats dude!

  • AHeirloom

    AHeirloom said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! we really love your work and defiantly your words on the relationship between the digital and the handmade! really made our day.

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 5 years ago

    'le pigeon de paris' is stunning...i love art, birds, maps, inspiration, great combination! xo

  • SketchAway

    SketchAway said 5 years ago

    gotto love someone who loves Audobon! These are so delicate and lovely!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 5 years ago

    So glad to have found you here!! Very creative wonderful body of work here on Etsy! Congrats

  • FeltNatural

    FeltNatural said 5 years ago

    Incredible work! Congrats.

  • FeltNatural

    FeltNatural said 5 years ago

    Incredible work! Congrats.

  • FeltNatural

    FeltNatural said 5 years ago

    Incredible work! Congrats.

  • FeltNatural

    FeltNatural said 5 years ago

    oops my compu seems to have gone crazt... sorry..

  • MOAS

    MOAS said 5 years ago

    great work....I love the combo! Good luck on your book!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 5 years ago

    What's not to love? interestingly told, very different work, and a sense of humor!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Wow, the visual texture in your work is amazing. Your memoir made me smile.....it's never to late :) All the best and congratulations.

  • wesellusedgods

    wesellusedgods said 5 years ago

    Amazing Work! ...and we have all these antique paper prints on our site that we can further upcycle! Cheers

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 5 years ago

    Love you're work. I love Audubon art! I even have a clock with Audubon birds on it and it makes a different bird sound every hour.

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 5 years ago

    Great interview and work! One of my friends works for the Audubon society and I often tell her that she has one of the best jobs ever!!

  • lindanorton

    lindanorton said 5 years ago

    Great featured artist! I was just looking at your work yesterday and put the beautiful Japanese Crane in one of my treasuries. Great technique and combination of the old and the new. http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4de57908b06e6d91412ca4f9/dream-catcher?ref=pr_treasury

  • kcjo

    kcjo said 5 years ago

    Love your work. Great techniques! Thanks for sharing!

  • retroattack

    retroattack said 5 years ago

    Great post!! Love your works!

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit said 5 years ago

    Awesome story, awesome works!

  • Lolicup

    Lolicup said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work of art! cheers!

  • poedra

    poedra said 5 years ago

    beautiful art work! every piece takes us to an imaginary voyage... congrats on your feature!

  • DownToTheWireDesigns

    DownToTheWireDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great work! Audubon used to shoot the birds he sketched and painted. He would prop them up and pose them, and afterward he would cook and eat them. He kept very detailed notes about each bird and I like to think that those notes all ended with "Tastes like chicken."

  • 925silverwear

    925silverwear said 5 years ago

    Very unique art.

  • thedor

    thedor said 5 years ago

    Tres beautiful! Keep up this great inspirational work! Best regards!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 5 years ago

    I love nature and really enjoyed your art. Congratulations to you!

  • zptlisa

    zptlisa said 5 years ago

    dude, your work rocks. love love love it.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    your work is brilliant! and you've done so many cool things already :)

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 5 years ago

    lovely...thanks for sharing!

  • BelieveJewelrySupply

    BelieveJewelrySupply said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being an Etsy Featured Artist! I can see why thet chose you! Your work is amazing! It is so original! It is bold and delicate at the same time! I love it!!!!!!!!!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 5 years ago

    these are stunning~elegant and whimsical.

  • TheArtOfAdamJuresko

    TheArtOfAdamJuresko said 5 years ago

    I can tell you from personal experience that this guy gives a great hug.

  • inajuicebox

    inajuicebox said 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Just awesome!!!! Love your work. Congrats!!

  • KotoriArt

    KotoriArt said 5 years ago

    Love your art! Subarashii!!!

  • sunkae

    sunkae said 5 years ago

    ***Fantastik job!***

  • Picturesq

    Picturesq said 5 years ago

    you are an amazing illustrator!

  • balarose

    balarose said 5 years ago

    Beautiful Just beautiful!!!!!!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    absolutely fantastic. your work is amazing! congrats on the feature :)

  • eaglasgow

    eaglasgow said 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely work, especially the pigeons.

  • eaglasgow

    eaglasgow said 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely work, especially the pigeons.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and interesting work! The fox is my favorite!

  • NIFTshirts

    NIFTshirts said 5 years ago

    Very creative and fresh! Nice Work!

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 5 years ago

    These are beautiful and such a creative way to express them.

  • happywanderers

    happywanderers said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! and congrats !!

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 5 years ago

    Oh, such cool work! And I totally agree on your technique for getting out of creative ruts, only I can't handle scotch strait up, I head for the margaritas :) Congrats on your feature!

  • montanagirl

    montanagirl said 5 years ago

    I would go to the Eames studio too!

  • FourLetterFashion

    FourLetterFashion said 5 years ago

    Stunning work! Wonderful to find a fellow scientist/artist. Congrats!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 5 years ago

    His art is incredible. Love it all!!! Nice work! xxxx

  • graflandscape

    graflandscape said 5 years ago

    Would you consider doing a blue heron or peregrine falcon?

  • tomoliverart

    tomoliverart said 5 years ago

    What a great store, Jason. You've got it nailed!

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 5 years ago

    I'll sum my comment up in one word: "awesome" ;)

  • twitchandwhiskers

    twitchandwhiskers said 5 years ago

    Nice seeing all your talents being put to a very creative use!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Jason, your work is truly beautiful - what an amazing craft to master! So unique. Your story was just as interesting - great interview! I wish you all the best in your course and in your side line business! Thank you!

  • elizaBcrafts

    elizaBcrafts said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! The fox is on my wishlist!

  • PigCastle

    PigCastle said 5 years ago

    Talent!! Love it! Plus, you're hot haha

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    ShilohWinterJewelry said 5 years ago

    So unique and wonderful! I love the texture and graphic nature of your work. I don't believe that all great artists have to attend college. Some just have that gift. (When I first attended art college, I was blessed to have a lot of art education already behind me, but I'll be the first to admit that the guy in the room that had no previous art education smoked every single one of us. Like I said---some people just have that gift.) My teenage daughter does. My husband does. You do. And there's something to be said for "discovery." Being told the "proper" way to do things often stifles creativity and exploration. Sometimes the greatest "accidents" turn out to be the greatest "discoveries!" (Was painting on the beach once, and sand blew into my acrylic paint. What a glorious discovery! The next time I went, one of my favorite art professors gave me 2 jars to bring back sand for him! LOL) So be wild, imaginative, creative---explore!!!! You've got the gift already. Thanks for sharing it with us! :) Laurie Lenz

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    cute!

  • ambersheartart

    ambersheartart said 5 years ago

    What an original and inspiring idea. Love the fox!

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, very creative work and congrats on the feature!

  • ScholarlyArticles

    ScholarlyArticles said 5 years ago

    This is my favorite seller interview ever--coffee+scotch+libraries=great art. I own the Japanese Crane print and will often go out of my way when I am walking through my apartment just to look at it.

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 5 years ago

    Congrats Jason. LOVE your work :-o)

  • ScrapunzelPixie

    ScrapunzelPixie said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Really really original - love the Armadillo piece :)

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 5 years ago

    love it congrats!

  • katernst

    katernst said 5 years ago

    Congrats Jason, your work is great - most original. Wish we could see the lamp in your pics!

  • silke5763

    silke5763 said 5 years ago

    Thanks to your story I now understand a lot more about scientists and artists 'connection'... Wonderful!! Do what you love - with love! Very nicely put! all the best Silke

  • atelierlaforet

    atelierlaforet said 5 years ago

    I need to understand how copying copyrighted imagery/maps and altering their color is something to be applauded and considered art. You haven't drawn anything. You in fact have stolen artists/cartographers imagery and called it your own. What if you decided to to it to one of the above artists who have applauded you- I rather doubt they would be appreciative.

  • marasdesigns

    marasdesigns said 5 years ago

    beautiful work, love the fox.

  • nonporouscanvas

    nonporouscanvas said 5 years ago

    beautiful work, what an incredible idea...maps...I was a traveller myself, I can appreciate your story!

  • deepseapress

    deepseapress said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work! i love hearing about other math/science & art nerds - not as strange a combination as mots people think!! birds, and animals in general, always seem to dominate my art-making process as well. great article - love your positive, laid back attitude and incredibly imagination!!!

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u said 5 years ago

    Amazing work! What detail!!

  • NaturelMistik

    NaturelMistik said 5 years ago

    Awesome work, Jason! I really like the 'geek' potential your art has - birds + migratory patterns and/or nesting habitats + maps of those locations (or not) = uber coolness. Art and education wrapped into one! To atelierlaforet: Relax. Not all maps are copyright protected (which would be another awesome project for Jason - antique maps used to create mythological creatures ..) and he is drawing, just on the computer as opposed to using a pencil. As artists, we all 'borrow' from our fellow artists. Their creativity sparks an idea in us, and vice versa.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 5 years ago

    Jason - you have a fantastic eye for picking the right textures to make the animals/critters look so wonderful. Congrats on the feature and keep that scientist active too!

  • atelierlaforet

    atelierlaforet said 5 years ago

    to Naturemistik Plagarism is unethical. Using Audubon's sillhouettes and design is plagarism.

  • VaVaVoomByNikkiDanby

    VaVaVoomByNikkiDanby said 5 years ago

    Regarding the previous post, 'Homage' work in honor of another famous artist is perfectly acceptable in my view. You mention Audubon as a source for your inspiration, so it is not plagarism. You are taking his work and interpreting it in modern and beautifully executed way. You absolutely deserve the recognition. Congratulations!

  • BellaMarie

    BellaMarie said 5 years ago

    Truly striking work, love it!

  • BellaMarie

    BellaMarie said 5 years ago

    Truly striking work, love it!

  • iamFineArt

    iamFineArt said 5 years ago

    awsome work. thanks for sharein' your story with us & best of luck with your art.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. Wow.

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    Go math/science and art! Love that you're a math/CS student (I'm a chemical engineering grad student!). Your work is so unique and interesting - congrats on your feature!

  • GreenPost

    GreenPost said 5 years ago

    inspired life and art! congrats on your feature!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. Keep going.

  • k2designs

    k2designs said 5 years ago

    beautiful work! congrats!

  • BrisTieDyes

    BrisTieDyes said 5 years ago

    You have an awesome talent! God's blessings~ Briar

  • MoroWearableArt

    MoroWearableArt said 5 years ago

    Great story and work!

  • jasonmseger Admin

    jasonmseger said 5 years ago

    Marble Madness eh?

  • wwbc

    wwbc said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! We look forward to seeing the book .

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 5 years ago

    Very cool. Jason you should check out Mark Catesby.

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 5 years ago

    Very cool. Jason you should check out Mark Catesby.

  • Surdut

    Surdut said 5 years ago

    Lovely pieces. As you say, "by hand" does take on new meaning in this techno-based world.But just as I pay attention to detail and engage all senses by a walk in nature in a different way than looking at a nature program, I am personally more content to pick up pen, pencil and brush to portray science and spirit.

  • simplyJOE

    simplyJOE said 5 years ago

    "extraordinary" in vision and application good luck

  • MDCInteriors

    MDCInteriors said 5 years ago

    Your stuff is amazing! I've always been intrigued with topography and maps. Very interesting idea. Looking forward to the book!

  • HanaMauiCreations

    HanaMauiCreations said 5 years ago

    Wonderful, love your art!

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 5 years ago

    I love the style and feeling of your colages. Keep up the good work.

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio said 5 years ago

    You are so talented! Great work, great story! Congrats!!

  • theheirloomaddict

    theheirloomaddict said 5 years ago

    breathtaking talent!!

  • cerwin1

    cerwin1 said 5 years ago

    Stellar interview! Look at what you've accomplished and how far you will go with your experiences and talent. My compliments. You're an amazing young man.

  • ornithologie

    ornithologie said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring, love the prints!

  • RedDoveArt

    RedDoveArt said 5 years ago

    Great fusion of art and design! Like your story too!

  • IndyAndCleo

    IndyAndCleo said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful feature ~ super congrats to you! Love Love Love your work, it is absolutely amazing! ✿

  • HouseofNyla

    HouseofNyla said 5 years ago

    very pretty... Congrats Jason !!!

  • Unbunny

    Unbunny said 5 years ago

    Lovely

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 5 years ago

    Fascinating profile. Fascinating collage artist. Bravo!!! Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver

    MelissaBeeArtDenver said 5 years ago

    Very cool work!

  • ForsythiaHill

    ForsythiaHill said 5 years ago

    It's hard to improve on nature but you have certainly captured it in a unique and beautiful way! I agree - tumblr is GREAT- http://forsythiahill.tumblr.com

  • sublimedurga

    sublimedurga said 5 years ago

    I am a math/CS grad student who is a very visual person too. I really like your stuff.

  • Chipou

    Chipou said 5 years ago

    Simply put, you inspire me.

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 5 years ago

    beautiful work!!

  • gfxgirl

    gfxgirl said 5 years ago

    Jason, your work is absolutely beautiful!!! I loved your story!! Truly an inspiration!

  • gfxgirl

    gfxgirl said 5 years ago

    Jason, your work is absolutely beautiful!!! I loved your story!! Truly an inspiration!

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 5 years ago

    What a unique and original perspective on nature. Best of luck to you.

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 5 years ago

    Love the structure and technique in your art. Has there been a study done on link between maths, science and art because so many maths and science people I know are such creative artists. I think they see the structure and make up of things in a unique way.? Wonderful !!

  • NaturelMistik

    NaturelMistik said 5 years ago

    To atelierlaforet: I agree, plagiarism is unethical. However, Jason is not plagiarizing Audubon. He is working 'in the style of', but not copying his work directly and claiming it as his own. On a lighter note, I find it ironic that Audubon ate his way through North America and now the society that bears his name is dedicated to saving those same tasty creatures. :-)

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 5 years ago

    All I can say is BEAUTIFUL.

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    lovely ♥

  • aurealious

    aurealious said 5 years ago

    hmmm...I see where you are going NatureMistik but I believe if there is no original that credits all material used then whose to say its not a copyright infringment. Collage art is beautiful & interesting and often tells a wonderful story. Passing digitally collage work compiled from other sources off to consumers at $250+ and not citing sources other than "historic maps" in the description is unethical. Especially with all the controversy regarding copyright infringement with urban outfitters and an etsy seller, influence is one thing and plagiarism is another.

  • littlesoup

    littlesoup said 5 years ago

    just awesome.

  • littlesoup

    littlesoup said 5 years ago

    just awesome.

  • theoldewoodstove

    theoldewoodstove said 5 years ago

    Amazing- your work is Awesome!!!

  • WoodenTreasures

    WoodenTreasures said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work! With Etsy headquartered in NYC it's no wonder another NYC seller is featured. Nothing against this seller, but c'mon really? Another NYC seller featured?

  • pepperpressny

    pepperpressny said 5 years ago

    congrats on having your fantastic work featured! — a synergy of the natural & the manmade (grids, maps, cities, collage, etc).

  • Barnaclebags

    Barnaclebags said 5 years ago

    love your work and your use of maps!

  • compulsivelycompiled

    compulsivelycompiled said 5 years ago

    I am impressed both by your work and your interview.

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign said 5 years ago

    I'm in love with your work, stunning stuff!

  • TammiCreationsArt

    TammiCreationsArt said 5 years ago

    You are so funny! I love all of your creative pieces of art! Just beautiful! :)

  • DARKLUXvintage

    DARKLUXvintage said 5 years ago

    such a great read and your shop has great items!

  • rokcandyofnyc

    rokcandyofnyc said 5 years ago

    ★ B R A V O ★ Much L-O-V-E, ROK CANDY OF NYC

  • newrain

    newrain said 5 years ago

    Your work just is as excellent as your life ! I love them!

  • Sally4th

    Sally4th said 5 years ago

    Sweet story from a fellow scientist and artists!

  • Sally4th

    Sally4th said 5 years ago

    Sweet story from a fellow scientist and artists!

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 5 years ago

    Very exquisite work. This was an excellent feature! I love the tiger butterfly item :) -Krysten MarieVaughnDesign

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 5 years ago

    great work and style jason. i have no doubts you'll still be creating amazing pieces in 10 years and beyond................................. x

  • orientalbeauty

    orientalbeauty said 5 years ago

    That a great idea, so creative, too much work on it, Morocco makes person to turn inside may be..

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and very unique. Good Work.

  • wreathmiccreations

    wreathmiccreations said 5 years ago

    You have an amazing imagination--your work is so interesting! I can't wait to see what you come up with next!!!

  • ZenfulGoods

    ZenfulGoods said 5 years ago

    Jason you seem like a swell guy and a thinker outside of the box! I love birds! Especially the male Cardinal in all of his red loveliness! Congrats on a keen interview! Peace and blessings.

  • ScribeArt

    ScribeArt said 5 years ago

    Jason, Got a kick out of your take on Art School, your road not taken. Yet you've forged your own path as an autodidact, as did Audubon. Glad you called attention to him. He was courageous and driven from a very early age. I think your State Bird project would make a great postcard series. These days you can custom order prints at a very reasonable price. All you need is a nice consistent border design with tasteful lettering. Then a brief exposition of the designated birdie on the flipside. Good luck with all your projects!

  • paulajeansgarden

    paulajeansgarden said 5 years ago

    loved the sincerity/honesty of your work/words. such interesting ideas--place, mapping, view point, signs of place, ground, flight, abstraction, imagination, ether...

  • fernandfloradesigns

    fernandfloradesigns said 5 years ago

    Congrats on a fantastic feature! Your work is really beautiful and interesting. I'm particularly fond of the subtle and complex colors you use.

  • conmismanos

    conmismanos said 5 years ago

    Love the comments of "Handmade is thought and care into every step" and the jumpstart with scotch! Science and Art, what a combo!!

  • HomesteadingRoasters

    HomesteadingRoasters said 5 years ago

    I'm digging the Science + Art + Etsy Man feature.

  • magicjelly

    magicjelly said 5 years ago

    You might like to take a look at this collage artist too... http://www.mattcusick.com/paintings-collage/map-works

  • whimsicaljewellery

    whimsicaljewellery said 5 years ago

    Super unique and inspiring work!! congrats on the feature!!

  • KioMade

    KioMade said 5 years ago

    Very nice! I love the way your collages have a definite look of texture created through the different pieces you used. An artist feels the piece in their heart. It is evident that you do!

  • CarolinaCottage

    CarolinaCottage said 5 years ago

    Wow! I work with maps, but his pieces are amazing!

  • TaraTaraTara

    TaraTaraTara said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful creative & inventive guy who I can most definately relate too! I am also very inspired by the bird world and make beautiful one of a kind handmade 3D felt birds + global planet art~ Birds are the BEST!

  • fuchsiabloomstudio

    fuchsiabloomstudio said 5 years ago

    your artwork is amazing! being an ex- nature illustrator I can really relate to your work and your philosophy. The maps you use add such a texture and depth to the picture that I find fascinating!

  • gracelinepaperstudio

    gracelinepaperstudio said 5 years ago

    Always so fun to hear from an artist of a different variety. This is the first time I have viewed 'map art' like yours and it is enchanting. I would like to know more about how you are creating those beautiful animals and insects. You have lots of irons in The fire. where do you get the time? BEAUTIFUL work, just beautiful.

  • veronicadiago

    veronicadiago said 5 years ago

    at first i couldn't see the maps, until i saw the close up pic. these are awesome, congrats !

  • LuLusApple

    LuLusApple said 5 years ago

    Oh wow I had no idea they were maps either. Amazing :D

  • juliemhair

    juliemhair said 5 years ago

    Dig your work. I love the fact that is is accessible/affordable. Everyone should own some original art!

  • paulacelaya

    paulacelaya said 5 years ago

    Great work!!! Nice artist!

  • WildRavenStudio

    WildRavenStudio said 5 years ago

    such talent...I really dig your work!!

  • pinkie1

    pinkie1 said 5 years ago

    Always love the originality of art work, but I never would have seen this media use. Absolutely wonderful.

  • snowpea222

    snowpea222 said 5 years ago

    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MAN

  • TinfenaStudio

    TinfenaStudio said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful surprise to read this unusual feature and to discover your amazing artwork, congratulations !

  • ApplewoodHandwovens

    ApplewoodHandwovens said 5 years ago

    Great... very inovated,your work is a pleasure to spend time with... I wish you continued success.

  • BeSaltAndLight

    BeSaltAndLight said 5 years ago

    How creative you are! Love your work!!!

  • JenniferLynnProducts

    JenniferLynnProducts said 5 years ago

    Wow! Your work is beautiful. You don't NEED art school! You're doing it! :)

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 5 years ago

    WOW! Very fun! ~KK~

  • aschiffm

    aschiffm said 4 years ago

    Ahh I've been a fan of your prints for a while, cool to read you're so local. I'm passing by Columbia area all the time!!!!!!!!! I love using collage elements in my work too. I started out as a fine artist so that may be why. I studied Digital Arts at Pratt :)

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