Here is the transcript of the Video:
Tami Phillippi: Hi, it’s Tami with Frame Minnesota in Egan. And today I’ve got Carrie with us and she’s going to tell us a little bit about this awesome piece that we did today.
It’s all 3D, lots of little pieces all cutout and we framed it in just a simple black shadow box frame with something called Optium museum acrylic, which is a super, super clear product so you can see the artwork and not the reflections. Carrie, tell me a little bit about how you did this piece and the story behind it.
Carrie: Sure, Tami, and thank you Frame Minnesota for turning this out so beautifully. You can see it’s large. It’s two-foot by four-foot canvas. Over a thousand hours put into this and it is a story, a celebration-
Tami Phillippi: A thousand hours.
Carrie: …of our son’s childhood. It is built from comic book strips of paper and that is it. No paint. And it consists of Pearls Before Swine, Calvin and Hobbes, and The Far Side. And it really captures his youth. And it’s a way to celebrate his growing up, but not destroying what we grew up doing.
All these stories and he is totally Calvin and I’m totally Hobbes. So it really hits the spirit.
And the overall story is like a fishbowl and it represents the challenges that adulthood brings, but also the spirit that you need to maintain and all of the secrets and exploration that still happens no matter what your age.
So it’s truly a celebration and something that I hope he’ll hold onto forever and it has lots of little hidden meanings such as his name and there’s dates for birthdays.
Lots of hidden things you would have to spend hours and really dive in there and watch and look at. So I know he’ll enjoy it for years to come.
Tami Phillippi: Have you done something like this before?
Carrie: I do paint. My painting style is this way. It’s almost a mosaic and I do a lot of landscapes and a lot of family-oriented things. And I thought, as I was doing my next painting, and he wanted to clean his room and get ready for his next chapter, and he was throwing out some of his old stuff. I said, “I could turn this into my painting style.”
So I took all of the books and meticulously cut every colored cartoon out, all in exact shapes. And then I sorted them by colors and drew all of my painting and built it up layer of upon layer and some of this is one inch thick. That tree is really out there, again, to symbolize that fishbowl.
So it’s meant to be thicker in the middle with an overall really supporting structure of the bridge to bring you on the outside, to know that you can look out, you can look in, but it’s certainly your life.
Tami Phillippi: I just love it. And I don’t know if you can tell from the video, but it’s a million small pieces. Almost like putting together a puzzle to me.
Carrie: Definitely a lot of fun, lot of fun. I don’t know that I’ll do another one. And so I thank you for making prints for me in those posters and for the people that are really special in my life. I plan on sharing it.
Tami: Thank you very much. Tami with Frame Minnesota in Eagan. What can we frame for you?