I kept coming across Chris’ Etsy shop The Modern Stylographer and knew it was a sign from the Blog Gods that he must be featured as my Etsy Crush of the Week.
You will lose yourself in his Etsy shop filled with nearly 200 gorgeous minimalistic and modern designs showcasing your favorite fandoms across the galaxies. He’s got everything from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, X-Men, Harry Potter and so much more.
And the best part is, three lucky readers will get a chance to win a print from The Modern Stylographer! The only hard part is deciding on which one to get! Details on the contest below. Check out my interview with the artist Chris Petersen, owner of The Modern Stylographer below. (It’s one of my favorite interviews!)
Interview with Chris Petersen of The Modern Stylographer:
Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Chris Petersen: Simply stated, I’m a yankee in a foreign land with sorted thoughts and a childlike wonder about the universe. The rest is much more complicated. I began my professional career in education as a Computer Science major at a small college in NY, there I proceeded to major in Informations Systems, Marketing, and then General Art Studies. I didn’t really find myself as an artist, or person for that matter, until I went to a retrospective on Jackson Pollock at the MOMA in NYC. To this day I have no idea why his work affected me so strongly. So I ended up at art school three years into my college career. I had been pretty spectacular as a code monkey, but as an artist and designer, I was practically illiterate. It took me two more years to truly feel like I knew what I was doing. I think the turning point for me was when a friend told me that I wasn’t an artist, I was a designer. Things clicked for me then. I was meant to be a designer, I was destined to bathe in structure and rules of good design. I may never have a “moment” like other fine artists, but that doesn’t matter to me. Balance and color and composition, font and leading, crop marks and Pantones are my guides and how I apply them to my life gives me satisfaction.
GGG: How long have you been designing?
CP: I’ve been in the design field professionally for six years now and running my own second design business for about three. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with degrees in Graphic Design and Advertising Design and have been doing my best to escape the crushing pressure of my student loans. Debts aside, my true passion is creating art that is exciting, recognizable, and feels like it’s part of the future.
GGG: Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?
CP: To be honest, most of the time I get an image in my head of a word or a shape or color and need to get it down on paper or on the computer as soon as possible. Many of my more object and nature based series’ are born that way. There will however be the occasion when a franchise or movie will pop into my head and I will have to create a design on the spot so I carry notebooks with me at all times. I’m not doing anything revolutionary, I know that. But what I am trying to do is create a connection with other people through art the best way I know how… with the stuff fanboys’ and fangirls’ dreams are made of. I know I’m doing something right when I’m selling posters about how to deal with Zombie Unicorns.
GGG: How would you describe your artistic style?
CP: I hope I can use keywords… I’m a little bit Mod, Minimalist, Victorian, Steampunk, Futurism, with some Constructivism and a tiny bit of Post Modernism. That’s my best attempt to describe a dark, simple, clean aesthetic as if I were an intellectual.
GGG: Favorite artists (fine art, pop art, comic book, designers, etc.)?
CP: It’s a motley crew to be sure… Pollock of course was my first favorite and remains at the top of my list. Other artists I’ve added are Piet Mondrian, Picasso, Kazimir Malevich, graphic designer Neville Brody, famed type designer Erik Speakerman, and industrial designer for Apple, Jonathan Ive.
GGG: Since you’re a fellow Whovian I’ve got to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?
CP: I’ll be sticking to contemporary Who in my work, although I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, AKA the fourth doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. I have to say that for me, the strongest companion/doctor team would be David Tennant and Catherine Tate. I think that their off-screen friendship and creative endeavors have really fed my love for their character’s chemistry.
GGG: What else are you a fanboy for?
CP: Is it not obvious? Well ok, here’s the list chronologically… Voltron, Tron, (shamefully) the Ewok Adventure, Thundercats, ’80s fantasy and adventure films like the Goonies, The Princess Bride, Neverending Story, etc… Star Trek, Star Wars, The Matrix, Alien movies, Torchwood, Fringe, Primevil, Harry Potter, X-men and most anything Marvel related, post apocalyptic films like Mad Max, Terminator, and Planet of the Apes.
GGG: If you were on a deserted island what would video game, book, movie, TV show would you bring?
CP: Is it solar? That won’t change my answers, I just like details. I would have to say for video game, Final Fantasy VII but with faster loading times. I know I’m not 12, but I would sew all seven Harry Potter books together into one massive “book” to read over and over and over again. Honestly, Clue is one of my all-time favorite movies and I think that I would need to have that with me. Finally, the one television show would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m not sure why, but I need to have the slayer on that island.
GGG: Where can we find you in the internets?
CP: I’m everywhere!! Check out my links.
– There will be 3 winners chosen at random on Wednesday Oct. 5th
– Respond to this question on this post in the comments section or this Facebook post:
-“What is your favorite fandom and why?”
The Modern Stylographer Featured Art Gallery (click images to enlarge)