by Barbara Moore
Greetings! We are thrilled to shine the spotlight on one of our 'fellow' documenters. Andrew has been sharing our Documented Life Project creative journey since we launched mid-December 2013.
Aren't his Weekly Challenge pages AMAZING?! I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew and oohing/aahing over his XXXXL planner when he traveled south for some Florida sunshine. Andrew is Mr. Personality Plus--a charming, energetic storyteller! Our delightful time together was too short--here's hoping that our paths will cross again soon, preferably in an art studio!
We adore '&rew' and vote ourselves as his #1 FANS!
Now you can get to know him better--here is his Spotlight Artist Interview:
A5: Name and state
AB: Andrew Borloz, New Jersey
A5: What kinds of art do you do? What medium or craft did you start with?
AB: When I was a little kid, I played a lot with cardboard, food packaging and paper towel tubes. After visiting New York World's Fair in 1964, I got involved in architectural model-making of the various pavilions using wooden blocks, paper, cardboard, plastics and electrical wires (for lighting). During my elementary and high school years, I made a lot of tree ornaments and flowers (plastic & felt). I then went to college and got my training in industrial & exhibit design which includes sketching (for conceptual & design ideas), marker renderings (for presentation to the clients) and engineering drawings (for tooling & mass production purposes). After working for various design consultancy companies for 7 years, I left the design field to go back to graduate school for masters degree in computer science. While working for a pharmaceutical company for 17 years, I traveled to various art retreats & workshops to learn the basics of acrylics, bookbinding, and mixed media. I now do collage, painting, stenciling, letterpress printing, nature printing, printmaking, book binding, journaling, hand-lettering and designing.
A5: You are packing an art travel bag with your Top Five go-to items. Tell us what you choose.
AB: First of all, I must have a digital camera so that I can take pictures of my work in progress. I often find many different textures & colors which I used in my digital work. Secondly, a box of mark-making tools - mostly paint markers.Thirdly, a small pair of scissors. Fourthly, tapes and glue sticks. Lastly, but not the least important, a journal book.
A5: What is your latest product discovery?
AB: Faber-Castell's Gelatos. I am not crazy about the name as it reminds me too much of the wonderful ice cream that I had back in 1990 on Isola Bella, an island located on the Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. I am now in the process of developing techniques with them for my stenciling projects.
A5: Tell us about your work space.
AB: My work space is dependent on what I am creating. The studio space that I used to have is now more of a warehouse than a work space - it is not currently well-organized and the reorganization is one of the projects on my list. I also used to have my own workshop before I went to college, and it is currently used as a food storage room - I would like to reclaim it as a workshop & studio. I often used the garage for spraying, top surfaces of the washing machine & dryer in the laundry room for stenciling and acrylic painting projects, my father's workshop (shown in photo) for metal and wood working, and the dining table in the kitchen for writing, collaging and journaling. The photo shows one of my workspaces - it was my father's workshop before he passed away and I used it for making videos of my DLP book.
A5: What is one thing you MUST have when you create? (drink, snack, music, lighting, etc)
AB: A well-organized space where I know where everything is.
A5: What do you wish you were better at?
AB: For a long time, I have been focusing on more on what I can do and don't even think about what I can't do. However, creating cohesive assemblages with three-dimensional objects is something I would like to do better.
A5: What color(s) are you loving right now?
AB: Citrus fruity colors such as lime green, lemon yellow, neon orange, and red grapefruit.
A5: What is your favorite pen?
AB: Lamy Safari Fountain pen.
Here is Andrew's interpretation of our Week 17 Challenge (Draw or Photograph your Favorite Pair of Shoes):
Andrew's creative versatility is evident in his body of work. Here are a few examples: