What goes on at ChirpHop Studio?
Most recently, ChirpHop features mainly fine art and tutorials for making whatever hare-brained scheme or experiment comes to mind. (Previously there was more focus on one-of-a-kind handmade objects, so you’ll see some older posts about those).
There are always multiple projects in the works. What drives the activity here is the pure love of making things… all kinds of things, hopefully some beautiful things, sometimes just to know it can be done, other times so you can learn from my mistakes. If materials that someone else has overlooked or thrown away can be used, even better!
Friends and loved ones roll their eyes at the frequent phrase “I could make that”. I love to learn about new techniques and materials, get inspired by other people’s ideas and workarounds and try to invent even better ways of playing with a medium or fashioning tools out of what’s lying around the house or the woods or headed for the trash. Hopefully, you’ll find something that sparks your idea generator and gets you experimenting.
What do you make?
I currently create abstract mixed media pieces on paper, most often based in collage and acrylic paint, with some graphite and inks. When it comes down to it, though, they could contain anything that works. I love to experiment and pass along what I’ve learned.
A while back, the ChirpHop Etsy store (no longer enabled) carried one-of-a-kind resin pendants, (made with original artwork and found photos), decorative handmade bowls from recycled cast paper or papier-maché clay and line of polymer clay earrings. That’s where some of the older posts come from.
Where did that name come from?
It started with a magazine photo of a curious-looking little bird that always made me smile, and sat around forgotten for years. When it came time to name the Etsy store and create a logo, that bird showed up and just had to be the inspiration. I took a look at the picture and said “What would you do?”. Eventually “chirp” came to mind and it was all set to be Chirp Studio. The logo was made, all the paperwork was done, on and on. I searched shop names on Etsy to make sure the name wasn’t taken, but didn’t know the search didn’t cover any shop name that had ever been used (which takes it out of the running) … and it was taken. Back to to square -8. I had to undo some of the paperwork and after hours of fruitless searching, I took another look at the bird and said, out of frustration, “What else would you do?” and “hop” was the answer. ChirpHop wasn’t taken, so there you have it!