Meet the Maker: Funhouse57

Q: What is Funhouse57?

 

A: Funhouse57 is the name of my art making business. “Funhouse” because my art looks like it belongs in a carnival slideshow and “57” because I love 1957 Chevys. 

Q: You’ve described your work as “pop culture infused with 1930’s style art and iconography.” Why 1930’s?

 

A: When I was a little kid the cartoons on tv that I loved the most were the really early black & white ones like Betty Boop, Popeye, anything by the Max Fleisher Studios made in the mid ’30s. Also I’m attracted to lettering, mainly advertising from the ’20s and ’30s. 

 

Q: What inspires you?

 

A:  I’m inspired by artists Gary Panter, Wayne White, JooHee Yoon, Timothy Wrinkler, Max Luchini, Christian Northeast. To name a few. Old carnival signage, vintage packing, abandoned buildings. 

 

Q: What’s your background? Have you always been an illustrator or is this something you do in your free time?

 

A: Graduated from KCAI, Design Dept., Illustrated for KC Star, 25 years at Hallmark, shoebox division. I’ve worked on my own art outside of jobs throughout the year. 

 

Q: Dick, this will be your 4th year showing at Maker Faire Kansas City. Do you have any advice for new Makers to the Faire?

 

A: I guess just dive in, fill your tables with what you to love create, chat with people who stop by and are interested in what you make, walk around and appreciate other makers. Learn a lot from this unique experience and come back next year even better. 

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