Ian David Thomas | WYC “Creative in Residence”
I would like to introduce you to Ian Thomas. Ian is serving as a “Creative in Residence” for Walk [Your City] during the month of September. We are about halfway through the residency and so far, out time together has been excellent.
Ian first gained fame on the interwebs for his collection of sticky buns - one is pictured below. See more messy bun studies.
What is a Creative in Residence you ask? It is something I made up.
More specifically, it includes a full-time presence at BLDG Co (meaning Ian works at a desk behind me and “moved-in” his desktop and other tools of choice) for a set amount of time, with specific goals and intentional projects that allow for us to be playful and experimental. There is an urgency associated with the residency, particularly because I leave for my 12 day trip to SF > CABO > NYC on 9/27 and need to be ready and equipped with certain brand collateral to share the Walk [Your City] mission, focus, vision, and of course… momentum.
I am a huge fan of Ian’s work. Recent favorites include his paint chip poems that he creates by collaging older magazine photographs with quirky paint chip tiles from Valspar . The paint chip color names are so special, special enough to create beautiful poetry by stacking paint chip tiles to form short verses. As you will see below, the final product is quite magnificent. Ian created the pieces with Nicole Karp.
Ian used his “mad-illustration-skills” to create our “how-to-install” fun-structions (pictured below) with our newer mascot, the Gnome (more about that another time). These fun-structions were drafted freehand by Ian… impressive right?
Once complete with the residency, Ian will be sharing more about his experience here so keep an eye out.