Beauchamping: Simple Design for a Better World
Transcending self-judgement, or what getting away has to do with being fully present.
By Maria Popova
Etsy’s Handmade Portraits series of short films never ceases to stun, revealing candid and poetic glimpses of some of Etsy’s most remarkable makers. From a 91-year-old moccasin-maker preserving a dying Native American craft to a young photographer documenting modern queer life with a vintage Victorian camera, the portraits reveal the sheer humanity that powers these exceptional creators. And hardly do they get more deeply inspirational than the credo of California-based artist and designer Greg Beauchamp, a.k.a. Beauchamping.
My work is a reminder to myself of the things I need to work on in myself — all about positive, love, equality, and how we’re all the same.” ~ Greg Beaucham
It’s not easy making something and putting [it] out there, but that’s a step in getting over your own judgment of yourself, because that’s what prevents us from being creative and from living a full and honest life.” ~ Greg Beaucham
Beauchamp’s beautiful black-and-white prints capture simple but profound sentiments of kindness and optimism. They are created using a xylene transfer process — essentially, a screenprint without the screen — and the artwork is painstakingly hand-transferred inch by inch over an hour.
Beauchamp’s work is part Live Now, part Everything Is Going To Be OK, part something else entirely — and altogether a potent smile-inducer for your soul.
Published July 14, 2011