2015 was the best year on record for me; I did the work I was most excited about and I learned more than I ever had before. In 2016, I want to collaborate more.
I've made a list for myself, and I won't make it public, but it involves a lot of different disciplines. My first collaboration this year was with Forrest Aguar and Michelle Norris, stylist and art directors around Atlanta. We collaborated on a photoshoot in which I designed patterns and colors, and they styled and lit the production. It was one of the best experiences I've had as a creative. It led to Forrest and Michelle teaming up with me as Very Clever, too.
In February of this year, I collaborated with my new studio mate Josh LaFayette, a great illustrator who was new to ATL. He had designed a set of cards for Chronicle Books called Food Fortunes, a tarot deck. It helped you decided what to eat for dinner.
We got to shop for A LOT of food, arrange and style it, and then I shot it. It was another eye-opening experience.
After just two months of creative collaborations, I'm already excited about what's next. My plans in 2016 include finally finishing a print journal I've been working on for some time. You can be sure it'll involve a good bit of collaboration.