What about your flags and your Slightly Choppy brand? What do they mean to you?
So “slightly choppy” was just a saying I used to use in my paintings. I always had an element of typography in my art and this one kept rising to the surface. Over the years the term has defined my appreciation for all things human and imperfect, including my craft, typography, and art process, where things are off just a bit. The flags have become a perfect combination of my passions for painting, hand-painted signage, and worn- down fabrics that I can experiment with. The process of making these flags creates a uniqueness from one to the other.
Sewing, getting pieces together, actually cutting out or painting flags. Tell us about your process—how did you learn it?
I’ve always had a hard time throwing things away, especially scraps of paper goods, fabric, and other discarded materials. I’ve been a collager of objects, drawings, photos, whatever—always cutting stuff up and putting things back together. As a kid, I took a sewing class that made an impression on me, so I knew how to cut and sew. Surrounded by my piles I’d been gathering, I just stitched together a flag based on a vintage sailing burgee. I had no grand plan, but just crafted something that felt right and had a painter’s quality to it. My aim is to have every flag look like it’s been found and been around since the early days of surf culture.