Welcome to another Muggles Market Spotlight for 2017! Today, we are delighted to announce the addition of new artisan Sage Greene Art to our second annual Muggles Market at this year’s Geek Gala. Josh Greene (artist) and Beth Greene (manager) took a few minutes to answer some questions about their business and general geekery.
- What kinds of items will you be selling at this year’s Muggles Market?
Beth: A little bit of everything!Josh: Miniature furniture, illustration prints, a few dioramas, and possibly some geeky knickknacks.
- How did you first get started making these things?
Josh: How I got started making dioramas is that I wanted a way to display my ninja turtles on my computer desk without them just being on my shelf. So, I looked up display options online and found out that people had these elaborate setups. I found out that they weren’t store bought, that people made them by hand, so I figured well, I’m artsy, let’s see if I can make one! After I made that one, while I was happy with it, I figured I could do better, and I enjoyed the process so much. I dove headfirst into learning everything I could about how to make miniatures. So, I have zero formal training – everything I know how to make is self-taught.Beth: As for illustrations, I like to half-joke that Josh sucked up all of the visual artistic talent from our generation since even my stick figures leave a lot to be desired, though Josh points out that I’m awesome at cross-stitching which is something he can’t do. He’s been drawing since he was little—though he wasn’t always as good as he is now, much to his chagrin—and he just kept getting better and better. When he tried out something new, it always seems to start the same way, too: he just decides that he wants to do something and does it. For example, he decided out of the blue that he wanted to become better at painting, which he used to hate, and now he’s created several beautiful landscapes. This newfound talent also transferred into painting dioramas and coloring illustrations.
- What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
Beth: While I have little artistic talent myself, I do have plenty of ideas. Josh and I bounce ideas around quite a bit and I usually act as his sounding board whenever he needs one. My favorite project that he’s ever worked on was inspired by the love we share for the franchise Legend of Zelda. He created a diorama sanctuary that drew heavily from several games and in-game locations. It’s a beautiful stone chamber with a giant Triforce on the wall. I keep trying to get him to give it to me, but so far have been unsuccessful.Josh: Ummm…what is my favorite one? I think my favorite illustration or non-sculptural project would have to be the painting of the Belk Tower at UNC Charlotte. It means a lot to me because our Dad was really sad about them tearing it down. The fact that I got to make a painting of it not only for a class project but also with the up-front decision to gift it to him actually meant a lot to me. I think out of all the diorama stuff I’ve made, my favorite is either the church display piece that is on my desk (and that I will probably never sell because I’m in love with it) or the diorama I made for my illustration professor, Jamie Franki. I was able to give something back to a man who taught me so much, who gave me guidance, and made me not only believe in myself but really made me want to be an artist even more than I already did. So, to make him something that really brought him to tears to see, that really warms my heart still to think about it.
- What else can you tell us about yourself?
Josh: I recently graduated with my BFA from UNCC, and this is my first foray into the marketplace scene as far as my art is concerned. So, I’m really excited to be a part of this! You know, I’ve done client work, I’ve made things on commission, and I’ve spent a lifetime making things just for myself. This is my first show where, you know, it’s an exciting idea that nobody who’s gonna be here who has previously asked me to make anything, so it’s me just taking things I’ve made for myself and seeing if other people are into it. So, I’m stoked!Beth: For me, I also went to UNCC for both my BA and MA in English. When I’m not wearing my manager’s cap, I’m waving my teacher’s wand. I teach first-year writing as an adjunct as several institutions and absolutely love it. When I’m home, I’m just an ordinary, puzzle-loving cat mom to my 7-year old terror, Midnight.
- So this year’s Geek Gala pays homage to Godzilla movies – if you were to create a Godzilla movie today – what type of nemesis do you think he should fight against?
Beth:Ummm…my personal favorite is Mothra, so I’m trying to think how to top that. I have seen really funny memes of a Catzilla, so I think a giant cat would be really funny for Godzilla to fight. I wonder if that’s too silly for Godzilla, though. Option number two for me would be Mothra’s cousin, a giant monarch butterfly. I wanna name the nemesis, but I can’t seem to come up with a good name right now!Josh: A giant radioactive armadillo kaiju because apparently my sister thinks there’s an armadillo invasion currently happening.
Beth: There is! I saw it on Facebook! And Google confirmed that we’re experiencing an armadillo invasion. Now that I’ve gotten worked up over this all over again, I second Josh’s opinion for the giant armadillo nemesis.
- Check out their website at: Sage Greene Art
And make plans to come visit them on Saturday, October 21st at this year’s Geek Gala