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Blog - thoughts, travels, insights and meanderings

Blog of night, travel and fine art photographer + cut paper artist Matt Hill | Queens, NY. Join the fun!

Baron Dreamcatcher + Badass Backpacks = Kickass Collaboration

Matt Hill

So my friend and fellow altMBA alumni Adam Lemmon has a dream: create connections through conversations via his collaborative art project Badass Backpacks.

A brief glimpse into Adam's prolific mind...

A brief glimpse into Adam's prolific mind...

We make art-inspired bags that are ready for adventure. Badass Backpacks believes that your backpack can be more than just a backpack. We believe that it can be expressive and thought provoking. We believe that it can be a companion on your journey; that it can remind you to ask big questions, and it can remind you to put yourself inside each step of the way.

We seek to build bridges – connected experiences and products worthy of starting a conversation – helping our community find more ways to tell their stories. And giving them a bag for that journey. We are based in Austin, TX and all of our bags are crafted with love, made right here in the USA.
— Adam Lemmon

See why he is awesome, right? 

He chose Baron Dreamcatcher, The Fire Beneath and  from among all my cut paper artworks to feature as part of his Custom 20, now on debut in Austin, TX during the EAST Austin Studio Tour Nov. 11-2 and Nov 18-19. I'm honored to be among a diverse group of artists chosen for this project. (Thanks, Adam!) And here is the resulting bag:

I had so much fun sharing the possibility of a new imagining of my humble little art with someone so eager and dedicated to make his vision come alive, redefine it, and combat the lizard brain. Every Zoom chat we had stoked my excitement. Heck, it's hard not to be excited around Adam–his enthusiasm is contagious.

Read Adam's account of our collaboration here. You'll soon figure out why he and I work so well together :-)

Right now it's a very limited edition of three. Your chance to grab the one for sale is this weekend in Austin. Or contact Adam via the links below.

There will be more, and when details are available, we'll let you know! Thanks so much for being you, Adam. 

Make friends with Badass Backpacks:

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What have I been doing? Making business art.

Matt Hill

My lack of tangible art to show is largely due to working hard on other arts - business and leadership. It's most evident in National Parks At Night (now one year old!) and in my daily efforts at my main source of income - the day job. But I am focusing on growing so that there is more room to make the art that matters to me.

Here is a little glimpse of what I have learned with a podcast called Obscure Entrepreneur with James Murphy

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Paper Fashions premiere in Doctor Faustus at Quintessence Theater

Matt Hill

I was honored to contribute some of my paper fashions to the Quintessence theater's production of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, which premiered yesterday night in Philadelphia.

The paper wings adorn opposing angels who torment Faustus whilst he makes poorer and poorer decisions. Here are some samples from the show:

It's remarkable to be included in such a passionate act of art. The theater company is non-profit, yet goes to great pains to make sure the actors get compensated for their craft. And craft it is, for I was drawn into the play with ferocity and enjoyed the dark humors, struggles and relentless creativity.

Special thanks to my friend Chris Llione for considering me for this epic spectacle.

Please make some time to see the show. Here are the details:

April 2 - April 24, 2016
Quintessence Theater
at The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Tickets and details

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Night for Day in Times Square

Matt Hill

There is something gorgeous about shooting at f/2.8 for two minutes during the daytime.

And since my Petzval hasn't gotten a lot of love lately, I played around a bit with the waterhouse aperture plate with a star. Fun bokeh in a place as shiny as Times Square.

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