We have amazing staff members who all have diverse artistic interests and use their Art Toolkits in different ways.
Art Toolkit Co-Founder Maria Coryell-Martin has both an A5 Art Toolkit and a Pocket Art Toolkit, which she carries everywhere. Maria’s A5 is her bigger adventure kit, filled with extra supplies to play with and share. Maria loves to pull out her toolkits to sketch when she has a few quiet minutes alone or with her family. While waiting for a ferry or hanging out at a playground, she might sketch with her daughter or pull out her palette to explore color mixing.
Maria’s Pocket Art Toolkit includes:
Art Toolkit Co-Founder Darin Reid carries his Pocket Art Toolkit pretty much everywhere he goes, because he likes having a home base for all his pens, pencils, and paper. While he’s a sporadic sketcher at best, he loves to brainstorm ideas on real paper, whether for a visual concept or a system he’s trying to build. Plus, having a six-year-old, Darin finds it handy to have some sketching materials with him at all times.
Darin’s Pocket Art Toolkit includes:
Production Lead Justin Lesser hasn’t done a ton of 2D art; he enjoys sculpture and loves dabbling in new things. He has tried his hand at leatherwork, pottery, lampwork, and woodworking, bouncing between art forms. Since getting a Pocket Art Toolkit, he primarily draws robots, mostly from his imagination. Justin regularly spends time with friends in a local drawing group and has been enjoying playing with the Medium Water Brush and a Pocket Palette.
Justin’s Pocket Art Toolkit includes:
Noah Dailey-McIlrath is our Production Assistant and Customer Service Representative. Noah primarily paints and sketches when he travels. A few years ago, he took a trip to southern California, Hawaii, and Japan. While traveling for two months, he found himself homesick. He didn’t know what to do with so much free time, so he started drawing. Noah found his best results came from completing a small sketch in an exciting place, then diving further into the drawing when he got home. Noah says, “Having a toolkit is especially exciting because I’ve never had a full art kit on my travels before.”
Noah’s Pocket Art Toolkit includes:
Administrative Assistant Renée Baribault actually has two kits! She typically uses her A5 Art Toolkit as her everyday carry and a Pocket Art Toolkit for backpacking. Renée has always been someone who brings her journal with her everywhere, so the organization and portability of an Art Toolkit have been great! She always takes a moment to ground before she starts doing anything, and then she observes and creates. Sometimes that means doodling; sometimes collaging and journaling.
Renée’s A5 Art Toolkit includes:
Content and Social Media Coordinator Nakaia Macomber-Millman has been using her Pocket Art Toolkit as forced Me-Time. She sees carrying it as an invitation to observe the world around her, and she enjoys using it to slow down and draw whatever is in front of her. So far, Nakaia has used it to document her travels and the natural world around her. She also loves always having it on hand to show people the kind of art she’s been creating!
Nakaia’s Pocket Art Toolkit includes:
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Cole Morreale brings their Pocket Art Toolkit just about everywhere they go! After a busy day, they’ll pull it out on the couch or sometimes on a walk, even if it is only to play with color mixing. Cole started as a digital artist because art supplies felt clunky to carry (not to mention the pencil shavings and graphite stains in the backpack). Although returning to a more analog practice has been challenging, Cole has been working to observe their new surroundings, having recently moved to Port Townsend, and notes that having a home for all their go-to art supplies has been a game changer.
Cole’s Pocket Art Toolkit includes: