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My Process

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The next question that I get is, “How do you do it.” Here is a step-by-step guide to completing a tape art image:

 

  1. I first find a picture. There are a few different ways that I do this. The easiest is to search through my photos or my friends’ photos. Facebook makes this relatively easy. There are a few friends that I know that have wonderful photos and I regularly search through them to see if there is anything that calls to me.
  2. I have Adobe Photoshop Elements because I was too cheap to buy the full version. In Elements the filter is called “cutout” (I believe in Photoshop it is called “posterize”). This helps color block the image that I have chosen and helps me to pick the colors.
  3. Next I choose the colors and if needed I buy additional tape. The best store for buying duct tape is JoAnns. If I need to buy a more specialized tape, such as the North Carolina Tar Heel Duct Tape, I use tapeplanet.com or Amazon.
  4. I put the tape on a cutting board. I like using something more flexible, mostly because it makes the tape more manageable. I often have to cut the edges of the tape since it collects a lot of hair and other junk.
  5. Using a razor blade, I cut a piece to the length needed. After cutting it I stick it to the image.
  6. After finishing, I seal the image with some type of varnish. I generally prefer to use liquitex or EnviroTex Lite (generally I go to Michaels buy both of these).
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Ezetary Art

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For the last several years, I have continually looked for a name brand for my art. I originally called it “Chad Farnes’s Art” or some variation of “Chad Farnes.” While I love my name, I wasn’t happy with it as a title for my art. Farnes is an uncommon name that most individuals are not familiar with and I am surprised by how often “Chad” gets confused with “Jack.”

 

I took a class on social psychology at the University of Utah. In the class, the professor stated that if you want something to stay in people’s minds, it needs to be sticky. I took that too literally and changed my art’s name to “Made to Stick,” a reference to tape art that I initially liked. However I quickly grew tired of the juvenile feeling name.

 

My big hang up was finding a name for my art that would not only reference tape art but any art that I would eventually create. I am interested in various forms of art, such as street art, metal welding, and stained glass. I didn’t want to limit my name to only tape art, but I was lost as to how to combine those other mediums into an interesting name.

 

Ultimately I wanted something that would be a combination of my English and Spanish/Basque roots. I thought of things like Estafeta (a reference to a street in Pamplona) and Rosco (my Great Grandfather’s name), but nothing seemed to stick. Finally I came across Ezetary. Ezetary is a play on the word for fern in Basque. Farnes means place of the fern, and it seemed like a perfect fusion of both sides that I find important. The word for fern in Basque is iratze. While I believe that a more common word for fern in Basque is actually garo, garo as the name of a website was already taken. I turned iratze around and changed the I to a Y, similar to what happened to my mother’s maiden name when her relatives came to America (it was changed from Yrizary to Irizary). Finally I added an extra E simply to make it easier to pronouce.

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The First Question

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The first questions that I get when people ask me about tape art, “How did you get started on that?” I went to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. One of my roommates was studying to be an industrial designer and consequently he spent hours scouring the internet looking for cool art ideas.

 

One day he came across an artist who created images using painter’s tape. My roommate felt inspired and trying to find a way around the prohibition on painting our walls, he decided to decorate them with painters tape. Over the next week he created a 6-foot tall image of Mao Zedong’s head, a vespa, and the outline of the seminude female from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.

 

Upon moving to a new house, I decided to create my own tape art and made a 6-foot tall image of Ghandi and of Che Guevara. When I moved again, I spent spring break creating the Salt Lake City skyline.

 

I loved doing the work, but the images were too temporary. I wanted to create something more permanent. Consequently, I began sticking the tape onto canvases and covering them with something a little more whether resistant, such as epoxy, modge podge, or envirotex.

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First Post

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I find that my hands don’t have that much patience. They are constantly fidgeting. I have a hard time holding them still. When I hang out with people, the though of sitting around is difficult for me to grasp. I feel the need to keep busy. That is why when people claim that I must have a lot of patience to complete my art work, I am confounded by the stark contrast between their beliefs and realty.

 

For the last four years, I have been creating tape art, and for the past two year I have been creating an image for every national park in the United States. When I tell people that I do tape art, generally I get inquisitive looks that say, “Why is a 29 year old man making prom dresses out of duct tape?” or “What color wallets do you make?” I don’t do dresses, not wallets, nor roses; I create images of places that call out to me.

 

The images are intricate. They consist of cutting little pieces and strips of tape and meticulously combining them until they create a mosaic of an image. They require painstaking dedication, concentration, and patience. Patience that normally I don’t posses. However, for some reason when it comes to sitting for hours hunched over a cutting board smeared with a kaleidoscope of colors of tape, I find it oddly soothing. It is rewarding in some strange way and that reward keeps me motivated to continue the art that I do.