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February 07

The Royal Etch-a-Sketchers

By Ella Miista
Last week one of our Miistas came to the office excitedly telling us about this artist she discovered. Her name is Princess Etch A Sketch and as you may have guessed, she does Etch a Sketch art. Look, the strangest of things can be turned into art. We love creativity but god knows some things just leave us rolling our eyes. But, be as it may, using an Etch-a-Sketch to create art shouldn't come as a surprise - after its launch in 1960 it's become one of the defining toys of its era, not to mention it's regarded as one of the most creative toys to date... And since it's quite literally about making kids work with their imagination, for someone to use it as a medium for that is, well, only natural. But the Michigan born, Chicago based Princess Etch A Sketch, or Jane Labowitch as her parents named her, isn't the only one churning out impressive pictures with the toy/art machine. In her case it started playing with the toy as a kid visiting her grandmother when she was four. On the other hand there is Jeff Gagliardi who first tried it as a college student in the early 70s. Nearly 40 years later the trained painter is credited as one of the first etch-a-sketchers. Another person that's been at this for a while - since 1989 to be exact - is George Vlosich III. His work has been featured everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel to Oprah, and some of it has been sold for as much as 10,000 USD which is some pretty serious $$$. But, though not quite one of the founding fathers of the odd genre is the equally cool - and our total fave! - Bryan Lee Madden whose work is clever and fun and filled with pop culture references, and to top it all off, his frames are also all finished in a unique way. Even the packaging is art! At Miista we're all about details and craft so we really dig these people and their kind of cute hobby (that in many cases has even turned into a profession). The time and amount of work that goes into each piece seems pretty intense and it looks legitimately cool and fun so make sure to click through to their websites and check out their work! [caption id="attachment_22523" align="alignnone" width="960"]Bryan Lee Madden Bryan Lee Madden[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22517" align="alignnone" width="730"]Princess Etch A Sketch Princess Etch A Sketch[/caption]
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