About Hijinx Mixed Media
Queering arts & crafts by elevating one-of-a-kind handmade art using a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques with natural fibers, upcycled materials, bits and bobs, and whatever else I can get my hands on!
Meet The Maker:
Hello! My name is Juliet King (she/they). You can call me J.K. or King or Your Highness. I'm the brains and muscle behind the Hijinx you see before you!
I have an unrelenting appetite for making. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have the support of my mildly artistic parents. They encouraged me to go to university to get a degree. After 4 years of college at the University of Whitewater, I obtained my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with an emphasis in graphic design. In college I learned about the relevance of art history, how to think critically about art, and how to use new materials from all the studio courses required for the degree. While I was officially a 'graphic designer,' my brain was poisoned by other art forms like sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Today, I still happily utilize my graphic design skills for product packaging, market signage, and the web design of my website!
I founded Hijinx Mixed Media as a way to spread joy and laughter through art. Sometimes my art is humorous just for a laugh, but sometimes it's humorous as a way to take the edge off harder-to-talk-about subjects such as depression, racism, and body positivity. Navigating through the world as a mixed race queer person, I hope to encourage community, solidarity, and resistance through accessible imagery and loud messages.
Thank you for reading a little bit about me. I hope you can see yourself in my artwork and I hope it brings a smile to your face!
Commitment to Sustainability
It is hard AF navigating a consumerist world as a small business trying to do better than mega-corporations. I try my best to minimize waste in my art-making practices and try to use eco-friendly and/or ethically sourced materials. Here are a few things I do to treat our planet kindly (with resources so you can, too!):
- Use plant-based compostable plastic sleeves (ClearBags) for prints on paper
- Use recycled & recyclable shipping mailers (EcoEnclose)
- Use recyclable glassine bags for extra protection while shipping (EcoEnclose)
- Upcycle materials such as thrifted or hand-me-down yarn for fiber art
- Use 100% cotton t-shirt blanks (Bella+Canvas)
- Minimize plastic in my art and packaging
- Print on recyclable matte photo paper
- Outsource stickers so they can be compostable and waterproof (StickerIt)
- Use natural materials whenever possible like cotton, burlap/twine, cardboard, paper, wood, etc.
- Support other small businesses with similar dedications!
- Remember, simply supporting any small business and shopping local is inherently more environmentally friendly, and it stimulates local economy!
What drives me to use different media in my art-making? Call it indecision, if you want to. During my years in college, I was privileged to learn new mediums and techniques because my degree required a shitload of studio courses. This was a little conflicting to me, because I loved every project. From charcoal drawings, to welding, to woodworking, to laser-engraving, to wheel-thrown ceramics, to painting, you name it–I fell in love with it all. Unfortunately, a lot of these art making skills require a lot of expensive equipment and space. Given the resources I have available, I try my best to make one-of-a-kind art pieces that can be enjoyed by many.
For me, illustration is the basis of all of my projects. Whether it's a sketch of an idea or a full-blown rough draft, I usually put pen to paper first. With that being said, I also create illustrations and reproduce them as digital prints to be shared with my audience.
About a year into selling my art, I was finally able to afford a tablet! Drawing on a tablet is really nice because you can undo your mistakes very easily, and you can draw anywhere you want!
I am greatly inspired by cartoons with my illustration style with black lines and bright colors. Realism is a lot of fun too, but less stylized for me.
There is a wonderful maker-space that I am a member of called Polka! Press Co-op that allows me the space and equipment to utilize my printmaking skills. Printmaking is such a lovely art form for reproduction work, or work that is easily reproduced. The screens I use have a metal frame with fine mesh stretched very tightly over it. Coated in a light-sensitive emulsion, I burn an image into the screen with using positives and a UV-light table, creating a stencil. Then, I use a squeegee to push screen printing fabric ink through the tiny holes in the mesh in the shape of my stencil to create a print! I primarily do small batches on apparel and I hand-pull every print. This is a very different experience than commercial screen printing which would use different inks and automatic equipment. After the prints are pulled, I cure each print using an iron to ensure the prints stay in the fabric FOREVER!!!
I have been crocheting since I was in high school. I like to call my technique "freestyle crochet" because I am the type of person who does not enjoy reading and following directions. These days, I primarily crochet bucket hats and hand-sew felt embellishments on them for a fun statement piece on your head. I have also been exploring ways to combine my two yarn crafts–crochet and rug making.
Needle punch rug making is a newer medium to me. I am drawn to the big, bright, and bold style that goes perfectly with rug making. I did indeed purchase one of those wicked rug machines, but I prefer hand-punching my rugs. Not only is it cathartic to stab something over and over and over, but it also connects me more deeply and personally to each piece! (it's cheesy, I know)
Collage is a form of found art that I really love. Scavenging for words and images that go together is an enjoyable challenge. As a graphic designer, I also love typography and photographs. I have published a few zines, and they all have had collage elements in them. To add a little flare, I sometimes draw on the photos as well.
I source my collage materials from a variety of printed publications such as old magazines, books from the thrift store, and even advertisements sent to me in the mail. It really is like turning trash into treasure and breathing new life into something that was otherwise headed for the landfill.