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Brandon Bidleman, 23,

Portland, OR

Meet Brandon, an illustrator and designer from Detroit, Michigan who is pushing the creative boundaries of lettering and typography. His illustrations and typography are beautifully unique. From constructing a type study out of dog kibbles and gravy that spelled out the words “A Little More Time” and unleashing two dogs to feast on the piece, to writing “A Beautiful Dream” with more than 2,300 matches and setting it aflame, you could say that Brandon thinks outside of the matchbox.


“Maybe one of my pieces will make someone laugh, or echo some feelings they’re currently having and reinsure they aren’t alone in feeling that way, or remind them how much they love Parks & Rec, Breaking Bad, or Biggies first album,” said Brandon.


Brandon hopes to connect with people through his work and inspire them to make work of their own. “If I can cause someone to want to make something, or do something, or even spark the smallest creative idea in someone else, then I feel truly fulfilled.”


He believes that everyone is creative, regardless of if they would describe themselves as creative or not. “I think that recognizing you have the ability to create something causes you to recognize you also have the ability to change something. Creativity is empowering, and empowered people are what make change in the world,” stated Brandon. “I just want to spread creativity and get people to recognize their potential to make art and change,” he explained.


As for future goals, Brandon desires to use his skillset for more social purposes as opposed to commercial ones.  He expressed interest in doing design work for more charity based organizations and providing free workshops and resources for low-income families to experiment with art and creativity. “I truly believe creativity is vital to a healthy life and healthy society, and I want to do everything I can to spread it,” said Brandon.


Brandon said that the best thing he can suggest anyone reading this to do is make something today, even if you don’t think of yourself as “good at it.” Brandon suggests to, “Draw a picture, write someone a letter, find a DIY project and make something for your house. Put something in the world today that wasn’t there when you woke up. It’s not even about what you make, it’s about recognizing a potential energy that you might not have been aware of before.”

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