SW: Tell us your backstory: How did you become an artist?
DSG: Art was never something I consciously decided I was going to do it just happened inherently. Ever since I was a kid I was always drawing or creating things out of legos. I knew that I wanted to work with my hands and create something physical. It wasn't until my sophomore year at Stetson University that I realized I wanted to make art a career and not just a hobby. I knew that if I was going to work really hard in my career it should be something that I was passionate and actually good at.
SW: What type of artwork do you do?
DSG: Simply put, I make three dimensional wall mounted sculptures known as Aslant Art. When I was in high school I lived in Madrid and became influenced by the graffiti street art scene. This ended up being my main focus in most of my early work. As an undergrad I developed a unique style constructing three dimensional graffiti using plywood as my medium. I liked the idea of making physical sculptures that weren't just painted illusions but were capable of casting shadows and interacting with light. Each body of work is made up of several parts that are projected from the viewing plane using wooden dowels. This created a unique dimensional effect. After developing this process over several years I moved into more figurative work. I started to refine my technique by using new tools that gave me more control with the material. My work has moved into several different directions but graffiti has always held a special place in my heart.
SW: What makes your art so unique?
DSG: Constructing each body of work is where I feel like I get to be an artist in my element. This is where I can be the most creative and really put life into the work. Some of the larger pieces are constructed out of 250+ individual parts. I enjoy the process of taking these parts and using the dowels to project and angle them to make them look like they are fluid, bending, and interweaving through each other. In reality they are all just flat pieces of plywood.
SW: Where can we view your artwork?
DSG: Currently I exhibit with the Maurine Littleton Gallery in Georgetown and all my artwork can be seen on my website drewstormgraham.com. Also you can check out these nice review articles by thrillist.com and coolthings.com.
SW: What are your most recent designs for Switchwood?
DSG: SwitchWood has a lot of new exciting things happening this year. We recently launched our new spring collection of wooden bow ties available here. This includes six great new fabrics for the season and three new beautiful species of wood also available in the A La Cart section. Our wood wings can now be personalized with etched names, dates, or short messages. This is perfect for giving gifts and creating memorable weddings. In addition we started a line of gold foil cufflinks that give a nice accent to the wood and stand out from standard laser etchings. SwitchWood has also redesigned it's packaging to give customers a new means of storing their bow ties.
SW: Which wooden bow tie is your personal favorite?
DSG: I pretty much like them all but if i had to choose one it would be the Monroe. Red is a bold color and polka dots are my favorite pattern. The Apollo is a close second because it is so versatile and can go with almost any outfit.
SW: Do you have any future plans or ideas for SwitchWood?
DSG: There is never a lack of ideas, inspiration, or direction to take SwitchWood. Most notably bespoke is at the forefront. I would like to start making truly custom pieces that are tailored to our customers. We will be adding a section to our website that will encourage you to send us fabric that we turn into a bow tie. This will be great for weddings and special events when you want to have a unique custom piece. We also plan to create tie storage boxes to hold and organize your entire SwitchWood collection. These luxury tie organizers will be complete with your name engraved on the lid. Starting an artist series is also on the menu. I would like to invite other artsits to either hand paint or etch their designs into the face of our bow ties making them one of a kind.
SW: Do you have any goals for SwitchWood?
DSG: My goal is to help SwitchWood become a complete men's fashion accessory brand that offers a large selection of diverse products. I invision creating wallets, sunglasses, tie bars, rings, and bracelets; all carrying our commitment to engineer a quality dependable product beautifully crafted for the modern man.