That's correct - I cut up baseball cards!!! Lately, I have satisfied my artistic appetite by taking sportscards and cutting them into small pieces. Why would I do such a thing?!?! Fortunately, I have plenty of background knowledge on the cards I am slicing to shreds. No offense, Mr. Jim Gantner, but your 1987 Topps card is never going to be a small fortune - just waiting to be found in an attic 50 years from now! Those late 80's, early 90's pieces of cardboard are so overproduced that I have decided to shrink the population - one art project at a time! As I type this, I am only 2 pieces in on my "Holy Grail" sports series - and it has been a major hit! Thanks for all of the emails I have received; I enjoy hearing what you think (good or bad). One question I have been asked a couple of times: How much of a card do you use? Well, I'm not TOTALLY trying to rid the world of the John Shelby or Paul Assenmacher cards, so I try to use as much of a card as possible. I also try to leave out guys that are extremely popular with collectors, especially guys that have made the Hall of Fame. However, I get carried away at times, and I occasionally will cut a card of a very good player. So far, Eddie Murray has found his way into "The Holy Grail." Paul Molitor is now staring at you from the nose of "The Mick." The edge of an Andre Dawson 1987 Fleer card is in the background of "the Mick" also. In general, I try to use the edge and as much of the picture that I possibly can. The more cards I save - the more I have to use on the next piece! Here is an example of how much of a card I use:
As you can see, I took the jersey, the face, the background, and the side & bottom edges. This card seved me well! So, the next time you are looking through your cards and you find a Pat Tabler - you need to remember: you only need that card to complete your set. However, nobody can USE that common card more than Tim Carroll can!!
Now, click those links to the left. I will continue to add the projects as I finish them, so keep checking back. Also, be sure to check out the other crazy mediums I use in my work by clicking some of the other links. Thanks so much for visiting - hope to hear from you soon.............
Tim Carroll in Allen & Ginter?
WHOA! That's Tim Carroll, the Card-Cutting Champion on a 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter card. Well, too bad for me that it doesn't exist. If it did,
I know it would be a common. So I would probably cut it.
Who is Tim Carroll?
I am a 33 year-old lifelong resident of Mississippi that has recently made a move to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I am a 3rd grade teacher that has loved to dabble in the world of art my entire life. Lately, I have been totally working outside the box - switching gears from painting to trying things I never dreamed of. Becoming a teacher has opened my eyes to putting more thought behind the art that I do, rather than "see the picture, paint the picture." I now allow myself to give the pieces thought - to add symbolic elements that make them a little more special.
Not that having a painting of your loved one or your idol is not special......but I believe you understand what I am trying to imply. :)
If you have something you would like to have put on canvas - or in pen/ink/graphite - or if you are interested in purchasing some of the art you see in the links to the left, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this awesome piece of collage work that a junior high student in Connecticut created.
Below: Me......inside Fenway Park, Boston MA, July 2006 (THANK YOU, KIM......Boston was a dream come true!)