When you ask any Queensboro employee what their favorite part of working here is, don’t be surprised if every single employee says:
Perhaps it’s because we’re located in Wilmington, one of the most southern points of coastal North Carolina. The staff at Queensboro lives and breathes southern hospitality.
It was the same respect and support for our fellow co-workers that brought many of us to Projekte Gallery & Lounge, an art gallery, lounge, and furniture store for an art exhibit.
As the surprisingly large crowd formed at Projekte, many familiar faces from Queensboro emerged. Staff members from customer service, marketing and IT came out for one simple reason- to support James Stirling. James, a multi-talented logo specialist at QB, was one of the artists featured at the exhibit.
It’s embedded in our company culture that every employee is ambitious, hard-working, and incredibly creative. Queensboro consists of nearly 150 employees with various talents and experience. For most of us, it’s another fantastic part of working here.
“I truly enjoyed seeing one of our artists’ really unleash his talents,” remarked Claire Becker, our Customer Service Manager. “It is always surprising to me to see the gold mine of artistic creativity we have here at Queensboro.”
She’s right- all of our employees, especially our logo specialists, are exceptionally artistic. On this particular night, James was displaying (and selling) his personal line of custom t-shirts. The shirts feature incredibly detailed and imaginative portrayals of a tree, a man’s hand, and even a colorful squid.
“The shirts were so imaginative, and also, really very familiar,” commented Melissa Weidenborner from Marketing, “I realized it was because I’ve seen my co-workers wearing them around the office. I think that’s awesome.”
So what inspired these whimsical tees? According to James, the tees give his creations direction, noting that as an artist, he feels as if his illustrations need a purpose. James attributes the choice to use t-shirts to his fondness for concert tees.
“When you put on a t-shirt, you are making a statement about yourself,” James explains.
As for the actual process of drawing, James has a unique and compelling approach. The method James uses for sketching, cross-hatching, is a technique using parallel and intersecting lines. It creates a shadowing effect that’s present in nearly all of his t-shirts.
Call Me ‘Lhu, the squid tee, is his favorite.
“I did this piece in a real interesting period in my life and it evokes a lot of negative and positive emotions for me,” James admits. “It took me the longest out of any of the designs, so I feel the closest connection to it.”
Close friend and co-worker Mike Kelsey, who was present at Projekte, calls his friend’s creativity “enormous”.
“It pours out of him in these unique, captivating ways in each artistic endeavor I’ve seen him undertake, regardless of category,” said Mike, who’s also in a band (I, Like You) with James. “I almost feel like I’m as likely to find him making some fascinating sculpture with a chainsaw and a tree stump as I am to find him designing a thought-provoking t-shirt.”
Most attendees at the gallery would agree. In addition to having a large turnout at Projekte, James was pleased to also sell a good number of his custom shirts. Although James is in it for the art, he admits that it “feels good” when people take the time to appreciate it.
“I do art to keep from going insane, getting my stuff noticed is just a bonus. Now that I work at Queensboro, it just seemed silly to not try to do my prints on t-shirts.”
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