We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
A Cut Apart was something that evolved very naturally, actually. I had been creating just for the sake of it and was seeing a bit of interest, so I came up with a name and logo and just went for it. In its most recent iteration, which I’m hoping will be able to become a full-time venture, I’ve been expanding my skillsets in order to be able to reach a larger customer base. When I started, I was solely making one-off pieces of art that would take me anywhere from 20-80 hours to design and complete, and, frankly, the prices I would have to charge for those pieces proved to be well out of my average customer’s price range. Now, in addition to fine woodworking pieces, I’m offering laser engravings and spray paint variants of my designs, as well as Rubik’s cube mosaics of all sizes. That way, whether the customer wants a one-off created by hand with exotic woods for $1000 or an engraving of the same image in a simple frame for $75, I can provide both options and many more.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honestly, I just love to create and always have. Most of my artistic acumen has arisen out of exactly that, as I constantly keep needing new ways to get what’s in my head onto paper (or any other material, for that matter) and needing to find new ways to make those ideas take on as close to the form I imagined as possible. I’ve seen etchings, engravings, cube mosaics, and woodworking pieces that have consistently inspired me to continue my journey towards making better work every day, and I take great pride in my ability to work in all of these mediums.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife, TL Luke, has been an inspiration from day one. Though I’ve always made art, I would have never taken the leap into doing it professionally had it not been for the example she has set in her tireless work to start and continue to build her illustration business. She has been my muse, my business advisor, and my biggest supporter. If you want to see for yourself just how incredible her work is, go check her out at tl-luke.com. I also would like to give a big thanks to my dad. A master. craftsman in countless mediums, he imbued within me my creative inclinations from a very young age and has continued to support and teach me in ways that molded me into the artist I am today.