Chris Sickels’ Favorite Things


Correspondent Kevin Titzer meets up with sculptor and the creative force behind Red Nose Studio, Chris Sickels, and asks him about his top five favorite things.




Chris Sickels is the creative force behind Red Nose Studio.

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His work has appearing in advertising, magazines, newspapers, and animation. Chris’s first children’s book was titled “The Look Book” and was followed by “Here Comes The Garbage Barge” and “The Beginner’s Guide to Running Away From Home”. “The Secret Subway” is due to be released in 2016.

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photo by Dale Bernstein – www.dbphotowork.com

1. Person (living)

Over the years I always think my answers here should change, but I always go back to those influences that sparked my fire early on. Tim Hawkinson. In the late 90’s I was an art handler for The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. I got to install some pretty amazing stuff but working along side Mr Hawkinson on his installation was truly an eye opener.

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2. Person (dead)

Hands down Alexander Calder. The way he just made stuff that he liked. It worked, it was different and he seemed to make his play his work. Constantly showing me that making art should be a joy.

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3. Place

It seems I only travel abroad every 12 years or so. Those trips are always inspiring. Different cultures, languages, foods, architecture, all make an impact on this farm boy.

But my family that fills our little house in Greenfield IN is pretty inspirational, sort of like a carnival side show is inspirational, there is always something crazy around the next corner.

4. Book / Movie

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Amelie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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5. Music / Podcast

I stream KEXP out of Seattle just about constantly, when I have a good year I make sure to donate.

For work related podcasts it’s Your Dreams My Nightmares by Sam Weber

For personal I have been digging Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.

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Chris Sickels’ Favorite Things


Correspondent Kevin Titzer meets up with sculptor and the creative force behind Red Nose Studio, Chris Sickels, and asks him about his top five favorite things.