A Short History of Tinybirdman
[Tinybirdman is Born]
Tinybirdman was born on December 6th, 2017.
The first Tinybirdman incarnation was a needle-felted doll made during finals.
Tinybirdman proceeded to appear in comics and several paintings made in the following months until on July 16th, 2018, the first three Tinybirdmen were made.
[Tinybirdman is Porcelain]
Fifteen total Tinybirdmen were made that summer - sitting forgotten in a box until November 16th, the weekend of the SAIC Holiday Art Sale (the first ever held outdoors in Millennium Park).
Despite putting them up for sale as an afterthought, the Tinybirdmen sold out almost immediately.
[Tinybirdman in the Sullivan Galleries]
The final semester before graduation was spent preparing for the SAIC Undergraduate Exhibition held in the Sullivan Galleries in downtown Chicago.
A hundred and twenty Tinybirdmen were made, fired, and artfully arranged in a wall installation that reached from floor to gallery ceiling.
Photographs of this installations can be found on the goatpierrot instagram, under "BFA Show 2019"
All but three reserved Tinybirdman were sold during the SAIC Spring Art Sale, many to those who remembered them from the exhibition.
After graduation, only a few could be made until...
Jan. 2020 --> June 2021
[Tinybirdman Earns A Living]
The newly licensed goatPIERROT business acquires its first studio space and electric kiln!
Work began in earnest, with a new batch every month, and thanks to the enthusiasm of Tinybirdman fans in Chicago and around the world, Tinybirdman was bringing home the bacon.
New styles such as Pierrot Tinybirdman, Juggler Tinybirdman, Flowerbirdman, Tiniestbirdman, Longestbirdman, the legless Birbaubles, and the pure white Ghost of Tinybirdman were all conceptualized, crafted, and sold in 2020/2021.
[Tinybirdman Gets Painted]
After an entire year and a half of making a living entirely by through Tinybirdman sales, the goatPIERROT shop is shifting more to drawing, paintings, and publication!
Tinybirdmen continue to be made, but with a focus on perfecting the Classic form, expanding on its variety of poses, and pushing the boundaries of size.
Customer photos of Tinybirdmen from their new homes around the world can be found HERE