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Michael Sieben Interviews Mason McFee For Locally Sourced
Mason McFee is an artist and designer in Austin, TX. Well-known for his love for making art and building with his own two hands,
Mason works out of his backyard design studio on projects for Hello Maseman, his own design firm that he established in 2012 and Elmer Gomer, his custom embroidered patch company. Mason's work is currently being shown in the Austin-based group show, Locally Sourced, now open at the Volcom Garden in Austin, TX. The show's poster actually features one of his pieces of work and is also available on a limited edition tee as part of the Volcom Garden exclusives collection.
I met Mason McFee when he was a student at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 2000s. He was a frequent visitor to the art gallery I co-owned at the time, Camp Fig. One afternoon he stopped by the art space, we chatted for a bit, and then he gave me a package filled with his graphic-design work, a portfolio of sorts. I was stoked on the samples, but I had no idea what to do with them. I was broke as hell and certainly couldn't afford to hire him to do anything. Nevertheless, I was really impressed by his proactive attitude. In hindsight, maybe he was trying to get a show? If that was the end goal, he's reached it—approximately 15 years later. Mason was at the top of my list when I started thinking about artists to participate in the "Locally Sourced" show at the Volcom Garden.
I've had the pleasure of watching Mason grow from a young, quiet student into an older (still quiet) contemporary of mine. I've drooled over some of the freelance clients he's picked up and have watched his work develop, grow, and become something really stripped down and beautiful. It was a no-brainer to ask him to create a design for the show's flyer, which also became a limited-edition t-shirt only available at The Garden here online on volcom.com. I could go on and on about how much I respect Mason, but I thought it might be cool to get some words from the man himself. Here's a quick interview I conducted with him yesterday: