When I hear the word beetle I think of three things: the German Volkswagen, the 1960s British band, and Tim Burton’s disaster of a film—Beetle Juice. In this post I would like to talk about beetles, specifically The Green Beetle Shop. The Green Beetle Shop is all about creative insect-inspired art. The mastermind behind the concept is Joshua Smith of Wheatfield, Indiana. Smith graduated from the Art Institute of Indianapolis and later secured a job only to soon-thereafter turn in his notice in pursuit of his dream.
Insects have always fascinated Smith. As a youngster he would scour the yard in search of all things creepy crawly. He soon began to collect bugs. These collections turned into other fascinations such as framing and modeling butterflies and beetles. Friends, familiar with his collections, began to show interest in the displays paving the way for a marketable commodity.
Smith has turned his passion into a crowdfunding campaign, hoping to reach his goals with the Green Beetle Shop. In the $5-25 range you can secure some branded Green Beetle items ranging from stickers and note pads to posters and t-shirts. In the $20-75 range you can begin your very own bug collection. The bugs are prominently displayed in a glass dome, shadowbox or hinged box. The displays themselves come in a array of vibrant colors (as do the beetles).
Smith, having graduated from one of the nation’s Art Institutes, is an accomplished artist. His focus is water color and those interested in original artwork (Kickstarter limited editions) can back this project for a piece. Some original pieces even include an actual beetle incorporated into the abstract art.
I spoke with Joshua Smith to inquire about his crowdfunding campaign—it is unique and piqued my interest. I learned of his love for insects and art, and he found a creative way to combine the two. "If you have a creative idea, everyone deserves to see it. You owe it to the world to give it your all, and never give up, until that day when your idea shines bright before us all." When Smith told me that he had quit his day-job and moved in with his parents to focus on The Green Beetle Shop, I thought of two words: bold and humbling. "Don't be afraid to take risks to achieve what you want. The first step is always the hardest, it gets easier if you will just start."
Smith is right. So many people have great ideas but they are too afraid to fail and therefore fail to produce anything outside of the status quo. "We often don't have what we need to succeed at the start, but we find it along the way…Don't be afraid to start", says Smith.
So if you like to paint or collect bugs or anything in between do not be afraid to put yourself out there. You will never know until you do. And when you do, you just might receive that POP you need to succeed.
Please tell us about your crazy collections or obsessions in the comments below.