When Jeffrey Daymont was born in Hinsdale, a suburban Chicago suburb, he got his first moment of fame as the first child born there in the new year.
Daymont, who has lived in Colton for the past 12 years, said: “I even put pictures of myself in the local paper.
Daymont studied drafting and architecture in high school.
“My dad is an engineer so I guess I inherited his knack for understanding geometry,” he said. “My school didn’t have a computer so everything I learned was in my old school with t-squares, french curves and triangles. Although I now design all of my artwork in Photoshop, I still depend on the skills I developed with pencil and paper. ”
During high school, Daymont also learned to juggle. He created a repertoire that he performed for audiences around the world.
“While juggling is primarily a skill, writing and choreographing to put a show together is definitely an art,” he said. “But the art of juggling is very transient. It goes by so quickly that most people don’t see all of its patterns and symmetry.”
Daymont laments that the pictures and paintings of jugglers are always missing something. So a few years ago, he started making art pieces to represent the juggling movement.
“I draw from experience drawing techniques to simulate the physics of gravity and the rotation of flying objects,” he said.
Daymont’s most recent project was to design a deck of cards. The idea started with him wondering how the card games could be played differently if the decks were changed.
“I have three decks so far and each allows you to play games that you can’t play with a standard deck,” he said.
His first deck was inspired by an enhanced version of the game of rock-paper-scissors. He describes it as using standard cards to the king, but with five suits.
“Five suits, rock-paper-scissors, scissors, water and lizards, new relationships,” he said. “Each set is stronger than two sets, but weaker than the other two. I named it the Janken Deck, because in Japan they call the game of rock-paper-scissors ‘Jan-Ken.’ “
Daymont says designing the cards is his biggest art project. For the face cards, he uses real kings and queens from around the world, including weapons and patterns to represent the cultures where they come from.
“Even though each tarp has only a few inches of space, there’s still a lot of information you can put in there,” he says. “It took about five months to complete the project. Then I ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for printing costs.”
Daymont’s second project, which he called the 4x4x4 deck, was inspired by math.
“Instead of suits and ranks, each card has one of four numbers, colors, and items,” he said. “I chose a medieval theme, so the items are keys, axes, shields and coins, and the colors represent the sun, mountain, forest and ocean kingdoms. This 64-card deck is called the King’s Keys. “
His latest project, Dark Hand, which includes a Celtic button pattern he designed this year, just got funded on Kickstarter.
“It’s two decks of 52 cards, one morning and one evening, but put together in a different order,” he said. “So if you don’t like the hand you’ve been dealt, you can turn the cards over and play black instead.”
In the future, Daymont said he wants to try block-cut printing or linoleum, a card game that was printed hundreds of years ago.
“I already have my larger card prints, but it would be neat to learn how to print them by hand,” he says.
Patrick Brien is the CEO of Riverside Arts Council.
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