Quincy High School’s Design & Visual Communications program lead by Aileen McGinnity had a very special speaker visit today. Zachary Achorn from SelfMade Designs came in a shared his vision with the Design & Visual Communications, Film & Television and Fine Arts students. Zach shared his journey as he went from a college dropout to a mortgage loan rep to the owner of SelfMade Design, an artist haven.
Zach came to QHS with his entourage. They included Dave Oxnard who does videography and photography, Carlton Dyer who is a carpenter, and Shlomo who has an online radio program. These guys toured the school, spoke to our arts classes, gave out T-shirts and taught the kids that you can make a living as an artist.
Zach is the brains behind the “Support Local Artist” movement. In 2013, SelfMade Designs began a movement to serve and Support Local Artists™. What started as a simple motto has since turned into a crusade for the SelfMade Designs team, members, and supporters of its cause. The #SupportLocalArtists Street Team carries out their mission by raising awareness about the movement, supporting local artists at various events, and bringing their #gymforartists to the people.
Their one-of-a-kind “Gym for Artists” enables individuals of all ages and levels of experience to learn, practice, evolve, and showcase their artistic talents in a supportive, community environment. SelfMade Designs’ Gym for Artists features comprehensive work spaces, helpful tools, ample resources, and instructor-led classes for various styles of art including painting, drawing, graphic and fashion design, photography, videography, screen-printing, sound recording and music production, DJing, clay/pottery, crafts, and more.
To show even more support for Quincy High, the boys attended the Fashion/Art Show that same evening. Zach commented on it, “The show was amazing Robin Kaplan and the kids did an amazing job! We were all so impressed, we were saying how that show was better than some of the recent fashion shows we have been at in Boston.”