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About

Paige Smith AKA A Common Name,  is a visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She has been a professional graphic designer for seven years—working on marketing materials and branding for print and web clients. Her clients include large corporations such as Cisco Systems, MTV, PayPal, and ABC Studios; while smaller boutique clients include Odd Future, Wolf at the Door, Blow Up SF, and Nathan Turner.

Over the past few years Smith has been expanding into tangible design by hand making typography, using paper cuts for textured images, and creating dioramas. Each design client is seen as a new challenge with a problem to solve, the solution to find the correct conduit of communication.

Smith is most notable for creating “Urban Geode,” a street art series of sculptures that resemble geodes, made entirely of paper and resin casts.

Always interested in geology, Smith started to notice the nooks and crannies in the sides of buildings, walls, and abandoned phone booths within her community of the Historical Arts District (in Los Angeles). Seeing this as an opportunity to create, Smith took street-art to a whole new level.

Since beginning the project, she has created large-scale installations for well-known brands such as The Standard, Hollywood, The Viper Room, LALA Gallery, Soho House/Elyse Walker at Coachella, and many projects for LA Canvas. Read more about the project here, follow process and updates on her blog or Instagram.