Thanks to our amazing clients, EECS has grown immensely over the past year! To keep up with that growth, we will be implementing several new policies starting January 1, 2023. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to create clear expectations and give every customer the best possible experience.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us by contracting design work, attending our events, or ordering t-shirts and other print products from us. We are truly grateful for our community and the wonderful projects we’ve been able to take part in – and we look forward to many more!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. These policies are subject to change as we learn and grow; we want to make projects run smoothly for all parties involved.
December 23, 2022 – Carmi, IL – This holiday season, we were given several chances to give back to our small community. We are so blessed to have the time and resources to help out our community in any way we can, so when an opportunity arises, we are excited to take it.
Firstly, we partnered with Pets at Risk and WRUL to do our second annual “Santa Paws” event on December 3rd. For this photoshoot, pets, children, and families got to pose with Santa Claus on a set designed by our team. Digital photo releases were available for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds going to Pets at Risk. Top Shelf Discounters also raffled off the tree from the photo set to raise additional funds.
“This event has to be my favorite thing we do,” said Evil Eye Creative Studio Owner and Founder, Hailey Winkleman. “Not only is it fun, but it benefits the community, too! Animals hold a special place in my heart, so I am so happy that we get to give back to a group like Pets at Risk who helps animals directly.”
“This was the best day!” said volunteering intern, Chloe Veatch. “Just seeing all the dogs was worth it.”
Another intern volunteering at the event, Jovie Wagner, agreed: “I’m so glad we did this!”
We were also able to purchase gifts for a less fortunate child through the Giving Tree program at First Bank. We were paired with a child from our community and spent a whole afternoon shopping for Christmas gifts together. We were able to buy items the child needed as well as some toys they had asked for.
“Knowing that this child now gets to wake up and have a normal Christmas morning is a very rewarding feeling,” said Katelyn Niehaus, and intern who volunteered for the shopping day.
“This program has always stood out to me as an amazing effort by outstanding individuals in our community,” said Hailey. “I would like to recognize First Bank and the team that volunteers to put this together not just for our child, but for dozens of children in our city.”
Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. We are looking forward to another great year, and seeing what all the new year brings our way. See you all in 2023!
October 15, 2022 – Carmi, IL – Corn Day is a very special time in Carmi! This long-established festival is a favorite for residents, and Evil Eye Creative Studio was proud to be a part of this year’s event. As usual, Corn Day was held the second weekend in October, and was organized by the Carmi Kiwanis club.
This year we had the honor of creating the Official 2022 Corn Day shirts. The theme was “May the Corn be with You,” which has a Star Wars flair. We were able to ask the community members for ideas for the shirts through an online contest through our website. The final design was combined between two winners, Ally Pollard and Isaac Northcott. We would like to thank the Carmi Kiwanis Club for giving us this opportunity and trusting us with this big project. It was a lot of fun!
“When I first started getting into communications and design, I remember thinking, ‘I hope I can someday design something for Corn Day,'” said Hailey Winkleman, Owner and Founder at Evil Eye Creative Studio. “It is so humbling to be asked to be a part of such a momentous event in our community.”
We also enjoyed partnering with WRUL and volunteering for Pets at Risk for some holiday themed photoshoots following the Corn Day Pet Parade. “Puppy Pic or Treat” was a Halloween themed photo shoot. Digital photo releases were available for purchase, and 100% of the profits went to Pets at Risk.
“The dog photo events are one of the best things we do,” said Hailey. “It’s such a great way to use our skills to benefit animals in need, something that I’m personally very passionate about.”
We would like to thank WRUL for asking us to participate in this project. In December, we will be holding our second “Santa Paws” event with a Christmas themed set where the pets and their families get to pose for pictures with Santa Claus.
The entire team at EECS is so grateful for a successful Corn Day in 2022, and we can’t wait to see what happens next year! Thank you again to Carmi Kiwanis Club and WRUL for working with us this year.
September 22, 2022 – Carmi, IL – Evil Eye Creative Studio is once again partnering with WRUL/WROY to put on a fundraiser for Pets at Risk! We will be set up right after the Corn Day Pet Parade on Saturday, October 8, 2022, taking photos of your children and pets on a Halloween set. Photos will be $10 will ALL proceeds going to Pets at Risk. We will be at the photo area until 1pm.
Animals must be kept on non-retractable leash. Please be mindful of others while attending. Photography and editing donated by Evil Eye Creative Studio.
September 30, 2019 – Carbondale, IL – Saluki Con 2019 has come to a close, but I had a fantastic time promoting Good Gods! there. I got to meet all ages of players and find backers for the Kickstarter – 22, to be exact!
I’m so grateful to Nathan Bonner and the entire Saluki Con team for organizing this amazing event each year and for making me a part; to Vamsi Manne and the SIU Student Center team for helping me get a spot; and to YOU if you came to see me!
If you missed me at Saluki Con, don’t despair but keep an eye out – I have some more appearances planned for Good Gods! this month to coincide with the Kickstarter campaign, including:
October 17 @ 6PM – Castle Perilous October 21 @ 7PM – Cosplay Club (SIU Students Only) October 25 @ 6PM – RSS Game Night (SIU Students Only) October 27 @ 1PM – Castle Perilous TBD – Demos at RnD Collectibles
If you’d like to set up a game night with Good Gods!, please reach out to me through my Facebook page. Don’t forget to support the Kickstarter as well at www.goodgods.info.
Good Gods! Now on Kickstarter - Official Press Release
September 29, 2019 – Carbondale, IL – Hailey Winkleman, a student at SIU Carbondale, is proud to announce that she launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of her card game Good Gods! on September 28, 2019. The campaign will run through October 27.
Developed during a Graphic Design I class with Professor Aaron Scott, the game’s style and mechanics are based on ancient Greek art, architecture, and mythology. Players act as one of six of the Greek pantheon of gods including Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera, and they collect resource cards to build temples and place offerings inside. Due to the subject matter, the artwork is heavily inspired by real ancient art objects, structures, and everyday use items.
“I’m both a Communication Design and Art History major at SIUC, and I wanted to combine these two passions into one project,” said Winkleman, regarding the class assignment. “When I started brainstorming, finding inspiration in Greek art and mythology just made sense.”
A focus of the game is that it is easy to learn and fun for all ages.
“I feel that kids are really interested in mythology, but there aren’t a lot of games out there that are appropriate for younger players,” said Winkleman. “This game is easy enough for kids to pick up quickly, and it’s absolutely a blast with older players, as well.”
Winkleman playtesting Good Gods! at Saluki Con with younger players
To test the game and prepare it for launch, the SIU Classics Club repeatedly played Good Gods! over the past year. The club is advised by Dr. Mont Allen, an associate professor in Art History and Classics at SIU.
“We invited [Hailey] to give a preliminary half-hour PowerPoint presentation on the game’s development process and design decisions, and then teach us the rules,” said Allen about the first play session with the club. “It was a SMASHING success…and then we began playing…which yielded two hours of raucous, impassioned, intensely involved play. This thing has GOT to be Kickstarted!”
Dr. Allen and members of the SIU Classics Club playing Good Gods!
Winkleman thanks everyone who has supported her along the way and those that will support her during the next month. For more information or to support Goods Gods! on Kickstarter, please visit www.goodgods.info.