Meet the Designer
Renaissance Man – Artist – Designer – Preservationist
Jason Savage lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He resides with his Chausie cat Zeus. Savage has worked in the construction, graphic design, and product development fields for more than forty years. During that time, he developed The Manx puzzle, Crossword Gold, a new cat care product, the Immortal Memories™ Diamond Memory™ tribute and the Trithemian Web™.
Mr. Savage acquired experience in international business as a partner in an export company specializing in resale of musical instruments. He is a master carpenter who has renovated numerous historic homes in Charleston, South Carolina.
An avid runner and road racer, Mr. Savage has competed for more than thirty years winning hundreds of awards. He has raced all distances from the mile to marathons and was a competitor in the New York City Marathon and the running of the 100th Boston Marathon. He was ranked in the top ten for several years in the South Carolina Masters Division. In June 2007 he competed in the Senior Olympics in Louisville, KY.
He trained under Dr. Michael Bleyman, zoologist and world-renowned tiger expert, learning the interaction and care of endangered felids. Through his tiger foundation, Savage has provided rescue and habitats for tigers. Additionally, Mr. Savage is spearheading an international memorial to honor the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terrorism.
Jason Savage (Glenn F. Dennis – Given Name)
Place of Birth: Elizabeth City, North Carolina USA
High School Diploma: James Island High School, Charleston, SC 1967
Leonard’s School of Music: Charleston, SC 1959-1967
B E: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1972, Education – Specialty: Counseling/Rehabilitation
Executive Director – The Zoe Foundation, Inc.: 1987 to present (Tiger Preservation)
Owner – TigersTime Studios: 2003 to present (Art and Design)
President – Freedom Memorials, Inc.: 2006 to present
Managing Partner – D L Enterprises-Export, Dallas, TX: 1989-1991
Owner – G D Construction, Charleston, SC: 1982-1996
Assistant – Racquet Club (Tennis): 1981-1982
Managing Partner – Docks Construction Co., Charleston, SC: 1979-1981
Paid Apprentice – marine construction company, Folly Beach, SC: 1978-1979
Carpenter – Freelance: 1976-1978
Teacher: Leonard’s School of Music, Charleston, SC: 1972-1976
Volunteer and Supporter: Carnivore Preservation Trust, 1995-04/01/1998
Web Master: 1994 -present
Research Associate: Music Education Project, Dallas, TX 1987
Professional Musician: 1965-1972
Graphic Designer: 1989-present
Fashion Photographer: Charleston, SC 1988-1989
Product Design, Prototyping, Testing, Marketing: 1978-present
Master Carpenter: Renovation of Historic Homes, Charleston, SC
Business Consultant: 1989-present
NASDS Certified Diver: 1970-present
Karate practitioner and teacher. U of A Karate Club, others. 10 years
Guitar Chord Method Book: 1974
Personal Cat Fencing Manual: 1997
Extensive business plan research and preparation.
Instruction manuals for new products.
Collateral business materials.
Articles detailing the plight of the tiger and a viable solution to extinction.
My pictorial autobiography.
The Arena by Theodore Roosevelt
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Who’s Who in South Carolina – 1975
Who’s Who in American Inventing – 1996
USA Track & Field Directory – 1997
International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs – 2002
Raleigh Running Outfitters Racing Team- 2006
NC State Senior Games – 2006 – 5K overall winner
National Senior Olympics 5K – Louisville, KY – 5th place AG
The World Trade Center-1995
University of Arizona Alumni Association
Chi Phi Fraternity
Charleston Running Club
Cat Lovers of America
National Association of Scuba Diving Schools
Fuquay-Varina Arts Council
Fuquay-Varina Running Club
Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce (Zoe Foundation, Inc. membership)
Developer of the Trithemian Web – 1972 to Present. @trithemianweb
Co-developer of the Diamond Memory™ tribute.
Designer of the EZ Slide (tiger slide door) and EZ Water (water bowl system).
Holder of a US patent on a cat care product.
Designer of the HandleDry™ – Electric toothbrush accessory. 2014
Designer of the Floppy Flyer™ – Silicone flying ring. 2014
Designer of the Precious Memories tribute.
References provided upon request.
Jason Savage, the epitome of a Renaissance man, lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended the University of Arizona on a full music scholarship.
Savage is a master carpenter and furniture builder who has renovated numerous historic homes in Charleston, South Carolina. An avid runner and road racer, Jason Savage has competed for more than thirty years winning hundreds of awards. He has raced all distances from the mile to marathons and was a participant in the running of the 100th Boston Marathon. He was ranked in the top ten for several years in the South Carolina Masters Division. In June 2007, he won the NC state 5K qualifier and competed in the Senior Olympics in Louisville, KY.
Savage’s resin, linear graphic, kinetic sculpture, from which much of his recent Gothic works are derived, premiered in 1979 at Spoleto USA, the world’s largest art festival. He remarked, “I enjoy combining different skills when it comes to producing a City Series or Dedicated Gothic. The puzzle pieces are computer simulated. The gothic letters are hand illustrated, scanned, retouched, and combined with photographic elements to compose each piece. The blended and embossed Gothic letters impart a message to the viewer – one that takes a little patience and study to discover. These Gothic constructions are my trademark.
They are designed as historical remembrances of a city, person, pet, or special event. These are life’s puzzles. If a design is a solo commission, the one off print is an Original Giclée. The print is produced using the finest archival canvas and inks having a Display Permanence Rating of over 145 years. A disk containing the graphics file from which the print was produced is presented to the Giclée’s owner.”
The first piece in the City Series featured Ocracoke, North Carolina. That piece has the Gothic lettering digitally embossed and blended into the photographs. In contrast, the Gothic lettering surrounds the photos in the Charleston Puzzle.
The artist’s love of puzzles goes beyond simulated pieces into the realm of cryptography. He designs one off, coded Gothic Ciphers. Savage has also produced converging and diverging stereograms, and was once a fashion photographer for Belk Department Store in Charleston, SC.
Mr. Jason Savage has always had a great love for cats – large and small. He is the founder and director of the Zoë Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1987 whose primary focus is saving the tiger. The foundation’s logo is a bi-color (black & white) Manx. The registered illustration was done from a photograph of Zoë, his beloved, full rumpy Manx.
Mr. Savage met Dr. Michael Bleyman, zoologist and world-renowned tiger expert, in the late summer of 1995. Dr. Bleyman’s outstanding work with the large carnivores and his intimate knowledge of tigers and the rainforests was a combination Mr. Savage could not resist. He worked with Michael until his untimely death from cancer in July of 1996. Michael’s passing was a great loss to the preservation effort.
Adding to his other endeavors, Jason Savage, in collaboration with award winning wildlife sculptor and chemist Carl Regutti, developed a technique for etching high-resolution images into black surgical stainless steel and titanium. “It has been my desire to develop a medium that would survive for thousands of years, even when subjected to the elements, one that would preserve the faces and memories of our most precious moments.” The piece at left is an etching of Elvis mounted in absolute black granite and framed with platinum toned metal.
To review detailed enlargements and learn more about Mr. Savage’s Original Giclées, stereograms, limited editions and prints, please visit TigersTime Studios at www.TigersTimeStudios.com.
To learn more about Mr. Savage’s work with tigers please visit the Zoë Foundation at www.ZoeTigers.org. Proceeds from sales of a new product Savage designed called the Floppy Flyer™, a distinctive silicone flying ring, will be used to promote a new project to save the tiger before extinction – the Tiger Preservation Initiative (TPI).
Adding to his other endeavors, Mr. Savage is the president of Freedom Memorials, a 501 c(3) organization working to build a national memorial honoring the military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for freedom in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Individual stainless steel etchings will memorialize our heroes on the Freedom Reigns Memorial. Learn more about this memorial at www.FreedomMemorials.org.