Fall 2011Spring 2013
If only I had a better camera…
These are the Nash, my 12oz denim that I’ve beat up over the past 3 years–they are 2nd skin now! I have more posts (and images) about my love for denim (the Edmunds) and where I’ve taken them (the cabin trip, the canoe trip, and Puerto Rico)
True American workwear here, right up there with Budweiser, flannel, ford trucks, bean boots, and red toolboxes.
Work day, December 2012
Fall 2012 Camping Trip, the Nash
The Nash, Edmund, and Silvers (now jorts)
6 of us set out towards the North Carolina coast last Saturday with beef jerky, whiskey, sleeping bags, and miscellaneous supplies (I’m not going to list them like I did for Puerto Rico, but it was similar). We met Heber of Roanoke Outdoor Adventures (highly recommended) with the canoes, loaded our gear, and paddled out. The Roanoke River is wide and calm, surrounded by wetlands, and undeveloped. It was literally us and the birds; we didn’t see a cloud for 3 days. The current was such that we could float or wedge into a sunken log to read, write, or take a nap. We often lashed the canoes together to drift and drink, telling stories and cracking joke all afternoon–it was great. At night we paddled to our dock and set up camp on elevated platforms. The mosquitos were bad enough that I slept in my canoe about 100 yards out the second night, waking at dawn, surrounded by lilypads. By Monday I was tired, sun sore, and completely relaxed.
Heber is getting the rest of his clients together for a day paddle and pig-pickin’ later this summer so we’re looking forward to that. He had so many great stories about the river and his life growing up there. The boat in the below pictures is made entirely of fiberglass by a father and son duo who ran a fiberglass manufacturing plant (surprise!).
We paddled about 16 miles from Jamestown to Plymouth, NC
Photos courtesy of disposable cameras by Nic A. and Sasha R.
Lionel Bawden creates fluid sculptures from hexagonal Staedtler pencils and epoxy. They look like polished desert stones or a reptilian skin. Transforming everyday materials into landscapes and ambiguous forms brings to mind Guy Laramée’s book carvings.
Original Article: STAEDTLER PENCIL SCULPTURES BY LIONEL BAWDEN in Juxatpoz Magazine
James Rhodes, a concert pianist, speaks on how creativity is “beaten into submission”, that we have allowed our daily tasks and the internet to dominate our lives. James asserts that we devote the extra time in our lives to doing something creative, whatever that may be. He goes on to describe his lifestyle as a concert pianist–it’s a great article.
However, as I browse the internet and bookstores, I come across multitudes of “help” articles guiding the reader to find their “passion”. I realize many people aren’t passionate about anything, cannot decide what they want create, or they are scared of criticism, but who isn’t?
I share my passions with others to hold myself responsible. My friends are excited for me and my projects–passion is contagious. I use their excitement as fuel; it is easier to create knowing I have some support, that my work will be well received. Even if it isn’t, at least I did it (what Seth Godin calls “shipping”).
Original Article: James Rhodes: ‘Find what you love and let it kill you’ from The Guardian
The festival wrapped up last Saturday but I didn’t follow it this year.
Instead, I gathered some vintage posters = great fonts, great colors, great sketches.
Also, here is a quote from Kevin Levine about film festivals, specifically Sundance, but it might apply to Cannes, and I agree.
If Will Ferrell or Brad Pitt – just to name two random examples – are in an independent film, do they really need a film festival to get Harvey Weinstein to screen their film? The chubby nerd from New Jersey who maxed out his credit cards to make a film about a local convenience store couldn’t. He needed a film festival. He needed an audience to appreciate his effort before he could be recognized. And now today’s equivalent of a young Kevin Smith can’t even get his movie into a festival much less Harvey Weinstein’s screening room.
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
Roald Dahl’s UNCLE OSWALD
makes can make a good idea great.
Forty-nine 3/4″ thick steel plates curl in on themselves to form a public day-lit bathroom in the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike trail, Austin, TX. Its design eliminated the need for artificial lights or ventilation. The steel was left untreated, rust has already formed on the plates.
Miro RIvera proves that functional, necessary outbuildings can also be beautiful and well designed.
thanks to Jacob B. for pointing this out!