I've avoided using driftwood as a medium in the past - for several reasons.. A friend and new client is requesting an outside (completely covered and protected) mantle - and asked about driftwood. Her inside mantle that's in process among other pieces) is a huge 4" thick walnut slab. I've been collaborating with a local, accomplished artisan known as "the Drifter" over the past, and have brought him into this collaboration as well. Unfortunately he wishes to remain anonymous, but here's what I can share. He's displaying one of several options he's found so far. He'd like for the driftwood to be sourced from the client's slough - but nothing yet.
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It was great to meet Kathleen - our Alabama state director of the huge USGBC. Their nationwide green work primarily in the architecture and construction industries in US are renowned. We are discussing a custom Shoals Creativity Tour for the summer. Friday afternoon we toured my studio, then Saturday we hit the our other primary tour stops; The Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum, the Florence Tourism Center, the Music photo wall tour at the Marriott and more.
Our last stop, that we both were seeing for the first time was the beginning ground breaking of the 630 acre solar panel field. Prior to this visit, I really didn't believe it was gonna happen. Well, it's happening and it's huge. Kathleen's quite sure that this will the the largest solar panel project in the state. Congrats to all who made this happen - Lauderdale County, TVA - I'm not sure who else.
Pics from this field trip in route.
What fun it was working with Max and Whitney thru the designing/making process. They finally moved into their beautiful new home here in Florence Al in July. This morning we finally got over there and did a photoshoot. Well, let me clarify; I took still pics. Master photographer Bobby Martin was at the helm doing all the video work. As you will see before long, this guy is talented.
Here are a few of the stills i took. Ton's more to go thru, edit a bit. There will be more.
I've been playing with, working at, working with, tweaking, and having a blast with typography for way too many decades to admit. Beginning as a kid in early mid '60s with an opaque project, blasting a typeface i found somewhere onto the wall in the living room, tracing around it and either cutting a screen directly or cutting amberlith or rubylith to make a screen (print).
Apple's design, not just in their products, but in their ads, stores, signage, everything I believe is as close to perfect beautiful, minimal branding as you can get. Well, that is until I just saw what might be a new Apple typeface on the horizon.
It's ok, but it ain't Helvetica Neue. If the need is large enough HN Ultra Light is as close to perfection in many situations as you can get (ok, obviously just my opinion here).
This new typeface i just saw is fine. But it doesn't seem up to Apple's standards. Not Steve Jobs standards. I've seen Tim Cook do no wrong while at the helm. This won't put em outa business by any means, but I hope it's not the beginning of losing their way (from perfection).
Gosh, i don't have time to complain about this. Back to work. . .
If you have an opinion i'd love to hear. I'm guessing most couldn't give a rip.
I've been following Apple's annual WWDC (developers) conference for at least a couple of decades, and have usually been quite thrilled with the amazing creativity that oozes from the world's coolest brand.
The huge question recently has been, can Apple continue this pace without Steve. It appears they they can. That is, with Alabama's own Tim Cook at the helm.
Lots of great new stuff, but Apple Music was the biggee, and appears to be another hugely successful "Think Different" product.
So cool to see:
Alabama's Tim Cook running the show
Showcasing the more great music from North Alabama - Alabama Shakes, as well as
Wonderful music from the best film of the year (my call) SELMA
There really is a side of Alabama that surprises almost all that visit. It's about time we let the secret out of our open minded, super creative bag.
Tim Cook, we are so proud of you. Don't be a stranger!
"Everyone loves the food displays at the Americana Press Event today."
General Manager Marriott Shoals
We (RW and RWF) has thoroughly enjoyed working with Larry, Chef Mike, and executive chef Ryan Matthews in the hotel, their amazing fine dining restaurant the 360 Grill, as well as their events team.
Our small community is quite fortunate to have such a wonderful hotel.
Thank you Larry for all you do for the community!
It was great meeting Fred Hunter and Mike Tucker with the TV show "Absolutely Alabama" yesterday. These guys seem to have as much fun traveling the state and interviewing as I do making sawdust. We started at our studio in Lexington, then headed downtown to view our current showing at Court Street Market, as well as a few pieces in our beautiful new Tourism Building.