Archive for June 2010
My good friend Collin Gillespie is a furniture designer/master carpenter/woodworker extraordinaire. A few years ago he outfitted the walk-in closet in my condo with some sweet shelves that helped keep my living room (which was also my studio) tidy.
Fast forward to the present, I asked Collin if he’d be willing to make me some frames for my encaustic painting project (art supplies are really expensive!) and he suggested we do a workshop day. I’ve never done any woodworking before and totally loved it! Collin’s workshop is on a barge on Lake Union, with an amazing view of the city. The table saw is a little scary, but as long as you keep track of your fingers and the blade at all times, everything will be fine.
At the end of the day we had 14 6×6 frames and 9 12×12. Now I just need to get in the studio and make some art! All in all it was a perfect Seattle day.
I recently had the pleasure of designing a book for Mike Hipple who is both a great friend and an amazing photographer. A little more than a year ago he began the “Dailies” project to try to reconnect on a daily basis with his passion for capturing images. He and I have talked about working on a book together in the past, but unfortunately the impetus for this particular project was not a happy circumstance. Mike is being sued by Jack Mackie, the sculptor responsible for the bronze dance steps that line the sidewalks on Broadway for copyright infringement and the proceeds from this book will go to his legal defense fund. Click here to read more about the case and if you’re feeling generous, to donate to the fund. And, if you’re in Seattle, please come to the fundraiser that’s happening at the Sunset Tavern on July 22nd. There will be a silent auction and great music provided by Jupe Jupe and Chadwick. Good times!
The book itself was really fun and challenging to put together. With nearly 400 images to choose from and only 40 pages to fill it was really difficult to narrow the images down. Some of the pages are arranged by color, some by theme, some by… well, you’ll just have to buy a copy and find out!