Had the pleasure of working with Julie Taymor back in 2006 on some pieces for her production of, Grendel (listen here to an episode of NPR all things considered), “An Operatic Moster’s Tale”…Beowulf, from the ‘big, bad, monster’s point of view. Taymor teamed up, once again, with Michael Curry to design some fantastic masks, puppets and kinetic sculptures. A few of them I had the privilege of sculpting (models and full size)…like the big on-stage dragon…whose mouth opened and closed. The first image is of a smaller sculpture that became part of a very stylized large harp that was “played” during performance.
Quintana Gallery door. Old growth reclaimed Doug fir timbers that were extracted from the Lawrence gallery (adjacent to Quintana) during their remodel/conversion was cut down and used to fashion this tall narrow door. The recessed niche enables the door to swing open into the annexed space next to Quintana and not interfere with the wonderful indigenous art on display in the main gallery. Custom metal door handles/catches with hand rubbed patina round out the design.
In a city and region overflowing with fantastic breweries, there is one which resides in Astoria, Oregon that is poised to jump ahead of the pack…Fort George. The recently rolled out a new canning line featuring two of the beers in their line, Vortex IPA, and 1811 Lager. Both can be found at various grocery stores about town now.
I just finished an intense month working on a project for Brooks (running shoes). After co-designing (with The Great Society) and building a prototype, we presented our result to Brooks and received valuable feedback that helped us re-shape the kits as a whole. Bamboo was a key ingredient throughout the process and these kits were designed in such a way that they would hold and present (in a unique way) each of 4 new lines of mens and women’s shoes. Each kit had 11 individual, bamboo components as well as two informational booklets and there were over 275 kits that were shipped around the world. Design and ideation to prototyping to production to shipping all occurred in less than 3 months. These new shoe models will be released to the general public in small amounts this coming Fall.