Lightbulbs. Flannels and beer cans. Oh my!


I am a very visual person. I don’t have the energy to sit and read books often, I need a quick fix. Visuals & imagery are my crack. I like to throw a pile of magazines, art books and objects on my bed and get inspired. I like to walk around Urban Ore and recycling yards and find weird ideas lurking behind some rusty piece of metal or an old bathtub. A few years ago, I started keeping inspiration boards. I save everything I tear out of magazines, color swatches, notes, photos, anything I can pin up to a board. (Yes, I even had a lightbulb tied to a tack on my Workshop board)

The one image that had stayed up on my ever changing boards is this Jeff Wall photo. I don’t know what it is that knocked me off my feet on this one. Maybe the 8 million light bulbs. Maybe it’s how much I stopped and said WTF is going on here? Where is this place? It really inspired me beyond design.

Those of you that have been to Workshop have seen the lightbulb chandelier I made there. With recycled bulbs, twine and wire frame from a crib. Its uneven, it doesn’t light up and sometimes during heavy metal aerobics and ping pong, we smash bulbs by accident (hi, can you say metal moments). It’s imperfect in every way.

I won’t go all artsy fartsy talk on you,  but there is something that just inspires me about chaos, broken things, found & tossed aside objects and…light bulbs. I had to give this photo some serious props because not only was it the inspiration behind the design of Workshop, but also reminds me that creativity isn’t always neat. It’s messy. It’s chaotic. It’s a room with some flannels and jeans laying on the floor,  papers and drawings laying around, books stacked up in corners, beer cans in the windowsill (all things you can find at Workshop most days). I feel this photo sometimes sums up Workshop and my cluttered brain. I’m glad you all get to come in and be a part of it all. I hope Workshop inspires you equally.



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