I have been a fan of what Brent and Josh have been doing at their farm in Sharon Springs since I watched their TV show "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" which aired back in 2010. I admire their tenacity, dedication to their community, their love of wild things, and their terrific style.
This is why I'm SO excited to announce that they are now selling my Custom Tin Address Signs!
I owe it all to Jodi at The Vinge for agreeing to have coffee with me one rainy day years ago. As I often say - it's always worth it to ask.
My favorite new find is this batch of molds that came from the Jeannette Glass Company, which was in operation in Jeannette, PA from 1887-1983. This article has tons of information on the factory and its history along with great photos, some of which I'm including here.
I spent most of yesterday digging through a giant crate of these molds, bringing them home, scrubbing them clean, and drying them in the sun. For me this was a pretty perfect way to spend a day.
I don't know exactly what my plans are for this batch but I have some ideas brewing. When I started painting in earnest about fifteen years ago I was really into repeating dots. I don't sign my artwork on the front (another story for another time) but my unofficial signature became three dots in a row. I have always loved polka dots and lines of repeating dots and singular circles. I'm starting to work with dots again but in my tin pieces. (See also my instagram #workerbirdcollectsdots ) These molds fit perfectly within the things I'm seeing in my head these days.
If you've been following along at home you know that one of my favorite jobs EVER was at Churchview Farm where, among other things, I helped run the Summer Farm Dinner Series for three years. We worked with some of Pittsburgh's best chefs to create a magical dining experience on the farm. I loved every minute of getting to know the chefs and their staffs and learning about foods I'd never imagine. And the sweet, lovely time of sharing food with one another was pure joy for me. So when it came time to decide what sort of event I should put on for FULLTIME it seemed a natural fit to emulate - on a much smaller scale - what we had done on the farm. (Also: Dan Rugh of Commonwealth Press basically - but thankfully - bullied me into it).
Let me back up a bit - FULLTIME is a multi-day, city-wide collection of individually planned events created by separate hosts and promoted unilaterally as a single unit - with the goal of highlighting the wide array of creative culture and entrepreneurial spirit modern Pittsburgh has to offer.
Serendipitously I am currently working with Trevett Hooper on his upcoming restaurant, Pie for Breakfast. So it made perfect sense to ask him to host the dinner with me and we'd tie it in with the official launch of PFB. Fortunately he agreed. While he and his sous chef, Tom Lonardo, worked out the menu and drinks I collected everything I'd need to turn our home into a makeshift-but-intimate restaurant.
I spent three days gathering tables, linens, dishes and glassware, folding chairs, a fire pit, and various other supplies; also mowed the grass, cleaned up after winter, tidied up the house, and washed the baseboards (!) - who does that on the regular?
For over four hours on that Wednesday my house was filled with so much love, laughter, food, drink, more laughter, music, and more love. I'll take that FULLTIME.
Thanks go to:
Steven Foxbury - for his inexhaustible patience with - and support of - me
Trevett Hooper - for giving space to my ideas and for feeding our bellies and souls
Dan Rugh - for your good ideas, your bullying, and your folding tables
Shannon Rugh, Kelly Sanders, Heather Damron - for your folding chairs (and your friendships)
Tara Rockacy - for your dinner supplies and ever-loving support
Lisa Krowinski - for taking the shorties so we (I) could misbehave with abandon
Sam Ginsburg - for your sweet texts and photos
Sonja Van Dijk - for your cute water bottles and your patience with us as neighbors
FULLTIME crew - for being the best around
FULLTIME is a five day, city wide collection of individually planned events created by separate hosts and promoted unilaterally as a single unit - with the goal of highlighting the wide array of creative culture and entrepreneurial spirit modern Pittsburgh has to offer.
Chef Trevett Hooper, a James Beard Award nominee, has been known for his commitment to sustainability, long before it became trendy in Pittsburgh. He has served antibiotic-free meat since 2009, long before touting the practice became the politically correct conventional wisdom.
On 4/20/16 I will be hosting an intimate dinner in my home with Trevett Hooper at the helm. A limited number of tickets are available here.
I will be at the Three Rivers Arts Festival from June 3-7 in Booth 83 - Gateway Plaza. Come drink iced coffee with me!
This 26" x 17" map is heading to the American Folk Art Museum Shop in New York City. I am beyond thrilled to be working with them and will post pictures soon when I visit the shop in early April.