Hello! I have a big big announcement – the Fried Green Blog will be relocating to my favorite place on the planet: New Orleans! At the end of the month, the Fried Green Husband and I will be making the 1,011 mile drive to the Crescent City and setting up shop on the West Bank. We are stoked! Completely stoked.
We will be super sad to say goodbye to our friends, family and colleagues here in Virginia, but I imagine we’ll have no shortage of visitors! It will be super exciting for me to move down south and make new friends, coworkers and clients. Things are looking very promising for me and the hubs, so wish us luck!
Here’s a condensed list of reasons I’m excited to be moving to New Orleans:
1. The NOMA and the Lifelike exhibit coming in November, among many others.
2. Seeing some Rodrigue’s that aren’t Blue Dog:
Image from George Rodrigue website.
3. Ferries. Ferries are neat:
4. Food. And local beer. I can’t even begin to link to just one of each…
5. Mardi gras of course, but also Jazz Fest and a million other festivals I have yet to discover.
6. Climate. New Orleans vs. Richmond (brrr… I will not miss Virginia winter!)
7. Music. Tons of music.
8. Trying something new. Priceless.
Here we go!
Thank you to all who voted for my shirt designs at Storyville Apparel! I got the designs in before the voting ended, though I thought I had a few more hours of voting. But to those that tried and couldn’t, I thank you for your effort and support as well! I will find out tomorrow morning at the Storyville blog whether or not I won. Even if I didn’t, Storyville has some very cool items for you to check out!
I read the other day on Steven Heller’s Print Magazine blog that there is a new book about one of my favorite typographer/designers coming out soon! Long past due, this new book at Herb Lubalin will be out in August, and I cannot wait. Pre-order here.
Shepard Fairey is on the move again, with a new mural up in Paris called “Rise Above Rebel.” Check it out at Street Art News! And in other Shepard Fairey news, the VMFA in Richmond currently has one on view. The link is a little unclear as to whether it’s a new acquisition or is on loan, so you better check it out sooner than later just to be safe!
Yesterday I took a trip out to Culpeper, Virginia to see the property my dad has recently acquired. On the way home I stopped into Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park to see some of the National Park Service wayside panels I designed about 10 years ago! From what I understand, it took them about 6 years to produce and finally install the pieces, but that’s still no excuse for waiting so long to see them in person.
And my husband ordered himself some new business cards that he designed himself this week! I’m either rubbing off on them or he’s been holding out his design skillz on me – I love them!
And my last little tid bit of design news for the day is that the Music Box musical architecture experience in New Orleans has seen it’s last big events before they will disassemble and begin work on a permanent structure. Check their blog in the next few days for sound and video clips of the work and talks – they are fantastic about uploading parts of all the amazing events that have taken place. I’m sure they will update the weekend’s events as well. But for now, they have plenty of interesting clips to keep you busy.
I’m back, fresh off the heels of an amazing trip to Jazz Fest with a great friend and some brand new friends. We stayed at a historic bed and breakfast on Algiers Point and I spent two days surrounded by the diverse and incredible sounds of the musicians and artists at Jazz Fest. The other days, I spent wandering around town, having cocktails, eating delicious food, bumping into brass bands on the street and finding hidden art treasures. I found these guys on Magazine Street. Love. Anyone know the artist?
Friday, I headed over to the Bywater area of New Orleans to see the musical/art/architectural installation called the Music Box, a Shantytown Sound Laboratory. This temporary installation is the precursor to a permanent sound house that will be called Dithyrambalina. The project is a collaborative effort between the street artist called Swoon and New Orleans Airlift. Swoon is a Brooklyn-based artist specializing in images and pastes of people, all over the world. The New Orleans Airlift strives to bring innovative and exciting art adventures to New Orleans. If you can get down to New Orleans before the installation closes at the beginning of June, I highly recommend it. However, the permanent installation shouldn’t be too far behind.
The installation is a collection of found objects from Katrina refuse and other odds and ends around the City. The objects have been assembled into structures that serve as a series of housing for musical instruments of various shapes and forms. Basically, each structure is in itself a piece of musical equipment, and each structure/instrument can be operated on an individual basis or they can act together as an ensemble. The pieces were clever, fascinating and beyond innovative. I don’t even know what to say about it other than that. It’s truly an experience that cannot be described. Though I got to play many of the instruments and see/hear some of them demonstrated, I only wish I could have heard one of the performances that have been held there. I would have loved to have heard what a full house could do. Enjoy some photos below and more on flickr.
We’re headed down to New Orleans bright and early in the morning! In the spirit of our trip, I wanted to share this article about guerilla doorway art – something that seems to be cropping up here and there, even in Richmond. Although I’m pretty sure the doorway art on West Broad was City-sanctioned and/or commissioned. Regardless… read the quicky article about the anonymous artists at Nola.com.
I have always loved guerilla art, but don’t fancy myself stealthy enough to actually go through the process on my own. I’m pretty sure I’d get busted immediately. C’est la vie. Sidetrack over. New Orleans has been a hub for guerilla art for some time now, but especially since the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, now attracting “big name” guerilla artists. Banksy blew through back in 2008, around the third anniversary of the disaster. More recently, Candy Chang has been community-projecting-it-up around town. I love how all-encompassing the New Orleans experience can be, yet it would be so easy to miss if you hide in the French Quarter the whole time.
Excitedface! More fun and design when we return!