Thoughts and Inspiration for the New Year

design, design inspiration, guerilla art, outdoor art

This year has been crazy exciting for the Fried Green Family. We are settling in swimmingly in our new digs and our animals are loving this climate. The office is almost complete and the best news of all is that the great state of Louisiana has granted me permission to make Fried Green Design official! I got my papers and I’m ready to go! The website and facebook are in the works – products to come shortly – and big entrepreneurial things are on the horizon. 2012 was good to me, but I cannot wait for 2013! Look for all kinds of posters and thoughtfully designed stuff for your home in addition to affordable wedding invitations, print collateral and all kinds of announcement options. This will all be on top of the custom freelance work I already do. I’m so happy to finally be moving forward with so many things that have been in the works for so long!

All these new things have gotten me thinking:

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It’s time to be the change you seek. I found a great article today on twitter with 6 reasons to quit your job and follow your passions. I can’t believe I’m one of those people who quit their job now, but I’m so happy. And of course:

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You can only go up from here. I took both of those pictures on a short drive today and it’s like the universe is speaking to me. I also won three prizes in the last two weeks. I have no idea what I did to get on karma’s good side, but I hope I keep doing it!

And if those photos aren’t good enough for you to feel inspired in life and make you want to do something great, here’s a picture of a 75-degree Christmas Eve on the Mississippi. Coming from Virginia (where they got three inches of snow the same day) I had no idea it could be like this:

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With the new year almost upon us, I’m thinking of taking on one of those 365 projects – like design something every day, take a picture a day, pet your cat once a day and document it. I feel like this would be good discipline for me and probably a good creative outlet that won’t necessarily have anything to do with work. If any of you has a suggestion or some feedback on this idea, I’d love to hear it!

I just want to give a shout out to a logo I pass almost every day on my way to/from ZukaBaby. Brigade coffee truck has a lovely, simple logo that I find totally inspiring. Stick it on that cute little truck, and the brigade theme is complete. After fighting with simple code and web stuff over the last couple of days, I really appreciate their super simple website landing page too. I love it.

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And lastly, I want to document the Frostop before it’s not there anymore. I don’t know that it’s going anywhere, but it’s right down the street from my house and seems like something that could be there one day and bulldozed the next. I love it too.

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Happy New Year y’all!

New Orleans Street Art Fun

design, exhibitions, fine arts, guerilla art, music

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.