Happy 72nd birthday Robert Alan Zimmerman, the musical and cultural icon, otherwise known as Bob Dylan. This video was recorded in Ft. Collins, Colorado, May 23, 1976, a day before his 35th birthday.
Our new favorite publications are Flea Market Decor magazine and engagedmediamags! The magazine celebrates personal style with discoveries made at auctions, thrift stores, flea markets, galleries, … and attics! Not only do they spot and interpret collecting trends, but provide regional sources, as well as the how, essential to the upcycling and DIY process. I may not have discovered this tasteful, clever and creative resource on my own. We were contacted by the magazine regarding a whirligig they discovered at our online store Ephemerascenti at Etsy while researching for their article titled “Made in America.” The magazine is a treasure trove of inspiring insights and ideas for anyone regardless of budget, style, or a simple desire to transform what already exists. I hope you enjoy the article, but suggest you check your news stand for the Summer 2013 edition of the magazine.
We make neon, among the many things we create as designers in our studio. Our work has been represented in magazines, newspapers, television, film. It may also be seen in books by the artist, and authority Rudy Stern. The New Let There Be Neon, and Contemporary Neon, include our work for consumer goods giant Procter + Gamble, as well as indie businesses and restaurants. The late, Mr. Stern describes our studio City Lights Neon (Cincinnati) as “one of the most innovative workshops in the country, known for its craftsmanship and high level of design expertise.”
These neon signs would make a great gift as an addition to either one’s personal bar or a commercial environment. They were originally made and used by a client. We have since cleaned and refurbished the piece with a new solid state transformer. They are assembled on painted metal frames and are ready to be plugged in.
This prosaic image is quite old. I assume it to be a lithograph. The image depicts a sheepherder and his flock of sheep surrounded by a lush tree lined landscape with a mountain in the distance. It is such an idyllic composition and is mounted in a beautiful old oak frame with dark stain. The frame has delicate metal detailing around the perimeter of the opening. It is just one of those pieces which exudes a certain serenity and calm. We have not taken it apart, although it has some modern brads as part of its assembly. Perhaps some clue of actual age might be discovered? Neither of us know where or when it became one of our possessions. It deserves to be displayed on a wall rather than stored in a box.
Measurements: image is 9″ x 6″ in 12 5/8″ wide x 9 5/8″ tall x 7/8″ deep frame
This tea light candle sconce appears contemporary and arts and crafts simultaneously. It is both stylized and organic. The material of the candle holder looks like copper but we believe it is an applied finish because it has no patina. The organic portion is steel that looks like pewter which adds to its arts and crafts charm. It is lightweight and mounts with two screws which are included.
Measurements: 17″ tall x 16.5″ wide x 11.75″ deep