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Logo for our exhibit at the was influenced by handbills and concert posters of the 60’s fonts are very freeform but also have very specific spacing that makes them appear to move to and fro. . . . @wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening #1960’s

Logo for our #feedyourhead exhibit at the #philadelphiaflowershow was influenced by handbills and concert posters of the 60’s. #psychedelic fonts are very freeform but also have very specific spacing that makes them appear to move to and fro.
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@wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening #font #handlettered #typography #1960’s #counterculture #wishunlimited #jeffersonairplane #whatshebuildinginthere

Seeing people react and interact with the exhibit is just so much fun. All was truly worth it. . . . @wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening @dvflora

Seeing people react and interact with the #feedyourhead exhibit is just so much fun. All was truly worth it.
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@wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening @dvflora #wishunlimited #flowerhaus #philadelphiaflowershow2019 #whatshebuildinginthere #art #artinstallation #exhibitdesign #floralartistry #whiterabbit

So – my wife’s favorite part of the Philly Flower Show every year is the black tie gala, but it is not for reasons one might assume. It’s not the fancy clothes and the nice restaraunt. It’s when she gets me back. It signifies that the chokehold that the big build has on me, has released its grip and I can “come home”. We have our yearly traditions and a collection of personal triumphs over the years, but this was all very different. She has grown into a full-time position with a young and growing production house, so the daily schedule with kids and all of the demands that come with having a family were different this year. In the final week on my end, both of our kids got viruses at the same time. She even managed to run them both to separate doctor appointments while I loaded-in the show and was later at the optometrist with shards of metal in my eye. That particular day she was fielding phone calls and emails from parking lots and at home. We have no local family so when it’s not us both it is just one, no matter what. I get to a point every year when I am working every waking hour of the day and I get so in my own head – the vision of the final product can’t leave my conscious. She told me that when she would look out the kitchen window to my home studio it always looked as if the welding light looked like Dr. Frankenstein testing the machine. It’s funny, but I do wonder when I am going to reach the point when I realize how much stress I am putting on her, and if it is all worth it in the end. Well, during that time, that time on Friday when we celebrated my return home, and the end of “anything for art”, I observed something a little different. She was so youthful. She said that she wanted to tell me something but that she didn’t want to cry. Later at our quiet annual dinner I asked her what she wanted to say. She took my hand and told me thru a few tears that the exhibit was her most favorite to date and that it was all worth it. We masked our faces from nearby tables and for just a few moments we had a shared cry and we were the only ones there. Patience, acceptance, perseverance. If that isn’t love then what the hell is?

  3.03.2019     truelovewaits   No comments

So – my wife’s favorite part of the Philly Flower Show every year is the black tie gala, but it is not for reasons one might assume. It’s not the fancy clothes and the nice restaraunt. It’s when she gets me back. It signifies that the chokehold that the big build has on me, has released its grip and I can “come home”. We have our yearly traditions and a collection of personal triumphs over the years, but this was all very different.
She has grown into a full-time position with a young and growing production house, so the daily schedule with kids and all of the demands that come with having a family were different this year. In the final week on my end, both of our kids got viruses at the same time. She even managed to run them both to separate doctor appointments while I loaded-in the show and was later at the optometrist with shards of metal in my eye. That particular day she was fielding phone calls and emails from parking lots and at home. We have no local family so when it’s not us both it is just one, no matter what.
I get to a point every year when I am working every waking hour of the day and I get so in my own head – the vision of the final product can’t leave my conscious. She told me that when she would look out the kitchen window to my home studio it always looked as if the welding light looked like Dr. Frankenstein testing the machine. It’s funny, but I do wonder when I am going to reach the point when I realize how much stress I am putting on her, and if it is all worth it in the end. Well, during that time, that time on Friday when we celebrated my return home, and the end of “anything for art”, I observed something a little different. She was so youthful. She said that she wanted to tell me something but that she didn’t want to cry.
Later at our quiet annual dinner I asked her what she wanted to say. She took my hand and told me thru a few tears that the exhibit was her most favorite to date and that it was all worth it. We masked our faces from nearby tables and for just a few moments we had a shared cry and we were the only ones there. Patience, acceptance, perseverance. If that isn’t love then what the hell is? #truelovewaits

Totally utterly and absolutely exhausted in every way today but we did it. The second year that an artist is given a space at the show to produce an installation, and we win the silver medal. This may be a WISH project but without Mark Harding of @flowerhausguys neither last years vision, nor this one would have been reached. I share this with him and his tireless assistant Nevada…with Brady, Sonya, Deb, and the 4 other amazing students that returned or sowed their oats this year. They are Kayley, Alizah, Emma, and Karla. Additional shout outs go to my great friend Tom who engineered the mechanics for the spiral structure, Anne Bowers who’s gorgeous basket artistry is featured on the moose antlers. Show director Sam Lemheney of PHS gave me this wide open opportunity to display at the show so he can not go unrecognized for taking a little bit of a risk on an artist. Last but not least is a special thanks to my patient and beautiful mate but that is for another post. This year was special and words can’t describe how proud I am! . . . @wishunlimited @phsgardening @shepherdu @dvflora @bradyeverett @sevanisko @nevada.wv @kkayleyannee @alizahlathrop

Totally utterly and absolutely exhausted in every way today but we did it. The second year that an artist is given a space at the show to produce an installation, and we win the silver medal. This may be a WISH project but without Mark Harding of @flowerhausguys neither last years vision, nor this one would have been reached. I share this with him and his tireless assistant Nevada…with Brady, Sonya, Deb, and the 4 other amazing #finearts students that returned or sowed their oats this year. They are Kayley, Alizah, Emma, and Karla. Additional shout outs go to my great friend Tom who engineered the mechanics for the spiral structure, Anne Bowers who’s gorgeous basket artistry is featured on the moose antlers. Show director Sam Lemheney of PHS gave me this wide open opportunity to display at the show so he can not go unrecognized for taking a little bit of a risk on an artist.
Last but not least is a special thanks to my patient and beautiful mate but that is for another post. This year was special and words can’t describe how proud I am!
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@wishunlimited @phsgardening @shepherdu @dvflora @bradyeverett @sevanisko @nevada.wv @kkayleyannee @alizahlathrop #feedyourhead #exhibitdesign #sculpture #wingman #floralartistry #art #foundobjectart #artinstallation #wishunlimited #flowerhausguys #philadelphiaflowershow2019 #whatshebuildinginthere #totallywipedout

The origin of the term – find it and explore the exhibit. Flowers, butterflies, and art during the dead of winter. They even have beer. . . . @wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening @shepherdu @dvflora

The origin of the term #flowerpower – find it and explore the #feedyourhead exhibit. Flowers, butterflies, and art during the dead of winter. They even have beer. .
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@wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening @shepherdu @dvflora #art #artinstallation #vietnamwar #warartifacts #vietnam #floralartistry #sunflower #makeartnotwar #whatshebuildinginthere #warmemorial

Devil in the details pt. 1 is alive and you will be able to experience this for 10 days only. March 2-10 – EVERY square inch of the space has been considered. Experience it at the – . . . @wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @shepherdu @phsgardening

Devil in the details pt. 1 – #feedyourhead is alive and you will be able to experience this #artinstallation for 10 days only. March 2-10 – EVERY square inch of the space has been considered. Experience it at the #philadelphiaflowershow –
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@wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @shepherdu @phsgardening #workethic #wingman #floralartistry #art #sculpture #foundobjectart #whiterabbit #exhibit #exhibitdesign #collaboration #whatshebuildinginthere

3 from 3. Day 3 in the bag. Great big THANKS to @bradyeverett – the fine art students from @shepherdu and their instructor Sonya, Deb, and the big brain of Tom Feehly. They all busted out some labor today and put this project over the hump. Tomorrow it’s the core trio getting down to brass tacks and leaving no stone unturned. Only 1 long day to go . . . @wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @nevada.wv @sevanisko @kkayleyannee @alizahlathrop @phsgardening @dvflora

3 from 3. Day 3 in the bag. Great big THANKS to @bradyeverett – the fine art students from @shepherdu and their instructor Sonya, Deb, and the big brain of Tom Feehly. They all busted out some labor today and put this project over the hump. Tomorrow it’s the core trio getting down to brass tacks and leaving no stone unturned. Only 1 long day to go… #feedyourhead .
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@wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @nevada.wv @sevanisko @kkayleyannee @alizahlathrop @phsgardening @dvflora #bohemian #hippiestyle #psychedelia #woodstock #philadelphiaflowershow #workethic #floralartistry #exhibitdesign #whatshebuildinginthere #wishunlimited #flowerhausguys

Day 2 – Full Crew . . . @wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening @bradyeverett @nevada.wv @sevanisko @kkayleyannee @alizahlathrop

Day 2 – Full Crew
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@wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening @bradyeverett @nevada.wv @sevanisko @kkayleyannee @alizahlathrop #exhibitdesign #art #foundobjects #philadelphiaflowershow #floralartistry #bohemian #feedyourhead #workethic #flowerhausguys #wishunlimited #whatshebuildinginthere

Got a boat-load of work done today and we are 1/4 of the way there for the second year of the WISH exhibit at the 2019 – Mark Harding of @flowerhausguys is proving again on our sophomore partnering that he has the vision and the skills to organize and deliver . . . @wishunlimited @bradyeverett @phsgardening #1969

Got a boat-load of work done today and we are 1/4 of the way there for the second year of the WISH exhibit at the 2019 #philadelphiaflowershow – Mark Harding of @flowerhausguys is proving again on our sophomore partnering that he has the vision and the skills to organize and deliver. #wingman .
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@wishunlimited @bradyeverett @phsgardening #bohemian #foundobjectart #1969 #exhibitdesign #art #floralartistry #workethic #vintagecamper #whatshebuildinginthere

Oh yeah, it’s on. . . . @wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening?

Oh yeah, it’s on. .
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@wishunlimited @flowerhausguys @phsgardening #happycamper #vintagecamper #coachman #feedyourhead #exhibitdesign #art #foundobjectart #sculpture #whathappenedtothebackofthatcamper? #whatshebuildinginthere #philadelphiaflowershow2019 #1960s