SCADpad “american” linens

One of my contributions to the American-inspired SCADpad: linens of organic cotton gauze that were hand-dyed, cut and pieced into larger-than-the-average-human landscapes of Turtle Island.  We then hand top-stitched every piece to include a set of four washcloths, hand towels and bath towels.  The landscape presented on the towel when wrapped nearly weightlessly around your body blends into the landscape we painted on the bathroom walls and ceiling.

While the SCADpad design hosts only 135 square feet, you find yourself a part of a comparatively vast landscape that has been installed in the loo.  Small living quarters – big life!

Read a review of writer/blogger Matt Hickman‘s experience of staying in the American SCADpad here.

photo credit: keith morgan, @anothermonday

Studio Assistants:  Jamie Bourgeois, Alyssa Drennen, Clara Fishel, Melissa Hagerty, Benazir Torres


easter island

Today I’m in turch the barn painting big rocks and all of a sudden I’m channeling a bunch of what I learned in 2005 in a stone lithography course.  That’s funny to me because my brain is reliably so punny in the way it retrieves data. More importantly, it’s always sweet to be impressively haunted by a former professor (or classmate or student) and to have the information they have imparted resurrected in new, helpful and timely ways.

The shoes are not as fancy as they were nine years ago, but what I learned from Rich Gere that summer is fancier than ever.

big rocks in progress, wip, water-based media on PVC, today


sweet and vicious

Libbie Summers‘ new book “Sweet & Vicious” with photographs by Chia Chong launched March 25th.  This rich chef-d’oeuvre offers recipes, writing and just-right ridiculousness on every page.  And you may delight in the the styling and photographs, of course.

As one of several Savannah creatives who contributed to the production, I designed and printed these Napoleon Bonaparte baguette sleeves to my great amusement. Before becoming an artist (term used loosely), long ago, one of my favorite doodles – Monsieur Bonaparte.  Loved everything about him as a teen and young adult;  his sculpted profile, his filth, rogue-like behavior, stick-to-it-ness, his bigger-than-life-little self.  I mean, French with a Corsican accent? The military prowess? Even the egomania – fine with me.   He was and is completely sweet and vicious (and instructionally sound) at once!

photo source: jade and matthew take pictures at


alexander wang window installation

Courtland Smith Stevens, co-owner of Number Four Eleven, and I have recently collaborated to create window decals that honor and celebrate SCADstyle, spring in our fair city and Alexander Wang‘s visit to the college.

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To create the plant-like forms, we turned a representation of Wang’s infamous locks upside down.  His eyes become the blossoms that look out onto Savannah’s design district.  Purple-pink flowers in the window boxes echo the powder pastel lavender of the decals that flirt with the reflected sky and architecture at Whitaker Street.

Savannahians have their eyes trained on spring and SCADstyle.  The world has theirs locked on Alexander Wang as he heads Balenciaga and just two days ago announced his partner collection with H&M.

Our gratitude to SCAD for bringing such luminaries and lectures that delight and inspire each year.  Thanks also to Kay Wolfersperger who, with prescience and precision, prepared our files for Chris Maddox who expertly printed, prepared and installed the vinyl.   Stop by 411 Whitaker Street and enjoy this public minded, collaborative art!  And then a few blocks north, Wang’s talk with Domenico de Sole at Trustee’s Theatre tonight at 6 p.m.

eddie borgo and kate lanphear

Kate Lanphear and Eddie Borgo gave an exquisite inaugural SCADstyle talk today at the SCAD Museum of Art.  They offered some beautiful mandates for students and creatives with considerations on research, design, branding, the creative process, using social media and living within the exciting and face-paced environment in which we find ourselves.

Maybe I should slow down as well.  The drawing of Mr. Borgo should be a closer reflection of his likeness, his disposition and the poetry of his language.

eddie borgo & georgia budding trees, mixed media on index

For Ms. Lanphear, she deserves even more minimalism and elegance of line quality.

kate lanphear, prismacolor on index


scadstyle: stefan sagmeister

On the first night of this year’s SCADstyle, Stefan Sagmeister will speak on design and happiness.  If you’ve not had a dose of this graphic designer, typographer, artist, thinker, lecturer, you can catch his TED talk here.

Otherwise, see you tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Trustee’s Theatre on Broughton Street.

after "art grandeur nature" by stefan sagmeister's 2004 works

This work made from spanish moss, jasmine, muscadine and crape myrtle today.

SCADpad micro-homes reveal

Those contributing to the much anticipated SCADpads joined the Savannah, Atlanta communities as well as a bloc of nationals at SCAD Atlanta on April 11th as the last day’s light streamed across the parking deck.  The SCAD community – students, staff, faculty, administration and alumni – presented a year’s collaboration in the form of three 135 square foot fully outfitted micro-residences.  Visitors donned kraft paper booties and clambered into the small scale/big idea dwellings.

Units - American, Asia and Europe inspired – mirror many of the aesthetics of SCAD’s campus locations and fill one parking space each atop the university’s main building. The project also features community gardens, outdoor green/meditative spaces and a host of interactive services relating to the denizens’ daily activities and the domiciles’ functions.

Working alongside many, many artists I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and contributing with the last two decades (gratitude to SCAD!), I contributed to the American pad’s bathroom to include wall and ceiling treatments, a turtle shell inlaid mirror and shelf,  a series of hand-dyed, hand-pieced and stitched organic cotton towels as well as a number of accessories.  I also painted a sofa/day bed/mattress that sits in the living/sleep area.  All elements reflect upon our American landscape with a focus on land meeting water and the use of found materials from the same. The grandness of American skies and waterways envelops the resident even while he or she lives minimally on a far more diminutive scale.

Designers and builders regardless of discipline explored and focused on innovation, intellectualism and superior craftsmanship and execution in all areas of the micro-housing community compound.

A number of visitation sessions have been scheduled throughout the coming weeks.

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Link to fastcompany article here.

crape myrtle folk & lore

Some of the neighbors collect crape myrtle prunings the over-trimmers have felled and left for pick-up by the city workers.  They drop the wood near the folly I have erected and am now weaving in the back yard.  Others stop by to tell me I am a crape murderer.  I’ve done some (aggressive) selective trimming on two trees on the property.

The thing is, my crape myrtles aren’t nearly dead.  Furthermore, I’ve got sixty liners in the dirt right this minute.  It’s a mitigation site? Regardless, I expect I’ll be called the Cruella De Vil of crape myrtles soon enough.

hodgson memorial drive take, crape myrtle, today