my 1980s spy movie fantasy

 

This week I was sent a cryptic message from someone named, Andrew Silva, alerting me that he left two photographs inside the front door of my home.

When I studied them I immediately thought of two things:

1.  I really love my $5 yellow, thrift shop, 1980s jacket.

2.  These images look like I’m a spy in a 1980s movie.  I was rather certain I had other images to round out my spy thriller storyboard fantasy.

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The film opens with an urgent call being made from a phone booth in Florence, Italy by the spy in the yellow jacket.

She’s investigating a missing American student studying abroad in Amsterdam.  The student disappeared in Florence on holiday.  The photo was taken by her roommate and potential femme fatale in their shared Florence hotel room.

Male characters (suspects #1 & #2) are photographed in Florence.  They are being exceedingly careful with their public conversations.  The younger of the two is an American architectural college student.  He was seen seated next to the missing student at a cafe the day she disappeared.

An older man (suspect #3) is waiting for the bus in Florence.  He’s under surveillance by the spy in the fabulous, yellow, 1980s, five dollar, thrift shop jacket.  No one is quite sure why though, and neither is he.  The spy’s sneaky photographs are really annoying him.  He’s constantly swearing at her in Italian.  This provides the levity in the film.

The American student’s roommate (suspect #4) was spotted walking toward the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam two days after her roommate’s disappearance in Florence with male (suspect #5). They clearly both know more than they’re telling investigators, casually seen shopping at Albert Heijn, the grocery store near the museum to give the appearance that it was just a normal day.

Male (suspect #2) is unknowingly photographed enjoying dinner out in Florence the night of the student’s disappearance.  He’s the father of the American architectural student and there’s obviously something quite shifty about him.  The angle of the photograph was carefully composed because the spy in the yellow jacket really wanted to remember the brand of balsamic vinegar from Modena on the table.

double image of andrews shots

 

 

images by Andrew Silva, April 2018

This week in my studio—so far…

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My Grandmother’s funky purse from the 60s.  It needs some repair.

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I like my space messy and yet, having a few clean horizontal surfaces feels like big progress.

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My son, Ellis helped me clean the studio today to earn the change from a $20 on our coffee run.  I think he got a pretty awesome hourly rate.

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Champlain Leather, MIAD & Original Designs

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My son, Ellis graduated from Vermont Commons School in South Burlington last Friday. I had this messenger bag made for him. This is no ordinary messenger bag. It’s his own design. The first image is the bag Ellis designed and constructed for his art school portfolio. The leather bag was made at Champlain Leather in Burlington, Vermont. The folks at Champlain Leather went above and beyond to redo something that I had not been clear about. If you ever need or want some leather work done, I highly recommend this operation. Ellis was thrilled with the bag. I hope that carrying a bag of his own design is a reminder of the many possibilities and directions you can explore as a designer.

I can’t wait to see what Ellis will be creating at The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design this fall. Here’s to ALL of America’s graduates—”The world is your oyster”. Admittedly the world for our graduates now is very challenging, sometimes tainted and hard to access from a lot of vantage points. So, “the world is your oyster” has a lot of resonance in these challenging times. But striving toward things that spark you is always worth the effort and challenge.

portfolio pieces/final art school applications

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My son, Ellis Govoni wants to be an industrial designer. He finished up his final applications this morning–good timing for a snow day. Here are a few of the pieces he submitted. The messenger bag is a design he sketched. The “James Joyce” linoleum print was done as a school project. If any of you have helped a child manage their time and efforts in getting their college applications, writing supplements and portfolios done on deadline I applaud you. It’s a surprisingly difficult process. I think he’s officially done now…until one more school comes into his scope at least.