the heartbreaking ruins of DETROIT

I unfortunately never got to see Detroit in its glory days…so I would love to get to see it in a few years and see what’s progressing.  The people were truly amazing!  I love that Michigan spirit (and protectiveness). We were given a lot of phone numbers in case we got ourselves into some trouble.  We didn’t.

The Packard Plant and the neighborhoods we witnessed were heartbreaking…there is no other way to describe it.  I do have a serious fascination with ruins and the stories that surround them, but there is also great sorrow in witnessing this sort of devastation…even when I have no connection to Detroit except my American(ness).  I will be posting more.  I shot a lot of images.  I would love to hear your Detroit stories—e-mail me at lllillibridge@gmail.com.

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Milwaukee Moments…

I was in Milwaukee visiting my son, Ellis who attends MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design) this weekend with my twin daughters, Lucy and Willa and our friend, Jen.  Milwaukee has the vibe and friendliness of the prairie and the undeniable spirit of an American city that still makes stuff.  Here are a few of the highlights of our trip.  I always appreciate the shift in perspective when you get out of town for a few days. Travel always makes me want to explore my own city more when I get home.  I like that.

HARLEY DAVIDSON MUSEUM

This is a rust-encrusted Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was swept away by the Japan tsunami in March 2011 was found by Peter Mark in April, washed up on an island off the coast of British Columbia. We got to see it at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee this weekend.  What a remarkably well designed museum. If you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods.  It is well worth your time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Industrial Beauties

Red Green chairs, industrial, Lillibridge, Dakota 1966

I saw these chairs at The Barge Canal shop on Pine Street in Burlington, VT. I am so drawn to these colors together. They hit so many notes—children’s book illustrations, vintage fabric prints and postcards—yet this combination looks truly modern together as well.

DOWN SOUTH Vintage

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DS Vintage business card 5 x 5

Here is the branding and business card Maggie Pace and I did for DOWN SOUTH Vintage. Michael and Sarah the proprietors of this business both have great eyes for the vintage, unusual, industrial chic items that make us swoon. Stay tuned for a link to their site and more information about their business.