Madsonian/Museum of Industrial Design

What a charming museum we have in Vermont.  The Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design started by architect, David Sellers is in Waitsfield, Vermont and well worth the trip.  My son is studying Industrial Design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.  I wish he had been with me yesterday to poke around this charming space.  Everything is so entirely Vermonty too.  There was a lovely and well-informed girl who came in from sitting in the sun when I entered the museum.  It’s a loose, donation museum and you may put one amount in the clear donation box on your way in and another amount on your way out because of the gems you’ve witnessed.  Now, I eat this sort of design up.  It’s one of my passions and what one person might not think a second about keeps me up at night thinking about the shape, color, origin and how it might influence my work.  It took me way to long time to finally visit—but perhaps precisely the right timing.

From the museum’s website:  “David Sellers is an architect and designer living and working in Warren, Vermont.  The Madsonian is the result of his lifelong dream to honor the world’s best in industrial design.  Dave got his start in architecture at Yale University.  He has since been designing and building in Vermont and around the world. Dave has been named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects.”

http://www.madsonian.org/

Here are a few carefully curated items I got to spend some time with yesterday.

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1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe (I was drawn to richness of the interior.)

The DeSoto Airflow was built by the Chrysler for sale through its DeSoto division during model years 1934, 1935 and 1936. 

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If you get a chance, it is well worth a visit or at least checking out the website.

college, coffee, poetry & connecting

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This week my husband and I took our son to college in Milwaukee. He’s a freshman attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design or MIAD. Milwaukee is a great city and the local coffee shop is Colectivo Coffee. My son, Ellis has been a big coffee drinker since the age of 9—thanks to friends who own Mirabelles in Burlington, Vermont.

I just loved the aesthetic and color story of Colectivo and now have a good sense of where he’ll be hanging out with new friends. On Thursday morning, my husband Jeff and I were having breakfast at the one located on Lake Michigan. I started talking to a Timothy Kloss who was sketching and reading something very amusing at the next table. Turns out his Dad (Gerald Kloss) was a humor columnist for the Milwaukee Journal. Timothy proceeded to recite a beautiful piece his Dad had written about him when he was two about a robin being just out of his reach. Anyway, it was an interesting morning at the coffee shop and I am sure that Ellis will create many memories hanging out there too. Maybe one day he will even get to the weekly poetry/painting night Timothy hosts. Here’s all the links. Have a great Saturday!

http://do414.com/artists/poets-monday-w-host-timothy-kloss
http://slightlyhoffbeat.wordpress.com/tag/gerald-kloss/
http://www.miad.edu/
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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.

Milwaukee Inspirations

Lillibridge Milwaukee Third Ward
The light was just right for my warehouse district ramble.

Lillibridge Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee
Iron Horse Hotel portraits by artist—Jerry Feil

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Yes. Thank you for the reminder.

Lillibridge cowboy boots
Late afternoon light was extra special.

Lillibridge color inspiration
Random building near the river. I just loved the color story.

MIAD students illustration work
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design/illustration students