Category Archives: SUSTAINABLE LIFE + DESIGN

SUBTRACTION CUTTING SCHOOL + TIMO RISSANEN

Subtraction Cutting School (published by the Center for Pattern Design) first came to my attention one afternoon in New York City when I had the chance to sit and talk with Timo Rissanen.  That afternoon, Timo had just moved to New York and began his post as Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design.  Our conversation was fascinating and he followed our talk with a great email, a reading list and some links to his favorite sites.

One of my favorite parts of the conversation was Julian Roberts’ site and, consequently, I have become obsessed with Subtraction Cutting School.

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HOPE IN BARBECUE

Our friend and hero John T. Edge knows that there is “Hope in barbecue.”

Check out the great interview from Nightline: Barbecue Heaven

“We have this burden of the past upon us. We’ll deal with that history. But we’re looking for opportunities, we’re looking for places to deal with that history. And I think one great place to deal with that, to sit across from our fellow man, is a barbecue restaurant…I think there’s hope in barbecue.”

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THANK YOU.

Thank you for coming for a visit.

Thank you to everyone who showed patience today as our new website launched.

Thank you for all the kind emails.

Thank you to everyone who has made the launch of this new site a reality.

Thank you to all the staff and artisans at Alabama Chanin.

Thank you to friends and family.

Thank you to Lisa Eisner and Roman Alonso.

Thank you to everyone at Commune, NoFavorite and GAS Studio.

Thank you.

CITIZEN ARCHITECT

Tune into PBS on MONDAY, AUGUST 23rd, 9PM CST

(AFTER HISTORY DETECTIVES)

for the National Broadcast of

CITIZEN ARCHITECT: SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE RURAL STUDIO

More Information Here:   http://video.pbs.org/program/1548466406/

If you can not tune in, check out the website / or facebook page for theatrical screening updates / or buy the DVD online:

http://www.citizenarchitectfilm.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/CITIZEN-ARCHITECT-FILM/285692586601?ref=ts

Bravo to our friends Sam and Jay… and, of course, to Samuel Mockbee – who inspired a generation.

Watch and then plan your road trip to Hale County, Alabama…

FRAKTUR MON AMOUR

One of the most amazing books on typography that I have come across in a long, long time…

In Fraktur Mon Amour, Judith Schalansky has made a love letter to the (sometimes outcast) Blackletter or Gothic script. Judith’s collection of fonts is stunning – CD included.

All 150 fonts included in Fraktur Mon Amour are accompanied by elaborate and beautiful patterns or graphics developed with individual letters from the font. I find the black and white illustrations – mixed with magenta – inspiring for developing stencils, as a reference for implementing scale in textile pattern development, and simply to understand at how something as simple as a letter can be used to create something so extraordinary.

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A DECADE

This year marks a decade on my journey to Alabama Chanin.

Looking at where we started, where we have been and where we are headed has been an amazing and beautiful process. What a time of laughter, tears, exploration, and, well, growing up.

To celebrate our growing up, we will be launching several exciting collaborations over the next months, planning celebrations, looking back and, of course, looking forward.

The first of these collaborations – with our friends at Commune Design – has resulted in a set of new logos for Alabama Chanin and Alabama Studio Style.

Here today we present our new Alabama Chanin logo…

Look for the new logo to be integrated into our couture clothing, our site and the Alabama Chanin world over the next months. Come back tomorrow for a chat with Roman Alonso, from Commune, about design, his trip to Alabama, a bit of history and the humor behind our new and improved label.

Thanks to everyone for sticking with us this past decade… looking forward to the next.