More chalk art! On a recent trip to San Francisco I was drawn into Mission Cheese on Valencia Street. I can’t even eat cheese, but it looked so inviting. The space was wonderful and I immediately spotted the sheep drawings in chalk. The art by Josh Lowe was created initially for the grand opening in 2011 to show the names of the restaurant investors in the wooly coat of the sheep. It was so well received the sheep remain a presence in the restaurant.
Archive | March, 2014
I attended the Lake Superior Design Retreat at the end of February — what an amazing weekend. Five presenters, who came from a variety of disciplines, talked about their creative process. One thing I love about this conference is how you see connections in the work. Pictured above (l-r) Eric Gjerde’s origami, architect Christopher Haas’ stage design, and Chuck Hoberman’s model for a transformable structure. Visually, the similarity that these all bend and transform is cool. But the similarity I was really impressed with, was the way each of these men jumped into unknown territory and applied their skills in areas they couldn’t have anticipated. Eric is currently working on ways to fold antennas for space, Christopher is designing glasses which have visual blinders, and Chuck is designing a stadium roof that expands like the f-stop of a camera lens. Very inspiring stuff.
The illustration work of Jeff Nelson, Jephemera, is found throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul. I was first introduced to his work dining at Cheeky Monkey. His work continues to catch my eye as I visit other local restaurants, bookstores, and coffee shops, particularly along Selby Avenue in Saint Paul.