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Tom sets up the shelves

Flurry of activity at the studio. That calendar is already paying off. While I was upstairs pushing pixels, Tom and Garrett were downstairs making magic happen.

Soon filling orders will be as easy as pulling out a bin and selecting the right size. (another photo from above)

Those two have also been making good with the markers for the next t-shirt—a special edition garment for our friends at WOXY. (draft)

In non-work news, I’m tempted to rent a hotel just to have a big tub and load it up with Calgon. Got home in time to maybe go out and catch a flick, but there’s not a dang thing I really want to see out in the theaters.

UPDATE: We’re going to see that Across the Universe.

Current music: Dirty On Purpose “Always Looking”

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The studio at the farm

Folks have been intrigued by the little snippets of the studio that crop up on these pages now and then—usually there’s an expanse of plywood or shelves heavy with tools or inspiration, there are drawers, ink, and sometimes I’ll crop up.

One of my November goals is to get with the other folks and give a proper tour of the space.

Until then, this here’s the outside. And another view if’n you’re interested.

Current music: Guided By Voices “Tour Guide At The Winston Churchill Memorial”

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Old factory adjacent to Target and Crossroads in Oakley, no idea what they make (or made) here

Crunch week.

Outside communication (replies, emails, phonecalls) will be on time delay.

Post text, sparse.

Current music: Band Of Horses “Is There A Ghost”

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welcoming October

It’s hard not to say Boo-yeah

Lot’s of good stuff on the work front. Among them, we finally updated the Wire & Twine homepage with the Skeleton “Smart-Tee” pictured above. Tom drew up the bones and the kids around the studio won’t stop wearing them and spelling out the word printed along the hem.

If you want one and you’re in Cincinnati, stop by MiCA over in O’Bryonville (map). They’ve got most all of our shirts in stock and have a whole store full of neato stuff.

Upcoming news…

In a few weeks two important events overlap, Farm Day – a yearly shindig by my good friends that is always guaranteed fun, and Dan’s recital – a gig he’s been planning and practicing for almost non-stop.

On tap this week: I’m going to Chicago on Friday to bend elbows at the FLIST Blogger’s Artshow.
I’m a bit over-excited as a.) I’m going to meet lots of folks from online I hold dear, and b.) I’ve never had anything up on a gallery wall except for that thing in 3rd grade where I got a that red ribbon.

If you’re free on Friday night, stop on by. Runs ’til 2am at the Happy Dog Gallery (1542 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor – map)

Current music: Stars Of The Lid “Even If You’re Never Awake”

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Blocking out time

Wendy helps me formulate a workable schedule

The afternoon was spent in a state of the studio meeting, carving out short term goals with a few darts thrown in the virtual distance for good measure.

As the work whistle blew, I was given a schedule for the next week with a handle on how to approach the juggling of hours.

I’m excited to give this whole planning thing a whirl.

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I didn’t take many photos yesterday, but this one emerged from a set I’m using for interface elements.

The holiday weekend ended and I stepped back onto the fast train that is work. Good news is that I feel motivated and energized.

Bad news is that I still haven’t sorted through vacation photos.

All in good time.

Current music: The Long Winters “Carparts”

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a little fall cleaning

I am not this organized [ + zoom to read the labels ]

It’s not present in this photo, but that blurry span in-between seasons is here.

A day that starts off dreadful and muggy ends up cool with loops of crickets lifted on the breeze through open windows.

The colors are changing too, like someone is fiddling with the hue and saturation of the light and landscape, ever so slightly.

It’s also a time when other things are shifting—like schedules and whatnot. Maybe it’s a quarterly thing, but the need to get a rough plan for the next few months seems prudent right about now.

So I walk into the studio yesterday, and Wendy is there. The gal who’s college class schedule I lifted because I equate scheduling with numbers, numbers are math, math is hard, so I avoid it.

Anyway, because it’s also that part of the year when school starts up, there’s no babysitter during the day—so I barely get to see her.

We chit chat sitting at our desks and without any preconception, we start tidying. In no time we are eliminating piles and breaking out the broom. I prepare packages for things I’d meant to send out to friends months ago. Like items are boxed or put into appropriate drawers. Shelves are able to be dusted.

It wasn’t a super-thorough spring cleaning, but we can now see the floor. And we didn’t make any actual plans or figure out the schedule, but we’re more ready.

Current music: Larsen “Rebirth” from the album MUSM

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Tom’s handiwork

There are so many “films” laying around the studio that haven’t been filed away proper. This particular one, from a print job for a CD jacket/invite, always catches my eye.

Lots of activity in the studio today. As I wrestle to get perspective and step outside of my comfort zone with pixels, there’s the sounds of woodworking below. Tom’s making shelves because you can never have too many of those.

Current music: The Field “From Here We Go Sublime”

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ink, part 2

Fret not, they don’t dry out when exposed to air

The short work week will get shorter as I head south for a wedding tomorrow.

On the work front, we’ve had some issues with the inkjet printer that makes transparencies for films. That solved, now the thermometer on the dryer is pitching fits.

(insert image of boat that springs another leak as a previous one is stopped)

The good thing is that we’ve got a new pair of hands and eyes for the summer – and that has been fantastic as we gear up for some stuff in the works.

I was going to wrap this up with some random links, but I don’t have my editorial cap handy. There’s lots of recent surfing recorded here iff’n you’re bored.

Previously: Ink (November 2005)

Current music: Growing “Fancy Period”

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