Saturday, May 28, 2011

Julie Merrill of Steel Zebra

Here is the beginning!
Julie Merrill in action!
small montage of her work
copper scraps I have been collecting
quick sketch of the gist of the kitchen panel project

A few weekends ago I produced a Swap-o-rama-rama @ the Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa. There I met Asheville blacksmith and artist Julie Merrill, and I have commissioned her to create copper panels that will be built into the cabinet doors in the kitchen, and also a fire place screen and reflecting plate for the area around the wood stove. Here are some of the rudimentary drawings I have made to help guide her in the work. I was walking up the street last week and I found $200 on the ground, so I sent the money and the copper scraps I have been collecting to Julie to get her started! Please check out her work, it's beautiful!

Steel Zebra on Etsy

Finished with the structure.

These photos were taken by Jillian Guarco, whom I have met through her work with I Art Athens, a community arts organization that relies on community support to provide our services to Athens’ youth. Donations will help them provide low cost and free classes to teens of all social, ethnic, and economical backgrounds. I am going to teach a class in textile recycling and sewing this summer and through out the fall. She is a photographer by profession. I cleaned up the site before she came out to take these pictures of the finished (but for one more level of furring channel in the front and back).

trusty generator and chop saw. Here are pictured the doors to the back utility storage area.
The ceiling over the living room
the nose above the kitchen. I need to install one more level of furring channel, and that's it!
the bathroom and above the bathroom loft walls

the kitchen in the nose
The window in the bathroom, stained glass by Brandon Shultz. He is also making a piece for the bathroom door, with a 7 pointed star. I am going to make seven pointed star rubber backed washers for the siding using flashing and a yoga mat.

I bought a pair of Vibram's 5 fingered shoes which have really helped me keep my footing while crawling around and working
inside the above the bathroom bedroom loft

the master bedroom. There is a wall that exists here now that wasn't installed when the pictures were taken.

standing seam roofing panels
into the living room, showing the 2 pitches of the roof
the curved wall in the bathroom, making it easier to get into the ladder to climb into the loft.

I thought this was cool for the reflection

Monday, May 2, 2011

Still working on the roof... almost done! In the Mean time: Cross Country Bike Ride & PEACE WALK!

I know I haven't posted any new trailer photos in a while. There are on going pictures of the roof under construction in the post before WE NEED TO END THESE WARS NOW! I have finished installing the roof, and I have worked out a trade with a lady: clothing for her kids in exchange for photos of the trailer. The relationship between Scott and I is kapput, and he owned the camera... so that's that. Still, work has been going on, and in the mean time I went on a bike trip from Athens, GA to Asheville, NC, and then joined a Peace Walk to Oakridge Tennessee, where the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Facility is. I went on a Pilgrimage for Nuclear Free Future. Here are some photos of the trip, and Ansley and I will meet to take some pictures of the the competed roof!
Just before leaving Athens on my bike
hanging my peace crane on the barbed wire fence @ Y-12
walking through Tennessee spreading the word. Peace, coming by popular demand.
erecting the banner @ Y-12
A rainbow on the morning we left the Great Smoky Mountain Peace Pagoda
Inside the temple @ The Great Smoky Mountain Peace Pagoda
The gang in Hot Springs North Carolina
Cool mural in Marshall, North Carolina
following the French Broad River, with the train
A poem I loved in the kitchen of the Great Tree Zen Temple in Alexander North Carolina.
Leaving Asheville.
On my way up Cowee Mountain in North Carolina
You can see more in the albums I posted on Facebook @ these links
One and Two
Here are images of the pop up cards I sent to all three of my representatives regarding the bill before the House now HR 1334, I also sent on to the Blue Ribbon Energy Commissioner, the Secretary of Energy, The Secretary of Defense, and Nuclear Energy Commission and Southern Company, the company here in GA that owns many nuclear power plants.