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Lecture and Opening at Lusher High at 2.30 on Friday Sept 23, 2011

If you are in the Uptown area tomorrow September 23rd, and you fancy hearing a lecture on mixed-media art and the merits of anti-specialization, stop by Lusher High: 5624 Freret St at Joseph St. @ 2.30pm.  I’ll do a power point presentation for 45 minutes in room 307 on the varied history and themes of my work, and then on to the gallery reception on the 4th floor where i’ve got some illuminated pieces on display.  It’ll be electric! (dumb pun intended).

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Evil lamp unleashed.

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Do-gooders of the world seeking hobbits to wage battle against sinister scarlet orb of doom. Please send resume with cover letter to Gandalf Pedersen, 1225 Shire Lane, Minas Tirith, M.E.

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Evil Eye Lamp

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I just bought a neato old light fixture on ebay with a red glass globe that I’ll turn into a table top lamp. It reminds me of a vintage movie house light with its soothing red color, but Leslie says it makes her think of the eye of Sauron (lord of the rings evil overlord) and is slightly afraid of it. Either way, there has to be a market out there for something like that, right? I can see the etsy listing now: “vintage scarlet orb of doom lamp for your desktop…”

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It’s on, Etsy!

Finally got my act together enough to take proper product shots of my lamps and get them posted in my shop on Etsy.  It is amazing how easy it is to make something look better by just setting it in front of a white backdrop.  It was a little tricky to light the lamp and also set the camera exposure so that you could still see the glowing filaments of the bulb, but once i got my system down they turned out pretty well.  Lots of competition on Etsy, so good presentation is key!  Please check out my shop and feel free to favorite some of my lamps and photographs if you dig them: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JRPortman

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New lamp at Spartan

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New lamp at Spartan, awesome shop in Austin, on S. Lamar and Riverside. Stop in and check it out.

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The DWR Lamps

These are the three lamps that will be at Design Within Reach this Thursday for the party and throughout the weekend. I use old-school braided cloth-covered wire in my lamps, and here is also a photo of a reel of cloth wire i bought recently at a junk sale. It would be awesome to be able to go to Lowe’s and pull a roll like this off the shelf. Actually, cloth wire is available on the internet new, check out Sundial Wire if you are interested. Not cheap, but it is a good product with lots of colors to choose from and really lends that vintage look to lamps and fans and what not.

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Design Within Reach Party this Thursday, May 5th

I just found out that I made it to the top ten list of designers for the Green Project Salvations Competition, and that I (along with the other top 10) will be allowed to show some smaller items this Thursday thru Sunday at the super-cool Design Within Reach store on Magazine. If you’ve never heard of it, DWR is the place to go for high end modern interior design.  It’ll be interesting to see how the re-purposed stuff we make gels with the slick high-end designs in the store, which is at 3138 Magazine Street at Harmony, btw.

Sadly, I won’t personally be there, as i’ll be on a plane headed for Austin, but my girlfriend Leslie will be there acting as my proxy.  If you are out and about on Magazine this Thursday, stop in and get some free Sailor Jerry rum cocktails, Frey Wine, and tapas and check out the newly made lamps i’ll have on display.  Here is more info:

The Green Project Salvations Top Ten 2011
Thursday, May 5, 6:30-8:30pm

DWR New Orleans invites you to a reception honoring the top 10 artists from Salvations 2011, The Green Project’s signature fundraiser (www.thegreenproject.org). Salvations is a juried furniture exhibition and auction that showcases the best in sustainable style and salvaged design. The Green Project will recognize Salvations 2011 winners on April 16th, and the top 10 artists will show alternate works at our studio for viewing on May 5th.

Come celebrate Jazz Fest Thursday, Cinco de Mayo and Magazine Street Shop Fest with The Green Project’s best and brightest in reclaimed materials furniture design. Enjoy tapas and sip on libations made with Sailor Jerry Rum (www.sailorjerry.com) or organic wine from Frey Vineyards (www.freywine.com).

Please RSVP to kcastano@dwr.com.

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More lamp progress

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Milled all the tops, now they all need to be sanded smooth, stained, finished, and wired up.

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