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Dwelling’s Local Makers Series (Ketchup 2014 Part II)

27 Jan

As Santa finished his last delivery, Joseph and I went right back to work to prepare for a very exciting opportunity. The lovely Leigh and Tim McAlpin of Charleston, SC’s leading eco-friendly design and furniture store Dwelling chose Joseph Thompson Woodworks and Black Swamp to open their new LOCAL Maker’s Series, featuring the work of talented local furniture makers.

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Invitation made by Dodeline Design

We were so thrilled to kick of 2014 with an exhibition in our hometown. Since we wanted to give our friends and family the best we had to offer, there were many a late night spent in preparation, especially after we had not one, but TWO boards for table tops blow up in the planer during construction.

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We did manage to document a bit of the construction process despite our hectic schedule: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd4RgZDnDcc

Once the dust had settled, the show opened beautifully and we were happy to celebrate with our friends and family.

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

New Black Swamp cuff bracelets and necklace styles were launched to a very positive reception. This piece features local South Carolina Black Walnut wood.

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

Charleston’s new High Wire Distillery provided their delicious locally crafted spirits, making the event a fully local event.

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

A few more of my favorite snaps from the opening…..

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Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

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Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, Courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts photography, courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts photography, courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, courtesy of Dwelling

Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, courtesy of Dwelling

Thanks to the talented Jeni Becker of Sea Star Arts Photography for the wonderful photos, see more snaps from the party here. Thanks also to High Wire Distilling, Dodeline Design, and of course, Leigh and Tim McAlpin of Dwelling for hosting us.

In addition to the opening, we also held a “Meet the Maker” session at Charleston’s first Second Sunday on King for the new year. It was a beautiful day and I loved meeting new people and seeing some old friends, too.

Courtesy of @JWTWoodworks

Courtesy of @JWTWoodworks

The show will be on view at Dwelling until Sunday, February 9th, which will close with another “Meet the Makers” session from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dwelling is located at 165 King St, Charleston, SC.

Check out some wonderful press the show has received from the Charleston City Paper, The Scout Guide, Post & Courier, and Design Feast’s Design Feaster.

Thank you to all of our friends, family, fans, collaborators, and everyone who had even the smallest part in making this show possible. We have been overwhelmed with the support from our hometown, we are so grateful and blessed to have such love in our lives.

Lessons

21 Sep

“Now Katie, you’re better than that” said Dr. A, in his office one morning after I had pulled another mindless 15 year old stunt in the classroom. In addition to my very outspoken classroom antics, I was also a student sports contributor to our local paper. “I’ve read your writing,” he said “You’re a very talented writer. You should seriously consider journalism, Katie. Look into USC. They have an excellent journalism program.”

Dr. A has motivated me to write several times throughout my life, and I find no better way to honor him than with a few words about the man who made such a powerful and positive impact on the small community of Clinton, SC.

Dr. A was the principal and leader of Thornwell High School during my attendance there. His enthusiasm and brilliant smile gave the campus energy day in and day out. He was excited to be teaching, which made us excited to learn. We were a small school, and I remember Dr. A taking on such tasks as picking up trash, even mowing the grass one hot afternoon. He loved Thornwell, and took pride in every aspect of our school.

In addition to his passion for science and psychology, Dr. A had a knack for turning a negative into a positive. He chose to emphasize the good in everyone and himself, even in times of failure. He tutored me a few weeks one summer after a tumultuous year in Pre-Calculus. His psychology class was one of the most powerful and memorable courses I took in high school. He was motivating, informative, and loved to throw in those “Coke and pack of cracker” questions to get us thinking. He would keep us on task by stating “We’re burning daylight here!” and I still repeat that to myself daily as motivation to push further and work harder.

He also loved a good joke, and was always looking for a chance to make people smile. My Dad has always played a delightfully quirky song on my birthday ever since my childhood. Since it was my 16th birthday and my Dad wanted to do it up big, he teamed up with Dr. A to provide me with the most hilariously mortifying moment in my life. I was sat in the chemistry lab waiting for the mid-morning announcements to come over the PA when all of a sudden I hear a dreadfully familiar song. I couldn’t help but laugh out of love and embarrassment with my class and instructor. I’ll never forget that moment for as long as I live.

I remember another morning my senior year as I burst in the back doors from the parking lot, late as usual with a hot Whiteford’s chicken biscuit in my hand. Dr. A was there in the hallway, checking up on the classes that had just begun. I was literally caught red-handed with my delicious “excuse” for being late. He gave me a stern, but knowing look then said “Go in my office and eat that, then head right to class.” He patted me on the shoulder as I walked past. I will never forget the lesson in compassion he taught me that day. He lived to teach, in and out of the classroom.

Dr. A was also one of the reasons I got into college. I wrote about someone who had inspired me, changed my way of thinking and encouraged me to be a better person. That was Dr. A. I remember getting a handwritten note on my acceptance letter mentioning my essay, and how special Dr. A must have been. I gave Dr. A a copy of my essay after my acceptance. He simply smiled, said thank you, and carried on. He gave me another lesson in what it meant to be humble.

Dr. A was a kind man. He was patient, understanding, and truly listened to everyone that spoke to him. He loved unconditionally, I really believe he loved everyone he came in contact with. He was a living example of the Christian faith he so deeply believed in. My heart aches for his family and for everyone who was touched by him. While the world has truly suffered a great loss in his passing, Dr. A’s light and love will continue to touch the hearts and minds of so many that were fortunate enough to have known him.

God bless you, Dr. A. We will miss you.

Improvements and Thanks

26 Aug

It has been a long (almost!) two months, however I have never felt so loved before as I have felt lately. So many of you reached out after my last post and I was simply overwhelmed with good vibes and positive energy! Thank you!

In health news my condition is improving, and after a long summer of doctor’s visits and tests we are still unsure as to what exactly is going on. However I have a great new doctor that is developing a comprehensive plan to help me get back to normal. In the meantime, my symptoms, while still daily, have improved. I do feel more confident getting around as well, and have not had to use my cane much in the past two weeks or so.

Thank you also to everyone who reached out and supported my family during their trying time this summer as well. Your kindness and generosity has truly helped lift their spirits. Whether it was a simple note or a bag full of toiletries, nothing was overlooked or unappreciated.

As things seem to be picking up around here, I am looking forward to posting more updates here on my blog. I am developing some new ideas for posts as I type this and can’t wait to share more news and updates with everyone. Fortunately I have still been able to stay busy with work and new designs over the summer too so I have a lot of great things to share.

Thanks again for all of the love and support. Stay tuned for more updates and posts!