Could you please tell me more about the creators behind the piece and what the piece represents?
The people at Maker Village have been working among a community of other startups and creatives that include Lindquist Press, and while we have only collaborated a couple times before, we have followed one another’s efforts with a great deal of mutual respect and friendly camaraderie. We put our heads together on a special release for Boulevard that incorporated three or four studios around town, bringing in designers, leather workers, woodworkers, and myself, a printer.
(EL) “Don’t Waste Sweat at the Gym” is a reminder that we should use our talents and time to improve our communities, rather than our abs. The stylistic approach is meant to refer to old WPA (Works Progress Administration) publishing efforts from the New Deal following the Great Depression. Graphics and slogans were used to explain the importance of communal cooperation, thrift, and hard work as America tried to pull together and build a new economy, and a national spirit of shared responsibility.
(NWB) Eric nailed it. We only have so many hours in the day to create, and that raw energy is precious and should be treated as such. So, don’t waste that sweat (blood and/or tears) in the gym!
What inspired the collaboration?
The design was executed months back, as part of a profile of Lindquist Press that featured in “The Bohemian”, a limited edition local arts magazine. In the release, each copy came with a limited edition stencil print poster of the design and one of them ended up on the wall at Maker Village. When Nick approached me, he expressed an interest in pursuing an inlay technique and felt the design’s stencil origins would make it more easily adapted to cut wood.
As a Maker, what inspires each of you?
(EL) It seems that both of our studios put community engagement at the fore of our efforts, working to make new projects, makers, and businesses more successful and, by extension, our city more interesting.
(NWB) More and more it is education. Demystifying materials and building things, and giving the MAKE “bug” to others.
Freebie question moment. Is there anything either of you (or both of you!) would like to say to the Maker Faire audience or would like them to know?
To the Makers, keep up the hard work, and let’s build a better city!
The scultpure was funded in part by Boulevardia and a Rocket Grant from the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art.