Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

out of focus
out of focus,
originally uploaded by rustchic.
looking forward to 2010 like you wouldnt believe!
peace & beignets,
the salvages

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

freret market

freret market
freret market,
originally uploaded by rustchic.
We made it through market season, wow. Just a few deliveries to make in the debrismobile and then we are hasta la vista until 2010. So ready to put this year out of its misery and spend time with fam/friends.

Today I meeting and taking orders for my shows this spring. Let's hope it is fruitful!

wishing you peace & beignets always and see yall in 2010

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Is that all there is?

originally uploaded by rustchic.
I thought I was going to be fine today but the struggle began early. Is that all there is? Work hard and then be taken like the rapture- you just leave your body and that's it? I'm having a hard time thinking all of this stress of business is worth it at all. Rudy would probably disagree. He was a clever businessman. I just dont know anymore.Does anyone else?

Monday, December 14, 2009

RIP RK Rowell

Rudy Rowell,aka RK Rowell, aka Vigoboom
This is a tribute to our friend Rudy Rowell, RK Rowell, Vigoboom. Many of you have known our beloved Rudy his whole life, some during school and others in his later years where he reinvented himself as an artist. I would say he has been an artist his whole life- the art of making and being a friend to others.

I only knew Rudy for 3 years. We met at an art market and instantly became friends. I would gradually find that Rudy had this ability to make and keep friends for decades because of his endearing charm and grace of making everyone else feel special.We would set our tents next to each other and through the corner of my eye would watch as he nodded heads with each new person, making them smile. They always left with one of his paintings- not just because he was a fantastic painter, but because he was a truly special person and they bought into that- literally.

I never knew Rudy as a young man growing up in Mississippi, or as a teacher and bandleader. But over the three short years I knew him, I met the lives he touched as they came by during events or as he spoke of them. He often stayed connected with people he had to let go when he worked with for a Casino.I believe he commented that it was a perfect job for him because he understood people and appreciated them even when they could not do their jobs right. This is so true.

As we became closer friends he shared his family and the illness of his family members with us . I witnessed the courage and compassion and sense of humor that had brought him to where he was to that day. Rudy’s grief and sentimentality for his grandmother was evident. He often spoke of her, the things she cooked and the way certain scents reminded him of her. He missed her dearly and lamented her passing.

Rudy’s sense of kindness was also present with the extended illness and inevitable passing of his stepmother Jeanie and his father Joe. Rudy was the patriarch of his family and took responsibility for their care and comfort. His brother’s Len’s death had left him the oldest brother and it was a burden but he took it on, knowing he was strong enough to do so.

Rudy’s strong sense of fairness and community came from his mother Sherry. I had never met a family where the ex wives were friends and the son called his mother by her first name.Both Brett, Sherry and Rudy bantered about with each other like best friends- bound in grief, they uttered out one-liners with an abundance and easy confidence of family members who knew each other truly well. And they did.

Rudy’s fairness and ability to make others feel special was no more apparent when he and his brother bonded together after the death of their father, Joe. Rudy remarked several times how grateful he was that he and Brett became closer after their father’s passing. He was enamored of Brett’s talent as a musician which only became known to the world after his death.

Rudy’s ability to share his grief over his father, stepmother,grandmother and brothers Len and Brett his kindness and his ability to make us smile were no more apparent than with his friends. Rudy was torn over moving back to Bay St. Louis to be with his best friend Bryan or move closer to New Orleans where his business was. He often said his heart was at the coast. Bryan was a significant part of that.

Rudy had the uncanny generosity of spirit to encourage and spark the best in what he called, his “tribe” of friends. Whether bonded by disappointment,creativity or a sense of fun, Rudy made you feel like he was your biggest fan. Because he was.

He loved his friend Christie for her take charge attitude and his doll-face Heather because of her work ethic among myriad of qualities he appreciated. He commiserated in late night phone calls with Sherry Dole, another talented artist looking for her breakthrough. Justyn was like his own son. He was your biggest fan.

There are so many people I’d like to mention that Rudy spoke of and spoke of often-Paula, Valerie,so many people, he loved you, thought of you and wished only the best for you. I know there are others I cannot recall in grief, but you were adored. Each one.

Rudy took so many of us in, last but not least his dog Finn and reluctant newcomer Don Draper. Finn was his heart and only got the best that Rudy had to share. He was lucky to have had such a good daddy. Don Draper the cat was going to come around. Any day now.

Rudy was appreciative of his success and wanted to share it with us all in his new gallery in Covington. He wanted to “get off of the streets” and was tired of the relentless circuit and politics of art markets. Everyone wanted his work but what they really wanted was a piece of his love. He had so much love to give and gave it freely, with a bit of sarcasm and home truths thrown in.You cant talk about Rudy without thinking of his wit and ability to poke fun at our own shortcomings. We needed it, we needed him and we will miss him dearly.

One of Rudy’s favorite movies was Steel Magnolias. a quote” I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” We’ve had 46 years of wonderful. We are so grateful.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mardi Gras Indian by Rudy Rowell RK Rowell

Mardi Gras Indian by Rudy
Mardi Gras Indian by Rudy,
originally uploaded by rustchic.
I am so happy to say this was based on one of the photos of Mardi Gras Indians I took many yeas ago. Rudy turned it into something incredible!
RIP Rudy- you were a wonderful dear friend and mentor to us and so many other artists. I love you and hope you are blissful in your next life.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tales of the (Eco) Toddy Tonight at the W Hotel

Come see us tonight yall at Tales of the ECO Toddy at the W hotel. It might be the best night of the holiday shopping week if you have seen the rain forecast (groan). The W is on Poydras @ Tchoupitoulas. We're going to have those ever so popular Fleur Debris and lots of great green goods.

Tales of the (eco) Toddy
4:30 until
W Hotel
New Orleans

Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Market Season down by de BAYOU

We've just got a couple of weeks to go with the busy holiday season of wonderful markets and festivals in New Orleans. This week we have an event at the W Hotel, which is sold out(I hear it may be because of some fabulous eco friendly movie stars who may be in town but that is just gossip). It's called tales of the Toddy- all about drinking hot toddies from fabulous New Orleans restaurants and shopping with eco friendly vendors. That is this Thursday, December 10 on Poydras.

Next we are doing both the Freret-stivus celebration and the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival featuring Kermit Ruffins and Gumbo purveyors. The Freret event is on Saturday and the Gumbo Fiesta is on Saturday and Sunday. Trying to get lots of stuff made for both.

And that is just this week. Next week I have more events, and, a Crazy Quilt workshop at the library, and, I'm in meetings this week about costume design for an indie film.Cross your fingers, it would be a wonderful nightcap on this most abundant year!

peace & beignets!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Well I'm kinda sad we've decided not to apply to Jazz Fest this year. We've two big shows in the spring and spitting out art like a factory is draining. Still, last year was thrilling, fun & lucrative so its bittersweet. It's also sad the crowds wont see Heather's fabulous work.

Also, as I was just sifting through pictures, I just didnt feel inspired or anything, just kinda ho hum, well this is nice. Heather's work makes me feel more energized right now. Another thing was just that so many artists have said to us "I should have applied." One of our mentors told us you will get in when you are ready and its true. You will artists just starting out. We're going on year 10 of making and selling our creations. Sometimes you just need to take a break and enjoy life a little bit more. Last spring there was just little enjoyment and mostly insane work and havoc.

You can still catch works like these brilliant Crescent City works at Magazine Metals, 2401 Magazine Street. Also, she's going to be a Freret Market this Saturday (Freret @ Napolean) and Bacchanal on Sunday (Chartres @ Poland).

you can also look her up on the B-Native website and Etsy along with her synthasite, just google "NOLASALVAGE"

Happy Tuesday!