A couple photos of Coby Brownell and Justin Kuzma from today’s collaborative session, working on a new installation ‘Growth' for Art Hop, opening next Friday at 47 Maple St, Burlington, VT!
Everything’s coming together very well in the rush to get it all done for next week! Can’t wait to get the full-size structure installed…
Wow, it’s August?! This new freelance life has kept me very busy the past two months! Lots of traveling to NYC, meeting new friends & collaborators, talking with exciting people about potential projects, and of course, enjoying this wondrous summer.
There’s still a load of internal work to be done to the CWII brand/web presence, as well as a bunch of studio organization/renovation planned for next week, but thought I’d fill you in on the next big project. Oh, and we landed a sweet green couch.
What’s next? For the past month I’ve been planning a new interactive installation debuting Sept 6th for SEABA’s annual Art Hop. It utilizes the recently released Leap Motion device, which is sure to deliver a unique experience. I’ve been working on it with some very talented collaborators: Alana Aviel, Coberlin Brownell, Justin Kuzma, and some more brilliant minds serving as idea-boards. I’ll profile them in a future blog post.
The fancy-pants way I’m describing it is as such:
An interactive story of our built versus natural environment, told through a 3D projection mapping installation, orchestrating a thematic journey of tranquility & chaos through abstract light and color.
We’re offering sponsorship opportunities to help make the project possible, so please get in touch if you or someone you know is interested!
I feel like I say this a lot, but it’s going to be a busy month.
In other news, I’m headed to Portland, OR for a week in late September for XOXO, an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology. It’s going to be a week-long adventure, and I’m beyond excited.
More soon, thanks for following along!
Also, since it’s been so nice out lately, I’m having an impulse sale.
A few things have already been discounted, plus use ‘RANDOMSALE' to get 30% Off, but only until Friday at midnight!
Cover them walls!
Another fun part of Anomaly Week was the Rotobooth, a rotary phone installation rigged up to take and share photos.
Thanks again for having me, Anomaly!
I’ve been following Core77 for years now, and I’m incredibly honored to have written an exclusive feature for them, reflecting on the process behind illuminimal and illumifeet.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
We worked full time upstairs during the day, and then in the photo studio into the night. Not once did it feel like work, and on a couple of occasions, I stayed up all night out of excitement for the project. There was no money or fame involved, just a shared passion for making something we were really excited about.
So this post will be an interesting change of pace, and first for the blog: an experience design review for Hotel Vermont in Burlington, VT.
Last night I stayed at the newly opened Hotel Vermont in Burlington, VT for a complimentary feedback/review stay. A delicious dinner at Juniper, carefully crafted drinks, incredibly comfortable beds, and a solid breakfast, were all part of the experience. Overall, I was impressed. This place is offering something new to Burlington: a Vermont-focused boutique hotel, for those willing to pay a little more for a considered hotel experience.
My sister Brittany, who invited me to take part in the review, focused on critiquing what she does best: full-service hospitality, guest services, and hotel management. I decided to focus on the experience itself, design details, and functional aesthetics.
First off, Juniper, the hotel’s bar & restaurant, serves very good food (though a little pricey) that could easily compete with a handful of my local favorites (Farmhouse, Bluebird, Flatbread, Pizzeria Verità to name a few). We decided to sit at a long, tiered shared table, which smoothly transitioned into a great environment for a few well-crafted drinks. Think similar vibes to Farmhouse’s basement ‘Parlor’ but much brighter, and with a large outdoor patio. Additionally, Hen of the Wood will soon be in-house, right next door, so the food situation will be top notch both at the hotel and nearby.
The lighting throughout Hotel Vermont is great, specifically, side-lit guest room doors, back-lit bathroom mirrors had a clean bounce light, and well-placed lamps and fixtures. The elevators were the only big problem for me. Transitioning from a relaxing lounge environment, their harsh fluorescents made for a squint-inducing trip back to the room. Dimming/warming them at night would be a nice touch.
Breakfast in the morning was surprisingly delicious as well, and I love me a good breakfast. There’s also damn good coffee and espresso. The cappuccino I had was far above “hotel coffee” for sure. If I were visiting, it would make for a hard decision whether or not to brunch at the hotel, or choose one of the great breakfast places in town. That means something, with options like Penny Cluse and Magnolia so close by.
Guest rooms have simple swipe-card access, are nicely laid out, feel comfortable, and have many Vermont-made elements within. You can feel the strong effort to custom considerations throughout Hotel Vermont, but unfortunately the details aren’t yet explained anywhere. Subtle, carefully placed metal medallions explaining each element could be a nice touch throughout the lobby/Juniper area, while a well-designed printed card would be great to explain room elements.
As Hotel Vermont continues to establish themselves as an everything-considered, cut-no-corners experience, they should also be critical of graphic design details, coupons, parking passes, etc. Their clientele will certainly notice and appreciate the small creative design details that will make for a memorable stay.
The detailed vision is there, and hopefully the service and attention to detail will continue to grow to deliver the full-service boutique service they seem to want to provide.
Tonight I setup my first official projection mapping installation, in the storefront of Treasure&Bond for a BucketFeet pop-up shop.
The installation process took a while but everything fell smoothly into place. Huge thanks to Jerome from Treasure&Bond for assisting me through the entire process!
BucketFeet is hosting a launch party tomorrow night, and I’m incredibly proud to be an exciting part of it.
The display at Treasure&Bond will be up through the rest of May; be sure to check it out at night if you’re in the Soho area!
I’m excited to share that I’ll soon be leaving JDK to start a ‘solo career,’ as Craig Winslow II. I’ll be pursuing new mediums, innovating existing ones, and most importantly, collaborating with others.
Welcome to my new studio space.
I’ll be sharing this new space with the fantastic human, Brett Chalupa.
'illuminimal' hitting Gizmodo was huge for me, and the amazing response gave me the confidence and clarity to start my own path.
My last day at JDK is May 17th, 2013.
This date exactly 3 years ago, May 17th, 2010, a week fresh out of Champlain College, I started as a JDK LAB intern working on digital production of Burton snowboards. I thought it a fitting date to start my next chapter; it’s truly been a wild three years.
Expect rolling changes to www.craigwinslow.com over the next month; there’s a few more announcements up my sleeve.
Footwear projection mapping project performed live using a pair of Merrell Bare Access 2 and a pedestal.
An in-depth making of will be posted here in parts, but for the time being, here’s the previous process posts: blog.craigwinslow.com/tagged/illuminimal