As creative individuals, how do we keep our inspired energies invigorated? As and artist our medium is the tool by which we allow ourselves to communicate with the world around us...as designers our medium is the built environment, as a painter, my canvas is the eye in which i see thew world around me. So, I thought I would write about another source of inspiration, Gad Elmaleh.
It's not often that you get to experience another artist adjust their own canvas and become inspired by it.
IIDA Calibre Award 2015 evening through the looking glass of Tammy Edmonds Design
Table 103. That was the seat assignment that night at the 2015 IIDA Calibre Award Ceremony at the Hilton Century City Plaza Hotel. As we made our way into the gala to find this table, I was amazed at the size of the room and the production behind the ceremony. At last, Table 103, I found it. We were in the very back on the last row in this massive forum of glitz and glamoured frocks. We sit and greet our neighboring table guests as bread is served—my neighbor leans in and asked: “So what are you going to say if you win?” Suspiciously I pause mid-sip on my martini with a quizzical brow, asking myself--“what is he talking about”? As Mehrdad Yazdani of Yazdani Studio/Cannon Design made his way as the first award recipient to the podium—and spoke. I realized with a slight panic the answer to the former question, and a freshly emptied martini glass.
That was my experience before the podium. After hearing our project name announced as the winner, time stood a little still for me…I realized that I now would have to make my way to the stage and I didn’t want to have a Jennifer Laurence moment on my way there, so off came the shoes.
Standing at the podium looking out at the vast darkness of the audience, I caught my breath, took in the moment, and the rest was just that—from the heart, thanking the industry because that’s what moments such as this are really all about. I think we don’t have enough opportunities to share the good things that happen. This project brought out the best spirit of all parties involved and that includes so many more players than I could ever have thanked that night. What I do know is that sometimes it’s not at all about the person winning the award but rather the opportunity to acknowledge the quiet voices which don’t ever get heard.
I have an amazing staff that share my passion and vision of being change agents—making the world a better place one design at a time. They inspire me to be the best possible leader that I can be for them and without Steven, Yancey, Christopher, PJ, Kyno, Katie, Larry, Amber, Gus, Alec and Kimberlyn this award would not have been possible and while I was the one that night accepting the award, they are among those hero’s.
I will forever remember that night and feel extremely fortunate to be part of the IIDA design community.
I’ve always found it interesting how the random exploration of one thing can lead to insights of another. Such is my journey which lead me to read Neil Young’s 2012 autobiography Waging Heavy Peace. The beauty of autobiographies is that the reader becomes an instant third party to the authors journey in life. I’ve not been a follower of Neil Young, but I have enjoyed his music, never fully appreciating the depth of his artistry and what a significant impact he has made as an environmentalist, until reading his journey.
Scale, texture and repetition unify themselves rather eloquently–man and nature at the Rivers Ganges. There is a kind of truth and honesty in the simplicity in which building materials in various corners of the world are constructed for their indented use. I love how the rhythm of the users crossing the bridges and the waters reflection back equally adds to the beauty of this composition.
As the final entry for 2011, I thought at great length what would be befitting of the years last message. Naturally, reflecting on the loss of Steve Jobs seemed appropriate, but instead, I thought about how art inspires life and how with the passing of one year, we begin the New Year with a freshness amongst us–that unspoken sprit of rebirth, vigor and hope in our attitude towards life...
I was recently asked who my favorite architect was, while I had listed a few, Frank Gehry was notably on the top. If one looks at the architectural landscape of the last 20 years he above all has pioneered a new language for the visual form. Through his embracement of computer technology, primarily CATIA, and design exploration through materials, he bridged the gap from the conceptual design to a manufactured product. The result of this visionary spirit has enabled a new generation of architectural design to be realized.
After seeing this documentary, I knew this must be part of our teD Studio Inspiration series. Last week, the studio sat down to see it, our discussion thereafter was just as inspiring and insightful as the movie itself.
As teD celebrates our 8th year, we embark into new ground for us with the inception of what I prefer to call journal entries. Enjoy.