Supported by the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship we traveling across the entire country, coast to coast, in search of inspiration and adventure in North America’s western deserts. see how the time on the road and collaborations continue to unfold.
Moab is a great source of inspiration! We’ve visited Castle Valley, Canyonlands and Arches National Park - Tanya Aguiñiga joined us today and we’re already off to gather inspiration from these beautiful places.
"Good Rocks in Utah"
"I think it’s all right" - and we agree!
It was all about texture, stratum and curves at Zion National Park! - We visited Zion on our way up to Moab, and saw the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes. A completely different desert environment!
We all want a small trinket that reflects, or allows us to reflect, upon a trip like this. During my day ‘off’ in Beatty, I took some time to check out a few of the antique stores in town. As soon as we walked onto this block of fresh jerky, old tools and mangled trucker’s hats I knew I had struck trinket gold! In Richfield, after perusing around ceramic cacti salt shakers, high heel handled pocket knives and old VHS movies, I came across a case of belt buckles… one with a banjo… one with a 49er and his trusty burro… and an old simple brass one that caught my attention. . “Big Hole Drillers”
Both Hannah and Mariana said, ”You have to!” and thankfully I did get it. By the end of the day Mariana had sleuthed the buckle’s origin and I now feel like I have a special piece of Nevada history.
NTS refers to Nevada Test Site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada_National_Security_Site) and REECO is actually Reynolds Electrical and Engineering, the main contractor at the time. There’s an oral history of Nevada’s nuclear waste program and a transcript of an interview with a former employee, Lewis G Miller, you can check it out at http://digital.library.unlv.edu/objects/nts/1084
Desert Design Lab Team explores Titus Canyon in Death Valley
Mesquite Sand Dunes
Mesquite Dunes - Gigapan panoramics and sunset photo shoot. Feb 14 2014
Exploring Death Valley - Rhyolite and Badwater