Let's talk about birds. Or feathers. Or even BIRD FEATHERS. Why not?
Some months ago, I penned a new design idea that I'd been kicking around in the old brain cage: a sort of NW Indian tribal design of an eagle and a raven, connected by a simple heart with a rather hypnotizing wing pattern. Below is the original sketch which I'd originally envisioned as being a spinner pin. The idea was that love is the center that holds it all together and that it radiates in all directions north, south, east and west.

Well...once I posted the pic up on ye olde Facebook, a little kizmet happened. My friend Robert Champion who hails from Chicago had been industriously collecting old wooden palettes from his work and had started upcycling them into band memorabilia such as clocks and tables. On top of that, he'd gotten his hands on a nice wood burner and was eager to try out his ideas in real time. When the image hit the internet, it was a no brainer for The Champ. He quickly asked if he could use my design as the basis for a table and I thought to myself, "Well self? That's a darned good idea right thurrrrrr." So we shook digital hands and Robert headed into his magical laboratory.

Within a week or so, the product was ready. We decided we'd try to sell it with a portion of proceeds going to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. However, we quickly realized that asking for the worth of the table ($650) was going to be hard for any typical phan to afford. So today, we put on our collective tin foil thinking caps and decided...IT'S RAFFLE TIME, BABY.

Check out the following link which will take you over to The Sloping Companion, where you can see the final product and enter the raffle if you'd like:


And here's the great thing...having raffled off art in the past, I was always a little frustrated that all but one person in a typical raffle...well...loses. And though we appreciate those of you who are simply trying to support our artistic ventures in general, I decided that everyone should walk away with something. So....for a raffle entry of $15, you get your choice of Phish pins from either Robert's stash or mine. It's that easy. Enter the raffle, get a pin. And hey...you might get lucky and be the overall winner and take home a ONE OF A KIND piece of upcycled, functional art. So what are you waiting for??? Follow the link and take a shot! 

With love in all directions,

Jon Blake, Crazyredbeard Productions 


We need to have a good and unique design wordpress

01/12/2013 6:49am

Need some help with that?


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