Morse Museum

Located in the charming town of Winter Park, Florida is The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. This is an impressive collection of famous American craftsmen, but the main focus is the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933).  As you walk through the collections, you really get a snapshot of American design history and the labor of love. This is a must see for fans of the American Arts & Crafts movement or of the Art Nouveau movement.

The show stopper is for sure the Tiffany Chapel. It was originally designed in 1893 and exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Morse Museum reassembled it in 1999. When you get there, take a moment to sit down and just take this whole space in. The detail and craftsmanship is to be respected.

My personal favorite find the whole museum is the invites that Louis Tiffany would make. I found them to be so personal and made with love, that I think all my future invites should be made by hand.

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To plan you visit, go to http://www.morsemuseum.org/ for more information.

~ Live in Design History ~

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Designer to Designer:
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My lovely colleague just shared with me a great, funny resource to use in place of that. Check it out. http://hipsteripsum.me/

Then one of my alumni students sent me this one, http://baconipsum.com/.

Paper Museum

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Just off of 10th Street in Atlanta, Georgia you can find a the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum. It’s located on the lobby floor of the Institute of Paper Science and Technology on Georgia Tech’s campus.

The collection is small, but valuable in explaining the history of paper making and showing great examples of the design process through the ages and within different cultures. The museum features a collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts.

If you’d like a tour, it’s easy enough to just walk in during the week. If you have a group of 10 or more, I suggest you call ahead to let them know. Parking is limited and you can ask the front desk if you can park around the back when you have a large group.

The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum is located at:

Institute of Paper Science and Technology
Mail code 0620, Georgia Tech
500 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30332-0620

Enjoy life long learning,

Lindsey Rush Hawkins

Buffalo Bill Museum

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While on my trip in Denver, I took the time to visit an American Legend – William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. His grave is located in Lookout Mountain Park, part of the Denver Mountain Parks system. The site overlooks the Great Plains and the Rockies.

To see more, I went to the Buffalo Bill Museum. Much to my surprise the museum has a great collection of design history. There I found products, fashion design, furniture design, board games, posters, and even graphic novels all about the interesting Buffalo Bill. All of these unique pieces of design from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s illustrated the life and legend of William F. Cody. Within the designs, I could see the influence of the Victorian Era, Art Nouveau, and different cultures found at the World Fairs during that time in history.

Right next door is a fun gift shop with a friendly staff and dog. Ladies beware of the feeling of being watched as you walk down into the bathroom. The site has even been investigated on the SyFi show Ghost Hunters. Check it out sometime: Ghost Hunters: Season Five, Part 2, Disc #2 Episode 8: Ghost of Buffalo Bill.

If you’re in Denver, do take the time to see the beauty that surroundings and the unique collection of design history. The site is located at 987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO 80401. For more information, go to www.buffalobill.org.

Happy Trails,

Lindsey Rush Hawkins

Hatch Show Print

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While traveling with my family to Nashville, Tennessee I came across a very pleasant surprise off Broadway in downtown. In the middle of the a tourist trap of music, over priced boots and designer jeans is the Hatch Show Print store. I walk in to a paradise of wood block prints from floor to ceiling all the way back that eyes can see. WOW! Of course I just start to wonder into the store and talking out load “How much?!” I was quickly intercepted by the manager and was told none of it was for sale, but was actually used to continue making wood block prints.

If you’d like more information to go check it out for yourself, the link is http://countrymusichalloffame.org/our-work/.

Sope Creek Hike and Draw

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One of my designs students’ favorite field trips is the Spring Hike and Draw. I take them to Sope Creek in Marietta, GA to see the stone ruins along the creek banks which are remnants of a paper manufacturing company that produced a large portion of the South’s paper from 1855 to 1902. The mills manufactured news print, wrapping paper and stationery – a pioneer enterprise in this section of the state of Georgia. On July 5, 1864 the mills were burned by a detachment of General Kenner Garrard’s cavairy division while guarding the left flank of Federal forces preparing to cross the Chattahoochee River at the mouth of Sope Creek. The mill was rebuilt after the war, and then they burned down again in 1870. They were restored in 1871 and operated until 1902.

While visiting the ruins, I encourage the students to draw and take photos of the different textures and interesting angles. There is great contrast with the ruins running along the water in the woods.

The hike itself is about 3.5 miles total, but you can get “lost” and go about 12 miles. The trail is moderate to difficult. You can take different routes to make it more challenging. Hiking time is about 2.5 hours. Parking is $3.oo if you don’t have a pass and there are no facilities in the park. Here is the link with directions, http://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/sopecreek.htm.

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