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Artist Profiles (part 4): Lee Moore Crawford, Franco, and Aaron Mandel

Lee Moore Crawford When we asked, what made you interested in STITCH?, Lee said: "I really enjoy having Akira, Dipika and Kush here in downtown Durham and they sparked my interest, knowing their aesthetics and mindset. The community based dialogue is a real inspiration and something not easy to create for large groups of artists." Lee is making flower paintings for STITCH to order with a … [Read more...]

Artist Profiles (part 3): Tamara Bagnell, Frank Myers, John Stern

Tamara Galiano Bagnell "The word that spoke to me most was 'evolving', so I chose to base my idea around that," says Tamara, when we asked how she came up with her prototype for STITCH. "I will be using the words 'Durham' and 'Evolving,' and string, nails, wood, and plexiglass to compose a complicated web of intersecting threads,  somewhat reminiscent of 'string art,' from which the two words … [Read more...]

Artist Profiles (part 2): Kimberly Wheaton, Brian Allen, and Renee Leverty

Today we'd like to introduce Brian, Renee, and Kim, who are artists making custom works for STITCH. You can read about their proposals in the rewards section of this Kickstarter page for STITCH. Kimberly Wheaton Kimberly Wheaton, a longtime resident of Durham, is a part-owner of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. She paints, does fiber arts, and makes jewelry, but that's all come after years … [Read more...]

STITCH at Durham Art Walk

This Saturday and Sunday you can stop by the Durham Art Walk and see what people involved in the STITCH creations are up to. Prototypes and sketches of works-to-become will be on display in a booth at the Teermark Building, right opposite Dolly's on Main Street. More about the event is on Facebook here. Looking forward to getting a chance to mix and mingle with you all. Be sure to join our mailing … [Read more...]

Bunches of things this week

So much is happening behind-the-scenes! Akira's been meeting so many great people--artists, activists, community leaders, and even government folks--in the past few weeks, and we want to make sure that you know what's going on. Stay connected! Join Orangutan Swing when you add your e-mail here. … [Read more...]

FRIDAY: Meet the STITCH artists

Man, oh, man. Who says a rolling stone gathers no moss? Meet the 20 (and counting!) artists who'll be making original pieces out of the "Top 50 Words that Durham Said it Wanted to Become." (If you missed that, check them out here.) The "Meet the Artists" party will be this Friday at Labour Love Gallery, in Golden Belt in Durham. Add your name to our e-mail list to get updates on who's … [Read more...]

The Durham News | Stitch seeks words for Durham

See on Scoop.it - DialogueOrangutan Swing's insight:"[Design Kompany] got a solicitation to apply to work with the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Design Kompany was too small for the job the bureau had in mind, Morita said, but the invitation started him thinking about how he would go about “branding” a community. “I have a small problem with the way they try and promote a city and … [Read more...]

When Durham artists talk vision, anything is possible

Looking forward to catching up with the STITCH core team on Monday evening at 8:30pm at Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham. Akira, me and our boss-man (now 4 and a HALF) will be there to commingle with a dozen artists who've expressed interest in making original pieces. Each new work will be inspired by the STITCH effort to collect, from citizens, their answers to one question: "What do you want to see … [Read more...]

WEDNESDAY! Come see and hear the WHY behind STITCH

Photo by Phil Daquila Come out to hear about the WHY of STITCH this Wednesday at a community event called "Groundworkk." Orangutan Swing will be one of three local groups talking about what we're working on, and why. This will be held at Mercury Studio from 6:30pm, and the cost is $5. The idea behind Groundworkk is this: The concept of groundworkk is very simple. At each event, all … [Read more...]

5 things every strong community needs

Three thousand miles away from my family a few years back, I was really feeling stressed about community. I mean, I'm from Durham, where people sit on their front porches and watch thunderstorms and drink beer. They look you in the eye, wave, and say, "How y'all doing?" (I'd missed that, especially, when I was out there in Seattle.) But there was one thing that made me decide, very fixedly, … [Read more...]

“Year of Dialogue” 2012: a report

Orangutan Swing was conceived in the waning light of 2011 to do just one thing. Make space for offline conversations. Ones with real meat. Meaning. Connection. Eye contact. Getting people together who'd otherwise never meet, so a wide array of viewpoints could make chords across a circle. The roundtable style would work for this. We wanted to see more people really talking and listening to one … [Read more...]

February 6: A roundtable on DATA

Confirmed! Wednesday, February 6 at Whiskey (upstairs) in Durham, from 7 to 9pm. Join us for a free, open format conversation table about DATA. WHO: Dipika Kohli at Orangutan Swing WHAT: A roundtable on the conversation around DATA: what is it, why do we love it (do we?), and why do we need it (or not?) WHERE: Whiskey in Durham, The Club Room upstairs (ask the bouncer) WHEN: Wednesday, … [Read more...]