new idea happening here

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

IMG_2392I started blogging in 2008, and have loved conjuring up new ideas and creating new ways to present them.  They arrive, they thrive, sometimes they sit in the corner and wait for a little attention, and eventually they turn into something else. They usually start when I have something specific to learn, and blogging has been a fantastic medium for me. I’ve learned to accept the fluid process and just keep moving. So I am…moving, that is.

I’m going to close this blog for the time being (though I’m not giving up the URL, so I could be back with the next cup of coffee). I’m still  writing on our studio website at Tackett-Barbaria. I am keeping the coffee/design/art story going on my Tumblr, also Caffeinated by Design (updated daily, come visit, it’s lovely).  And of course, I still have my personal blog, Tour of No Regrets. Plus Facebook, and the studio Facebook, and Twitter, Linked In, Flickr…I think that’s plenty and more than a well-rounded and socially healthy person should admit to.


But it’s time to move to something new, and I do have a new idea brewing. I have a name, a plan, a URL, and a set of skills to learn. But nothing else to show for it just yet.

Check back in a few weeks, and I will announce it here, and every place else I hang out on the internet. See you on the flip side!


real art

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Steve’s show, Sediment and Sentiment | A Re:mapping Project, opened on Saturday at the ArtHouse Gallery in Sacramento. The event was a culmination of five years of work, most intensely over the past nine months. Our daughter, Kate, flew out from Chicago to help him hang the show (putting to use her Museum Curation/Art History degree from University of British Columbia) and our youngest, Alex, flew in from Oregon to join us. We were surprised by family and friends who traveled to share the time with us, and were bowled over by their outpouring of love and support. The gallery was packed with friends from all corners of our lives, and designers we’ve known for over 30 years, plus college friends, clients, cousins, neighbors, colleagues, partners, past employees…pretty much everyone we’ve ever known.

Leading up to the show, I had been making noises that it was weird to see the art that had been hanging out in the nooks and crannies of our home, taking up the spare rooms and hiding out under beds and in closets, on the gallery walls, just like real art. But it was abundantly clear that our friends and family were the real art, and that the reward was having a thriving design and art community, with both a history and a future together.

Here are a few photos of the week and the show.

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