Past New Orleans Event: VOL 17

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What I Lost and Found In the Peace Corps

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Current President of the board of the Louisiana Peace Corps, Ryan Tascar, shares with us some of the things he lost when he left the United State and moved to Cape Verde with the Peace Corps for 2 1/2 years.   From family, friends to familiar traditions and holidays lost by leaving the U.S., Ryan was able to find adventures and once in a life time experiences during his time in the Peace Corps.

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The Art of Getting Lost

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

New Orleans Artist, Brooke Pickett, shares with us her method of getting lost in order to facilitate her creative process. Brooke spends a lot of time trying to get lost in order to arrive to that creative place, a place where you are forced to be honest about who you are, how you feel, and how you think.  To get to this place for her as an artist requires get lost in the studio and oneself in the search for the unknown.  The unknown, the unfamiliar is where an artist work comes from.

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Finding Myself Through Kite Boarding

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Chris Stuckey came to New Orleans in 2002 as a social person, but found himself still a bit lost and discovered kite boarding.  Stuckey has traveled the country, building his skills and connecting with likeminded people in the process.  He shares with us how his passion for kite boarding pushed boundaries of his abilities and help him grow personally to create balance.

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The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"Upon seeing the green vase, I was speechless. It was wrapped in newspaper dated from 1970 and had been in the attic the entire time. It was a one of a kind piece, and no one knew it existed. After all the wasted trips and false alarms, here I was with one of the greatest discoveries of cut glass."

Franz Hellwig is an avid collector of American Brilliant Cut Glass, an art form and product popular in the United States from 1876-1916. Franz shares with us a bit of the history and methods used by the American artisan to create these pieces of art. Today Franz is considered one of the foremost experts of American Brilliant Cut Glass and travels across the country in search for his next piece.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, September 21th, 2015. 

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Confessions of a Wandering Architect

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Jennifer Rowe is an architectural designer and maker traveling in search of finding her passions and ultimately relating to what is familiar to inform her architectural work and her own ventures of hand crafting.  She shares with us how her surrounding informs her work as an architect and a hand crafter.

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I'd Rather Be Printing

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"This is the first color newspaper ever printed in New Orleans!"

In I'd Rather Be Printing from Pechakucha Night New Orleans Vol. 17, J.S. Makkos shares falling in love with antique printing presses as a youth exploring in his father’s antique shop. This helped define his passion for print making. He came down to New Orleans with a purpose to salvage the detritus and material culture of this city that was being lost in dumpsters and through a sequence of events, stumbled on a treasure trove of New Orleans history.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, October 5th, 2015.

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Love, Femininity and Gender

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Kiernan Dunn is a local visual artist and print maker here in New Orleans works primarily out of the New Orleans Community Print Shop and Darkroom, a nonprofit artist collective that offers a shared community arts space which is open to the public.  Kiernan addresses issues of femininity and gender through her visual and performative art and she YOBO’s, well maybe not just once.

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Community Participation and Architecture

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"We wanted every design decision that we made to be affordable, made locally, and something that could teach a skill."

In Community Participation and Architecture, from PechaKucha Night New OrleansVol. 17, architect Mary Gilmore, shares her master’s thesis on Community Participation and Architecture. Her belief is that if people participated in the design and construction of a building, not only will they become stake holders in the process, but also learn something.  To put her thesis into practice, Mary moved to India and then later to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Now as a practicing architect here in the states, she is has rediscovered the notion of community participation and architecture.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 19th, 2015. 

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Visual Documenter of War

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Videographer and photographer, Sean O’ Grady, is a visual documenter of the war of man vs. nature.  As a documenter Sean shares that he is able to be an observer and not an active participant of this futile war that man has with nature.  He explains that he doesn’t have the answers for the war, but only the evidence of its existence.  Being lost prior to coming to New Orleans he is in search of finding the 6th sense of balance.

Jennifer Rowe
in New Orleans
Chris Stuckey
CEO & Founder, Maritant in New Orleans
Mary Gilmore
Architect in New Orleans
Brooke Pickett
Artist in New Orleans
Sean O'Grady
in New Orleans
Kiernan Dunn
in New Orleans
J.S. Makkos
Founder & Chief Curator, Nola DNA in New Orleans
Ryan Tascar
in New Orleans
Franz Hellwig
Antique dealer, self in New Orleans