There's a very high chance that this will be my last update while in Nashville. By this time next week I should be packed up and heading back to Marietta. I keep trying to tell myself that in hopes that it will sink in, it's not working.
I said last week that I didn't think I would get any more jobs while I was here, but I actually ended up getting two more this week. One is a summer poster for Vanderbilt and the other is a collage poster for a woman. The summer poster will most likely be printed after I leave, which is kinda sad. It's a 400 quantity, 3 color poster that will have at least two of those colors printed on the Miehle. The other is a 3 color poster in a much smaller quantity… like, 5. I'm assuming that I'll be printing that one this week. With those two, it marks my client jobs at 8.
I really didn't know what to expect from the internship, but I really didn't think I'd have the chance to design, print and work with 8 different clients on my own, plus 2 with Sundy and 1 with all 3 of the other interns. That's a total of 11 posters in 10 weeks. I'm pretty happy with that. Since we have been able to come in on Saturdays to print our own work, my total poster count goes up to 21. Seriously. 21. And you wonder why I'm going to miss this place?
Speaking of Saturdays, I'm so incredibly happy that we have been given the opportunity to work on our own stuff. I'll make sure to post pictures after the holidays of the secret special ones, and when I get some good photos of the others, I'll post those too. Yesterday was my last day to come in on a Saturday, and I printed one of those secret special ones and the 4 'Broken Type' Linocuts that I carved last week. There's a photo of two of them locked up. I'm excited to get home and have the ability to continue to work on those prints, I feel like they have a lot of potential.
Last weekend Jim & Brad were up in Two River's Wisconsin at the Wayzgoose hosted by Hamilton Wood Type. I would absolutely love to go to one of them. Print Nerds, Wood Type & Wisconsin? Yes please.
Last night I went to my first ever Pickin' Party. For all of you out there who don't know what a pickin' party is (and I didn't until arriving in Nashville) I will do my best to explain. A Pickin' Party is a group of musicians who get together and play music: usually bluegrass and old country songs. They stand in a circle of sorts and someone picks a song and everyone joins in. When a musician gets tired, or wants a beer, another person who plays the same instrument steps in and the music continues. Last night's Pickin' Party was hosted at Josh Brand's house in honor of his Uncle (and banjo player) coming down for a visit from Michigan. There were two groups of musicians: one in the living room and one on the back porch. It was incredible. There was homemade chili and cornbread, a fire in the backyard with people going on wood runs to keep it burning, music, music lovers, artists, people from the ages of 21-70, beer, talking and lots of laughter. At the end of the night someone made mussels in a green curry sauce with fresh bread. In true Nashville fashion there was at least one famous person (in this case a Grammy winning guitarist) who never once mentioned his fame (I didn't actually know until I got home). He just hung out played music and told jokes by the fire. I can honestly say that Nashville is one of the friendliest and most down to earth cities I have ever been to.
When I say I will miss Nashville, I truly mean it.
I'm also posting some photos from around Nashville. One of the awesome full moon and another from the Veteran's day parade where old time Hatch employee and Miehle runner, Dan, participated.