Once again The Henry Ford Museum has delivered a fun and entertaining exhibit, this time presented by House Industries. And who is House Industries, and what is the purpose of this exhibit?
Well, Inspiration is everywhere, especially when you are obsessively curious. The artists of House Industries have followed their curiosity to earn international acclaim for a diverse body of work that ranges from fonts and fashion to ceramics and space travel. What has been created here is a multisensory exhibition that will inform, teach and, most important, empower people of all ages to follow their interests and never stop learning from what they like.
House Industries: A Type of Learning is a physical representation of the creative process. The exhibit shows how childhood interests in drawing led to creating fonts that help the world communicate; how hot-rodding and punk rock influences reinforced a hands-on approach to problem-solving; and how personal interests can inspire innovation. Significant historical artifacts – including hot-rodder Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s futuristic Mysterion show car:
Also included are revolutionary furniture by Charles and Ray Eames and an original Apple 1 computer – pair with House Industries’ design work to demonstrate how different objects and experiences can pave the way for anyone’s creative path.
House Industries is known throughout the world for its eclectic fonts and far-reaching creative exploits.
While guests of The Henry Ford might not recognize the name, they have seen House Industries’ fonts in movie titles, magazines and video games, and on album covers and even cereal boxes. And Disney fans might recognize the familiar font of a certain retro artist:
House Industries has also worked with a wide range of collaborators and brands, including Jimmy Kimmel:
Other collaborators include Herm’s, The New Yorker, John Mayer, Muji, the estate of Charles and Ray Eames, Uniqlo and Heath Ceramics.
Marilyn Neuhart Handmade Dolls
A Type of Learning beautifully celebrates House’s method of design-thinking and encourages guests to think about their own curiosity, leaving them with an intoxicating sense of endless possibility. Such as:
Crow T. Robot & Tom Servo (MST3K)
Snake River Canyon Jumpsuit
I thoroughly enjoyed this eclectic exhibit! I hope to revisit it often during its run from May 27th to September 4th, 2017.
COOL RATING: 5/5 STARS
Few of the cool nouns I review on this site get a full 5 stars but this is deserved exception for sure. Truly something for everyone!
Velo (French for ‘Bicycle’) is a House Industries font
Inspiration really can come from anywhere!
Back in 1977 I was twelve years old and very shy. I hated being in groups and had problems fitting in. So you can imagine how I felt when my teacher announced that every student was required to pick from a selection of craft-based group activities as an extra class. The list was diverse, and although I can’t quite remember them all, most had to do with handmade efforts. One was guitar lessons, but you had to have your own guitar. I didn’t.
I had a friend who was of like mind and interest, so we decided to choose the most unlikely activity: Handmade Dolls! It was close to Mother’s Day and we thought it would make a nice gift. So we two boys and a room full of girls (!!!) started sewing and stitching, and I eventually came out with this:
I thought she was cute!
She used to have a little bonnet but it has since been lost. She is now 40 years old and looking a bit faded.
Not to brag, but I do remember the teacher saying that I was one of the best students and I remember helping many of the girls with their stitching. Where that came from I can’t imagine!
This doll was made using a large pop bottle as a base. I think I used a Pepsi or Coke bottle. The bottle was filled with sand to weigh it down and keep it from tipping over. A cloth sock was pulled over the bottle as well as the Styrofoam ball which was used for the head.
The cloth was cotton:
Here is a closer look at my fine-stitched hemline:
Still holding after all this time!
My mother taped a note on the bottom to remind her of when the doll was made:
My mother is now suffering the early effects of Alzheimer’s disease and has forgotten all about the doll made by her son so long ago. It used to be displayed in her kitchen but I recently found it on the floor in a corner as I was helping my parents pack for their recent move. My mother looked at it without recognition and asked if I’d like to have it.
She’s still smiling!
I reclaimed it as a memento to remember the better times and it now belongs to my wife.
I’m glad I was able to go against character way back when and produce this wonderful keepsake!
One of the stand-out characters from Toy Story 2 was Jessie, the Yodeling Cowgirl. It was amazing to see her introduce Woody to all of the vintage merchandise from his marionette TV show! Right from the first blush, I’ve wanted to add her to my toy collection.
The Roundup Gang merchandise
But here’s the thing: Almost all of the dolls produced of Jessie look… freaky. The manufacturers seemed to pattern her expression off the scene where Woody first meets her and she is closing in on him. Remember?
“It’s you! It’s you! It’s you!” – Jessie
Since then, I’ve been able to buy one deluxe version (with real wool hair and normal expression) and now these two great dolls from Mattel:
SQUARE DANCE JESSIE
There’s a Lots of Looks Jessie but the vendor only had these two of the set. I was able to get them for $10 US each plus tax, which I thought was quite reasonable. Both go for over $30 US on eBay, plus shipping. He had three of the Square Dance Jessie doll and two of the Cowgirl Jessie doll. This was good as I was able to take the ones in the best condition.
Mattel marketed these in 2001 as part of the Toy Story and Beyond! line. This opened up the merchandising of the movie to feature costumes and props that weren’t in the original movies but were merely inspired by them.
Well, I reckon it’s time for this cowpoke to two-step out of here, so git along little bloggers!
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