It's a big weekend for Thomasville, GA. FLAUNT is kicking off tonight, which is a month-long public art event where small business owners set up Pop-up Shops on West Jackson street. West Jackson has been in need for re-vitalizing for some time now, and Thomasville Center for the Arts is leading the charge.
I have also had the opportunity to hang some of my Thomasville series in a space for this event.
There's a variety of shop owners here, but I got to spend some time with the Sturdy Brothers, Ben and Spencer Young. Together they want to rekindle the spirit of craftsmanship and handmade goods here in America. They make duffle bags, laptop bags, key snaps, and many other canvas/leather goods. Their name holds true, their products really are as sturdy as they advertise.
They asked me at the FLAUNT artist party last night if I could come by and do a Polaroid photoshoot with them. My weapon of choice? The iconic SX-70, given to me by my father-in-law. (Thanks again!)
I carry the SX-70 in an old leather case that it came with years and years ago when it was purchased. Needless to say, it's old and is falling apart, so the Sturdy Brothers whipped me up a custom Polaroid camera bag.
These guys are joined by many other artists for this huge public art event. Downtown Thomasville now has murals put up, and West Jackson is looking quite alive. The launch is tonight, so if you're in town, you should join the party.
Thanks again for the awesome bag, Sturdy Brothers!