2017/18 - Looking Back & Ahead

Sometimes my wife thinks I've gone a bit crazy... And guess what -- Sometimes she's right! When I look back over 2017 and reflect on all the projects that BrownKnows Design has been involved with, it's actually surprising that I'm not just lying on the floor under my design table, nursing hot glue burns on my fingers and mumbling about Joseph and the Amazing Pajama Game or Hello, Annie!

We were looking back over my project list and counted 20 projects that were fully completed in 2017 (designs for 18 theatrical endeavors and design/fabrication/installation for 2 large museum exhibits), PLUS another 10 projects that are already in various stages of discussion and/or design for 2018. Is it any wonder that my head spins sometimes? 

Each production or project leaves marks in my memory, but there are always some stand-outs that define the year: the all-encompassing Lake Life Exhibit at Children's Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids (see photos in my Exhibit Design album), and then the truly inspiring (and WET!) production of Metamorphoses at Minnesota State University Moorhead (my Apr. 10 blog post). MSUM had me back for four more lighting designs during the summer season, then I spent a couple weeks on the Iron Range with a traveling opera production (my first), and another couple weeks in Bloomington, MN lighting an adaptation of Joseph for the Artistry theater company.

I was finally able to stay at home in Duluth for most of the fall season, aside from several trips to Chisholm, MN to install the new Blue-Collar Battleground labor exhibit I designed for Minnesota Discovery Center.

A couple other milestones for BrownKnows Design in 2017: I expanded into a second shop space that can be used primarily for painting scenery, and my website got a facelift, so browse around (and feel free to share with others)!

As 2017 ends, I am especially grateful for freelancing friends like Rob Rachow, Hallie O'Connor, and Ashley Wereley (without them I would never be able to take on so many projects) and for the tireless efforts of small companies like Wise Fool Theater that really know how to merge art and community to remind us what it's all about.

Goals for 2018? Hmm... maybe to be more consistent with this social media stuff? Or to work on shifting my big project vs. small project ratio?... Or maybe the goal is just to keep on rockin' with all you awesome folks who have continued to support me in many different ways.

Stay cool! FYD!