As you can see by the posts, there hasn’t been much activity in the last two years. Why? Well, I took an opportunity of a lifetime. A friend of mine opened a new architecture studio with a project that just couldn’t be believed was real. I jumped at it. The project? The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Aw yeah… finally after 20 years in graphic design I could take my turn at exhibit design. And oh my word I was overwhelmed at first until I finally got my hands (ok, mouse) into the rich history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions in Bristol, TN/VA. Why the slash? It is a shared city by two states and the recordings happened in Tennessee but the museum is in Virginia. Being also a Virginia girl (Alexandria baby!), it was a real honor to design something for my home state.
Not only did I design all of the panels, I lead concept development and followed through to production for the thematic entrance sculpture. The first floor is an homage to all of the 19 artists who walked, drove, or took the train to have their “American Idol” moment in the summer of 1927. The second floor is an homage to the city of Bristol and their beloved people and establishments. I fell in love with the town and look forward to bring my family to experience the city, the museum, and their annual Rhythm and Roots Festival in September 2015.
Even if you are not a country music buff, this is where country music started and all music history buffs should attend. My personal faves: the record wall after the Orientation Theater and the Memorable Moments boards. Those designs just sang to me.