this most recent project is one that is very close to my heart. my art degree in college was concentrated in ceramics and i have had the opportunity to launch a line of functional ceramic wares. it's called Civil Stoneware, made right here at my studio in the heart of the Civil Rights District, Birmingham, AL. i've had the best time prop styling with these pieces... they are super photogenic and unique enough to add that little bit of something special to the shot. take a look an see what you think or follow along with us on Instagram xx (photographs: Stephen DeVries Photography)
spent this sunday in a garage in nashville shooting a spot for Valvolene and Big Communications. couldn't have asked for better weather or a better crew.
6 flats, some beadboard, trim, white environmental cues, and a new cordless brad-gun later.... magic.
this was a fun project for JoAnn fabrics + crafts shot in Birmingham at Stephen DeVries' new studio. we wanted an all white room to off-set this hero chair placed on a motorized lazy susan. as it rotates, it switches through fabrics. after finding a pair of cute vintage chairs in Atlanta, i took them to a local upholster who reupholstered the chair with velcro edges. he then created the 7 patterns of diff. fabrics, so we could switch them out on the day. it took some time and finessing, but overall it cut together beautifully. (i'll post the spot asap)
a few years ago, i had the opportunity to set design a disaster scene from scratch. Jason Wallis directed the spot using an enormous motion controlled camera (MOCO). Very little of the spot was done in post, as all the props had to be stationary as well as talent. it was an epic experience with a pretty dope outcome thanks to a really great team of folks.
i loved propping at Books-a-Million for this shoot. so many unique gifts, i filled up my entire truck with options. Here's to a bright, white, warm holiday season... it really is the best time of the year.
we had a great time on this piece for Thermador at the Southern Living Idea House. Robby is such a great chef, and all the beautiful finishes in this home made styling this spot a breeeeze.
i had waaaaayyy too much fun crafting and styling this project with Shannon Crutchfield + Ally Thomason + Alagripco. Shannon designed this adorable costume, Ally shot it + Alagripco lit it. bravo folks, well done xx
the newest stop motion for Jo-Ann's fall sale broadcasted live the other day. we had a great time putting this one together. ((Stephen DeVries, Augusta Cole, Joanna Ballentine, Stuart Jones, CW Newell, Catherine Steele, Annalise DeVries, Abby Jones))
the beauty of freelance work is you never know what surprises wait around the corner & this surprise of a job brought to life my inner child as i created & sourced teeny props + designed a miniature set for the Valvoline Bobbleheads. Its always a good time working with the talented folks at Big Communications.
its not everyday you see 3 guys on set huddled around an aquarium with tomato plants and a unicorn inside. this napoleon dynamite-esque vibe was just another day at work with a super funnnn crew resulting in a few laughs.
i shopped for an 3 x 8ft-ish table for a few months, but due to over-priced finds and not exactly the dimensions i desired, i came up with a solution that fit in my budget and was a DIY opportunity.
after making your purchases from the supplies// shop list pictured below, (i purchased everything at Lowe's with the exception of the zinc top, which i had shipped from Rotometals.com) you are ready to start making your cuts.
FIRST : measure and cut one of the pieces of 1 x 3 x 6' board into two 22" pieces and the remaining 28" of board, miter into 4 equally sized corner pieces. (approx 7" each)
SECOND: notch out 3/8" inch on the ends of the two pieces of 1 x 3 x 6' and the two 22" pieces. this is what will slide into the grove on the tops of the table legs. add a handmade element to the tops of the table legs, by drilling a couple of holes and filling it with wood glue and the flat head plugs.
THIRD: now you are ready to dry fit your table base together, and once you are happy with it, apply the wood glue to the groves and let dry. (don't forget to place something beneath the joint in case the wood glue runs)
FOURTH: attach the 7" mitered corner braces to each corner with the 3.5" hex bolt and washer. there are threaded female ends already in the legs, so make sure you line up your bolt before drilling the hole in the corner brace. tighten the bolts. (feel free to white wash with the limewash or leave your pine unfinished)
FIFTH: the table top is made of 3/4" plywood, that i had the guys in lumber cut down for me in the store. mine is approx 36" x 87", and then i framed out the edges of the plywood with 1-by's that i attached with the wood screws. Rotometals.com delivered a sheet of zinc and i took it to my local tin shop where they broke the edges of the table to wrap around the plywood base. (i like to have the option of switching out surfaces on my table, so i let it rest on top & its weighty enough to where it works)
for now, i'm letting time naturally age the surface, but you can visit rotometals.com for a list of finishing effects that will work well with your space.
in the studio today, shooting some content inspired by Mrs Meyer's Geranium dish soap. no gloves needed here, in fact, my hands were baby soft after soaking in the wash basin.
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