You can take your favorite old shirts and Mary will turn them into custom quilts (machine stitched not hand quilted). Check out Mary's site: maryscustomquilts.com for all of the details. Pretty interesting service. The image attached, probably a little ambitious for your first quilt, is part of the Gee's bend collection.
This collage/painting is the latest piece at Evo. The Artist is Emily Rickard. Here is what she had to say about it: "Art is the means by which I present my affinity for gathering, saving, and reconstituting found objects. Working with abstraction allows me to focus exclusively on composition, texture, and the organization of color and pattern within the piece. The combination of tactile materials from non-art origins, both old and new, creates a personal history specific to that work of art. When combined and presented within a fine art context these elements exhibit a warm, joyful quality that surrounds the viewer with vibrant color.
With this piece, my goal was to use the scale of the canvas as a place where large, bold patches of color could take center stage in the composition. The vivid brights and patterns have the ability to draw a viewer in from across the room, while the more subtle, supporting interactions of the collage materials act as the reward for approaching the canvas."
A fire truck would be an amazing project. The combination of all of the types of functionality and ergonomics combined with the durability and utility would also make it an enormous assignment. This concept looks a bit like the Haven concept done by DiTullo and me for Architecture for Humanity
This is the Vapur bottle artist series. They have some interesting things in their line but this series is lost. The graphics and colors are so weak. The generic top looks totally out of place and dated and the form is poorly proportioned and uncomfortable to hold. Also, the new items they had at the Housewares Show were oddly positioned. Still, you can see the potential.