16 SPEARS

creative collectivism
from A.J. Mason and Friends
INDIGO BLUES
On October 20th, Jeff Moerchen added 5 simple ingredients to a vat and carefully followed a process which has been used for thousands of years around the world, to dye clothing and ceremonial fabrics and dress.  An indigo dye bath was underway and was successfully shared 7 days later with friends of 16 Spears.

DYE BATH INGREDIENTS
Water
Finely Ground Indigo Processed from indigofera sp.
Washing soda or Soda Ash
Madder Root
Bran

THE PROCESS
The pure indigo requires a fermentation process brought on by the combined ingredients of water; pure indigo powder (for color); soda ash (to create an alkali solution for penetrating an article of clothing’s fibers; madder root (causes the fermentation), and organic wheat bran (for feeding the fermentation enzymes).  Once combined, the fermentation process was underway. For the next 7 days, we only had to ensure the vat was kept warm and stirred gently each day.  By day 7, the surface of the dye bath had taken on the anticipated copper color - it was time!

A GOOD DAY TO DYE
On Saturday, October 27th our dye bath was ready and friends of 16 Spears had begun to arrive to share in the day’s festivities: an open-pit hog roast; live musical performances from Levi Barrett, Aotearoa, Hallways, and The Franklin Electric; a welcomed kitchen cook-off; and of course, a clothesline filled with various articles of indigo-dipped clothing brought by guests.  While indigo blue has long been associated with the less than aristocratic classes, 16 Spears was happy to have the guests who participated and shared in our “blue-collar ways”.  Not to mention, we all ate and drank like royalty!

INDIGO BLUES

On October 20th, Jeff Moerchen added 5 simple ingredients to a vat and carefully followed a process which has been used for thousands of years around the world, to dye clothing and ceremonial fabrics and dress.  An indigo dye bath was underway and was successfully shared 7 days later with friends of 16 Spears.

DYE BATH INGREDIENTS

Water

Finely Ground Indigo Processed from indigofera sp.

Washing soda or Soda Ash

Madder Root

Bran

THE PROCESS

The pure indigo requires a fermentation process brought on by the combined ingredients of water; pure indigo powder (for color); soda ash (to create an alkali solution for penetrating an article of clothing’s fibers; madder root (causes the fermentation), and organic wheat bran (for feeding the fermentation enzymes).  Once combined, the fermentation process was underway. For the next 7 days, we only had to ensure the vat was kept warm and stirred gently each day.  By day 7, the surface of the dye bath had taken on the anticipated copper color - it was time!

A GOOD DAY TO DYE

On Saturday, October 27th our dye bath was ready and friends of 16 Spears had begun to arrive to share in the day’s festivities: an open-pit hog roast; live musical performances from Levi Barrett, Aotearoa, Hallways, and The Franklin Electric; a welcomed kitchen cook-off; and of course, a clothesline filled with various articles of indigo-dipped clothing brought by guests.  While indigo blue has long been associated with the less than aristocratic classes, 16 Spears was happy to have the guests who participated and shared in our “blue-collar ways”.  Not to mention, we all ate and drank like royalty!

Recently, 16 SPEARS’ Aunt Charlotte was diagnosed with hiatal hernia. The discomfort made it damn near impossible for her to pick her slacks and blouses off of the floor after sawing logs in her birthday suit.

Using waxed reclaimed oak uprights and rungs crafted of copper plumbing tube, this ‘bedroom ladder’, provides an in-sight hang space for just about anything as well as a repeated desire to get your feet off the floor.  Aunt Charlotte thinks its a liability.

Designed, built, and described by Jeff Moerchen.
Recently, 16 SPEARS’ Aunt Charlotte was diagnosed with hiatal hernia. The discomfort made it damn near impossible for her to pick her slacks and blouses off of the floor after sawing logs in her birthday suit.

Using waxed reclaimed oak uprights and rungs crafted of copper plumbing tube, this ‘bedroom ladder’, provides an in-sight hang space for just about anything as well as a repeated desire to get your feet off the floor.  Aunt Charlotte thinks its a liability.

Designed, built, and described by Jeff Moerchen.
"Significant when she came. Expressive and sad. Now more beautiful to me."Now available from AJMD. Custom-built ‘frame casings’ provide a simple and elegant upgrade to the artwork you’re already enjoying.
With 4 measurements taken from an existing framed work, a ‘pop-in’ frame casing is built from reclaimed material that can be fit/returned to the wall in less than a minute and without any modification to your original frame. 
If and when you decide to remove the casing, it is “fit-ready” for an additional piece of art.Pricing available starting at $100.Email: info@ajmasondesign.com(Pictured artwork by Dana Louise Kirkpatrick)

"Significant when she came. Expressive and sad. Now more beautiful to me."

Now available from AJMD. 
Custom-built ‘frame casings’ provide a simple and elegant upgrade to the artwork you’re already enjoying.

With 4 measurements taken from an existing framed work, a ‘pop-in’ frame casing is built from reclaimed material that can be fit/returned to the wall in less than a minute and without any modification to your original frame. 


If and when you decide to remove the casing, it is “fit-ready” for an additional piece of art.

Pricing available starting at $100.
Email: info@ajmasondesign.com

(Pictured artwork by Dana Louise Kirkpatrick)
+ past AJMD work +

+ past AJMD work +

CHANGING WORLD + CHANGING PLANS The ‘first 13’ are finished and signed!Each of the 50 in the series have been hand-inked onto antique mechanical drawings with a ‘backward’ outline of the continental U.S. - seven upright red ink ‘bars’ 
- and the inscribed lines from Woody Guthrie’s Changing World, “change the pen and change the ink . change the way you talk and think”.The mechanical drawings range in dates from 1939 to 1967. Each is approximately 12” x 18”.I would like to distribute each of the 50 in the series to anyone who is interested at NO CHARGE, until they are all spoken for.Please send request to info@ajmasondesign.com*Pricing available for AJMD framing upon request.

CHANGING WORLD + CHANGING PLANS 

The ‘first 13’ are finished and signed!

Each of the 50 in the series have been hand-inked onto antique mechanical drawings with a ‘backward’ outline of the continental U.S. - seven upright red ink ‘bars’ 

- and the inscribed lines from Woody Guthrie’s Changing World, “change the pen and change the ink . change the way you talk and think”.

The mechanical drawings range in dates from 1939 to 1967. 
Each is approximately 12” x 18”.

I would like to distribute each of the 50 in the series to anyone who is interested at NO CHARGE, until they are all spoken for.

Please send request to info@ajmasondesign.com

*Pricing available for AJMD framing upon request.

UPSTATE OUTDOOR SHOWER

Several weeks ago - in an attempt to beat the heat - we pulled a dead tree out of the woods and burried it’s base two feet into the ground, attached silver brackets to the stem and ran a found black garden hose to the top.  We replaced the old spray-gun handle with a gardeners-nozzle with adjustable water-flow.

We took field stones from the forest behind 16 SPEARS and built steps that lead to a raised platform, built from weathered NYC water tower cedar.

For ambiance the shower is surrounded by shrubs, wild mint, and and more field stone.  A rescued birdbath doubles as a soap dish.

On most days, the cold well water is a welcomed alternative to a waterfall swim.

We’re happy to share it with foxes of all kinds!

THE NO-FLAG-FLAG OUTDOOR TABLE FROM 16 SPEARS

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of having dinner pool-side with a friend and his family.  The dinner was not only one of those special LA evenings, but was additionally nice, because we dined around a large outdoor table he had built from reclaimed wood I had left behind when moving back to New York last fall.  During dinner he jokingly commented on the size and said that it “was wide enough to shake hands with someone seated across from you but too wide to swing at them”.   

While this size of table is something to aspire towards, we at 16 Spears settle our grudges in a rusty above-ground shark cage, after dinner.

The NO-FLAG-FLAG TABLE is made entirely of barnwood gathered from Illinois abandonments. In addition to its weathered and contrasting colored design, it’s top is ‘reversible’ which allows it to be flipped from its base to show a perpendicular pattern of red and white-washed boards.  Another important attribute are the removable clay pots.  Slightly recessed so as not to obstruct eye-line and conversation, the 3 vessels offer center-piece-like homes for fresh herbs and perhaps more importantly, keeping summer’s bottles of wine cold and within arms’ reach.

The NFFT has accommodated upwards of 12 people and continues to be a communal space for friends and ‘more-than-friends’.

We look forward to raising a glass with you under the upstate skies! 

AJMD Desk Lamp . Sold

On August 1, 2012, SIXTEEN SPEARS will welcome artist Roman Liska.Mr. Liska will depart London England, cross the Atlantic Ocean and descend upon Woodstock, New York and remain for the month of August with intentions including (but not limited to): eating, sleeping, drinking, swimming, maybe making art, and finalizing plans for a local ‘dirt-trailin’ course on which to ride a quad that he does not own.Roman is currently represented by Rod Barton Gallery in London as well as Brand New Gallery in Milan. He is a founding member of Null and Void Artist Collective and will soon begin his second year at Royal College of Art in London, UK.Liska is planning his first solo exhibition in September - showcasing a group of sculptures and installations that are best described as a haptic experience.. Take a look .http://www.rodbarton.com/roman-liska/

On August 1, 2012, SIXTEEN SPEARS will welcome artist Roman Liska.

Mr. Liska will depart London England, cross the Atlantic Ocean and descend upon Woodstock, New York and remain for the month of August with intentions including (but not limited to): eating, sleeping, drinking, swimming, maybe making art, and finalizing plans for a local ‘dirt-trailin’ course on which to ride a quad that he does not own.

Roman is currently represented by Rod Barton Gallery in London as well as Brand New Gallery in Milan. He is a founding member of Null and Void Artist Collective and will soon begin his second year at Royal College of Art in London, UK.

Liska is planning his first solo exhibition in September - showcasing a group of sculptures and installations that are best described as a haptic experience.

. Take a look .
http://www.rodbarton.com/roman-liska/


The NOVOA TOOLBOX was designed with the female city dweller in mind.It is functional, lightweight, and most important - aesthetically pleasing.A friend of 16 Spears recently helped a friend hang curtains in her new Brooklynapartment.  She had neither a ladder nor a hammer.  With the leveraging hand-to-butt-approach, he was able to balance on the windowsill while using an empty glass bottle to hammer the necessary nails for hanging her curtain rod.
Back in Woodstock a couple days later, a morning coffee discussion ended with the idea that not only are most people missing the “big 5” from their city-spot toolboxes, but that the tools they do have are… well, shit.
It was (and is) time to package the abundance of “your-grandpa’s-kind-of-tools” into a similarly charactered toolbox; and make them available to those who are ready to have what they need to get most household jobs done, and not have to hide them in a random drawer or under the sink.
Comprised of vintage pieces, each unique and storied toolbox contains:
Tool BoxHammerPliersPhillips Head ScrewdriverFlat Head ScrewdriverVice GripsCrescent WrenchLevelTape Measure or RulerSand PaperPencilGlass Jar of Miscellaneous Nails and Screws

The NOVOA TOOLBOX was designed with the female city dweller in mind.
It is functional, lightweight, and most important - aesthetically pleasing.

A friend of 16 Spears recently helped a friend hang curtains in her new Brooklyn
apartment.  She had neither a ladder nor a hammer.  With the leveraging hand-to-butt-approach, he was able to balance on the windowsill while using an empty glass bottle to hammer the necessary nails for hanging her curtain rod.

Back in Woodstock a couple days later, a morning coffee discussion ended with the idea that not only are most people missing the “big 5” from their city-spot toolboxes, but that the tools they do have are… well, shit.

It was (and is) time to package the abundance of “your-grandpa’s-kind-of-tools” into a similarly charactered toolbox; and make them available to those who are ready to have what they need to get most household jobs done, and not have to hide them in a random drawer or under the sink.

Comprised of vintage pieces, each unique and storied toolbox contains:

Tool Box
Hammer
Pliers
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Flat Head Screwdriver
Vice Grips
Crescent Wrench
Level
Tape Measure or Ruler
Sand Paper
Pencil
Glass Jar of Miscellaneous Nails and Screws