The Southern Accents Team was hard at work last week in preparation for our latest BIG adventure! Garden & Gun Magazine contacted Mason & Dixon and SA and asked us to design/build an Artist Lounge and portrait studio for last weekend’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. We worked to transform a large event tent into a very cool, yet functional, relaxing lounge for the artists. With each new project our goal is to turn our creativity up a notch. We did a little research and came up with something unique for this festival!
Shou-sugi-ban is a Japanese term that means “burnt cedar board.” The term is commonly used to describe a centuries old Japanese technique of charring wood planks for use as siding. While this method of wood treatment was originally used to make the wood less susceptible to rotting and insects, today it is more often used for aesthetic purposes. We thought the charred wood would pair perfectly with our painted white, 10 foot tall salvaged Gothic windows, vintage fireplace mantels and decorative 10 foot tall copper mirror. The lounge, which was equipped with charging stations, had an “old southern church” feel to it. The interior of the tent housed our salvaged wood farm tables and two large bars reminiscent of the ones that once graced the old general stores.
In addition to the artist lounge, Southern Accents constructed a faux studio for Garden & Gun, which was used for artist photography sessions throughout the event. A Vanity Fair photographer was on site to capture candid shots as well.
The two day festival at the historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, featured three music stages and included an incredible lineup of over 30 bands and musical artists including The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more. Attendees enjoyed Nick ‘N Friends BBQ Experience, Iron Pouring, API Poster Show, Piggly Wiggly Craftly Beerly Tent, Regional Art and Food Vendors and more.
We hope you were following our social media accounts for updates throughout the weekend! Here’s a few pictures that show the incredible tent transformation!
We would like to thank everyone who was involved with this project: Mason Dixon, Garden & Gun Magazine, Ivory Exchange Rentals, Mary Clayton Carl, Cullman Sign and Banner, Red Mountain Entertainment, Shin Dig Catering, JAH Woodworks, Pepper Place Pop Up, Lisa Jones Photography, Sully Sullivan, and the incredible, amazing, talented, hard working, Southern Accents Team!! It takes a village!! There were many throughout the week who stepped in to lend a hand. If we have failed to mention you specifically, please accept our apologies but know that no act went unnoticed! THANK YOU!!