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The Trampoline Theory

Southern Accents is not just a business. We are a team of creatives. Although we all stem from different backgrounds and possess different talents, one common thread that we all share is that we are passionate about the creative process of every project that we tackle. Each time we are asked to create something, be it a staged area or backdrop for an event, decor for a new restaurant, a unique piece of furniture, or any number of other projects we have been asked to take on, we approach each new project with what we call “the trampoline theory”. We believe that for the most part, a single idea fashioned by one individual, on their own, is usually neither unique or the final outcome. However, when an idea is taken and bounced around among others who are creatively like minded, the idea begins to grow and develop. As new ideas are introduced and slowly merge with the original, the idea grows higher. Some parts may fall to the side while others will take shape and start to soar. There are times when we have to “get off the trampoline” and let the idea rest. Once the idea is brought back to the table, it is generally with a renewed vigor that results in a triple back flip of success!!

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Our most recent example of our creative process is the stage backdrop that we created for Southern Makers 2016. Originally Garlan had a totally different idea for this years backdrop. As he began bouncing his ideas back and forth among the team, his original idea began to grow and eventually evolved into the very cool backdrop that you see in the photo above.

Surrounding yourself with like minded creatives, even if they do not practice the same field of art, is essential. Being in the company of other makers of all genres fuels our own creativity and provides the support and encouragement that is often needed. No matter what your creative passion; food, gardening, woodworking, painting, photography, etc., surround yourself with others who are passionate about their art and go #createsomething!

A few other recent SA creations:

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Custom office desk and shelving for McPhearson Oil

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Entrance tunnel for Shindigs No.7

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Garden & Gun’s Artist Tent for Sloss Fest 2015

Photography by: Lisa Jones Photography


Shindig No. 7 – The Tunnel

This past weekend we were given the opportunity to combine some of our salvaged materials with our creative talents to design/build an entrance for Chef Frank Stitt at Billy Reid’s Shindig No. 7. We’ve worked with Billy in the past, creating backdrops for his run way shows during New York Fashion Week, but this special event also featured Chef Frank Stitt and Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery. Frank is a Cullman native and long time friend, so when we were asked to take on this project, we responded with a resounding yes!

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Frank was the guest Chef for a private party that was held in downtown Florence as part of Billy Reid’s Shindig activities. The event was held in the back yard of the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts which faces Wilson Park. We were asked to create a visual screen that would provide some privacy, as well as, serve as an entrance to the ticketed event. Garlan came up with the idea of building a tunnel while SA team member Josh Howe found a picture that served as an inspiration for the design. While the project began with a definite vision, the structure really began to take shape as we were constructing it.

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We began by building a frame. The idea was for the tunnel to wind around and exit into the event. From the entrance of the 14 foot tunnel, no one could see what was on the other side. As the grassy path wound around, it narrowed to a 3 foot exit. A wide variety of salvaged wood in various widths, lengths, and wood species was used, fashioning a whimsical design which visually produced captivating lines and texture. The roof spacing allowed light leaks into the tunnel from the sun as well as the night’s gorgeous full moon.

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Garlan, Josh and our newest team member Jeremiah worked throughout the night constructing the tunnel. The end result was a work of art that garnered a lot of attention and generated much conversation throughout the weekend’s activities!

From left to right: Chef Frank Stitt, Designer Billy Reid, Architect Garlan Gudger, Blackberry Farm Brewer Roy Milner

From left to right: Chef Frank Stitt, Designer Billy Reid, Architect Garlan Gudger, Blackberry Farm Brewer Roy Milner

We would like to thank Designer Billy Reid, Chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill, and Brewer Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery for collaborating with Southern Accents for this prestigious event. After the hard work was done, we enjoyed a night of great food, great friends, and great music from the Alabama Shakes in one of our favorite Alabama spots!

The tunnel will remain at the Kennedy Douglass Center throughout the month of September for those who wish to visit!

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The tunnel exited into the back yard where salvaged doors were used to help further create a visual screen.

The tunnel exited into the back yard where salvaged doors were used to help further create a visual screen.


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