Re-use, re-purpose, re-think, re-imagine, re-do, re-engineer, re-cycle and re-spect.
Respect? What? Yes, respect. Respect the planet, respect nature, respect each other. It is not about money and getting ahead. It is about creating something cool and unique and giving something back while trying to leave things better than you found them.
As a studio, we will always try and use recycled or sustainable materials whenever possible in our work. In addition, we will be donating 5% of our overall net profit to a 501c(3) that provides for the future. Currently, that organization is Black Rock Solar, whose mission is “promoting environmental stewardship, economic development and energy independence by providing not-for-profit entities, tribes and under-served communities with access to clean energy, education, and job training.”
Ron and Amanda founded blue Gothic Design Studios LLC at the end of summer 2014. The timing coincided with the annual Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City, NV, which both founders, who are are burners, were not able to attend that year. In retrospect timing of the founding of the design studio probably filled a creative void left by not making it to the burn.
Ron has spent most of his career on the other side of creative endeavors (non-profit boards, art committees, managing online services for artists (Founder of Playafire.com)). Although he received some formal training, he has always been drawn to the creative side – but has had trouble getting over the fence. Over the years, Ron has done work in photography, videography, computer graphics, woodworking/furniture, lighting design, and other esoteric fields. While still providing his expertise on the management and support side, he now has the desire (need?) to get off that fence and jump in on the creative side. Current plans are to seek inspiration and work in a mixed media environment while adhering to a “green” philosophy.
Amanda has always been a creative type and dabbles in many artistic fields. Her current concentration has been on jewelry and beading. She hopes to spend more time on the design and production of her jewelry pieces while also exploring the possibility of moving into new areas such as lampworking and silversmithing.