Custom Trophies for The New Urbanism Film Festival

Recently, Gus and I were commissioned by our friends at The New Urbanism Film Festival to create trophies made from reclaimed materials for their award ceremony! Needless to say, we felt honored and excited to be a part of this project.

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We initially planned to make each trophy out of a different material. One for cardboard, plastic, metal, wood, trash, etc. We sat down one day and played around with cardboard and string and made one trophy each, but something wasn’t clicking with them. Time was of the essence as we were pushing closer to the due date and still didn’t have a solid plan.

Then, about 3 days before we had to turn them in, Gus thought of a brilliant idea that was perfect for the theme of the festival: wooden antique cameras.


Each camera is made from scrap wood Gus has collected over the past year from dumpsters and sidewalks.

Gus made these ones!


And I made the following ones:


It was seriously so much fun to work on this project together and apparently they were a huge hit at the festival so that makes us super happy!

Our West Coast Wedding Road Trip

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We left early in the morning before the sun had risen heading straight to the Sequoia National Forest. After a 3 hour drive, we set up camp and felt so excited to finally be on this trip we’d been planning all year. It was honestly surreal. We took a much needed nap since we hadn’t gotten any sleep, and then around sunset, drove up to the actual Sequoia Forest to view the trees. Neither of us had been there before. I (Jessie) remember turning this one corner and looking at this huge tree trunk in disbelief. I’d ¬†been wanting to see this forest for a long time, so being there felt incredible.




The next morning, we left for Yosemite.



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