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Folklore #2 | Music + Makers

In Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on June 17, 2016 at 1:32 am

On Wednesday, June 1 Tempus Projects and Vessel Collective hosted the second Folklore, featuring interviews with a music journalist and the creators of Tampa Indie Flea. Ray Roa writes for Sub Ap!, Creative Loafing, and TBT* to name a few as well as working part-time at a local advertising agency. Seanissey Loughlin and Rosey Williams created an event that fosters the makers community and the ‘buy local’ movement. Each of the interviewees comes from a different background, but they’re cut from the same cloth because each is passionate about seeing their friends, neighbors, and Tampa as a whole flourish. About 40 of us listened to their personal histories, lessons they’ve learned, what they love about our city, and what they still hope to see happen in the next few years to our local culture. All proceeds of the event benefit Tempus Projects and its future programming.

This event also marked the 6th birthday of Vessel Collective. That’s 6 years of sharing the successes and struggles of artists, musicians, and creativists. We’re hosted more than a dozen community events under this moniker, including  ‘The Travelogues’ and now ‘Folklore’. Thanks for your support and we’d love to see you at the next events in August (The Travelogues) and September (Folklore).

Thank you to Ryan Seybold for capturing all of Folklore #2’s lovely angles. Keep creating and building, Tampa!




Folklore #1 | Food + Art

In Culture, Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on March 4, 2016 at 4:06 am

On Wednesday, March 2 magic took place. There were no playing cards and nobody was sawed in half, but magic happened in the form of community. A chef and a curator talked about their struggles, successes, hopes for Tampa, and more in front of a live audience in a local art gallery in Seminole Heights amongst over 40 people, one greyhound named Sabina, and several art installations by Brooklyn-based artist, Langdon Graves (the show by Graves was it’s own exhibition, but lended itself very well to Folklore).

The creator of Folklore is also the person behind its umbrella project, Vessel. Her name is Gina Moccio, and she is me. I am so proud and excited to have been able to dream up another project and see it come to fruition. I’m thankful to have partnered with Tempus Projects and have Folklore be a part of the gallery’s 2016 programming and I’m so excited to get to not only do interviews again, but to do them with people who I admire in the local food, music, and art community.

March 2nd’s Folklore heard stories from Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Sarah Howard, Curator of Public Art and Social Practice at USF Institute for Research in Art. We received radio love from JoEllen Schilke on WMNF’s Art in Your Ear and from Lenora Lake at The Tampa Tribune. Thank you to everyone who attended Folklore and those who will come and see us in June for Folklore # 2 with Ray Roa, Rosey Williams, & Seanissey Loughlin. We’ll see you soon! In the meantime, check out photos from the event below by the wonderful Luis Gottardi and stay tuned for more photos by Trey Penton of Two Keys Press and audio from March 2nd’s interviews.

Follow us on Instagram here & tag photos from the event as well as legendary locals you think would make great interviewees at a future Folklore at #folkloretampa.
Chef Ferrell Alvarez – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]


Sarah Howard – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]



Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Travelogues – First Friday 8

In Event, The Travelogues on November 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm

There was a lot of excitement, because before Paris and Detroit stories, we were two Travelogues away from our first anniversary party on Fri. January 3. There was also some nervousness, because we were in a different space due to there being an art show booked for the same night as our Travelogue. However, the upside was that the room we were in was quieter, and more intimate for sharing stories, and we had both a great audience and lovely speakers. So, all in all, we did okay! Vince Kral has presented in a Travelogue before– the very first one, to be exact. In typical Vince fashion, he brought videos he had created and narrated over. He shared two videos, one touring around major areas of Paris, and the latter a short horror film he collaborated with other students on. He had his sweet daughters with him, so he had to leave early, which is unfortunately why I don’t have any photos of him at the Travelogue. Randy brought us a set of stories we couldn’t have imagined from Detroit. When you think of Detroit– do boxing, ruin porn, or hipster pub crawls come to mind? If not, you’ll definitely understand and be delighted after hearing the audio from his presentation below. We hope you enjoy Vince’s Paris and Randy’s Detroit.

See you on Fri. December 6 for Australia and Japan! If you’d like, please bring something you’ve purchased or found in a place you’ve visited for a little ‘Show and Tell’ session in December! Cheers!







Vince’s Art Portfolio
Randy’s Project, Frivolous Dry Goods

Vince Kral – “An American Artist in Paris” (videos) [Presentation Recording]

Randy Rosenthal – Detroit [Presentation Recording]

Travelogues – First Friday 7

In The Travelogues on October 8, 2013 at 2:45 am

On Friday, Oct. 4 we heard stories of growing up a military brat and moving to Germany at the drop of a hat from Jenice Armstead and of visiting quaint and beautiful corners of Chile’s coastal towns from Pilar Ojeda. We also went around the room and asked each lovely attendee to name what or who they were going to dress up as this Halloween, and we got everything from Flo the Progressive woman to Rainbow Brite. But the evening wasn’t complete until everyone has a square of the orange colored and flavored rice krispie treats we made to celebrate the holiday. Enjoy our speakers’ stories!






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Pilar Ojeda – Visting family in Chile [Presentation Recording]

Jenice Armstead – Military brat stories [Presentation Recording]

Aymie’s Words

In Interview on October 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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Aymie Spitzer is the co-founder of Neighborwoods, a project featuring many of the world’s greatest cities in woodcuts. It began with maps and has captured the imagination of folks from all over, including mine. Aymie’s story of Neighborwoods is a testament to the true fact that you can take something that you find interesting and beautiful and adapt it into something that others also find wonderful. Here are her words.

Who are you and what do you do?

 I am a graphic designer and co-founder of Neighborwoods.

How did Neighborwoods come about?

Neighborwoods started as a personal project from Hyperakt Labs, a business model where employees are given the opportunity to make and develop something outside of client work, whether it be a product, website, almost anything. I started experimenting with our laser engraver and combined with my interest in antique maps, Neighborwoods was under way.  

What was the first map you can remember enjoying and what did you think/feel?

The first map I remember being captivated with was a large flat brass world map that my dad had hanging in our home. I stared at it for hours, inspecting its details and wondering where it actually came from. It only had a couple colors printed on top of the brass and now I’m even more interested as to how it was printed and how old it was. 

What has the project taught you?

1. An inkling of an idea can become a successful product with planning, hard work and support.
2. Find good people to join your team. They should bring skills that you don’t possess, making the product stronger and better through collaboration and passion. 
3. The business side isn’t as fun as the creative side, but it’s as important if not more. 


What have been your favorite moments since you begun the project?

1. Friends and strangers responding with joy and excitement about the product. 
2. Exposure on well known blogs and magazines is a trip!
3. Seeing the brand grow and become its own entity.

What’s been a challenge and how have you overcome it?

It’s been hard envisioning the brand growing from the original wood map and extending to other products. It’s really about where you want the brand to go while sticking true to its foundation.



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Tracy’s Words

In Interview on September 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm


It is with the utmost pleasure that I present to you the words of Tracy Midulla Reller, art professor, community leader, and the face and muscle of the wonderful Seminole Heights gallery, Tempus Projects. I’ve wanted to ask this woman a few questions for a long time. I first heard Tracy’s name over 3 years ago, when I was interviewing talented local artist, Ashley Niven, one of the first folks I ever spoke with under the name of Vessel. She called Tracy a badass. She wasn’t kidding. I haven’t stopped hearing Tracy’s name since, and neither has anyone else. With each year, Tempus has become more and more of a champion of local artists and has pushed Tampa’s event and cultural scene forward, thank goodness. Here you are, words from a badass.

What are the most important things you’ve learned about art?

I can never know enough about it. It is like a high-speed snowball, rolling out of control, growing and I can’t imagine trying to suss it all out. It’s big. It’s enormous and I can never know it all. I’m okay with that. I don’t need to know it all.

How about starting and running a space?

The most important things? That it is never done and when it starts to feel like it is getting easy, it’s time to do something else or something more. I’ve learned artists are lovely and diverse and complicated. I’ve learned that even if you don’t have an art budget, you should buy art. -and you should convince everyone you know to buy/own original art by living contemporary artists. It really makes things more interesting and satisfying; supporting someone that is contributing to the field currently. I’ve also learned, at least locally, that art-goers are starving for something new, all the time and that we really need more art spaces; independent ones, that are not affiliated with colleges, universities, frame shops, private studios, or gift boutiques. Those things are all great. They hold their own importance and are totally necessary, but we have those. We have very few art spaces that exist only to serve as project/exhibition space. I’d love the camaraderie.

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How about your self?

I don’t control everything. And that is very freeing.

Knowing what you know now, several years into the game, is there anything you would do differently with Tempus Projects?

Not really. I am tempted to say it would have been nice to start with a Board of Directors and/or funding, but I think those are all things that really grew beautifully to fit Tempus Projects perfectly. I don’t know that anyone would have been behind it from the very beginning. It was a totally goofy idea to open a project space in a garage hidden behind a business with no visibility and no budget. It took me a few years to figure out exactly how I wanted it to go ‘offically’; to find the perfect people to work with for growth. The Board of Directors is stellar. I’m so lucky to have each one of them involved. They are a perfect and delicate balance and they get things done. They are an incredible team; a powerhouse. Projects and funding is falling into place, slowly but surely. I’m really happy with how things have unfolded, naturally. No regrets. Nothing different.


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Travelogues – First Friday 6

In Event, The Travelogues on September 11, 2013 at 3:47 am

On Fri. Sept. 6th, we breezed through our 10th Travelogue. I say breezed, because it was a slightly quieter evening, and it seemed like everything was moving smoothly and quickly, but not as quick as Justin Arnold’s quicksand in the Amazon. Justin Arnold brought us amazing stories of ridiculousness from Peru and Romania, and Lucy Monette brought us stories of road trips with road maps alongside her father, Michael Monette, who passed away suddenly last year. Lucy began her presentation with a slide that had the quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I think both speakers brought this quote to life that evening, sharing with us the moments they were alive and interacting with the world in a way that they’d remember for the rest of their lives. I hope you enjoy both the humor and the sentiments from both speakers below, and we’ll see you next time for stories from Chile and growing up a military brat on Fri. Oct. 4th!

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Justin Arnold – Peru and Romania [Presentation Recording]

Lucy Monette – Road Tripping with her father through the U.S. [Presentation Recording]

Stephanie and Danielle’s Words

In Interview on September 10, 2013 at 2:12 am


Stephanie Clark and Danielle McKinney are a pair of friends I met at Tampa Free School’s Tampa Zine Fest at the end of June 2013. They had beautiful paper journals they’d made, which I traded some of my zines for. Here they are reading Vessel’s interview compilation zine soon after I met them.

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Juxtaposing their words and goals together will show you a fantastic friendship, a map to moving through your doubts and towards great creative work, and both their similarities and their differences, which I think you’ll enjoy. Here are their words.

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What’s something Danielle has taught you?

That I need to work on my drawing. She has a way with a ball point pen that I never will. Also, if I need my face photoshopped on Jesus, I should just call her instead of doing it myself.



What’s something she has a hard time remembering about herself?

She forgets she needs to sleep.

What do you think her strength is?

Her ability to go with the flow. It makes her very versatile and easy to work with.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A mermaid. Or in love.


What do you think is going to be the most difficult aspect of building your career and working on your creative endeavors?

Overcoming my anxiety.

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BUILT with Love: Andrew Watson and Chris Kelly

In Interview on September 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

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There’s a new energy buzzing in Seminole Heights. It might be a table saw. Or it could be that there’s a new gallery space in town. With BUILT being a custom furniture workshop and Workspace being a new gallery and event space, the two work together to add more creativity and community to the neighborhood. We’ll hear from both of these gents as they share what they’ve learned about running their business and about themselves since opening their doors in January 2013. You should know that both Watson and Kelly added a #4 lesson to their answers, which I found really amusing and great.


Andrew Watson – Founder of BUILT

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Andrew Watson and build custom, handmade furniture.


What were you hoping for when you opened ‘Built’?

I was hoping for a place for my friends and I to come together and get creative. I was hoping people would love my furniture. I was hoping to be able to support my family by making.


Favorite ‘BUILT’ moments since opening in January?

1. Turning the lights on in the warehouse.
2. Delivering each piece of furniture.
3. Teaming up with Chris Kelly.

What is the most difficult obstacle you’ve faced career or creative project related? Did you overcome it and if so, how?

Well, originally I was trying to team up with a couple friends. We all worked for the same millwork company and I looked at the bosses like, “If these two boneheads can do it, WE definitely can.” They were really inspiring and didn’t even know it. After making that realization, I started really pushing for us to break away and start our own company. It wasn’t the right time for them, so I was on my own. I was a little bit bummed, but I overcame it by adjusting the vision and putting my work and ultimately myself out there. I surrounded myself with super-inspiring people, like my good friend Keith Burnson, and set new goals.

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Devon’s Words

In Interview on August 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm


My first impression of Tampa-native, Devon was that she was very friendly and very beautiful. She was more than happy to help me hang a Travelogues poster in the shop she worked in, and even though she was a bit reluctant to agree to open herself up for an interview, I’m glad to present you today with her words.

What’s your first vintage-related memory (This is stemming from the facts that you work in a vintage clothing shop and run an Etsy shop where you sell vintage clothing.)

Combing the racks at a Salvation Army in West Palm Beach with my punk new best friend, Terra, freshman year of high school, 1994. She introduced me to punk and thrifting for vintage. Still BFF’s, today!

You mentioned living in New York for 13 years, what were you up to while you were there?

Yes, I needed to live there since forever – it was my dream, even as a little kid. I moved there at 18 from Jupiter, FL, did modeling, then art school, then photo assisting & wardrobe styling and assisting. I wanted to live a creative, art life and meet interesting people.



What made you decide to relocate back to Florida?

NYC photographer lifestyle bummer burnout.

What’s something you’d like to accomplish in the next year?

Make more money sounds awful, but true.

What’s something you admire about Tampa? How about something you’d like to change?

I love the unexpected things, the unexpected beautiful people. Everything here is so spread out and decentralized, it’s like a miracle to meet someone cool, or see something fabulous. The ugliness can distract from the beauty, but also really highlight it, as well. I love the bits of old Florida that shines amidst the generic sprawl. Mostly banal things like old signs, palm trees, sunsets, diners, motels, bungalow houses, cool cars. I love the Tampa Theatre and the Seminole Heights neighborhood. The people that come into my work can be pretty amazing, too!


What’s something you often have to remind yourself?

That even though I am poor financially, I am still successful.

What would you say you’re armed with today that you didn’t have or know in your early 20’s?

Secure within myself, my skin, my bones, my life choices.

Where would you like to take your passion for vintage?

Just to keep surprising myself and reveling in the delight of the unknown and known mysteries.

What kinds of sacrifices do you think you’ll have to make to get there?

Not sure, but up to this point, it has definitely been financial security and comfort.

What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?

Do something! This usually means go for a jog, play some piano, watch a movie, have a beer, meet a friend, call a friend or beloved family member, pet an animal, hold a baby, put on some favorite tunes, flip though a rad magazine at a bookstore, read a beloved book, indulge in a guilty pleasure, etc.

Finish these sentences:
I’m all about: pursuing my dreams, and being a decent human being.
I love to : be in love, also to find a discarded treasure.
I’m not a fan of: mindless, repetitive tasks and people that are energy vampires.
I hope to: achieve my dreams and always be in love ( with something or someone) and to avoid mindless repetitive tasks and energy vampires!