We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Cindy Steuart, photographer and Executive Director of non-profit corporation, Trekking For Kids.. HDG teamed up with Cindy in 2012 to photograph and curate the corridor galleries at Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle. Her stunning work focuses on “The Official Washington” and the importance of telling an impactful story through images. Let’s hear more about Cindy’s involvement in this project as well as her photography background, her inspirations and her involvement with Trekking For Kids.
Cindy’s photography on display at Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle
PHOTOGRAPHY BACKGROUND | Cindy’s love of creativity and photography has been ongoing for several years. As a journalism major in college, Cindy recognized the importance of photos when constructing and sharing a news story. After taking a photography workshop, Cindy “opened her eyes to light” and how it can truly bring an image to life. This experience inspired her to continue with photography as a means of expression. A purist when it came to film, she ultimately embraced digital as a means to continue her photography.
INSPIRATION | Stating “creativity is good for the spirit!”, Cindy pursued projects that allowed her to share stories of community through her images. Her inspiration often came through her subjects – people, places and architecture.
CURATING ART FOR MERIDIAN AT MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE | When the design team at HDG began concepting the main corridors at Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle, they connected with Cindy to shoot and curate an exhibit for the space. Defining the project as “The Official Washington”, Cindy and HDG worked on sub-themes to showcase Washington DC and also the Mount Vernon Triangle area. (A newly buzzworthy neighborhood that is being revitalized with help from the new contemporary high-rise building.) Five themes were introduced – Neighborhood, Nightlife, Active DC, Monuments, Official DC. From shots of the monuments, to Washingtonians running through the city to the colorful patterns in Chinatown, Cindy’s photographs tell a rich and dynamic story of Washington, DC.
TREKKING FOR KIDS | Beyond photography, Cindy is passionate about philanthropy. She is the Executive Director of Trekking For Kids, a non-profit corporation, which “organizes purpose-driven treks for socially-conscious hikers in some of the world’s most remote and iconic locations.” As a result of these incredible adventures, money is raised to provide help and relief to orphans and children in need across 4 continents. From rebuilding infrastructures, providing education, donating livestock and more, TFK’s impact is truly a “boost towards internal sustainability.” To learn more about this wonderful charity, click here to visit the Trekking for Kids site.
We’d like to extend a big thank you to Cindy for chatting with HDG and sharing her creative inspiration and style as well as her admirable work with Trekking For Kids.
(Images © Cindy Steuart)
POSTED ON APRIL 2, 2013
One of the metals that have been making resurgence in the last decade, and in particular in 2013, is BRASS. Not the bright yellow brass of the 80’s and 90’s…the new brass leans toward bronze and is warm verses bright. Its rich gleam is now seen in furnishings, accessories, hardware and lighting. No worries for you silver lovers-polished and brushed stainless are still with us. Or, consider mixing the two metals-with purpose, of course.
When repositioning an older brass building, it is less expensive to embrace the buildings existing metal. Think of the cost to replace elevator doors, control panels, door hardware, etc. So if your renovation budget does not allow for metal replacement, HDG recommends modernizing the metal by blending the new brass with the old.
An example of this concept can be seen at the recently renovated Meridian at Carlyle Apartments. Originally completed in the late 90’s, the budget did not allow for metal replacement throughout the building. The HDG design team and the Client made the decision to purposefully blend the old and the new. Warm bronzes and brushed brass was blended with the original bright brass (still seen in the doors). The space now feels boutique, current, glamorous and timeless.
In the spirit of the “new” brass, we rounded-up up a few accent pieces that seamlessly combine this classic material with modern lines. Brass is definitely in the design mix in 2013 – from new products to fashion and art, brass and mixed metals are “the” accents to embrace.
POSTED ON MARCH 3, 2013
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