As I was walking through the plant this morning, it occured to me that Helser Brothers is packed with happy, smiling people. Japheth, for example, who works in shipping, is the most positive person in our shop and probably the world. He is always flashing a big smile and laughs easily and often. Japheth is a “good apple” who positively effects those around him every day and we appreciate him enormously!
If you come to pick up a drapery hardware order it is likely that you will be helped to your car by Japheth, and unless you are a Vulcan, you will probably leave with a smile.
We are proud to welcome the latest addition to the Helser hyper-extended family Rilus James Narducci! This little stud is the work (so to speak) of our ubertalented photographer/graphic designer/videographer Nicky “cool-shoes” Narducci and his beautiful and very tired wife Shalyce.
Congratulations guys he is stunning!
Shown here is Rilus’ slightly overzealous protector and loving companion “Moose.” According to Nick, Moose is very not ok with it when his people (Nick and Shalyce) allow Rilus to cry for more than a nanosecond. Nick says that Moose stages a little doggy-demonstration ranging from the standard “pacing from people to crib” to the far more effective “how could you” piercing guilt-stare that she must surely practice in the mirror.
On the occassion of my 2-month anniversary I reflect on my experience here so far, and I’ve got to say my enthusiasm for the company and product is still strong and growing. I’m really comfortable here. As an artist and designer, the creative process is the very breath of life to me and, here at Helser brothers, I get many opportunities to express myself and see my input make a difference. The creative spirit is really strong here. Though it’s early in the game for me I’ve already enjoyed several fun sessions with Jay, Scottie and others where we brainstormed and built solutions on each other’s ideas – that stuff really feeds my head and I look forward to more. Jay is so open to the “what ifs” in life, and I can clearly see that reflected in the products, the customer service, the whole company philosophy. I like coming in here. The people are great, the company has integrity and the organization is one I feel proud to be associated with. I think I’ll keep coming in to work!
We are very fortunate to have the most creative guy on mother earth working with us in our research and development studio.
HB: You are clearly an artistically minded guy. do you feel like there were any specific experiences that contributed to the development of “Ted the artist?”
TED: Arriving at the university was a major awakening artistically. I had never thought art to be scholastic. I thought you just woke up and some magic influence blessed you with artistic relevance and guidance. I found this not true. The level of research and competition was extreme, exciting, and inspiring. The pursuit of artistic excellence became, for three years, a 24/7 emotional high.
HB: Was there anyone in your life that you consider a mentor?
TED: I have had several mentors. Many did not even know they were, some were inspirational and others motivated me by their negativity. The negative ones created my feelings of “oh, yeah!”
HB: I am continually amazed by your ability to produce unique designs when it seems that every creative option has been exhausted. Where do you find that inspiration?
TED: I have wondered that too! Once an artist can successfully suppress his instinctual self-criticism, it just happens. It is almost impossible to answer that because the inspiration is literally everywhere I look.
HB: Why steel? you work with many materials but steel is obviously the medium that you have mastered. Why?
TED: I originally worked with plastics, neon, and wood. Each of these media has an inherant weakness the artist has to work around. At first I thought steel was cold and saw limitations based on my lack of technical knowlege. Discovering blacksmithing in 1975 has vastly expanded my visual vocabulary and changed my perception of steel. It is a fantastically versatile medium with unlimited creative possibility.
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