FF: The Collage Art of Rankin Willard

FF1FF1aI like featuring artists in my Friday Finds – this week the collage work of Rankin Willard caught my eye.

About Rankin Willard: “It’s easy to be won over by Rankin Willard’s brand of cool minimalism: His images radiate with life yet are as smoothed out as a painted billboard. By working with shards of paper, he catches the slant of the light, the contrast between colors, the silhouette that sticks in your mind – all in a bold style that feels like the next wave of art.”

Learn more about Rankin Willard here.


FF: Flex Watches

flexI love watches of all kinds, but I have a soft spot for inexpensive colorful plastic watches (ala Swatch ca 1984). Add a charitable component to a plastic watch and you have Flex.

About Flex Watches: “We are a team of like-minded individuals on a mission to create change. There are many great organizations dedicated to many great causes, but without support there is only so much they can do. This is why we created Flex Watches. Every color represents a different charity that we’ve partnered with to give back 10%. Using our bright, colorful, and interchangeable watches, we can now raise awareness for multiple organizations. Our watches don’t just tell time, they tell stories. Here at Flex Watches we are dedicated to raising both public and financial support for our partner charities. From local events to nationwide campaigns, and from campus reps to local retailers, Flex Watches joins with these organizations not just to cheer them on and help spread the word, but also by donating ten percent, distributed evenly, to our partner charities”

I recently purchase the red Classic.

Learn more about Flex Watches here.


FF (BOOK): “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil” by Tom Mueller

evoThere is way more to the world of olive oil than you could have possibly thought – all of which is explored in the compelling book The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller.

About The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller: “The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization. For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life’s necessities-not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious ritual. Today’s researchers are continuing to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and “extra-virgin Italian” has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt? Starting with an explosive article in The New Yorker, Tom Mueller has become the world’s expert on olive oil and olive oil fraud-a story of globalization, deception, and crime in the food industry from ancient times to the present, and a powerful indictment of today’s lax protections against fake and even toxic food products in the United States.”

The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.


FF: The small batch bourbon from Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

FF2I love the small batch bourbons from Nelson’s Green  Brier Distillery like their Belle Meade Bourbon.

About Belle Meade Bourbon from Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery: “Originally produced by Charles Nelson in conjunction with Sperry, Wade & Co., Belle Meade™ Bourbon is a brand that dates back to the American pre-Prohibition era. Known for its bold character and smooth finish, Charles Nelson bottled and sold Belle Meade™ Bourbon in his day and we, his great-great-great grandsons, are doing the same today. We have hand-selected barrels to create this unique family blend and have come up with something that would make our ancestors proud.”

Learn more about the bourbons of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery here.