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Happy 15th Birthday, InLight Gobos! 15% OFF ALL MONTH!

Today is an awesome day, because it’s the birthday of my favorite gobo maker.  Happy 15th Birthday, InLight Gobos!!!

As far as my dollars and my production budgets go, InLight Gobos is the only gobo maker in the business.  High quality, thin and strong, and they give a damn about your orders.

From the InLight Gobos press release:
Founder and President Rick Hutton says: “I am humbled and honored to work with so many outstanding people in this industry. It is because of all our clients that we have made it to this 15 year milestone and reflecting back to the beginning, It has had its moments, headaches and disappointments but it has had way more fulfilling, rewarding and glorious moments that will stay with me forever!  I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that has made InLight Gobos possible!”

Rick and Adriana, from my heart, thank you for making such great f***ing gobos and being so good at it!

My favorite gobo ever from InLight Gobos:
A gobo made from an image of my post-shoulder-surgery bruise I used for a greek show!

Light Artist Jay Shinn is up for a CODAWORX Award!

Our industry’s own bad ass gobo maker InLight Gobos supplied gobos for light artist Jay Shinn, whose work is up for a CODAWORX award for the install in Terminal D at Houston’s George W. Bush International Airport.  This is one of the coolest constantly changing geometric projection installs that I have ever seen.  Go vote for our people at the CODAWORX website, Barbizon was involved in this, InLight Gobos, TAG Electrical, the Houston Art Alliance, et al.  If you’ve never met Jay Shinn or seen any of his work, STOP, and go here first:

http://www.jayshinn.com/

Video of the project — cool stuff!!  This is from the CODAWORX website on the project:

Details from the CODAWORX Project website:

Project:  City of Houston, 2016 — Houston, TX United States
Artwork Budget: $600,000
Project Team:

ARTIST:  Jay Shinn
INDUSTRY RESOURCE:  InLight Gobos, Dallas, TX
CLIENT:  Houston Airport Services

INDUSTRY RESOURCES:
Inkjet International, Dallas TX
Barbizon Lighting Company, Dallas, TX
Blumenthal Sheet Metal, Houston, TX
TAG Electric Company, Houston, TX
More Simple, Dallas TX

PUBLIC ART AGENT:
Houston Art’s Alliance – City of Houston
 
Overview
“Celestial Candyland” 15’ x 150’ and “Candyland Landing” 15’ x 45’ are two site-specific illuminated large-scale murals located 28’ above the International ticketing areas of Terminal D at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX. 13 LED projectors superimpose a constant image upon a stationary geometric form. A choreographed changing color sequence provides a changing image to passengers below. The light image is altered by custom geometric images via glass gobos. A stationary form on digitally printed cloth as part of the terminal’s metal gridded wall. The image metamorphosis in line and atmospheric space as the changes occur.

Goals
The two murals were designed to become part of the Terminal’s existing architecture. The art had to be fresh yet able to coexist within the givens of the space. Light, color and scale were key in conceptualizing the art for this 60’ x 400’ dark, gray and dated space. A given was the rectangular grid that could not be ignored. I made several trips to the terminal observing passengers and how the space was used. I knew by incorporating color through light that I could create a work that would activate this space. The wall itself was a blank canvas needing interest and to be activated. Architecture, geometry and scale are critical elements that have influenced my work for a long time. I strive to make living pieces with their own presence that incorporates the givens of a space. The living element of “Candyland” installation is enhanced by the 4-minute slowly evolving color sequence, which also provides an entertaining element to passengers waiting below. I chose this language of color and geometry due to its universal appeal and ability to relate to a diverse audience. “Candyland” provides a sense of repose during the hectic pace of international travel.

Process
The concept evolved by drawing in the terminal and in my studio. I always begin with hand drawings on graph and trace paper, in this case, for many days before moving the drawings to a computer. After concept was on sure ground, the collaborations began in order to visualize details thru animations, still digital experimentation and exploration. With the size and logistics of this project, approvals and permitting were necessary as I was working thru issues with the airport, City of Houston, and electrical and structural engineers. Many tests were done with the digital printed material and balancing the color and light intensity of the projections. Adjustments with the gobo images to correct key stoning were also details that needed to be resolved before final installation at the terminal. Eight weeks of after hour installations in which I, the artist, had to coordinate with contractors including electrical, metal fabricators, and other trades to bring this project to realization.

Now, GO VOTE FOR JAY!  UNITY IN LIGHT!  Great work Jay, InLight Gobos, Barbizon, and everyone!

Do YOU Know Rick Hutton? He’s A PERSON WORTH KNOWING!

Ok, so do you?  Do you know Rick Hutton?

Rick is one of the fathers of our current generation of lighting equipment, fixtures, and color systems — Rick is one of the fathers from the Vari*Lite days, adding his knowledge of optics, lasers, laser ablation, dichroic glass, and light to awesome products like the VL5, VL4, VL7, et al.  Rick has helped to give us a lot of the technology that we use today.

JimOnLight is proud to announce that Rick is one of Lighting and Sound America’s PEOPLE WORTH KNOWING in June 2017!  Well deserved too — his company InLight Gobos was started in 2002, and makes the best glass full-color and black & white gobos on the market, hands down.

Check him out!  Rick’s boss and awesome wife Adriana Hutton is VP of Operations at InLight Gobos, and she’s the one to call when you need them to work for you!

We’re proud as hell of you, brother!  WELL DESERVED!

This Week’s Gobo-A-Day from InLight Gobos

inlight-gobos-jimonlight-bruise-1

Rick even made me a gobo of a bruise I had for use in a Greek show. Crazy!

You know, there is one thing that I don’t believe that our industry can live without — gobos.  It’s not practical to have a projector for every logo you want to project, and it’s not vyable to think you can print every gobo system you want to use because you’ve got LED ellipsoidals now.  I’m not sure where that thought process came from, but I believe it to be flawed.

I also believe that creativity in optics is something that needs to be heavily pushed among our creative industry, and that’s why I support InLight Gobos, hands down.  Rick’s processes produce the best glass gobos I’ve used in my career.  He’s also doing what most companies in gobos aren’t doing – keeping on top of the science of making the best gobos.

I started Gobo-A-Day this week with InLight Gobos in mind — check out the week’s offering, and remember that on any catalogue gobo ordered online, if you use discount code JOLdiscount, InLight Gobos is gonna give you 20% off those catalogue gobos!

Here’s this last week’s GOBO-A-DAY:

Blue Waves, BAB-018
http://www.inlightgobos.com/gobo-catalog/color/detail/blue-waves/2016/

BAB018-bluewaves

Vertigo Orange, BAB-001
http://www.inlightgobos.com/gobo-catalog/color/detail/vertigo-orange/1999/

BAB001-vertigoorgange

Plym, BAB-010
http://www.inlightgobos.com/gobo-catalog/color/detail/plym/2008/

INL010-plym

Fireworks 3, INL-028
http://www.inlightgobos.com/gobo-catalog/color/detail/firework-3/2598/

INL028-firework3

Turmoil, INL-023
http://www.inlightgobos.com/gobo-catalog/color/detail/turmoil/2593/

INL023-turmoil

Crystal Plate, INL-020
http://www.inlightgobos.com/gobo-catalog/color/detail/crystal-plate/2590/

INL020-crystalplate

 See you next week!  Check out the full InLight Gobos catalogue!

Maiko Takeda – Naked Light in its Purest Form with Fashion

I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Let me back up:  This is the work of Maiko Takeda, and she blows my mind.  Maiko takes fashion, incorporates the idea of pattern projections based on fabric, and turns them into unbelievable works of human art.  Maybe this is why I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Check this out:

maiko-takeda-rose-head-piece

 

Right?

maiko-takeda-cat-and-mouse-gloves

maiko-takeda-winking-eyes-collar

maiko-takeda-ballerina-dress

 

Riiiiiight?!

From Maiko’s portfolio page, about Maiko:

Logic + geometry + space form the common denominator in all Maiko Takeda pieces. It’s a world in which the simple will seem complicated and order turns to chaos. But do not be afraid to indulge, as at the end you will always find that the common denominator stands (right there at the bottom where it belongs).

Maiko Takeda grew up in a post boom Tokyo where she quickly was faced with the challenge of wanting to create products of individual and timeless quality in a country slowly coming to a grinding halt. This meant that she more and more looked to areas outside of fashion and pop culture for impulses, exploring the city by foot, finding inspiration in the smallest and most random of things.

Within the pieces, there is the juxtaposition of various elements. Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of her work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work.

After having moved to London she studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her work experience includes Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon.

Enough talking.  MORE MAIKO!

maiko-takeda-untitled-nude

maiko-takeda-fox-jacket

maiko-takeda-winking-corset

maiko-takeda-skull-hat

maiko-takeda-winking-eye-shirt-collar

maiko-takeda-lip-hat

maiko-takeda-catface-mask

maiko-takeda-lizard-bangle

maiko-takeda-sunglasses

maiko-takeda-eye-neck-scarf

 

In case you’re feeling frisky, check out Maiko’s photography collections page, and definitely check out Maiko’s Camera Obscura work.  Unreal!

 

InLight Gobos Now Offers Online Ordering!

Yeah, that first night in a hotel when I have a big presentation the next morning is always a wash.  Always.  I’m in Orlando, at LDI, getting ready to teach

I don’t write about press releases unless I believe that there’s something to talk about, and I just got a good one.  InLight Gobos is now offering ONLINE ORDERING.  I heard about some other cool stuff that’s coming from InLight Gobos, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you.  I mean, figuratively of course, but not in the Shakespearean way.  Sorry, I’m just not that kind of girl!  Guy!  You know what I mean.

Rick Hutton, president of InLight Gobos (and just a stellar guy) sent this:

Dallas, TX (October 25, 2011) – InLight Gobos has opened a new online shop at http://www.inlightgobos.com/catalog/.  Developed to provide added convenience and value to customers and prospective customers, InLight Gobos Online Shop features their full inventory of color, greyscale and black & white gobos.

InLight Gobos offers a wide variety of color, greyscale and monochrome patterns for catalog reproduction.  All patterns are available in a variety of sizes to fit most projectors and lighting fixtures on the market, and the Online Shop provides customers with a fast and convenient way to order glass gobos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customers simply select a category, then choose the gobo pattern, size and quantity and required sizes. Orders are shipped within 3 days from order date, with faster shipping available if needed.

“We wanted to bring a higher level of convenience to our customers,” says company President, Rick Hutton, “Our entire catalog of stock gobos are available for viewing online, making it convenient for new clients and those already familiar with our extensive line of designs , online shopping made sense.  We’re confident that our customers will find it to be an excellent complement to our services and customer care efforts.”

The Online Shop can be accessed directly at http://www.inlightgobos.com/catalog/ and is also featured on the company’s home page.

InLight Gobos was formed in 2002 with a simple mission to bring the best quality glass gobos at a competitive price to the lighting and entertainment industries; this mission still stands today. Over the years InLight Gobos has continued to bring new innovations to the lighting and projection industry. In partnership with Beacon SSR Stage Light AB, their patented process allows them to produce the most detailed and thinnest full-color gobos in the market.

Awesome.  If you’ve ever used Rick’s glass, you know that there is no other.

2010 JimOnLight.com LIGHT AWARDS: the RENT-A-GOBO Program from InLight Gobos

I’ve decided to award some credit to where credit is due in my humble lighting opinion to some companies, products, and people across the year 2010 who have wow’ed me to no end.  I did a lot of work in 2010, and that work was made possible by fantastic companies and products that allowed me to create lighting without being hindered by poor workmanship or development.

The first of the 2010 JimOnLight.com LIGHT AWARDS goes to InLight Gobos for their RENT-A-GOBO program!

CONGRATULATIONS!  InLight Gobos, you saved my rear end by providing me with high quality custom glass gobos at a ridiculously awesome rental price for a production of The Light in the Piazza in the fall of 2010.  The problem I had was the need to incorporate some colored projections into a few of the scenes in The Light in the Piazza to accentuate a certain mood – at one point, Clara has a mental breakdown while looking for Fabrizio in a night time scene.

The InLight Gobos RENT-A-GOBO selection is colorful and vibrant – and I did not have the money in the budget to buy full-color patterns for the show.  As much of a bummer as this might have been at the time, this is why Rick Hutton created the idea of renting glass gobos for productions.  I have to believe that most of the people reading this blog have the same problem at one time or another, right?

InLight Gobos’ RENT-A-GOBO #BAB-003 – “Organism Color” – was my problem solver for this design challenge:

and the corresponding scene using the RENT-A-GOBO templates:

I also used InLight Gobos’ RENT-A-GOBO #BAB-128 – “Liquid” – for a nice textured breakup in several parts of the production:

I want to give a heart felt THANK YOU to InLight Gobos for allowing me to work within my budget and still produce art that I felt good about by renting glass gobos.  I could not have done this without your great glass rental gobos!

People, if you find yourself in this situation, I *highly* recommend checking out the RENT-A-GOBO Program through InLight Gobos in Dallas, Texas.  Rick’s work is the best on the market.  Now you can rent glass gobos to help your already tight production budgets.  Check out a capture from the InLight Gobos website of the RENT-A-GOBO selection:

Congratulations, InLight Gobos.  You’re the first winner of a 2010 JimOnLight.com LIGHT AWARD!

Check out my production photos from The Light in the Piazza – we toured this show to a venue in Arkansas as well, with rave reviews!  Click on a thumbnail below, and a gallery view pops up!

BREAKING NEWS: InLight Gobos Signs Exclusive Ultra-Thin Gobos Deal

Okay, now I normally don’t do too many press releases, so you know that when I do one, I’m interested in the direction that it is taking the industry.  I just got word from InLight Gobos that they have signed a pretty excellent contract – InLight Gobos is the exclusive license holder for the rights to Beacon SSR’s ultra-thin material for color gobos.

InLight Gobos makes great work (as I’ve shared with you before), and they are a major industry player.  Watch out, industries of light, InLight Gobos is on their way to being the leader in the gobo and projections industry.  You heard it here, folks.  Spread the word.

From the press release:

Dallas, Texas, August 6th, 2010:

InLight Gobos has signed a US Exclusive agreement with Beacon SSR Stage light AB of Umea, Sweden for the rights to Beacon’s US patent covering the ultra-thin color gobos and material. InLight Gobos has been working closely with Michael Tannemyr and Beacon over the years. “We have developed a great working relationship that has been crucial to our products that we manufacture here in Dallas”, says President Rick Hutton of InLight Gobos. “The color gobos we produce are the thinnest in the market today. This allows all the color layers to be to extremely close together so that the layers are integrated in the image plane producing a very high quality image at the projection surface. We are extremely excited to have the exclusive on this technology and it will play a role in things to come”.

Keep kicking some butt, Rick and Adriana.  Your stuff rocks faces.

Happy Birthday, InLight Gobos!

Wha – who – HEY!  Is that InLight Gobos?  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, InLight Gobos!

Today is the 9th birthday of InLight Gobos, the brainchild of Rick Hutton.  You know Rick, right?  If you’ve ever used a VL5, you know Rick.  He’s one of the brains that made Vari*Lite what it is, and he developed the VL5.  He is, in all aspects of the word, a true geek – and an awesome dude.

Rick and his lovely wife Adriana (and avid Words with Friends player who is constantly whipping me at that game) run InLight Gobos – their shop is in Dallas, and they make the best freaking glass gobos in the business.  That’s a fact.  Their gobos are the thinnest glass gobos in the business – 1.7mm thick – and the process they use puts the image all into one plane so there is no fuzzy crappy focus when you throw it into a fixture.

InLight Gobos’ services, from the website:

  • Custom and Catalog Glass Gobos – Full Color, Greyscale and Black and White
  • Custom Metal Gobos – Custom metal in any size
  • Wedding Gobos – Design you own special gobo for your special day
  • DiGiGOBOS® – Royalty free digital content in SD and HD formats
  • GAM on GLASSâ„¢ – Any GAM pattern can be produced in glass for extended use
  • Rent-A-Goboâ„¢ – Short term glass gobo rental program
  • Laser Marking – Laser engraving service for gobo ring identification
  • Artwork Service – Artwork creation or help service

InLight Gobos is doing some pretty cool stuff.  You know this gobo, yeah?  It’s stock on PRG’s Bad Boy:

Yeah.  That’s all Rick and InLight.  I love that freaking gobo!  I just want to cover a room in those!  InLight Gobos are finding their way all over the place, and have been for a while – they were at E3 recently in the Nintendo booth, people are spec’ing them all over the place for projects, and recently Rick and Adriana started doing custom wedding gobos!

InLight Gobos is also on Twitter – make sure you’re following @InLightGobos!

From the InLight Gobos website:

Their catalogue is pretty great – I highly recommend checking it out.  They do full color gobos, greyscale, and pure black and white – custom or stock.  Check out the InLight Gobos catalogue here, and prepare to be impressed.  Rick also had a cool idea that he’s implemented into a service – gobo rental!  InLight Gobos has a Rent-A-Gobo program with a select group of their stock patterns, all glass.  Definitely check it out.

I have to show you some of my favorites from the InLight Gobos collection – these are some official JimOnLight.com favorites:

Liquid

Shocking

Jungle

Comb-Atic

Firework 1

Foiled Plot

On the history of the company:

InLight Gobos opened its doors on August 1st, 2002 with a simple mission to bring the best quality glass gobos at a competitive price to the lighting and entertainment industries. This mission still stands today. Over the years we have continued to bring new programs and innovations to the industry. Our partnership with Beacon SSR Stage Light AB in Sweden allows us to produce the thinnest full color gobos in the market. We continue to work closely with Beacon to improve our processes and the quality of our products. Our customers and employees are the most important assets we have, therefor we strive to continually improve all aspects of our business. We are always open to suggestions to  improve our operation and fulfill your needs.

InLight Gobos, JimOnLight.com thinks you are outstanding.