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About a Blog
Local Trolley focuses on sights, sounds, tastes, and arm-pit-stench of Milwaukee. Since local is where you are in the moment, inevitably there will be posts that will take you outside of the 414 area code. Local Trolley exists to go on to the curb with at least to wheels before parking…
Local Trolley developed from my previous blog incarnation Sane Artworks Blog. I briefly experimented with graphic design for clothing and wall art posters under the Sane Artworks banner. A pilot for a catch all design and media theme, Sane Artworks provided a concept for me to develop a dry-run brand identity and other creative ideas around.
Let Your Fingers Do the Talking
I’m really passionate about down-beat grizzly people going to extraordinary lengths to express themselves, i.e. foregoing food, water and medical attention to make a project or idea happen. Not having many employment prospects in the dead of the recession, I thought recreational writing would be a good way to stay productive, so I decided to try writing something once a week… for about two-weeks.
In the winter of 2009, only having been back in Milwaukee six months after living in Madison for nearly a decade, I wrote my first two pieces for Sane Artworks Blog. They were a review of the opening night of Train Project, an art exhibit by Waldek Dynerman, and a piece on the world premier of Handmade Nation, a documentary about craft-culture filmed by two crafty Milwaukeeans Faythe Levign and Amy Heimerl. I got my first rush from seeing my ideas in print.
After writing off-and-on for two years, I decided to officially launch Local Trolley in February 2011 to provide a space for me to highlight the things I really enjoy doing and seeing in Milwaukee. Enjoy!