Half Cut Tea, the production company founded by Academy graduates Matt Glass (Photography ’12) and Jordan Wayne Long (Photography ’11), travels the country looking for artists and tells their stories through short documentary films. Find out what our graduates have gone on to do after art school, and how Cranbrook influenced them along the way. We will be adding new videos every few weeks. Check back often. And to see Half Cut Tea’s full seasons of documentaries, click here.
Hani Rashid (Architecture ’85)
Hani Rashid (Architecture ’85) is the co-founder and design partner at Asymptote Architecture in New York, an architectural practice responsible for innovative building designs and master planning projects around the world. They pursue projects that are often without precedent, working not only as an architecture firm, but design “think tank.” Rashid has held visiting professorships and universities around the world, and as Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, he co-developed the school’s Advanced Digital Design program in 1991 and co-founded the Paperless Design Studios in 1996. He has held the Kenzo Tange Chair for Architecture at Harvard and served on the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Today Hani leads a research department at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. And in 2000, Rashid co-represented the United States at the 7th Venice Architecture Biennale.
Wesley Taylor (2D Design ’11)
Wesley Taylor (2D Design ’11) is graphic designer, fine artist, musician and curator living in Detroit. According to Half Cut Tea, he’s not in Detroit because it needs him, he’s there because of the city’s long legacy of making, and it fits him well. He has spent many years “scene building” in the Detroit hip-hop community as both an emcee and graphic designer. Collaboration comes second nature to Wes, and his current collaborations include the five-person artist collectives Talking Dolls and Complex Movements. His current collaborations include the five-person artist collectives Talking Dolls and Complex Movements. In fact, Complex Movements was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from The Knight Foundation (one of their largest awards) to explore the relationship between art, science and social justice movements through a multimedia performance installation inspired by community-led efforts in Detroit. Wes is also co-founder of Emergence Media. Taylor’s most recent body of work revolves around the promise of the future; he imagines that “the future” is his client and he is in charge of marketing for “the future” and branding its many possibilities.
Abigail Anne Newbold (Fiber ’05)
Abigail Anne Newbold (Fiber ’05) is an installation artist and preparator living in Boston, Massachusetts. Part collector, part craftsman, part designer, Newbold utilizes a domestic vocabulary to create objects and installations that examine issues of comfort, survival and portability. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Currier Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is the Montserrat Gallery in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw (both Sculpture ’09)
Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw live in Brooklyn, New York, and are changing the way the world looks at performance art. They’ve served Southern crawfish out of their fish fry truck, had dinner atop hydraulic tables and piloted a hot air balloon over the New York City skyline. The performers and sculptors continue to go out of their way to see performance pieces like you’ve never seen before.
Masamichi Udagawa (Design ’91)
If you’ve spent any length of time in New York City, you’ve likely seen the work of Masamichi Udagawa (Design ’91). His company, Antenna Designs, created the most recent subway cars operating throughout the city. His user-center design approach has earned him awards such as an IDEA Gold Award, an ID Magazine “Best-Of” Award and First Prize of Japan’s Good Design Award. His work continues to explore the relationship between new technology and its meaning in mass-society, where technology alters our environment and our perception.