Tuesday, June 30, 2009

the short story about the painting project at Merrow


on a southwest flight from Chicago a week or so ago I sat in the middle seat. after apologizing to the left and right I hunkered down for a couple, three hour flight back to providence, ri.

and then we start talking. an air force colonel (maybe lt. colonel) to the right and an artist to the left. He flew A-10 warthogs and stealth bombers, she had been in Albuquerque studying a technique of paint on tar-paper.

the great right brain left brain drama manifested in airplane seats. seriously, this was unreal.

he sent an email a couple days ago clarifying a sovereign airspace issue we discussed at some length.

she showed up in fall river and started painting. and we begin an interesting new project at merrow...



southwest airlines-- i've got to give you credit for the greatest middle seat flights i've ever taken.
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Thursday, June 11, 2009

enjoying work


taking a break from talking about stitching, or the economy: today we talk balance.

this spring i've been fortunate to work with a number of great people, and some of these folks happen to be in some really remarkable locales. when it became apparent that an important project needed to be moved ahead with some face to face meetings, i jumped a Southwest flight to Salt Lake City.

we got done what needed doing then jumped in the car for a quick trip up to Snowbird.

this summer we're working harder than ever --we have some really cool stuff going on, and in spite of a tough economy we're making progress--  but balance is key and I think everyone at Merrow understands that enjoying the process is more important than just about anything.

and to be clear -- The novelty of skiing in June still hasn't worn off ...
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space