Bryan Cole Smith
Bryan Cole Smith
|Type of Artist|
Wenonah, NJ (outside of Philadelphia) and Palm Springs, CA
|What is it about flagging that you enjoy the most?||
I also enjoy the fact that it’s something that doesn’t require company. I can go flag without worrying about "the gang" and where everyone is. I can go off and be a fly on the wall and just focus on me.
|What was one of your wildest or craziest flagging experiences?||
This is a no brainer. I traditionally vacation in Provincetown every year. My best friend Peter accompanied me for many years. I would take material, sewing machines, all that good stuff and for 2 weeks a year, I would sew, try out, adjust, and sew some more.
The Pied’s After Tea dance has been my staple for years as well. One year, I was feeling particularly high spirited. It was truly one of those perfect days. . great music, beautiful weather, hot crowd (who weren’t dancing which gave me tons of floor space), and a full moon rising over the bay. During a favorite song, I cut loose, and decided to toss one of the big flags I had. I hadn’t figured on the wind coming across the bay, or the 8′ ceiling fan that they had turned on a few seconds ago. I was going for a small toss, simple yet flashy. The next thing I knew, the flag was about 10 feet in the air. As it spiraled down, it caught on the blade of the fan. Peter told me it circled about 3 times before dropping down right into my hand. Evidently I never missed a beat and the crowd literally broke into applause. I just remember thinking how I could crawl out and die from embarrassment!
Space Management: It is SO important.
|Do you make your own sets? Can you describe what kind you make?||
I do make them when I get the time. I use some strange materials. Coming from a family of tailors and seamstresses, I have TONS of fabric, sequined, lame, swim suit, you name it.