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    If something is written about me in the media (print, electronic, digital), I'll put it here, cuz, well, it's pretty cool when somebody goes to the trouble of writing about you and your art.

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Joe Emer, co-host of "Studio 10" on WALA did a piece about Thrown Art, which aired on Mardi Gras Day 2015. What more could I ask for, right?
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Darwin Singleton of Channel 15 in Mobile did this story about my art, which aired March 2, 2011. The video of the actual story doesn't seem to be available anymore, but here's a shortened script they posted online:

Artist Turns Mardi Gras Beads Into "Thrown Art"

Steve Joynt has a garage filled with Carnival bling

Reported by: Darwin Singleton


(MOBILE, Ala.) - While most revelers put away their beads after the carnival season, one local artists puts his to work.

"I don't like calling it recycling; I like to call it repurposing," Steve Joynt said. "Recycling sounds too much like I'm trying to save the planet. I'm not. I like finding things and giving them a new life."

People at the Mobile-Press Register call him Mr. Mardi Gras, but when he isn't directing coverage of carnival at newspaper, you might just find him on the parade route.

"I try to use thown ones," Joynt said. "I promised my wife I would keep costs down. What better way than to go to a parade and catch all of your materials."

Joynt never knows what object will speak to him, but when it does, it's destiny is the same. Whether it be a steer skull, a cocktail table, a chair or a curio cabinet, it will be covered with beads and communicate a moment in his mind.

Look closely, and you can often find meaning in the kind of of beads he uses and where they're positioned on the piece, and there are all kinds of beads.

"I don't catch nearly as many beads as I used to, because my garage is full," he said. "They're in bins, and I sort them. They're marked gold, regular and gold disco ball."

Joynt's work is on display at Island Thyme Art Cafe on Dauphin Street.



Here's a blog entry by our friend, Erin Shaw Street, an editor at Southern Living magazine. You can find her entertaining blog, "Gold Shoe Blog," at erinstreet.com.

Thrown Art, Jackson Square, Life After Newspapers

A week ago today I was eating beignets on Jackson Square with my dear friends Steve and Nancy. We've known each other since Steve and I sat across from each other at the Post-Herald and solved the world's problems over club sandwiches at La Paree. Both instutitutions are long gone, and Steve and Nancy have been in Mobile for years, but when we hang out, it's like no time has passed.

Steve makes art - art that celebrates the Gulf Coast, and Mardi Gras, music, and folk art. He repurposes Mardi Gras beads, creating intricate patterns on everything from mannequins to taxidermied fish. (I want that fish.)

The fish is a big mouth bass found on Craigslist. He transformed it into the mythical "Gulf Tiger Fish." Working in his garage, Streve studied pictures of tigers to get the pattern right and the beads on one by one. The passers-by were drawn to the fish, all wanting to touch it.

We sat in folding chairs, and Steve and Nancy told me stories about the characters and artists who live in and around the Square. I got beignet sugar all over my skirt and a little sunburned, and laughed a lot. It was a good morning.

It was interesting to be in New Orleans a few weeks after the news that the Times-Picayune, like the papers in Alabama, is going to three days a week. It was of course a subject of our conversations. Steve's newspaper career was a stellar one - he made the decision to leave the Mobile paper last year to embark on an entire new adventure.

He's building big things, including The Mobile Mask, the definitive guide to Mobile's Mardi Gras. He's making his art and traveling to New Orleans, where he's become a fixture among the talented artists in the Square.

Back in Birmingham I had coffee with a friend who was displaced by the massive layoffs, staying positive and strong and planning for the great things ahead. And there are great things ahead, beyond shuttered papers and the old dreams. There's art to make and stories to tell. There are mythical fish to invent.