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Jake, Meg, Martha, and Rebecca

Jake, Meg, Martha, and Rebecca


Meg's and my journey into the legacy of William Schickel continued this week with a visit (with Jake Hodesh) to Schickel Design in Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine neighborhood across from Washington Park. Schickel Design is the same company that William Schickel ran, and his father, and his father's father. It's now led by William Schickel's daughter Martha Schickel Dorff, AIA. Her daughter Rebecca Cadena, R.A. works there too, and so, thankfully, Schickel Design will continue another generation. 

Unlike William, Martha and Rebecca are licensed architects. Like William, these women have not confined themselves to their degrees and certifications. As the picture above reveals, their work encompasses (but is not limited to) building design, urban planning, painting, sculpture, stained glass, and drawing. What inspired Meg and me in their father/grandfather was the diversity of his work; a seemingly fearless nature toward new and different projects and mediums. It's obvious that a similar openness and curiosity is very alive in Martha and Rebecca as well. 


Even on a cold and gray day the studio is full of light and color. 

Welcome to Habesha Cafe & Restaurant

Megan and I met up with Chad and Fili for Ethiopian food at Habesha Cafe & Restaurant in Cincinnati's West Side. I was delighted to find a local Ethiopian restaurant having visited the country several years ago and loving its cuisine before and (eventually loving it again) after my trip.


Ethiopian food is wonderful. There are no plates. You eat with your hands. It's very communal. But as I alluded above, I haven't always loved Ethiopian food. During my month-long trip, I had a dreadful stomach virus for a practically a week. I associated the illness with Ethiopian food when in actuality it was likely caused by continually drinking rancid mango juice. Afterward, while not at fault, the sight of Ethiopian food made me gag. Thankfully, my aversion has passed. I enjoyed every bite of our meal at Habesha.


Once we were beyond full and the injera bread had started to expand further in our stomachs, the lovely lady who ran the front of house at Habesha made us coffee in the Ethiopian tradition. 


Fili had his coffee with lots of milk (it's very strong, but good).

Not pictured: After lunch our little crew drove over to an Ethiopian Grocery called Merkato Market (next to Tacos El Joven) to purchase some injera bread and Topo Chico.

Meg and I continually find ourselves surprised and grateful for the international flavors in Cincinnti. While they might not be prevelant or obvious, they're here and they're good. 

Start Small

Inspired by the previous two posts (These Days and Moleskine Hunt) Meg and I decided to use our open Sunday afternoon to make things. We didn’t exactly know what we were going to make. We just felt the urge to create. 


David Day spoke of how his former boss, William Schickel would give him tiny thumbnail sketches to work from for more massive pieces. For instance, Schickel would draw a stained glass window in a small format that Day would turn into a much more extensive final project. I like that idea because there’s freedom in the constraint of a small size. You don’t have to worry so much about the details. That inspired Meg and me to work from smaller canvases like the inside of Moleskine (above) or the small sheets (below). 


We clicked “I’m Feeling Adventurous” on Google and pictures nebulas came up. The studies above are an abstract representation of one of the nebulas. When in doubt, let chance be your guide. 

It’s easy to show the results only, but the process (not captured on camera) was difficult for Meg and me. We’re both hyper-focused on productivity and, to be honest, don’t like feeling lousy (i.e., not so perfect) at what we're doing. Making just to make, with no expectations or pressure, is healthy for us. It loosens us up, helps us expose our more buried emotions, and takes us to strange places like crafting a nebula from construction paper and Crayola markers. 

Schickel to Sichuan

Having so much enjoyed my first visit to Loveland to see the work of William Schickel, I went back for a second visit in the same week. This time on a date with Meg. 

William Schickel and local Cincinnati artist David Day designed the poster above. In the interest of saving money, Schickel did studies for paintings on the backside of posters like these.


I noticed new details like the WS logo stamped near his signature on some pieces. 


Meg and I stopped by Plaid Room Records and picked up several records, one which included a hammer dulcimist. 


Following many recommendations, Meg and I went to Sichuan Chilli for dinner.  Anthony Bourdain piqued our interest in Sichuan cuisine during Parts Unknown episode 3, season 8


The food was incredible and far too much for me and Meg to finish ourselves. 


Our date closed with a stroll through the CAM International Market.