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Pumping gas on May 2, 2019, when a brother just released after 5 years in prison, asks for $25 to buy a shirt for a job interview and a hotel room to shower. My mood was unpleasant so I was trying to ignore him. However, he kept on and soon I became empathetic. Attempting to inspire hope, I gave him one of our furniture brochures, while saying that it wasn't that long ago that I was in a similar situation. When he saw my picture on the brochure, his eyes lit up as he said, "I know you, I know you! I saw you in a magazine, while in prison. I put your picture on my cell wall. One day my cellmate asked, "why do you have that man's picture on the wall?" I said, "because I want to be just like him one day." This experience recharged me by reminding me of the impact that our work is having on others and the necessity to continue, despite the obstacles.
Inner cities all across America have been deindustrialized and the government apparently has no will to lift these neglected communities up, despite decades of promises. Those of us who live in these graveyards are left to conclude that we'll have to rebuild our communities ourselves. Paul Rene accepts the challenge to do its part.
American labor has been sold out. The trades are no longer taught to high schoolers. Neither do we see artisan or craftsmen on the big or little screen. Making things, the foundation of the American middle class is just not cool too far too many Americans. So what does this mean for the country? Just as the saying goes; idol hands are the devil's workshop. Paul Rene's work has young people excited. Our vision is to grow to finance our own woodworking training and apprenticeship program at the old George Washington Carver High School in downtown Phoenix.
There are generally two types of designers - those that take risks by pushing aesthetic boundaries and those who work within trends or, as known in the design world, those that design variations of a trend. Apple Innovates. Samsung offers a good variation of Apple’s innovations. Innovators can do both - push the boundaries and dial back to the trend. The other will struggle to offer a choice. Paul Rene innovates.