Show and Tell

Here at Smith Gee Studio, we’re a unique bunch. Aside from our passion for design, we also like to come home and obsess over other things. And because we like getting to know our employees, we decided to throw our first (and definitely not last) office Show & Tell to shed a light on what other hobbies get our creative juices flowing!

Johanna Turko, collects tiny things. As she put it, anything smaller than it should be basically fits the category. And the smaller the better, really. Why? Because that’s cute. Obviously.

In her tiny dresser, she has a tiny car, a tiny airplane, a tiny paper elephant, tiny cats, a tiny snail, and other tiny things.


Laura Sherborne, cross-stitches. She picked it up from her grandmother, and has been at it since she was eight. She likes to make them for her friends so she doesn’t usually keep them but you can see the start of the Nashville skyline with the top of the Batman Building.


Rebecca Shew, is a member of the Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange Club. With your free library card, you can borrow seeds from your local library, plant and grow them, and when the season is over, harvest the seeds and return to the library! The idea is to encourage the community to garden and learn the basics of self-sustainability. You can choose to plant vegetables, flowers, and herbs. They also partner with local farmers and agencies to offer free gardening workshops throughout the year.


Scott Morton, brought a childhood handheld electronic baseball game, as well as one of his favorite bottle openers from his unique bottle opener collection. The game was from a time when Iphones weren’t as prevalent (the 1850s I presume). This archaic machine that many of our infant employees had only read in history books was something Scott was truly addicted to as a young boy (maybe because he couldn’t play the real sport outside). The game still works and it’s high-pitched beeping noise was something everyone enjoyed, for 15 minutes.

This specific bottle opener was gifted to him by his wife from the Vatican. It’s the Pope’s face, and he likes to call it the Popener.


Greg Tidwell, brought his father’s old Aladdin lunchbox. It was actually crafted by his father, and you can see the engraving of his name on the side of it. Aladdin, at the time, was the largest manufacturer of lunchboxes in America, and it was based right out of Nashville.


Elizabeth Kurtz, has many shoes. Being our resident fashion expert, she loves a unique and bold statement. One of her favorite designers is Jeffery Campbell, who is also in no way afraid of making a statement. Elizabeth brought us two of her favorite heels from his collection. Be prepared. I can guarantee you haven’t see anything like this.

I believe the images are self-explanatory, but one pair is actual (and I mean literal) Barbie doll heads sitting pretty behind an acrylic sole. The other is an ornate wood crafted sole, which she mentioned were worn in her Halloween interpretation of Tonya Harding.

These aren’t really just shoes. They’re art pieces that Elizabeth enjoys collecting.


Ron Yearwood, is a fan of the environment. So anything that helps recycle or reuse materials is up his alley. On one of his trips to Zurich, Switzerland, he purchased a Freitag bag. This is cool. The company reuses material from truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes, and car seatbelts to create amazingly durable and one-of-a-kind graphic messenger bags.  He’s had had his for years now and it’s still holding up. Freitag also reuses materials to design clothing and accessories.


Andy Berry, didn’t bring anything. And that’s ok. Because he remembered a childhood song he loves. It’s called Mr. Tanner by Harry Chapin. He played it for us and we were all moved by the premise of the lyrics that encourages you to hold on to your first instinct because that is usually the heart of you and to not let people discourage persuade you otherwise, especially creatively.


Jonathon Anderson, didn’t bring anything either. And that’s somewhat ok. Because had just returned from a lovely week in Colorado, where he skied the mountains of Vail. He shared a few of his stories and showed us photos and videos of the awesomeness that is a white playground.


Ali Alsaleh, is Arab. His mother recently took a trip to Iraq to visit family, and Ali insisted that she bring him back an Oud, which is basically an Arab guitar. The difference is that it has 11 strings, has no frets, and is contained in a pear shaped basin that gives it a more deeper and somber sound. It’s the staple instrument in traditional Arab music.

Ali has never played guitar, and he does not not know how to play the oud that he made his poor mother travel with as a carry-on for 15 hours. But he’s determined to learn, and that’s all his mom can ask of him really.

He also didn’t take a photo of it so you can see it in the collective photo below (it’s the guitar shaped one in the back).



Our first Show & Tell was a success in displaying the variety of interests of some of our SGS family! Our next one will feature more unique relics and we hope Elizabeth brings us another shoe.