Saturday, July 28, 2012

week end

good morning, kinfolk

After a two-month hiatus, the dailymade is back in business on a Saturday morning with volume four of Kinfolk and extra-strong French-pressed coffee.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012


This week vanished unexpectedly. Several days of sunshine and one day sick in bed.. For the most part, it was lovely.

On the boards for this cloud-covered Friday?

major apartment clean-up
portfolio touch-up: preparing for Monday's interview (with fingers crossed)
print portfolio prototype
HANDS production: get orders out!
HANDS ideation: new products, presentation, etc
scheming for extra income ideas

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Taking advantage of one of our city's many resources: the public library.

Primarily looking for information on archetypes in literature for an Artshop collaboration but making sure to browse the dvds and stop by the espresso bar for an iced americano before calling it a day.

So far, I'm heading home with The Hero and The Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes and C.G. Jung's The Symbolic Life.

We've got some interesting reading ahead of us.

Oh, and Happy March to all. 2012 is breezing by.

sidenote: the gentleman sitting across from me (Don O'Leary? he answered his cell phone) is sucking on a whole tomato. Creating a delectable soundtrack (as you can imagine) for the entire library to enjoy.

Friday, February 24, 2012

manifesto 03

Intention is not more relevant than effect.

sky maps

For lovers of the cosmos. New Sky Maps now available in Workshop. Working on custom color palette now. 

home school

I've decided to make the most of all this time on my hands and develop an extensive curriculum for my newest venture: home school.

Some of the classes I'll be dabbling in this term?

MUSIC: introduction to the banjo
FRENCH: continuing French after studying abroad in Paris
LATIN: back to basics
OBJECTIVISM: understanding Ayn Rand
PHOTO: exploring your xsi and 22mm black slim devil
HOME ECONOMICS: deep cleaning and getting to know your kitchen
COMPUTERS: finding free downloads of architectural software--and teaching yourself to use them
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: basic fitness tools
CAREER COUNSELING: finding your dream job in just twenty minutes a day

Very excited about this--school starts on Monday. Hoping to have a schedule out this afternoon.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

manifesto 02

Stop saying I don't know. Listen closely and be patient.

Because you do know.

where do you go to, my lovely?

Postcard prototype for the Roadside Attraction series. Coming soon to artshop.
Also, California State of Mind prints now available on Little Paper Planes.


handstamp one

handstamp two

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

manifesto 01

To delight and inspire. And do good work. These are my current intentions.

As defined by my dearly over-sized Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary (unabridged) from 1939:

man-i-fes'to: a public declaration, usually of  prince or sovereign, showing his intentions or proclaiming his opinions and motives.

mardi gras

Last night, I indulged in one last hurrah with refined sugar in the form of ginger-molasses cookies topped with real whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

My sister and I have challenged ourselves to remove refined sugars and cheese from our diets for the next forty-some days. In addition to taking away, we are also tasking ourselves with intentional daily motion (or, as some might say, "working out") and a daily manifesto.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Oh! Also--HANDSworkshop launches topo-coast: laser-cut, hand-finished coasters made from reclaimed vegetable-tanned leather and featuring delicately composed topographics.

topo-coast launch

The current set available features topography from Montour Falls.


HANDSworkshop recently had the pleasure of collaborating with the Harvest Cafe of Montour Falls, New York to create a word-of-mouth marketing strategy for the first Backyard Brewfest in Northern Appalachia. Printwork below.

print collateral for BYBF2012

If you're in the area, do plan to attend. It's going to be good.

Friday, February 17, 2012


1. portfolio submission - done
2. Harvest Cafe Backyard Brewfest poster mock-up - tomorrow?
3. afternoon activity, despite the gray and the rain - hmm
4. pick a new book - Atlas Shrugged

Finished A Visit From the Goon Squad last night. Highly recommended, super clever.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

wishlist and a cocoa-cinnamon smoothie

weighted 88-key keyboard
canon ae-1
sunshine (everyday!)
new apartment
new sheets
new slippers
new bag
phone case

cocoa-cinnamon smoothie

1 banana - cut in half, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 generous dashes of cinnamon
4 tiny drops of vanilla cream stevia (optional)

Blend until smooth. Enjoy.


We had some amazing sunshine yesterday. Back to a textured gray this morning, but am feeling a little more well-equipped to handle it.

Yesterday was quite productive--lots of strolling about on the sun-drenched sidewalks (it was brisk but bearable with the sun on my face), tackling long-awaited correspondence, and 

On the docket for this mid-February morn:
several cups of strong coffee
portfolio & resume updates
workspace clean-up
a round of well-wishing
perhaps a few portfolio submissions
practice french and latin for my inevitable return to paris

And for dailymade? To be determined after my second cup of coffee. Stay tuned. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

northwest palette

a tiny bit of blue beyond

The fifth consecutive gray day since my return to the northwest. Instead of sunshine filling the sky, I just see very large light-colored clouds.

Don't take it personally, Seattle. If I was constantly painting with this palette, I'd be criticized too.

Friday, February 10, 2012

haussman in the seventh

At artshop, we just received a lovely photo (below) from photographer Alice Gao, who recently purchased one of our prints:

haussman in the seventh

After a tiny bit of research, I found her lovely blog lingered upon. I love this bedroom.

bureau d'action

Inspired by the ideas of early Herman Miller Action Office systems:

astoria as inspiration

An 18x24 black and white print for the home office that reads: this is an ACTION OFFICE.

That's right. Action.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

george nelson

model of the american national exhibition
We have brainwashed ourselves into equating the new with the good, and the newest with the best, and the only remaining holes in the synthetic padding wrapped around our uneasy convictions are those intermittent fits of modernistic anxiety, so often expressed in nostalgic fads.     -George Nelson

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of visiting the George Nelson Exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum.  Though Mr. Nelson may be most known for his contribution of the coconut chair,  quirky timepieces, and Herman Miller print collateral, I think I was most inspired by his simple observations--of social trends, national perspective, and personal contribution.


olympic sculpture park

Today on the daily made: moody snapshots.

Took a walk through the winter mist this afternoon--through the Sculpture Park, along the Sound. Soaking in the Seattle gray before I head east tomorrow morning.

Listening to Girl from the North Country on repeat and hoping for a bit of sunshine.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


As promised, a mid-winter mixtape.

Leaving Home / Yo La Tengo
Midnight City / M83
Once in a Lifetime / Talking Heads
Sleep the Clock Around / Belle and Sebastian
I Married Myself / Sparks
The Way It Goes / Gillian Welch
Lay In a Shimmer / Pantha du Prince
Tusk / Fleetwood Mac
Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) / Peter Sarstedt
Golden Hours / Brian Eno
Speaking in Tongues (featuring David Byrne) / Arcade Fire
Apple Bed / Sparklehorse
Mama, You Been On My Mind / Jeff Buckley
Suzanne / Leonard Cohen
La Terre Tremblante / Marco Beltrami
Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys

Stay warm.

déja vu

blues and grays from my window

As I sat by my window this morning, catching up with my sister (the inspired mind behind glimmerglimpse), I experienced the familiar phenomenon of déja vu. Below, a snippet from the conversation.

h: Ah, this is déja vu--right down to the lady walking down the alley in the long purple coat and pink hat.
m: Wow, really? You know what déja vu is, right?
h: Yes. My mind is playing tricks on me.
m: What?
h: My mind is playing tricks on me--making me feel like I've been here before.
m: No! It's a sign that you're on the right path. That you're exactly where you should be.
h: Oh. I like that.

I do like her version much better than mine. Especially at such a transitional period in my life, it's nice to believe that I am exactly where I should be. Even if that is without steady work, confused about the future, and feeling particularly impulsive about life decisions.

So, thanks to M.

Mid-winter playlist to follow.

Friday, January 27, 2012

simple snacking

homemade hummus

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
3 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil

Blend until creamy. Garnish with olive oil, chopped parsley, and a dash of paprika.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

winter in the west

snowshoes, seattle

I've been extremely distracted by the weather.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


pre-fab cabin in the woods
new shoes in red, black, and brown
new uniforms in black and tans
new apartment
travel plans
speakers for the kitchen
trip to coastal maine or nantucket
self control

Monday, January 16, 2012


month one, january

Printed prototype for month one of the new twenty-twelve calendar. Astoria color-wash print (available soon in Artshop) with plenty of space to fill in holidays, birthdays, and personal notes.

project one

snowflakes and blackbirds, from my window

There is still snow on the ground, light flurries in the air. The streets are quiet. Seattle seems to shut down when the snow falls.

What's the plan for the daily made? First a late morning coffee, then snow-shoeing to downtown for lunch. Order packaging for HANDSworkshop, and finally today's project: a twenty-twelve calendar. Sixteen days into the calendar year, I am determined to replace the outdated December hanging on my wall.


Welcome to the new home of the daily made.