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.