Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tryce Mason | On the Bainbridge Ferry

I met Tryce on a recent trip home from the Olympic Peninsula. I asked him if I could take his picture and we ended up taking a few photos around the boat because... we were stuck on a boat so why not! Usually I am stopping people on the street on their way to something so I keep things brief so it was really fun to have a chance to do an impromptu photoshoot. 

You can find Tryce on Instagram under @trycemason.

Proof that you truly can't escape from me bothering you for a photo... 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A love of handwriting

I've been spending so much time on my calligraphy lately. It's such a fascinating and engrossing art. I have always loved the process of writing and I've maintained snail mail contact with several people as the world has moved from letters, to email, to now mostly just texting. There is something so meditative about writing by hand, I lose myself in it the same way that I do when I draw or paint.

A study came out last year revealing that different parts of the brain are activated depending on whether we are writing in print or cursive. Writing in cursive and having to think ahead about connecting the letter co-activates multiple areas of the brain. It is thought after this study that cursive writing may even be a path to treating dyslexia. Typing on a keyboard doesn't have the same benefits as printing or cursive.

Writing by hand is just like drawing and we all have a personal writing style that we have developed over the years. It's so rare that we get to see a person's handwriting these days though. I love when I get a hand written note from someone and I get to see the style of their handwriting. It's pretty crazy to think that cursive is becoming a thing of the past and that writing by hand is close behind. I'm holding strong. I'll still be sending people mail after the postal service is no longer and mail has to be sent by UPS or Fed Ex...

Get in touch if you are in need of calligraphy or handwriting services!  Let's keep the art of  handwriting alive.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Alexa Robinson | Outside Big Leaf Manufacturing

I photographed Alexa outside of Big Leaf Manufacturing in the Central District/Beacon Hill area. Big Leaf is an incredible furniture and sculpture fabrication workshop founded by furniture designer and artist Roy McMakin. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dawn Smithson | Moth and Crow

I got the opportunity to get to know Dawn over drinks at Oddfellows recently before one of her classes at SCCC (she is a teacher in their fashion department). Dawn is the creative mind and hands behind leather bag company Moth and Crow. I've been a fan of her work since it was introduced to me a few years back. Dawn designs beautiful leather bags and accessories in a picturesque barn turned shop on Vashon. The timeless backpack she is wearing is one her own designs from her most recent line. You can find it and other great leather goods at

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