Aside from posting in support of Black lives and the ongoing protests, I stayed mostly silent throughout May and June on social media to try to avoid cluttering up the internet with irrelevant information or content.
I was staying busy with a variety of projects during those months though. The finished projects I can share are all of these below.
Most importantly, I designed a poster to put up in the Porchlight shop window. Andy at Broken Press offered to screen print them so that we could offer them free to businesses because we believe that at a bare minimum, those that wish to enter our places of work, need to acknowledge that Black lives matter. This is an absolute bare minimum. The screen printed posters are all gone now, so I made a downloadable version for home printing. These will print at 8.5" x 11", making it easy for any home printer. Print one here.
Next up, two pins for Hello Robin and their delicious desserts. You can eat a Birthday Cake Cookie or a Mackles'more while you wear their likeness on your jacket. Swing by one of their locations to grab a pin!
To spice up our mug selection at Porchlight, I decided on some colors that are way too close to the tiles in my 1949 bathroom–pink and maroon. Grab one from Porchlight Design Co. or swing by the shop.
In early 2020, I went on a little trip down the Washington Coast with Westland Distillery to visit their cask storage and bring back a special whiskey. In addition to Westland's staples, the distillery experiments with a variety of casks in which they finish aging the whiskey and occasionally the distillery bestows the honor of choosing which upon a lucky outsider.
I've been lucky to collaborate with Westland throughout the years and we've all become buddies, so this overnight sounded like a great time from the start. For anyone familiar with Northwest coastal towns, you know they're an acquired taste. The water is almost always too cold to swim in, there's plenty of wind and in most months, a certain indescribable mood seems to meander down the coast from Washington through Oregon. They're not California beach towns, but they feel like home to a lot of us.
On our drive down we stopped for food, but we also stopped for photos when I spotted a sight out of the car window that I thought needed documenting. Once we made it to the rackhouse, we grabbed samples from a few different casks, roamed the facility, talked about the whiskies and then headed back to the house. In addition to snacks, board games and very classy conversation, we sat around the table for a tasting. Ultimately, my favorite was a whiskey finished in a marsala wine cask. That cask sold out super fast, but you can see all the photos right here (sneak peek at a few below).
Liv Lyons is a super talented photographer and luckily we see eye-to-eye on design. I made these ultra-thick cards for her in mid-May. Head to her website to see her wonderful work.
Smith Tower was once the tallest building in Seattle. While it's now dwarfed by the much taller (and often uglier) buildings around it, Smith Tower remains a beloved architectural staple of the city. Built a little before my usual mid-century preferences, it really is one of my favorites. Printed by Broken Press here in Seattle, these are 18" x 24" (standard size for easy framing) and available at Porchlight Design Co.
Because the world needed a reminder that you should always keep your shoes tied around your cat...
Printed here In Seattle by Broken Press, these are also 18" x 24" (a standard size for easy framing) and available at Porchlight Design Co.
A new window sign is a project I had been meaning to tackle for a while now. I found a great vintage x-ray box, drilled holes and hung it in the window with some brand new signage.
Lastly, Porchlight is a fairly small shop, so I decided we needed some social distancing stickers to remind folks to back it up every now and then. I didn't want to settle for stock ones, so I made some 7" stickers from the album "Plague Hits".
Last, but not least...my favorite photos from May and June.