S Britt on his creative process

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 3 January 2009

We checked in with Portland illustrator S Britt and asked him what part of the creative process he enjoys the most: ‘I enjoy seeing the final piece and comparing it to the original idea or sketch. It’s oftentimes surprising and yes, sometimes disheartening to see how the numerous changes throughout the process affected the finished illustration. Personally, I love simplistic, somewhat imperfect art, so I tend to prefer my illustrations that are more facile and spontaneous (think: defective and dim-bulbed). The more labored over projects tend to feel a bit wooden and lifeless to me at times’.

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Interview with S Britt

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Sunday 21 December 2008

I’ve admired the work of Portland illustrator S Britt for as long I can remember. I checked in with him recently and asked him what attracted him to the unique retro aesthetic that his work so clearly possesses: ‘Much like a small town débutante, or casaba melon, I feel that’s a label and a genre that’s been a bit overused and tossed around in the market these past few years. It seems like a lot of up and coming artists have jumped on the retro bandwagon, because they either see it gaining popularity or they don’t feel confident enough in creating their own unique style of art, like decorative macramé wall hangings! It’s not a particularly difficult type of art to ape, in some instances, but to lovingly create an homage to any category of art, be it illustration, music, taxidermy, or so on, you must first truly appreciate it, then learn to understand it and finally add your own personality into your work. It seems like a lot of art and animation schools are cranking out cookie cutter clones of Mary Blair and the Provensens, without any of the heart and vision that the original artists brought to their craft’.

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S Britt

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 11 December 2008

Portland-based S. Britt is one of those illustrators whose work I feel I literally grew up with. His work has always epitomized to me that particular Seattle grungy hipster aesthetic. Britt’s sardonic humor, wrapped in its retro style, still manages to happily send me off to a time when I did nothing but fantasize about […]

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Aijung Kim

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Thursday 30 October 2008

Portland artist Aijung Kim creates the most heartfelt and endearing comics and prints. A highly candid viewing experience at times both quiet and haunting, often as cozy and reassuring as a familiar friend. With a keen eye for folksy patterns and clean detail, Kim’s work is simply a treat to view.

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Carson Ellis

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Tuesday 28 October 2008

My first encounter with the work of Portland, Oregon artist Carson Ellis was when stumbling across her beautiful cover art for The Decembrist’s Crane Wife album. It was love at first sight. She has such an amazing way with a simple pencil drawing. And as much as I enjoy all of her work, from her watercolors to her acrylic paintings, it’s still those pencil drawings that tug at my heart strings with their nuanced textures and forms.

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Stefan Nadelman

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By Ilana Kohn in Cool Websites on Thursday 4 September 2008

Portland animation and motion graphics maestro, Stefan Nadelman’s website is a cornucopia of genius (heck, he even composes his own music to go along with his animations!). You may have already stumbled across his popular animation, Food Fight, but be sure not to miss Terminal Bar or his dog Duke as Orsen Welles. Or anything […]

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Stephanie Simek’s Portland workspace

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By Ilana Kohn in Cool Travel on Friday 29 August 2008

I just caught up with Portland artist Stephanie Simek about her unconventional work and living situation: ‘I live in Portland, Oregon, in a former Hare Krishna temple that my partner Adam and I turned into an art and music space called Rererato. We host events about once or twice a week’.

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Zia McCabe: ‘My Secret Playlist’

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 1 August 2008

Each week, we invite our favourite bands and musicians to give us the rundown on their eight favourite songs or albums right now. This is their words on the music that inspires them. This week it’s Zia McCabe from The Dandy Warhols who personifies everything The Dandy Warhols stand for: sassy, cooly detached, and dripping in attitude. The keyboardist adds a lush sonic wash to the Dandy’s inherent popism, and keeps the lads in check as they wind their way through the stadiums of the world. Well, kinda. To be a fly on the wall on their tour bus! Some folk have all the fun.

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Design the impossible

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By Casper Johansson in Cool Websites on Friday 4 July 2008

Just what goes on behind the closed doors of the adidas design studios has been anyone’s guess,’til now. Yes, these sport loving, fashion luminaries from Portland, Oregon have pulled back the curtain for the first time ever to reveal just what it is like to work for one of sports super-brands. In this unique window […]

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Liz C Adidas artshow

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By Zolton in New Events on Saturday 19 April 2008

There’s a nice writeup about Portland artist Liz C’s recent exhibition at The Pearl on the Trillville blog.

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She & Him’s Volume One

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Thursday 17 April 2008

She & Him are actress and closet singer-songwriter, Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous, The Good Girl, The Assassination of Jesse James), and juggernaut producer, one-man band and folk troubadour, M.Ward.

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Undoboy

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Sunday 2 March 2008

Portland-based Undoboy works to a simple philosophy — ‘design brings happiness’. Occasionally, for me, it also brings tears and troubles, but mostly it brings happiness. Or it brings money. And that’s happiness right? Undoboy is a graphic designer working as an art director for Wieden + Kennedy. His clean and easy to navigate site features […]

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Casa Diablo

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Wednesday 20 February 2008

Leave it to perennially crunchy Portland, Oregon, to open the world’s first vegan strip club.

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Laura Veirs interview

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By Zolton in New Music on Saturday 26 May 2007

Laura Veirs is one of my favorite songwriters. I can’t think of a single song of her’s that I haven’t loved instantly, and continue to wear out on my inner-ear iPod. I interviewed her recently, a few nights after I saw her awesome set at New York’s Gramercy Theatre.

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