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.
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 [...]
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’.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.