Passion Project

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The most passionate and interesting defence of cities and urban living I’ve ever heard happened a year ago this week. At a bar. In Kamloops.

Miracles can happen.

Went. Did.

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I always seem to start these posts apologizing for how long it has been since I’ve written, etc. etc.

And yes, there have been lots of things to say that should have been documented here, but actually I’m too stoked about last 3 years to really regret much about them:

Montreal and McGill (the best decision I’ve ever made)
Many places: Comox, the Sunshine Coast, Kamloops and Vancouver again
So many people
So many great projects (furniture, parks, signs and lectures)

Back in Vancouver has been interesting, there are tons of things to do (planning and art and otherwise) and trying to keep up with everything can be overwhelming, but I’ll take too much going on over too little.

It’s good to be back.

2013 – Go Do.

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So things have been relatively quiet here for awhile, (I blame the second masters and a fairly demanding program for that), but since this is my final semester I figure it’s as good a time as any to get back to writing and posting things here. This year will hopefully be fairly intense: wrapping up school, finding gainful employment, leaving Montreal and starting any number of design/build projects. All will hopefully be chronicled here.

So here’s to a new year and some big goals and the chance to make some great things. Go Do.

Jónsi – Go Do

Let it Ride…

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I should preface this by saying that I’m not a huge fan of motorcycles. I’ve always found them vaguely interesting, but my personal driving style and tendency to be distracted by everything make one probably not the best option for me. I’m resigned to the fact that reading “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” is probably as close as I will get to the experience of working on or owning my own ride.

However…..I did recently stumble upon a site that features a wide range of totally fantastic motorcycles. Bike EXIF features custom motorcycles, classic motorcycles and cafe racers that all have been photographed at their best.


This BMW R100 was featured today and though I basically have no idea about any of the features they are talking about, I’m enjoying imagining what it might be like to ride. With a constant stream of bikes like this the site is making me rethink my transportation mode of choice!

the event of a thread

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the event of a thread from Paul Octavious on Vimeo.

I tend to not regret missing out on performances or art pieces (living so far away from former collaborators and artist whose work I feel is essential makes that a necessary coping mechanism), but I missed the Ann Hamilton installation at the Park Avenue Armoury in New York and I have a feeling missing out on this will stay with me for a while.

There are a ton of videos and photos up about this piece, but the video above by the excellent Paul Octavious is the best I’ve seen. A positive reminder that sometimes you should drop everything and head towards the art.

Today is Going to Be Awesome

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Hurston Quote by Lisa Congdon

Hurston Quote by Lisa Congdon


This has been kind of a strange week (the thesis is circling a topic and it feels like we are in some kind of endless winter), but one of the constant bright lights is the design and illustration work of Lisa Congdon. I have two of her prints waiting for me at home, and I am hoping that the hand lettered quote above gets released as a print of it’s own. Her blog is one of the best things on the internet and prints can be found here.


The Gypsy Gentlemen

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The Gypsy Gentleman – Episode 03: San Francisco from Marcus Kuhn on Vimeo.

This whole documentary series is incredibly well done and does an excellent job at portraying the both the tattoo artists and the cities where it’s shot. I don’t have any ink, but watching this makes me want to change that soon.

Also: It features great soundtrack by Lucero that is well worth a listen.

We used to make this….

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Sometimes you find yourself talking about all the things you used to make, the tools you had (worn smooth to perfectly match your grip) that were left behind in a cross country move or sold when other needs became more pressing.  Maybe you were a dedicated hobbyist, a weekend warrior and it became impossible to balance making things with all your daily commitments.

Or maybe, more tragically, you were a craftsman, a Grand Master, and it was the economy, or a cost benefit analysis or something else that took your ability to make things away. But in Cardigan, England the Hiut Denim Company is breathing new life back the town’s tradition of handmade jeans. It’s an inspiring story, that seems to be off to a positive start and is a great reminder that all your  skills and experience don’t go anywhere, they’re just waiting for you to give them another chance.



Made By Hand Part II

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This is another stunning “Made by Hand” video, this time featuring Belgian designer Kaspar Hamacher’s piece “Ausgebrannt” from 2010. Less a design or craft manifesto than a brilliant visual showing the confidence of practice (I wish my cuts were that confident), this is a must watch.

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Made By Hand

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Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.


All of the “Made By Hand” videos are fantastic, but “The Knife Maker” featuring Joel Bukiewicz of “Cut Brooklyn” hits particularly close to home. It’s a great reminder that when making one thing doesn’t really work out, maybe making something else will.


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