The photograph I chose for the second installment of Project Postcard was taken last summer near Bend, OR during the Venus-Jupiter conjunction.  The back of September’s postcard was painted by Seattle artist, Irene Akio.  When I was searching for artists that might like to join in on this project, Irene’s animal paintings caught my eye right away.  They often range from the smallest whisper of playfulness to a humor that is undeniable in it’s mischievousness.  The painting she did on the postcard diverges from that humor with a kind of quiet thoughtfulness that is every bit as wonderful as her animals.

project postcard | september 2016 | artist | photographer | collaboration | seattle | irene akio | emily mccann | apple core | paulo coelho | night sky | oregon

SIX QUESTIONS FOR IRENE

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an architect. I thought it would be a perfect way to mix my love of art and math. When I got a bit older I decided it was important for me to spend some time with my dad, who lives in Tokyo, and learn more about Japan and that part of my culture. So I ended up with a Japanese Studies degree. But I still love art and math.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

I consider myself mostly an introvert, though like most people my family and my community are very important to my happiness. But I definitely need alone time to recharge and feel at peace.

What are your top three Seattle restaurants?

I LOVE food. And we are spoiled in Seattle. I think my three favorite restaurants would have to be Carte de la Oaxaca, Paseo, and the Hopvine. When I travel to other parts of the country and even other places in the world, I realize how lucky we are to have such a variety of delicious food…and to have access to so much local and fresh food.

Do you have a favorite book?

I could talk about books for hours. I was a bookseller for years. Some of my favorites are Team of Rivals, Middlesex, Phantoms in the Brain, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Those are all older books — some more recent favorites are Ready Player One, The Boys in the Boat, The Wright Brothers, The Turner House, and The Wool Trilogy by Hugh Howey. I like a mix of non-fiction and fiction.

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

I just finished When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. For those who aren’t familiar, it is written by a neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with cancer at a young age. It is a touching and well written book, but also difficult to read, of course. I had my first child a couple of years ago and I think about death more now. It takes a certain amount of work to ignore that fear of death just enough to really live life fully.

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Thank you so much Irene, for being a part of Project Postcard!

Find Irene: website | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

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This was my second time photographing this family, but instead of meeting a park like for our previous session, this time I came to them at their Mercer Island home.  The weather was amazing (it’s been so hit or miss this summer), and all the boys + the dog (I need a French Bulldog!!) made for a lot of awesome energy.  Yep, it was 100% chaos.  But it was also 100% fun, and their photos turned out fantastic.  These first four with their Frenchie going after J’s lollipop are pretty much the best thing ever.

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This first installment of Project Postcard features on the front: a photo of a seagull standing on top of the train bridge at Carkeek Park, taken with my father’s old Minolta film camera.  On the back: a beautiful sketch by Seattle artist Isobelle Ouzman.  Isobelle specializes in altered books, which are nothing short of magical. I fell in love with her work the minute I laid eyes on it, and I’m so thrilled that she is joining me on this project.

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SIX QUESTIONS FOR ISOBELLE

What did you want to be when you grew up?

My nana recently told me that when I was a little girl, she used to say I would become an artist. I’ve always been happiest while making something and didn’t ever believe I would do anything else but be an artist, though I realize only now where that idea came from.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

I am definitely an introvert (and always have been). I was a quiet child, but after moving to America at age 13 I became extremely shy and spent the majority of my time drawing or reading. Now in my mid-twenties I’m still fairly quiet, but have found more of a balance between my introverted nature and the extroverted life city living has provided.

What are your top three Seattle restaurants?

So hard to pick! I would say my favorites so far are, Island Soul (Columbia City), Hallava Falafel (Georgetown) aaand Maharaja (West Seattle).

Do you have a favorite book?

Being an avid reader, I have too many. But if I were to pick my top three, I would say Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Grimm Brothers Tales. Oh and Wind in the Willows and all of Beatrix Potters lovely tales! Ah! I can’t even pick three!

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

The book I’m currently reading and almost finished with is Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh. My partner loves the movie and recently introduced me to it. I decided after watching it that I absolutely had to read the book. A big fan so far, for sure.

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Thank you so much Isobelle, for being a part of Project Postcard!

Find Isobelle: website | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

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