spring is coming | pink tree buds | emily mccann

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.
-Toni Morrison

What are you doing this weekend? Seattle schools are on mid-winter break, and I’m only a tiny bit envious (i.e. positively green) of those who are headed to warmer climes. Whether you need to while away some time in an airport or practice hygge at home, here are a few links from around the web that have caught my eye in the past few weeks.

The Grandeur and Limits of Science: On Being is always a bright spot in my week, however this episode is particularly beautiful. So much so, that I’ve saved it to listen to again.

How to Celebrate President’s Day: Via Austin Kleon. I am going to try and do every single one of these things.

Parmesan Broth with Kale and White Beans: This soup kind of blew my mind. You can find little tubs of Parmesan rinds near the Murray’s cheese counter at the Greenwood Fred Meyer, though I’m sure there are many places in Seattle that carry them.

DIY Finger Knitted Scarf: I’m keeping this idea in my back pocket, should I need something to occupy the children (and okay, fine, myself too) during mid-winter break.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Love this. I don’t actually have a copy yet, but it’s on the short list of Books I Need.

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Having Iranian-American artist Misha Zadeh as the February PANW artist, one week after this heartbreaking executive order, is sheer coincidence. We arranged it months ago. However, I am only human and the temptation to attach a bigger meaning to this small event is great. Remember those ridiculous Where the Hell is Matt videos (that make me cry every single time) from a few years ago? They’ve been on my mind, as have this Facebook post from Rick Steves and the St. Louis Manifest twitter feed.

Misha and I live just a few blocks away from each other and our children attend the same schools. The first time her work caught my eye was during our school’s PTA auction, with the neighborhood map she designed for it and had kids from one of the fourth grade classes illustrate. All my favorite books as a kid had illustrated maps, making these maps of my own neighborhood completely irresistible. I didn’t realize until later that Misha’s work goes far beyond the PTA realm, and I am honored that she so enthusiastically agreed to do a postcard for this project. Here’s to adding a little more light and love and art to our world.

February 2017 Postcard | Misha Zadeh and Emily McCann

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SIX QUESTIONS FOR MISHA

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress or artist. I gave up the actress bit in middle school. In high school I had NO IDEA what I wanted to be, but rejected art as a career because I didn’t think it was serious (or lucrative) enough. Then I found graphic design in college, and it seemed like business + art, so I was sold.

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

Mostly an extrovert — or maybe just an ambivert who is really outgoing and enjoys performing/being in the spotlight. I do love (and get) a lot of alone, retrospective time and would be lost without it.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

The Whale Wins, Sitka & Spruce, and Stoneburner

Do you have a favorite book?

I really love Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi. It is a compelling, emotional, beautiful read and a very easy primer on the Iranian Revolution. Plus, amazing drawings. Everyone should read this. It was the “Seattle Reads” book for 2006 and I got to meet Marjane briefly at the Ballard Library. My mom and I expected a few other Iranian Americans to be there. The line was hours long and wrapped around the block — we may have been the only Iranian Americans there. It actually made me a bit weepy with joy.

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

Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? Good, but not quite as LOL as her first, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I LOVE memoirs.

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Thank you so much Misha, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Misha: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

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Congratulations eaweber19 & kelly.m, you are the winners of our February postcards*! I will be in touch shortly to get them to you.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. All subscribers are automatically entered into a random monthly drawing for a chance to receive a postcard from Post Art Northwest.

*This month I have two postcards to mail out, both with original art by Misha on the back.

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Portland illustrator, maker, and educator Meg Hunt is the January artist for Post Art Northwest. To my untrained eye her work is retro Googie style meets 21st century meets sheer awesomeness. Let me be completely honest: The 3-5 introductory sentences I write at the start of each PANW post is quite possibly the most challenging situation I encounter each month. I spend far too many hours staring at the computer screen during the last week of the month, struggling to translate the nebulous feelings inside my head into a few actual words. I don’t know a lot about art, which makes the right words all the more elusive. The more I like an artist, the harder it is. I like Meg and her work a lot, so you can imagine that this has not been easy. All that to say, I’m fairly confident that retro Googie style meets 21st century meets sheer awesomeness is not the best description. Regardless, I am a huge fan, and I’m so delighted to have Meg as a part of PANW.

p.s.
It took me at least 20 minutes on Google to stumble upon Googie, which I had never heard of before. Now I am completely smitten with the term.

post art northwest | january 2017 | emily mccann & meg hunt

SIX QUESTIONS FOR MEG

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to make things– I figured art would be in there somewhere. I kind of wanted to be a puppeteer to follow in Jim Henson”s footsteps! But I wound up illustrating and making things for a living.

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

I’m pretty introverted, although I’m fiercely loyal to the people I know and curious about meeting new people.

What are your top three Portland area restaurants?

Oh this is tough! I’d say Tasty n Alder, Teote Areperia, and Marukin Ramen. We have too much good food though.

Do you have a favorite book?

I really love Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost— I read at an important moment in life and think back to it often!

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

I bounce back between fiction and nonfiction, but the last book I read was Dan Jurafsky’s The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu. I really enjoy reading about linguistics and etymology, and so this was a really fun read!

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Thank you so much Meg, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Meg: website | Instagram | Facebook

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Congratulations klk87, you are the winner of our January postcard! I will be in touch shortly to get it to you.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.  All subscribers are automatically entered into a random monthly drawing for a chance to receive a postcard from Post Art Northwest.

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Gift guides are one of those little things that I really look forward to each holiday season. It’s such a wonderful way to discover books, kitchen tools, toys, artists and crafters, etc. that I hadn’t heard of before. So instead of putting together a gift guide of my own, I thought I would put together a list of my favorite gift guides.

New York Times: The intro makes me happy every time I visit this page.
Cup of Jo: Lots of good stuff in the 2015 guide too.
Aeolidia Part 1 and Part 2: Put me in the other nerds category, because I saw a lot of things I really liked.
Miss Moss: By color! So fun.
Smitten Kitchen: A list of favorite kitchen things. Which amounts to a gift guide in my book.
Orangette: This is from 2015, but that doesn’t make it any less fantastic.  And I bet if you check back closer to Christmas Molly will have a new guide out.
The Artful Parent: This is a list of Jean’s favorite open ended toys. She has a lot more ideas in the archives. I especially like her ideas for 101 gifts that kids can make.

Lastly, I do have one small gift suggestion:

Emily McCann Photography Holiday Gift Certificate | Seattle Photographer

Did you know that I have gift certificates available? They are printed on thick sturdy card stock, and at 5×7 inches they might not take up much room under the Christmas tree, but I guarantee you that the photographs from a session with me would be treasured for a lifetime. The icing on the cake gingerbread man is that you can absolutely use a Chinook Book coupon with my gift certificates. Send me an email today, and I can make sure it’s to you well before Christmas day.

Do you have a favorite gift guide that’s not on my list? Let me know in the comments!

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The photograph for December’s postcard was taken on film last December, behind a noisy, completely un-picturesque gas station on I-5. But the golden light of dawn and the hoar frost on the tangle of blackberry brambles managed to turn the ugly beautiful. I’m so happy I had my camera with me.

Seattle artist Nikki Frumkin is an avid climber and hiker, who often carries along paint supplies as she explores the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I came across Nikki many months ago on the Washington Trails Association’s Instagram feed. The exact piece slips my mind, but I’m guessing it was a starry night painting, possibly of Mt. Rainier or Mt. St. Helens. Take a quick moment to follow that link over to Nikki’s website and you’ll see why I’ve fallen so in love with her work. Gorgeous, right? Her enchanting paintings embody the love I feel for this small corner of the world.

post art northwest | december | nikki frumkin & emily mccann

 

SIX QUESTIONS FOR NIKKI

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an artist, even as a little kid. I remember hoping I would be covered in paint all the time, which has turned out to be fairly true! For a while I didn’t think it would work out. I had a professor in college who told me I should give up on art because it would never happen. I am really glad I didn’t listen to him!

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

That’s a tough one, I’m not sure. I love being with people, but I bring a quieter energy in groups. On the flip side, I have a really hard time hiking and climbing alone. I need people around me!

What are your top three Seattle restaurants?

My favorite place to eat in Seattle is Araya’s Place, which is vegan Thai food! I live a few blocks away from it, so I go way too often. Although usually we cook at home. My favorite Backcountry dinner is MaryJane’s dehydrated NW Garden Couscous. Or for lunch, crackers, cheese, hummus and avocados (eaten by an alpine lake or on a summit). Yum.

Do you have a favorite book?

My favorite book… That’s so tough! I love reading about outdoor adventures and expeditions, but I think my favorite book is about something different. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Or any of Junot Diaz’s books like his collection of short stories, Drown.

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

I recently read Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun, who is a friend of mine. It is a really engaging and funny book even if you don’t plan on doing any public speaking. I loved it! (Plus now I am a better public Speaker:))

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Thank you so much Nikki, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Nikki: website | Instagram | Facebook

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