smiling girl with braces

This is Lila, who I’ve known since she was three or four years old. From baby teeth to gap toothed smiles, to braces…it’s so fun to watch kids grow up, and to be able to capture each stage.

We are deep into the world of braces with my own kids right now. The older two have them, my youngest is supposed to go in for a consult this summer, and our bank account is positively aching. As a kid my teeth were a mess and I had braces during my junior high (no middle schools in Roseburg, OR) years. One of the things my mom commented on from time to time while I was a kid, and still talks about today, was how she was always a little sad to see my jumbled, crowded teeth smoothed and straightened out. I smiled and nodded at her for years, but now–I understand. Especially with my youngest, whose teeth are the most crooked of all my children. Braces will completely change how she looks, and I will certainly miss those mouse teeth of hers.

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Spring! Fields of daffodils will soon be upon us, and though my wish for Seattle to be engulfed in a fierce snowstorm (the kind that doesn’t knock out a single power line) for a couple of days remains unfulfilled, I am ready. I took the photograph on the front of this month’s postcard in the Skagit Valley on March 9th of 2015. Unfortunately (or fortunately, for you skiers out there), spring is not coming so early this year, but there are signs of it’s approach all over the city.

Ashley Martin was one of the first artists that came to my mind during the early days of this project. I’ve know her since our first year back in Seattle, when we both had children in the same kindergarten class. Children who are now in the last few months of elementary school (how did that happen?). Ashley’s creative endeavors are unfailingly delightful, and I love how art seeps into every nook and cranny of her life, from pumpkins to stamps to toys to paintings. That’s how art should be, don’t you think?

Post Art Northwest | March 2017 | Ashley Martin & Emily McCann

SIX QUESTIONS FOR ASHLEY

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist and a mother.

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

Mostly I am an extrovert. I enjoy time alone to relax and recharge but being with people is nourishing for me.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

The Monkey Bridge in Ballard (Vietnamese), Revel in Fremont (Korean fusion), and Billy Beach Sushi & Bar in Ballard.

Do you have a favorite book?

I LOVE this little memoir called A Girl Named Zippy by Havel Kimmel. Its very funny & entertaining and she wrote a sequel. Also, I have always loved Les Miserables, which I have read in English and in French (when my French used to be really good, ages ago).

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

I just finished two books last week over midwinter break; The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym) It’s the second in a series of three and I couldn’t put it down! The other is Plant-Strong by Rip Esselstyn, it’s highly informative on health, nutrition & food facts and sort of a guide for embracing a plant-based lifestyle. It’s fascinating!

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

Find Ashley: Instagram

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Every time I photograph a mother and her daughter together I think of this spoken word poem by Sarah Kay (make sure you have a box of tissues handy before you watch it), which was part of a TED talk Sarah gave in 2011. The poem is right at the beginning, but if you have a few extra minutes, you should listen to her entire talk. It’s worth it. After the talk Sarah published it in book form, which is lovely, and I highly recommend. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift for a new mother, or from a mother to a tween/teenage daughter?

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

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