sarah appleton : micro pull through earrings

Posted: February 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, handmade, portland, things | No Comments »


Simple and beautiful earrings from Sarah Appleton ($275). Handmade in Paris.

Available from Portland’s Alder & Co.

tiny tapestries : combed thunder

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, portland, things | 1 Comment »


Natalie Novak is the weaver and designer behind Portland, Oregon-based Combed Thunder. Her Etsy shop shares current available mini-tapestries, all handwoven by her, along with custom commission options. Ready-made weavings range from $75-135.





bryn listens : a cosmic and earthly history of recorded music according to mississippi records

Posted: July 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music, portland | No Comments »

A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records from plastic shaman on Vimeo.

Looking forward to checking out whatever this really is next week at Portland’s Hollywood Theater! Sign me up for anything with the folks of Mississippi Records.

be brave : make waves

Posted: July 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, portland, things | Tags: | No Comments »


This is one of my favorite Portland-made discoveries. Be Brave Make Waves creates these small kinetic wooden sculpture boxes, that when wound with the handle, show a boat riding on gentle undulating waves. It’s magical. $38 and available from their Etsy shop or in local Portland stores.

Watch the very brief video below showing the sculptural boxes in action:

Make Waves promo video from Matthew Ross on Vimeo.


new workshop ! june 21 in portland, or

Posted: June 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, handmade, paper, paperfinger, portland | No Comments »


Hey west coasters, I’m co-hosting a workshop with the super-talented Precious Bugarin for a two-part experience on the afternoon of June 21st. Hope you can make it!

Learn modern calligraphy from me + how to make and assemble classy paper goods for your special event with Precious. (She is a master at elegant and modern paper construction for menus, programs, guest books, you name it — very cool stuff. I’ve taken a workshop with her in the past and enjoyed it immensely. She currently teaches graphic design and designs invitations, brands, and books in her Portland studio.

Saturday, June 21st from 12:30-4:00 pm

514 NW 9th, Portland OR 97209

$98 per person

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In our 3+ hour workshop you’ll learn:

  • How to use classic tools of calligraphy; nibs and ink
  • Techniques for beautiful writing and Paperfinger’s favorite methods
  • Best methods for preparing your calligraphy for printed wedding or party materials
  • How to make lovely + simple formats for your menu, guest book, program or favors
  • How to source paper and fun extras for your project
  • Best paper construction methods

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Snacks provided by M. Robin Cakes!

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Please contact Precious Bugarin at
or Bryn Chernoff at

Register here.

hand-thrown ceramics : mazama

Posted: April 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, home, portland, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


Clean designs and appealing colors from the Portland, Oregon ceramics company, Mazama — made by a team of designers and makers. Pieces pictured range from $30 – $65. Browse their online shop.




(*via A Continuous Lean)

wordstock : cheryl strayed

Posted: October 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: books, portland | 1 Comment »

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Saw Cheryl Strayed (author of two of my favorite books, Tiny Beautiful Things and Wild) and Ayana Mathis (author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie) interviewed last night at the opening event of Portland’s Wordstock, a “festival of words.”

I was reminded of what a brilliant bad-ass Cheryl is in person and it got me to return to Tiny Beautiful Things last night, which is a serious treasure and gift to the world. Eager to read Mathis’ book as well.

More events this week from Wordstock listed here.


letterpress : with emprint press

Posted: September 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, paper, portland, the earth | No Comments »

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This Saturday was part two of the calligraphy + letterpress workshops I co-hosted with Mara of Neither Snow and Emily Johnson of EMPrint Press. Such fun to learn more about the process and Emily’s printing studio at the Yale Union contemporary art center in Portland is really impressive.

She made a plate of my calligraphy for me to print — a favorite passage from the following Mary Oliver poem:

When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

portland gem : una

Posted: September 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, places, portland | No Comments »

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Una is likely my favorite shop in Portland. They have the most beautiful collection of clothing, jewelry and accessories, from a wide variety of designers.

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922 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214


pebble vases : sugahara glassworks

Posted: September 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, handmade, portland, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | 1 Comment »


I fell for these unique and handblown pebble vases by renowned Japanese glassworks crafters, Sugahara, at Canoe Portland this weekend. Elegant on their own or in a cluster together. $24 each.

Sugahara has an inspiring company statement. Here’s an excerpt:

There is a moment when glass, as a liquid under extreme heat, attains its supreme beauty.
That moment is captured, and a form is given to it.
Drawing out the infinite potential of glass to the fullest
Creating a unique shine and flowing forms
To do this,
Craftsmen stand face-to-face with glass each day and listen to its voices.

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