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A little sneak peak of my new silkscreened cards. Four designs printed by hand onto recycled bamboo fiber note-cards. Available as singles and in 4 packs! Limited edition!

A little sneak peak of my new silkscreened cards. Four designs printed by hand onto recycled bamboo fiber note-cards. Available as singles and in 4 packs! Limited edition!

Reduce. Reuse. Reimagine.

       This blog entry is long overdue, and has been inspired by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.  
       I have known about his company for quite some time, but until recently I had not encountered his books, Let My People Go Surfing and The Responsible Company. For those of you who may not be familiar with Patagonia, the company designs, manufactures and sells outdoor gear and clothing. My adventures in backpacking and camping have acquainted me with many items which may have otherwise appeared alien to me.  
       In both of Chouinard’s books, he talks about the importance of making high quality and long-lasting products to offset any social or environmental price they may warrant. His experience has led him to the belief that ones livelihood is best pursued when ones conscience is clean and developed. He says in The Responsible Company, “We’re wasting our brains and our only world on the design, production, and consumption of things we don’t need and that aren’t good for us.” He then goes on to say that we must “Reverse the habit to act now and deal with the consequences later.” One solid fact that is repeated several times in this book is that ninety percent of a product’s environmental impact is committed at the design stage.
       I fervently repeat Yvon’s words to myself when thinking about my own business practices. What social distress and environmental harm can I eliminate from my work? How can I give back to that which amazes me, my community and the landscape that surrounds me? As does Patagonia when they reclaim outworn clothing, I aim for conscientious efficiency and attempt to waste minimally in the design and manufacturing stages.
       I collect and repurpose books that have come to the end of their useful life and would have otherwise been discarded. Their pages are turned blank again, and their story is to be written anew. I strive to be responsible in my business practices.  I strive when I select or repurpose an item that goes into a book, and in every step of my process, I question what guides me. The outcome is always as earnest as it can be, given my experience and resources. Each book I make is a blank slate for your story. I make them as a part of my holistic approach to my livelihood and to give back to the environment which offers me plenty everyday.
       To quote a formula from Chouinard’s book; “Know your impacts, favor improvements, share what you learn.”

Reduce. Reuse. Reimagine.

       This blog entry is long overdue, and has been inspired by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.  

       I have known about his company for quite some time, but until recently I had not encountered his books, Let My People Go Surfing and The Responsible Company. For those of you who may not be familiar with Patagonia, the company designs, manufactures and sells outdoor gear and clothing. My adventures in backpacking and camping have acquainted me with many items which may have otherwise appeared alien to me.  

       In both of Chouinard’s books, he talks about the importance of making high quality and long-lasting products to offset any social or environmental price they may warrant. His experience has led him to the belief that ones livelihood is best pursued when ones conscience is clean and developed. He says in The Responsible Company, “We’re wasting our brains and our only world on the designproduction, and consumption of things we don’t need and that aren’t good for us.” He then goes on to say that we must “Reverse the habit to act now and deal with the consequences later.” One solid fact that is repeated several times in this book is that ninety percent of a product’s environmental impact is committed at the design stage.

       I fervently repeat Yvon’s words to myself when thinking about my own business practices. What social distress and environmental harm can I eliminate from my work? How can I give back to that which amazes me, my community and the landscape that surrounds me? As does Patagonia when they reclaim outworn clothing, I aim for conscientious efficiency and attempt to waste minimally in the design and manufacturing stages.

       I collect and repurpose books that have come to the end of their useful life and would have otherwise been discarded. Their pages are turned blank again, and their story is to be written anew. I strive to be responsible in my business practices.  I strive when I select or repurpose an item that goes into a book, and in every step of my process, I question what guides me. The outcome is always as earnest as it can be, given my experience and resources. Each book I make is a blank slate for your story. I make them as a part of my holistic approach to my livelihood and to give back to the environment which offers me plenty everyday.

       To quote a formula from Chouinard’s book; “Know your impacts, favor improvements, share what you learn.”

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Salt + Spirit re-claimed and re-purposed books.

Salt + Spirit re-claimed and re-purposed books.

Preview of 2 of 6 new stationary designs.

Preview of 2 of 6 new stationary designs.

Daydreaming about living at the beach.  These photos are from my recent trip to the Outer Banks.

Daydreaming about living at the beach. These photos are from my recent trip to the Outer Banks.

Hand-bound large hardcover sketchbooks with 100 pages of bright white paper.  Perfect for acrylic paint, watercolor, pen and pencil.  Now available at Räla in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Hand-bound large hardcover sketchbooks with 100 pages of bright white paper. Perfect for acrylic paint, watercolor, pen and pencil. Now available at Räla in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mango + Brick blank book, bound this evening. I like to imagine the girl is Mango and the boy is Brick, and the pages between them will tell their story. 
For those of you who keep a watchful eye on the sky, tomorrow Mercury will no longer be retrograde. In effect, ideas can be communicated more clearly and new projects will be best begun at this time. Time to start a new journal, no?

Mango + Brick blank book, bound this evening. I like to imagine the girl is Mango and the boy is Brick, and the pages between them will tell their story.
For those of you who keep a watchful eye on the sky, tomorrow Mercury will no longer be retrograde. In effect, ideas can be communicated more clearly and new projects will be best begun at this time. Time to start a new journal, no?

Studio shot of my new Shades of Blue blank book with leather and brass details.  Check out that image of a quail in the background.  That good looking fellow has been inspiring me lately.

Studio shot of my new Shades of Blue blank book with leather and brass details.  Check out that image of a quail in the background.  That good looking fellow has been inspiring me lately.

I made a temporary strap for my camera - brass screw posts will replace the rope soon.

I made a temporary strap for my camera - brass screw posts will replace the rope soon.

I went camping and hiking at Rock Island State Park this weekend for my birthday.  I feel so relaxed now after having explored the park’s awe inspiring landscape.  Strenuous hikes are worth it when you can sit under a waterfall to cool down. 

A few things I love about camping in warm air are, reading in a hammock in the sunshine, cooking warm meals over the fire after a long day when the sun goes down and drifting off to sleep listening to all the sounds that surround me.  My favorite trails were both Downstream Trail and Blue Hole Trail, for when you next find yourself needing a get away. 

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