i’m putting together a post of my favorite projects of 2014 and started thinking about how moving from los angeles to portland in april has changed bramble workshop. i was only in LA for a few years, but that’s where i started bramble workshop. it’s amazing that in 2.5 years my business was established enough that i could relocate and continue working nationally. there are some new challenges, but in all the lifestyle change has absolutely been worth it.
• i’ve basically been “commuting” to LA for projects when i need to handle the installation. it’s been easier than i anticipated (it’s a really short flight) and has allowed me to stay connected to my friends and colleagues there. plus, it’s nice to get some sunshine!
• for other projects i can ship my work from portland with instructions for the install, or hire someone in that city to do it. sometimes i design the installation and a fabricator in that city makes it under my supervision. there are a lot of different options for working with bramble workshop!
• marketing has become more important to my business and i have been working on ways to keep in touch with my past clients and get new ones. a lot of my work is through referrals, so that’s made things easier. this year i sent out a holiday gift to clients, started a biannual newsletter (coming soon!), continued posting to instagram regularly, and have been pitching ideas for features to various publications. also, instagram and blogs have become invaluable as a way for me to keep up to date on my colleague’s projects.
• i led a workshop (making paper branches) at the portland west elm, something i’ve been dreaming of doing forever! it went really well and they want me to do another one in the spring.
• one of my main reasons for moving to portland was to spend more time in nature and i definitely have. this is the main source of inspiration for my work and the landscape of the pacific northwest has fed my creativity. i got to do some camping in the summer and i’ve gone on many amazing hikes in the gorge and along the coast. there’s a lot to do in the winter too- my favorite recent trip was to breitenbush hot springs with a bunch of friends.
• i’ve gotten to have coffee with many of the portland creatives whose work i admire: ashley goldberg, casey keasler, celeste noche, emily katz, jill mason from starflower, joni whitworth of mint and mirth, julie pointer, kari merkle of merkled studio, lia griffith, lisa jones of pigeon toe ceramics, mallory leasure, rachel smith from the crafted life, and yvonne emerson of the study. so nice to meet all of you and thank you for being so welcoming!
• one of my goals for 2015 is to collaborate on a project in portland! there are already a few projects in the works that i’m really excited about. i love working with other artists and designers- as always, send me an email if you would like to meet up or work together: firstname.lastname@example.org
rounding up inspiration images for my next project… i love working with textiles so much!
(image sources here)
we made these beautiful “sea foam” forms from rice paper and wire for the hermès holiday windows. i created this installation in the studio before shipping them to LA. they’re just one component of the windows (i’ll post photos of the completed windows soon) and i love their simplicity and elemental quality.
the process of making them took a lot of experimentation. we made the armature from steel wire and then traced around it on the rice paper. the cut-out rice paper shapes were then soaked in diluted white glue and draped over the forms. the paper dried taut around the wire armature, stiff but still semi-transparent.
i had to share this beautiful photo from a styled shoot by la belle fleur events. the shoot was inspired by monet’s water lilies, and bramble workshop created hand-dyed table linens to match the palette and mood. more photos can be seen here and on style me pretty. the gorgeous hanging floral arrangement is by life in bloom.
we’re about to begin production of an installation for a new office space designed by the amazing j. marx atelier. super excited about it! the design has changed substantially from this original inspiration board, but it gives you a hint of what’s to come!
my sisters anne and kate recently opened Lively Running, a women’s athletic boutique in oak park, IL, and naturally i designed their first window! it was such a fun window to create, totally a labor of love. we made rice paper kites with henna-inspired decorative elements (they sell a lot of yoga apparel).