A nod to my city, and some of the places that make it so great.
This space, is a space I know well. I remember years ago (2009?10?) meeting at Lara Ferroni's house with Clare Barboza and Rina Jordan discussing the exciting possibilities of starting up a daylight studio - how that would look, who could pursue it, who wanted to help build it. It was exciting and daunting - I knew I could help build it, but I wasn't in a position to be a partner, not then. So, I helped where I could - I built some of those saw horses that you see above, I put on a second coat of blue steel paint on the cupboard molding in the kitchen. I wanted to be a part of it, however small.
Over the years, I rented the space. I shot my first 4 cookbooks here. Like I said earlier, I know it well.
It wasn't until this year that I finally felt it was time to find a space to call my own. Over the past year I had been working out of my home studio, the Treehouse, which was convenient to say the least. There were charms about it, but there were also issues (spacial issues, exhaustive/always cleaning issues, defining work from living space issues - that was a biggie).
So I'm incredibly pleased to announce that Clare Barboza and I have formed a studio partnership in the lovely Spare Room studio. Not only did we just merge two amazing prop/linen/surface collections together, but we are making plans - plans to grow and make the experience at the Spare Room the best it can be. With this introduction tour of images, know that this is just the beginning...I can't wait to show you more as we build it up further.
Photo shoot and event inquiries are always welcome! Feel free to email me for more details.
I made a bit of a mess in the studio yesterday...
This was just one of those images that I couldn't not share right away!
The lovely and incredibly talented, Rachael Coyle and I spent a wonderful afternoon together playing in the studio last week. Giving her beautiful pastries "the royal treatment", as Rachael put it.
If you are unfamiliar - Once the pastry chef of the Herbfarm, Le Pichet and Cafe Presse, Rachael has a very popular pop-up bakeshop that is held at Book Larder in Fremont (starting again in late March). She also hosts many cooking/baking classes at the same location, as she is the Culinary Director there. (BookLarder.com) Needless to say, her treats are AMAZING, and I highly recommend attending her next pop-up early, as pastries like the croissants pictured above tend to sell out quickly!
(and, yes, a brick-and-mortar is on it's way)
Coyle's Bakeshop (facebook page)
There's nothing quite like a great collaboration. One that motivates and inspires.
Julie Hopper and I have worked together on numerous great collaborations (Plum, Gluten-Free & Vegan Pie, upcoming books - Honey & Oats, The Dutch Oven cookbook, and Fresh & Fermented) - we're a team. We like to challenge each other with new ideas, spill over beautiful pages from the Noma and Gwyenth Paltrow cookbooks, and dissect and scrutinize every inch of our work on the screen. We like it so much that when an opportunity and/or inspiration presents itself, like Harbor Herbalist tea, we take it and start sketching.
I became aware of Sarah and her company, Harbor Herbalist, late last year as I was reading about some of the featured vendors at one of the local farmers markets. She sells her hand mixed teas at both U-district and Ballard markets. Showcasing them in sweet little English style tea cups, inviting your nose to take in the aromatic flowers, roots, spices, and leaves.
All organic and wild ingredients, she blends each tea with thoughtful understanding about what makes a tea blend healthful and rejuvenating. They are fantastic! (but don't take my word for it, check out her shop here: www.harborherbalist.com or try them while you are out at one of these fine establishments: Sitka & Spruce, London Plane, Bar Sajor, Vif Coffee & Wine, Black Coffee Co-op, Whole Foods, and Terra Plata)
The more I read about her practice and her teas I knew I had to reach out, and somehow showcase the beauty of her work. It didn't take long until Julie was on board, too - that's when the fun began.
I decided upon four distinct blends (Hercules: a man's tea, Indulge: floral tea, Chocolatl: spiced drinking chocolate, and Kukicha Gold: orange spice kukicha) to tell four distinct stories. With each blend showcasing such a unique personality, whether it was their look and flavor or their purpose in a healthy lifestyle, it was wonderfully inspiring to create a world around these four teas! The possibilities were endless...
Many thanks to Sarah for letting us showcase and play with her beautiful teas!
And to my right-hand lady, Julie, for helping build this idea into a grand symphony. XO
Perhaps it's because the trees are starting to blossom, or maybe it's the blindingly bright blue sky that appears after a muddled foggy morning - something we've become accustomed to here recently...whatever it is, I'm daydreaming of pastels.
The kind of colors that you can only seem to find in the early morning light of summer.
Creamy greens, pinks, violets, and yellows. The palette of an Impressionist painter.
Warm, sun-ripened fruit. The aroma of fragrant flowers floating in a soft breeze. And bare feet (I don't know about you all, but I'm sick of my socks and shoes.)
Yes, I think I'm ready for Summer to arrive.
Happy New Year, everyone!
I hope you all have had a tremendous close to yet another wonderful year, and are as ready as I am to embark on 2014! May it be filled with love, laughter, and beautiful adventure!
Well, welcome to my new site! It has taken me a long time to get to this place, but I think I've finally found it - a design that helps me show you a more precise view on how I see my work.
There's certainly more archive digging to do, and new work happening at every turn! So be sure to check back often. I'll do my best to blog more about it here, as well.