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Wosop it's a blog

Wasop everbody in the house tonight, welcome to my new blog.

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The Cash Railway Website

Studio interview by Clamber for Future Prarie

Extract from Jean Painlevé's 1974 film Diatoms

Laurelhurst Taiji with Jaime Tan

My rad friend Amber also documented my beloved Taiji group. Jaime Tan has been teaching Taiji to all comers, free of charge, from the same spot in Laurelhurst Park, for decades. He’s incredibly talented, patient, and nice. This video feels like one of the only times the vibe of practicing at the park with Jamie has been captured on film.

Taiji from Clamber on Vimeo.

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Happy New Year from Ním and Martha

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Hey look it’s one of those holiday letters that everybody loves! Just like blogs, they’re the hot new thing for 2020!



We’ve had a heckuva year! For one, we moved in together – twice basically. First Martha joined Studio 2020, the space that I’ve used as a studio since – holy crap – 2010. She’d been without a studio since she closed her art gallery, Grapefruits, in January after a successful two years of shows and projects and events. (Fun fact – that’s how we met! I was the first person to write about Grapefruits, but not the first person to egregiously misspell her last name in p... read more

Beach House 2020

Burning notes to the new year

Every year, my rad friend Gina gathers her friends in a beach house to celebrate the new year – both for the earth and also for Gina because it is her birthday shortly after New Years. We eat too much, play dumb games, assemble giant puzzles, and generally take a moment to rest, reflect, recharge, and re-fart for the coming year. We do a little ritual to send our wishes for the new year and thoughts for the old out into the ocean. It’s really a great time. Love you all!

Picture from the Beach House Trip 2020

Picture from the Beach House Trip 2020

Picture from the Beach House Trip 2020

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Happy Wunnanikka 2020

Large image of a hand-cut decorative papercut in the Polish style with the message 'Entangle Merrily'

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This year’s gift is inspired by classic embroidery patterns and the tangliness of jasmine vines. With all the shit that the future is throwing at us now that we’re in it, I thought it’s not a bad idea to remember to stay tangled up with each other’s ideas and lives and projects and hopes so we’re harder to unravel.

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Happy Wunnanikka 2019

Large image of a hand-cut decorative papercut in the Polish style with the message 'Thinking of You'

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I had a hard time thinking of what, if any, message to include in this year’s papercut. I don’t think I’m the only one here who, when looking back at 2018, would laugh at the idea of finding a single thing to say about where we are now. Shit’s been real, huh?

I looked at the previous designs, and realized that even though I’ve looked a whole lot at the traditional Polish papercuts (wycinanki) that inspired this current tradition, I’ve never made one that was a straightforward wycinanki. They’re good enough on their own, and dang are the little old Polish ladies who make them good at it. So, likewise, I decided to go with the original reason... read more

Happy Wunnanikka 2018

Large image of a hand-cut decorative papercut in the Polish style with the message 'Viva le Pterodactyl'

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Shortly after I moved back to Portland from Glasgow, I heard a convincing argument for the merits of the Pterodactyl. Dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles all have their thing – spikey tails, clubby tails, tall necks, bitey teeth, etc. Pterodactyls and other Pterosaurs, by those measures, kinda suck (well, besides Quetzalcoatlus). But they flew. They saw things from a broader perspective, with an enormous range.

Since then, the Pterodactyl became my personal mascot of critical thinking – of finding the meta perspective. It’s been a weird year, and I appreciate all of you Pteroda... read more

Happy Wunnanikka 2017

Happy Wunnanikka 2015

Happy Wunnanikka 2008

Please enjoy this traditional Wunnanikka carol.

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