Now that the weather is finally getting nicer in Seattle, I find myself outside more which led me to thinking about walking and creativity. It's not uncommon for me to come up with a new idea or three while walking. History is full of creative people who walked to help clear their mind or actually work while walking. The book Daily Rituals has more than a few examples.
I recently finished Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford. It's a fascinating read about the return to craftsmanship and working with your hands. Here are a few quotes that really spoke to me.
Since I've started laser cutting, I learned a lot about wood including how to paint and stain it. Since I'm committed to using only non-toxic materials in my products, I wanted to find a good water-based stain that left a beautiful finish but was safe to use. Most stains are solvent based and if you've ever opened a can of solvent-based stain, you know how fumey and toxic it can be. A lot of people shy away from water-based stain because it's bit tricky to use but with a few careful steps, you can get a beautiful finish and avoid the smell and mess. I have fallen in love with General Finishes water-based stains and they are all I use in my products (along with some screen-printing...
Last weekend my husband and I drove down from Seattle to check out Design Week Portland. I try to make it down at least once a year so Design Week was a perfect reason to go. We mostly checked out the design open houses as well as the Portland Art Museum, the night market, and a bunch of unique shops and restaurants.
One of the first projects I made with my laser cutter was a set of cube fridge magnets. The process was fairly simple but I went through a number of steps to get the look I wanted.