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Through all the projects I’ve been working on (official or self-created), I’ve still managed to spend a portion of time drawing in my sketchbook.  Once a reluctant sketchbook doodler, I now often find myself unable to resist the urge to draw.  This usually happens at, oh I don’t know, 1 AM on the couch when I should be sleeping, ignoring whatever I’ve got on Netflix.

Over the last couple years I’ve filled almost four sketchbooks.  Four!!  That may not seem a lot to your usual sketchbook junkie, but for me that’s astronomical.  Previously, I half-heartedly filled maybe OH I don’t know, one or two over ten years.  I was a lazy artist.

The thing is, even though I’ve become more busy in my creative career than ever, I’m drawing more than I ever have too.  Sketchbooks are an integral part of the creative process, and I can’t imagine not using one now.  A great deal of my finished works started as little scribbles in my sketchbook.  That’s right, little ugly, small scribbles.

Lately I’ve been fooling around with hand-lettering.  Or maybe I’ve been foolishly hand-lettering?  Like maybe I should put the pen down?  I’ve seen some hand-lettering by wizards that are so good I shudder; I think for now I’ll enjoy wallowing around in my Apprentice Level.

While watching the super creepy tv series American Horror Story, I discovered this beautiful font used for all the title sequences.  This typeface is based on the handwriting and lettering of early 20th century artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and it is art deco perfection.  Swoon!  Swooning all over the place.

I bet a certain somebody (self) will be using a similar font for a certain future project (wedding invites!).

Cigar Boxes and Pendleton

Here at the Eagle & Wolf headquarters we’ve been slowly appointing the new digs with items that inspire us.  As visual people, we’re drawn to the things that speak our vocabulary.  For me, I have a soft spot for things of an old-timey nature, while Jake is a lover of type and design.

These cigar boxes we picked up at Old Portland Hardware and Architecural appealed to both of us instantly, and only cost a few bucks.

Another item that practically lept into our hands is the book pictured above, Knots, Splices, and Rope-Work.

Published in 1919, it not only appeals to us in design sensibility, but it’s practical, too!  WIN.  I’m so gonna learn all those intricate knots and rope-works.  Well……maybe.  Ok, I’m not at all, but I still fancy this book.

Jake, in the meantime, fancied himself a Pendleton woolen blanket for the beige behemoth we refer to as “our couch”.  Its blank palette begged for a punch of color and texture, so we paid a visit to the Pendleton Mills Store here in Portland.

Having lived in Arizona for many years, I’ve seen my fair share of Native American inspired textiles.  Little did I know that Pendleton, a renowned purveyor of such goods, is based right here in Oregon.

The history of the company runs deep, and the quality of the goods is top notch.  We found ourselves a blanket.

The blanket we chose just so happened to be from a collection designed in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, a cutting edge retailer known for these special partnerships.  And dudes, just look at all that awesome Pendleton gear adorning those young lads and lasses.

According to the folks at OC:

In celebration of Pendleton Woolen Mills’ 100-year anniversary, the familiar American heritage brand has partnered with Opening Ceremony to create Pendleton meets Opening Ceremony, redefining the iconic American brand in a fresh and modern context. Best known for their 100% virgin wool shirts and intricately patterned Native American blankets, Pendleton Woolen Mills has been owned and operated by the same family for five generations.

This particular design is called the Yavapai, named after the nomadic band of Native Americans who populated central Arizona.  The colors were also inspired by Arizona sunsets, which, I can attest, are gorgeous.

And in a continuing string of small wins, we later discovered that this little woolen number is slightly coveted and has sold out on most (all?) internet avenues.  For, like, a lot, looooooot more money than we paid.  Thank you, Pendleton, for providing your awesome store discount.

And thanks, Pendleton Yavapai blanket for simultaneously representin’ my old home state and my new home state.  We shall enjoy you for years to come.