the first time i went to courtney’s house i was 19 and i thought she was the coolest “adult” ever: she had a garden (that was growing!), an impressively minimal living room (perfectly neat furniture!) and a whole dinner cooking on the stove (in a clean kitchen!). while everyone else i knew was sleeping without sheets or sharing a bathroom with 6 other people, courtney was painting, taking walks with her dog, and driving around in this awesome old volvo. what a role model! our lives were vaguely intertwined with mutual friends, but when she hired me to work at souchi, the connection was solidified. we brainstormed all kinds of bizarre ideas at work, bopping around to beirut and hall & oates, always dreaming bigger and better and goofier. some people you just know you’ll work with again in another lifetime, so when i moved to sf, it wasn’t the end of CP and RG. when i decided to launch BIG THINGS last summer, naturally i called my redheaded friend up, who happened to have started her own design/branding company. perfect! i always wanted to hawk nutfangs and courtney wanted to make me some awesome backgrounds, and so our relationship was reborn!
since then she has been a HUGE source of inspiration and ideas for this website. not only is she a design wizard, a small-business wizard, a food wizard, a color wizard, a shape wizard, and a painting wizard, she is above all, an idea-wizard. they never stop flowing and crazily enough, most of them actually happen! she just moved into a new studio in portland to work on her paintings and so much more is in the works for her, including lots of nutty projects with me! see more of her art-work at rectangularobjects.com and design-work at cpricework.com. and don’t forget her creation, the ultimate king of freedom: NUTFANG.
Age: BIG 33
Hometown: Detroit area | Michigan
Where are you going? I am going to the studio… trying to work for myself… on both design work and ARTWORK which has been hidden in my basement studio for many years now… where I would work at every chance – I have myself a “public” studio now and I think I can start to approach getting my work into the big fat world. I think I am a loner… I like solitude… but I have to show my favorite work to someone other than my dog.
What will you be doing when you get there? working! working on what I think is my most important thing to work on.
Tell me more about the space! Do you share it? Any pet-friends or visitors? What kind of flowers are you going to put in there!? I love the building where I am renting space, it has a good feel about it that I loved the first time I visited… There are a few amazing woodworkers and furniture designers/dealers… jewelry designers, all on my floor… so nice to be around all the mid-century design of “the good mod” and I share my space with a college friend who is launching her line BOET. Oh and.. My favorite flower bouquet right now is my orange and pink jar of colored pencils.
How are you feeling? Are you excited? Nervous? Terrified? Thrilled? I am always nervous a little bit, I am a sensitive person… to my surroundings and all things sensory….the other side of nervous is excited, I love things… but I always want to go work on my stuff – the best way to process and take cover. Our world is a little bit terrifying though… so now what.
What do you like to think about when you are not painting? Gardens and food and home and positive business practices, I am feeling pretty upset about how irresponsible so many businesses are.
What kind of expectations do you have? I expect to have to “work it” and hope not to worry too hard about making enough money… I expect to have a few Tuesdays of pure bliss.
How do you think Portland responds to your work? Are people receptive or are deer and birds still ruling the art world? I really don’t know the answer to this… we should ask around. You know the actual live birds here in Portland are incredible, there are so many beautiful REAL LIVE birds here.
Do you watch Portlandia?????? I dont have a TV – duh!
What are you taking with you/leaving behind? I hope I take with me the structure and professional respect and leave behind the passive freak out.
What did your friends say when you told them? WOWOWOW
ARE YOU READY? I am.