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Hungry Postcards

Do you miss Ranger Mike Designs? I’ve migrated over to a Tumblr blog because it’s an easier way to curate inspiration. See you at Hungry Postcards!

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Presenting: Hungry Postcards

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Worlds Collide

Whoa, this image is loaded with personal connections:

There are some things that can’t be learned from a book. (Dwell, Dec/Jan 2009), via Unhappy Hipster

1. That’s Mt. Shuksan in the background, our most prominent mountain at North Cascades National Park.

2. I just read that book, Heat.

3. The quilt reminds me an awful lot of some patterns I drew while studying abroad in Mali.

4. This photograph was taken at Lafayette Park, in Detroit, near where I grew up.

Creepy!

Fort Vancouver Treasures

One of my favorite displays at Fort Vancouver is a display case featuring the staff favorites from their 2 million-object museum collection. Next to each artifact is a little write-up explaining why the staff member was attracted to that particular object. What inspires me about this collection is how each staff member’s personalities are reflected in a historic object. It’s almost like they took a personality quiz, “What Fort Vancouver artifact are you?”

The eventual goal of these photographs is to create an audio slideshow where each staff member reads a loud their captions. While I probably won’t have time to finish that audio component, I know I’ll leave it in good hands with my co-worker, Greg Shine (the official podcaster for Fort Vancouver, among many other titles).

Pocket watch, front.

Pocket Watch, back.

The pocket watch is not only cool, but it reminds us of what Benjamin Franklin once said: “Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”

Martin Adams, Cultural Resources Division

Tumbler (FOVA 9085)

In archaeology, it’s always about patterns: how artifacts are distributed over a site or how frequently a certain type appears. It’s rare that you can connect an artifact with a specific person. This is one of the wonderful exceptions. This tumbler is marked with the owner’s name on the bottom: “A. L. Lewes”. He was a clerk here in the 1850s. We found several of these tumblers in the bottom of a privy. I’ve always wondered why he was so possessive… but despite the unanswered questions, I love that we can touch what he touched.

Theresa Langford, Cultural Resources Division

Roman Brick (FOVA 32838)

Roman Brick (FOVA 32838)

It is thought that this type of brick was looted from Roman ruins in England. How incredible that a brick of this kind could make its way from a Roman ruin all the way to the western limits of the North American continent—a journey over 1,000 years and 17,000 miles by sailing ship.

Notice the two small cat footprints on the front edge of the brick!

Doug Wilson, Cultural Resources Division

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Coming Soon…

Sorry folks about the quiet blog; I’ve been editing a short video for North Cascades during my “off time.” But very soon, I’ll be able to share it with the world! Hint: it’s about youth stewardship on Ross Lake.

A splash of color

Orange Peel Test II, Michael Liang, 2009.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been inspired to return to some 3-D creative work. Today I visited the nearby Teddy Bear Cove with my backpack filled with…wire and dried orange peels (which I’ve been saving for months. I tend to do this with random objects. Like plastic bags or brown egg shells.).

These are just tests, like practicing musical scales for a more serious performance.

Teddy Bear Cove, Bellingham, WA

Orange Peel Test I, Michael Liang, 2009.

Orange Peel Test II, Michael Liang, 2009.

I don’t intend for these to be sculptures to see in person (though it is somewhat whimsical to discover hidden in a tidal pool). These hand-made objects exist as props for my photography.