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West Coast Book Tour Finale: Portland, Seattle & Vancouver

Kim, Betsy, and I wrapped up the West Coast portion of our Make Your Voice Heard tri-author book tour on Tuesday night. I’ve been resting, repacking, and recalibrating every since. It was my intention to write about Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver separately but we didn’t have many moments of rest in the last two cities – that, and I have to say that my head is bursting with new project ideas…so many new ideas, no time right now to execute any of them …

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We began our trip in PDX with the classic Portland Airport shoe-fie photo. Guess who is who?

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We had a number of gracious hosts in Portland – including Kari, Isaac, and Shana (who so willingly put two strangers up in her house!). After an evening of hanging out and eating at the newest food cart pod Tidbit Food Farm and Garden, we had a jam-packed day of events. Isaac and Maker’s Nation hosted our workshop Make, Mend and Reflect at an amazing co-working space called Tillamook Station as part of Portland Design Week. As part of the workshop, we all made ugly creatures under Kim’s guidance. Guess which one is mine?

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Ugly creatures group shot! View on Instagram

Lisa Walker England, one of the workshop participants, wrote a blog post on the workshop (thanks for the mention Lisa!) and something I said during the writing/story-telling session even made it onto a Portland Design Week Flag! Betsy followed with a calming session of stitching, mediating, and reflecting.

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Pics from Make, Mend, Reflect Workshop at Tillamook Station in Portland. #latergram

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After Tillamook Station, there was a quick stop for drinks with some friends in the design field, and then it was off to Powell’s City of Books for a panel hosted by designer/illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt. Yes, we did kind of geek out about being at Powell’s. The staff was really nice, not only did they give us a room to chill out in, they even let us sign their visiting author book. We felt very official.

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Our panel at Powells tonight. #latergram

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I go to Portland at least once a year, but I have to say that this trip was really incredible – Design Week had a exciting vibe and it was so good to meet up with people who are doing their own design side projects – such as Melissa (Portland Designers in the Madmen Era) and Mike (A Ziggy Stardust Show). I’ve decided to clear my schedule for design week next year and attend the full week of events. After two whirlwind days in Portland, it was off to Seattle where we met Haley and Kate, who work for Kim’s publisher Sasquatch Books and Chelsey, the promotional wunderkind who set up our tour. Marlo Miyashiro was a wonderful moderator for a discussion that became my favourite of the entire tour! We traced how we each got into craft and writing books, and I got to ruminate over the future of craft publishing (which, trust me, is something that I can talk about for HOURS). And then, we got to go out for grilled cheese sandwiches and bourbon. Seattle knows how to live.

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[email protected] matched the party decor that Kate & Haley of @sasquatchbooks brought to our Seattle launch. #latergram View on Instagram

After 24 hours in the Emerald City, we were on the Bolt Bus to Vancouver, BC (home for Kim and I). It was only Betsy’s second time in the city, and while I’d hope to show her more but the inside of my apartment and thai food on Main Street was as far as we got before our last event at Hot Art, Wet City – a wonderful little gallery that I think everyone should know about. Naturally, some of my favourite people showed up….

Thanks to everyone who came out through San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver to celebrate with us! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book. Tomorrow we fly out bright and early to Toronto, so my next blog post will detail some East Coast adventures – hopefully not all of them in one post! For the details of our East Coast schedule, check out my events page. We’ll be in Toronto, Philly, Boston, Brooklyn, and DC – and we’ll be teaching one last Make, Mend, Reflect workshop at Makeshift Brooklyn (tickets still available!).

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