Gravel & Gold

Thanks so, so much to everyone who's lent their hands, backs, and words of support to the new shop space. We've had such a great turn out each Saturday, in addition to nights, lunch breaks, and times between, which really makes all the difference. Britty Dave + Nile It is such a thrill to be able to build a place with all our friends. I think we're finally reaching the stage where the daily work is no longer so yucky and tedious, and is more significant and awesome. We're getting there.... Pete Outside Thanks + Love!

ALLOY Amutopia 8Erin Elder is a super rad friend of mine who does archivist and activist work with commune building, land use, and art practice. She also gave me the best kitchen sink haircut I've ever received, which I've since lamentably butchered. Indeed my new tiny, tiny bangs that have been kind of bringing me down these past few days. That is, until Erin shared with me her excellent new blog project called Red Legacy. What a trove of information! And it's only beginning....I'd like to offer up the new Gravel & Gold as the site of ALLOY 2009. Maybe the conference will serve as reason enough to bring her back to us after she's through schooling Colorado.

Families Hansfordas Hansfordos Happy Birthday to my gorgeous mama Lee. She's top right, looking satisfied, squirrelly, and sporty-on-the-go, surrounded by her parents, sister, and brothers in what looks to be my aunt's kitchen sometime in the mid-eighties. I hope you have just such a day today, Mama. The "Families" logotype was designed by Herb Lubalin, via Hi + Low, and it clearly served as some sort of stylistic inspiration for this Christmas card set up.

I've been researching tile lately, which generally leads me to Heath. I took a tour of their factory over in Sausalito recently—photos and terrific anecdotes to come. But today I was led to Jan Vormann's brilliant lego integration called Dispatchwork. Jan Vormann Would it be wrong to lay actual legos as tile? Rather like the old superglue a penny to the sidewalk, watch the greedy fellows try to pry it off gag. Vormann legos

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