Hello all and welcome to this weeks Neighborhood of Makers! The weather here in the Pacific Northwest is so very spectacular right now. The ever present sunshine has got me itching to explore the unique & beautiful streets of Portland. My all time joy is to discover little, gem like, coffee shops brimming with fresh baked croissants and local flavors. With all the new shops popping up around town though, I’m getting a little lost and unsure of where all these happening neighborhoods are located. Just in the nick of time, in swoops Archie’s Press circle maps to organize my convoluted mind!
Archie has created an beautiful, circular, letterpress map that shows my non-Google maps compatible brain where all the funky little city neighborhoods are located in relation to each other. Here’s what Archie has to say about my issue, “A Google map is very helpful for lots of tasks. It’s good for finding the best Chinese restaurant and getting directions. But it can’t show the entire city in a totally simple, totally clear way. Believe it or not, our eyes and brains are not built to absorb that much information at once. But by graphically reducing a city to the most important elements helps us visually explore the city and install it into our minds with much more ease. I use circles because they are the most graphically simple shapes for our eye to understand. When we are faced with a barrage of circles, our brains don’t get the “dazzle effect” that kills our ability to understand a big information system. Instead, we get a holistic vision of the city’s layout and essential landmarks that sticks to our brains.” Thanks to Archie I don’t feel so directionally challenged these days! Here is a bit about Archie~
~When I first moved to Portland, I was lost. No career, no money. Nothing but a 22 year-old with a Philosophy degree. Then I found Em-Space. It’s a gorgeous converted factory building with 6 functional letterpresses. I spent about three years tinkering around until I decided to launch my own line of products. Every day I roll up my sleeves and start printing, remembering why we rescued these machines. Sun gleaming off a tarnished roller and the smell of oil and power. Each print becomes an extension of my idea, my work and my future. I can’t imagine a more challenging career. It’s creatively taxing. Physically demanding. Mathematically infuriating, and incredibly risky. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks for the support. ~Archie Archambault
Archie prints his work on a 19th century letterpress here in Portland and is currently working on a kick starter campaign to launch him to different cities around the country and the world. Three Cheers to Archie for freeing us from our Google dependent minds!
When you’re out exploring our amazing Sellwood neighborhood (it’s on the map!) please swing by and experience for yourself why the Tilde family of Artists is so instrumental in providing depth and vitality to our sweet shop. Thanks for stopping by the Tilde and enjoy every bit of your day!
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