Reuniting, Loft Living & a Hand Made Book Artist
Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
15Trip End Jul 26, 2013
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Gosh it feels good to hug friends you haven’t seen in a long time
Portland is a city of neighborhoods each with a distinct personality. The Pearl District in NW Portland has so many art galleries you could easily spend a day visiting them – but we’ve come here on past visits for the outdoor clothing stories such as REI and Patagonia
But today we experience this district from another perspective. After a walk among tall old trees at Laurelhurst Park near the brunch restaurant, we made our way back to Susan’s condo studio apartment in this old converted loft building. How neat is this. At first her loft totally overwhelmed me - I didn’t know where to look first! Her photography and monotypes are displayed as well as so many unique furniture and decorative elements that somehow go together in a tactile, relaxing and luxurious way. I can feel that this is a very special place that is all Susan. I really loved to hear about an artist’s process, and Susan showed me her monotypes where she paints on plexiglass and I can’t remember the entire process at this time – but which she creates one-of-a-kind pieces. You can see some of her work here: http://susandimitman.wordpress.com/
We girls stepped out to City Market to see what fresh fish was available for dinner tomorrow night. What a treat to be taken to her favorite market – most everything is locally sourced and so very fresh and seasonal – rock fish that looks like a snapper, some goat and sheep cheeses and watermelon
We sat on the rooftop terrace and took in the city views and on this clear day we could actually see Mt Rainier in Washington State on the distant horizon! It takes some getting to use to see snow covered mountains from the city!
An unforgettable meeting with a handmade book artist.
Nancy B. Palmer is Susan’s neighbor, just across the hall. And I am so thankful to Susan for picking up the phone and asking Nancy if we might come over and see her HAND MADE BOOKS. Yes, for the first time in my life, I met someone who writes exquisite stories about love, secrets, names (and more) , who loves words, uses the letter press, and creates unique containers and bindings that reflect the book’s subject
All and all a really good day!
The three-hour time difference between the east and west coast is catching up with us and we’ll be putting our heads on the pillow shortly.
A Side Note: Please remember that I only spend 20 minutes, a max of 30 writing each day – so if words are not making sense, please forgive me. I write quickly to get my impressions down while their fresh (I don’t have the same memory I’ve had in the past) and clear my mind so I can start tomorrow with fresh eyes.
Tomorrow we’re off to a cabin on the McKenzie River. I’m not sure if they have internet, but if they do I will post!