Spokane couple Ryan and Heidi Miller's wanderlust-tinged design venture, 08 Left, is a finalist in a national competition run by Martha Stewart's homemaking empire, called Martha Stewart American Made.
The Miller's 08 Left is running in the design subcategory of furniture and home accessories, alongside dozens of other makers and artists. This is the second year the couple has entered their work into the competition. Even if it's not selected by Stewart's panel of editors and judges, 08 Left still has a chance to be named overall audience choice winner, as voted by the public.
The annual competition, running since 2012, seeks to highlight makers, artists and entrepreneurs across the U.S. who are designing and crafting quality products by hand. There are 26 sub-categories within the contest's major focuses on crafts, design, food and style.
Although 08 Left launched last year, the couple are just now showing their contemporary, airport themed art to the local public at tonight's Terrain 8 arts showcase.
A graphic designer by trade, Ryan Miller's love of travel and all things relating to flight is the theme of 08 Left (the project's name refers to a runway destination in airport-speak). Minimalist airport layouts, three-letter airport codes, and finely outlined silhouettes of airport traffic control towers from around the world (including military bases) are showcased on poster prints, throw pillows, T-shirts, coasters and printed onto sheets of metal as industrial-inspired wall art.
"All my life my husband has been obsessed with airplanes — he should have been a pilot instead — and every time we would travel he would stare at airplanes and he knew all the airports so well," explains Heidi Miller. "He's in awe of the whole design of how an airport functions — he just nerds out about it."
While 08 Left's artwork may be a new discovery for many Inland Northwest residents, the couple's work has been picked up by several design-centric blogs and websites, including Houzz, Dezeen magazine, Mashable and Gizmodo. However, some may recognize the Millers for their longer-running, custom card and invitation company, Mango Ink.
Attendees of this year's Terrain arts showcase can see the Miller's 20-by-30 print on metal of the Spokane International Airport, aka GEG, tonight — the event runs from 5 pm to 2 am. It's located near the stairs leading to the second floor, in a narrow hallway. While the piece on display has already sold, Heidi says fans of it can order their own version through 08 Left's website. Prints are customizable by color, she adds, so if the original design doesn't match your decor, let them know.
If you'd rather pay homage to another airport around the world, the couple also accepts commissions. But with 350+ designs to choose from already, it seems likely you'll find what you're looking for.
"People who travel want to collect the places they've been, and it's this interesting collection of ways to interpret the world and how beautiful it is, and how the airports are a gateway to that and those places," Heidi reflects.
Last weekend, Michael Brown’s long-envisioned dreams exhibited the first signs of realization to Spokane’s East Central neighborhood in the form of a vibrant mural on the side of a dilapidated building on east Fifth Avenue. The location is the site of what last was home to Flippers Ice Creamery, and where Brown now intends to create his mission-driven restaurant called Fresh Soul.
The colorful occasion drew dozens of Gonzaga students from a class titled “Art, Race, and Public Space: U.S. Murals” taught by professor Shalon Parker. Under the vision and direction of local artist Ellen Picken, students had the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, while brushing up their painting skills in the process. While the students’ contribution appears in small, brightly colored squares spread across a background of bright blue, these shapes are some of the first physical stepping stones toward the restaurant’s future opening in early 2016.
While Fresh Soul is expected to operate as a café serving southern-style cuisine, its mission transcends beyond food. Brown, a long time resident of the East Central neighborhood, envisions Fresh Soul to be a place that benefits the area’s youth through employment, job training, and mentorship with the goal of empowering students to further their education. The nonprofit restaurant is the manifestation of a grassroots initiative to foster transferable job skills to local teens through a number of community partners. One of these partners is Spokane Eastside Reunion Association, an organization that strives to promote community through basketball camps, mentoring, tutoring, and now, through its support of the local café.
“Fresh Soul is going to be much more than just a restaurant,” Brown says. “We want to motivate and teach our kids skills that will inspire them to continue their education, and provide a platform for success and to find their passion.”
A big proponent of the project is to create a physical presence in the community that will hopefully further a sense of revitalization in the East Central area, a lower-income neighborhood of Spokane. While this past weekend filled the block of East Fifth with a little more color, Fresh Soul is still seeking the remaining funds needed to open, an estimated $100,000. Find more information and stay updated on its progress here.
Who hasn't fantasized what it would be like to pop on a space suit and explore the farthest uncharted realms of the universe? Live out your childhood (or adult) dreams of boarding a space ship to Mars or the next undiscovered galaxy through a fun new arts project based in Spokane: Space Hero Mission.
The brainchild of recent Inland Northwest transplants and professional photographers Don and Julia Derosier, the ongoing project is one of the many featured endeavors at this Friday's Terrain 8 (read more about this year's event in the new issue of the Inlander).
A few weeks ago the couple launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an upcoming Northwest tour of the replica Apollo 11 space suit and their artwork to let more people across the region have a chance to be photographed in it. The campaign closes early Saturday morning, with a final push for donations happening during Terrain.
The $3,000 campaign would fund travel expenses for the couple, who plan to wind throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana later this year, letting campaign backers who donate $100 or more pose for a session in the space suit. The Derosiers also plan to donate 10 percent of proceeds from the campaign to local refugee resettlement nonprofit, World Relief Spokane.
"The biggest reason we're doing [the Kickstarter] is to spread awareness and exposure. Even if we don't make it, we're going to try and and connect with people who donated and see if we could work something out," Don Derosier explains.
So far, the space suit has traveled with the couple on trips to Australia, Fiji and Hawaii.
"On our down time we like to do personal projects and this was something new and awesome. We love being creative and we find this is a great way to push our limits and to think of something that no one else has really done before," Derosier says. "We really like this particular space suit — it's iconic for American culture. It's the one people remember and that's why we chose it."
The difference between black comedy and black tragedy, often, is just a matter of stakes.
That’s one reason why this year’s season of Review is so wonderful. Andy Daly plays Forrest MacNeil, a straight-laced dweeb who sets out to “review” life on a five-star scale.
Last season, Review subsisted on cringe comedy, the hilarity of unintended consequences and the horror of being a man who just can’t say no to a dare, whether to eating 15 pancakes or getting divorced by his wife. But this season, as
The word has been all over the Internet today that the popular podcast Serial is set to tell the story of Idaho Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who went missing from his Afghanistan base back in 2009 and was subsequently held prisoner by a Taliban-tied insurgent group for nearly 5 years.
Bergdahl, a native of the small, central Idaho town of Hailey, was famously freed in a prisoner exchange last year, after which he was charged with desertion and the endangerment of fellow troops who went searching for him. The facts surrounding Bergdahl's disappearance from the base remain fuzzy — he claims he was kidnapped while fellow soldiers assert he intentionally deserted his position. The military case to charge him with desertion is currently in the pre-trial stages.
While it's not been entirely confirmed by Serial — an offshoot of This American Life — that Bergdahl's story is indeed to be featured in either of the show's upcoming second or third seasons, screenwriter Mark Boal, who's worked on modern military story films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, is set to co-produce Serial's Bergdahl series. Boal is also said to be working on a movie about Bergdahl's experiences.
This season’s Doctor Who premiere had, at its core, a very compelling, tried and true sci-fi idea: The Doctor realizes that by abandoning a young boy to certain death, he created Davros, creator of the genocidal Daleks. In order to stop Davros, the villain, the Doctor has to go back in time and save Davros, the boy.
But getting to that conclusion so full of stuff, so full of free-floating Cool Ideas, that describing the plot easily sounds like a 7-year-old delivering a single-sentence stream-of-consciousness monologue about the adventures he made up about his action figures. Something like this:
So the Master is freezing planes in mid-air in present day England and so Clara Oswald leaves school to go to UNIT and then finds the Master, and the Master says she and the Doctor are actually friends but the Doctor is going to die, and so then they travel back to medieval times where the doctor is facing down a knight with a tank and a guitar, but at the same time Davros’s messenger is trying to find the Doctor and going through all these planets and places like the Maldovarium and the Shadow Proclamation, and then the messenger finally finds the Doctor in medieval times and tells them Davros is dying, and then they go to what they think is a spaceship but is actually an invisible planet named Skaro and the Daleks kill Clara, and the knight turns out to be a Dalek in disguise and the Dalek’s destroy the Master and the TARDIS, and the Doctor travels back in time to save the Davros as a boy, who he’d previously abandoned.
Now, there are much more coherent recaps than the one delivered by my hypothetical 7-year-old. But the point remains that to someone who’s never seen Doctor Who before, the episode would be completely unintelligible. To someone who’s seen every episode of Doctor Who since 2005, the result is basically unintelligible. And Saturday’s episode was just part one of two! Who knows what nonsense will come next week?
Since making her professional artistic debut many years ago by selling out of her paper collage-style prints at the first arts and crafts show she ever attended, Cori Dantini's artistic profile has only climbed. The Pullman-based graphic designer and illustrator has racked up nearly 7,000 sales on her Etsy shop, had her work printed on Kleenex boxes, and now fans can find her whimsical and playful designs on bedding sold by mega-retailer Target. Besides this impressive list, Dantini's art is also found on fabrics and greeting cards.
The Inlander knew Cori's work was special early on, having commissioned her to design the cover of our 2012-13 Annual Manual, along with inside artwork for that year's issue.
Currently, an online search at Target.com shows that Dantini has eight bedding items showcasing her work, sold as part of the DENY Designs line. Many of the Denver-based company's artist-designed housewares products are also sold through Target. Four of Dantini's soft, nature-inspired designs are printed onto duvet covers ($140-$180) and pillowcase sets ($30), which as of this posting are on sale for 10 percent off.
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