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Portland, OR

Jordan A. Smith is a freelance designer in Portland, OR.

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A collection of projects and extracurricular activities I partake in.

selectors and baskets

Jordan Smith

When I was in middle school, I made about a hundred geocities and angelfire websites. I adorned them with sparkly animated gifs and text marquees inside of tables. I couldn't tell you what the topics were, but I obviously did not grow up to be Tavi Gevinson.

This summer, I've decided to learn to code properly through Team Treehouse. I wish this website had existed years ago, because I struggled with ActionScript 3 in college and gave up on the idea of ever learning how to develop. I've almost completed the CSS section of the course and am really excited to start taking my knowledge and applying it to this very website and projects at work.


In addition to coding in this summer of skills, I've been teaching myself how to weave. It's a popular pastime here in Portland. So popular that Obama may no longer be our president when my name gets called to take formal lessons at Ruthie's Weaving Studio. In the meantime, I've purchased a lap loom and have been weaving and unweaving tapestries which now line my utensil drawers.


The Makery is a creative collective studio here in Portland that has hosts many talented artisans. It includes Pigeon Toe, owned by Lisa Jones, who does beautiful work melding ceramics with weaving for home decor and jewelry.

The Makery also hosts Carol Ross and Roger Besselievre. They quit their jobs back in 1987 to follow and teach their love of basket weaving. They teach two classes in beginning and intermediate basket weaving (round and Japanese) at the Makery a month. Last Saturday, I spent my day under their tutelage (and received some help from Lisa Jones).

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The beauty of the class is that everyone is encouraged to design their own basket. Carol hand-dyes the reeds in a large selection of vibrant colors so no two were alike. 

Into our second hour, I had yet to finish the base when my fingers started to throb.

"There is no way to make a basket by machine. They are all hand woven," Carol told us. "When you see a $10 basket at Walmart…"

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The hard part is constructing the base. A harder part is learning that it is rather impossible to fix your mistakes. It's not too hard to learn to love your mistakes though.

bailey's boneyard cookies

Jordan Smith

It's been two years since Arlie's first fight against IVDD. 2012 into 2013 was two back surgeries, paralysis, several relapses, crate rest, and separation anxiety. He still struggles getting full traction on the hardwood floors, but he handles beautifully on the trail. I started an Instagram feed of his adventures, featuring photos he takes himself with my GoPro Hero 3.

I've been attempting to bring all that fresh air we experience outdoors into our Portland home. The weeknights are filled with planting, unplanting, and replanting succulents, cacti, ferns, and air plants. The kitchen has always been where I craft in my home, but the plants on the window sill have received more attention than my oven. But this weekend, I cleaned potting soil out from the grout between the tiles and bought some whole wheat flour.

Office pup Bailey had a surgery on Monday to amputate her front leg, consumed by cancer. Baking for Arlie during his back injuries always rejuvenated his spirit and I wanted to dedicate a batch to a very sweet and lovable golden retriever. Bailey has a pet bed beneath her owner's desk dubbed "Bailey's Boneyard" after her infamous thievery of the treats of other office dogs.

Bailey's Boneyard Cookies

from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 2 tablespoon local honey
  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten, for brushing

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet or mold.
  2. Stir together egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Stir in the flour and wheat germ; mix well.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured board and roll to 1/4 thick. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter. Place on prepared baking sheet, and brush tops with egg whites.
  4. Bake cookies in preheated oven until dried and golden brown, about 30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  5. Store in refrigerator.

When I was culling my Minneapolis kitchen down to the bare necessities, two clearance Halloween cookie molds made the cut. I coated the molds with olive oil to help the cookies pop out after baking and help make Bailey's coat extra shiny.

Arlie was very happy to do some taste testing. He approved. Bailey, I hope all went well yesterday and you're back to stealing bones soon.

monster cereal

Jordan Smith

The planets/chakras/teeth? aligned in the fall of 2013. First, How Magazine ran a feature on Pin a Meal. Give a Meal. Second, Nature Valley contacted me about participating in their #MyAdventure campaign. And lastly, I accepted a position with Instrument in Portland, OR. And while I was orchestrating the latter two, I took on one last big extra-credit project at Colle+McVoy. We were doing a down-and-dirty set of Vine/Instagram videos for General Mills' seasonal line of spooky sugar cereals: Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Frankenberry, Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute.

I regret taking so much time to share the work we did, because it was such a perfect way to say goodbye to C+M. Derek Till painted two dozen thrift store knick-knacks baby blue. We drank Lisa Hall's dad's beer. I meticulously placed each marshmallow atop meticulously-placed cereal pieces (with the exception of Chocula). Many, many more people were a part of this project and to their credit, none of them murdered Till during the process.

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Be afraid. Be BERRY afraid. #cereal #halloween #booberry #monstercereals

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No milk carton is safe.

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Happy Halloween #tbt #fruityyummymummy #monstercereals #vine

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