Friday Five: Drifter Organics

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Drifter Organics

Happy Friday! We are featuring Micaela and Dawn of Oakland-based natural beauty brand Drifter Organics.

1. Daily ritual? Going on walks.
Our dog, Aubrey, holds us accountable to getting outside, rain or shine.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Don't be afraid to start. Oftentimes, we never start a business/job/project/etc. because we're afraid of failing, but in most cases, we'll never fail so badly we can't pick ourselves up again and start over.

3. Current inspiration sources?
Podcasts, books, and other entrepreneurs who are out there killing it!

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
Oh, such a good question because we love podcasts!

  1. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

  2. Glowing Up

  3. One Part Podcast

  4. Jen Gotch is OK... Sometimes

  5. mindbodygreen podcast

5. How does your city influence your work?
We just moved to Oakland, so we're soaking up all that Oakland has to offer! Oakland is often overshadowed by San Francisco, but the city is full of art, culture, and people doing amazing things. We love to sit in coffee shops and people watch. The other day, Micaela met someone who was filming a vlog at the farmers' market. We love making creative connections by simply striking up conversations—the creative energy is infectious and inspires us to put our creations out into the world.

Friday Five: Fireroad

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It is Friday! We are featuring Andrew Perkins of San Francisco-based design studio Fireroad.

1. Daily ritual?
The day has got to start with a good cup of coffee! After that, it’s as much about jumping on a new opportunities as it is about having a daily routine. As a small business owner there are so many things to do, so you need to have a good sense for what has to get done and what can wait. During the busy times, I really savor the quiet hours between emails and meetings where I get to craft and assemble Fire Road products.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
For me, being creative is about carving out the time to be quiet. You have to allow your mind the time and space to wander. Inspiration doesn’t often come, but when it does, it’s an incredible experience.

3. Current inspiration sources?
My daughter

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
How I built this

5. How does your city influence your work? 
San Francisco is a double edged city. I work in one of the last industrial areas of the city and have seen the constant encroachment of new start ups and tech companies affect other areas, and they are starting to raise rents around my shop. In many ways, I want Fire Road to be the anti-startup company, I want Fire Road to be about permanence and timelessness rather than speed and disruption. I love San Francisco and I’m proud to call it my home, so I hope Fire Road can continue to build and create quality products in this beautiful place.

Friday Five: fruitsuper

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Meet Joe and Sallyann of Seattle-based studio fruitsuper. They’re also two of our Managing Members and owners of Join Shop.

1. Daily ritual?

S: Taking mini quiet breaks throughout the day helps me clear my head, re-focus, and leaves room to daydream.

J: I usually drink 1/2 of my coffee before I open any emails. 

2. Best creative (or business) advice?

S: 1. Leap before you look. (Black Mountain College philosophy) 2. Collaborate! 3. Always play tennis against a stronger opponent.

J: Work and it will lead to something. (Charles Eames)

3. Current inspiration sources?
S: Books! John Pawson, Jasper Morrison, Gio Ponti, and all things Italian Modernism.
J: Books, taking walks, cooking, and not being at my desk. 

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
S: Ideally any filled with fun facts that are under 20 minutes. Planet Money, 99% Invisible. Design Matters.
J: Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, Radiolab

5. How does your city influence your work?

S: We’re extremely fortunate to be positioned in an area rich with manufacturing variety and amazing creatives.  I’m constantly inspired by the hustle, tenacity, and honesty of our fellow PNW creatives!
J: Seattle is beautiful, constantly evolving, and has a fantastic proximity to industry.

Friday Five: Rebekah J Designs

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Happy Friday! We are talking to Rebekah J today, a jeweler and graphic designer living in Seattle.

1. Daily ritual?
I'm not a super ritualistic person, but I do love a good snuggle with my kiddo and a work out in the morning, followed by tea - though I wish it could be coffee. I love coffee but it makes me too jittery (even decaf!)


2. Best creative (or business) advice?
1. Good styled photos, and 2. it's ok to say no.


3. Current inspiration sources?
Loving music by Chris Stapleton, and art by Rex Ray, along with all things desert. 


4. Favorite podcast(s)?
99% invisible, Perceived Value & Armchair Expert


5. How does your city influence your work?
Seattle is amazing. We are always so close to many visual and emotional stimulants; bustling city, calm from the water that's around every corner, gorgeous city parks, and easy access to so many different climates! We can be in the desert wine tasting, in the mountains skiing, hiking on an active volcano, or at the ocean in 1-3 hours. That always fascinates and inspires me. 

Friday Five: House Dogge

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Happy Friday! Meet Angela Medlin (and Wubbi), the creator behind House Dogge, a Portland studio making quality goods for your favorite pet.

1. Daily ritual?
In the words of Rihanna: “WORKWORKWORKWORKWORK”....But coffee first.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Stop waiting for the perfect idea. Just start something…anything…and ‘fail fast’.

3. Current inspiration sources?
Dogs, people and purposeful design that supports both.

Milk Magazine
Apartment Therapy
Humans of New York
The Functional Apparel & Accessories Studio

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
I’m inspired by storytelling and how things work: Invisibila, Hidden Brain, Radiolab, Ted Radio Hour, Story Corp

5. How does your city influence your work? 
As a new creative-preneur in Portland, OR, I’m energized by some of the most prolific designers, makers, and artists in the northwest. These are people who are hustling from dawn to dusk in city coffee shops and workshops to bring their vision to life. I’m inspired daily by the magic of that hustle.

Friday Five: Apartment on Belmont

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It is Friday! We are so happy to feature Michael Doyle and Samantha Wagner of Seattle-based stationery and print studio Apartment on Belmont today.

Michael:

1. Daily ritual?
I love mornings, I’m a freak . It’s my favorite time of day, earlier the better. My morning rituals consist of silly things like journaling, lighting a candle, and doing my really sad interpretation of a yoga practice that takes me only a few minutes. And drinking tons of coffee. 

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Unplug more, make friends with quietness, and listen with your heart. 

3. Current inspiration sources?
I’m super into the films of Pedro Almodovar right now! He was a HUGE inspiration to me when I was in high school and on into my twenties. It’s been so fun and nostalgic to revisit all my favorites especially All About My Mother, it’s so beautiful!

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
I haven’t really gotten into podcasts yet, but I love getting audio books from the library! My recent favorites have been My Side Of The Mountain, and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History-amazing. 

5. How does your city influence your work? 
I’m so lucky to live in the Puget Sound area, I never get tired of the beautiful landscape. I’m a walker and it’s on my walks when I get hit with my best ideas. Nature’s magic shows up strongly in my work. 


Samantha: 

1. Daily ritual?
My mainstay is rolling out of bed early, making coffee, then rolling back into bed with a book for twenty minutes.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Creative advice: do the work, practice your craft every day. Business advice: start as soon as possible and then revise as you go. 

3. Current inspiration sources?
The natural world. Plants and animals. A lot of my creative energy has been funneled into garden planning lately. 

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
The spoken personal essays on Leandra Medine's (of Man Repeller) Monocycle podcast. I've also been listening to Medicine Stories by Amber Magnolia Hill which explores story as a form of medicine through interviews with herbalists, and other wise folk. 

5. How does your city influence your work? 
Seattle has a wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic creative business community unlike any I've experienced in other cities. It has been an endless resource and source of inspiration and motivation. 

October: Self-Care Month at Join Shop

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed and restless? We're deeming October Self-Care Month. We think we could all use a little more time for reflection and self pampering after a busy summer. We've gathered up some of our favorite ways to slow down, be mindful, and initiate new rituals. Not in Seattle? We're happy to ship and help get your self-care routines jump-started. You deserve it! From journaling notebooks to lavender soap, we're open 11-6:00 TU-SA with all of your daydreaming necessities.

Moon Notebook : blank for journaling, dreaming, and doodling.

Arcos Pin :  A little rainbow to be placed wherever you need it.

Hex Incense Holder : Classic and elegant, for easy relaxation. We have incense too!

Mood Clock : From thankful to joyful to time for a good cry, sometimes it just helps to acknowledge feeling in order to move on.

Lavender Soap : Deep breaths and long baths.

Carafe : Perfect for bedside hydration (wine or water)

Votive Candle Holder : Slipcast with the thinnest porcelain, perfect for tea lights and votives.

Match Holder+Striker : Celebrate longer nights with cozy evenings in.

Stone Pipe : Cast from a river rock, it's a beautiful object to hold, use, and display.

Pillar Candles : 100% pure and natural beeswax, they smell divinely like Fall.

Mountain Pillow : Made with Pendleton Wool, they're perfect for curling up with good books and warm tea.

Mini Chimes : Designed to catch and reflect the light, each one is as unique as you are.

Friday Five: Dan Michalik

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Happy Friday! We are featuring Dan Michalik today, a furniture maker focused on the use of cork today.

1. Daily ritual?

I ride my bike every morning. I also direct the BFA Product Design program at Parsons School of Design, so the ride over the Williamsburg bridge is the most mentally cleansing thing, to allow me to focus on m=both teaching and my design practice. 

2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Be inspired by lots of things, including design media. But don’t make things that look like what the blogs are showing. By the time something gets published, it’s already time for designers to challenge and reinvent those forms! 

3. Current inspiration sources?

I was in London in August, and was blown away by the collection of Ugandan pottery on display at the British Museum. I’m making lots of vessels right now, exploring weird roundish forms and the intense meaning that goes along with vessels (right now I’m finishing an Urn) and the forms and materials of these items just blew me away. 

4. Favorite podcast(s)?

Given the urgency of our current political climate, I listen to at least one episode of The Daily, from the New York Times even day. It’s amazing how quickly they can deliver a thoughtful and deep dive into political events. 

5. How does your city influence your work? 

New York City is loud, colorful and chaotic. The sheer contrast of forms, colors and sounds I see every day (usually from my bike) pushes me to try to get different influences in my work. Because I work mostly in one material (cork), I try really hard to adapt that material and push it into new realms. NYC helps me with that effort. 

Friday Five: Teresa Grasseschi

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We are featuring the lovely Teresa Grasseschi, one half of Seattle, WA print studio Pilgrim Paper Co.

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1. Daily rituals?
Tea! Kelly and I always make treat tea before work (essentially 2 parts honey to 1 part tea)- which as our studios are currently on opposite sides of town always makes my heart happy knowing neighborhoods away she is probably doing the same thing. 

I clean up my studio every morning. I am a night owl so I usually work late and then leave the studio in a mess when I am too tired and need sleep. Cleaning it in the morning clears my head. 

I have also started to stop mid-day (or whenever I am feeling stuck) to do a little work out routine, either outside or in the other room, some yoga or squats etc. It is about as nerdy as it sounds but it also never fails to help me shake the cobwebs and come back with a refreshed point of view. 


2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Getting to know yourself is focusing on your work. 

I didn't realize until this year how holistic being a working creative is. In my mid-twenties I just pushed myself to extremes in my attempt to carve myself a stable, established life as creative. Big shock to no one, that isn't a sustainable or helpful plan in the long run. I've slowed down a little and become more present in parts of my process I used to rush through. I have gotten quicker at taking breaks when I am stuck or burnt out and try spend more time looking at the world around me instead of zoning out in the small moments of my day. For me my current Achilles heel is Instagram. I have begun to notice that spending too much time on it is the opposite of helpful. I have a tendency to overthink so consuming too much content can throw me off or leave me feeling behind or less than- neither of which are helpful mental spaces to make work out of. So I am starting to limit my insta time. I try not to look at it when I am in the middle of flushing out an idea and take the moments where I find myself comparing my life/work to others as a signal I need to cool my jets and get off the internet. I am always validated and strengthened in hearing other creatives be vulnerable about what they are working on so in the vain of paying it forward listen up nameless creative reading this interview - You heard right! Instagram anxiety is a real thing! I too fall prey to it- but don't you go and get stuck and defined by it. Eyes on your own paper!! (The truest of phrases I stole from plant-based ice cream queen Kari Brunson - thank you friend).



3. Current inspiration sources? 
Narrative has been my jam lately. Whatever project I am working on I know if I start a narrative for it I will find my work in there somewhere. I have also recently started to consult reference books I make for myself. When I was in Tokyo last month I went to the Ghibli museum. I walked through the section of the museum dedicated to recreating Hayao Miyazaki's studio a ridiculous number of times. The guards thought my constant loop was hilarious. He is obsessive about fact gathering before starting a project which really validated me and sparked me to come home and get a little bit more nutty in my own reference library. What was once a small folder of images on my computer has become a physical book organized by item type (the jokes on you now Ghibli museum guards).


4. Favorite podcasts?

I don't often listen to podcasts - that is much more Kelly's jam. She always suggests podcasts to me which I write down and then promptly forget to ever look them up. Keep trying Kells! It will stick one day. 

I usually work to music or listen to a show on tv. My favorite music to work to right now is classical (a new development for me - if anyone has classical suggestions send them my way!) my current classical jam is Reverie L 68: Reverie by Debussy. When I get tired of whatever Spotify's Debussy radio has on I turn to Frank Sinatra. 

My most current tv kick has been anything made in the 90s or earlier. I feel no shame in saying I listened to You've Got Mail and Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century last night while working. 

The crazy smoke haze of Seattle has made me crave background noise that feels unassuming and burdenless.


5. How does your city influence your work?

I am one of those rare birds who was born and raised in Seattle so I think it is pretty safe to say this city has had a profound influence on me and my work. I could not however, quickly and concisely tell you where that influence starts and ends. For that I would need a good therapy session and a deep stack of paper. Upon reflection I can say that on a base level environment is a big spark in color direction for me. I spent the month of July traveling. When I was in LA all I wanted to draw was in white with shades of yellows, pinks and oranges. When I was in Tokyo all I wanted to draw was in shades of tan, grey and baby blues. 

Friday Five: Trey Jones Studio

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Happy Friday! Today’s feature is Trey Jones of Trey Jones Studio, a furniture, object, and interior design studio based in Washington DC.

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1. Daily ritual?

Every morning my wife and I have breakfast, no matter where we are going that day or how early (or late) we get up. Breakfast is coffee, a smoothie (banana, orange, spinach is my favorite), and toast with butter. We spend this time together without our phones or the tv and we chat and relax as we get ready for the day. 

2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Continue to learn and try new things. 
3. Current inspiration sources?

Right now I am very interested in the interaction between made and natural things. 

4. Favorite podcast(s)?

No, I don't listen to them. But I enjoy thinking about which podcasts other people are listening too as they walk down the street. 
5. How does your city influence your work? 

DC has many (free!) museums that I visit frequently. The museums provide inspiration, a place for contemplation, and a reminder that art and exploration important and necessary. 



Friday Five: Two Hands Full

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Designer profile Q+A: Two Hands Full

Today we are featuring the lovely Amelia Davis of pottery studio Two Hands Full, based in Tacoma, WA.

1. Daily ritual?
No (good) day happens without a big breakfast and a walk in the woods/beach with the dogs. 

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Practice self-compassion. Also find a way to be sure the environment is not taking a hit from your work and practices (both as an artist/designer and entrepreneur). 

3. Current inspiration sources?
Yoko Ono’s book titled “Acorn”, and cooking seasonally. 

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
On Being, TED Radio Hour, Live From Here, This American Life. 

5. How does your city influence your work?
I moved to Tacoma about a year ago (from Colorado…originally Vermont). Exploring new places and microclimates here is a big influence and inspiration to me as an artist. While my work doesn’t necessarily mean to capture landscapes literally, I like to attempt to express feels- and it has been an interesting process to acclimate out of the desert. 

Friday Five: Lacson Ravello

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Designer profile Q+A: Lacson Ravello

Kristina Lacson McConnico of clothing brand Lacson Ravello is giving us our Friday Five today. Have a good weekend!

Studio name: Lacson Ravello

Location: Oakland, CA

Member names: Kristina Lacson McConnico

Founding date: 2015

1. Daily ritual? 
I always start my day with some form of exercise. Even if I’m super busy I try to do at least 10 minutes of yoga or cardio. I find it’s a great way to jumpstart things and keep me energized. 


2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Go slow to go fast. 


3. Current inspiration sources? 
French culture and fashion. I love how French fashion is forever timeless and always chic.  My childhood growing up in the Mid-west (St. Louis, MO) during the 70’s and 80’s contrasted with the edginess of current runway fashion


4. Favorite podcast(s)? 
I enjoy listening to How I Built This. I like how they profile influential innovators and entrepreneurs who share a common creative thread across various disciplines. As a small business owner, I can identify with a lot of the joys and challenges they encounter.


5. How does your city influence your work?  
Oakland is diverse in so many ways—the people, the culture, the food, the terrain, the climate. The lifestyle here helps me to design a stylish, easy-to-wear, and affordable clothing line—made for real life.

Friday Five: Base Modern

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Designer profile Q+A: Base Modern

Today’s Friday Five comes from Scott Cummings, the founder of Base Modern, a design and fabrication studio based in Portland, OR.

1. Daily ritual?

My daily ritual is waking up before anyone and weighing out freshly ground coffee and filtered water for the perfect pour-over. I love to quietly have my coffee while reading until my kiddos wake up. The longer I prevent myself from looking at my phone the longer the morning peace lasts. 


2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Collaboration! Offering your unique skill sets to others and benefiting from theirs is a win-win. Also; I think it is really important to clearly define what success means to you and work towards what that looks like for you. You can't achieve a goal if it isn't clear. 


3. Current inspiration sources?

The Mcmaster-Carr website! 

Also, I have been really thinking about an objects usefulness recently and drawing inspiration from that. While I love indulging in form and beautiful shapes it can ultimately alienate a potential user just as it draws in others. Form is really useful to a person as a means for projecting how they identify and want to be seen both by themselves and the outside world. I love thinking about what makes an object meaningful and going from there. The work I am staring to design is nothing like the work I have designed in the past and I think that is good! I want my work to be helpful and bring some sort of ease to a persons life. 


4. Favorite podcast(s)?

I love the Dollop for comedy and "history" and on the other side of things I listen to Ram Dass Here and Now for old Ram Dass Lectures.


5. How does your city influence your work? 

Portland is so full of amazingly talented designers, craftspeople, artists etc. I love being here and being able to connect and collaborate. 

Friday Five: MGG Studio

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Designer profile Q+A: MGG Studio

Scroll down below to read about our newest feature: Marja Germans Gard of MGG Studio, a jewelry studio based in Oakland.

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Studio name: MGG Studio (formerly Marja Germans Gard Studio)

Studio location: Oakland, CA

Member name: Marja Germans Gard

Founding date: June 2014

1. Daily ritual?
My work can get pretty messy with the metal dust and polishing compound, but I feel most grounded in a clean and well-organized space. Before I begin work for the day I’ll usually tidy up my bench and my office area to give myself a clean slate. I also like light a candle (Ojai from Norden is a current fave), pour an enormous cup of coffee, and cue up my favorite podcast before diving in to whatever pieces await me on my bench.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Make time for play.  Whether it’s inside or outside the studio, carving out time to do things just for fun is a challenge but an absolute necessity for me.

3. Current inspiration sources?
My most recent collection, La Femme, was inspired by modernist sculpture and the curves of the female form. I’ve always been interested in substantial and sculptural shapes in my jewelry, but lately I’ve turned from angular geometry to rounded and more sinuous lines.

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
For business I like to listen to Raw Milk, Proof to Product and Akimbo.  For general entertainment, the true crime fan in me loves My Favorite Murder and Stranglers, and my inner nerd loves game shows like Ask Me Another and other general nerdiness like Sawbones, Ologies, Reply All and The Allusionist.

5. How does your city influence your work?
I love that art is everywhere- you’ll see it on the street, in how people dress and express themselves- and it’s constantly energizing me to create.

Friday Five: Human Crafted

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Designer profile Q+A: Human Crafted

Happy Friday! Today we are featuring Jon Alling of Madison, WI based design studio Human Crafted.

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1. Daily ritual?

V60 pour-over of a locally roasted coffee is a must.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Just start.  Experiment.  Try.  Learn.  We all can spend so much time in our heads, trying to plan, trying to figure out how to get to the end, when we really should be trying to just take the next step.  Having a plan or a dream isn't progress, taking a step in that direction is.  

3. Current inspiration sources?

Besides all of the awesome Join Design members () ... I'm inspired by the diverse group of creatives that I work alongside at One-One Thousand studios here in Madison.  There are illustrators, printmakers, fiber artists, jewelers, woodworkers and knife makers, all trying to practice a craft and grow their businesses at the same time.  

4. Favorite podcast(s)?

Song Exploder!  But I also really enjoy Studio Neat's podcast Thoroughly Considered because I can relate to so much of what they discuss.

5. How does your city influence your work? 

Madison, WI is a big, small town.  Although there is a small and emerging design scene, you have to make a lot happen for your self. There also isn’t a lot of industry or history of craft in Madison.  That has influenced me to be scrappy and self-sufficient, and I think that comes across in the products I design and produce.

Friday Five: Zelma Rose

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Designer profile Q+A: Zelma Rose

We are so excited about a new ongoing series here at JOIN, Friday Five! We will be sharing mini interviews with our lovely and fascinating JOIN family. Scroll down to read about our first feature, Lisa Anderson Shaffer of fiber studio Zelma Rose

1. Daily ritual? 
For the past two years I have been working on a project named These Three Things. Each day I record three things I have learned and pair it with a piece of original photography to be posted on Instagram. When I began the project nearly two years ago, I never imagined it would become a permanent daily ritual, but here we are all this time later and it is still a necessary and important pause in my day. I'm excited to share that the project is being published by Running Press as a guided journal in December. 
2. Best creative (or business) advice?
"Belief in your script is essential." Bono. Last year, this simple sentence changed everything about the way I make art and run my business. I measure everything against it and have learned so much always starting from here. 
3. Current inspiration sources? 
Gucci is blowing my mind right now. The fabrics, textures, and colors are very intense and at times compliment and other times conflict. They have really leaned into what makes them unique this year and I just can;t get enough of it. 
4. Favorite podcast(s)? 
Raise Your Hand Say Yes hosted by Tiffany Han. 
5. How does your city influence your work?  
The mountains are very quiet and my home is surrounded by broad sweeping views of the rolling hills and redwoods. It is very wild here and while there are so many intricacies to be found in nature, it is also incredibly vast. My work continues to celebrate that tension between the fine detail and large scale impact of nature in shape, color, and texture.