Brunch is now a thing at Collective Agency. It’s on the second Tuesday of each month at 11am. So far we’ve done pancakes twice, and we made waffles yesterday. I love people gathering together in the kitchen to share a meal; spontaneous conversations happen, and laughter. There is something special about preparing a meal and breaking bread together, coworkers start to feel more like a kind of “work family.” People were excited and appreciative about the waffles. Ed helped me make the batter, and Eric helped with dishes afterwords. (Thanks guys!) Here’s to many more brunches!
Four of Jessica Brackett’s paintings of puddles in Portland are now on view at Collective Agency until the end of April. I have had the pleasure of watching this series develop since this past fall. These are among her most ambitious works yet. I am drawn to gazing into their reflections, and occasionally find myself lost entirely in their illusionary worlds. After hanging the art, it was fun to watch people come in and see it for the first time, a few people really took their time getting close up, and letting the paintings sink in. Several people have commented that they like the paintings, and they were happy to see new art here. The goal is for the artwork to inspire, and to be an oasis when eyes need to take a break from the screen, and rest on something beautiful.
A bit more about the artist: Jessica Brackett is an exhibiting artist based in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in Painting and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. In her latest series, she explores themes of beauty, impermanence and elevating the mundane. She seeks to inspire in others a sense of playful wonder and awe for the everyday, though temporary, beauty that surrounds us.
Why would you bring a sewing machine to a co-working place? That’s a fair question. Why I brought mine in is because a surprising number of people expressed interest in sewing/learning how to sew, and my machine was more or less collecting dust at home. I also believe in the value of skill sharing and I love the idea that someone could (if they wanted to) be sewing while on a conference call, or might stay after work to work on a personal project/learn a new skill. I taught a mini workshop a few weeks ago for members who were curious about and wanted to learn how to use the new sewing machine. My hope is that people will use it and have fun in the process.
I will start off with the disclaimer that I am not a coffee person, I have always preferred tea, but I was curious about the new espresso maker, so I attended the workshop with the hopes of demystifying the machine and learning some of its secrets. Kenneth was a great teacher, his enthusiasm and showmanship made the class a lot of fun. Afterwords some of us were still playing around with the machine and Tom made two shots that he said were his best yet. He offered me one, how could I say no? This was an epiphany moment for me, I liked it, a lot. Tea is still my drink of choice, but my horizons have now been expanded to appreciate espresso as well, thank you Kenneth and Tom!
All photos except the last photo in the blog post are by Ankur Dholakia, @photoscribbler