Fall is officially here in the Northwest, and it’s a good a time as any to pack up, pick up and head out to the wilderness. We took a day trip out to the Gorge, coolers stocked, obvs, with plenty of Cold Brew, which pairs quite nicely with our other favorite winter beverages. (Hint: whiskey.)
On view October 21st – December 1st
Art reception 4 – 6 pm Sunday, November 17th
“You are on a journey. Passing over Europe you make your way to Egypt, one flight, then another. You work in the Midwest and then in the Northwest, stopping along the way like a vagabond. As you move from place to place, from painting to painting, you, the viewer, become the itinerant: the wanderer.
The paintings all start with motion. It’s as if you’re looking at the places in the paintings from the window of a car, plane, or train. I like to call them “drive-bys” because they freeze scenes you might only catch for an instant as you pass by in a moving vehicle.
When I drive around in my car I prop my camera up on my shoulder to take pictures of the houses and cars I pass. I stitch the images together in the paintings in my studio. The houses, cars and trees that I paint are publicly visible from the road, but they belong to someone, which makes staring at them a bit voyeuristic.
Recreating their likeness in the studio amplifies this, but they aren’t just as they were. Colors and the alignment of objects are manipulated to echo the way time changes the way we remember things. The paintings are intimate, but not exclusive. Lacking just enough information to tell you exactly where you are or whom you’re looking at, they instead blur like a memory of one place fading into another.”
– Rachel Wolfson
Despite his summer-loving appearance, NYC Cold Brew Manager Brent Wolczynski is very excited about the turning season. He made us this wintry mix to huddle up with. Thanks Brent!
What do you do at Stumptown?
I’m the NYC Cold Brew Manager at Stumptown. It is by far the greatest job I’ve ever had and I’m having the time of my life.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
When not at work, I’m either snowboarding, watching The Simpsons, or brewing beer.
Favorite things to eat right now in New York?
Currently, I love getting breakfast at SCRATCHbread and dinner at Mission Chinese.
Favorite corner of the city?
My favorite corner of the city is probably Red Hook. It’s quite the corner.
What can you tell us about this mix?
Most of these jams are what I have on when it’s cold. I’m getting really excited for a beautiful fall and super cold and snowy winter.
We are huge fans of the Chemex around here. We love the clean cup quality, utility and the classic design that hasn’t changed in over 70 years. The brewer was first invented in 1941 by German chemist/inventor Dr. Peter Schlumbohm. It proudly sits in the MOMA and Smithsonian permanent design collections, and for most us that work here, on our kitchen counters.
From Collector’s Weekly:
Though the Chemex was his most successful invention by far, Schlumbohm tinkered with other ordinary objects long after the coffeemaker’s success. Some of Schlumbohm’s cleverest contraptions included the Instant Ice container, which chilled liquids quickly using brine; the Cinderella, a conical trash pail with disposable wax-paper linings; and the Minnehaha, a device that mixed and aerated drinks by forcing liquid through hundreds of tiny perforations. Schlumbohm also patented a stylish hot-water kettle made entirely of glass, a disposable aluminum frying pan, and a cigarette holder tipped with a miniature Chemex-shaped fitting that held a tiny filter, years before the tobacco industry adopted them.
In the LIFE magazine piece from 1949, Herbert Brean detailed Schlumbohm’s formula for a successful new product: 20% was recognizing a problem that needed solving, 40% was coming up with a patentable solution, 30% was good design, and 10% was merchandising. Brean wrote of Schlumbohm, “He is the kind who perceives a problem and logically sets about finding a solution that will be efficient, handsome and profitable. Dr. Schlumbohm does all his own selling, writes his own advertisements, direction leaflets and brochures and even types his own patent applications—one draft only, since he refuses to make a mistake.”
Brean also highlighted Schlumbohm’s unconventional schedule, which the inventor insisted helped to fuel his creativity. On a typical weekday, Schlumbohm woke up late, worked on a few new ideas in the kitchen of his stylish penthouse, dropped by the small Chemex factory during the late afternoon (to check on his mail and eight female employees), and ended the evening hopping from restaurant to bar to restaurant again, where many of his best ideas originated. Schlumbohm liked to live large, cruising around Manhattan in a personalized Cadillac featuring a golden hood ornament shaped like a Chemex.
Pick up a Chemex in our online shop here.
“We seem to have evolved into a society of mourned and misplaced creativity. A world where people have simply surrendered to (or been beaten into submission by) the sleepwalk of work, domesticity, mortgage repayments, junk food, junk TV, junk everything, angry ex-wives, ADHD kids and the lure of eating chicken from a bucket while emailing clients at 8pm on a weekend.”
Concert pianist James Rhodes wrote this compelling piece in The Guardian about his life as a concert pianist/creatively obsessed human. We think it’s well worth a read.