We were honored to have the opportunity to visit artist Betsy Walton at her studio and home in Portland, Oregon. You know by now that Betsy has been a long time collaborator with Poketo and it was natural to have her designs in the Poketo for Target collection. Betsy keeps two studios, one for her graphic design and illustration work with partner JD Hooge and Grid/Plane Design. Betsy’s home is her other studio where she paints and creates most of her art.
Visiting her spaces, one easily sees all the wonderful influences that infiltrates her work. Her work studio is modern, clean, and a communal space among various creatives in design, animation, and music. Step inside her home, its wonderfully cozy. Betsy keeps easy going company with her cat, and all the natural flora, and other collected nature in and around her home, it is just perfectly Betsy.
There is no better way to get together and catch up with our artists and friends over some good food. From Portland to Eugene, we had the best time ever and lots of good eats. Thank to everyone that gave us their suggestions on our Facebook and Twitter, we hit most of them!
Broder Cafe with Kate Bingaman Burt…. an incredible Swedish breakfast joint.
Thai appetizer at Pok Pok with husband and wife duo, Aaron and Ayumi of APAK. I was a bit skeptical of this Thai joint at first… but, it was surprisingly authentic and delicious!
Portland had tons of little cluster food trucks. This in the Alberta Street area…. a wonderful little burger with JD Hooge and Betsy Walton.
This was probably the craziest of spreads on our trip. Thing you need to know about artists Charlene Liu and Isami Ching… they are foodies and amazing cooks. Don’t judge by the home made spread you see here… it’s an amalgamation of our leftovers from the weekend we spent with them. To break it down, we had smoked ribs, oysters, biscuits, and potato salad the morning before we left. Sounds like a funny mish mosh… and I admit, it is. But, it was so darn good and worked in a weird left overs kind of way.
Below are also a couple of pictures and video from where we originally got the oysters and the fine day at the beach we enjoyed them. We bought 48 oysters between us. Bring me back.
Whoa, day one was a whirlwind. Landed bright and early and we hit the ground running. Love getting out of LA for a bit and seeing new things. Places to go, so many people to see… this is just day one, four more to go!
As soon as we landed, hung out and got some sneak peeks of new collaborations with Betsy Walton.
Tim Biskup and Tigerlily show. So rad, a lot of great collaborative pieces with father and daughter.
Martin Ontiveros and Bwana Spoons of Grass Hut.
Met for the first time, Josh and Colby of Jolby & Friends, super rad folks.
Justin “Scrappers” Morrison, crazy as ever.
Super stoked to catch some Marco Zamora pieces at the Upper Playground opening, “Totally Spoked”. Marco, your pieces looked great!
With only a few hours sleep the night before, thank goodness for Stumptown Coffee keeping us awake!