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The Blog

The daily, and somewhat random, musings from Ben. From the journeys, to the vlogs, to the behind-the-scenes-into-the-world moments.

Emily Katz | Where Women Create

Ben Ashby

Emily Katz is a Portland, Oregon native who turned her passion for creative hobbies into a full time career with her company, Modern Macramé. From a history in fashion design to a chance meeting with two Japanese editors, she reinvented a vintage craft and create something new and vibrant. Her new book Modern Macramé hopes to inspire a new generation of fiber artists and will release in May 2018.

"I grew up in Portland, Oregon for most of my life, in many ways the creative community of the area nurtured that part of me which loved art. For years, before moving nearer to Portland, we lived in Tucson, Colorado, and finally a small farm in the country of Oregon. I loved to gather objects from around our farm—leaves & twigs, etc.—and from these things I started to create my first works of art. My parents were creative by nature, and owned their own business together selling healing energy gemstones. When I was 9, they divorced and each continued to sell healing gems through their own individual businesses. I continued to live in Portland with my dad, and grew up loving to create in any way possible."

"After high school I moved to Baltimore for art school, but I ultimately decided it wasn’t for me and started to pursue other creative outlets. For the next few years, I worked in the fashion industry. My first creative fashion venture in my early twenties was a brand called Bonnie Heart Clyde, a clothing line that incorporated a lot of garments with embroidered designs. After that venture, I started a second line organized around myth love of being sustainable. Ultimately, when I finished that in 2009 I had lost my zeal for the fashion industry and started to pursue other creative avenues."

"During this period, I tried many things. From starting a band to organizing a poetry writing club, I was looking a creative outlet but testing all of the areas I loved. Around the time I turned 30 I reconnected with my mother, she lived in Connecticut and wanted me to come visit for a weekend. She and I hadn’t spent a lot of time together since my parents divorce, and I knew this could be a great experience to rekindle our relationship. I recalled a story about her youth, and how she’d bought her first guitar by selling handmade macramé art. I decided that I’d love to have some of the macramé plant hangers that were popular in the 1970s and that asking her to teach me how to make them would be a good way to spend time together. The weekend ended up being a great experience, and I came away from it with a better relationship with my mother and a new hobby for macramé."

FOR THE FULL STORY PICK UP THE SUMMER 2018 ISSUE OF WHERE WOMEN CREATE.

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A Palm Springs Kind of Morning

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I was out in the west on a motorcycle tour of Route 66 when I realized a friend of mine was also in Palm Springs for the morning. Like any smart millennial I Facebook stalked him to find out he was at the hotel next to mine. John, his girlfriend, and I met up for a few shots around town before heading out. 

TIP: If you're in a new area, never be afraid to ask on social if any friends are around...or better yet, find someone totally new. Meet up for photos, or coffee, or a Dole whip. 

Archives 01: Upstate Afternoon

Ben Ashby

I'm in the process of going through six years worth of our archives. I found these in a folder. These images were taken in the summer of 2013 in Upstate New York. 

 

Kentucky Summers

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Summer is in full swing. That means I always have my camera ready to photograph as many flowers, roadside stands, and corn fields as possible. These are images I recently took at a roadside stand in Kentucky using a Canon 5D IV

Lancaster Landscapes

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Yesterday we spent the day exploring Lancaster, PA. If you aren’t familiar I with the pastoral town in the heart of PA’s Amish country, it is home to the largest Amish population in the United States. 

The community has the most wonderful farms surrounding the villages that dot the landscapes. Roadside stands fill the highways and buggies and horses are often seen scattered across the hills. 

We were in town in the perfect cloudy day. The greens came to life through the fog. The freshly filled soil was ready for the summer planting season to begin. A few of our images follow.... 

 

These images were created with a Canon 5D IV from BH Photo

 

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The Flowers of Salt Lake City

Ben Ashby

On our trip from Moab to Ogden, Utah we made a stop in Salt Lake City to see the gardens at the Mormon temple. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and fill several city blocks. During our visit they were in the height of their spring blooms. I hope you enjoy some of my snaps. 

Palms Springs {A Revisit}

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I find myself in Palm Springs at least once a year. There is just something magical about this mid century time box forever keeping the sixties alive in the middle of the harsh southern California desert. From its perfectly manicured lawns to festive colorful streets to its proximity to both LA and the middle of the Mohave and Joshua Tree, Palm Springs really is a must visit spot. These are a few images I shop last year. 

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