TEXTILES by Christopher Payne



Christopher Payne’s Textiles photo series is breathtaking, incredible and unforgettable. Yes, all three of those things, in a seamless combination of the everyday and epic. The series spans the course of the past five years from the Carolinas to New England. The photos filled with staggering volume and repetition are ripe with visual juxtapositions. Neutral settings sprinkled with saturated colors and rigid machines with fine threads of textiles—all set in the seemingly quiet, dream-like world (that’s actually extremely loud according to Payne) of America’s textile manufacturing industry.

In addition to Textiles, spend some time with Payne’s series Making Steinway: An American Workplace. It is beautiful.





With Halloween right around the corner, I figured it would be fitting to share this beautiful edition of ¿Mamá?, the Spanish version of the monster filled pop-up book Mommy by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks and Matthew Reinhart. Coincidentally our two-year old daughter has requested us read it every night for the past two weeks, inquiring with every page turn who each monster is and what they are.



Field Book Inside Cover / Print Prologue Inspiration


I have a lot of notebooks. Most of them I refuse to write in. Recently I came across a few of these empty notebooks of my parents and a couple other lovely office items I’ve kept for the past twenty or so years. The details of which have indirectly inspired Print Prologue, a series of small-run notebook editions and website we’ve been working on. It’s interesting how the things that we love leave an imprint on our subconscious. (more…)

Johnson Space Center


SATURN V at Rocket Park, Johnson Space Center

We took the kids to Space Center Houston this week and toured a few areas at Johnson Space Center, my dad’s old stomping grounds. It’s been nearly twenty years since I visited. Oddly, everything felt familiar and new at the same time. As a kid I didn’t truly realize the magnitude of innovation that was pouring out of there, right around the corner from our home. JSC was just the place dad went to work everyday and helped send shuttles into space. NBD. I’ve spent the week thinking of so many questions I would ask him now and stories I would have looked forward to hearing.

A New Side Hustle


Mock-up and paper swatches for PRINT PROLOGUE, our new side hustle

What started as a simple notebook project has slowly developed into a series of small-run notebook editions, a web-based guide and a future app for the creative community. All dedicated to the act of designing for small-format and honoring the details that make print design unique.
Here’s a peek of what’s on the way.