Category Archives: FINDING


What would an artist do to visually represent Owen Jones and our agency mantra of Show, Don’t Tell? CD Mark Rawlins came up with the idea to pose that question to his friend, Dan Christofferson (aka Beeteeth). After a few sketches shared over email, we bought Dan a plane ticket, a nice hotel room in Portland and about two dozen jars of paint. Dan, Mark and filmmaker Jacob Hinmon spent a long weekend together. Here are the results.

We sure love it. Thanks guys.

Check out our collaborators here:


Owen Jones Co-Founder Rusty Grim has made a vow: He will pin only stuff that he (or we) have created. That’s a vow for  creation over (at least in this case) curation. We’re not saying one is better than the other – just a personal challenge to keep making things. Below is a look at some – but not all – of those pins in one big, fatty-fat image. Sorry about the load time. In advance. That is, if you’re still waiting. Or, if you’d like, just click here to see it live on Pinterest.


I recently read Cory Doctorow’s Makers which is a near-future based sci-fi exploring the ramifications of 3d printing on society. In one particularly interesting thread, a manufacturer makes garden gnomes that are based on a genetic algorithm so no two are alike. Some may look more asian, some have more evil eyes, others have shorter arms with different smiles, and one ends up having three eyes.

Nervous System has implemented this idea and is now manufacturing genetically-derived lamps. They’re quite beautiful, and perhaps a glimpse into the future of manufacturing where mass production doesn’t mean generic.

Nervous System Hyphae Lamp with Shadow

Nervous System Hyphae Lamp

More info about the project can be found here, along with a gorgeous photoset.




What I did yesterday for creative inspiration: Two new shirts for the closet… Experimenting with my serger and cover stitch machine a bit more.

Both are from a bamboo/jersey/spandex blend fabric that was on sale so I didn’t care as much if something didn’t turn out (I try to experiment with patterns on cheaper fabric for obvious reasons). It’s kind of an odd turquoise color but not bad and the edges/hem are in a neutral taupe color that is a nice compliment.

Asymmetrical design shirt: First time using this pattern… I altered it only slightly (made the neck opening bigger in the front and back and used rolled edges on neck and sleeves) and am pretty happy with the pattern overall. There will be some small fit alterations next time I make it but in general it fits pretty well. I was surprised at how well the asymmetry works… It gathers really nicely on the left side when wearing it and is just about the right difference in length to look nicely asymmetrical as it sits on my my waist/hips (looking at the pattern initially, I though it would be cockeyed and unflattering, but it’s great).

* Every third Friday of the month Owen shuts its doors to regular business and offers up a day for people to explore creativity and find inspiration however they like.

The cover stitch machine is awesome for hemming.

Rolled edge sleeve from the serger.


This is a pattern I created based off an purchased pattern combined with a shirt I own that I like the shape of. It took a few times to get it right, but now I really like the way it fits. This is the second shirt I have made from this pattern now. It’s great with nice pants for a Wednesday night dance and I can also wear it climbing… Love it is when my clothes are multi functional.



The dragon and knight are some small toys, the background printed on an inkjet printer and mounted on cardboard. Click on the image to grab it from Flickr.


All these shots use natural light with some warming up in Photoshop. Click on the image to grab it from Flickr.

Like the 57 Chevy shots from last week, we were pushing Depth-of-Field as shallow as we could get it. Click on the image to grab it from Flickr.




These images are an exercise in super-shallow depth of field and selective focus. The car is a slightly over-sized MatchBox™ car, shot on a piece of of old wood– and all of the blur is pure in-camera depth-of-field blurring. No PSD work to augment that at all. If you like any of these shots, go to the OWEN Flickr site and download them for your own use. If you do, send us an example, and, if possible, credit Mr Owen Jones.