[Emily Potts] This week on Felt & Wire we’re starting a new inspirational chain and kicking it off with a great friend who inspires many — Stanley Hainsworth of Tether in Seattle.
Stanley Hainsworth is incredibly passionate about his work, and you can see the gleam in his eyes when he speaks of his clients. His uncanny ability to get to the heart of a brand — and discover the qualities that make it tick — is what sets him apart from the pack. But before you jump to the conclusion that he is all about big business, he has a softer side for tactile, handmade expressions as well (see below). He is always gracious with his ideas and shares his wisdom as the spikey-haired Storyteller on RockPaperInk.
LYFE Kitchen Brand Design
LYFE Kitchen is a new competitor in the healthy casual arena, offering smart, healthy and sustainable food choices — as a restaurant and in grocery offerings — in an industry weighed down by fat, fructose and fillers. The LYFE brand packaging features the essence of each offering through beautiful photography of its all-natural ingredients.
Damien Jurado Handbills
When Stanley’s favorite musican, Damien Jurado, performed at the Tether Design Gallery promoting his new album Saint Bartlett, the Tether team created handbills on its Vandercook Letterpress printer that were included with a limited-edition LP set.
Stanley Hainsworth is inspired by …
Marian inspires me because she has reached a place in her career where she follows her passion, and her passion turns into beautifully designed objects that make me swoon.
Marian’s valentines have become a signature of her creativity and connection to others. Each year she finds a new take on the theme. For this one, from 2009, she wrote four fragments of letters with no beginning or end, and each recipient received a fragment.
Marian Bantjes is inspired by …
Matt is a paper artist, these days working mostly in what people would understand most readily as origami, but not in any restrictive or defined way. As such his works are mathematical, intricate, structured and mesmerizing. He creates fascinating works of wonder that work both visually and dimensionally, even when they are not folded. We have similar interests in pattern and structure, but he does what I can’t do, which makes me generally sick with envy.
Wash Series 5, 2010
This is a beautiful piece of contrast and rhythm that seems to move as your eye follows through it. It’s incredibly active for a static image. Somehow it seems to pop and sparkle. I’m not sure how he made this — with pieces of photographs? If so, I wish I’d thought of it first.
Now he’s getting really complex, combining the imagery with the folding. It looks like polished stones in space. Again it seems to move, despite its contrasting appearance of solidity. If there’s a pattern to the folding, I can’t find it. It’s just utterly, utterly beautiful.
Check back next week to see who Matt Shlian is inspired by.
Take a look at the complete chain any time.