Martha McQuade has such a lovely new online space called MWM Workbook that I thoroughly enjoyed browsing today and I believe that you’ll find inspiration from this as well. Martha is the designer behind UNIFORM Studio in Minneapolis where she creates ethically made clothing and accessories. From her bio, “Trained as an architect, Martha McQuade lives and works in Minneapolis, MN where she teaches architecture, designs clothing, makes buildings, takes photographs, writes about process + design, and is always looking for phenomena + beauty.”
Her new website, MWM Workbook, will function as both a portfolio and a blog where she’ll write once weekly on topics like design, process and inspiration. It also has slideshows featuring photographic studies, her studio space, previous collections, and a sketchbook gallery along with other bits of her work life such as news where she’ll post about upcoming collections, shop updates and shows.
I love the new format and think that it’s refreshing to see a site that is a bit of a website and blog combined, it’s innovative and starting to pop up around the web as some artists aren’t interested in the daily exercise of blogging and would rather have a simple space to show up once weekly to update — it’s more dynamic than a static website but less hectic than maintaining a daily blog (Martha’s site is by Cargo Collective.)
Let’s face it, with the speed of the web these days a full-time artist or designer who is unable to blog for several days in a row often leaves fans feeling a bit neglected and this can cause guilt. It’s true, they can start to miss you and wonder what’s wrong and often this can be hard for creatives to manage — the constant interaction with their fans and need to post, post, post! The inspiration they draw from having fans is a blessing but so often it can be the same joy that ends up depleting them of their creative energy because it’s so much work to maintain a daily blog. The MWM Workbook format is a lot less pressure but also very creative and can still be subscribed to via RSS so Martha’s fans always know when she’s posted something new. Lovely work, Martha.
What do you think of this format? Any thoughts come to mind? Would you try it?
(images: martha mcquade/uniform studio)
I’m happy to announce that the Blogging Your Way class is ready for registration! You can go to this page, enter your blog url, and register to participate in the upcoming 7 week class kicking off on Monday, January 18, 2010 that I am teaching in partnership with the oh-so-fabulous Leslie Shewring.
Remember, all must have a blog and camera to take part… a little blog, a big blog, whatever size or shape — this is fine! Just make sure you have a blog! :)
Leslie and I cannot wait to meet our new students and work with you on blogging your way!
(images: leslie shewring)
I know it’s winter but Spring has sprung! I just got the news from Michelle, Life Coach from When I Grow Up (and a friend of mine, woot!) that her new blogging project just kicked off called Spring. What is it? It’s a collaboration of four creative female entrepreneurs who want to inspire others by talking about their passions, professions, and how they’re navigating it all.
They’ve just posted their first episode where they discuss Gratitude and you can watch them here. Enjoy and ladies — serious, great initiative – congratulations!
It’s time for a new blog of the week, what do you think? Yes? Okay good so let’s examine another lovely, inspirational space. This week we’ll visit the space of Danish photographer Line Klein, whom I discovered thanks to Sidsel. I did not know that Line had a blog – which delighted me on this gray Monday with gorgeous views of places she has been and things she has seen. It’s a very special honor to view the world through the talented, trained eye of Line…
I hope that you will enjoy her blog along with me this week and if you haven’t already, please take a moment today to enjoy her portfolio online. It’s pure eye candy.
(images: line klein)