Seek and you shall find, but the quandary is often, what is it that I’m seeking?
For this week, thanks to an illustration commissied by an incredible barista, it’s adventure, travel and a sublime cup of coffee.
Thinking globally, albeit snuggled up in my warm studio lodge to conjure up a unique sketch, I spied something on the kitchen backbar. Climbing up to take a closer look, I reached for the tiny espresso cup and it’s retro Italiano typograpy.
I’ve always adored vintage restaurant ware. If it has a logo, all the better. I once walked 42 blocks in Manhattan after a long day at a stationery convention to peruse and shop at Fishes Eddy. What an emporium of kitschy, cool tableware. They mean business.
Just looking at this little cup now warps me back in time and place as I explored the region surrounding Milan and Turin while on a research and fact-finding mission with a hilarious group of Italians and Japanese violin experts. That alone is worth a story, but for now, what compelled me to nervously approach a barista to toss together a sentence which I hoped said, “May I please buy two of these espresso cups? For my children?” Back at home, in 1994, were my 3 year old son and 2 year old daughter. The scale of these espresso cups were perfect for my children’s tiny little hands.
My words must have come out right, because the tanned barista grabbed two fresh cups, wrapped them tightly into kraft paper with string, and thrust them over the counter towards me.
“Essente dalle tasse, gratuito," she said, nodding madly and brimming with maternal understanding.
And in proper celebratory fashion after a trip to Italy, after jetting home to my family, unwrapping all of the colorful Italian goodies and gifts, I brewed and served Noel and Hallie their very first tiny cups of macchiato. With just a sprinkle of zucchero.
This month, our featured sale boxed notes Doppia Macchina, Piazza San Marco & Seattle Pour
celebrate adventure, coffee, savoring cultures and seeking new horizons.
Happy New Year.
M.Wood is an illustrator who has created stationery sold from coast to coast for twenty-five years, illustrated books that are sold around the world, has worked with Crate & Barrel, Urban Outfitters, Garnet Hill and Trader Joe’s, all while being featured in InStyle, Town & Country, House and Garden, New York Magazine, Country Home, Bride’s, Lucky, O Magazine & more! read more.