Jennifer James Wright

art director, designer, texan in oregon

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Interview with ByGeorge

Had a fun morning last month talking weed fragrance, Barton Springs, and alien bugs with ByGeorge all the while getting dolled up in some designer favorites. I’m still  dreaming of the Sies Marjan striped trousers. You can read the full interview here. A big thanks to Brittani Lepley for the feature and Alexandra Valenti for the photos.

Broccoli Issue 2 Launch Party

Come hang with some Broccolinis and the Rachel Comey crew as we celebrate the launch of Broccoli’s second issue. It’s happening March 29th, 6-8:00pm at Rachel Comey’s beautiful Melrose shop: 8432 Melrose Place. See y’all there.

Half Court Studio

Katie Reardon and Ben Sellon will soon be making photo dreams come true in Portland. In just a couple of months, they’ll open the doors of Half Court Studio — part photo/film studio, part collaborative hang space. It was a dream doing the branding design for these two. A full project post to come. In the meantime, you can read more about the studio plans here.

Smile, Girl

There’s nothing quite like a woman running for presidency to show us just how real misogyny is in this country. In an effort to combat some of the microaggressions women face daily, I made a small series of PSA posters targeting the much too common request for a woman’s smile — something I heard one too many times recently. Posters are available at SmileGirl.org for printing and pasting along with some relevant reading. Thanks to my fellow “nasty woman” Jessica Gray for the help.

Reader

Copenhagen-based artist Luc Fuller curated a group exhibition at Gether Contemporary last month entitled Reader in which five artists from the United States and Europe explored books, or rather the ways in which we interact with books. For the show’s opening, we created a limited number of posters featuring typographic exploration overlaid with Luc’s drawings. I’ll share the full design on the site soon(-ish). Featured artists: Leo Fitzmaurice, Nicholas Gottlund, Lina Viste Grønli, Conny Purtill and Suzanna Zak

Ouur Spring/Summer 2016

My fourth and last season with the Ouur Collection (SS16) is out now and available in stores throughout Japan. The season is chock-full of beautiful blues and lightweight pieces for layering. Check out the full look book over at OuurCollection.com.

Going Solo Part II

The last few years working with the team at Kinfolk and Ouur have been nothing short of amazing. But with a new year comes change, and I’ve decided to mix things up by pursuing my own independent practice. So if you’re in need of art direction and design, know that I’m back at it.

Ouur Autumn/Winter 2015

The cooler months are on their way along with the Ouur AW15 collection. This season we drew inspiration from the the Central Andes leading us to warm, chunky knits, oversized coats, textured patterns and fibers unique to the region. The collection will become available this month in 36 shops around Japan. See the look book here >

Ouur Spring/Summer 2015

The Ouur Spring/Summer 2015 collection, my first full season with the brand, is now out in stores around Japan. And for the very first time, Ouur will be available in the United States. A selection of women’s SS15 pieces will be exclusively available at Mill Mercantile both online and in their San Francisco shop. See the look book here >

Ouur

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally announced the launch of Ouur last week – a lifestyle studio with seasonal collections of apparel, publications and home wares as well as events around the world. Our aim is to create products and experiences that help people slow down, simplify their lives and spend more time with friends and family. Lots of big plans and projects underway for the year ahead. Read more about Ouur here >

Kinfolk Issue 11

Kinfolk’s Issue Eleven, The Home Issue, is out. Another big thanks to everyone who contributed. About this issue: “The Spring 2014 edition of Kinfolk explores the meaning of home, what it looks like, how different people arrange them and the qualities that the best ones share. Whether you live with your best friend, partner, strangers or a lazy hound, your concept of home will change with every coat of paint. It’s what (and who) you fill it with that counts.” Pick up a copy at Kinfolk.com >

Kinfolk Issue 10

Kinfolk’s 10th issue is officially out. A big thanks to all of the photographers, writers, illustrators, stylists and everyone else that helped pull this one together. About this issue: “This issue is dedicated to all things that get better with time: loved ones, food, family traditions and a good bottle of wine. It explores how the older folks in our lives can teach us how to live and investigates how our lives are enriched by the people, meals and traditions of things past. Everything in this issue gets better, or tastier, with age.” Pick up a copy at Kinfolk.com >

The Kinfolk Table

Today marks the official release of Kinfolk’s first book, The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings. This is a small glimpse of my process for building the collard greens wall on the back cover. Apologies to any Portlanders who were out shopping for collards that day. I’m pretty sure we wiped out the city’s supplies. Get yourself a copy at Kinfolk.com >

ruf•fle

There’s another group show coming up. If you’re in the Portland area, join us for the opening of ruf•fle, a group exhibition featuring work from a small group of Portland-based women, myself included, working across the art and design spectrum. The group was created to help facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue and critique, and this exhibition is one manifestation of these conversations.

About the show: The word “ruffle” operates as a shared variable, facilitating individual exploration within a collective pursuit and open dialogue. The works highlight the array of insights a single subject can produce when interpreted through different lenses. The collection, as a whole, showcases this diversity and the value of collaborative analysis through cross-disciplinary insight.

Opening July 13 @ 6:00 pm – WhiteBox Gallery, 24 NW 1st Avenue

Ride On PDX

For those of you in Portland, be sure to check out the Ride On show tomorrow night. Megabolt, an organization dedicated to bettering kids’ lives through art, facilitated a workshop with an amazing kid named Joe Henry to create a skateboard design that is currently being produced by Avalia, a Wisconsin-based skate company. To commemorate Joe’s art and raise funding, Megabolt is hosting Ride On – an art show and silent auction featuring decks from nearly 50 artists and designers.

June 29th @ 7pm – 525 N Tillamook Street

Going Solo

I’m officially taking the jump. After a little over two and a half years at Wieden+Kennedy, I’ve decided to give full-time freelance a try. It’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a good while, and it finally felt like the right time. I’m sticking around Portland for now, but I’m sure I’ll head back to Austin at some point. Fingers are crossed for 2013. I think it’ll be a good one.

Design Week Portland

Today marks the beginning of Design Week Portland. Get ready for five full days of lectures, films, panels and studio tours. To kick things off, Creative Cares is hosting an opening party at The Cleaners that will recognize “Do-Gooders” of the Pacific Northwest – creative individuals who have done great pro-bono work for the nonprofit community. They’ll be handing out some “creative superhero” shirts that I created for tonight’s event. Big thanks to Steve Denekas, Kevin Shaw and Burk Jackson.

For those interested in lending their talents for social good, be sure to check out Creative Cares, an organization that helps match the creative community with nonprofits.

Ormonde / Machine

Today is an extra special day – Ormonde’s debut album, Machine, is out.

Last winter, Sara and Adam of Hometapes sent Machine my way, and after one play through, I was mesmerized. I listened to it on repeat during the holidays and in the months after, worked on one of my favorite projects to this day – designing the duo’s identity and album packaging. It’s always special when you design for something or someone that you can truly get behind. The cover artwork (by Melanie Little Gomez) also helped inspire the rest of the design and allowed for some play with reality and fantasy. Congrats to Anna-Lynne and Robert and big thanks to Hometapes.

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ROFLCon Summit

A friend once compared memes to candy—they’re awesome, but you can’t consume too much all at once. And after spending months working on ROFLCon Summit, I’m going to end up with diabetes.

For those unfamiliar with ROFLCon, it’s a biennial conference held on the East Coast that celebrates all things internet. This past weekend, it paid West Coasters a visit for the first time serving up some serious subjects with an air of silliness. I worked on the W+K team that brought the conference to life, and the past few months have been filled with ridiculous moments: days and nights spent making a life-size Pedobears, designing on a Mac from 1987 (no lie) and buying 8″ floppy discs from eBay. I just wish all projects ended with a massive party. And an animated .gif photo booth. Aaand double rainbow Jell-o shots.

Birthday Piñata

W+K Goodness store has a new batch of letterpress birthday cards, and I added this highbrow, sophisticated design to the mix. There are a bunch of other great designs you can snag online. Git ’em while you can.

Mixtape: SXSW 2011

That special time of year has arrived when you RSVP to an ungodly number of parties, wait in some gnarly bathroom lines and push your bodies to live off of free beer, popsicles and BBQ for a week straight. Sadly, this is the first year in a long time that I won’t be there to loaf on the French Legation lawns. But I’ve decided it’s time to rein in my SX-sulk and bring a little of the music here to Portland. Here’s a mixtape I made of some artists that’ll be playing down there next week. Download the mix >

Feat: Alex Ebert , Star Slinger, Fitz & The Tantrums, Raphael Saadiq, The Joy Formidable, Phantogram, Papercuts, Sharon Van Etten, Tennis, La Sera, The Antlers, Cults, tUnE-yArDs, Toro Y Moi