Rescue Dogs Wearing Fruit + Veg Accessories

Earlier this week, I spearheaded the most heartwarming and fun shoot I could have ever dreamed up. I somehow talked Los Angeles-based TV hostcookbook author, and veg enthusiast Laura Miller into coming to Napa and making her famed fruit and vegetable accessories to adorn local rescue dogs. She's awesome, lets just get that out of the way. The purpose of this collaborative shoot was two-fold: first and foremost to help find these babies their forever homes, and secondly to raise awareness about the huge number of unwanted older and hospice dogs that are in the system and the importance of fostering, adopting, and raising funds to support them.

I have worked closely with Napa Valley’s Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR) for more than a year now, and their focused work and mission is near and dear to my heart. The nonprofit recently purchased a 40-acre ranch with a vision to build Northern California's first rescue and sanctuary for both farm and companion animals (think Farm Sanctuary). JARR also provides transitional and permanent shelter, adoption and rescue services, humane education, animal advocacy, and is committed to ending animal hunger, cruelty, and overpopulation. Such insanely important work.

Now I'd like to introduce you to some of JARR's most eligible adoptable doggies. Spoiler alert: there's nothing cuter than dogs dressed up in fruit and veggies. To find out more about these (and other!) dapper guys and darling gals, please click over to JARR's website or contact Deassa directly. Please note: they are looking to pursue in-state (California) adoption possibilities only.

Meet Carmen. This sweet girl was a stray at the Napa shelter, and after pulling her it was discovered that she has terminal cancer. She is a cuddle bug and her foster mom cherishes every moment they have together. Carmen is considered a "Fospice" dog which means that she lives with a forever foster that cares for her for the remainder of her life. Her healthcare is paid for via  JARR's Emergency Fund  which is 100% reliant on private funds. 

Meet Carmen. This sweet girl was a stray at the Napa shelter, and after pulling her it was discovered that she has terminal cancer. She is a cuddle bug and her foster mom cherishes every moment they have together. Carmen is considered a "Fospice" dog which means that she lives with a forever foster that cares for her for the remainder of her life. Her healthcare is paid for via JARR's Emergency Fund which is 100% reliant on private funds. 

Meet Sally. She's between 8 and 10 years old and enjoys nothing more than a warm lap or a fluffy bed! She was adopted from a shelter in the Bay Area and then surrendered in the Valley when her owner moved to a place with no dogs allowed. Sally is very adaptable and gets along well with large and small dogs. We're sure she would be great friends with a cat too. Do you need a special someone? This is your girl!

Meet Sally. She's between 8 and 10 years old and enjoys nothing more than a warm lap or a fluffy bed! She was adopted from a shelter in the Bay Area and then surrendered in the Valley when her owner moved to a place with no dogs allowed. Sally is very adaptable and gets along well with large and small dogs. We're sure she would be great friends with a cat too. Do you need a special someone? This is your girl!

Meet Gunner. In August of 2014, Gunner's world was shaken apart. His family lost their housing in the big Napa earthquake. A week later they dropped him off at the local shelter for emergency boarding. Eight months later, after the family decided they could not find proper housing, we set our minds to find this smart, energetic, loyal, fun-loving, and inquisitive boy a new forever home. He would do best as an only dog. Gunner is a healthy, 65 pound, 5-year-old pittie mix. He is such a lover and is ready to wiggle his way into your heart!

Meet Gunner. In August of 2014, Gunner's world was shaken apart. His family lost their housing in the big Napa earthquake. A week later they dropped him off at the local shelter for emergency boarding. Eight months later, after the family decided they could not find proper housing, we set our minds to find this smart, energetic, loyal, fun-loving, and inquisitive boy a new forever home. He would do best as an only dog. Gunner is a healthy, 65 pound, 5-year-old pittie mix. He is such a lover and is ready to wiggle his way into your heart!

Meet Cinderella. She is 13 years old and happily living out her golden years in her forever home. She's just a diva and wanted to crash the photoshoot!

Meet Cinderella. She is 13 years old and happily living out her golden years in her forever home. She's just a diva and wanted to crash the photoshoot!

Meet Edgar. This little guy's 10 years young, and was at a Bay Area Shelter with the threat of euthanasia nearing due to his age, but the vet says he’s got a good 5 years ahead of him! He’s a wonderful dog who is devoted to his person and follows you everywhere. Edgar is great with other loving dogs and kids, and is house trained. He loves going on adventures in the car, on long walks, sitting in warm laps, and sleeping under the covers.

Meet Edgar. This little guy's 10 years young, and was at a Bay Area Shelter with the threat of euthanasia nearing due to his age, but the vet says he’s got a good 5 years ahead of him! He’s a wonderful dog who is devoted to his person and follows you everywhere. Edgar is great with other loving dogs and kids, and is house trained. He loves going on adventures in the car, on long walks, sitting in warm laps, and sleeping under the covers.

Meet Malachi. This playful 10-month-old German Shepherd/Doberman puppy was an owner surrender. Malachi gets along with other dogs, likes to ride in the car, sleeps all night in his crate, and is housebroken. He's only had a few days walking on-leash but is learning quickly! This sweet boy will need both physical exercise and mental stimulation. Did I mention he's very ball and treat motivated?

Meet Malachi. This playful 10-month-old German Shepherd/Doberman puppy was an owner surrender. Malachi gets along with other dogs, likes to ride in the car, sleeps all night in his crate, and is housebroken. He's only had a few days walking on-leash but is learning quickly! This sweet boy will need both physical exercise and mental stimulation. Did I mention he's very ball and treat motivated?

Meet Red Rooster. Are you ready for a good time? This active fella loves to play fetch and go for hikes. Red Rooster is very athletic and knows his basic commands. He enjoys walks and playtime with other canine friends. With proper introductions, he could learn to live with cats too! He is under 2 years old and is about 50 pounds. He can be a little shy at first but warms up quickly and can't wait to get a few kisses in! This sweet guy will make someone very very happy.

Meet Red Rooster. Are you ready for a good time? This active fella loves to play fetch and go for hikes. Red Rooster is very athletic and knows his basic commands. He enjoys walks and playtime with other canine friends. With proper introductions, he could learn to live with cats too! He is under 2 years old and is about 50 pounds. He can be a little shy at first but warms up quickly and can't wait to get a few kisses in! This sweet guy will make someone very very happy.

Meet Merry Ann. This sweet affectionate girl is between 8-10 years old. She weighs 60 pounds and doesn’t need much more than love and a soft bed. She runs to meet new people. She would enjoy being an only dog during her senior years, as she wants humans and her things all to herself. That doesn’t mean that she couldn’t live with a well-matched large dog! She is house and crate trained. Do you have a spot to let her live out her golden years?

Meet Merry Ann. This sweet affectionate girl is between 8-10 years old. She weighs 60 pounds and doesn’t need much more than love and a soft bed. She runs to meet new people. She would enjoy being an only dog during her senior years, as she wants humans and her things all to herself. That doesn’t mean that she couldn’t live with a well-matched large dog! She is house and crate trained. Do you have a spot to let her live out her golden years?

Meet Rose + Sally. Get ready for a tear jerker. These two amazing Lab girls made their way to safety with JARR in August 2015. They are presently in the loving care of a foster home receiving rehab, decompression, socialization, and exercise. They have endured a life no dog should. In their former lives, they lived outside in extreme heat and cold. They foraged for their own food. Both have been badly mistreated, but you would never know it. They are full of love, years of it! These gals are easy to be with: they love when you toss a ball and use both hands to pet them whenever possible. Silly Sally is about 12 and is the family clown. She has kidney disease and must be on a specific diet. Rose is about 10 years old with eyes that will hypnotize you into loving her in mere moments. She has arthritis and takes meds for pain and incontinence.  They are a bonded pair; Sally is protective of her sister Rose. Their dream home is a  FOSPICE  situation where JARR would provide all food, medicine, and vet care. These girls are in desperate need of a gentle, compassionate, loving soul that is home often to spend time with them and dote on them. A home free of chaos and buckets of love, no other animals, a backyard with a solid fence, a cool lawn, and more love love love. They deserve the very best. We are grateful Rose & Sally are safe with JARR and that we were able to get them to a healthier state.  All they need now is you... :)  Donate directly to JARR's senior programs here .

Meet Rose + Sally. Get ready for a tear jerker. These two amazing Lab girls made their way to safety with JARR in August 2015. They are presently in the loving care of a foster home receiving rehab, decompression, socialization, and exercise. They have endured a life no dog should. In their former lives, they lived outside in extreme heat and cold. They foraged for their own food. Both have been badly mistreated, but you would never know it. They are full of love, years of it! These gals are easy to be with: they love when you toss a ball and use both hands to pet them whenever possible. Silly Sally is about 12 and is the family clown. She has kidney disease and must be on a specific diet. Rose is about 10 years old with eyes that will hypnotize you into loving her in mere moments. She has arthritis and takes meds for pain and incontinence.

They are a bonded pair; Sally is protective of her sister Rose. Their dream home is a FOSPICE situation where JARR would provide all food, medicine, and vet care. These girls are in desperate need of a gentle, compassionate, loving soul that is home often to spend time with them and dote on them. A home free of chaos and buckets of love, no other animals, a backyard with a solid fence, a cool lawn, and more love love love. They deserve the very best. We are grateful Rose & Sally are safe with JARR and that we were able to get them to a healthier state.  All they need now is you... :) Donate directly to JARR's senior programs here.


Photography + Concept: Emma K. Morris
Costumes: Laura Miller
Styling: Laura Miller, Alex Healy, and Katie Miller
Special thanks to: Deassa Binstock and all the JARR foster parents
 

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Martina Thornhill

I discovered the work of Martina Thornhill via one of my favorite Instagram buds (an incredible artist and woodworker), Ariele Alasko. The moment I saw Martina's ceramic pieces, I fell in love with the playful freeform edges and hand-carved original designs found within her mugs and planters. There's an organic flow to her body of work that just feels like home to me, so of course I'm totally intrigued by her and asked her a million questions. Herewith, a Q&A with the artist about her work, home, and inspiration.

Photo by Kelsey Hammersley.

Photo by Kelsey Hammersley.

How did you get your start in ceramics?

MT: Until three years ago, I had only taken one ceramics course in my life. The first time was through a community college when I was 18 and I was unbelievably terrible at it! I was too impatient with the wheel, too haphazard in my designs, and too random in my glazing. I was prolific, but it was all just so ugly. I didn't even think about trying it again until we moved to the East Coast in 2011. My husband and I were living in a small town outside of Albany and there was a pottery studio offering classes just down the road from us. I was new in town, didn't know anyone, and had some extra time on my hands, so I gave it another shot. I wasn't any better at the wheel, but my sense of design had definitely improved and it felt really good to work with clay again. From that point on, I was hooked. All in all, I've only taken four ceramics classes because I've got this stubborn streak that drives me to learn everything on my own. I don't mind asking for help when I need it, but there's something about discovering my own way to make things, my own tricks and methods, and I really love that. This is the same reason I choose to hand build as well. I've always sewn as a hobby and when I started applying those methods to ceramics, something instantly clicked for me. I could treat the slabs of clay like fabric, cut them into pattern pieces, and fuse them together. It sounds basic, but it was such a huge realization for me.

Where is your workshop located?

MT: I currently work out of my home studio in Chapel Hill, NC. Our house is super tiny and there's no room for a kiln so I build everything in my studio, then fire at a community studio in Durham. I've been selling ceramics as a hobby for the last six months, and now that I'm transitioning into making art my full-time job, I'm hoping to move into a separate studio space with my own kiln within the next few months. 

Photo by Kelsey Hammersley.

Photo by Kelsey Hammersley.

When did you know you were destined to be an artist?

MT: To be honest, I've never really thought of myself as an artist. I was always a crafty kid and had vague childhood dreams of being a fashion designer, but I never felt what I made was special enough to make a career in art a viable option. I majored in Women's Studies in school, worked as a domestic violence counselor, taught dance classes, tended bar, and always treated my art as a hobby. I just couldn't visualize taking that leap of faith and fully putting myself out there, even though making art is what makes me feel the most fulfilled. It still seems surreal to me that I'm even trying it now, and there's no way I could have done it without the constant support and encouragement from my husband and friends. 

What people, places, and things most inspire your work?

MT: Lately I've been feeling really inspired by minimal abstract art like that of Louis Reith and Lygia Pape, as well as the sculpture work of Mari Andrews and Kay Sekimachi. I am continually drawn to images of muted desert colors, geometric shapes, and balanced negative space. I don't always manage to display that in my work as much as I'd like, but creating objects reminiscent of these inspirations is always my goal. This is a little cheesy, but my husband Drew Steadham is a constant source of inspiration to me. He has such a unique view of the world and the best sense proportion and balance, so I always value his opinion. My friend Meg Adamson is an amazing multi-disciplinary artist and her aesthetic has had a huge influence on my work.

Martina also specializes in handmade leather goods, jewelry, and more. Photo by Kelsey Hammersley.

Martina also specializes in handmade leather goods, jewelry, and more. Photo by Kelsey Hammersley.

You've lived in a few different states in the US in your lifetime. When someone asks you where your home is, what do you say?

MT: This is hard question for me as my family moved around a lot when I was young and I've continued this trend as an adult. I currently live in North Carolina so technically that's my home, but when it really comes down to it, my heart is in Portland, OR. I spent most of my twenties there and am still very affected by my many experiences in that town, and the amazing nature that surrounds it. 

Who are your idols in the arts and crafts movement?

MT: Ceramics-wise I love the work of Helen Levi and Ben Medansky. They are both so skilled at what they do, have a cohesive and balanced sense of aesthetic, and yet manage to retain a sense of humor that's visible in their work. I really appreciate when someone can be so talented but not take themselves too seriously. A couple others are Ariele Alasko and Jenn Goff of Takara Design. These ladies are two of the kindest makers I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and their encouragement and support of my work really means a lot to me. Not to mention they both are amazing at their craft. I find their drive and vision truly inspiring. 

What's next for you?

MT: I'd like to spend the next six months building my line and adding more jewelry to the collection. My focus is definitely shifting more toward ceramics as I've been really enjoying working with clay, but I can see more weaving and maybe some lost wax casting making an appearance soon. I've always had a hard time sticking to just one medium and I can't see that changing anytime soon!


Here are a few photos I shot of Martina's pour-over coffee set in action. Since arriving in the mail, this mug barely leaves my hands.

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web: http://martinathornhill.com » Instagram: @martinathornhill

Karen Ann Myers

I've been lucky enough to be surrounded by a diverse pool of talented people throughout my life. As a child, my parents always encouraged creativity - whether it was putting my sister and I through private art classes after school from fourth grade on, or buying me multiple instruments until I found one that clicked. My sister is an unbelievably gifted artist, my mother a brilliant writer and teacher, and my father a landscape architect, builder, building inspector, and all-around fixer of broken stuff. During my schooling, I clung to creative types like myself, and always seemed to get the closest to those I admired most - as people, as artists, as innovators, as teachers, as designers...as individuals who made the world a brighter, more vibrant place to live in.

I'm so glad to still be connected to many of these people. Karen Ann Myers is one of the many unbridled talents I got to know during my years at Michigan State University. Towards the end of earning her BFA in Studio Art, we crossed paths and I can honestly say that her artwork is some of the first that impacted me as an adult. Her genius use of colors and textures, and her ability to create painstakingly intricate patterns boggled my mind back then, and almost ten years later, here I am, still absolutely engrossed in the progression of her work. Her portraits showcase her ability to effectively create an environment, a feeling, and a distinct depth within the canvas.

Back in 2006, Karen took part in a group show I curated at an alternative art space I once directed, (SCENE) Metrospace. The exhibit's theme was female body image and perception, titled Skin Deep. Many other friends and colleagues were a part of this show (the incredibly talented Suzanne Clements also comes to mind) and I still remember the effect these strong women and their unique perspectives had not only on me, but also on hundreds of others, both male and female, who viewed the exhibit.

She even did a large-scale portrait of me (back in the days of blond highlights...) that eventually graced the cover of Fem Magazine. The original piece was purchased by my mom, and hangs at our family home in Michigan.

Other than being a working studio artist, Karen also recently became assistant director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. She's definitely one to look out for and up to. To find out more about Karen and her incredible work, check out her website.

Amanda Jane Jones

It never ceases to amaze me how eerie the internet can be – sometimes I stumble upon the most perfect thing at any given time. In this case, I was exploring Pinterest and came across a vibrant image that resonated with me (being a Michigander and all!).

Unfortunately, the artist wasn't credited in the caption but with some research I found her website. First off, I noticed that she was based in one of my favorite Michigan cities (Ann Arbor) and after skimming through her portfolio realized that she had done some work for an old colleague/friend of mine, Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking (check it out here). Small world!

The artist's name is Amanda Jane Jones and she is the primary designer forKinfolk Magazine, a niche publication which focuses primarily on the beauty of entertaining and small gatherings. Amanda's crisp, clean design aesthetic is apparent throughout the magazine's lovely pages.

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Kinfolk's website offers a host of lovely videos encompassing everything from cooking to beekeeping.

I’m always interested in how an artist settles into their particular field, so that was the focus for this short Q&A with Amanda.

Q: How did you get your start in graphic design and letterpress?

A: We were lucky enough to find an old letterpress for sale in a creepy shop in Downtown Detroit. It was full of old machines and when we saw the Vandercook we knew it needed to come home with us. The owners didn’t even know how to use it, so it was a pretty lucky find.

Q: What’s the single most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your time in the field

A: Oh man, I’m still learning. But I suppose I’d say at this point in my life, make sure you leave time for personal design projects. Sometimes I get so busy with client work that I forget to take a day or two to just design for fun and see where it takes me.

Q: What’s your favorite campaign to date that you’ve created and/or been a part of?

A: I love ‘em all.

Q: How did you get involved with Kinfolk?

A: Nathan, the editor, sent me an email before the magazine began to see if I’d be up for being the designer. I’m forever grateful he did! Kinfolk is a wonderful project to be a part of.

Q: What is your greatest source of inspiration?

A: Books, books, books. Old and new, big and small. I’ve got more than I can count!

 

Amanda's online portfolio showcases her diverse body of work. I'm particularly smitten with her thoughtful end-of-year and birthday card designs.

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All photos via Amanda Jane Jones.

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