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Erin Smith

I make stuff with and for others.

Job Designer & Creator / Wheatberry Design

Lives In The East End

I moved to Portland from Montreal--where I had been attending graduate school--in 2012 and fell in love immediately.  With MFA in hand, I had vague ambitions to make a creative contribution to the community.  As I got to know the area, those ambitions became more defined and culminated in the launch of Wheatberry Design: "hand drawn design for homegrown businesses."  I work with mission-based businesses to connect values to images and also offer fine-art commissions in bookmaking and drawing.  By bridging the gap between fine art and design, I maximize that "creative contribution" I so ardently want to make. 

I am also proud to work with A Company of Girls, a nonprofit offering arts programming to at-risk girls, as their visual and culinary art program coordinator.  Basically, I make art and food with awesome kids, and it's a super-inspirational way to plug in and counter the solitary hours at my drafting desk.  

When not drawing or hanging with cool girls, you'll find me "urban-homesteading" in my kitchen or outside in all seasons, skiing, hiking, gardening, running, or just plain enjoying Maine and the wonderful inhabitants.  

 

Why did you choose Portland? I vetted it out through a 2Degrees event, actually. . . met two of my closest friends, and said, yep, this is right! Also, I wanted to be back to my New England roots. I've lived in California, France, and Canada, all great places, but no place like home (I grew up in NH).

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Eat! Walk the prom!

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Running along the Eastern Prom at sunrise. And, my deck.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? A hot cup of tea at Homegrown Herb & Tea.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? The Winter Cache Project, a great community farming organization.

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Wine time at Blue Spoon, followed by home-cooked dinner on my deck overlooking Portland Harbor. In the morning, a run, a perfectly-brewed cup of green tea, NPR, and the crossword puzzle with my honey.

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Rosemont Market! Also, in all seriousness, 2Degrees events.

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