To continue our "Meet the Team" series, I'd like to introduce you to Brooke, my print shop hero. Brooke came to us last fall with letterpress experience and a flexible schedule. After a month long internship to learn how to print on the platen press, she was ready to tackle printing our products 3 days a week. Good thing, too... it turns out newborn babies and platen presses aren't always compatible. Brooke is a detail-oriented printer, a thoughtful co-worker (her handwritten notes and freshly picked wildflowers make even the worst days sweet), and always up for a good conversation. I can't even begin to tell you how thankful I am that she's on our team! Here are Brooke's answers to my "Meet the Team" interview questions:
Q: Describe yourself in 6 words or less.
A: Always choose whimsy.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co.?
A: My favorite thing about Constellation & Co. is the community. Hands down. I love walking in the door, seeing some happy combination of coworkers, family members, and Atticus the finch and saying, "Well, the gang's all here!" People have always been my favorite part of any position, and Constellation & Co. doesn't disappoint. I have been warmly welcomed in to the fold of this family business over the past six months as a new printer, and I couldn't be happier. The conversations we share during the days of pulling hundreds of prints and hustling sweet merchandise can range from baby fashion and Tolkien trivia to moving discussions of civil justice, how to truly carry out our life's work, dealing with loss, and how to save the world with love. Second favorite things about Constellation & Co: learning and practicing letterpress techniques, running antique presses, lending a hand in design decisions, and finding strength and confidence as a lady printer in a red apron- it's a good life.
Q: What are you doing when you're not in the shop? (Other jobs, hobbies, etc.)
When I'm not in the shop, life in Seattle feels busy busy busy. I work two days a week with a pioneering art program for elders with Alzheimer's disease, intern with a restoration bookbinder in Pioneer Square, and I sling vegetables for an organic farm at Seattle farmer's markets. My partner and I share a beautiful house on the water near Discovery Park, where we garden, cook meals, and run all over the city together. I also have a habit of checking out lots of books at the library and not having enough time to read them, but loving the thrill of a deadline.
Q: What is your favorite place in Seattle? (Shops, restaurants, parks, etc.)
My favorite place in Seattle is the Magnolia Bluff in Discovery Park. It is simply the best.