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BEEN THERE, MADE THAT.

Can a city influence the work of an artist? It can when the city is as deeply textured as Seattle. In this series, we invited a handful of accomplished makers from around the country – from a singer/songwriter to an ice cream maker – to visit Seattle for a multi-sensory experience. Then we challenged each of them to return home and create something through their unique craft that is inspired by our city. Their creative journey is chronicled in this series of films, co-produced by Vox and Visit Seattle.

BEEN THERE, MADE THAT. | TRAILER

Been There, Made That.

Can a city influence the work of an artist? It can when the city is as deeply textured as Seattle. In this series, we invited a handful of accomplished makers from around the country – from a singer/songwriter to an ice cream maker – to visit Seattle for a multi-sensory experience. Then we challenged each of them to return home and create something through their unique craft that is inspired by our city. Their creative journey is chronicled in this series of films, co-produced by Vox and Visit Seattle.
Follow along with New York City based children’s book illustrator, Chris Raschka, as he visits Seattle and documents his experience through his art. Chris visits three Seattle neighborhoods on his journey: Capitol Hill, West Seattle, and Fremont while capturing the subtleties and uniqueness of each. From books to record stores to parks and beyond -­‐ on this episode of “Been There, Made That.”
In this episode, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Emily King immersed herself in both the urban and natural sides of Seattle in a creative journey to write a Seattle-inspired song. Musical inspiration came from a variety of places – King Street Station, sonic art sculpture, A Sound Garden – not to mention a surprise meeting with friend and Seattle music sensation Allen Stone at Emerald City Guitars.
Seattle has the power to heighten the senses. Join award-­‐winning architect Jimenez Lai as he travels around Seattle in search of inspiration for his own uniquely Seattle creation. From the famous Seattle Public Library to an orca whale encounter in the Puget Sound – inspiration is everywhere. He’ll also meet with local architects, chefs, and educators to discuss Seattle’s culture of craft and how architecture plays a role in facilitating human interaction.
Katie Deedy, the owner of Grow House Grow wallpaper designs, didn’t always know she wanted to make bespoke, narrative wallpaper, but once she started there was no going back. Deedy’s passion for making patterns draw on her personal experiences and the curiosities of everyday life. The result? Artwork so rich that you want to cover your walls in it and live surrounded by it. For her most recent wallpaper inspiration, the born-and-raised New Yorker traveled to Seattle, a city she often imagined as a child, because her father’s job almost transferred her family there. “Before I came here, my idea of Seattle was really clean air,” she said. “I envisioned wilderness, a city surrounded by a lot of greenery. In my child’s mind, it was this mythical place where I could’ve grown up.” To capture the spirit of the Seattle she had dreamed of, Deedy adopted that whimsical, childlike attitude toward her trip. “When you’re an adult, time tends to move more quickly,” she says. “We get set in our routines and we don’t introduce ourselves to many new novel experiences. Whereas when you’re a child, everything is new and very exciting.” In the end, Deedy explains, making a wallpaper – in fact creating anything – is about wanting to tell a story in a new environment and new space. See how Deedy turned her trip to Seattle into a pattern.

Jeni Britton Bauer

Been There, Made That.

For artisan ice cream maker, Jeni Britton Bauer, inspiration is everything. In this episode of “Been There, Made That”, Jeni experiences the unique flavors and aromas of Seattle to help her create the perfect scent story and translate it into a delicious new ice cream flavor inspired by the city itself.
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BEEN THERE, MADE THAT. | TRAILER

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Chris Raschka

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Emily King

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Jimenez Lai

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Katie Deedy

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Jeni Britton Bauer

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