Travel Series #001 - Kopi Bubuk


For a long time, I've wanted to create a collection of designs inspired by my travels. The colors, the patterns, letterforms - each area of the globe has so much to offer in terms of design.  As an artist, I can't NOT take notice of these things when in a new place and I want to start sharing them with you. 

This first design comes from South East Sulawesi, Indonesia and it tells two unique stories. The first is told just a short motorbike ride into town where there is a swarming market. We make a point to visit every time we are in the area. The smells, the vendors, the handmade machetes. Oh did I mention the smells? On the outer wall of this marker along the road side, sits a stoic, leather skinned man packing, weighing and selling Indonesian coffee in their distinct plastic yellow bags with bright red lettering. "Kopi Bubuk" or Coffee Grounds written in a script across the top. This coffee is shared with us at every home we visit and although we don't speak each other's  language, smiling while squinting as you sip the first sip of black coffee when starting the day - is shared around the world. 

"So what about the eel?"

Well the story of the eel is best left untold. Maybe one day, you and I can share a cup of coffee and I'll tell you all about him. 

Want to here me tell more about Indonesia? and answer questions like - "How's the food? and "Are there spiders in the bathroom?"