A throwback to Ace Hotel Portland's early days — a spread in Coastal Traveler with room muralists Amy Ruppel in room 304, Ryan Jacob Smith in 404 and Evan B. Harris in 225. As it happens, Evan was the focus of our first ever Thinking Cap video — you can see it yonder.

A throwback to Ace Hotel Portland's early days — a spread in Coastal Traveler with room muralists Amy Ruppel in room 304, Ryan Jacob Smith in 404 and Evan B. Harris in 225. As it happens, Evan was the focus of our first ever Thinking Cap video — you can see it yonder.


Thinking Cap is a new evolving series by Atelier Ace making inquires into the creative processes of experimental artists, musicians and personalities. Artists all have their rituals for getting into the heat of their energy. Hemingway would stop working when he had a good idea to save some motivation. Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day. Mark Mothersbaugh gets up at 3am to draw every morning. Some people need a certain room or a certain outfit or need to get naked. The Thinking Cap, outfitted with a POV camera, captures that process with all the shakes, swoops and cries of victory in real time.
First up, Evan B. Harris, one of the first muralists at Ace Hotel Portland, and a maker of great omelettes. Next up, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, and in August our friends from Sword + Fern.
See it all here, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel. We’ll keep an eye out and send treats to the creators who catch our eye.

Thinking Cap is a new evolving series by Atelier Ace making inquires into the creative processes of experimental artists, musicians and personalities. Artists all have their rituals for getting into the heat of their energy. Hemingway would stop working when he had a good idea to save some motivation. Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day. Mark Mothersbaugh gets up at 3am to draw every morning. Some people need a certain room or a certain outfit or need to get naked. The Thinking Cap, outfitted with a POV camera, captures that process with all the shakes, swoops and cries of victory in real time.

First up, Evan B. Harris, one of the first muralists at Ace Hotel Portland, and a maker of great omelettes. Next up, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, and in August our friends from Sword + Fern.

See it all here, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel. We’ll keep an eye out and send treats to the creators who catch our eye.


The Fable of Annabell Lee — a tale of love lost at sea. Hand-painted by Ace Portland mural artist Evan B. Harris¬†animated by Fashion Buddha, with an original score by our very own design heavyweight Peter Bowhan, recorded on Thomas Lauderdale's ol' grand under the influence of absynthe and 3D adult movies.


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