During last year’s edition of Content and as part of our ongoing Thinking Cap series — a collaborative and curious inquiry into the creative process — we entered the inner lair of Emily Baker and Kerby Ferris. Emily is the designer and curator of Sword + Fern, and makes some of the most beautiful and unique jewelry and other odds and ends around, and together with sound artist Kerby Ferris forms the band Lavender Mirror. We lingered while they crafted Youjoy, an installation project for the event and a living testament to their amazing brains and creative know-how. Our friend Johnny Le crafted this ode to the experience.

See all our Thinking Caps here, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel. We’ll keep an eye out.

On Saturday, we’ll host our fourth Content event on the second floor of Ace Hotel Portland. We’re clearing out the rooms and filling them each with the best designers and crafters in town — and if you want to bring something home we’ll have a pop-up shop in The Cleaners.

For full information about the event and its participants, visit our calendar.

Tickets are available for advance purchase here.


Journey into the alchemical mind of Mark Mothersbaugh — cofounder of Devo, pioneer of flagrant weirdness, maker of children’s music and collector of superannuated musical fire hazards — with the latest installation of Thinking Cap. As our artist-in-residence for Desert Gold 2012 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Mr. Mothersbaugh put on a few shows we invited him to do, and a handful of ones we didn’t.
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.
Next up, Sword + Fern. See more posts on our blog, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel on any social platform. We’ll keep an eye out and send treats to the creators who catch our eye.

Journey into the alchemical mind of Mark Mothersbaugh — cofounder of Devo, pioneer of flagrant weirdness, maker of children’s music and collector of superannuated musical fire hazards — with the latest installation of Thinking Cap. As our artist-in-residence for Desert Gold 2012 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Mr. Mothersbaugh put on a few shows we invited him to do, and a handful of ones we didn’t.

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.

Next up, Sword + Fern. See more posts on our blog, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel on any social platform. We’ll keep an eye out and send treats to the creators who catch our eye.


Opal Stackhouse likes to disguise things when she puts on her Thinking Cap. She told us so here. You should too.

Opal Stackhouse likes to disguise things when she puts on her Thinking Cap. She told us so here. You should too.


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.


Sneak peek: our Thinking Cap series launches June 24. Slightly altered Ellen Gallagher work as our North Star. Stay tuned.

Sneak peek: our Thinking Cap series launches June 24. Slightly altered Ellen Gallagher work as our North Star. Stay tuned.


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