Meet The Face Behind

SCOUT & WHISTLE

A BRIKA maker story

Vanessa & Darren Boer

PORTLAND, OREGON
"We love it when we find something new."
"Both of us are at our happiest when working with our hands."

"Whether it's a fire, a meal or a drawing, it always feels good to make something from scratch."


"Whether it's a fire, a meal or a drawing, it always feels good to make something from scratch."


"Whether it's a fire, a meal or a drawing, it always feels good to make something from scratch."


Vanessa and Darren’s experience and interests run far and wide — she’s worked for Martha Stewart, he’s a trained film animator; she’s a podcast fiend, he dreams of opening a museum for artsy odds and ends — but Vanessa and Darren can always agree on two things: Love of their dog G (also known as Doodles) and that her studio is the best room in their home.


Creators at heart, they made nearly everything for their summer wedding in 2012, from tablecloths to pinatas — and before long, Scout & Whistle was born. Their diverse inspirations and Pacific Northwest sensibilities shine through in their textile designs.

What's your favorite room in your home and why?
Darren: My wife’s studio. She’s always in the middle of making something, so I get to pop my head in to see what’s cooking. And it’s the one room I spend the least time in, so it’s the most alluring.

Do you collect anything?
Vanessa: I have a lot of collections but my favorites are vintage children's instruments, children's books, miniature everyday objects and pinecones from our travels.

Who inspires you to do the work that you do?
Darren: The list is endless. But my wife is at the top of the list. I just want to make things that entertain her and myself. I want to make images that are inspired by all the many things we adore from paintings by Barry McGee, to the illustrations of Carson Ellis.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Darren: A ninja, as it was the coolest thing in mind. That, or an astronaut or a werewolf. These things are all pretty typical for a boy growing up in the eighties.


"I always loved to draw and make things. I really lucked out by having parents that encouraged it as I grew older."


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