January was an insane month for us! We went up to Portland, stormed the old PLYWERK building, and hung out with all the awesome people inside to get ready for our big move down to So Cal!
We liked everyone so much, we even brought few of them back. Like Super Cool Cyndy! That's her new nickname. I just made up right now since she was nice enough to do an interview (which means one less blog post that I have to write on my own). Well... that, and she actually is SUPER COOL!
After helping us get settled in our new location, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Cyndy and pick her brain about the transition...
PW: What was the main reason you for your recent travel to California? Was this your first time visiting?
CYNDY: Derric and Erin (the owners of Prints on Wood) invited me to work with their staff in Riverside to remodel their woodshop and develop lean manufacturing techniques for PLYWERK photo products and Prints on Wood.
I had spent time in California before visiting aunts, uncles and cousins. When I was 8, I remember not wanting to leave California at the end of our family vacation. My parents pretended (for like a minute) to drive away without me. Even though I did leave that time, I remained convinced I'd eventually move to Oakland or Berkeley. But then Portland and I met, and now we're together forever.
PW: After spending a few weeks working with our team, what would you say is the biggest difference about PLYWERK and Prints On Wood?
CYNDY: PLYWERK bamboo photo products carry a substance and lushness that contrasts with the lighter aesthetic of Prints on Wood. It's like comparing a eco-conscious chocolate cupcake to an organic lemon bar.
PW: Now that you've worked alongside the new PLYWERK team at it's new home, how do you feel about the transition/change in ownership?
CYNDY: Closing PLYWERK's Portland HQ is a very real bummer for our community, but being part of the transition team conveying the essence of PLYWERK photo products, manufacturing practices, and handmade quality to the capable folks at Prints on Wood has helped me prepare for my next phase. I'm impressed by the skill and dedication of the Prints on Wood crew and trust them to sustain the PLYWERK vision, turning digital images into tangible, beautiful, lovable real things. I hope the "more than green" goals we had for PLYWERK inspire employees and customers of Prints on Wood to keep the environment in mind in the everyday choices all of us make at work, at home and in the marketplace.
Thanks Cyndy, we'll miss you!