Tuesday, May 3, 2011

big time: updates, explanations, & where do we go from here?

not going to lie: this blog has been like the red-headed-bastard-step-child of my life lately. You know what though? I don't even feel bad about it so there's no use for apologies. To put it mildly, I have had some major life changes and I just haven't had the capacity to post sketches and write witty verses. Culling inspiration from a life in complete upheaval felt forced and made me far to introspective, you know? Once I began to hold an evil grudge against my blog, I pressed pause. It has been so very nice to simply unplug. Happy to report: I am doing just dandy. So here's the brief on the goings on since October:

step 1: packed up all my belongings in upstate New York and schlepped it across the country (again) to Portland, OR

step 2: bought, moved into, and am fixing up a sweet 'lil 1938 cottage in the South Mount Tabor Neighborhood of SE Portland.

it's odd to see something that took 6+ month to "accomplish" squished into one sentence...this has been huge and will be a neverending project. welcome to home ownership... totally worth it though. also, is it healthy to have a love affair with a city? i don't care if not, i'll scream it from the roof tops: I LOVE MY NEW-OLD CITY, I LOVE MY NEW-OLD HOUSE, I LOVE my neighbors - all the people of Portland. y'all will just bury me in my backyard - i'm never leavin' this patch.

step 3: made a website for my design and illustration work!!! f.i.n.a.l.l.y... check it: www.cobbhoelzer.com

step 4-ish: changed my name. this one deserves some explanation. ok, so i got married and surprised myself by taking my husband's last name. i always considered myself a post-feminist gal, but i felt changed through the whole wedding process and really wanted to share a family name with the love of my life (this sounds cheesy because love is, deal). other 3 reasons i took the last name Hoelzer:
1. it means "people of the woods" which is sweet.
2. it re-connects me to my Germanic roots.
3. it has a "z" and the original spelling has an umlaut as in, Hӧlzer. 'nuff said.
ok, but then i didn't want to loose the "Cobb" part of my name. a lot of people just call me "Cobb" from my athletic days of yore and because of the super popularity of "Emily". seriously, in college i had around 10 friends named Emily and things would be too confusing if we didn't go by last names only...
oh and also i really dislike the whole hyphenated last name business. it looks awkward on the back of jerseys, business cards, name tags, etc. SO after hashing out my name dilemma with a friend, it was brilliantly suggested that i go by "Cobb Hoelzer" or "E. Cobb
Hӧlzer" professionally. i like this. artists need memorable names. another cool thing: "Cobb" is gender neutral... can't even began to describe how differently i am treated when there is ambiguity. people totally take you more seriously when they think you are a dude... i know it's messed up but there it is. sorry feminists.

so now we arrive at "where do we go from here?" the short answer: I don't know, still figuring it out. To be honest, I'm kinda over blogging. For the moment at least. After many months of soul searching I have realized life is short, time is limited, and it's important for me to spend it wisely. Right now I am too busy putting down my roots and expanding my portfolio. { p.s. exciting things are happening with Me and Bobby McGee! aaand more design gigs are steadily arriving on my plate } Taking time to put together posts and then having to network on the blogosphere is too draining and isn't really my talent anyway. I mean, I hardly generated a blip with this blog anyway so ending it is really not a travesty to humanity; blogging getting in the way of my art would be. Maybe within the year I'll start again, perhaps with an easy, less time consuming platform. (Blogger: you make me want to pull out my hair sometimes) Any suggestions? It would be super awesome to post from my iphone to minimize computer screen slavery, I mean, time. How 'bout tumblr? flickr? God forbid "twatter"... ideas are helpful from those of you more technologically prone.

in conclusion, life is good! I am busy making things again. Please check out my website to stay updated if you are so inclined. For now "emily's eye" will remain a time capsule/journal from my 2009 & 2010 life. In the meantime you can post questions and comments here or shot me an email. i heart feedback.

peace out, be well & live free!!!


  1. So happy you two are loving it there. Hopefully we'll be able to get up there to see you both before long. Don't forget to let us know the next time you're in OC.

  2. You are so creative Emily! Loved the pictures also! Can't wait to see you and Bill this weekend and your beautiful house! xxo Debi