Monthly Archives: May 2012

5 Question Friday With Designer Danille Ulvila from D & D Design Resources

A friend of mine suggested I contact Danille Ulvila. He told me she was a designer and an artist in Tacoma whose work he admired. I got in touch with her and found that she’s starting up a new venture called D & D Design Resources. She was gracious enough to take the time to join me for 5 Question Friday this week. Here’s Danille:

1. How did you get started in design work?

In some ways it was destiny as I developed a love for good design from my Mother.  She has great design sensibilities that go beyond just having good taste.  I think I picked that up from her.

That said, I sort of stumbled into design when I met a local artist and Giclee printer, Joe Palcich in 2007.  I bought some really interesting vintage Giclee prints from him to help my friends merchandise their wine shop on Sixth Avenue.  At the time I had a bunch of my kids’ art posted on the refrigerator and I was contemplating an interesting way to showcase it without being too saccharine.   I visited his studio, and saw his printers and had an “Aha moment” thinking there might be a market for printing children’s art on large format stretched canvases.  I pitched him on the idea and he was on board.  From there I started my own business, Prints Charming, and I began developing a local clientele of families who wanted to do the same thing with their children’s art and family memorabilia.

My Prints Charming business was largely supported by my network of friends, and friends-of- friends with children.  As time passed my very talented Interior Designer friend, Dawn Bloemers, began working on a large interior design project for DaVita.  She knew in a previous life, before motherhood, I had a career in Marketing Communications and she thought I might be able to help her accommodate DaVita’s request to have their corporate culture reinforced  visually in their office space.  I put together some large scale canvas collages together for her and they liked it.  From there we moved beyond canvas and started working with several local vendors using all sorts of new materials to develop design and décor projects for their offices in Tacoma.

2. What projects have you worked on?

Beyond Davita I had the privilege of working with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma on their new space. Most recently I had the opportunity to work on some really fun memorabilia display cases for the Space Needle’s 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair.

3. What’s the most misunderstood thing when it comes to designing for a business?

I think the most misunderstood thing about design and décor is that you just have to have good taste, or that you are just there to make things look pretty.  In fact it really has nothing to do with your personal taste at all.  Successful design projects require you to translate clients’ needs into something that positively represents their aesthetic.  Beyond aesthetics you have to source the best vendors, the latest materials and you have to know how to move their concept from paper to installation which requires a lot of coordination and massive attention to even the smallest details, like where to place the screw holes.

4. What’s a project you’d love to to but haven’t had a chance to do?

You know I have never actually thought about this.  If someone had told me 5 years ago that my work with children’s art would have led to work with the Space Needle I would have laughed out loud.  I’ve been really fortunate to work with a wide variety of interesting clients and I am looking forward to whatever the next phone call brings.  I always enjoy projects that allow me to meet and promote local artists, so I would like to develop a few more projects in that direction.

5. What’s next for your design career?

I sincerely love what I do and the really interesting businesses I get to work with.  Dawn Bloemers and I are joining forces to expand our offerings to businesses large and small all around the Puget Sound.  Through installations and experiences (good and bad) we’ve developed a wealth of resources.  Her deep knowledge of all things interior design; like lighting, textiles and finishes combined with my understanding of fabrication and branding will allow us to offer a unique range of services. It’s going to be an adventure.

If you or your business has a project you would like Danille to help you with, you can contact her at or by phone at 253-677-9931.

I’d like to thank Danille for participating in 5 Question Friday. As always, if you think you or anyone you know would be a good subject for 5 Question Friday, email me at and tell me why.

Fifth Tacoma Homicide of 2012 – Stanley Howard

In the early morning hours of Wednesday May 9th, 56-year-old Stanley Howard had an argument with a 46-year-old acquaintance near South 19th and M Street. Later, Stanley went to the man’s house with a knife. The other man also had  a knife and ended up stabbing Stanley in the chest. He was only a few houses away from his last known address.

This was the fifth homicide for the city of Tacoma this year. Police arrested a man in connection with this murder shortly after it happened but after investigating, they’ve chosen not to file charges as it appears he acted in self-defense. The Hilltop neighborhood was once famous for its violent crime but in recent years has become a thriving community full of new shops, bars, and other businesses.

As always, the comments section is reserved for those who knew Stanley. I moderate all comments and try to keep things civil. Here’s hoping the next homicide I have to write up isn’t for quite awhile.

–          Jack Cameron

5 Question Friday With Patrick Smith From Splatterhouse Wreckords

Tacoma has always had a constantly changing music scene. If you go to a random bar in Tacoma on a weekend, you don’t know what sort of music you might find. It could be one lone girl with an acoustic guitar or it could be a full on punk band with a style all their own. Patrick Smith knows that Tacoma is full of great musicians. That’s why he started Splatterhouse Wreckords. He took some time out of his schedule to join us for 5 Question Friday and tell us a little about himself, his label, and his bands.

1. How did Splatterhouse Wreckords get started?

Splatterhouse Wreckords has been a work in the making for a while. The label got its official start in September of 2011 when my buddy and I finally agreed on a name. The first band to release an album on Splatterhouse Wreckords was Tacoma’s own Sok and the Faggots with their release “Shit Happens When You Party Naked.”

2. What makes your record label different from others?

I try to run Splatterhouse Wreckords band friendly. I choose bands that I like.  Having bands on my label that I personally enjoy motivates me to do as much as possible to help that band succeed.  I also don’t believe in changing the direction a band wants to go with their albums. If I trust a band enough to offer them a contract with Splatterhouse, I trust them to make the right decisions in the studio.

3. Who are some of the bands on your label?

Sok and the Faggots – Tacoma

Bass Line Bums – Austin

Load Levelers – Seattle

Angie and the Car Wrecks – Centralia

Latex Willer – Croatia

Here are some of our upcoming projects:

Live split with Angie and the Car Wrecks and the Hard Money Saints.  The album will be recorded on May 19th at the Grayland Community Center. Come check out the show and party with the bands.

We will be teaming up with Psycho a Go Go Records to release a split EP. The album will consist of a band from their label and a band from my label. Both bands will record 5 new songs for the album.

We are also working on our second compilation album. The album will be called “Splatterhouse Massacre 2, Sloppy Seconds” and it will include bands from Splatterhouse Wreckords and other bands from around the world.

4. What excites you about the Tacoma music scene?

Tacoma has a great music scene. I think the thing that excites me the most about the music here in Tacoma is the support bands get. There are some great venues in the Tacoma and greater Tacoma area that know how to treat a band while they are playing. Bands in Tacoma also get a lot of support from the fans. Show goers in Tacoma know how to have a good time.

5. In your opinion, what’s the most underrated band in Tacoma?

I think underground music as a whole is underrated or unrated. Some of the best musicians in the world play in underground bands. That’s why I do what I do. I love underground music and I want people to hear it. I will continue putting out music till I am dead and my ashes are in a PBR can on someone’s shelf.


You can find Splatterhouse Wreckords at:


I’d like to thank Patrick for joining us. And as always, if you or someone you know wants to be part of 5 Question Friday, write me and and tell me why.

–          Jack Cameron