I’m Mitch, and I like to make pretty things.
Sometimes in my mind, I am 21 years old and fresh out of University, and sometimes in my knees and lower back I am closer to 65. In reality I have so far made ~30 revolutions around the sun.
I learned how to write HTML and CSS as a teenager on a website called CalgaryPlanet, which was sort of a hyper-local version of MySpace. I loved web design and development and kept at it as a hobby, and over the years I built blogs and portfolio sites, and even got paid to build and maintain some websites for clients.
I decided to major in Graphic Design when I went to University, but quickly felt underwhelmed by the intro classes I had to take. Impatient, and unhappy with paying to learn things I had taught myself years before, I switched majors, deciding to focus on something I knew very little about: photography. I loved photography, especially working with my hands in the darkroom, dipping sheets of paper into various chemical baths and physically manipulating images the way people did before computers.
I didn’t pursue photography or web design as a career, but have kept at both as hobbies. As of now, my love for making pretty things has shifted to painting. It satisfies my desire to work with my hands and produce something tangible, and to work with pretty colours.
This website is the latest iteration in a long line of personal sites I have maintained over the years. I’m a sucker for a fresh start, and unfortunately most of what I have made before is now lost, deleted or forgotten about somewhere. The internet is forever, sure, but previous sites like miiitch.com, mitchellbartlett.com, and mbrtltt.com are no more. I’m here now, and hopefully bartlett.pro is where I will stay, but I make no promises.
Everything here is powered by Kirby, a most excellent CMS. The goal is to build a solid, flexible website that can handle the content I throw at it, that also allows me the flexibility to completely change it up every now and then. Hopefully everything works well and looks good, but please feel free to point out any bugs or errors to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan (1996)
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney+
Repetitive 'hrm' sounds from Minecraft villagers