The WAFA Postcard Project, was headed up by Portland’s mixed media artist Brandon Wilson. He collaborated with the WAFA Artist Collective and they sent out postcards for other artists to work on top of. Yes. Shake it Brandon.
One of my favorite Portland shops Machus carries these super cool bike lights. The BOOKMAN Light is designed to meet the modern demands of material and energy efficiency, but most importantly to look fabulous on your bike. BOOKMAN says— “inspired by the bustling bike life of the European metropolis, the focus is the urban bicyclist, for whom style is as important as function. Our design aesthetic is simple but expressive, minimalistic but playful.” I say shake it.
I am loving the paintings of Portland based artist Jennifer Mercede. She has a wonderful way of mixing acrylics, colored pencils, pen and cray-pas to create brightly colored abstracts with a bit of graffiti shining through. “My work is designed to uplift your soul. It is positive, spiritual in origin and one look at the honesty and warmth captured in my pieces makes a viewer smile”. Shake it Jennifer.
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I was shopping around Portland’s Pearl District today and stopped into EWF Modern. They have a wonderful line of home accessories, IMM Living, perfect for unique gifts. My favorite are the Jackalopes. Yes, forest creatures have been on trend for a while now—deer, owls, bunnies… but have you ever seen a jackalope? Well you have now, and I think they are adorable! Shake it IMM.
Portland-based Made Studio is a furniture and interior design studio specializing in handcrafted case goods, tables, and custom furniture, as well as cabinetry-based interiors. Some of their commercial custom work includes the stunning interiors of Stumptown Coffee in Portland, Seattle, and New York. Everything is both designed and constructed in their Portland studio. The simplicity and craftsmanship of their pieces make them a perfect base for a modern space. Shake it MADE.
Founded in early 2009 by husband and wife team Scott & Miranda, Locket 2 You quickly became involved in the Portland creative community. Using social media to get the word out about their wonderful creations, their small business took off and has now moved from Etsy to a stand alone website that shows their extensive collection of lockets. At $28 dollars each they are the perfect gift. I personally own the Peacock Feather Locket, and recently won the Red Kiwi Locket on one of their great Facebook drawings. Make sure and follow them on twitter for fun new creations. Shake it L2Y!
ARTCRANK is a showcase of bicycle-inspired original poster artwork that people can enjoy looking at and afford to take home. ARTCRANK began in Minneapolis in 2007, and has expanded to Denver, St Louis, Portland, San Francisco and Des Moines.
Every ARTCRANK show features posters created by local artists from the host city. Admission is always free, and much celebration of cycling and poster art is to be had at their hoppin openings. ARTCRANK was in Portland last year and welcomed over 500 guests raising over $1000 for Bikes to Rwanda. ARTCRANK will be back in PDX this year and I can’t wait. Shake it guys.
Natalie Ramsland realized that there was a need for female cyclists to find a bike that works specifically for them. So she decided to build them. Sweetpea bicycles was born. Natalie has been a bike messenger in Portland for the last five years, and was recently voted by some random guy as having the “Best Trackstand in Portland.” Natalie spent a couple years studying architectural design in Canada, but decided that the most important degree she could get would be from UBI. Natalie designs the bikes, welds the frames, and generally makes things happen. She is a portland cycling icon, and I dream of her Little Black Dress Cycle. Check out her site, wonderful gallery, photos, info, and vids. Shake it Natalie.