Peggy Acott

A native Portlander, Peggy Acott writes in both fiction and non-fiction, as well as articles and content for both print and online media.
Among the places her work has been published are Portland Outsider Magazine; Edible Portland; Cactus Heart Press; Cooking Up a Story; Savor: an Anthology; and most recently, PMC. Follow her online at www.peggyacott.wordpress.com and on Twitter at @pmacott.

Posts by Peggy Acott

Our Shop Tour Series – 2018!

November 11, 2017 01:03 PM
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PORTLAND MADE – SHOP TOUR SERIES The Joinery Shop Tour, on Nov 8th is our final tour of 2017.  Come see behind the scenes at their SE Woodstock facility, ask questions, and get the opportunity to learn from their CEO, Furniture Designer, and Marketing Manager. GET AN INSIDE LOOK WITH OUR SHOP TOURS No matter your trade, […]

Maker Health Care – for 2018

October 10, 2017 04:35 PM
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As Makers our health is key. We often perform the manual labor needed to produce our product and, in addition, many of us are responsible for our own health insurance because we can’t opt for employee-provided. 2018 Open Enrollment for Healthcare.gov is shorter than ever this year.   According to Healthcare.gov you can preview 2018 plans […]

Central Eastside is on the map!

September 09, 2017 08:41 PM
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The business association for the Central Eastside (Central Eastside Industrial Council) is publishing a map for the district, and your business could be on it. Application date newly extended to 9/22/17   Map design – The map will be professionally designed fold-out with your business name and website or telephone number, with an anticipated 150 […]

PAN Launch – And we’re off!

August 08, 2017 09:28 AM
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Last night marked the first event of Portland Made’s Preferred Advisor Network (PAN). A lively evening full of new faces and great conversation, thank you to everyone who came out! ~ And thank you to our new PAN advisors, who we welcome all Portland Made Members to connect with. Learn more here. ♡  Drinks by […]

Jewelry Maker – Job Opening

August 08, 2017 01:38 PM
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New member –betsy & iya– is hiring for FT, entry level Jewelry Maker.   Click to learn more about… Jewelry  |  Origin & Story  |  Team   FULL-TIME MAKER – ENTRY-LEVEL (36-40 HOURS/WEEK) You will assist in the production of jewelry as part of our Production team. Candidates must be available to interview within the next […]

Looking for Shop Space?

August 08, 2017 10:33 AM
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Rented as of 10/16/17.  Thanks for looking! MAKER OR FULFILLMENT SHOP SPACE AVAILABLE Lemay + Rivenbark Design Labs is an established furniture-making company looking to rent. Two Spaces Available Pricing: $950 for 800 square feet  |  $1350 for 1,200 square feet Location: 627 N Tillamook St, Portland OR   Both spaces are empty and include: Electricity […]

Meet Portland Made’s New Owners!

July 07, 2017 08:36 PM
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Happy summer everyone! There are a few exciting changes happening at Portland Made. Many of you had a chance to work with Managing Director Simone Coker-Kamna. Last month she accepted a new, exciting position at Reed College. We are super grateful for her work with us and will miss her! Good luck Simone! Because of […]

Member News from New Deal Distillery

July 07, 2017 08:00 AM
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**New Deal Vodka ON SALE for month of July $2 off – $24.95** Please use the #respectyourvodka hashtag where appropriate **Distiller’s Workshop Series – we still have small amount of June releases for sale in the Tasting Room – VERY LIMITED SUPPLY OF ALL OF THESE (especially bourbon and old tom gin)** Distiller’s Cut Rum […]

RACC Art Spark July 21st!

July 07, 2017 03:46 PM
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Art Spark is back the evening of of July 21st! Join us at 6pm for another evening of education and celebration. This time we will be located at Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center (8371 N Interstate Ave​) for an outdoor event. Enjoy the summer vibes and learn about community partners DUG (Deep Underground), Just Seeds, and more! Connect with Portland […]

Be a Vendor at the Oregon Handmade Bike Show

July 07, 2017 01:24 PM
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Repost of the Oregon Handmade Bike Show Newsletter Vendor Space is Limited – 60% Sold Out, Sign Up Now! The OBCA is excited to announce that we will host the 2017 Oregon Handmade Bike Show on Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the show, and we are looking forward […]

Marketing Assistance Needed!

June 06, 2017 01:39 PM
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Incidental Design is in need of part-time, contract marketing assistance! I’m a new small business in need of an enthusiastic individual adroit at: Social media management Website updates and management, and Scheduling An eye for product photography is helpful but equipment is not required. Other info: Workspace is located in a shared maker-space which is noisy, […]

Makers Summit: A Chat With the Commissioners

June 06, 2017 12:53 PM
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On June 14th, Portland Made members, partners, and other small maker business advocates met with Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Commissioner Nick Fish at their request to better understand the needs of Maker businesses and provide potential solutions for getting  some of those needs met. Below is a recap of the meeting.   Kjell van Zoen […]

MadeHere PDX is Hiring

June 06, 2017 11:09 AM
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Check out the job opening with MadeHere PDX and apply today!   Assistant Floor Manager 35 – 40 Hours per week Please email info@madeherepdx.com to apply This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position’s scope and function in the company. […]

The Portland Shave Shop

May 05, 2017 11:33 AM
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Portland Made Member, Portland Razor Co, recently expanded their business by adding on a new Shave Shop. We caught up with them to learn more about the new shop, how that came to be, and what’s in store for the future.   The cover photo is of the new Portland Shave Shop, 3207 SW 1st Ave […]

Portland Made Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 05, 2017 10:27 AM
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Mother’s Day 2017 is upon us and we wanted to make sure you know about the great gift options for the Mother’s and Mother figures in you life! They’ve taken care of you, now it’s your turn to show your appreciation!   Check out some of the great Portland made products and sales that your ma […]

Casting for Nick Offerman & Amy Poehler’s “Handmade”

May 05, 2017 11:20 AM
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Apply to Appear on Nick Offerman & Amy Poehler’s Upcoming “Handmade” TV Show Accomplished woodworker Nick Offerman and former “Parks and Recreation” co-star Amy Poehler will host “The Handmade Project,” a competition series for makers. Slated to run on NBC for six episodes, the show is meant to “[celebrate] artisanship and the makers who can […]

Design Week Portland Lady Makers: L+R Design Lab

April 04, 2017 01:29 PM
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Welcome to the Design Week Portland Lady Makers blog series. This blog series will highlight 5 female makers working in the Portland Metro area and participating in the Design Week Portland Pop Up shop taking place on April 25th, 2017 at The Redd. We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight female makers; explaining why […]

Maker Stories: Venn Design

April 04, 2017 11:09 AM
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  A few years ago Tyler Benner was driving his manual car and noticed how his left heel would twist outwards on the pedal when he depressed the clutch. A lifelong athlete focused on the finer details of his body’s movement, Benner found himself wondering if he could learn how to push the pedal without […]

Design Week Portland Lady Makers: Mirus Toys

April 04, 2017 08:11 AM
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Welcome to the Design Week Portland Lady Makers blog series. This blog series will highlight 5 female makers working in the Portland Metro area and participating in the Design Week Portland Pop Up shop taking place on April 25th, 2017 at The Redd.   We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight female makers; explaining […]

Design Week Portland Lady Makers: Kayla Burke Design

April 04, 2017 03:14 PM
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Welcome to the Design Week Portland Lady Makers blog series. This blog series will highlight 5 female makers working in the Portland Metro area and participating in the Design Week Portland Pop Up shop taking place on April 25th, 2017 at The Redd.   We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight female makers; explaining […]

Design Week Portland Lady Makers: Cotton Flower Press

March 03, 2017 10:17 AM
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Welcome to the Design Week Portland Lady Makers blog series. This blog series will highlight 5 female makers working in the Portland Metro area and participating in the Design Week Portland Pop Up shop taking place on April 25th, 2017 at The Redd.   We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight female makers; explaining […]

Design Week Portland Lady Makers: Portland Apron Company

March 03, 2017 03:35 PM
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    Welcome to the Design Week Portland Lady Makers blog series. This blog series will highlight 5 female-identifying makers working in the Portland Metro area and participating in the Design Week Portland Pop Up shop taking place on April 25th, 2017 at The Redd.   We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight female […]

DIY Screen Printing by Rendered

March 03, 2017 11:24 AM
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Did you know that you can screen print at home ?!? Watch this quick video from Rendered Screen Printing and Design and give it a try!       About Rendered: We print shirts people want to wear. We do it with super soft water based inks, great design, and a curated selection of fashionable styles.   […]

Shield Shop

December 12, 2016 04:18 PM
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Medieval Combat Sport (MCS), Battle Games and Live Action Role-Play (LARP), with their hard foam weapons and medieval costumes and themes, have been an active subculture sport for decades, both nationally and internationally. There are casual and serious devotees to the sport; gatherings, competitions and tournaments take place all over the world. Shannon Cramer has […]

Hifi Farms

November 11, 2016 09:26 AM
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Lee Henderson and three of his friends started Hifi Farms in 2013 as a “mom and pop coffee shop idea” to serve the newly legalized status of medical marijuana. Lee had been working in the music recording and producing industry, and most of the partners were musicians, so the more-than-one-meaning of Hifi Farms struck the […]

You Are Here Portland

November 11, 2016 04:09 PM
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Stephen Sasser and Lyn Nance-Sasser first met in the art department at Portland State University, and have now been making prints together in Portland for over thirty-five years.  In that time, they have seen a lot of changes in the maker community, mostly for the better. Stephen says, “It’s different now from the old days, […]

Building the Local Maker Ecosystem: A New Local Partnership Aims to Help Makers Succeed

November 11, 2016 10:00 AM
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This article has been modified to include the new name of this program. Original Article by Courtney Tait In May of this year, a group of Portlanders passionate about supporting the city’s Maker Movement began meeting to discuss issues and ideas; services and strategies. Their goal? To help build and grow financially successful maker and […]

Ear Trumpet Labs

October 10, 2016 07:56 AM
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Philip Graham’s hobby was building microphones and amplifiers in his basement for his musician daughter Malachi. When he learned that there was a need for microphones that would give acoustic musicians studio quality sound in live performance, he started doing some research. He started “digging around in the bins of hardware stores” to find simple […]

Frankie & Coco

September 09, 2016 03:25 PM
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While Maya Mori was at home with her two preschool daughters, she decided to make a few accessories and bags from a stash of fabric she still had in her sewing room from the days when she did custom sewing and apparel; simple, one-of-a-kind items that she could use to make a little extra money […]

Can the Maker Movement Be a Pathway to the Middle Class? UMA Is Working on It.

September 09, 2016 04:00 PM
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By Courtney Tait If you’ve ever bought (or made) a locally-crafted product, chances are you know that its value reaches beyond the physical function it serves. Whether it’s a leather bag, an organic facial cleanser, or a cold hard cider, local goods are the result of the passion and drive of makers in your community. […]

Felton & Mary’s

September 09, 2016 01:53 PM
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Barbecue is a communal activity, whether it’s with a gathering of family, friends, or a combination of the two – note that you don’t see recipes for BBQ-for-one anywhere! It is an occasion, almost a celebration, facilitated by meat, fire, some time-tested combination of dry rubs and flavor-laden sauce, and time. Barbeque is a slow […]

Minnie & George

September 09, 2016 12:29 PM
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Lori Caldwell never thought that a business making fine, handcrafted leather goods was in her future. On the invitation from a friend, she took a sewing class, making a small leather clutch bag, and something “clicked.” She started taking private sewing lessons, all using leather. “I was making bags from day one,” she says. She […]

Portland’s Maker Movement: Impact, Growth, and the Road Ahead

August 08, 2016 07:44 AM
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  By Courtney Tait In 2015, members of the Portland Made Collective produced an estimated $316 million in revenue. They also employed 2,361 workers. Gathered through a study done by Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies and Planning, these figures reflect a notable contribution to the city’s economy, and they represent just 342 makers […]

The Gerp

August 08, 2016 05:54 PM
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Paul Liniger’s online aggregate tag line is “Proudly Portland.” It’s a message that fits: Liniger is a native Portlander; he makes it a point to have as many parts of the Gerp made in Portland as possible (which is most); he networks, promotes and collaborates locally with other suppliers and small manufacturers, and aspires to […]

Makers of America Book Tour Recap – Philadelphia, P.A.

July 07, 2016 10:12 AM
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Makers of  America Book Tour Recap – Philadelphia, PA In March 2016, Kelley Roy, owner of Portland’s Makerspace, ADX and founder of Portland Made, embarked on her first Makers of America Book Tour. She traveled to Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston to uncover the who, what, why and how of the maker movement. Portland […]

Makers of a America Book Tour Recap – Brooklyn, N.Y.

July 07, 2016 12:23 PM
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Makers of a America Book Tour Recap – Brooklyn, N.Y. In March 2016, Kelley Roy, owner of Portland’s Makerspace, ADX and founder of Portland Made, embarked on her first Makers of America Book Tour. She traveled to Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston to uncover the who, what, why and how of the maker movement. […]

Elizabeth Rohloff Design

July 07, 2016 10:37 AM
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ElizaBeth Rohloff has been a Portland Maker for over thirty years. She started in clothing design and construction, but in the 1980s it was her time spent in the costume department of Portland Civic Theater that she discovered her love of vintage fashion, and especially hats. “Those were great years,” she says. The experience galvanized […]

Makers of America Book Tour Recap – Washington D.C.

July 07, 2016 01:31 PM
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Makers of a America Book Tour Recap – Washington D.C. In March 2016, Kelley Roy, owner of Portland’s Makerspace, ADX and founder of Portland Made, embarked on her first Makers of America Book Tour. She traveled to Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston to uncover the who, what, why and how of the maker […]

WovenWare

July 07, 2016 11:00 AM
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In 1998 Catherine Wilson moved into a house with dark shutters that, while affording her privacy, also blocked out much-needed light. A friend suggested she weave simple window coverings herself. Thus began an exploration that has led Wilson down a path she hadn’t anticipated but one that “is completely satisfying for me.” With degrees in […]

Hovden Formal Farm Wear

June 06, 2016 07:08 PM
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The idea of “formal” and “farm wear” in the same sentence may at first seem odd. But Hovden’s founder Ingvill Montgomery has successfully married a century- old Scandinavian farm shirt design with high quality fabrics to create clothing that is at once contemporary and timeless. The logo itself  – a similar combination of the modern […]

Harlow Jewelry

June 06, 2016 11:40 AM
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Harlow Jewelry’s new store is charming and inviting.  Big windows let natural light pour in, picking up the glimmer of antiqued metals and illuminating the rich colors of gemstones. For six years, owner Ruthie Crawford worked out of her home studio and just opened her first brick and mortar store with open work studio in […]

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

May 05, 2016 09:33 AM
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Though the “Reverend” part is slightly tongue-in- cheek, Nat West is absolutely serious about spreading the gospel about hard cider. It all started in 2004 with an unknown variety of apple being grown in a neighbor’s yard, a bountiful harvest, and a cider experiment in the basement. He has never looked back. West says cider is “the […]

Eso Esto by Hand

April 04, 2016 07:42 AM
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‘Quiet can speak volumes” says Shannon Holt about her ceramic forms, “If you take a moment to look, there is a lot of story in a quiet piece.” A designer and creative director by trade, she discovered that clay was a perfect medium to experiment with form and texture – a new way to investigate ideas and to […]

The Bitter Housewife

March 03, 2016 10:16 AM
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Genevieve Brazelton had no intention of making a business of bitters. With a long background in restaurants and home cooking, Genevieve often buys a product and then says to herself “lets see if the homemade version is better.” So it occurred to her to try making bitters from scratch for her favorite cocktail (Old- Fashioned), to see if […]

Portland Pet Food Company

March 03, 2016 03:18 PM
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“Necessity is the mother of invention” often applies to makers and entrepreneurs who stumble upon a small business idea after they have been busy solving a problem of their own. Kate McCarron’s own story is no exception. Her efforts to find a sufficiently nutritious food that her aging dog would find palatable led her to start researching both online […]

Tonkon Torp

February 02, 2016 03:29 AM
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Michael Millender is an attorney at Tonkon Torp LLP, where his practice focuses on tax and employee benefits.  Michael has formed and advised many nonprofits, and he recently concluded four years as board president of Jewish Family & Child Service, a Portland-based social service organization.

Supportland

February 02, 2016 03:26 AM
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Katrina Scotto di Carlo is co-founder of Supportland, an innovation company dedicated to building thriving and resilient communities, as well as a founding member of Portland Made. She gets business highs from expertly run collaborations, mesmerizing storytelling, and elegant design. If she was an ice cream flavor, it would be “the strength of interdependence in our social ecosystem.” […]

van Zoen Consulting

February 02, 2016 03:23 AM
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Kjell van Zoen is a lean business consultant focused on small makers/manufacturers. He adopted lean while growing and running his own maker business (Plywerk) from 2006 through Jan 2016. Through a combination of studying the lean principles developed by Taiichi Ohno of Toyota, and using his own manufacturing business as a living lab, Kjell gained […]

Kelley Roy

February 02, 2016 03:11 AM
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Kelley Roy is the director of ADX, a membership-based design prototyping and incubator facility, and is a founding member of Portland Made. Her ventures have attracted attention from numerous local, statewide and national organizations and political representatives, and ADX has launched numerous businesses from it’s co-working spaces, fabrication shop and technology center. In addition to her work […]

Portland Made 101

February 02, 2016 01:26 AM
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Scout Books

February 02, 2016 08:00 AM
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Laura and Austin Whipple are the founders of Pinball Publishing. By 2002, combining their love of books and print production, they were producing their own literary projects and offering design print services to the public. The business steadily grew, but by 2009 they realized they wanted to shift their business model. Laura says they wanted […]

Cupolette

February 02, 2016 11:00 AM
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Foundry work seems like a bit of alchemy, a bit of magic: Not only is it working with fire and temperatures hot enough to turn a heavy solid into a liquid – daunting enough – but there requires a fairly complex understanding of the individual qualities, the secret life as it were, of different metals; […]

Reed LaPlant Studio

January 01, 2016 11:00 AM
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“That piece of wood is hundreds of years old.” Reed LaPlant points to a richly patterned section of the side of a dresser he is building for his kids. It is one piece of wood from a huge amount of Heart-of-Pine that LaPlant and his wife brought with them from Atlanta when they moved to […]

Essance

December 12, 2015 04:37 PM
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Jasmine Tran believes that beauty is definitely more than just skin deep, and that being in good health helps create a state of natural beauty. “One of the things I strongly believe is that lifestyle and diet impact health – including skin health,” She says, adding that using natural and beneficial skin care products is […]

Bridge Nine Candle Co.

November 11, 2015 03:25 PM
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Chelsea Arvesen says she remembers there were always candles burning in the house while she was growing up. She loved the smell of them, the coziness they invoked for her, and she carried that tradition on into her adulthood and her own home. She became a regular at the Orleans Candle Shop in St. Johns, […]

Bolster Furniture

November 11, 2015 01:00 AM
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When it was time to select a name for his business, Jamison Sellers decided on Bolster. “As a verb, bolster means to shore up, prop up, support…what furniture is designed for.” Sellers didn’t start out thinking he would become a furniture maker. When he entered the Rhode Island School of Design it was with the […]

Cipriano Designs

October 10, 2015 11:00 AM
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It was November 2014, in the midst of the holiday season rush, and the unthinkable happened: A broken water pipe flooded Nicole Cipriano’s studio workspace, grinding her production of leather bags to a sudden halt and destroying thousands of dollars’ worth of inventory and supplies. Cardboard boxes full of custom-dyed leather that were sitting on […]

Kairos Pens

October 10, 2015 01:52 PM
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  Doug Scott is the heart, mind and hands behind Kairos Pens, and he believes that whenever a person picks up a pen to write by hand it is a significant moment in time (“a significant moment in time” is the definition of the Greek word Kairos). “Writing by hand is a whole brain activity,” […]

Clayhaus Ceramics

August 08, 2015 11:00 AM
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Jason Coleman has a family history in ceramics—his parents were leaders in the ceramics arts movement of the 1960s and continue to work today in Las Vegas, where Jason met his wife, Megan. In 2001, Jason and Megan decided to move to Portland (Jason had grown up in Canby, Oregon). He got a job from […]

MadeHere PDX

June 06, 2015 11:00 AM
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Portland Made contributing writer Peggy Acott sat down with MadeHere PDX co-owner John Connor to find out more about why they opened this amazing store filled with Portland Made products.Studies have explored the economic benefits of local manufacturing, retail and restaurants on their communities. But in terms of retail, the inventory is from all over […]

Red Duck Foods

June 06, 2015 11:00 AM
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For a long, long time, whether you were at a cookout, restaurant or grocery store, mustard was the yellow stuff and ketchup was the red stuff; a small handful of brands and labels recognizable since childhood. Period. Mustard was the first to break out, and there has been an ever-growing array of flavors and additions […]

Spooltown

June 06, 2015 11:23 AM
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Being on a conference call with Sara Tunstall and Dana Hinger, the co-owners of Spooltown, is like a jolt of caffeine, in a good way. Their energy, enthusiasm and confidence infectiously buzz and hum, and I can only imagine what being in their company must be like. A double espresso. The unique story of Spooltown, […]

Ear Trumpet Labs

May 05, 2015 07:33 AM
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Sound great, look amazing: Ear Trumpet Labs’ microphones are hand-made by Philip Graham and his team in Portland, OR. For more info: eartrumpetlabs.com

Sommi Co

May 05, 2015 10:30 AM
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Written By Freelance Writer: Mike Dicken While he was a student in the Mechanical Engineering program at Portland State University, Vieng Oudom began to gain an appreciation for quality wines. Over time, his interest gathered momentum and he acquired a substantial collection. Eventually, it was time to consider a cellar for his bottled treasure. He […]

Caravan Pacific

February 02, 2015 11:53 AM
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We originally profiled Caravan Pacific in the summer of 2013. Owner Shannon Guirl, with her love of mid-century American design, had launched a successful Kickstarter campaign with her lamp designs that added a slightly modernized twist of color that complimented the classic proportions of the original style. Even as her business grew, she was determined […]

Black Star Bags

February 02, 2015 09:00 AM
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We sat down with David Stoops of Black Star Bags to discuss the benefits of starting a business in Portland. Check it out! SHOP BLACK STAR BAGS NOW

Bullseye Glass

January 01, 2015 10:00 AM
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The year was 1974. Stained glass was at a peak in popularity. It was also the time of Oregon’s progressive “Bottle Bill” and so there was also an abundance of recycled glass to be had. Three ambitious (some would say naïve) Art School graduates came up with the scheme to create a glass-making factory that […]

Bowyer & Fletcher

December 12, 2014 09:00 AM
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Bowyer & Fletcher is the creative brainchild of native Portlander Jahmal Landers. While working as an English teacher in Taiwan, Landers says his best days were when he made it a point to dress well; it set a positive vibe to his day and he found people treated him differently when he dressed with more […]

Hovercraft

December 12, 2014 09:00 AM
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For the past five years, Nial McGaughey and a small team of musicians and makers have been building heavy duty music equipment in his combined live/work space in SE Portland. By utilizing recycled and salvaged materials and new precision components, the team at Hovercraft produce some of the coolest and highest quality amplifiers and sound equipment you’ve ever seen. This […]

Portland Razor Company

November 11, 2014 09:00 AM
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We spoke with ADX and Portland Made member Scott Miyako of Portland Razor Company about the collaborative opportunities that Portland’s maker community offers. Check it out!

Knacka

November 11, 2014 09:00 AM
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Wonder Knack used to walk by a building in her Multnomah Village neighborhood and daydream about transforming it into a space of her own. “It was actually called Knack,” Wonder remembers, but at that time wasn’t ready yet to make an offer on the space, “Then at a certain point I said ‘alright, the name’s […]

Union Rose

November 11, 2014 12:15 PM
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When Nicole Prevost sold Union Rose, a Montavilla-based boutique that carries locally produced/designed clothing, jewelry and home goods, to Rita Hudson-Evalt this fall, it was more like one manager handing the shop over to another manager. “She offered it to me, and it just kind of felt natural and right,” says Hudson-Evalt, who has been […]

Oregon Kombucha

November 11, 2014 12:21 PM
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Summer Abbott comes from a family of entrepreneurs. So, when the opportunity came about in 2009 to purchase a small teashop’s kombucha recipe and list of commercial accounts, Summer and her mother Phyllis decided it was a good move and took on the business together. The original owners had toyed with the idea of creating […]

Ruckus Composites

October 10, 2014 01:53 PM
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Hunched over a work bench in the Industrial South East, Shawn Small is sanding the dropout of a carbon fiber bike frame. I ask him how difficult that particular repair is and he responds by telling me Ruckus Composites is one of the only shops in the country willing to take it on. After graduating […]

Folly

October 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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We had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Bibb of Folly in NW Portland about the unique way portland supports designers, makers and retailers.

Grovemade

October 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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When a company’s motto is “Made the hard way,” it’s easy to envision its employees regularly injuring themselves on the assembly line, or resources being shipped in from ridiculous places all over the world. However, in Grovemade’s case, the phrase more accurately means that each gorgeous wooden product they sell—iPhone cases, iPad sleeves, watches, etc.—is […]

Togetherfarm

October 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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It all started with a class project. Matt Stormont and two of his friends in the MBA program at Concordia University needed to come up with a class project. They were all avid gardeners, and two of them had children. They started brainstorming about food and families, toys and gardens – Legos entered the conversation […]

Pulp & Deckle

September 09, 2014 10:00 AM
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Papermaking is an ancient craft, dating back thousands of years.  Today, when paper is so often defined by weight, or for use in an inkjet or laser printer, the range of colors and textures that are possible with handmade paper can be an unexpected and delightful surprise.  That is what fascinates Jennifer Woodward, co-founder of […]

Studio Moe

September 09, 2014 10:00 AM
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We sat down with our friends from Studio Moe to discuss design, quality and collaboration.

Pigeon Toe Ceramics

September 09, 2014 10:00 AM
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Traditional, but with a twist—that’s how local artisan Lisa Jones, owner of Pigeon Toe Ceramics, describes her strikingly original handcrafted porcelain pieces (bowls, vases, chandeliers and the like), which have gained her praise not just from Portland-based customers, but also from national publications, such as The New York Times, Sunset and Bon Appétit magazine. “The […]

OpenFab PDX

September 09, 2014 12:26 PM
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Back in September of 2014, David Perry attended the Maker Faire in New York City. “3D printers were everywhere,” David said, but “each manufacturer, each machine, the same things were printed out: there’s an owl over there, there’s a vase, here’s a gear cube.” David thinks that it’s “cool stuff” but its repetition was  tiresome, […]

Toast

September 09, 2014 11:54 AM
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Matias Brecher, founder of Toast gave us a tour of their facility in SE Portland.  We talked about what makes Portland such a great place to live and work.

Plywerk

August 08, 2014 04:06 PM
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We spoke with the husband and wife duo who founded Plywerk about what makes working and living in Portland so special.

Mudshark Studios

August 08, 2014 12:06 PM
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Mudshark Studios is dedicated to producing some of the highest quality ceramic goods in the city or elsewhere.  We spoke with owner Brett Binford about Portland’s support of all things local. This photo was taken from a great photoset by Dan Seifert at VSCO.

Krownlab

August 08, 2014 12:16 PM
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We got a chance to sit down with Krownlab founder and industrial designer, Stefan Andren.  He showed us how sourcing local manufacturing is keeping his products at the highest levels of quality.

Local Makers Making Their Marks (Supportland blog)

June 06, 2014 11:22 AM
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When Stacy Maiano opened Red Sail retail shop, she never intended it to become a hub for local artists and designers. She launched Red Sail as a web-only business in 2008, then opened a brick-and-mortar version in Portland’s bustling Alberta Arts District in 2011. All of a sudden, the Supportland-member business captured the attention of local makers. “Having […]

Two New Ways Small Businesses Can Raise Capital (Supportland Blog)

June 06, 2014 12:29 PM
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The 2008 financial crisis made it doubly tough for small businesses to borrow capital. Fortunately, the economic meltdown led to some creative options, spawning crowd-funding companies like Kickstarter. There are two new kids on the crowd-funding block—Puddle and Community Sourced Capital (CSC). And they could be very beneficial to cash-strapped small businesses. READ MORE

Want to Sell your Products in Europe?

June 06, 2014 10:42 AM
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What if there was an easy way to sell your products into the European market? Wouldn’t that be great? This is exactly what I have been working on for Portland Made. Back in December SchuttenWorks (my company), participated in the Gifted Christmas show at ADX, and Laura Guimond from Travel Portland stopped by. So we […]

Alternative Access to Capital

June 06, 2014 12:44 PM
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Whether from savings or borrowed, most entrepreneurs will invest in their own startup before turning elsewhere. But at some point you’ll run out of personal cash and will need to turn elsewhere. This is when you find out that manufacturing is usually not considered a very attractive investment. Not at the scale of the makers […]

Stone Barn Brandyworks

March 03, 2014 01:12 PM
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Tucked in a moderately sized SE warehouse space, Sebastian and Erika Degens craft distill brandies, liqueurs, and whiskeys. Steadfast in exclusively harnessing regional grains and fruits, Stone Barn Brandyworks produces both local and flavorful spirits. Photo Essay by contributing photographer Jordan Burgess  

Danner

March 03, 2014 04:34 PM
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Alfredo Contreras was already a shoe industry veteran when he moved to Portland in 1972, having started in his family’s Guatemala City business at the age of seven. He joined Portland’s Danner that year and has been with the company ever since, working as a cutter, sewer, factory manager, and now as senior pattern engineer […]

Portland Apron Company

February 02, 2014 02:19 PM
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It’s July 4th, 2011 and Erika Kelly is busy sewing the one necessity needed for her new job starting the next day: an apron…

Red Sail

February 02, 2014 12:02 PM
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Our friends at Megamouth have started to produce a video series highlighting PMC members. Here’s a feature about local retailer, Red Sail.

Blank Brand

January 01, 2014 11:51 AM
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Matt Geiger made his first bag, a gift for his wife, out of free material on a borrowed sewing machine. While in graduate school for architecture, Geiger had tinkered with product design. By the time he moved to Portland in 2007, a few friends had requested bags, which he’d make to the user’s specifications on […]

Bonnet

December 12, 2013 11:55 AM
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When Patricia Zanger moved to Portland from the Bay Area in 2008, she had a little trouble adjusting to the climate. “I was freezing, but I couldn’t find a hat in Portland that I wanted to wear.” She decided to apply her background in interior design and retail to Bonnet, a Pearl District hat shop. […]

Axelrod Furniture

September 09, 2013 11:22 AM
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In the summer of 2012, Paul Axelrod was in the emergency room nursing a finger that was about a quarter inch shorter than it should have been, thanks to an on-the-job injury. “Now I’m hurting myself,” he recalls thinking, “and I’m not getting any closer to this dream of having my own furniture design and […]

Folly

August 08, 2013 01:10 PM
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Sarah Bibb, who opened women’s clothing shop Folly in May 2008, has a vision—and your workout gear is not part of it. “I’m really trying to get people to put actual clothes on,” she says. “You can look cute and not be in yoga pants. In my opinion, getting dressed is a way to express […]

Plywerk

August 08, 2013 08:06 AM
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At first, in 2006, Kjell van Zoen’s wife Kim Oanh Nguyen-van Zoen just wanted to mount her own photographic prints. They tried different ideas but settled on gluing the images to wooden panels. “She really liked it, I really liked it and we said, let’s try to sell this at Last Thursday,” van Zoen recalls. […]

Breach Industries

July 07, 2013 03:52 PM
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Justin Metras was tired of entanglements getting in the way of his workouts. Specifically, headphone entanglements. “I’ve been a runner my whole life,” he says. “and I just wanted to make it so you don’t have to think about your headphones anymore when you work out.” Metras teamed up with electrical engineer Mieszko Kruger to […]

SchuttenWorks

July 07, 2013 03:51 PM
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When Mentor Graphics marketing director Rindert Schutten took early retirement, he saw an opportunity. “I always wanted a CNC machine,” he says, “not that I had any idea what to do with it.” His wife, a woodworker, bought him a kit online and the couple assembled the open source-controlled CNC router in their basement wood […]

Scientific Research Company

June 06, 2013 04:28 PM
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Scientific Research Company’s name dates back to its pre-WWII incarnation as a producer of chemical consumer products like hair dye and shampoo. During the war, says customer service manager Niall Alboro, “a lot of the facilities around the water converted to ship repair, and when the war was over, the owner realized there was more […]

Caravan Pacific

June 06, 2013 03:35 PM
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In summer 2008, Brooklyn television editor Shannon Guirl visited Portland and was floored by the tight-knit community of makers she found. “I just felt like it was my place to be,” she says, “like these were my people.” She returned to New York but kept dreaming of leaving the city, and her career, and moving […]

North St. Bags

June 06, 2013 03:03 PM
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Vermont native Curtis Williams’ first ideas about bike bags came as he pedaled along Route 7, returning from New York City, where he was studying theater design. He had some panniers, he says, “but I wasn’t that jazzed about them. I liked their system, but they looked like gear. I wanted to create something that […]

Green Street Details

May 05, 2013 09:58 PM
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Green Street Details began with a set of laminated brass and copper kitchen knobs that Martin Davidson made for a friend’s kitchen remodel. Davidson liked the design, and after finding a way to achieve the ringed effect more expediently, began selling his creations to his colleagues in the architectural field. At first, he hired out […]

LuxBind Portfolios

May 05, 2013 09:19 PM
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As a professional copywriter, Mike Seng knows the importance of presentation. He was frustrated though with the portfolio options on the market, which required exhausting hole punching or expensive inserts. Writers and designers, he knew, need a way to show off their work to potential clients, without hassle and without the pages getting damaged. “If […]

Stumptown Printers

May 05, 2013 07:04 PM
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Brothers Brian and Eric Bagdonas and partner Rebecca Gilbert started what would become Stumptown Printers in 1999 in a five hundred square foot corner of a SE Portland warehouse. After outgrowing a couple of other spaces over the years, the business has settled in the industrial area near the Albina train yards and the eastern […]

xobruno

May 05, 2013 06:46 PM
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If you’re in search of a satchel, Michelle Kline has your back. The designer, who produces a line of handbags as xobruno, thinks there aren’t enough good unisex options when it comes to carrying your keys, phone, or wallet. “When I was in Italy,” she says, “there were a lot of men carrying leather bags, […]

Red Sail

April 04, 2013 06:20 PM
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At twenty-five, disgruntled magazine designer Stacy Maiano went to Caye Caulker, Belize, to recharge. On a sunny Caribbean beach, the sight of a little red sail on the horizon stuck in her mind. “I thought, that is what I want,” says Maiano, who sailed in college. “Why do we have jobs? What are we working […]

Tim Leatherman: Leatherman

April 04, 2013 09:02 PM
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Blame it on the Fiat. Portland mechanical engineer Tim Leatherman and his wife bought the car for $300 in Amsterdam in 1975 to tour around Europe and Asia. When it broke down, Leatherman found he had no way to fix it—his pocket knife had no pliers. Back in Oregon, Leatherman asked his wife for a […]

Tender Loving Empire

April 04, 2013 05:27 PM
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The husband and wife team of Jared and Brianne Mees started Tender Loving Empire in 2006 as a way to put out Jared’s first record release. The following year, Brianne Mees says, the couple decided to open a shop to complement their music label. “When you have a record label,” she says, “it’s all just […]

Spooltown

March 03, 2013 03:13 PM
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Growing up around her father’s Massachusetts leatherworking shop in the 1980s, Sara Tunstall had a front row seat for the decline of American manufacturing. The Gloversville, New York tanneries where her father would take deer skins were decimated. Her father sold the business, and Tunstall went to college with the idea of becoming a doctor. […]

Clive Coffee

March 03, 2013 12:58 AM
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All Mark Hellweg wanted was a good espresso. When he tried to buy coffee equipment for his brother’s wakeboarding ecommerce business, though, he couldn’t believe how hard it was to find good information and the best products online. “It was a classic moment,” he says, “like, I can do better than that.” With the online […]

Collage

March 03, 2013 12:56 AM
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Some people might think six hundred disembodied plastic doll arms and legs belong in the trash, but not Maria Raleigh. Her pair of Collage stores, the first on Alberta and a second in Sellwood, are known for having strange found objects that artists like to use in collage and assemblage projects. Some people might think […]

Hand-Eye Supply: Tobias Berblinger

March 03, 2013 12:53 AM
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Hand-Eye Supply, the Old Town purveyor of tools and other makers’ gear, grew out of Core77, the New York City-based industrial design blog founded in 1995. When one of Core77 founders, Eric Ludlum, wanted to open a retail store in early 2009, he decided to do it in his hometown of Portland. Along with his […]

Tilde: Debbe Hamada

March 03, 2013 12:50 AM
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Working with local artists is in Debbe Hamada’s blood—her mother once directed the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and started the Artists in the Schools program in Portland’s public schools. So when Hamada decided to leave her job as a community center director for the parks bureau, she brought her experience balancing the budgets […]

Woonwinkel: Erica Essink and Kristin Van Buskirk

March 03, 2013 12:46 AM
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In their downtown store Woonwinkel—“home shop” in Dutch—Erica Essink and Kristin Van Buskirk channel the innovation of independent designers in Amsterdam, where Van Buskirk lived for several years. “We love the modern look,” Essink says, “but we sort of tweaked it for our particular aesthetic. Modern with some warmth and some humor.” Though the store […]

Elmer’s Flag and Banner: Dave Anchel

March 03, 2013 12:42 AM
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Elmer’s Flag and Banner dates back to 1963, when Portland auto salesman Elmer Reider saw an opportunity to supply his own employer, and other car dealers in town, with strings of pennants to decorate their lots. By the time the last of Elmer’s family members was ready to retire from the company, Dave Anchel was […]

Portland Garment Factory: Britt Howard and Rosemary Robinson

March 03, 2013 12:39 AM
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In 2008, designer Britt Howard found a hole in Portland’s fashion infrastructure. No one was providing services, like grading patterns into different sizes, common in cities like New York and Los Angeles. “I just thought, how can you run a business if you have to do all the manual labor yourself?” she says. “You’re going […]

Mudshark Studios: Brett Binford and Chris Lyon

March 03, 2013 12:34 AM
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Brett Binford, started working with clay at about age five on the kick wheel his father and grandfather built in the family basement. “Clay for me is a great way to release, escape, kind of find that solace,” he says, “just stick my hands in that clay.” He didn’t really consider a career in ceramics, […]

Dave Stoops: Black Star Bags

March 03, 2013 08:48 PM
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Fifty-five days on a cross-country bicycle trip gives a person a lot of time to think. Portland bike courier Dave Stoops thought about his paniers. The bags hanging on either side of his bike’s wheels did the job, he says, but he had a few ideas for improvements. Back in Portland after that 2006 trip, […]

Matthew Reineck: Half Iron Design

March 03, 2013 08:44 PM
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Matthew Reineck made his first guitar, a semi-hollow body modeled on Fender’s Telecaster Thinline, for a girlfriend in 2002. “It was kind of chunky and weird,” he says of the instrument he built in his Seattle basement, “but playable. It felt like a real guitar.” Reineck took that experience, his degree in industrial design and […]

Brett Binford and Chris Lyon: Portland Growler Company

March 03, 2013 08:35 PM
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In summer 2010, Mudshark Studios owners Brett Binford and Chris Lyon were looking for ways to profit share and design with employees. Binford and Lyon, along with fellow designers Nick Veitor, Jonathan Langston, Seth Nickerson, Craig Ritchie, and Paul Christiansen, started meeting at a table in the storage loft area of the Mudshark facility in NE Portland. They […]

Andrew Moe: Studio Moe

March 03, 2013 08:31 PM
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At some point, each maker faces the question of scale—the choice between mass production, one-of-a-kind custom jobs, or something in between. It’s a debate furniture-maker Andrew Moe has had with himself. “I seem to be gravitating more to the slow end of things,” Moe says, “I’m just finding it’s more satisfying and manageable.” The primary […]

Lynn Read: Vitreluxe

March 03, 2013 08:26 PM
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For glass artist Lynn Read of Vitreluxe in Sellwood, it started with murrini, one of the oldest ways of working with glass. The technique, which dates from before the Iron Age, involves building vessels out of mosaics of patterned cubes formed from many layers of colored sheet glass. “I just thought that was such a […]

Geoff Franklin: Walnut Studiolo

March 03, 2013 08:21 PM
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In 2008, architect Geoff Franklin started cycling to work in downtown Portland. Each day, he’d hoist his bike onto his shoulder to carry it up three flights of stairs to his office. “I just kind of had a bruise on my shoulder that never went away,” he says. He thought of the leather horse tack […]

Stefan Andrén: Krownlab

March 03, 2013 08:17 PM
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When Stefan Andrén moved to Portland in 2003 to become design director for Nike+ and began designing his own house, he wanted sliding doors. “You can more seamlessly tie one interior space to another without losing a bunch of square footage from swinging doors,” he explains. He never expected to slide into a whole different […]

Rebecca Pearcy: Queen Bee Creations

March 03, 2013 08:11 PM
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Rebecca Pearcy’s Queen Bee Creations was born in Olympia, Washington, in 1996. “I didn’t have a business plan, I didn’t take out any loans,” Pearcy says, “I just started in my room. There was no Etsy, there was barely the internet.” The supportive, do-it-yourself culture of Olympia, she says, helped her launch her line of […]

Alistair Williamson: Kinn Bikes

March 03, 2013 08:08 PM
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The decisive test of Alistair Williamson’s Cascade Flyer bicycle came on a muddy downhill path, criss-crossed with tree roots, in a Portland park. Williamson was riding his six-year-old grandson, Max, home from the boy’s soccer practice. The prototype bike had foot pegs and handlebars for a child to ride on the wooden rack over the […]

Sam Huff and Mark Perusich: Tanner Goods

March 03, 2013 08:06 PM
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Industrial designers Sam Huff and Mark Perusich started Tanner Goods in 2006 when they grew tired of design that chased trends and planned its own obsolescence. “We kind of missed making stuff,” Huff says. Inspired by a handmade camera strap Huff had inherited from his grandfather and by vintage postal carrier satchels, the pair focused […]

Brad Swift: Portland Bee Balm

March 03, 2013 08:01 PM
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After a couple of years of keeping his own beehive, Brad Swift had a problem. “The honey you know what to do with,” he says, “that’s great, you eat it, you give it away. But what do I do with all this beeswax?” The son of a Seattle hardwood flooring installer, he started with wood […]

Kinn Bikes: Cascade Flyer

March 03, 2013 07:58 PM
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Kinn Bikes’ Cascade Flyer, designed by Alistair Williamson, was born out of a simple goal. “Could I get a bike that was long enough to fit the grandkids safely,” Williamson says, “and short enough to fit everywhere a bike should fit?” Williamson added five and a half inches to the frame, while allowing the front […]

Tanner Goods: Standard Belt, Natural

March 03, 2013 07:50 PM
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Tanner Goods’ Standard Belt in Natural (one of eight colors available) is made from vegetable-tanned leather, its edges hand-dyed, burnished and waxed in the company’s Northeast Portland workshop. For customers at the West Burnside retail store, workers do the final assembly on site, attaching one of several hardware options. The belts, says Tanner Goods’ Mark […]

Portland Bee Balm

March 03, 2013 07:46 PM
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Each tube of Portland Bee Balm contains beeswax from Brad Swift’s own backyard hive, as well as wax from other regional beekeepers. Raw cold-pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic peppermint essential oil, and honey from Swift’s hive round out the recipe. Look for Swift’s hand-made wooden display cases, hand-lettered […]

Queen Bee Creations: Finley Convertible Bag

March 03, 2013 07:43 PM
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Queen Bee Creation’s Finley Convertible Bag marks founder Rebecca Pearcy’s entry into waxed canvas products. Available in five designs and two colors each, the bag has two strap length options and two sets of o-rings to attach them, making it flexible as well as fashionable. Available on the Queen Bee site or at the North […]

Walnut Studiolo: Seat Trunk

March 03, 2013 07:33 PM
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Walnut Studiolo’s bicycle seat barrel bag, also known as the Seat Trunk, is designed to evoke the casks carried by St. Bernard rescue dogs. Like the rest of Geoff Franklin’s creations, it’s made from vegetable-tanned leather, a byproduct of USDA beef cattle. “It either gets used or it gets landfilled,” Franklin says of the hides […]

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