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Our Artisans

Akasak Chanang, Heartwood
Andrew Forbes, The Portland Barrel Project
Anitra Cameron, Coffee Pot People, and Ani Watersprite Designs
April Alden, Rosewebs
Bethany Moore Garrison, Kiva Studio
Carolyn Claire Mitchell, Carolyn Quinn Designs
Cassandra Mathieson, Cadaverous Lovely
Chance Corbeil, Recycled Wind Chimes
Cheryl Williamson, Tangle
Christine Claringbold, Eye Pop Art
Cristina Aucone, Modica Design
Curtis Williams, North St. Bags
Dave Sage, Dave Sage Design
David Bikman, UpCycle Studios
Denise Castañon, Crafty
Dorothy Lewis, Grace is Enough
Emilia Bess Karr, bessware
Emily Garcia, Cathemeral Press
Grace Eagle Reed, Eagles World Studio
Havilah Savage, Darling Savage
Heidi Leugers, Reclaimed Wool
Howard Schneider, Green Bench
Jacob Deatherage, Ex Libris Anonymous
Jan White, Ecocozy
Jason Greene, Board Games
Jean Abbott, Mama Jean's Kind Threads
Jillian Doughty, 22 Pages
Julia Garretson
Julia Skerry, Skerry Art
Kate Carder and Michael Medina, Tease Recyclewear
Kevin Thomas, Journalville
Kori Giudici, Flipside Hats
Kristen Krauter, Regeneration
Laura Higdon, Bloom Design Studio
Lauren Rolfe, The Happy Snail
Lea Keohane, LeaK Arts
Lily Cook, Stuffed Pals
Mara McClaine, Fairymade
Mary L.K. Davis, Above the Surface
Mary Kelly, Lolly-Tots
Megan Klepp, Ta-Dah
Melanie Howe, Soma Venus
Molly Dougherty, The Piñata Maker
Naomi Berg, Transformations Glassworks
Nicole Wolf
Rachel Beyer, Camp Smartypants
Robin Epstein, Bunny Huggins & Co.
Shari Sokel, Skrappi
Skyler McCaughey, Wonderlust Jewelry
Stephanie Weber, Pickle Things
Susan Hurst, SEH What?
Tarrah Moore, Hellbetty Jewelry
Taryn Boyd, Talking Squid
Tim Combs, The Reclamation Project
Trillium Design
Will Underwood, Hand Added Value
Willow D'Arcy, Feral Children Designs

Akasak Chanang, Heartwood
 
Akasak Chanang, <EM>Heartwood</EM>
Akasak Chanang was born in the country town of Ratchaburi, Thailand. He left at age 15 to attend Suphanburi College of Fine Art and finished after three years of study in 2002 to begin university. He studied at KMITL Faculty of Architecture Department of Fine Art and finished his BFA majoring in Painting in 2006. After graduating he worked in a small and successful artist studio outside Bangkok painting commissions as well as starting a small gallery and bar called Dunkwho. He is a musician in a Thai folk band called "Selina and Sirinya" that was recently used for a movie soundtrack to the Thai movie, "Num Tan Dang." In January of 2009 he immigrated to Portland, Oregon where he lives with his wife and son.


http://chanang.tumblr.com


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Andrew Forbes, The Portland Barrel Project
 
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Anitra Cameron, Coffee Pot People, and Ani Watersprite Designs
 
Anitra Cameron, <EM>Coffee Pot People, and Ani Watersprite Designs</EM>
The women in Anitra's family have been told, "Every one of you carries a dish gene!" Finding orphaned saucers and adding colorful bits of this and that to their centers lets Anitra feed her dish addiction and creativity through China Blossoms--glass flowers that bloom all year, never wilt, never need watering, and thrive wherever they're planted.

http://coffeepotpeople.etsy.com
http://aniwatersprite.etsy.com
Anitra's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:



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April Alden, Rosewebs
 
April Alden, <EM>Rosewebs</EM>

April is a welder by trade. She is an artist as well as a seamstress. People often ask - is that made out of a lawnchair? Why, yes it is! Her items are such fun to carry and are super durable. Lots of bright colors with a twist of old school. April has over 30 colors available!

http://www.rosewebs.etsy.com

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Bethany Moore Garrison, Kiva Studio
 
Bethany Moore Garrison, <EM>Kiva Studio</EM>
Bethany Moore Garrison arrived in Portland in 2007 after spending a few years on Orcas Island where she made sculpture out of amazing junk and ran an organization that records medieval music. When she arrived in Portland, she knew she'd found her home. Beth is a graduate of Western Washington University holding a BA in sculpture.

Her favorite things are funky old buttons, copper, metal salvage, scrap yards, hardware stores, rooting through old barns and finding a priceless treasure on the side of the road. When not making art, Beth can be found road tripping, making marmalade or trance dancing to didgeridoos. She lives and works in North Portland and shares her life with her husband Jonathan.

http://kivastudio.blogspot.com
http://kivastudio.etsy.com
http://www.kiva-studio.com


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Carolyn Claire Mitchell, Carolyn Quinn Designs
 
Carolyn Claire Mitchell, <EM>Carolyn Quinn Designs</EM>
Carolyn loves to make beautiful jewelry using found and reclaimed materials. Originally from Ireland and now living in Portland, Oregon, she is inspired by dancing, serendipity, sustainability and fun.

Carolyn's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Cassandra Mathieson, Cadaverous Lovely
 
Cassandra Mathieson, <EM>Cadaverous Lovely</EM>
Cassandra began making hats and hair embellishments in the back alleyways of Portland, Oregon. She enjoys designing couture millinery with a combination of the leftover bits and pieces from throw-away piles, and her grandmother's torn up night dresses. She thinks this is important not only because it reduces waste, but also because there is beauty in the forgotten things of yesterday.

The organic materials used to embellish pieces are naturally harvested and one hundred percent cruelty free. Her lovely head adornments are popular both with beautiful can-can dancers from the brothels, and by proper ladies and dandy gentlemen alike!

Cassandra has yet to come across something she's found that would be unfit for wear on the head.

http://facebook.com/cadaverouslovely

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Chance Corbeil, Recycled Wind Chimes
 
Chance Corbeil, <EM>Recycled Wind Chimes</EM>
Chance has a passion for restoring the inherent value in degraded materials. By repurposing "junk" metals as qualities of recycled wind chimes, the objects transcend the state of broken, bent or lost. His inspiration comes from nature and human creativity, which both build upon their previous accomplishments and move beyond them.

The items he manipulates reflect the meaning and scenarios within his poetry and graphic designs. The use of found objects allow Chance to pull his favorite symbols, like the skeleton key, off the page and into a space that can be seen, touched and heard.


http://www.chancecorbeil.com
http://chancestore.etsy.com
http://cococlock.etsy.com


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Cheryl Williamson, Tangle
 
Cheryl Williamson, <EM>Tangle</EM>
Cheryl is a Portlander, born and raised. She has been fabricating metal jewelry for more than ten years. In the last two years she has been enjoying exploring a new creative outlet with sewing. She uses reclaimed fabric in all her work. She has also been using vintage buttons to make fun jewelry.


http://tangle.etsy.com


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Christine Claringbold, Eye Pop Art
 
Christine Claringbold, <EM>Eye Pop Art</EM>
Christine Claringbold hopes to make your eyes pop with her vibrant, intricate mandala patterns on recycled vinyl records. Christine is also a mom, an art teacher, a muralist, and a back-up singer in the punk rock band Dartgun & The Vignettes. Christine also works as the Program Coordinator for Trillium Artisans.




http://eyepopart.etsy.com
http://eyepopart.blogspot.com



Christine's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:

And these web stores and catalogs:


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Cristina Aucone, Modica Design
 
Cristina Aucone, <EM>Modica Design</EM>
Modica Design incorporates materials from Cristina Aucone's background in furniture design into her jewelry. Wood, providing warmth and texture. Resin, providing light and color. Together they create a unique dialog between contrasting worlds. Natural meets man-made. Opaque houses translucent. Warm collides with cool. The union of materials along with Cristina's commitment to high-quality, handcrafted jewelry is what gives this line a fresh, contemporary elegance.


http://www.modicadesign.com
http://www.modica.etsy.com

Cristina's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Curtis Williams, North St. Bags
 
Curtis Williams, <EM>North St. Bags</EM>
After several years doing various design jobs and projects (including a BFA from New York University in Tech Theater), Curtis came across bag-making at a non-profit bike/sewing shop in Berkeley CA called Waterside Workshops. He needed a new bag and couldn't find one that was just right, so he started to play around with backpack/pannier ideas in their sewing studio. After many hours and iterations, the first bag was born. It was very rough around the edges, and didn't attach to the bike as elegantly as they do now, but before Curtis knew it, he was getting requests for bags from friends, and North St. Bags (briefly called 3bags) came to be. Since then he has developed several other products, and strives to create the best bicycle baggage possible. The move to Portland fit in well with his new venture, which now consumes his time and thoughts.

www.northstbags.com
http://northstbags.etsy.com


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Dave Sage, Dave Sage Design
 
Dave Sage, <EM>Dave Sage Design</EM>
Dave Sage crafts reclaimed and found wood into useful household items. He strives to solve simple problems while revealing beauty. All products are made with non-toxic finishes.

http://www.davesagedesign.com

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David Bikman, UpCycle Studios
 
David Bikman, <EM>UpCycle Studios</EM>
David Bikman was born in Portland, OR, and founded UpCycle Studios in 2011. His mission is to transform waste into abundance through the creative reclamation of industrial materials and other salvaged goods. After seven years in academia studying economics and public administration, he finally decided to stop theorizing about how sustainable economies are made and to start participating in one. UpCycle Studios makes furniture, fun gifts, and other household goods by combining a contemporary fine arts sensibility with old fashioned craftsmanship.

Remember: every time you throw something away that could be repurposed, an angel loses its wings.

Look for exciting upcycled products at http://etsy.com/shop/upcyclestudios and keep up on news by visiting http://facebook.com/upcyclestudios.


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Denise Castañon, Crafty
 
Denise Castañon, <EM>Crafty</EM>
After working as a magazine editor for more than eight years, Denise decided to take a break. Not one to sit idle for too long, she took a sewing class and a firestorm of creativity erupted. Soon Denise began sewing purses and headbands, re-learning to knit, and designing her own embroidery patterns. Denise sells her Crafty creations, including wire-wrapped jewelry, at arts and craft shows around the Pacific Northwest.



http://CraftyHandmade.etsy.com

Denise's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Dorothy Lewis, Grace is Enough
 
Dorothy Lewis, <EM>Grace is Enough</EM>
Dorothy Lewis is Jamaican by birth. She has always enjoyed sewing and designing, making clothing and household items that were different, and that had a flair. She has found that using what she has on hand increases the creative juices, and she has fun reshaping old into new. Finding materials to work with is so stimulating; Dorothy sees all kinds of possibilities in each treasure found. Often the outcome surprises even her. She then thanks the Lord for the creativity He has seen fit to give her.

http://graceisenough.etsy.com

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Emilia Bess Karr, bessware
 
Emilia Bess Karr, <EM>bessware</EM>
A Northwest native, Emilia grew up on the wee island of Vashon, and was very fortunate to settle down in Portland four years ago after exploring the country and various parts of the world. Influenced by her travels and experiences in different cultures, as well as her educational background in fiber arts and apparel design, she has keen interest in color, texture, and natural materials. Whether practical items or whimsical soft sculpture, Emilia uses fine craftsmanship and finishing techniques to create one of a kind, original pieces. When not hunkered down in her studio, Emilia is particularly interested in unusual animals, gardening, cooking, and exploring.

http://bessware.com
http://bessware.etsy.com


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Emily Garcia, Cathemeral Press
 
Emily Garcia, <EM>Cathemeral Press</EM>
Emily Garcia is the proprietor of Cathemeral Press, a book-centric design studio, bindery, and letterpress shop. Emily is a visual storyteller with a background in book design, book arts, and writing. She divides her time between making handmade books and gifts, and working with individuals and families to preserve their stories in heirloom-quality, illustrated personal history books. Her studio is located at the Em Space Book Arts Center in Portland, Oregon, where she shares space and equipment with an amazing group of artists.


http://www.cathemeralpress.com
http://www.cathemeral.etsy.com

Cathemeral rhymes with ephemeral. Want to know what it means? Visit http://www.cathemeralpress.com/name.

Emily's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Grace Eagle Reed, Eagles World Studio
 
Grace Eagle Reed, <EM>Eagles World Studio</EM>
Grace Eagle Reed is a published author and artist with a MA in Conflict Resolution and a BA in Drama Therapy. She broadcast for Prison Pipeline at KBOO.fm with prison reform issues. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and uses her writing and art for restorative justice, social transformation, peace and healing. She has been an activist for over 30 years and mediates for Occupy in Portland. Grace has participated in 'art for social justice' shows off and on in the U.S. and Europe. Her latest book 'Negotiating Shadows' is published by GR Publications of Oxford, England.

http://negotiatingshadows.com


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Havilah Savage, Darling Savage
 
Havilah Savage, <EM>Darling Savage</EM>
A proud native of Portland, Oregon, Havilah Savage has had an appetite for the arts since childhood. After earning her BFA in Interior Design from Marylhurst University in 2005, she soon discovered the blossoming local craft scene and found her true passion. "Darling Savage" was created out of her love for sewing pretty things such as purses, aprons, and wall decor. Havilah uses reclaimed fabrics in most of her wares and loves to add fun details such as vintage buttons and lace to many of her projects. In addition to Darling Savage, she operates two other etsy shops, which have become creative outlets for her many artistic interests.

http://darlingsavage.etsy.com
http://dearmachine.etsy.com {photography}
http://paperandpinafore.etsy.com {paper goods/wedding invitations}




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Heidi Leugers, Reclaimed Wool
 
Heidi Leugers, <EM>Reclaimed Wool</EM>
In the late fall of 1998, Heidi Leugers created her first ornament from recycled wool sweaters. At the same time, as with most all human creative activity, she also created waste: scrap and by-product from this
ornament. She knew the one item could bring delight, and that no one would notice if she just packed the scrap in a trash bag for Monday's curbside pick up. She decided if this went to the landfill or incinerator, or to who knows what destination, her artistic practice was no different than any other creator or manufacturer of "stuff-for-sale."

To face this challenge became her creative vision: to take responsibility for the waste she created in the studio, and use it herself for the creation of new items. Each year Heidi recycles hundreds of pounds of post-consumer garments and textile industry waste and sends almost nothing to landfills. Her zero-waste practice has received critical attention in the textbook Cycle-Logical Art by Linda Weintraub.

After living 13 years in Cambridge, MA, Heidi moved to Portland in 2008. Living in a city and community as progressive as Portland is in waste, energy and ecology, she feels like she is home!

http://reclaimedwool.com


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Howard Schneider, Green Bench
 
Howard Schneider, <EM>Green Bench</EM>
Five years ago Howard Schneider and his wife Leslie moved from New England to Portland to plant new roots and start new lives. Howard's Green Bench custom furniture business is one of the outcomes. A garden bench created from salvaged lumber for a friend was the basis for setting up a shop, locating sources of wood, and developing designs for a broader range of products. The Green Bench artistic focus is on simplicity of design, immediate impression of strength and durability, and an attractive, and even alluring softness to the edges, corners and surfaces. But one of the most rewarding benefits of Green Bench is the constant hunt for salvaged or rescued materials, continuing to provide the kinds of life adventures that help us all grow creatively and artistically.

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Jacob Deatherage, Ex Libris Anonymous
 
Jacob Deatherage, <EM>Ex Libris Anonymous</EM>
Jacob Deatherage is guilty of the most profound enthusiasm for books, an enthusiasm bordering on the monomaniacal. His purpose is to scout out and repurpose, single-handed, every unwanted, aesthetically pleasing book in the world. He is fond of the green world, triple cream cheeses and the ideal of love.

Ex Libris Anonymous was founded in the year 2000 with the sole intention of lovingly creating journals from recycled hardcover books. This noble ambition has been pursued with vigor and perseverance, in turn. Each journal is made from a candidate book, carefully curated from a wide variety of sources. Said book is then deconstructed, selected pages saved therefrom and the whole painstakingly rebound with recycled, acid free, archival paper. A product is then produced of surpassing excellence and lasting appeal. So sayeth the wise: "indubitably delicious." Verily.

http://www.bookjournals.com
http://bookjournals.etsy.com

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Jan White, Ecocozy
 
Jan White, <EM>Ecocozy</EM>
Jan uses recycled wool clothing and blankets to make felted household objects and accessories. She has been sewing her whole life, and early on she started making her own patterns to create the things she wanted. Buying recycled clothing rather than new was a conscious choice to live lighter on the earth, and it eventually brought her to focus on giving a second life to castoff woolens. Jan believes that what she makes must serve a purpose - each item must be useful as well as beautiful.


http://ecocozy.etsy.com


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Jason Greene, Board Games
 
Jason Greene, <EM>Board Games</EM>
Artist Jason Greene has been skateboarding most of his life and has trouble throwing things away. Inspired by son, he began Board Games which recycles old skateboards by making them into wooden toys and children's furniture. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


http://greenelbow.com
http://boardgames.etsy.com


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Jean Abbott, Mama Jean's Kind Threads
 
Jean Abbott, <EM>Mama Jean's Kind Threads</EM>
Born and raised in Oregon, Jean Abbott has been sewing for 40 years and will be until the day they lay her to rest. Each item is one of a kind, created straight from the heart, filled with dreams and wishes for the wearer or owner. Being a woman of size, she found it difficult to find clothes that were colorful or whimsical to wear, so she began sewing her own clothes back in the day, and has never looked back. Jean also spent years creating and making costumes for theaters in and around Portland. A number of years ago she dreamed of creating Mama Jean's Kind Threads and her dream has become a reality. Now, she can spend her days creating and designing, and hopefully bringing a bit of magic into the world for others.

http://jeanabbott.etsy.com
http://mamajeanskindthreads.com

Jean's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Jillian Doughty, 22 Pages
 
Jillian Doughty, <EM>22 Pages</EM>
22 pages is the creation of Jillian Doughty of Portland, Oregon. Frustrated with the endless selection and constant manufacturing of "stuff," many times with unfair labor practices, Jillian finally turned her passion for illustration into creating one-of-a-kind artisan pieces that are fanciful as well as functional. Many of the items used in her work are rescued from thrift stores and estate sales. By beginning with materials that have found themselves discarded, Jillian creates original interactive works of art. Her artwork is often inspired by the natural world and its endless gifts. Ten percent of every penny Jillian receives goes to not-for-profit organizations that help people and animals in need.

http://www.22pagespdx.com
http://22pages.etsy.com


Jillian's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Julia Garretson
 
Julia Garretson
Julia Garretson is an artist, a pod collector, a gardener and a recycler. She studied and received a BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. Currently metalwork, papermaking, teaching and growing her business are important to her. Julia is happy creating functional art and being sustainable.


http://JuliaGarretson.etsy.com






Julia's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:
  • The Hoffman Gallery Shop, Oregon College of Art & Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, OR
    http://www.ocac.edu

    Julia also sells her work a few times a year in Massachusetts, and she teaches paper-making to kindergarteners and third graders at a local elementary school.


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Julia Skerry, Skerry Art
 
Julia Skerry, <EM>Skerry Art</EM>
Julia Skerry creates coasters out of recycled kitchen tiles. Original designs are affixed to each ceramic tile, and sealed with resin.
A native of Bellingham, WA, Julia received a BA in mixed media art at Western Washington University, and moved to Portland in 2006.

She enjoys hand-picking tiles from local salvage centers, and combing consignment shops for old books to cut up. Her favorite finds are book pages with old prints of human anatomy, animals or botanical imagery. She also enjoys searching for antique lace, fabric and buttons to include in her work.

In addition to coasters, Julia also creates acrylic paintings on salvaged wood, and mixed media collages.

When not making a creative mess, Julia enjoys hiking, traveling with her boyfriend, John, gardening, and hitting up local music shows. Julia grew up on the bay, and can't imagine living more than 2 hours away from the ocean. She dreams of someday working as a full-time artist, owning a home with lots of gardening space, and having a back yard studio filled with natural light.


http://www.juliaskerry.com
http://skerry.etsy.com
http://skerryart.blogspot.com


Julia's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Kate Carder and Michael Medina, Tease Recyclewear
 
Kate Carder and Michael Medina, <EM>Tease Recyclewear</EM>
Tease Recyclewear is a Portland, Oregon based clothing design and manufacturing company specializing in hip, one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly fashions individually hand-crafted and reconstructed from recycled t-shirts.

Tease began in late 2008 as a single project from a single t-shirt.

This t-shirt was mandated as a work uniform at Kate's former place of employment. After modifying this ill-fitting atrocity into a simple pair of arm-warmers, it occurred to her that she and Michael could do this on a larger scale to provide hip, environmentally-friendly clothing to the denizens of the Portland area.

From these humble beginnings, Tease Recyclewear has grown to a full line of women's (and men's) apparel and accessories from head to toe - shirts, skirts, hats, scarves, arm and leg warmers, and more.

Most importantly, ALL of Kate and Michael's products are reconstructed from recycled materials and are guaranteed to add style to your life.


http://teaserecyclewear.com
http://teaserecyclewear.etsy.com



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Kevin Thomas, Journalville
 
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Kori Giudici, Flipside Hats
 
Kori Giudici, <EM>Flipside Hats</EM>
Kori Giudici is the head designer and founder of Flipside Hats. She loves what she does. When Kori was eleven, her mom taught her how to sew at the dining table with her best friend, Susie. They each designed their own pattern drawn on and cut from taped-together brown paper bags. That day they chose to make matching elastic scoop neck long sleeve shirts with elastic cuffs in a cotton pink madras plaid. And, oh, the satisfaction of being able to wear the shirt she began 2 hours before was enough to get Kori hooked. And it did.

Kori's love of making hats began a few years later when her Vietnamese foster brother asked her to make hats for each of his five sisters back in Vietnam. She loved the task, and made a brocade cloche, an ivory velvet beret, a sporty canvas brimmed hat, a knit beanie, and a wide brimmed gardening hat in patchwork. Later, Kori made her own patterns and developed the popular and timeless "P-town Cap" for men, women and kids. Since then, she has designed thousands of P-town caps, each unique in their detailing.

Kori's story is a bit different from most designers. She began her business when she was in naturopathic medical school, and she loved it so much that she continues to design and produce practical and eco-friendly fashion in favor of currently practicing medicine. One day she hopes to fund a non-profit integrative medical clinic for open access to great medicine.

http://www.flipsidehats.com
http://www.flipsidehats.etsy.com

Kori's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:

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Kristen Krauter, Regeneration
 
Kristen Krauter, <EM>Regeneration</EM>
An artist of all trades, and an award-winning designer, Kristen has experimented in many forms of art through her entire life. She lived in London for four years and traveled Europe before graduating with a BA in Costume from London College of Fashion. Moving back to Portland, she wanted to find a way to use those skills to create beautiful, original, earth-friendly designs that would be treasured.


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Laura Higdon, Bloom Design Studio
 
Laura Higdon, <EM>Bloom Design Studio</EM>
An artist all her life, creating has always been essential to Laura's sense of fulfillment. Since studying illustration at Art Center in Pasadena, Laura has painted on walls and furniture, canvases and paper to make her living as an artist. But at the heart of it all color, and its intoxicating variety and synergy when combined, is what moves her most. She is obsessed with observing the subtleties and strength of color, as well as the power its many combinations have on her mood and feeling. Flowers have been important inspirations. In addition to digging in her perennial gardens, she has always loved digging through thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales, avoiding malls and mass produced everything, at all costs. This is when the two passions met: a discovery of beautiful old flowers discarded with their tired counterparts; when singled out, they were gems! After turning some into hair flowers for herself and getting compliments from all ages, her blooms became b l o o m and a business was born!

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul. ~The Koran

http://bloomdesignstudio.etsy.com

Laura's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Lauren Rolfe, The Happy Snail
 
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Lea Keohane, LeaK Arts
 
Lea Keohane, <EM>LeaK Arts</EM>
Lea Keohane is a mixed media artist who makes paintings and art dolls exploring the inner beauty and strength of every woman. She was born and raised in Denver, CO, but in 1997 she needed a serious change. She and her best friend picked Portland off the map and moved here sight unseen! It has been home ever since.

Lea earned her B.A. in Art from PSU in 2002, when her daughter was only two years old. They now live in SE Portland and Lea works as an artist in her studio in Old Town.

http://leakarts.com
http://leakarts.etsy.com



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Lily Cook, Stuffed Pals
 
Lily Cook, <EM>Stuffed Pals</EM>
Lily Cook is a mental health therapist as well as a crafter. She is particularly inspired by found materials and made her first toy from "trash" at the age of 11. Images of her original stuffed animals have been published in Stuffed magazine and can be found in the arms of children nationwide. Look for her creations in boutiques around Portland and on Etsy!


http://stuffedpals.etsy.com



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Mara McClaine, Fairymade
 
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Mary L.K. Davis, Above the Surface
 
Mary L.K. Davis, <EM>Above the Surface</EM>
A recovering community activist, Mary is taking her second try at entrepreneurship. Her creations reflect a belief that whimsy is a great counter to imperfection, and returning quality and value to the discarded can induce a giggle or two.



Mary's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Mary Kelly, Lolly-Tots
 
Mary Kelly, <EM>Lolly-Tots</EM>
Mary, who was once a graphic designer, is now a crazy hat designer! Sewing and crafting have always been a passion but four years ago it turned into an obssession. Frustrated with her day job and the creative limitations of her work, she set out to create art again and rediscovered her love of drawing, painting and sewing. In 2006, Mary started Lolly-tots and planted the seed of a dream that this business would one day be her full time job. Now four years later it has become a reality. Lolly-tots has recycled appliqué shirts, funky hats and cool accessories that will make you smile.




http://lollytots.etsy.com
http://lolly-tots.blogspot.com/


Mary's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Megan Klepp, Ta-Dah
 
Megan Klepp, <EM>Ta-Dah</EM>
Inspired by a love of color, texture, and all things glass, Megan creates pieces in her home using scrap, recycled, and found objects. Megan enjoys the hunt for the materials as much as creating the work itself.


http://www.tadahpdx.com



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Melanie Howe, Soma Venus
 
Melanie Howe, <EM>Soma Venus</EM>
Melanie is a New York transplant who moved to Portland in 2006 because her gut told her to. She had never been here before, but was attracted to Portland for its thriving artist scene as well as the mountains and the ocean, which fills her with constant inspiration. Portland feels more like home than her 26 years in New York ever did (but don't tell New York that).

Melanie is drawn to things left behind, and one of the first questions that pops into her head when coming across something vintage is, "Can I make it into a book?" She loves giving new life to things that would normally be considered trash. Some of her favorite recycled materials that she has used to re-purpose into books have been vintage bingo playing cards with sliding shutters, old marquee sign letters and cassette tapes! She spends much of her time scouring junk stores, antique stores, and sometimes the bins to find "new" materials to use in her work. Even if she walks out empty handed, those places fill her with inspiration and get her wheels spinning on new product ideas!

She started to create sketchbooks back in 2000 during art school after being frustrated with the boring black mass-produced sketchbook that everyone else had. She wanted a creative house for her drawings and ideas, so she taught herself how to make a coptic stitched book, and has been hooked ever since!

Melanie's books have many different uses, from a traditional sketchbook, photo album, scrap book, or coffee table conversation piece, as well as being commonly used as a Wedding Guest Book. The possibilities are endless!

When she's not re-purposing items into sketchbooks, Melanie can often be found road-tripping to the coast or the mountains to soak up some inspiration and photograph the world around her. She often brings along a bunch of book parts to sew books overlooking the Pacific Ocean! She also adores her three cats ("I'm a cat lady"), and they are always reminding her not to take life too seriously, and are a constant source of inspiration and humor!

http://somavenus.etsy.com
http://somavenus.blogspot.com

Melanie's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Molly Dougherty, The Piñata Maker
 
Molly Dougherty, <EM>The Piñata Maker</EM>
The Piñata Maker is Portland based sculptor and installation artist, Molly LeLoup Dougherty. Her mission is simple - to create objects that delight people and bring character and joy to occasions of all kinds.

Molly believes very much in the power of unique, artfully designed objects to bestow a sense of identity to a place or a moment, and to the person or people who use it. She feels this sense deepens our connection to ourselves and to the world around us.

Prior to getting into the piñata business, Molly's work consisted primarily of playground structures and gallery installations with whimsy, impermanence and the role of the viewer as dominant themes.

In 2010 Molly began making piñatas on a whim, and was amazed to find that they embodied all those same themes brilliantly. And the engagement they create with the viewer - in this case, the customer - is particularly exciting. When purchased, Piñata Maker creations are bestowed the power to create an experience, giving them meaning far beyond the particulars of color and form.

Discovering that piñatas held the creative and economic potential to sustain her, Molly established The Piñata Maker business in January, 2012. She is delighted to be a part of Trillium, selling on Etsy, and working directly with clients on custom orders through her website. She is looking forward to seeing where piñata making will take her next!

http://thepinatamaker.com
http://thepinatamaker.etsy.com


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Naomi Berg, Transformations Glassworks
 
Naomi Berg, <EM>Transformations Glassworks</EM>
Naomi Berg of Transformations Glassworks has spent much of her adulthood working with youth - as a volunteer working with children from families experiencing domestic violence, as a tutor to at-risk high school students, as an English teacher to French students, as a social worker at a shelter for homeless and runaway youth, and most currently as a mother to her children.

Naomi is also an artist at heart. She loves creating art in many forms - painting, drawing, writing, knitting, cooking, crafting with her kids, dancing, drumming and so on. Three years ago, Naomi began her journey into glass fusion. She took classes at various glass studios in Portland to learn the basics. She was most interested in working with scrap glass, but was unable to find anyone local to learn from. Through lots of online research and many hours of experimentation in her glass studio, Naomi learned how to fuse window, or "float" glass scraps into functional glassware pieces such as plates and bowls.

Aside from glass fusing, she spends the majority of her time as a home-schooling, urban-homesteading mama. Born and raised in Oregon, Naomi currently resides in SE Portland with her family.

http://transformationsglassworks.wordpress.com

Naomi's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Nicole Wolf
 
Nicole Wolf
Nicole Wolf is fascinated by juxtaposition and interested in the art of everyday. As the mother of three and owner of a 107-year old house, she often invents beauty where it is least expected. Although she obtained a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Art, with concentrations in photography and printmaking, she will make just about anything using whatever happens to be lying around. She also enjoys French films, ballet and carrots by the bunch.



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Rachel Beyer, Camp Smartypants
 
Rachel Beyer, <EM>Camp Smartypants</EM>
Rachel Beyer's love of crafts was inspired by her mother and grandmother, who taught her to sew, crochet, and make jewelry at a very young age. She attended summer camp and joined Girl Scouts, where she refined her talent and learned other valuable skills like beading, tie-dye, and how to sell delicious cookies.

After graduating college in 2007 with a BFA in Graphic Design, Rachel started her career as a designer in Seattle, WA. But after a year-and-a-half spending her evenings hosting Craft Clubs and working on her own handmade projects, she discovered her true calling: to start a company where she can sell her very own designs.

Now she creates and sews every piece for Camp Smartypants, and hopes that her one-of-a-kind products will re-kindle those same feelings of childhood adventure in others.

http://www.campsmartypants.com
http://campsmartypants.etsy.com
http://campsmartypants.blogspot.com


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Robin Epstein, Bunny Huggins & Co.
 
Robin Epstein, <EM>Bunny Huggins & Co.</EM>
Bunny Huggins is the alter ego and creative muse of Robin Epstein. Midwestern by birth and upbringing, she currently resides happily in the Alberta Arts District of Portland, Oregon.

A Jill-of-all-trades with an MFA in Metalsmithing and a shop full of tools, Robin is in the business of designing and manufacturing eco-friendly apparel and jewelry for the literate, style-conscious person. As a maker of things, from utilitarian household objects to tools to clothing to housing, she aspires to live a life in which art, craft and livelihood are merged.




http://bunnyhuggins.com
http://bunnyhuggins.etsy.com


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Shari Sokel, Skrappi
 
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Skyler McCaughey, Wonderlust Jewelry
 
Skyler McCaughey, <EM>Wonderlust Jewelry</EM>
The story of the artist Sklyer is today really began when she discovered printmaking. She loved the variety of images that could be made and learning all of the processes involved with making different kinds of prints. Sklyer moved to Portland in 1999 to study printmaking at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, though she graduated from Portland State University with a printmaking degree. During and after college she worked at a glass and metal works studio that made etched architectural signage out of glass and metal. Sklyer considers the pieces she makes today to be the result of both educations. She uses the sensibilities she learned as a fine artist and the technical skills she learned as a sign maker to create one of a kind pieces of jewelry.

http://wonderlustjewelry.etsy.com

Skyler's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Stephanie Weber, Pickle Things
 
Stephanie Weber, <EM>Pickle Things</EM>
After realizing that it is always important to feed your inner child, Stephanie Weber decided to combine her love of food and sewing into a business. She never dreamed that her life in Indiana with a degree in Horticulture would eventually lead her to Oregon and a business making play felt food. She is proud of the fact that she is able to produce toys that are made of 100% reclaimed materials and in a small way reduce the amount of waste being produced.


http://picklethings.etsy.com


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Susan Hurst, SEH What?
 
Susan Hurst, <EM>SEH What?</EM>
Susan Hurst considers herself a mixed-media artist who discovered her love of art at a very early age. Her parents immersed her in everything from sewing classes to oil painting lessons. She quickly learned that there are no limits as to what you can create as an artist. She'll admit, that first handmade outfit at the age of seven created the recycling monster you see before you. As a poor college student, Susan would pride herself on her ability to create her own bed coverings and home accessories for her modest apartment.

Over the years, Susan's list of media grew to include sketching, stained glass, water colors, and she shocked even herself when she was named an award-winning ceramist while living in New Mexico. Being a new transplant to Portland (2008), she can't think of a 'greener' city to express oneself artistically and consider the environment at the same time. Susan spends her days working in the Accounting profession (yep…. a numbers-cruncher) and lives her artistic dreams in the evenings and on weekends. Whether designing handbags and messengers from reclaimed fibers, making leather accessories from scrap, or crafting one-of-a-kind wreaths during the holiday season, her work table never stays idle for very long.


http://sehwhat.etsy.com


Susan's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:




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Tarrah Moore, Hellbetty Jewelry
 
Tarrah Moore, <EM>Hellbetty Jewelry</EM>
Tarrah Moore is a crafty rock and roll mom with a passion for upcycling and creating cool, fun stuff, and good times. She loves pin-up, photography, live music, and Portland OR. Her spare time is spent scavenging Goodwill bins, thrift stores, and estate sales for dominos. She loves turning some people's junk into other people's treasures.

http://hellbettyjewelry.com
http://hellbettyjewelryOG.etsy.com


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Taryn Boyd, Talking Squid
 
Taryn Boyd, <EM>Talking Squid</EM>
Taryn Boyd believes recycled products don't have to look "recycled." Detail, functionality, and usefulness are important. Creating fresh, urban & modern designs from 100% recycled t-shirts is her main focus.


http://talkingsquid.etsy.com







Taryn's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:

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Tim Combs, The Reclamation Project
 
Tim Combs, <EM>The Reclamation Project</EM>
The Reclamation Project began when Tim Combs realized his basement was filled with strange stuff he'd found on the street and in dumpsters. This led him to commit to bringing bits of nature BACK to your yard by creating garden accoutrements from reclaimed materials.

http://doctorhep.netfirms.com

http://reclamationproject.etsy.com



Tim's work can be found at Trillium Artisans and the following locations:


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Trillium Design
 
Trillium Design
Trillium Artisans has a line of products under its own label Trillium Design. These items are made by our members who are either not yet ready to launch their own products or are still growing their businesses. This work provides valuable income to both artisans and the organization.


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Will Underwood, Hand Added Value
 
Will Underwood, <EM>Hand Added Value</EM>
Will spent much of his youth reading philosophy and drawing, in an attempt to escape what he felt to be the tedium of growing up on a ranch in eastern Oregon. Books on philosophy have mostly fallen by the wayside and his view of a rural childhood has been reconsidered, but drawing remains an essential practice in his life. Now married and a father of three, Will teaches drawing at an alternative school in Portland and offers private drawing lessons for all ages. As with drawing Will is fascinated by anything that people do or make with their hands. He is interested in the production of the simple items of everyday life: clothing, pottery, furniture; whatever we touch on a daily basis. Through drawing and painting, Hand Added Value seeks to honor that touch and reclaim those everyday objects that have been mass produced and then abandoned.

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Willow D'arcy, Feral Children Designs
 
Willow D'arcy, <EM>Feral Children Designs</EM>
Willow D'Arcy has been making art since before she could talk. When she was a little girl, she collected so many stuffed animals and dolls she could barely fit on her bed. Each one had a name, a story and a personality. She made her first stuffed animal by hand with a piece of scrap fabric when she was around 7 years old. She spent much of her childhood camping and living in rural areas where she ran around free in the woods and rarely wore shoes. This upbringing gave her a sense of connection to nature, and a feeling that she was part of it. This connection inspired the name Feral Children.

Willow has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Portland State University. She dove into sewing strange little dolls in a Studio Practies class, and fell in love with the process. While her paintings sat admired but unsold on the walls, her dolls and animals flew off the craft show table. She hates waste, loves nature, and likes saving money, so using recycled materials was so natural she didn't even think about it. She gets a feeling of glee with each and every creature she makes, and loves to pass on that joy to others, especially children.

http://www.willowdarcy.com
http://feralchildren.etsy.com

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