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I Heart Art: Portland — Fab Event & Upcoming Workshops

Mar 16, 2010

by Vanessa Bertozzi handmade and vintage goods

The I Heart Art: Portland kick-off party was a thrill! I Heart Art: Portland is a pilot project representing the new relationship between Etsy, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Portland Etsy Team. We had so much fun mixing and mingling and meeting friends face to face. 

Photo by Heather Zinger PNCA ’10

It was an all-ages group of about 500 people in PNCA’s open gallery space — and the beer didn’t run out until right at the last second. Perfect! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many business cards exchanged, and our Etsy bags, cards and calendars were given away in an instant. Matt, who had reached out to PNCA, the museum and the team back in August, was there in spirit. Morgan and I answered questions about Etsy and gave hugs. Good times!

The best part of the party was that the Portland Etsy Team had an exciting announcement to make: they are organizing a series of professional development workshops, all free and graciously hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Freshly printed gocco flyers about the workshops were being fanned all around the party.

There was a ton of interest, so if you’re in the Portland area and want to attend the workshops, visit the website and RSVP there. The first workshop with Ryan of littleputbooks was this past Saturday. Ryan has graciously agreed to share some tips with everyone here on the blog — we’ll post those on Wednesday. We also encourage you to sign up for their email newsletter to stay abreast of what is happening. Here are all the important ways to be in touch:

Twitter Feed:
Flickr Group:
(for photos of the event by other people, and photos of people making things, no promos)
Portland Etsy Team Blog:

Photo by Heather Zinger PNCA ’10 

The event — and the whole I Heart Art initiative — centered on connectivity through arts and business education and community outreach. We’re impressed by the Portland Etsy Team’s get-up-n-go and PNCA and the MOCC’s support of independent arts in their community.

Isaac MCing, Vanessa, Morgan & Ann Hudner of PNCA (left to right). Photo by Heather Zinger PNCA ’10 

We couldn’t have done it without the help and leadership of Ann Hudner and Leslie Miller from PNCA, as well as their awesome student volunteers, coordinated by Holdentees. Members of the Portland Team really shone that night. ibwatson was the whirlwind organizer, along with slumptown who made a killer slideshow and decorations, while piperewan manned the social networking and button-making table, and bossanovababy was a force on the gocco printer. Leahpellegrini and curlygirlglass put together a delicious spread of food, donated by Food Front Coop — though the cupcakes by curlygirlglass and Holdentees stole the show. 

rubygirl, who along with Leahpellegrini is coordinating the workshops, made a ring from the event’s handmade buttons! Check out the Related Items below for more members who played a crucial role putting together the event, and see the Flickr Group Pool and PNCA’s photos too.

We also want to share our Flickr photos from our trip. We paid a visit to the inspiring Trillium Artisans shop where Christine of EyePopArt gave us a tour.

Then BreadandBadger went with us to lunch at the distinctively Portland food carts! We were staying at the Ace Hotel, which definitely has that Etsy vintage vibe, and had drinks with Susan Beal of Westcoast Crafty, Kate Bingaman-Burt from Obsessive Consumption, Jena from Modish and Amanda Blake of Thisisalliknow. We visited swordandfern’s boutique and the Grass Hut’s comic shop/gallery, where tripperdungan presides over some beautiful pieces by apak amongst others. This poem, by KinokoGallery, one of the Etsy sellers and PNCA students we met, better captures the spirit of our trip than I ever could! 

Photo by Heather Zinger PNCA ’10 

The trip was as fabulous as these vintage ladies’ outfits!

Shop Local Portland |

Love Your Scissors A-Line Skirt w\/ Pockets
Love Your Scissors A-Line Skirt w\/ Pockets
Glass Mobile - Circles - approx 3feet
Glass Mobile - Circles - approx 3feet
Forget Me Not Ring
Forget Me Not Ring
Numchuck Pillow - Ninja Pillow Fight
Numchuck Pillow - Ninja Pillow Fight
Gorge Necklace in Ochre
Gorge Necklace in Ochre
LAST ONE - Wedding Card with Love Birds by Too Much of a Good Thing
LAST ONE - Wedding Card with Love Birds by Too Much of a Good Thing
SALEHannah Cocktail Hat and Veil
SALEHannah Cocktail Hat and Veil
50% Off Sale - 1X4 Building Block Ring with turquoise Size 6.5 - LAST ONE
50% Off Sale - 1X4 Building Block Ring with turquoise Size 6.5 - LAST ONE
Mary Catherine Lunsford CD of 1971 Polydor Records Recording Credits Lyrics
Mary Catherine Lunsford CD of 1971 Polydor Records Recording Credits Lyrics
$9.95 USD


  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 7 years ago

    Look like fun was had by all!

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 7 years ago

    Awesome! Wish I was there! Congrats to that project!

  • InspiringColors

    InspiringColors said 7 years ago

    so rich a post $$

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 7 years ago

    wow, nice meeting.

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 7 years ago

    Portland is so awesome and it looks like fun was had by all!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    Go etsy crafters from the Pacific Northwest!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 7 years ago

    OH I love Portland!! Looks like it was a ton of fun!!

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 7 years ago

    awesome! I'm looking forward to attending the workshops :)

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 7 years ago

    Oh, Portland, I love you so. Congrats on an amazing movement!

  • BranchandBirdie

    BranchandBirdie said 7 years ago

    I am proud to be a Portlander!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    ..And next you travel North into Washington, where you'll visit, Seattle, Bellingham and Guemes Island?! Right?!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Awesome project !

  • NerdJerk

    NerdJerk said 7 years ago

    Way to go, Portland! I love it when cities embrace their artistic inhabitants.

  • JoshUrsoDesign

    JoshUrsoDesign said 7 years ago

    Awwwwww. I love Portland too!

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 7 years ago

    Portland Portland....I Love this.....I'm looking forward to the Workshops....when i travel south from Tacoma to stay in Portland I stay across the street from the Ace,at the Mark Spencer, for 2 reasons: Pet-friendly and it's an Eco-Friendly certified Green Seal hotel. Now that is doing it Portland style!

  • pinestreetphoto

    pinestreetphoto said 7 years ago

    i so wish i lived closer:)

  • thecrochetloft

    thecrochetloft said 7 years ago

    great job portland

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    What fun items to choose from!

  • amdirobella

    amdirobella said 7 years ago

    We love Portland!

  • aisle3studio

    aisle3studio said 7 years ago

    man portland is so cool. also iowa :)

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 7 years ago

    WOW! I'm really excited about visiting Portland now! Great article!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    OOOh that looks like fun:)

  • TooMuchOfAGoodThing

    TooMuchOfAGoodThing said 7 years ago

    It was a great event. I'm looking forward to the workshops!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    Looks like a good time! Now I'm even more excited about my trip to Portland this coming weekend.

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    Yay! I feel lucky every day to live in Portland! Can't wait to attend the events...THANK YOU for the calendar so I can keep track & thank you for all the hard work!!!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 7 years ago

    ...rainpeople are thrilled to live in portland oregon! thank you portland etsy team! looks like a great time had by all!

  • IrelandBrady

    IrelandBrady said 7 years ago

    PORTLAND! A Great place to visit .... an even better place to live and flourish!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    love those vintage dresses...looks like a fun time!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    come to australia!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Love the vintage dresses. Looks fun.

  • Vintage50sEyewear

    Vintage50sEyewear said 7 years ago

    The sled dogs are just beautiful. Love it!

  • erachel

    erachel said 7 years ago

    I was lucky enough to be invited to the home of the lovely lady who owns the vintage Etsy shop where the dresses are from - . As a vintage collector, I was so pleased with the quality of her goods and ended up snatching up several pieces! Sorry I missed the event - what a wonderful partnership!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the recap! Would love to have been there. Keep us posted on future happenings.

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 7 years ago

    Such an incredible event...I am to a Etsy seller of vintage clothes, I have some incredible dresses as well and continue to find them, just in time for Easter... Welcome to EL Vintage..... I look forward to one in Los Angeles hopefully!!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    That sounds like the most amazing event ever! Awesome! I love Portland too, and would love to go back sometime. I love all the green. :)

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 7 years ago

    Looks like it was a success!!! Wish we had one in my area!!!

  • imadeyouabeard

    imadeyouabeard said 7 years ago

    wish i could have made it, looks like the turnout was huge!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    inspiring - if we could all make a little bit of that magic happen in our neck of the woods...wonderful!! thanks for sharing!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 7 years ago

    Looks like a great event... unfortunately it all seems to happen on the West coast :( We need more craft events on the East coast!

  • JadeRoseDesigns

    JadeRoseDesigns said 7 years ago

    Yay! So happy to see our event in The Storque! Thanks, Vanessa! It was great chatting with you :) Come back to PDX soon!

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 7 years ago

    I wish I could have been there! Looks like a lot of fun and with so many creative sellers!

  • theLostEarring

    theLostEarring said 7 years ago

    How neat! And Portland is such a great place :)

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 7 years ago

    Want to head to Portland too!

  • somavenus

    somavenus said 7 years ago

    thanks for stopping by Portland, Etsy! it was good to see your face (and all the other etsian faces!) - come back soon :) <3 thanks for featuring my BINGO sketchbooks too! :)

  • envydesignsjewelry

    envydesignsjewelry said 7 years ago

    This was a wonderful event! So glad I could attend. I met several lovely etsians, who were very friendly and helpful. Thank You!!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 7 years ago

    So sad I wasn't able to attend but am looking forward to the upcoming events!

  • rubygirl

    rubygirl said 7 years ago

    So much fun! Be sure to keep an eye on the blog ( become a fan on Facebook ( for information about the upcoming workshops!

  • Brioletta

    Brioletta said 7 years ago

    It was wonderful to meet you at the event, Vanessa! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! ! I'm over the moon with excitement :~)

  • steventhomasart

    steventhomasart said 7 years ago

    moving to Portland in June. I can't wait to get there.

  • flight64

    flight64 said 7 years ago

    here's to more creative collaborations in portland! woo hoo!

  • piperewan

    piperewan said 7 years ago

    it was a truly amazing event! thanks everyone for coming!

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 7 years ago

    Hopefully, we can have the I Heart Art: Orlando edition. Orlando Museum of Art -

  • ZAPOLdesigns

    ZAPOLdesigns said 7 years ago

    i get so inspired by so many things coming out of portland. they have a wonderful art AND bike scene! who could ask for more!

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 7 years ago

    Wish we could be there! Come to Arkansas. :)

  • mia09

    mia09 said 7 years ago

    I love ART too! It promotes kindness, friendship and happiness! Great event!!!

  • MWNaturesAntiquities

    MWNaturesAntiquities said 7 years ago

    I love the arts! Oregon on the cutting edge, good Job. Wyoming might catch up the wave some day.

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 7 years ago

    I'd love to see Portland someday. Please come to Orlando, Florida sometime!!

  • LiuLiuDesigns

    LiuLiuDesigns said 7 years ago

    A great opportunity to mix and mingle with some amazing talents around PDX! Thanks for doing this!

  • betsyandiya

    betsyandiya said 7 years ago

    Oh I'm still so sad I was out of town for this, but SO HAPPY it was such a wide success! I've heard such great things! I can't wait until the next event. Portland, you are a dream.

  • sushibooties

    sushibooties said 7 years ago

    It was a great time! cant wait for the next one!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago


  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great event! Great city!

  • kalliedesigns

    kalliedesigns said 7 years ago

    Looks like it was a fun time!! GREAT talent thrown in.. cool

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt said 7 years ago

    Oh wow, it's really weird to see a big picture of myself here on the Etsy blog! Hee hee. I totally enjoyed the chance to meet with Vanessa and Morgan, and Amanda from Bread and Badger, at the Trillium Artisans store (Trillium is also a local Portland Etsy team). It was exciting and inspiring! Thanks for making the time, ladies!

  • HempWhatNot

    HempWhatNot said 7 years ago

    Super cool. Wish I was there.

  • HempWhatNot

    HempWhatNot said 7 years ago

    Wish I was there.

  • wiresNpliers

    wiresNpliers said 7 years ago

    We had a fabulous time at the I Heart Art Meet N Greet! So many nice people. Fun making gocco prints and our own buttons. Wish we could have won a bag. Oh well. It was a grand evening!

  • 1byliz

    1byliz said 7 years ago

    portland, you make me so proud!

  • artbywinona

    artbywinona said 7 years ago

    I wished I had known more about this event. I would have skipped the extra hours at work.

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 7 years ago

    AWWSOME, i wish i was there

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 7 years ago

    Proud to live in Portland.

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    sounds like a cool event!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    sounds like a great time. glad Etsy is reaching others and letting them know we are here.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    That looks like so much fun!!!

  • bontonvintage

    bontonvintage said 7 years ago

    Looked like it was a fabulous shindig!! I love the vintage dressed ladies...swanky!!

  • bunnywithatoolbelt

    bunnywithatoolbelt said 7 years ago

    It was so great to meet you--thanks for coming to Portland!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 7 years ago

    Looks like fun! Are those PNCA students who are sporting the amazing vintage dresses?

  • Maleaab

    Maleaab said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic and Portland is the perfect city for such an event! I hope to someday live there again!

  • MagicLace

    MagicLace said 6 years ago

    Hi Prtland, Come and visit our beautiful ISRAEL!

  • AntiModern

    AntiModern said 6 years ago

    Wish we could of been there!!!

  • sacredstonesngifts

    sacredstonesngifts said 6 years ago

    Looked like fun, wish I had been there!

  • GarbogeKnits

    GarbogeKnits said 6 years ago

    I'm so excited I found this article. I am going to start the blogging experience and keep tabs on when the next workshop is. Love my Portland. I don't feel so alone now. But....I am having so much fun.

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 6 years ago

    Thank you for bring Portland Oregan closer to our hearts There are some lovely photos, mustache mugs are adorable

  • GilruthDesigns

    GilruthDesigns said 6 years ago

    I didn't hear about this until too late. We are pretty indie here. Lots and lots of artists and it's a beautiful place to live. That's due to the rain but it sure makes Spring sweet.

  • HenPrints

    Laurie Kitzke from HenPrints said 2 years ago

    This looks like something Portland should do again!

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