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 IHeartArtPDX.com 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: twitter.com/iHeartArtPDX
Flickr Group: flickr.com/groups/iheartartpdx
(for photos of the event by other people, and photos of people making things, no promos)
Portland Etsy Team Blog: pdxetsy.wordpress.com
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.
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.
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!
The trip was as fabulous as these vintage ladies’ outfits!