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I Heart Art: Portland — Mixer Match and Going Green

Aug 11, 2010

by Morgan Evans handmade and vintage goods


I am happy to report that the I Heart Art: Portland project — a crafty community collaboration between Etsy, the Pacific Northwest College of Arts, and the Portland Etsy Team — has been doing all sorts of amazing things since its inception in February of this year.

The I Heart Art gang is curating an exciting evening of “speed networking” (speed dating meets sales networking) called Mixer Match. On September 1, 2010 at 6 p.m., sixty handmade artists will rotate between 20 local and regional buyers, with only 2 minutes per station to pitch their product. Applications for artists are being accepted now through August 13, 2010 — if you’re a Portland seller, apply now! Even if you’re not chosen, there’ll be another area for drinks and talking shop with local business celebrity guests. It’s going to be a fun experiment!

Over the past nine months, the I Heart Art group has seen an enormous amount of success with their free workshop series. The program, geared toward providing the community with an array of professional development resources, is being graciously hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

You can use these resources too — just check out their blog for the series of informative articles. The latest piece, “Going Green” by Christine Claringbold, a.k.a. Eyepopart, Stephanie Weber, a.k.a. PickleThings, and Eleanor Williams, a.k.a. remnantbyeleanor, accompanies a panel-style workshop of the same title that they led at the MOCC on July 17.

The write-up is both inspiring and filled with hands-on tips. It’s an instructive manifesto all about how small craft business owners can play an influential role in driving business practices and implementing broad cultural change. “Sustainability is two sided,” they write. “It’s both maintaining the success of your business and keeping the local and global environments healthy and vibrant. By going green, you’ll be able to save on cost of goods and overhead and market your business as sustainable. Plus, you’ll feel good about your impact in the world. So, let’s change our attitudes — and business practices.”

Continue reading about what you can do to be green and check out some prime examples of eco-friendly shops and organizations (such as the Trillium Artisans, a brick-and-mortar shop in Portland, as well as an Etsy Team) in the rest of their post. While you’re at it, check out this nice piece filled with success tips for small businesses written by Jackie B. Peterson.

Vanessa and Christine, a.k.a. Eyepopart

The Trillium Artisans at a recent marketing workshop

To accommodate those of us who couldn’t attend the workshops in person, the I Heart Art team has put up video footage of the events. Below is a video recording of Workshop 2, where Lisa Gastelum of TBQ Designs taught a class on photography techniques for your website, blog, or online shop. The entire clip is almost an hour-and-a-half, but if you go to the Vimeo page you can download the file to your machine and watch it at your leisure.


What Is It?! Product Photography from I Heart Art: Portland on Vimeo.

The six part professional development workshop series is nearing its completion, but the final edition is still to come. On August 14, Amanda Siska of BreadandBadger will be talking about wholesale and PR for expansion beyond the digital world. Learn more about how to attend here.

Amanda, a.k.a BreadandBadger, and Morgan

Stay in touch with I Heart Art: Portland on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Be sure to check their website for updates and announcements and to meet the members of the leadership council.

Shop Local Portland | I Heart Art PDX | Browse Etsy Teams

Northwest-Inpsired Crab Blank Card or Cancer Zodiac Card
Northwest-Inpsired Crab Blank Card or Cancer Zodiac Card
Red Vinyl Record Cuff Bracelet
Red Vinyl Record Cuff Bracelet
Portland - Screen-Printed Card
Portland - Screen-Printed Card
Recycled Bike Clock in Army Green
Recycled Bike Clock in Army Green
Gemini Zodiac Card
Gemini Zodiac Card
Sunflower Mandala Record Clock
Sunflower Mandala Record Clock
Mustache Mug made from Reclaimed Ceramic Mug by Bread and Badger
Mustache Mug made from Reclaimed Ceramic Mug by Bread and Badger
Northwest-Inspired Sagittarius Zodiac Card or Blank Archer Card
Northwest-Inspired Sagittarius Zodiac Card or Blank Archer Card
White Mandala Bowl - Psychedelic Geometric Design Hand Painted on Recycled Vinyl Record
White Mandala Bowl - Psychedelic Geometric Design Hand Painted on Recycled Vinyl Record
$58.00 USD
Flipside Hat - Sofie
Flipside Hat - Sofie
Deer Head on Vintage Map Portland Oregon - 5 x 7
Deer Head on Vintage Map Portland Oregon - 5 x 7


  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Sounds great! Beautiful items!

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 8 years ago

    Sorry, my last comment didnt get entered: What a fun opportunity for you Portland-ers (Is that even a word?) I'm in Canada, eh, so I won't be participating. :( Have fun!

  • bunnygoods

    bunnygoods said 8 years ago

    fabulous coffee scene...check. amazing music scene...yeah, check. incredible crafting scene...oh, you better believe it! CHECK-ERINO, BABY! you go, portland!!!

  • XPoppysWickedGardenX

    XPoppysWickedGardenX said 8 years ago

    looks like fun!

  • bunnygoods

    bunnygoods said 8 years ago

    fabulous coffee scene...check. amazing music scene...yeah, check. highly covet-able crafting scene...oh, you'd better believe it...CHECK-ERINO, BABY! you go, portland! ;)

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

    Wished I lived in a crafty town like Portland - definitely would love to visit in the near future. Love the idea of the mixer - as a seller, it can be very time intensive to call up and meet potential buyers so getting everyone together in one room is a great solution!

  • bunnygoods

    bunnygoods said 8 years ago

    oop-sie! my comment didn't show up the first time around...*blush*...please forgive...

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 8 years ago

    what a blast! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 8 years ago

    What is it about Portland? It's like a magnet for everything indie-awesome in the world. The magnetic-north of fab! I need to get my ass over there at some point :) <3 Andrea

  • dutchpearl

    dutchpearl said 8 years ago

    I'm in Portland, Maine... unfortunately.

  • FoundDays

    FoundDays said 8 years ago

    Love those felt teabags!!

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 8 years ago

    Looks like so much fun; great idea!

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 8 years ago

    That is so cool! Thanks! I hope to visit Oregon someday.

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 said 8 years ago

    This is awesome! Why don't we have this in Chicago?!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 8 years ago

    Wow.... what a great idea.. bravo to you all!!!! I also wish I could stop by for a visit.

  • BlueDiamondStamps

    BlueDiamondStamps said 8 years ago

    I am moving to Portland next month and I can't wait to get involved in the crafty scene there! The mixer match in particular sounds really interesting.

  • verityunmondoaparte

    verityunmondoaparte said 8 years ago

    sounds so cute!!!Great!!!

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 8 years ago

    looks like fun!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 8 years ago

    wow what a great resources for the selling community out there! That mixer Match sounds awesome!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Hi girls you are looking amazing ! :))

  • rubygirl

    rubygirl said 8 years ago

    Hooray for I Heart Art: Portland! We have been working hard on this event and can assure you the the Mixer Match is going to be spectacular!

  • TheEvesLikeUs

    TheEvesLikeUs said 8 years ago

    I ⤠PDX!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 8 years ago

    simply amazing

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 8 years ago

    I ove to see earth friendly values mixed with creativity and art!

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt said 8 years ago


  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 8 years ago

    Go Go Green Portland Etsy team---Great stuff!!!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 8 years ago

    Love the red vinyl cuff :)

  • phiavintage

    phiavintage said 8 years ago


  • phiavintage

    phiavintage said 8 years ago


  • TeenahTime

    TeenahTime said 8 years ago

    You Go, Portland

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 8 years ago


  • Evajune

    Evajune said 8 years ago

    This is really exciting thank you for the post.

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great article. This has been a really exciting year, the mixer match is going to be awesome and next years programing is going to be even better. =)

  • CoffeePotPeople

    CoffeePotPeople said 8 years ago

    Yay! Portland and Etsy rock together! (And I get to be in on it, too, cuz that's me, wearing green, in the group photo. Yay, again!)

  • themarketintheglen

    themarketintheglen said 8 years ago

    Portland rocks my world in so many ways! Thanks for all the great advice and help with this article/video! It really helps to visualize how I will make all this information work for me in my space.

  • Celticcatphotos

    Celticcatphotos said 8 years ago

    Wish I lived in Portland!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 8 years ago

    SOOOOOO EXCITING!!!!! I HEART ART! YOU HEART ART! WE ALL HEART ART!!!! As Portlander's we know first hand just how amazing this place truly is! Pssssst....It's really hard to keep it a secret : ) We are so excited for this connection with Pacific Northwest College of Art & Etsy! Thank you for featuring our Fine Art Photography of 'Portland'. Come on and SUBSCRIBE to our new blog and stay connected with what's happening in Portland and the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Make sure to check in with us to see what's cookin in the creativity department here at LeafandInk too! We are excited to see all that's happening at LeafandInk and we are soooo thankful for all this L-O-V-E & support we feel! Blessings to you all!

  • SandBagsDesigns

    SandBagsDesigns said 8 years ago

    My husband is from the awesome state of Oregon! Wishing all participants lots of sales.

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 8 years ago

    what a great idea love it!

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 8 years ago

    Mixer Match sounds like a great idea, wish we had something like that in the UK, very inspirational!

  • mostlysundays

    mostlysundays said 8 years ago

    Beautiful designs from Oregon - such a beautiful place!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

    thank you for the inspiration!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Sounds like a lot of awesome-ness going on in Portland...thanks 4 working so hard 4 the arts.....

  • miscolores

    miscolores said 8 years ago

    I love Portland for these beautiful crafts and for the Lobster Roll (so expensive in NYC)!

  • plyeffects

    plyeffects said 8 years ago

    I have my fingers crossed to get into the mixer. It would be great to meet more people from etsy in person!

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 8 years ago

    love portland!

  • AvocadosandLace

    AvocadosandLace said 8 years ago

    Love the idea of a mixer match! and I ditto no frump...I love portland!

  • krdesign

    krdesign said 8 years ago

    AWESOME :)

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 8 years ago

    a w e s o m e

  • crazyladyglass

    crazyladyglass said 8 years ago

    Looks great!

  • KimBalee9

    KimBalee9 said 8 years ago

    Cool! Love the california rolls sushi....

  • Brioletta

    Brioletta said 8 years ago

    I've been lucky enough to take several of the workshops and I'm looking forward to the one tomorrow! THANKS, ETSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MayaBella

    MayaBella said 8 years ago

    Nice ladies. :)

  • VintageKeepersCache

    VintageKeepersCache said 8 years ago

    Just fantastic....

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 8 years ago

    Wonderful group. Keep up the good work

  • Paintingsbygeri

    Paintingsbygeri said 8 years ago

    How exciting! Can't wait. Etsy is so much fun, something new every day.

  • AtabbycatArts

    AtabbycatArts said 8 years ago

    I just found this post.. excellent.

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 8 years ago

    great vid!

  • PinkyCrafts

    PinkyCrafts said 8 years ago

    I'm so glad I'm a Portlander! Thanks for posting this :)

  • victoriaelizabethqoc

    victoriaelizabethqoc said 8 years ago

    I'm over in Central Oregon, what a inspiring article. Such great ideas. :)

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 7 years ago

    Looks great.......thank you...

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