This is one of my favorite Portland-made discoveries. Be Brave Make Waves creates these small kinetic wooden sculpture boxes, that when wound with the handle, show a boat riding on gentle undulating waves. It's magical. $38 and available from their Etsy shop or in local Portland stores.
Watch the very brief video below showing the sculptural boxes in action:
I love a beautiful head wrap and these days I'm taken with The Wrap Life -- a sweet online shop based out of Brooklyn with various designs and sizes, plus a totally charming Instagram feed (@thewraplife) to follow. Check out the shop -- wraps range from $18-$40 each. Order two and get free shipping.
Upgrade your picnicking game with the Shipshape Picnic Rug. Made from 100% waxed cotton canvas, it's weatherproof and converts to a sweet little picnic rug or a large bag. Handmade by Kumeko (€179.95).
This is available from the Dutch shop x6lifestyle.com, fun for browsing lots of cool home and life items!
Gwen Barba started Concarta Studio in 2010 to offer paper sculpture and decorative object design for custom clients. Her designs are pleasingly clean and fresh with added elements like watercolor to enhance her paper-cutting skills.
Cake toppers, art, display pieces are among the various types of creations she provides to her clients. Contact Concarta for a custom commission.
(*via Ritzy Bee)
Learn modern calligraphy from me + how to make and assemble classy paper goods for your special event with Precious. (She is a master at elegant and modern paper construction for menus, programs, guest books, you name it -- very cool stuff. I've taken a workshop with her in the past and enjoyed it immensely. She currently teaches graphic design and designs invitations, brands, and books in her Portland studio.
514 NW 9th, Portland OR 97209
$98 per person
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In our 3+ hour workshop you’ll learn:
- How to use classic tools of calligraphy; nibs and ink
- Techniques for beautiful writing and Paperfinger’s favorite methods
- Best methods for preparing your calligraphy for printed wedding or party materials
- How to make lovely + simple formats for your menu, guest book, program or favors
- How to source paper and fun extras for your project
- Best paper construction methods
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Snacks provided by M. Robin Cakes!
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Please contact Precious Bugarin at email@example.com or Bryn Chernoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
The bride, Caitlin Watson Boyes, and her mother teamed up to create these fantastically-large paper flowers for her wedding in California last July. Such incredible creations -- and the scale! They used butcher paper and spent months creating these beautiful blooms that covered the reception area. Photos by Jessica Peterson.
There are a range of color-ways available and each tile has a unique design inspired by Japanese dying techniques -- "dip, stroke, stain and wash with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments...dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar- please expect every one of the tiles from this series to invoke the unique individuality of its namesake- watermark." Inspiring!
(*via Design Milk)
She makes a few other clothing hangers for retail with similar structures but in a variety of shapes, pictured below as well.
(*via Veda House)