MONTAVILLA FLEA MARKET @ PGF by Britt Howard

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PGF is excited to host The Montavilla Flea Market on Sunday, July 30 (11–4)—the same day as the Montavilla Street Fair! This lively community event will take place in PGF's parking lot. Stop by to find an array of amazing & affordable vintage clothing and objects, as well as a curated selection of handmade goods. You never know what treasure(s) you'll go home with and what friends you'll make & see! 

SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: LUCY SPARROW by Britt Howard

Felt booze on the shelves in Lucy Sparrow's installation 8 'Till Late. Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Felt booze on the shelves in Lucy Sparrow's installation 8 'Till Late. Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Bodegas, cornerstores, mom and pop shops—whatever you choose to call them—often play a vital role in city life. Thirsty? Hungry? In need of some emergency feminine products? You can't walk many city blocks before being saved by a trusty bodega. Recently, British artist Lucy Sparrow set up shop with her installation 8 'Till Late, right off of The Standard, High Line hotel in NYC. Similar to her past projects in London, Corner Shop and Sex Shop, the artist created a bodega filled completely with your typical cornerstore products all made from felt. Sparrow made all 9,000 objects herself and painstakingly hand-painted labels on each piece. Sparrow describes her attraction to using felt to make packaged products: "I’ve always been fascinated by things that are made out of other things, like soft things that are hard, or things that are too big or too small, anything like that fascinates me because it takes a certain scale of material to blow up something normal into something else."

Every item in 8 'Till Late was available to purchase until the installation had to shut down early because the shelves were thinning out after a very successful run (items are still available for purchase on her website). Typically buying art in NYC is an endeavor that only a wealthy few can experience, but Sparrow's work is democratic in the sense that one can buy an original piece of art for under $100. 8 'Till Late has its roots in Claes Oldenburg's The Store of 1961, Oldenburg's temporary storefront on the Lower East Side stocked with food and objects made from plaster. The pop up shops organized by the NYC artists' collaborative, Collaborative Projects, or Colab, of the late 1970s and into the 80s also comes to mind. These Colab stores sold inexpensive artist-made multiples like t-shirts, buttons, books, and sculptures. Similar to these past projects, 8 'Till Late is a prime example of the sense of wonder and joy that art can elicit, especially when we are given permission to touch and interact with the work on view.  

8 'Till Late at The Standard, High Line hotel in New York.

8 'Till Late at The Standard, High Line hotel in New York.

Sparrow hand makes and hand paints every product herself. Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Sparrow hand makes and hand paints every product herself. Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Shelves stocked with all your corner bodega staples. Photo: Jaime Rojo/Huffington Post

Shelves stocked with all your corner bodega staples. Photo: Jaime Rojo/Huffington Post

The meat case with bodega cat guarding the sausage.

The meat case with bodega cat guarding the sausage.

Pick up some felt reading material.

Pick up some felt reading material.

Breakfast items and snacks galore! 

Breakfast items and snacks galore! 

SHIFT EXPERIMENTAL FASHION DESIGN: CALL FOR DESIGNERS by Britt Howard

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Got some ideas brewing of how to make a dress out of old swimsuits or a jumpsuit from used tarps? Then you must check out The Right Brain Initiative's design call for garments made from recycled garments and/or found objects for their event SHIFT/An Experiment in Fashion Design. Send your designs in by June 30, 2017 for a chance to be in the September 21st fashion show benefitting all the amazing work The Right Brain Initiative does to bring art into Portland's public K–8 schools. More details on how to enter and/or to get tickets to the September event can be found HERE. Good luck designers!

MEGHAN BOGDEN SHIMEK WEAVING WORKSHOP @ PGF by Britt Howard

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In collaboration with Portland gallery, Nationale, PGF is hosting an off the loom weaving workshop with Bay Area artist, Meghan Bogden Shimek. Sign up for this rare opportunity to learn how to create your own large-scale wall weaving from luscious wool roving HERE. Workshop caps at 15 participants, so sign up soon! 

PGF will also be hosting an evening pop up reception with Meghan after her workshop. We'll have her pieces installed at PGF for one night only! 

The Details: 
Off Loom Roving Weaving Workshop with Meghan Bodgen Shimek @ PGF
Sunday, August 13 (1–4pm)


Pop up art show/reception with Meghan Bodgen Shimek also @PGF
Sunday, August 13 (5–8pm)

SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: MERET OPPENHEIM by Britt Howard

Object, Paris, 1936, fur covered cup, saucer, and spoon

Object, Paris, 1936, fur covered cup, saucer, and spoon

The story behind Meret Oppenheim's infamous work, Object also know as Breakfast in Fur, is the stuff that art history lovers can't get enough of. Oppenheim was in a Paris cafe with fellow artists Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar. Admiring Oppenheim's bracelet which she had covered in fur, Picasso joked that anything could be covered in fur. "Even this cup and saucer!" replied Oppenheim. This light conversation lead Oppenheim to actually try out this offhand idea. Object has achieved the status of the "quintessential" Surrealist object. Oppenheim is considered one of the very few female Surrealists, and although she broke off from the group in the 1960s, her work often expressed the ideas and aesthetics of that groundbreaking movement. Throughout her life Oppenheim continued to push the limits of mundane objects, from turning leather gloves into a map of blood vessels, or trussing high heels like a piece of poultry on a platter, decades later, her objects still feel contemporary and exciting. 

Glove (for Parkett no. 4), 1985, suede gloves with screenprint and hand-stitching, ed. 150

Glove (for Parkett no. 4), 1985, suede gloves with screenprint and hand-stitching, ed. 150

Ma Gouvernante (My Nurse), 1936, shoes, string, metal plate

Ma Gouvernante (My Nurse), 1936, shoes, string, metal plate

Pelzhandschuhe (Fur Gloves), 1939

Pelzhandschuhe (Fur Gloves), 1939

Eichhörnchen (squirrel), 1969, fur, glass, plastic foam, ed. 100

Eichhörnchen (squirrel), 1969, fur, glass, plastic foam, ed. 100

EILEEN FISHER FANS UNITE AT PGF by Britt Howard

The PGF crew is still beaming from our weekend sale with EILEEN FISHER's circular design initiative, FISHER FOUND. It was so inspiring to be surrounded by amazing women coming together over a shared love of EF and all that the company stands for. One shopper captured the mood perfectly when she wrote: "To be in a dressing room full of women trying on clothes, complimenting, laughing, and uplifting each other was magic." We couldn't agree more! 

Thank you to all who attended and made this weekend so special—together we raised $2,500 for Dress for Success Oregon! Thank you to all of the volunteers, we couldn't have pulled this off without you! A big shout out to A to Z Wineworks for their generous wine donation! And lastly, a huge thanks to EILEEN FISHER/FISHER FOUND for teaming up with PGF on this epic and wonderful weekend. Here's to many more collaborations! 

The lovely and amazing ladies of FISHER FOUND in Seattle, Kerri & Lilah doing their thang on Saturday

The lovely and amazing ladies of FISHER FOUND in Seattle, Kerri & Lilah doing their thang on Saturday

Tops, sweaters, dresses, pants...EF brought over 2000 garments to PGF! 

Tops, sweaters, dresses, pants...EF brought over 2000 garments to PGF! 

Things getting crazy in that pant pile :-)

Things getting crazy in that pant pile :-)

Expert sewer, Trang mends garments for shoppers

Expert sewer, Trang mends garments for shoppers

Lil' cutie makes friends while her mama gathers some EF

Lil' cutie makes friends while her mama gathers some EF

The wonderful Annie, Joey, and Jill from FISHER FOUND in Seattle holding down the fort on Sunday

The wonderful Annie, Joey, and Jill from FISHER FOUND in Seattle holding down the fort on Sunday

Christina from EF in Portland & Jill chat over a cuppa

Christina from EF in Portland & Jill chat over a cuppa

Just look at that treasure trove of high quality and stylin' garments!

Just look at that treasure trove of high quality and stylin' garments!

Britt delivering the EILEEN FISHER check to Shari Dunn, Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon 

Britt delivering the EILEEN FISHER check to Shari Dunn, Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon 

PGF + AXIOM + PICA by Britt Howard

Axiom Custom Products designed a futuristic garden/greenhouse for PICA's (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) fundraiser/party, Hot House. PGF was thrilled to make the plant-inspired hanging elements that floated above party-goers. Take a look at the project below—these are the kind of collabs we love! 

Axiom's designs for the event featuring the hanging "plants pods."

Axiom's designs for the event featuring the hanging "plants pods."

PGF's production assistant, Lyla working on the prototype. 

PGF's production assistant, Lyla working on the prototype. 

Beth, PGF's patternmaker checking out how it hangs...

Beth, PGF's patternmaker checking out how it hangs...

The pieces installed at the event above a cluster of rad mirrored floor sculptures design and made by Axiom.

The pieces installed at the event above a cluster of rad mirrored floor sculptures design and made by Axiom.

And look, it's Britt squared! 

And look, it's Britt squared! 

Eileen Fisher Not-Quite Perfect Sale at PGF by Britt Howard

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PGF is hosting a Not-Quite Perfect Sale of used EILEEN FISHER clothing on June 10 & 11 (11–3pm)!

Come get your EILEEN FISHER fix and stock up on used EF garments ($10 + up!). Let us count the ways this promises to be a must-attend June event... you will... 

1. Find beautiful, well-made garments at a sweet price
2. Be an active part of the cycle of clothing reuse and renewal
3. Sip rosé from our lovely beverage sponsor, A to Z Wineworks 
4. Take advantage of our mending stations for a quick hem or patch
5. Feel even better about your fabulous purchases knowing that a portion of the proceeds will go to Dress for Success Oregon, an amazing organization empowering women to achieve economic independence. 

See you there!

Portland Japanese Garden Happi Coats by Britt Howard

When you visit the newly expanded Portland Japanese Garden, you'll notice garden staff and volunteers all wearing Japanese happi coats. These traditional cotton coats, are boxy handsome numbers with three-quarter length sleeves, historically worn to festivals, often with a family crest on the back. Here at PGF, we were excited to learn about this celebrated garment while making the new happi coats for the Portland Japanese Garden (images above!).  A hearty thank you to the staff and volunteers who let us snap a few pics of the happi coats in action!

A few images below survey the happi coat from traditional portraits, to the 1966 arrival of The Beatles in Japan.

And here's a look at the happi coats being made at PGF:

Stacking, laying the pattern, and cutting the fabric for the happi coats. 

Stacking the fabric and laying the pattern for the happi coats

After the pattern has been cut the happi coats are ready to be sent to the screen printer. 

After the fabric has been cut, the happi coats are ready to be sent to the screen printer

Ning sewing the coats after they've been to the screen printer.

Nghien sewing the coats

An sewing on the front sashes that read "Portland Japanese Garden"

An sewing the neck band onto the coats