REMEMBERING TRISHA BROWN by Britt Howard

Taking a moment to remember postmodern dancer/choreographer/visual artist, Trisha Brown. Her innovative work in performance and dance continues to inspire artists working across many mediums and genres. For a fuller picture of her amazing life, take a minute to read this NYT article. 

Trisha Brown’s dances are shaped by dreams of levitation, by geometry, enigma, physics, by memory, mathematics and geography, by language. Her gestural imagery challenges perception of the moving body, making the impossible appear possible. Imagining that dancers can fall not only down but up or sideways, Brown makes the rules of life seem arbitrary, offering an exhilarating transcendence of physical limits. Since 1962 her choreography has explored the interplay of intellect and instinct, paradoxes of logic and non sequitur, interpenetrations of present and past, coincidences of abstract form and mythic action, and the edges between visibility and invisibility. - Marianne Goldberg from Fifty Contemporary Choreographers published by Routledge, edited by Martha Bremser. To read the full essay, click here. 

Roof Piece, 1971

Roof Piece, 1971

Set and Reset, 1980 (music by Laurie Anderson, designs by Robert Rauschenberg)

Set and Reset, 1980 (music by Laurie Anderson, designs by Robert Rauschenberg)

HOWARD + THE GRANITE: SPRING STUDIO SALE! by Britt Howard

PGF is doing a two-day Spring Studio Sale featuring the elegant & easy clothing by HOWARD* (designed & made at PGF), and beautifully minimalist ceramic & porcelain home goods by THE GRANITE (made in Portland, too!).

Beautify your wardrobe & home with an abundance of samples, one-offs, and new & past season pieces.

*Amazing deals on our archive of PGF womenswear dating back to 2012!!

HOWARD + THE GRANITE / spring studio sale
March 18 & 19 (10-4)
Portland Garment Factory
408 SE 79th Ave

PGF DOES CAREER DAY AT GRANT HIGH SCHOOL by Britt Howard

PGF's Britt Howard talks design and manufacturing with Grant High School Freshman

PGF's Britt Howard talks design and manufacturing with Grant High School Freshman

PGF had a blast at Grant High School's Freshman Career Day last week. Surrounded by nearly every career you could imagine, we got to talk to curious and smart teens about "soft" manufacturing at a table with Boeing engineers (pssst....they're making a new plane that has wings that flap like a bird!). Britt also shared her untraditional path to becoming a design and manufacturing entrepreneur—it involves studying primates at the Oregon Zoo amongst other surprising adventures—a reminder that life is an unpredictable and exciting journey. 

Thank you to Grant for inviting PGF to be a part of such a great program! 

SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: GUNTA STÖZLZ by Britt Howard

5 Chöre (5 Choirs), 1928

5 Chöre (5 Choirs), 1928

German textile artist/designer, Gunta Stölzl (1897–1983) was an integral Bauhaus figure, leading and developing the weaving workshop as the radical art & design school's sole female master. Her complex and beautiful geometric designs were translated to wall weavings, textiles, and furniture. Stölzl experimented with the weaving medium by drawing inspiration from abstract painting and color theory.  She veered away from representational imagery that traditionally had been seen in weavings. Nearly a century later, her designs still maintain a fresh, contemporary vibe. To explore more of Stölzl's work and learn about her incredible life, visit guntastolz.org!

 Slit Tapestry Red/Green, c. 1927/28 (below are watercolor studies for this tapestry)

 Slit Tapestry Red/Green, c. 1927/28 (below are watercolor studies for this tapestry)

One of Gunta's studies for a fabric design

One of Gunta's studies for a fabric design

Portrait of Gunta Stölzl from 1927

Portrait of Gunta Stölzl from 1927

Design for a Jacquard woven wall hanging, 1927

Design for a Jacquard woven wall hanging, 1927

I spy... by Britt Howard

PGF is a space for making. We get to dive in and work closely on the development and production stages of the various pieces we manufacture. Once a project is completed it leaves PGF and takes on a new life. But sometimes we get to meet them again in the real world, like the Highwaisted Jumpsuit in blue denim from PGF HouseLine's spring/summer 2014 line. This rad number was spotted at World Pride Week 2014 in Toronto and ended up on fashionmagazine.com

photo // Green Space

photo // Green Space

 
A page from PGF HouseLine SS14 lookbook 

A page from PGF HouseLine SS14 lookbook 

SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: NICK CAVE by Britt Howard

Artist Nick Cave (no, not the singer!), has been creating his intriguing, wearable "Soundsuits" since 1992. The first rendition was made from sticks that Cave collected during the time of the LA riots, after Rodney King, a black taxi driver, was beaten by LA police. As a black American man, those events hit Cave at the core, and that first suit became a sort of conceptual layer of protection, a "second skin," or a suit of armor. The idea of the "Soundsuit" came after he tried on the initial piece and noticed the sound the twigs made as he moved. Thus began a series of Soundsuits in various materials—some colorful, shaggy and soft, others full of converging patterns and textures. While they are stunning when shown still, they become even more amazing in motion. When activated by the performer, they recall rituals and ceremonies, though not tied to a specific place or culture, but rather as a confluence of many influences and materials. Cave's Soundsuits led him towards sculptures and installations that like the Soundsuits, take familiar found elements to make uncharted and refreshingly unknown objects and environments. 

Installation image from Nick Cave's current show Until at MASS MoCA 

Installation image from Nick Cave's current show Until at MASS MoCA 

Installation view from Nick Cave's 2013 show Sojourn at the Denver Art Museum  

Installation view from Nick Cave's 2013 show Sojourn at the Denver Art Museum  

Nick Cave with one of his Soundsuits / photo: Saverio Truglia, Chicago Tribune

Nick Cave with one of his Soundsuits / photo: Saverio Truglia, Chicago Tribune

80s & 90s BIZ LADY PROFILE: ANGELA BOWER by Britt Howard

Name: Angela Bower (played by Judith Light)
Title: Advertising Executive
Quote: Sadly, no memorable ones to speak of...Why is that? 
Love life: Serious Angie and her laid back "manny" (played by Tony Danza) prove that opposites certainly do attract, and their tension made for good TV. But we're always left hanging, wondering "did they live happily ever after??" 
Woes: Angela's mom, Mona, whose sex life is off the hook and up in everyone's business. 
Then: Thought she was a bit uptight!

Now: Honestly, all we can think about is how Angela's character is completely flat compared to Judith Light's portrayal of Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent! We can only hope that these two shows are markers of how far we've come in terms of gender roles and norms.