I come from a long line of makers. It’s in my blood. After spending time as content lead at Folksy.com my writing commissions were often to feature great makers or to give exert advice on the business of selling handmade. It feels only natural that I continue to write about, support and showcase some of the world’s most awesome makers here too. These are my favorites.
As a child I had a thing for colour. Bright colour. Rainbows, sunshine, pencil crayons, candy, paper. I loved coloured paper. It for that reason that Frazier & Wing totally floats my boat.
Teresa Robinson of Portland based jewellery brand Tiro Tiro believes some of her best work happens by accident. If so I’d say that bringing solid brass and linen together is the happiest accident I’ve ever seen. It gives me the wants.
Portland based designer and maker Anna Joyce creates accessories and homewares products inspired by vintage fabric, folk art and shapes in nature. “My design process is intuitive, relaxed, and rooted in the belief that we can and should live with color and pattern everyday” says Anna of her work. Bursting with vibrant tones and whimsical pattern there isn’t a product of Anna’s that doesn’t make my heart sing.
Betsy and Iya is my favourite store in Portland. Nestled at the North end of NW 24th it sits across from a sweet little coffee shop – a perfect day for me involves a morning writing in the Dragonfly Cafe followed by an hour pouring over the jewellery in Betsy and Iya – bliss. As well as stocking their own handmade jewellery, the bricks and mortar store also carries handmade clothing, beauty products and accessories from makers and designers across the country. Their mission kicks ass – take a look at their About page to find out more.
“With an emphasis on natural materials and traditional joinery, Phloem is dedicated to living within the contemporary canon, but outside any trend or fad.” Ben’s timeless contemporary furniture totally floats my boat and as soon as I’ve saved enough pennies the Regina Lounge Set (bottom left) is MINE.