Monday, March 7, 2011
Another thing I bought in Portland
Skull is from a knick-knack import store in Austin, glass vase is from my Granny's basement.
When Dave and I went to Paper-Ya a few weeks ago, I saw a set of letterpressed cards made by Old School Stationers with the most beautiful chrysanthemum print. I didn't buy them, because I didn't need any cards at the time (and like everything at Paper-ya, they were priced out of my personal impulse-shopping range). But I felt almost pained by their sheer pleasingness and was sad to leave them behind.
So I was very excited to spot this print in the shop window of the new Crafty Wonderland pop-up store in Portland. The pop-up shop started as part of the twice-yearly craft fair and is now a permanent retail space where you can buy handmade items from Portland makers (like the very wonderful Parts and Labor in Austin, TX). I like visiting these geographically-restricted shops: it makes craft tourism really simple. Obviously, they have curatorial viewpoint, and no one store can represent all the artists and craftspeople in a community, but I think you still get a sense of what people in that place are into.
Back to the wall print -- it's thick letterpressed paper mounted on wood. I think I spent $32 on it at Crafty Wonderland. I saw the same print for a bit less at Pine Street Biscuits on North East Alberta later. You can also them for $42 on etsy.