First posted in September 2014
Unfold Studios will host an open house and sale for Handcrafted Art Traditions at 3249 SE Division in Portland, Oregon, from October 18-24. An open house, on Saturday, October 18 from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, October19 from noon to 5 pm, will start off the week-long show. On Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30, a string quartet composed of Portland State School of Music students will perform for afternoon shoppers.
During the weekend, visitors can meet three guest artists. A member of the former Portland green enterprise Trillium Artisans will showcase her products that give new life to fabrics and papers that would otherwise have been discarded.
Cristina Case will offer her whimsical two and three-dimensional original pieces as well as cards with her designs.
“Peggy the Rug Lady,” well known throughout Oregon for the over 1200 rugs that she has braided by hand, will be on hand to show her area rugs of all colors and sizes.
And Anne Carroll Gilmour, who makes our Wee Wooly Sheep and Tartan Towels, will bring some of her wearable art.
The art sale continues at Unfold Studios on October 20-24 from 9 am to 8 pm. You’ll find one-of-a-kind housewares, jewelry, sustainably produced items, and holiday gifts. Parking is available at Unfold, where everyone is welcome to take yoga and other classes throughout the year.
The work featured at the show will include beaded jewelry by Maria Godines from the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, wall hangings created using “magic embroidery” by Rita Flores de Wallace of Denver, and blankets woven from Navajo Churro wool by the weavers of a non-profit enterprise in New Mexico.
The 19 artists from six states whose work is carried by the gallery frequently find inspiration from their ethnic or regional traditions. For instance, Portland artist Daniela Mahoney uses techniques and designs inspired by her Eastern European background as she paints and engraves her exquisite decorative eggs.
Folklorist and Portland resident Georgia Wier started Handcrafted Art Traditions in 2012 to introduce the world to this culturally significant work. With the show at Unfold Studios, she offers Portlanders an opportunity to see the fascinating work up close.