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About Us

Contact Us:

Handcrafted Art Traditions welcomes your inquiries about the art or the ordering process. We are based in Portland, Oregon. You may call us at 503-232-5300 (Pacific Time Zone) or email us at


How Handcrafted Art Traditions Began:

Georgia Wier got the idea for Handcrafted Arts Traditions while working as a folklorist in the rural West. Artists asked her “Can’t you help us sell our art?” and Georgia began to think about the need for a new sales outlet for traditional artists living in the western states. Handcrafted Art Traditions is the result, introducing exceptional folk and traditional artists and their work to those of you seeking art that is closely tied to the land or to longstanding skills and traditions.

About the Artists:

Many artists represented by Handcrafted Art Traditions learned their crafts from family or community members or on their own. Some follow traditions from the countries of their ancestors and some work in art forms that have developed in the United States. By purchasing items created by our very diverse group of artists, you are helping to support the continuation of the many cultural traditions practiced in the American West. Learn about each artist when you SHOP BY ARTIST. The artist featured below is Rita Flores de Wallace.

About the staff:

Georgia Wier, owner, grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. Her fascination with weaving led her to study in North Carolina, Oregon, and Norway and to work as a professional weaver and instructor. An increasing interest in multicultural crafts led her to pursue graduate study in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After that, Georgia worked as a folklorist for organizations including the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Colorado Council on the Arts, the City of Greeley Museums, and the Wyoming Arts Council. She now combines many of her interests and abilities with Handcrafted Art Traditions.

Pati Bingham, gallery representative and photographer, was born in Iowa and has lived in 11 states and four foreign countries. She has worked as a social worker, chiropractor, English as a Second Language teacher, bookmobile librarian, and office manager. Throughout her life Pati has loved and collected art and crafts from all over the world. Work with Handcrafted Art Traditions enables Pati to pursue lifelong interests in art and photography as well as to use many skills gained from her varied professional life.