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I've been busy the last three years, working and writing on other platforms. Please visit me at WeMake for more creative inspiration!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Balancing Act, An Interview with Blaine Fontana


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I just adore Blaine Fontana. I love his style, his personality, and his openness. He's married to the fantastic, Eugenie Fontana, and their studio is just down the street here in NOPO Junction. When ever I see his work, I automatically recognize the distinct style. It's organic and architectural, painterly, graphic, and lovely. He's a wood worker, a designer, a fine artist and so much more.

If your in Portland, please join us for a night of inspiration and fun with Blaine on Friday, March 7th as we explore the multiple facets of his work.
Date of the event: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45pm.
Place: Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227
Cost: $5 Suggested donation at signup
Registration Begins: Friday morning at 9am, Februrary 28th
Space is limited. Be sure to register early!
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Forest for the Trees Mural Project
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Your influence in graphic design and fine art is a nice blend. When I first met you I thought your focus was just fine art, but as I discovered, I realized you're so much more. Often, graphic design and fine art are disconnected, would you agree?
BFEach discipline has a way of frowning on a multidisciplinary individual. Sometimes the gallery scene will not get involved with artists who are doing commercial work, and vice-versa. 
However, there's something to be said about the phrase, “Jack-of-all-trades”. There’s pros and cons to it, but for me I like to say that I am just trying to master my life. It keeps me sane and helps with all the different genres I do, and industries I work with—from project to project, they inspire each other.
It wasn’t until after we left LA that I started to push the design work. I had had been doing it privately the whole time and decided to bring it to the foreground and say fuck it, I’m doing this too. 
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YPEA lot of your older work has been inspired from metaphysics. This new body feels different, more typographic and lots of layering. Are you in a new series or is this your style now? Has it evolved into something different?
BFWhat I’m doing now is sequential bodies of works. Series after series- and they overlap sometimes. One of the first series I did was the “I Dream Series.”  It integrated design with a multimedia approach. That’s winding down, and now I've started doing these board panels. I call it, “This Perversion of this American Cultural Cannibalism.” It’s still work in progress, there is still a very heavy process, now it’s more calculated.
This series is introducing a very pragmatic approach, they are graphic but have a very painterly quality at the same time. I’m always challenging myself to make a piece that creates a reaction in an audience—where they look at it and ask themselves, how was that done (formally and technically)? For me, that’s an incredibly successful piece, especially in the fine art sense.  
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YPEYou’ve done a lot of books. I love your personal book, Amalgamate
BFI collaborated with Derrick Brown, a brilliant poet on that book, he's a good friend, and one of the most charming man I’ve ever met (he even married Eugenie and I). Derrick was around when my career in LA started blossoming. It was perfect for him to write the book. He’s been a very integral figure in my work. 
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Kirk Pedersen is the publisher who runs Zero + Publishing. We work together when selecting the artists for the books. Often he handles the in-house design of them. However the ones that require heavier design, body copy and custom graphics, I create. Kirk is another very inspiring person and after the last four years of working together, we’ve developed a two way mentor-mentee relationship. 
While I was designing my book, I started working on another book called Heroes and Villians- a photo collaboration by Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho. They managed to shoot artists all over the world of different movements—post graffiti, pop surrealism, and urban contemporary, to name a few. They shot around 300 artists in wide format film. 
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The Heroes and Villians book was my first time designing a large scale project on a large scale timeline. It was an incredible challenge to suspend myself and my ego. I am so used to putting my own style, stink and funk onto everything, but for this book, I did completely the opposite. 
After I designed this book, I finally felt I could consider myself a designer, even though I had been designing for over a decade. That’s when I was comfortable enough to say "I do fine art and I do design." It’s not some hobby thing I do on the side or because I have to, I choose to do design, I choose to do illustration, and licensing, and fine art. I choose to do all these things. I have the same passion for design, layout, and typography. I have a passion, especially, for the architecture and tempo of a book: how it flows and how you enjoy it, as much as I have a passion for the process of a painting. 
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YPESo you just finished up an immense fucking awesome mural project with Vans. It was so great to see it unfold on Instagram. How did that project come along and how many pieces did you end up doing?
BFI have had this awesome relationship with Vans for about seven years. I was introduced to the VP of Vans at a surf tournament in Hawaii. He became a big fan of my artwork, and over the years I’ve done multiple projects with him, primarily fine art.  This project was a total of 23 boards and the piece in it’s entirely put together was 4 feet tall and 96 feet wide. It took 3 weeks to get the project pushed through, and then I was left to my own, to do my thing. I just had to represent Vans ethos, and lifestyle of So Cal culture of surf and skate. The project was finished in 2 months.
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YPE Something this size must have been awkward to work on?
BFTThe work had to be created in a certain way in case they moved the final piece again. I also was limited by my studio walls and could only work on 12 foot sections at a time.
This whole process had to be streamlined to ship down there, but it had to function as a whole. I have not seen the piece put together in it’s entirety— I've only seen sections of thirds, because that’s all we could line up outside of the building here.
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YPETwo months is a tight deadline, and not much time to process the end results. How did it make you feel?
BFI crated it up and gave them a care package of materials to help them install it. The crates aren’t fun at all.  Being so "in" the work, it’s a little depressing to send it off after it’s done. For a short while, you're so involved with this kind of child of yours. You see it grow up, have it around for about a week then off it goes. That whole high and adrenaline of getting it done is just gone—you're coming down and packing it up and thinking, crates suck. It’s sad, but it was amazing project.
Blaine has designed and licensed work for a number of companies including SCION Installation Art Tour, Patagonia, Nike, Vans, Toyota, Kid Robot, Upper Playground, Supreme Being, Quiksilver, Ocean Pacific, KFC International, Arbor Snowboards, and Hop & Vine. 
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Little Wolf & The Animal Battle: An Interview with Maryanna Hoggatt


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I first discovered Maryanna Hoggatt through her work on Animal Battle—a delightful series of animals dressed in elaborate forest garb and carrying wooden swords. They reminded me of all the fantasy books and stories I read as a child. I was immediately a fan, so I asked her to create a poster for WeMake Celebrates with the challenge of using just three colors (that we chose) to be silkscreened in collection with nine other participating artists. She didn't miss a beat and over the next few weeks we watched her process unfold through Instagram posts (see: LeetleWolf). For someone who had never silkscreened her art before, Maryanna created an awesome print. It was then that I wanted to know the story behind Little Wolf and her fantastical Animal Battle series. 

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Maryanna Hoggatt was born in the Philippines, raised in the dusty deserts of Arizona, and moved to the lush forests of Portland, Oregon in 2007. She created her own self-published comic mini-series, and regularly shows new work in galleries. Her clients include Willamette Week, Nike, Skullcandy, Microsoft, and Redbull, to name a few.
When we met for this interview, Maryanna was just back from Paris where she celebrated her honeymoon after eloping with her new husband Jake Hollomon, a designer at the agency Roundhouse.

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In Maryanna's Studio
YPE Lets talk about your series. Looking at your work, I am amazed by the level of detail and intricate scenarios woven into each of your characters. It seems that storytelling has been a huge part of it, starting with the Adult Babysitting comic series, and now with Animal Battle. Can you tell me how this latest series came about? 
MH When I started Adult Babysitting I was working as a bartender. The inspiration for the stories came from the bar's log book.

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Everybody has their stories and it was a release for me. A natural extension of what I was doing with my everyday life.
The funny thing was, when I quit bartending I kind of stopped cartooning. I think it was because I had more time to do my art. 
I had fun doing the comics. It was more of a labor of love for me, there wasn't a lot of money in it. Now I feel such a strong disconnect from that project because what I'm doing currently is so different. 
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Animal Battle
MH When I  got the idea for Animal Battle I was exhibiting Adult Babysitting at a comic convention. While sitting in my booth, I did a series of animal drawings that were all very violent—heads on spears and bloody axes, but in this cutesy cartoon style. 
At the time I really liked the concept, and decided to pursue it later in a different direction. Working within the themes of sex and violence is easy, but I wanted to challenge myself and do something that wasn't so automatically embraced. I wanted to think about the idea of Animal Battle a little longer, and make it more of a sophisticated concept, and I didn't want to do violent work.
A year later I quit my job and started working on the animals. I decided to paint them and then I set up a series of rules.
1. No violence.
2. All the materials had to be natural.
3. I had to have a reason for everything. Why are they fighting? Who are they fighting for? What are their army colors? Where do they live? What do their costumes look like and why are they like that?  

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I developed the narrative over two months because I had my first solo show as a member of the Pony Club Gallery. After producing the work, I started posting them on Instagram and the response was huge. When I had the opening, parents and kids approached me telling me how much they loved the series. I knew then I was doing something in the right direction.

YPE Is there one side against the other in this animal battle? What do the animals represent?
MH From the beginning I decided there was going to be two armies. One is the "Hearts and Stars" and they represent passion, courage and imagination. The other is the "Eyes and Hands" and they represent physical tools. The battle is actually in our minds. It's a symbolic battle of physical tools vs. mental tools. 
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The armies aren't actually fighting each other.  When they come together and collide they create the good guys, which are thoughts and ideas. They fight the real enemy—fear and doubt. It's an animal characterization of all the thoughts and ideas within our heads battling ourselves with our own fears and doubts. 
I'm still in the middle of developing Animal Battle. There is a whole world I have yet to explore. 

YPE So when is the children's book coming out? It sounds like a perfect platform.
MH That is a good question. I'm really good at visual storytelling, but not so great at writing a story. If it came out it would probably just be a picture book or a collection of the artwork. I would love to see it animated though.
Animal Battle Series Time Lapse to promote her solo show at The Pony Club Gallery.

YPE You mentioned that you really didn't sketch your thoughts out first, but obviously you had these ideas. You just jumped straight to paper?
MH Oh, there were a series of sketches that lead up to it. I actually don't do a lot of prep work when I set up to make a final piece. I usually have it so fully realized in my head, maybe I will do a quick sketch for composition reasons or to figure out the wardrobe sequence, then I'll just start on the final piece. I think if I work too much on the process leading up to it I get bored, or it loses some of the magic.
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Photo's of her XBox controller created for Microsoft
YPE Do you feel like this is your style now and something your sticking with?
MH Yeah, I have been working at this long enough where I have found myself artistically. I'm very comfortable working in this style. 
YPE So tell me about your sketchbook.
MH My sketchbook is a mix of company logos and process, lots of lettering and fuzzy animals. I use the big Canson sketchbooks. I like working big. 
YPE Your name on Instagram and Twitter is "Leetle Wolf." What does that stand for? Is it your spirit animal?

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MH It's a bit of my spirit animal. I've been using the nickname Little Wolf for about five years. It came about during my 20's. At the time, I had a whole lost period. I wasn't really creatively focused and made a lot of bad decisions. I had a bit of a reawakening and told myself to never forget the path I'm supposed to be on, which is this creative path. The wolf thing came out—the howl out the moon, independent streak thing. At the time I was also riding a little motorcycle and I had a girlfriend who wanted to start a gang—a wolf pack—so I was Little Wolf. As far as Instagram and Twitter, someone already took Little Wolf on everything I've signed up for, so yes it's "Leetle Wolf." 
I guess that's my story. Howl at the moon!  

If your in Portland, come kick off 2014 with some creative inspiration at our new headquarters. See you soon!
Date of the event: Friday, January 3, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45pm.
Place: Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227
Cost: Donation at signup
Registration Begins: Friday morning at 9am, December 27th
As always, space is limited. Be sure to register early!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

On the Dot, The perfect spot.

On the Dot™ evolved over time, beginning with brand strategy and naming, through identity, packaging development, illustrations and design consultation. The project is now trying to get kickstarted. Three design styles were created for the launch targeting the personalities and styles of various aged women. On the Dot™ is more than just a container, it’s a design necessity for women everywhere.

I am happy to have worked on the project and think that every young lady should have one. Check it out and support it on Kickstater!






Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WeMake Celebrates Posters available now!

Reblogged from WeMake

We have some posters left over from our event and would love for you to have them! These are all limited-edition prints based on the theme "Celebrate Making." Each 18"x 24" print was silkscreened by Seizure Palace and uses only three colors. They look fabulous next to each other and you should totally buy two (or more)! 
Cost: $20 plus shipping and handling. If you're in Portland send us an email and you can pick them up at our headquarters!
All funds go towards our efforts in supporting arts and music education.
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Dan Christofferson is an illustrator, painter, and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. His art illustrates stories of exile, industry, and the parched, sunburnt west. Printed on thick white stock.
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Alberto Cerriteño is an illustrator & designer who has developed his own very personal technique and style, having always present a delicate hints of traditional Mexican artistic influences. Printed on thick white stock.
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Blaine Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image. Printed on thick natural stock.

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Creative director, designer, and illustrator Adam R. Garcia’s work spans aesthetic in the fields of design, identities, direction, illustration, event coordination, gallery exhibits and packaging design. Printed on thick natural stock.

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Maryanna Hoggatt was born in the Philippines in 1981, raised in the dusty deserts of Arizona, and moved to the lush forests of Portland, Oregon in 2007. She created her own self-published comic mini-series, and regularly shows new work in galleries. Clients include Willamette Week, Nike, Skullcandy, Microsoft, & Redbull.  Printed on thick natural stock.


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Mug Hunt is an illustrator, educator and maker of things. She lives and work in the wooded city of Portland, OR. Her goal is to fill the world with her creations, and make people happy in the process by creating charming and colorful character-based illustrations, lettering, and patterns for visual development and the editorial/publishing markets.  Printed on thick natural stock.
Jolby & Friends is a collaborative creative studio based in Portland, Oregon. Founders Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols combine their talents as Art Directors, Designers and Illustrators, utilizing their experience from working within agencies over the course of their careers. They try to achieve two goals within the work they create: “Tell a memorable story” and “make people smile”.  Printed on thick natural stock.

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Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. Her clients include Sesame Street, Fast Company, and Nintendo.  Printed on thick natural stock.
Based in Portland, Oregon Dan Stiles creates work for everyone from indie bands to major corporations. His work has won numerous awards and has been reproduced in a wide variety of books and magazines. He draws from a broad swath of influences from comics, skateboard graphics and punk album covers to modern art, japanese design, and vintage packaging. Printed on thick natural stock.
Keeganmeegan & Co. is an artistic design, illustration and printing company that provides creative in house solutions to local and national businesses and individuals.  Printed on thick natural stock.
Cost: $20 plus shipping and handling. If you're in Portland send us an email and you can pick them up at our headquarters!
All funds go towards our efforts in supporting arts and music education.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Little Dwellings: 2013 Put A Bird In It Maker Spotlight

Reblogged from WeMake

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Portland, Oregon never ceases to amaze me. It's a great place to live, work, and play, and a great place to be a creative. Last year when we asked people to help us celebrate the process of making and the spirit of community they did not let us down. This year is no exception, in fact I think the makers out did themselves.
So why a birdhouse? To me, it's the perfect medium to explore. Know matter what genre of the creative field you might be in, there's just something about the sweet structure of a bird dwelling that allows for so many forms of interpretations. The name of this gallery show, Put A Bird In It also allows the makers to be playful and clever—we like that. 
I want to personally thank all of the participants this year, they really rocked it and put a lot of time, passion, and thoughtful thinking into creating these awesome works of art. Below is just a sampling of the photo's we've taken, but for some up-close shots with more details be sure to visit Ethan's flickr set, you will be amazed!
We hope you will join us this Saturday night, as all of these houses will be auctioned off to help support arts & music education. Up close, they will delight and inspire you, and you'll want to take one home! Be sure to get in early as the auction will close at 9pm
Thank you again for everyone who has supported our efforts!
Yvonne & The WeMake Team
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The Details

- When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 we're closing off Design Week Portland
- Where: Sandbox Studio, 420 NE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
- Time: 7:30-11:30pm
- Cost: FREE
NOTE: Starting bids will be $40-$50 with $10 bid increments. The value listed is what the makers place on time, material and worth.

-  Official event page
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2013 Put A Bird In It Makers

Team: Dan Garland & Todd Rolak
Dan Garland is a graphic designer at adidas and enjoys getting his hands dirty doing creative projects of all sorts. Todd Rolak is the head of footwear design for adidas football category.
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Birdhouse #1: “You Know It’s Strictly for the Birds” by Dan Garland
For myself as a city dweller, the National Forest sign represents all these great times of getting out and ‘enjoying nature’, but that’s nothing special to a bird.  Value: $225
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Birdhouse #2: “Confess” by Todd Rolak
Flaming blue and yellow sparkles with gothic influences. Value: $150

Amy Ruppel is an artist & illustrator who is always and forever painting, building things from wood, carving things in wood, smothering things in wax and putting a bird ON it.
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Birdhouse: “Bird Yurt"  Value:  $150

Artslandia magazine is Portland's Performing Arts Annual. Art lovers now have a single resource to find their art.
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Birdhouse: Our birdhouse is contemporary, modern and retro. Just like Portland's vast performance art scene. Value: $75

Bethany Ng
I'm an Art Director and Illustrator that typically works in digital mediums. I love building, exploring, learning and adventures.
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Birdhouse: My house is inspired by one of my favorite things; snowboarding. I drew inspiration from Mt. Hood and old A-Frame mountain cabins. Value: $450

At Big-Giant we specialize in creating visual solutions that effectively help realize business goals. This may be achieved through retail design, branding or rebranding, naming, strategic planning and any type of printed or 3-D design elements required. 
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Birdhouse: Big-Giant is for the birds. We consolidated all of our favorite things: beautifully crafted materials, clean lines and sharp angles. This is the classiest joint in which your bird will ever perch.
Team: Whitney Owen + Heather Noddings  Value: $300

It’s really simple, we’re complicated. Fontana Studios are a husband-wife duo and creative obstacle assassins who work in the fine art, design, installation, print making, environment, furniture and consulting genre’s.
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Birdhouse: This alber block was from an eighty year(ish) old tree on Blaine’s family property on Bainbridge Island, WA. Using a chainsaw, hand planer, power sanders and acrylic, this commonly titled “Bucky Blossom” harmonizes our love of design, sculpture, painting and wood sculpture. Value: $800

BT Livermore loves to make things, anything, really. He currently works as an illustrator, sign painter, printmaker, designer, wood worker, and co-owner of Man’s Face Stuff moustache wax.
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Birdhouse: Inspired by ancient Egypt, (perhaps after watching too much Ancient Aliens recently), I used hieroglyphics and other iconography to represent this period in history. Value: $150

Cameron Sandage is a left-handed, one-hand clapping, Gemini, multi-disciplined creative currently working as a designer for Nike SPARQ. In his free-time he enjoys working on side projects, art shows and pushing himself to try new things, aka building a birdhouse.
Ryan Swedenborg is a graphic artist hailing from the Golden State. A graduate of Portland State’s Graphic design program, Ryan currently works at Mayer/Reed architecture in their small but strong visual communications department. 
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Birdhouse: Simple complexity is the thought behind our birdhouse. Birdhouses don’t generally come equipped with remote controls, but ours does, allowing this multi-media birdhouse to come alive with color with the touch of a button. Value: $200

Casey Ohngren is a designer + illustrator who works on things like websites, logos, and patterns. She also likes to draw, does screenprinting and get her fingernails dirty whenever she can.
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Birdhouse: "Palace Mosque Cathedral House". This house is made of a Chinese Palace, Moroccan Mosque, Italian Cathedral, and a San Francisco Victorian for the bird who can't make up his mind.
Value: $175

Celia Beauchamp + Nikolas Wise—Grange and Company
Celia Beauchamp and Nikolas Wise for Grange and Company - a design-make-build collective rooted in cultural sustainability, holistic design practices, and a critical notation of the world around us.
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Birdhouse: "The Bodega Bay Petrol Station" is inspired by a recent visit to Jean Prouvé’s 1953 Petrol Station in Basel. In revisiting the design for this birdhouse, we reverse-engineered (with chickadees in mind.

Value: $100

Cinco Design is a branding agency that likes helping frame the first idea, and execute the final expression. They also believe that those two things should inform each other.
Two teams worked on the houses.
The Product Team: Matt Capozzi, Nic Ramirez, Beverly Moon, and Scott Layton.
The Brand Team: Sean Barrett, Ezra Hardman, Nate Garvison, and Sonja Niess
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Birdhouse #1: “Ceramic House” Slip cast and glazed with a dip-dyed rope. Value: $350
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Birdhouse #2: “Dice” The dice were constructed out of wood and painted with gold accents on the “5”s. Value: $100

Citizen is a global mobile innovation firm based in Portland, Oregon. We’re pushing mobile forward by shaping the evolution of the connected user experience.
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Birdhouse #1: Peep Show uses a microphone to detect sounds that trigger light shows on LED panels covering the birdhouse. Warning: birds may either be frightened or enamored. Value: $400
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Birdhouse #2: 24-Hour Party Peeps uses an Arduino-run motion sensor to trigger bird calls from around the world. Made from a nest of old cords, this birdhouse is the merger of the technological and natural. Value: $300 

We're a small collective of women designers, writers, and marketing strategists that help brands communicate authentically with their female customer. We all love the outdoors and our access to them in Portland. We're definitely known to play hookie for a powder day or a sunny break in the rain.
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Birdhouse: Our goal was to make something out of the parts provided. We started by creating functional spaces for day and night use. The third more abstract space sits above the house within the negative space of the hanging harness. Value: $100

Dave Selden is a Portland, Oregon-based designer and creator of the "33" series of pocket-sized tasting notebooks. He's an avid runner, woodworker and beer geek in his spare time, which is fleeting these days, thanks to the recent arrival of his second child. He hails from the great state of Iowa and smokes his own bacon, two facts which may or may not be related.
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Birdhouse: When the (turned, hand-carved and gouache-painted) pie is opened, the birds begin to sing (a sultry, smoky hit from the turn of the century, recreated in 18 notes by the Sankyo corporation). What a dainty (Basswood and Alaskan Yellow Cedar) dish to set before a king. Value: $200 

Design Vessel—Mark Soasey + Eric Delph
Design Vessel Construction LLC is a small Design/Build operation specializing in custom remodels, yard transformations and furniture design—constantly in pursuit of opportunities that test their skills and inspire their work.
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Birdhouse #1: "Synthesis House". The combination of ideas to form a theory or system.  This house comprised of a metal lattice house structure with attached planter box, utilizes the combination of a man-made feature with an element of nature, a vine plant, that merge together to create the final functioning home. Value $ 450
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Birdhouse #2: The enclosing boundary of a curved geometric figure. This house, a triptych design, explores not only a system of attachment that responds to the natural shape of a tree trunk, but also through a non-invasive series of springs to affix the structure, allows for a continuing adoption of shape as the tree grows and expands. Value: $ 650

Dominic De Venuta is the foremost expert in the field of mixed ideology. He has dedicate about one eighth of his time to contextualizing the inner sanctity of the studio practice known as pencil sharpening.  For best results let sit in sun for 1 to 2 days then shake vigorously.  
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Birdhouse: Upcycling old skateboards, Dominic kept things simple and timeless with his approach to the tradition of birdhouse crafting. While constructing this house, a conscious decision was made to not incorporate any parts or features that are not found on a skateboard. Value:  $200

Adam: “Emily Katz is a singer songwriter, Quarter Horse whisperer, moondancer, and maker of magic.”
Emily: “hahahah, Adam has a really good sense of humor and is good with his hands.”
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Birdhouse: An exercise in ENFP. Made from the reclaimed lathe of the couple’s 1906 home, a re-envisioned birdhouse with an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining your field guides, Audubon pamphlets, and binoculars.  Value: $250

Rory Sparks and Emily Squires print and work out of EmSpace Book Arts Center, an open-access letterpress and bookbinding studio in Portland, where artists have access to space & equipment on a membership basis.
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Birdhouse: “Typeflock:. Letterpress printed wood type from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum collection. Value: $150

Eric Reigert  is a designer and illustrator with strong passion for innovation and technology. He also claims he can eat a whole pie in one sitting.
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Birdhouse: Inspired by all the warm summer days filled with frozen treats. This chilled delicacy is sure to keep any birdie warm during the cold Portland winters. Vegan and Gluten-free. Value$150

Factory North is a full experience branding studio here in the industrial SE neighborhood of Portland, Ore. From helping small business concepts to organizing our annual charity event, Art Takeover; at the end of the day we are just great problem solvers that truly love what we do.  
Team: Tyler Segel - Creative, Nicole Sakai - Operations
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Birdhouse: Our one-of-a-kind "Owl Totem" birdhouse is digital printed plywood with a polyurethane coating and was made to hang. It was designed, assembled + finished by Tyler. He really hopes that it will provide a home for actual birds. Value: $200

We are a design and digital marketing agency in Vancouver, WA.
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Birdhouse: We wanted to incorporate humor into our birdhouse. The idea of luring the bird into a ridiculous situation was something was explored. Playing on the nostalgia of the 80s we came up with the Duck Hunt, and to trick the bird into entering and become part of the game. And so was born… The NESt! Value: $200

Hannah Amis, Sam Amis, Maria Lalli and Amin Zahiry are Greater Than Four, a collective of designers exploring a range of media free of constraints. Our studio consists of rock, paper, scissors, wood, fabric and cookies. We hail from the West and the Midwest, with backgrounds in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati and graphic design from Art Center in Pasadena.  We believe in learning through making and that making makes one Greater Than.
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Birdhouse: "Cloud" (white marble, nylon cord, copper) Strata of water-jet cut marble create a structure that is simultaneously permanent and ethereal. Value: $300

Joe is a native Oregonian with a curious obsession with lasers, magnets, and natural materials. He co-founded Grove, maker of bamboo apple accessories, with the goal of humanizing technology and putting art into pockets.
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Birdhouse: “Aerie”.  Made from 19 layers of acrylic, this house is perfect for the exhibitionist bird. The translucent mass takes on the colors of its surroundings and blends into the branches. Value: $250

Illustrator, designer and educator. I prefer working with pen and ink, letterpress and screen printing but also use the computer to add color and words to my drawings. I like drawing animals, objects and random people.
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Birdhouse: "Fishing Shack" For some reason I am drawn to the sea. Many of my projects include boats, sea creatures and underwater adventures. I love how worn and colorful buoys are and wanted to create a home for them to hang on. I thought some birds might enjoy them too. Value: $125

Henry Gibson is a Creator / Destroyer based in skateboarding, camping, bands, vans, repurposing and flying by the seat of his pants. He is unable to attend the event because he’s out on tour with his band, The We Shared Milk, but wishes he was there.
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Birdhouse: This "Bird Camp" can be used inside or outside, or as something completely different. It is built for the bird that wants to get out of town for a couple weeks and reflect. Value: $200

HERENOW Creative Network is a dynamic team of artists, designers and project managers. We've been helping our clients create and execute meaningful brand experiences for over a decade.
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Birdhouse#1 Eight-sided elongated wood diamond with black drawings on each panel. Value: $150
Team: Robert Hribernick, Jessica Jones, Trevor Karnofski, Zach Minard, Bryan Morgan, Peter Stevens, Corey Thompson
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Birdhouse #2: Laser-etched gold cube rotated 45º, with blue acrylic front and back and a red dowel perch. Value: $150
Team: Natalie Bohm, Sean Stackhouse, Keith Warner, Mike Welch
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Evan Wilcox-Birdhouse #3: Eight-sided fat diamond with a mottled texture. Value: $150
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Derek Salemme-Birdhouse #4 Eight-sided latticework diamond with gold wire. Value: $150
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Keith Warner-Birdhouse #5: "Seed & Beak" Value: $150 

HUB Collective is a small design studio that specializes in brand cohesion. We are an agile team of experts skilled in the application of brand design language.
Team members: Zack Custer, Ashley Pieren, Verelle Stuck, Colleen Fulford, and Brittany Albertson
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Birdhouse #1: "Rockin’ Robin"—Sleek, minimal and modern. On the outside, our birdhouse appears to be simple and beautiful. But you will be pleasantly surprised to find that our birdhouse is equipped with Bluetooth speakers to play all of your favorite music. Value: $200
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Birdhouse #2: "Rosenplantz + Guildenfern"— Made from African Wenge, This house will instantly liven up your living space while providing one to a little birdie. Bringing the environment inside, this house features a succulent garden, and hooks to hang your keys/coats or dog leash.  Value: $200

Brian Madden is an industrial designer at IDL Worldwide and Kelso Davis is a Brand Designer at Cinco. They like to design stuff together.
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Birdhouse: “That’s All Folks!”  This birdhouse is a throwback to the cartoons we watched growing up. All it’s missing is a tweety bird! Value: 400 buckaroos

Industry is a multi-disciplinary team of experts based in Portland, Oregon. Drawing from our many years of experience working with companies large and small, we have developed a unique set of skills that allows us to quickly translate abstract strategy into tangible design. We are a collective of creators, designers, thinkers, and makers.
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Birdhouse: "SORU", meaning to change and evolve, is meant to be a modernist statement as well as a distinctly contemporary object. Our challenge with this effort was to push the boundaries in technology and craft and integrate the birdhouse kit into a cohesive design. Value: $800

I am a freelance Graphic Designer/Illustrator. When I am not at one of Portland’s parks, you can find me in my studio creating custom maps and fun kid’s illustrations.
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Birdhouse: This birdhouse was inspired by Swedish Stugas and Swiss Chalets, European folk art and my love of pattern design. I hope some bird makes this house it’s happy home.  Value: $150

Jessica Swift is a full-time artist, surface pattern designer, and author in Portland, OR. Her magically uplifting and colorful artwork is licensed by companies and manufacturers for iPhone cases, fabric, stationery, and much more.
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Birdhouse: The birds in my paintings often wear crowns—Since my birdhouse is painted much like one of my paintings, I thought it would be fun to somehow include my little crown signature, but with a real-life bird! The birds will wear a crown each time they poke their tiny heads through the little round door. Adorable! Value: $175

Alexandria M. Cummings: Clay slinger, horse jumper, pro rabble rouser and Studio Assistant for The Official Manufacturing Company.
Jon James Staton:  Gentleman, sportsman, craftsman and Fabrication Lead and Shop Manager for Orange Design + Construct.  
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Birdhouse:  A simple contemporary aviary development adorned with fun brightly colored cord, oh snap. Materials: earthenware; black walnut and alder; fun brightly colored cord. Value: $129

Jon MacNair
Jon MacNair is freelance illustrator and gallery artist known mainly for his monochromatic ink drawings. He resides in Portland, Oregon, dividing his time between client work and gallery exhibitions.
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Birdhouse: My birdhouse is an attempt to transform my illustrative drawings into a three-dimensional object. I wanted to create a sense of dark mystery within the house, using paper and ink—my main tools of the trade. Value: $350

Keith was born in 1978 in Tacoma, WA. He went to Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He received his BA in Fine Art. He later went to Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. He currently lives in Portland, OR. He is a co-owner of the Pony Club Gallery. He spends most of his time painting pictures of animals and people.
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Birdhouse: I wanted to create a hidden fortress for the birds, camouflaged within the leaves. My Birdhouse is titled “Long Live The Queen”, and it’s painted with Acrylic.  Value:  $200

Kimi is a multidisciplinary artist based in Portland. She currently works as a puppet lead at Bent Image Lab.
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Birdhouse: "Rubber Chicken".This birdhouse is fabricated out of silicone, plastic and found natural materials. I thought it would be humorous to make a house for a bird out of a bird. Value: $100

LAIKA is an animation studio that produces features and shorts. From scratch. We handcraft and transform everyday materials into living creatures infused with dimension and soul.
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Birdhouse #1: "A little bird told me". "Coming from the depths of my closet I heard a chirp… Materials: real buffalo fur and pig skin." By: Heather Anderson Value: $100
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Birdhouse #2: "Olde CrowsNest". “What if Jack Sparrow was actually a small bird? Maybe he would have lived in a house like this. By: Kyle Bell, veteran stop-motion animator, professional pirate. Value: $100
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Birdhouse #3: "Birdlejuice". The colors in the movie Beetlejuice are so striking and fun that I thought it would be fun to use as inspiration for my birdhouse. My favorite part was designing the bird to look like Beetlejuice. And now I have to say Beetlejuice one more time since I already said it twice! By: Cammi Upton  Value: $100
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Birdhouse #4: "Under the Dome". This birdhouse represents everybody's first home and the courage it takes to move on into the world. By: Tony Travis Value: $300
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Birdhouse #5: "Burnt House". By: Niles Snyder Value $100
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Birdhouse #6: "A.T. - B.T." (Jabbs Yaga's Hut) Made from materials in the LAIKA wood recycling bin. By: George Willis Value: $100
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Birdhouse #7: "Cherry Street Inn". Bill Murray inspires my whole life and my heart. By: Maria Andreotti  Value: $100
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Birdhouse #8: "Frank Lloyd Wrong". Falling house meets textile block head. Materials: MDF board, poly-urethane castings, cyanoacrylate glue and acrylic paints on exotic hardwood base.
Note on fabrication: Main square textile block pattern printed with rapid-prototype plastic from computer file.  Original file then altered in Rhino 4 and also printed.  All were then molded and cast for the final design. By: Michael Possert Jr. Value: $300
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Birdhouse #9:"Don’t Feed The Birds".By:Danny Samuels  Value $150
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Birdhouse #10: "Final Roosting Place".By: Katie Mello + Margaret Meyer Value: $200

Leo Zarosinski likes nice people, things that are awesome and high-fives. He is a native Portlander.
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Birdhouse: Birds are resourceful, and sometimes make homes in very unexpected places. Value: $300

At the age of 15, Lisa studied Fine Art, with an emphasis on painting, at the New School for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona. After receiving her BFA from Tufts University in 2004, Lisa focused on glass and interior lighting design in Los Angeles. Lisa has since come full circle, and is once again a prolific painter. Her Little Animals© series has gained international attention as well as her commercial paintings and illustrations.
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Birdhouse: “Canary in a Goldmine”—The title was inspired by The Police. I heard the song and thought viola!  Like miner’s canaries which would warn workers of coming danger- I believe that this is what Put A Bird In It and it’s participants are symbolically. We are sensitive to the notion that schools with out art education can be/will be an unfulfilling life for our youth, and it is paramount to make changes as a community. Value: $600

Matt Graff is an art director currently working at adidas. He has previously worked at Sasquatch, W+K, and Leopold Ketel. He also keeps bees.
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Birdhouse: Cold-Blooded Birdhouse: I haven’t carved into a piece of solid wood since my 4th grade Pinewood Derby. What better time than now? I got a chunk of an evergreen branch and went to town. The chisel, sander, and dremel helped bring out the reptile within. Pop open the lid to see the nest. Value: $250

MC Laser Labs is comprised of Marshall Tipton and Chester Lindgren and a handful of other skilled creatives specializing in laser cutting and engraving as well as custom fabrication with acute attention to detail. MC Laser Labs is located in the Immaculate Order of Makers at 521 NE Davis St. Stop by and say hi. 
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Birdhouse:  "Wood Drop".  How much wood could a wood drop drop if a wood drop could drop wood?  We have no clue.  Value: approximately Eleventy Hundred Dollars.  

Molly Kennedy-Darling is a graphic designer currently working at Figure 8 Creative. She has previously worked at W+K, Big-Giant, and Liquid. Her dog’s name is Onion.
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Birdhouse: B is for Birdhouse. This lovely duplex is a testament to modern urban living. Brightly colored exterior. Spacious interior. Would look as great on a mantle or hung from a tree. Value $250

Morgaine Faye is a Bay Area transplant who graduated from PNCA in 2011. She has shown both locally and internationally. With a penchant for the bizarre and creepy, she works as a freelance illustrator, puppet-maker, and jewelry designer in South East, Portland.
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Birdhouse: The inspiration for this house was equal parts “satanic bird cult,” “haunted out-house,” and Baba Yaga’s legendary walking shack. Materials: Wood, paper, brass, epoxy-resin, pheasant skin, rabbit fur, aluminum wire, arches hot-press paper,ink, gouache, polyurethane, quartz crystal, glue. Value: $500

Eugene is Portland based creative, by the way of Denver and Chicago. Working as a lead designer at Nemo by trade, artist by choice and wood shaper by night using a multitude of mediums and found canvases.
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Birdhouse: I want to keep it this design sunny side up and in relation to Portland. This city is obviously full of big bushy beards, so I started with a sketch, a skateboard deck, and a beard— this is where it landed. Value $400

Zach Yarrington is an artist and member of Band, a local design duo. Nicole Bittner is a printmaker and an independent Portland designer. Their shared love of classic signage and custom typography brought them together as birdhouse building partners.
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Birdhouse: Inspired by The Mint, a classic hotel and casino from Las Vegas long past. Value: $500

I have worked as a professional designer in Portland for over 19 years. I have spent the last 5 years as a freelance motion graphics designer. I have been drawing and painting and creating for as long as I can remember. I am honored to be in the company of such amazing artists.
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Birdhouse: For my birdhouse I a style that I have wanted to do for awhile—Creating sculptural paintings that play with a viewer’s perception of depth through use of color and layers. Thankfully this opportunity has motivated me to get off my ass and to grow in this new direction. Value: $550 doll hairs

Rob Off and Phillip Stewart are friends that love each others work and love working together whenever they can. Rob's work explores the realms of interactive installations that defy simple explanations with the honesty of a saint. Phillip's work takes a knuckleball's approach to problem solving that is executed in mediums from print and object making to digitally interactive experiences in the mobile realm. Realizing that they're duo wasn't enough, they brought in the outrageously talented Anna Petry of Tanner Goods to pinch hit in some areas of the birdhouse construction and overall aesthetic.
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Birdhouse: Inspired by Tom Cruise post-apocalyptic movies, 19th century socialist prison architecture, terrariums, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1970's soap operas, happy hours, and really bad jokes. Value: $300

Pinnacle Exhibits is a 3D brand agency. We design, build, and manage environments for marketing, sales, education, and interaction.
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Birdhouse #1: Triangular Birdhouse— Inspired by a pup tent, but made of metal so squirrels and raccoons can’t break in. Materials - white powder coated steel and walnut hardwood, with top air vents, drainage slats, and a removable base for seasonal cleaning between bird families. Value: $222
Team: Sarah Tisdale – senior industrial designer - “I like turtles”, Joe Rosch (lead builder) and Mike Butto (project manager).
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Birdhouse #2: Casa Shovela. I have always enjoyed repurposing things and developing the unexpected from the expected.  That’s what brought me to the “Casa Shovela” concept.  Go out back pick your favorite raised garden bed and dig into some earth right next to your kale. Value: $300
Haller McCrory was trained in industrial design at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn. His work experience spans positions in interiors/casework, product development and design, POP, tradeshow and brand design. Haller recently relocated from LA to Portland. He’s a surfer currently, but we’re pretty sure the arctic currents of the Oregon coast will cure him of that. Oh well, at least he can still ride a bike if he buys fenders.
PrintGraphics, a commercial printer located in Beaverton at the same location for 30 years.  Charlie McDonald, owner of PrintGraphics, built the birdhouse and Patsy Turner, sales rep, added the decorative touches.
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Birdhouse: Our theme was a bird get-away, so it is a beach retreat complete with wading pool (can also be used as a water dish as paint is on the outside of container) , life preserver and tropical palm tree. Value: $100

Rory Phillips is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker. In his spare time he is the seer of the bird song and protector of its secret.
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Birdhouse: The birds remember, their songs call His name. Knowledge? Justice? Only the initiated may truly understand. Value: $250

Ryan Bubnis is a multidisciplinary illustrator, artist and educator. Bubnis’ work has been described as “urban folk."
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Birdhouse: "GOOD TIMES / GOOD VIBES". The theme of my birdhouse is good times and good vibes. I wanted to create a "chill" space or environment that birds would wanna hang out in. I also wanted to make sure it didn't look like a sex toy. Materials:  Acrylic & Ink on Handmade Papier Mâché sculpture Value: $300

Santiago Uceda is an interactive art director, illustrator and motion graphics artist. He has worked with many talented folks and institutions from global brands to non-profits, magazines, bands, and private commissions. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Latin American Illustración & International Motion Arts Awards. 
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Birdhouse: I really like what I did for the WeMake poster (the Viking mask) so I thought it would be fun to create a birdhouse using a similar design. Value is $400

Sean is a designer and illustrator who likes bright colors, vectors, retro stuff, new stuff, minimalism, Pinterest and house plants.
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Birdhouse: The "Missing Bird" birdhouse is hand-painted and constructed out of birch plywood. Inspired by Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes, this birdhouse is the ideal dwelling for urban birds and is within walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, and parks! Value: $150

Second Story is an innovation center pioneering new interactive experiences. We push the boundaries of storytelling for brands and institutions across digital channels—web, mobile, and installations—empowering audiences to connect and share.
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Birdhouse: Second Story’s "Vogelkammer", literally “bird room” in German, was inspired by the form and function of a cabinet of curiosities, a precursor to museums that contained an assortment of objects and specimens intended to inspire wonder. 
Team: Laura Allcorn, Nora Bauman, Heather Daniel, Joe Carolino, Sam Jeibmann, Norman Lau, Sorob Louie, Swanny Mouton, Dimitrii Pokrovskii, Donald Richardson, Kirsten Southwell, Filippo Spiezia. Value: $200

We are creatives, filmmakers, editors, project managers and happy client-makers. A family of tinkerers and dreamers, united in creating work that makes everyone look good.
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Birdhouse: The Dirty Bird—A tribute birdhouse to the seedy underbelly of Portland. The Dirty Bird is your local dive bar and strip club in one, nestled in the marsh and occupying an abandoned duck butt you'll find everything here; air conditinin', mid-day specialz, .69 cent SirLoin and Wifi at just 1.99/min. Enjoy your stay!
The Makers: Maria Janosko, Julian Gese, Cary Watts & the Sockeye Family. Value: $200

Spoke is a full-service branding & design studio that’s small in size and big in impact. Senior designer/design educator Aaron Zurcher created this years entry pulling from his background in design engineering.
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Birdhouse: As a studio that spends a great deal of time branding multi-family housing, we wanted to create a home that was modeled after a birds natural home — their nest. Exploration of the similarity between the spoke, our conceptual background, and a birds nest led us to our final result. Using almost entirely parts from bicycle wheels, we created a nesting space space that a bird can build in, and truly call their own. Value: $200

At Tanner Goods, process is the soul of our work.  Our passion lies in the design and creation of modern products that respect the past.  Since 2006, we've been dedicated to the craft of producing products here in Portland that are "Worth Holding Onto."  Break them in.  Wear them well.  Pass them on.
Mazama is group of friends with a knack for getting our hands dirty and making things that get used.  We share an affinity for thoughtful design and well crafted objects.  And we love to drink.  So earlier this year we rallied our crew to start a new venture here in this liquid city that we call home, focused on designing and manufacturing ceramic vessels worthy of our favorite drinks.  We're only weeks away from launching our first collection, so keep shopmazama.com bookmarked and stay tuned for more to come.
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Birdhouse: "The Sanctuary". Designed and constructed by Sam Huff and Paige Wright.  Value: $400

Terrazign Inc. a design studio that specializes in technical soft-goods and astronaut running gear.
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Birdhouse: We have been to the moon and we are going to mars, this little bird house is a home for avian astronauts. Likely, they will face harsh conditions on planets without trees. No matter, anti micrometeoroid fabric* will provide shelter from star dust storms. A collapsible easy pack exoskeleton allows them to set up shop quickly, kick back on their perch, look fondly towards earth and give us a thumbs up.
*Ortho fabric. Yes you are right the real stuff, on orbit, up there now. Godspeed.
Crew members: Commander: Bill Dieter,, Command Module Pilot: Simon Quay, Lunar Module Engineer: Spencer T Birdhouser, Command Module Seam Engineer 1: Adrienne Lacavaro, Lunar Cruise Director: Susanna Hohmann Value: $1,200

The good mod buys, sells and restores midcentury modern furniture. We also have a custom fabrication studio in which we work with architecture firms, artists, and creators in the community. Come say hi and let us give you the tour!
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Birdhouse: This birdhouse was a collaborative effort by TGM design dept. Matt Ryan, Ashton ford, Ana Mikolavich , Simon yuen, Robert Johnson and Spencer Staley. Made of brass and acrylic rods. Held together by gravity and opposing forces. Value: $150

Thomas Adcock is a Visual Designer based in the Portland area. Thomas believes every project has a soul and a story to tell.
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Birdhouse:  A sanctuary. Light in the darkness, shadows in the forest, life is fostered. Value: $350

Adrienne Allaert and Chad Mangers are designers at Vizwerks. Both enjoy pushing the limits of the design realm and share a passion for rock climbing.
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Birdhouse: Mixing Stephen King with Alfred Hitchcock to create "Red Rum Ranch House". A prototypical track house for a murder of crows. Value: 25 to life

Watson Creative is a design-led marketing firm with considerable work in Professional Sports.
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Birdhouse: The Locker— It’s only fitting that our birdhouse is an Athletic Locker for the birds to play ball. It is constructed from Alder with Cherry wood legs and trim, and a Walnut door accent. Crack it open and you’ll find a grassy field, a goal post “perch” and some tasty refreshments. Complete with paper footballs.
Team: Matt Watson, Jeremy Backer, Mykal Murphree, Nick & Alan Benson, KD McNally, Marta Mila, Beth Karper, Dave Sjolin & Anthony Armendariz. Value $465

WK 12 is a experimental advertising agency masquerading as an experimental advertising school deep within the walls of Wieden+Kennedy. Founded in 2004, the program brings together about a dozen individuals from all walks of life for 12 months of creative thinking, making and, of course, failing harder.
Team 2.9: Anna Zusman (Portland, OR), Nick Stokes (Portland, OR), Nick Finney (Los Angeles, CA), Delia Reyes (Santiago, Chile), Kate Digilio (New York, NY), Wayne Kasserman (New York, NY), Todd Saucier (Portland, OR), Ansel Wallenfang (Minneapolis, MN), Eric Swanson (Los Alamitos, CA), Brad Holdgrafer (San Luis Obispo, CA), Francesca Chabrier (Northampton, MA), Michael Nesmith (Chicago, IL), Vince Largoza (San Diego, CA).
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Secret Reveal! See this bad boy at the show!
Birdhouse: There are more strip clubs per capita in Portland than any city in America. A dubious distinction? Perhaps. But its newest club, the DIRTY BIRD, touts itself as the world’s first TIT (Paridae Family) bar. Described as the “one most conservative avian families in terms of general morphology”, this club is anything but modest . If you’ve got wings, you get in free. All others, pay the $3 cover charge.
Value: $250 one dollar bills

Yellena James is an artist/illustrator who lives and works in Portland. Preferring pens and inks she combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images which take on lives of their own. Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi. Each intimate world she creates seems to posses its own ethos and its own special ability to radiate emotion.
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Birdhouse: A collaboration between Yellena and her husband Andrew, a musician/’maker of many things’.  Made from birch, then utilizing a wood-burning tool for the first time, Yellena added her illustrations. This project inspired them to start making more wood objects in the future. Value: $400
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Hope to see you there!

- When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 we're closing off Design Week Portland
- Where: Sandbox Studio, 420 NE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
- Time: 7:30-11:30pm
- Cost: FREE
NOTE: Starting bids will be $40-$50 with $10 bid increments. The value listed is what the makers place on time, material and worth.

-  Official event page
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