Who’s representin’ PDX at Radish this month?
PAUL THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography grounds my life. It helps me slow down and appreciate the beauty in every moment. It forces me to find the light in the darkness.
Paul lives and works in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife Portia.
Launched in September 2009, Looptworks is a ground-breaking business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. By re-using the world’s pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet. The inaugural line includes jackets hoodies, skirts, shirts and graphic t-shirts for both men and women The Portland, Oregon-based start-up is led by apparel industry veterans with extensive experience from Nike, Adidas and Royal Robbins.
PUPPY LOVE MONTH! A Rad way to support animal rescue in Oregon.
bean is an accessories company born in portland, oregon. it is inspired by our little black & tan dachshund, bean. he is our hero. a couple of years ago bean suffered a serious back injury that caused him to lose control of his hind legs. we were devastated and didn’t know what our little guy’s outcome would be. he underwent major reconstructive back surgery and miraculously made a full recovery. bean needed a partner in crime to keep his spirits high so we adopted a wire-haired, bearded, little brother for him, joyles vanguard of the woldorfs. bean is the president of the company. van is the vp. they light up our life with their quirky wiener dog ways & we assure you that they will do the same for yours. 10 % of every purchase goes to Oregon Dachshund Rescue.
Amy Sacks Eyewear is founded on the belief that glasses should look good, feel good and do good. We create the frames you want to wear, in shapes and colors to fit every aspect of your style. Some days are tortoise some are turquoise; go forth and build your glasses wardrobe. We provide a lifetime frame warranty, 30 day return policy, free return shipping and affordable prices. Because buying glasses should make you happy, not nervous. We do all of this to support animal rescue and adoption services through the Pixie Project. Every Amy Sacks Eyewear purchase helps provide food, shelter and medical care to animals in need. Learn more at www . pixieproject .org.
Joe Futschik is the designer and owner of jefdesigns, based in Portland, OR. A one man (and dog) multi-disciplinary design company whose mission is to create simple yet bold, modern objects. He currently offers hand-made wood lamps, lightbox paintings, prints and panels. Largely self-taught, Joe’s main goal is to trust his instincts and pursue whatever inspires him, regardless of the medium. The result is a varied collection of objects, united by the same attention to light, color and form. jefdesigns’ products are sold through many retail locations in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Portland, Oregon saw the launch of Layers Squared in the Spring of 2009 and has continued to be the playground for the growth of the company. Layers Squared can be described as sophisticated streetwear. When you carry Layers Squared, you provide your customers with refined and elegant cuts. The pieces exude a smart fusion of intriguing design elements, artistic significance, and a well-planned fit; not fussing with distracting prints or colors. Even though we put out two collections a year, the designs are never limited to one season. Layering pieces from previous collections becomes easy to do with Layers Squared’s versatile designs. The designs are poised timelessly, proving to be just as treasured in your wardrobe with each new season. Layers Squared focuses on styles with natural fibers, comfortable to wear and easy on the planet. Although our current line is %70 organic, we are transitioning to over %95 orgainic fiber content, the remainder being mill ends and reclaimed fabric used as linings and trims.
Curiosity, a sense of wonder about the world unseen, and a childlike sense of innocence are the primary themes explored in my work. I wonder at the stars, the mysteries beyond the stars, at the roles we play both as participant and observer in the natural world. I have always had a passion for the arts. I studied photography in high school, but my art teacher told me I had no talent for any of the other visual arts. She made sure to point out that I definitely couldn’t draw, and I made the mistake of believing her. I started college as a biology major, switched to philosophy, then literature and finally settled on Art History at Portland State University in Portland, OR. I still believed my high school art teacher when I signed up to take a drawing class that changed my life. After taking a full year of drawing courses, I discovered my ability to draw and have been working as an artist ever since.
MAPLE XO :: SKATEBOARD JEWELRY
Hey Lindsay… why skateboards? I’m a skateboarder and almost as much as I love skating itself, I love being a part of the skateboard community. It’s filled with amazing individuals who are all driven by the same fuel, the love of skateboarding. Recycling the boards has been my way to give back to this community by reducing the environmental footprint of skateboarding and giving the old boards new life. With such amazing art and talent that is put into the graphics and production of a skateboard deck, they deserve way more than to sit in a landfill after they’ve been skated.
jet is beautiful, modern and sustainable clothing for women who know fashion is more than just a pretty dress. We utilize the avenues of design, production and business practice to create clothing that is relevant to our moving lives. Our work aligns social consciousness, inner radiance and the practicality of wearing clothing.
November + December 2011
TARINA WESTLUND Westcoast photographer Tarina Westlund has been making her mark in photography for 15 years. An award winning photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, and a good friend to Radish Underground, she specializes in Fine Art, Portraiture, Maternity, and Photo-Journalistic Wedding Photography. She an expert in film and hand printing as well as digital photography.
JULIA CATHERINE CARRABINO Julia Catherine Carrabino designs beautiful, one-of-a-kind, limited edition handbags from canvas, denim and up-cycled vintage textiles. Her goal is to create pieces with minimal environmental impact as well as offer bags of excellent quality, functionality and design. She is inspired by natural beauty, instinct, the wild, organic lines and their relationships, heart, truth, simplicity, and balance. Her wares are designed and handmade at her home studio in Portland, Oregon.
TALIA BROWN DESIGNS Each piece of jewelry is hand-made by Talia in her studio in Portland, Oregon.Talia’s designs reflect the beauty of the environment in which she creates them. Organic shapes inspire hammered silver work. By fusing pigmented glass to metal, her enamel pieces radiate the vivid colors of nature. Her designs are her own and each piece is unique.
RADISH UNDERGROUND Radish Underground is proud to make comfortable, fashionable, versatile clothing from vintage and reclaimed material all right here in lovely Portland, Oregon. Beginning Fall 2012 will be focused exclusively on the accessory and and home items you can’t live with out such as our famous hand poured soy wax candles, unique jewelry, handbags, scarves and more. If you ask us, it’s gonna be pretty rad.
HUBRIS Hubris Apparel is a local fashion line from Portland Or dedicated to creative expression without ego. We strive to support a modern woman’s lifestyle by designing items that are versatile, easy to care for, and of course – fun. Hubris Apparel is committed to lean manufacturing, and small- run production, so often there are one of a kind garments, and custom orders are always possible through our retailers. Check us out on Facebook – Hubris Apparel, for upcoming trunk shows, sales, & updates to the current line.
SWORD + FERN Born + raised in Seattle, Washington as the only daughter of a world famous oceanographer and a beautiful social butterfly who gave Emily her X-ray green eyes. These two magic creatures also gave Emily and her daredevil older brother and her gentle younger brother an island full of strawberries and sandcastles they called home each summer. It was there that Emily hid amongst the driftwood and cedar dreaming up her future feminist line of jewelry lovingly known as Sword+Fern. In an honest homage to northwest forests and mysterious passages, and sprung from the kindred arms of close cousins, aunts, uncles,friends, and ferry rides, Emily designed jewelry from a young age out of the seashells and string she collected after sunny peanut butter picnics on KVI beach. Upon moving to Portland, Oregon where she now is settled, Emily opened her retail /studio space, Sword+Fern on the Central Eastside’s up-and-coming shopping district after a year of designing residential landscapes in the Portland area. Emily’s current jewelry collection was created in the spirit of the beaches and forests she grew up amongst, using natural and found materials such as old car parts, recycled glass, leather, bone, driftwood, vintage chain, rusty metals and shell.
JOANN LUNDBERG Portland, Oregon born and raised Joann Lundberg graduated from Linfield College in 2006 with Departmental & Thesis Honors in Studio Art, and a minor in Spanish. She is interested in Surrealism, people watching, breakfast for dinner, a quick wit, satire, Anais Nin and creative catharsis. After a meticulous exploration of figurative painting resulting in her thesis show, Ugly People with Beautiful Problems, at Linfield’s Renshaw Gallery, Jo has expanded her repertoire of work to include different styles and genres. Her experimentation led her to dabbling in non-objective & abstract art, realism, and mural art including a large scale mural for the Nike & Wieden and Kennedy 25th Anniversary Gala and a conceptual piece for Burning Man. Jo is a Resident at Poethouse Art where, in addition to developing her creative process and individual style, she is actively involved in community outreach. Jo’s educational involvement includes teaching classes such as Art Movements and Techniques, a workshop on Mural Painting, leading outreach events like Project Nexus (a traveling exhibition at Senior residential care facilities) and many others. In 2010, Jo has had an individual exhibition at PoetHouse and will be exhibiting her work at Paramount Studios in the show Design For Humanity (an art, music and fashion event in Hollywood sponsored by Billabong) to raise awareness and support against child soldiering in Northern Uganda. Previously she has shown at Blackfish Gallery, the Portland Art Center, and Coalition in San Luis Obispo. When Jo is not at the studio she likes to run amok.
June + July 2011
BETSY & IYA We are jump-up-and-down excited to be hosting the launch of this amazing new line from local jewelry favorite betsy & iya. Featuring African trade beads and etched stainless steel, each piece in this line is inspired by an actual song from artists like The Dodos, Nina Simone, The National, and others. The folklore behind the trade beads is that they were once made from castoff vinyl records. Hand-sewn and entirely uncastoffable. Betsy Cross is a Virginia native who moved to Portland in 2006 to join in the PDX theatre scene after nearly a decade performing, directing, and teaching throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. She attended programs at Virginia Tech, Harvard, and Dell’ Arte International where she received an MFA in Physical and Ensemble-based theatre. While theatre continues to be an important part of her life, her fascination with ornamentation and calloused hands led her to design jewelry under the moniker, betsy & iya—the name, an homage to her big sis’ and their dynamic relationship. When she was younger, she couldn’t pronounce “Ashlyn,” so she settled for “iya” and it stuck. Iya lives across the country but her spirit remains a vital part of the company’s mission. betsy & iya jewelry is sold throughout the world (especially to Australians—they eat it up!) and in indie boutiques all across the US. Apart from being a full-time designer, Betsy plays music in a rowdy all-girl band, paints for fancy universities, keeps a blog showcasing her crazy outfits, photography and life, and lovingly stares at her shiny new husband. She is flipping-out excited and honored to be a featured designer (for the second time!) amid such Radish Underground buzzing talent.
Lori’s work has appeared in several galleries and boutiques in Bend and Central Washington, and has been a featured artist in The Source, GNU’s online artist gallery, and NW Shred’s Online Magazine.
April + May 2011
ISAAC HERS Isaac Hers is a trendsetting shop in Portland’s West End. Filled with racks of amazing women’s apparel, accessories and gifts, the store will inspire even the most fashion saavy shopper. The store got its name from owner Barbara Seipp’s line of womens apparel. Her line, Isaac Hers, blends Pacific Northwest ease with a New York sensibility. While the Isaac Hers line figures prominently in the store, many other amazing lines are present to round out the offering. Because it is a designer owned shop, the curated merchandise reflects Barbara’s vision that her shop and everything in it should inspire creativity. Stop in and hang out with us, you will surely enjoy the shop and upon leaving, you will be planning your next visit.
HARLOW Hi, I’m Ruthie Crawford, founder and designer for harlow jewelry. Since I was little, I’ve been crafting and have always loved making things. Whether it is cooking, sewing, making furniture or art, I love projects. I started making jewelry in 2009 with the intention of making jewelry for myself. I loved jewelry, but had a hard time finding exactly what I was looking for, and often wanted to do my own version of things. After spending way too much money on supplies and gemstones to make my jewelry, I decided to open an Etsy shop online to help even things out and earn some money back. I named my line harlow, after my daughter, Olivia Harlow. Since then, harlow jewelry has continued to grow and I have fallen madly in love with jewelry design in the process. There is not much more exciting to me these days than seeing gorgeous strands of beads and gemstones. The possibilities of how to use them are endless. I decided to leave the corporate world in 2010 to pursue jewelry design full time. Now, harlow is sold in amazing boutiques across the nation. I am so excited about its rapid growth and the opportunity to do what I love. I am committed to using quality elements and keeping harlow jewelry affordable. Many of us moms and working women deserve to buy ourselves something beautiful and special. I hope that you find something you love here at harlow. My partner and I live in Portland, OR with our beautiful baby girl. When I’m not making jewelry, I am often spending time with my sweet family, riding my bike, shopping the local farmer’s markets, practicing yoga, or of course, working on another DIY project.
RENEE HARTIG “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” -E.B. White. The land has always held my attention as an inspiring element. In my work, I strive to show the process of the land and its interconnection with man’s influence. We have all contributed to the landscapes of today. We have over-processed, over-worked, and drained our resources. Today’s natural world bares the marks of years of punishment and use; many of which are unseen. Contrast and juxtaposition are key elements in my work. The way we attempt to integrate our humanity into nature creates a certain disparity and tension. To capture this feeling, I combine impasto paint quality, heightened color, and scraffito. I use these painting elements to abstract and flatten areas of the land, sacrificing the carefully constructed landscape. This is done to emphasize the way foreign elements conflict with the natural ecosystem that surrounds us. The use of heightened hues and layer-patterned grounds represent what is beneath the surface. We bury our trash, our own waste, our dead, and all other toxins that contaminate the soil. The air around us has suffered similar neglect. The abused atmosphere is represented with scraffito marks in the skies of my paintings. Some of these marks are chaotic lines, representing the many artificial elements that stream through our skies everyday with a constant motion and sound: electricity, phone lines, the internet, car, jet and factory emissions. Not only do these elements have an effect on the air quality, the sounds they produce are also a focal point in my work. Many of my landscapes may seem quite serene when in actuality they are referenced from places of tremendous unrest: the side of the expressway, the long lots next to an airport, or a busy urban street at rush hour. I believe a truly realistic portrayal of these landscapes would include a visual representation of the auditory disturbance we take for granted. This to me seems a much more realistic portrayal of the scene than falsely representing the landscape in a more peaceful manner. Formally, my paintings are abstract representational works. I am attempting to narrow the gap between traditional representational art and abstraction, coaching the viewer to understand the painting process and to appreciate different styles of art. All of my work is done with oil paint on a stretched and sealed canvas. After sealing the canvas, I apply my ground color (Burnt Sienna) to the surface. I then proceed with my under-painting and my final layers. My paintings are ala-prima (one session), so I am always working with wet-on-wet paint giving me freedom to move and manipulate the medium. My inspirations stretch from traditional painters like William Turner, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Edward Hopper to non-traditional artists such as Egon Schiele, Giorgio De Chirico, Andy Goldsworthy and Christo & Jeanne Claude. I am constantly inspired by their diverse use of color and their unique perspectives on how the land may be perceived.
February + March 2011
UNA As with most creative endeavors, Una began as a brainchild. When the line eventually launched at the end of 2007, the idea was to stitch not-basic pieces in organic cotton or reclaimed fabric and then trim it with vintage buttons, lace, or a simple screen print. The other objective was to focus on small-scale, local production. For the most part, it’s me. One girl. When I chose the name, Una, I selected it because in Spanish it is simply the female form of “one”. But in Latin it also means “in one together”. A much more powerful notion and not as lonely as I originally thought it might be. By producing and selling my pieces locally, I have had the opportunity to connect with the community on a more intimate level, meeting a lot of inspiring people along the way. (It is after all, about the journey.)
BRIAN HORAY I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and spent the first 24 years of my life trying to be the best Catholic I could be. After leaving my studies for priesthood, I went on to become an ice cream delivery man, global vagabond, fast food assistant manager, and foster care specialist. In 2002, I moved to the Willamette River watershed, where I earned a masters in art therapy and became a licensed counselor in Oregon. I now paint, draw, sing, cook, read, and sleep in southeast Portland – along with 3 chickens, 2 cats, and 1 husband. As both a counselor and artist, I am deeply interested in exploring relationships – between living beings, between me and my artwork, between created forms within the artwork, and between the art materials themselves. While I have the skills to make “realistic” images, I choose to create organic abstraction that occasionally hints at representation. For me, abstract art envisions the non-observable world, and through shape, line, color, and space, my work aims to connect with that power and to examine what it means to be in relationship with another.
DRESS UP ALICE Dress Up Alice is about having fun with clothes. About bring your inner characters out, feeling beautiful and being expressive. Feeling confident to wear fun clothes any time for any reason in any place. The truth: you have a great body and now you’ve found great clothes to dress it in. I started sewing clothes with my mother when I was a toddler. I grew up making costumes, pants, skirts and dresses for school and well any time. Later I created dance costumes and other costumes for friends. I was always dressing up at any opportunity I had! Later I discovered in Portland there was a reconstucted clothing scene and I jumped in to see what I could do. I had fun with punk rock fashion shows we would throw together and street fairs in the summer. In the past year my goals have changed. I am now committing myself full time to my clothing line. I have left my amazing and incredibly fun career as a bartender and mixologist for the last 8 years. To…well….sit home and SEW! I’m feeling full of creative energy and excitement to see where this all takes me at the same time making my dreams reality.
DAVID STEIN This series starts with oil paint applied to gessoed masonite in a variety of ways to create random patterns and produce effects of intense and normally unrepresentable details. Not unlike laying on your back on a patch of grass pulling familiar images out of a cloud formation, pictures are pulled out of the patterns left within the paint. In this chance exploiting technique, characters and landscapes take form before my eyes. Using a more conventional, naturalistic style and highly detailed brush work, I bring forward those images, making more clearly visible to the viewer the alien world that I see when I stare at the tiny patterns the paint left on the gessoed masonite.
FROZEN PEAS ACCESSORIES An adorable local designer, Alberta May Poon makes one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry and accessories. Each heart-theme piece is made with love, and sure to brighten your day (or your earlobes).
VARNISH Varnish is a Portland based line dedicated to making women feel simply beautiful and stylish. We are a young line with a clear vision for classic lines, fine fabrics, and superb craftsmanship. Varnish Clothing is the perfect upgrade to a woman’s favorite look. Our customer is mature, open, and modern. Varnish’s commitment to maintaining an intimate company shows in each hand crafted piece, all inspected by the designer before delivery. With small runs and limited edition fabrics, we are sure to stay fresh and always in demand. We are open to working with our retailers to accommodate customers needs and wishes. We strive to have close working relationships with all of our clients.
ARIELLE ADKIN “Risk and Carnivorous Plants” :: Carnivorous plants are traps⎯sensual, colorful, sweet nectar-filled traps. The fly takes a risk to receive what is desired. What are the odds that you land on a trap? What are the odds that you will be nourished and sustained? What are the odds that you will die? Creating this series of paintings was like creating my own myth. The pieces are structured in such a way as to reference pages in a narrative. The handmade stencils are hyper-romantic, displaying a flare of passion which shows the heart is present within each piece. The cataloged varieties* of carnivorous plants give physical form to the intangible fleeting moments of risk-taking. The rest of the myth unfolds as one decides what has happened to the fly. This series of paintings began with a stream of consciousness essay about the need to take emotional risks. I diligently meditated on what it means to put one’s heart out into the world. What is risk and how does one decide to take it? These questions led me to consider risks taken in nature. “Would it be WORTH the risk? If the person or the love is not greater than what we feel, we stand to lose we don’t risk, we don’t move forward.”- A. Adikin *I did my best to identify the plants correctly.
REIF At Reif Haus we draw inspiration from the past to create pieces for the future. Reif garments are designed to stand the test of time; to spend time on shoulders and hips, rather than in closets. Our choice of modern and sustainable fabrics molds a look that is both fashion-forward and socially-progressive. The Reif Haus was founded in 2008 by Lindsey Reif. Living in Portland, Oregon, Reif produces garments and accessories that are equally versatile as they are durable. Her collections are inspired by a life-long love of vintage fashion, classical modern architecture, and the landscape of her native South Dakota.
ELYSE BUNKERS Elyse Bunkers is a studio artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Her title line is one of haphazard inspiration. The process was an accident gone right discovered in her years at Oregon College of Art & Craft. She freeform pours molten sterling silver into and onto different surfaces to obtain the organic forms needed to create her one of a kind jewelry pieces. Combining the poured forms with pearls and vintage rhinestones adds a bit of dazzle to really emphasize the wearability of each piece.
SPENCER JAY Born 1971, Wyoming. My first photo assignment was for a weekly. This later led to shooting lifestyle and journalism for a range of advertising and editorial clients. A detailed approach and an openness to see and embrace the spontaneous make up the cornerstone of my photography. This show features one of my favorite mediums, Polaroids. These images are simple and straightforward – a glimpse of Wyoming Americana. I hope you enjoy.
VERDE ROCKS As consumers we don’t really think about what we buy, we just need it, want it and buy it without a thought as to where it came from. We consume. While we are all doing that, we trust that the products manufacturers produce are not going to harm us, or leave a trail of destruction in the making of said product. When we lay down our money, we want to be fullfilled, not informed of how truly harmful the product could be and probably is, to all involved. We understand this, and we take the responsibility. We disclose, as much as possible, what goes into our product. We don’t patronize our customers with a stern lecture on environmental awareness, they can get that anywhere else. We are simply saying to our customer, “We’ve got this, and we’ve got your back”. The “ingredients” of each product is listed in the descriptions. One can take that information and choose to buy or not. At least we feel we did our job in trying to make a better product and informing the consumer of what is involved in it’s manufacture. It’s that simple. We are bringing light to the situation, and it’s about time.
RADISH HEARTS PICA Featuring reconstructed PICA tee shirts by local designer and Radish Underground’s in-house line ASTER PARK. Here’s why Radish Hearts PICA: The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art acknowledges and advances new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences. Established in 1995 by a committed group of artists and patrons, PICA features emerging regional, national, and international artists in all disciplines, bridging the gap between historically-focused collecting institutions, commercial galleries and performing arts presenters. PICA’s enduring passion adds significant value to the arts ecology of the region. PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media, and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon. Entering its eighth year, the TBA Festival is presented September 9-19, 2010, with visual art installations running through October 17th. TBA celebrates artists from across and in-between all mediums, and activates the entire community with art and ideas.
PALOMA SOLEDAD Acclaimed Costume Designer Paloma Soledad has cultivated her unique style for years in Hollywood. After graduating with honors from The California Institute of the Arts, she focused her talents in the film industry, thus, fine tuning her skills in costume and fashion design. Her work on Blockbusters such as, “Cabin Fever”, “Hostel”, “Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas”, and “Spongebob Squarepants”, have gained her worldwide attention. Winner of Judges Choice and Best in Show for three consecutive years at Comicon in San Diego, CA, Paloma recently finished working on “Coraline”, the latest stop-motion animated feature film by Henry Selick (director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”). Named winner of the “Emerging Designer” category at Portland Fashion Week 2009, Paloma is currently creating a unique line of finely detailed couture corsets.
ROBB KRAMER Robb Kramer’s expressionistic paintings have been collected internationally for over two decades by a wide range of corporate clients and celebrities. Acclaimed for his vivid use of pure color and sublime composition, Kramer’s latest series of oil paintings beckon the viewer to step further into his unique world of mystery and striking beauty. “My work stimulates the visual imagination, Like a Rorschach test, compelling the viewer to discover new secrets with every look.” Also an accomplished sculptor, his three dimensional works adorn many Las Vegas resorts and opulent homes including Wayne Newton’s estate. His talents were recently showcased in the stop motion film “Coraline”. As the productions Lead Sculptor / Set Design, Kramer used his unique eye to develop and carve the surreal exterior sets used in the Oscar nominated film.
BELLA & LOKI Bella & Loki is a fresh line of jewelry created by Portland native, Brook Fullwiler. It all began when I needed new jewelry and didn’t have any funds, so constructed new pieces with old jewelry and objects I already had. Plus I loved that I was recycling! Thus began the treasure hunting. Each piece comes from a formerly used piece of metal, chain, charm, etc. that I have collected. As well, natural objects such as bones, crystals, sharks’ teeth, etc. are tossed in for a sweet mixture. All pieces are at least 75% recycled content, often vintage, and always one-of-a-kind. Old and discarded becomes fun, new, interesting, and beautiful.
ASTER PARK Brought to life right here at Radish Underground by co-owner Celestial Sipes, Aster Park uses reclaimed fabric (the ultimate in ‘green’ material) and is handmade right here in Portland. AP has an affinity for the versatile and always has at least one reversible garment a season. Because the fabric used is reclaimed, there is only so much of a particular color or pattern, so each design is unique and totally rad (or Rad-ish, if you will).
LAYERS SQUARED Realistic clothing that is simple, elegant, functional, and timeless by Portland designer Summer Pinnick. These are year-round garments for a multitude of occasions, constructed from quality material in unique and clever designs. Handmade and infused with love, this line lets you live your life in comfort!
FITZGIBBON DESIGN Once upon a time there were two little girls who dreamt of making the world beautiful… And so Fitzgibbon Design was born. Fitzgibbon is the clothing line founded by Portland born and bred sisters Kathryn and Margaret Fitzgibbon. Our mission at Fitzgibbon Design is to bring affordable fashion to the women of Portland that combines a classic look with an edgy, yet feminine, flair. Our fashions empower women while embracing their femininity. Fitzgibbon Design strives to make an all American product. The long-term goal is to provide great fashion while bringing jobs home. Kathryn has attended the Art Institute of Portland studying Apparel Design and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Merchandising Manage- ment. She has also worked with the likes of Michael Kors of New York, New York and Lyall Hakaria of London, UK. While attending the Art Institute of Portland, Kathryn received an award from Portland Fashion Synergy in “The NEXT Design”. Margaret received her B.F.A. in Theatre from Western Oregon University. When it comes to Fitzgibbon Design, she is greatly inspired by film and theatre, especially the beauty and excitement of costumes. She believes every woman should be excited about her clothing each time she gets dressed. Fitzgibbon Design has been doing custom clothing for two years and we are very excited to bring our ready-to-wear line to Portland.
JOHN BACONE John Bacone is a sculptor and filmmaker whose work shows around the world. He helps out with Teeth, Telegraph, Tahni Holt, PdxPop Now, Hot Little Hands, In the Can Productions, Northwestern Exposure, and SoundView Films. You can watch some of his short films at vimeo.com/bacone. The collection of musical instruments featured at Radish Underground were made entirely from cardboard.
MAPLE XO MapleXO is the original creator of handmade recycled skateboard jewelry. I started MapleXO in 2006 because of my love for skateboarding and desire to give the broken and thrashed boards a new life. Besides making a rad fashion statement, MapleXO hopes to portray a louder statement by inspiring people to believe in their power to impact the planet. We call it: “Saving Landfill Space in Style,” and hope that you’ll join us on the journey. Live. Love. Wear. Skateboarding. MapleXO
DUST Dust is a very small clothing line based in Portland, ORE. Every garment is a one of a kind piece. Strange closures, unfinished edges, mismatching buttons and uneven dyes are part of what make each piece special, like an old Hungarian woman making stuff in her wobbly old cottage, accidentally making a sweater uneven on one side or repairing a hole with different colored thread. Interesting is the goal, not perfection.
JANEANE MARIE Janeane Marie is a women’s wear designer based in Portland, Oregon. With a minimalist aesthetic, the line is anchored in fine quality of fabrics and construction. Behind the company is the belief that designers in all capacities have the unique challenge and responsibility to create products that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious. As a fashion designer, Janeane Marie takes this opportunity to make clothing that is modern, unique and responsible. We are proud to announce that Janeane is a contestant on the Jan 2010 season of the Lifetime Television show Project Runway.
MATTHEW WILLIAM TEMPLETON I was born 3/1/1979 in Fresno, Ca. I grew up with a skateboard under my feet and spent much of my time exploring the concrete expansion of suburban sprawl, schools and public buildings, forgotten downtown’s, parking lots and business plazas. My original inspirations for art were from the skate, snowboard and surf industry. Skateboard graphics were in many ways my first exposure to the possibilities of expression and aesthetics. Well, to be fair, if you don’t count the hundreds of ninjas I used to draw when I was in grade school then we could start at skateboards. In 2008 I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Oregon State Universities satellite campus in Bend, OR. Prior to that I studied art and earned a Associates degree from Central Oregon Community College with a brief stint at Portland State University in 2004. I currently live in Portland, OR. My chosen medium is acrylic paint with charcoal, pencil, ink and text. I work on a variety of surfaces ranging from canvass to paper and old window frames. I work primarily from models or from images of the human figure. I like to use the figure as a form of vocabulary, abstracting the figure by dissecting it in such a way that it becomes both the ground and subject through the use of layers. I try to create a sense of narrative in my work, one that inspires curiosity and dialogue. To help aid in that narration I often implore text from old books.
HEATHER TREADWAY Heather Treadway creates soft geometry in the form of ready to wear clothing for men and women. Her new line available at Radish Underground will include oversized wool cloaks, capelets in interesting fabric combinations, as well as her signature jersey dresses and denim skirts. Plus, the long sleeved version of her popular FutureZ Jacket (an exclusive Radish Underground featured garment). Heather works out of her studio in Portland, Oregon which she shares with fellow independent designer Emily Katz.
BESTY & IYA Betsy Cross is a Virginia native who moved to Portland in 2006 to join in the PDX theatre scene after nearly a decade performing, directing, and teaching throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. She attended programs at Virginia Tech, Harvard, and Dell’ Arte International where she received an MFA in Physical and Ensemble-based theatre. While theatre continues to be an important part of her life, her fascination with ornamentation and calloused hands led her to design jewelry under the moniker, betsy & iya—the name, an homage to her big sis’ and their dynamic relationship. When she was younger, she couldn’t pronounce “Ashlyn,” so she settled for “iya” and it stuck. Iya lives across the country but her spirit remains a vital part of the company’s mission. betsy & iya jewelry is sold throughout the world (especially to Australians—they eat it up!) and in indie boutiques all across the US. Apart from being a full-time designer, Betsy plays music in a rowdy all-girl band, paints for fancy universities, keeps a blog showcasing her crazy outfits, photography and life, and lovingly stares at her shiny new husband. She is flipping-out excited and honored to be a featured designer amid such Radish Underground buzzing talent.
VARNISH CLOTHING A young line out of Portland with a clear vision for classic lines, fine fabrics, and superb craftsmanship. These pieces create beautiful lines that compliment any wardrobe and can be dressed up or down for ultimate functionality. Smaller runs of each garment and limited edition fabrics also keep us wanting more.
HOLIDAY COLLECTIVE To spread the GIFT OF ART this holiday season, we asked seven local Portland artists to create beautiful works for under $100. We’ll be featuring the photography of Paul Thompson and Kalindi Stewart, paintings by Matthew William Templeton, Brian Horay, and Danielle Schance, ink drawings by David Stein, and sculptural work by John Bacone.a
RADISH YEAR 1 Featuring several of the amazing Portland apparel and jewelry designers who’ve rocked the Radish over the course of our very first year, as well as the brilliant visual art of DAVID STEIN. Lines: DUST, Cloud Society, REIF, Studio SKB, Paloma Soledad, JET, Elyse Bunkers, Layers Squared, MapleXO, Adam Andreas, Aster Park, Minor Poet, Gowan Metal, Warley Byrd Creations, Keith McQueen, and Sahlia Michelle Jewelry.
DAVID STEIN I begin each piece in this series without a preconceived idea. Using automatism (or automatic drawing) the random application of the medium lays the framework for each piece. My conscious intervention then steps in and creates a more comprehensible image by introducing characters and landscapes. What comes of all of this is a somewhat nonsensical narrative that reveals how my brain organizes and interprets these sensory stimulations. The stories that materialize on the surface come to fruision in an organic state. As they start to develop all I can do is nurture them. These saplings of ideas are given loving attention and tender brush strokes until they become beasts that beckon me onto their back. And there I find myself, for hours each day, in my studio being carried off through rolling hills on the back of some beast to a place of other worldly creatures. Perhaps I’m an escapist, or just a self-indulgent artist that wants to share with the public that meditative place that exists within an image containing narratives with open-ended conclusions.
BROTHER WEST Brother West is a small independent line based out of Portland, OR. The Fall/Winter collection, “A Fine Romance,” seeks to find a balance between nostalgia and fantasy; for BW staying in the moment is the most romantic thing one can do. Wardrobe staples in tweeds, silks, and linens may remind you of your grandfather but in cinnamon, gray, oxblood and sweet potato, these garments are one of a kind and distinctively Portland. Hand-embroidered signature bow ties are also available for custom order. These ties are great for reunions, parties, or just so you can remember your name when you look in the mirror (If you can read words that are backwards).
ERHART Chelsea Erhart is one of the NW’s most vital apparel designers to date. Born and raised to a Nuclear Energy Officer of the Navy, Chelsea followed her name sake and traveled and lived all over the world. Experiencing foreign cultures at a young age, gave Chelsea an understanding of personal identity and how it is represented through dress. Her mother says she was born designing clothing; watching her seamlessly incorporate local style into her wardrobe. She established herself in 2005 with her first collection that explored National Geographic images from the 1930’s translated into street wear. Soon thereafter, Ms. Erhart held her first trunk show in Portland, OR. In 2008 ERHART was accepted to take part in the annual Portland Mercury Fashion Show. With a solid, lifestyle collection from this show, Chelsea began attending international fashion trade shows. These have expanding her customer base to the international market and has gained her recognition as a trend setter. Her clothes sell all over the USA, Japan, and Montreal Canada. ERHART continues to expand and develop collections that inspire confidence in the free sprit of the streets of the world.
SAHLIA MICHELLE Each piece in the Sahlia Michelle jewelry collection is handmade in my Portland studio. Hand-pounded sterling silver, raw gemstones & my signature molten silver droplets are the core elements of the newest collection. These are combined with organic materials such as antler slices, feathers & authentic stingray skin, resulting in jewelry that’s as edgy and unique as it is timeless. Sahlia Michelle Designs is run using sustainable business practices. All materials are reused, recycled & purchased locally whenever possible. Custom pieces are also available. I’ll work with you to design the perfect piece for a special event or even just an everyday favorite. We also offer FREE REPAIR’S for life on any piece of Sahlia Michelle jewelry
ASTER PARK Brought to life right here at Radish Underground by co-owner Celestial Sipes, Aster Park uses reclaimed fabric (the ultimate in ‘green’ material) and is handmade right here in Portland. Celeste has been working her fingers and genius to the bone to keep the entire line priced under $75. The collection features reversible dresses and skirts, little strapless numbers in multiple lengths, and shirts with crazy collars. Because the fabric used is reclaimed, there is only so much of a particular color or pattern, so each design is unique and totally rad (or Rad-ish, if you will).
ASA KENNEDY May 2006 I purchased an album titled 10,000 Days by the band TOOL. Five years elapsed since their last release Lateralus, which also was released five years after its predecessor. I wondered what the band could possibly record following an opus dealing with mind-body severance. The result was pleasing, however, the music had minute variation, including large sections of measures that were recycled from past recordings. This did not bother me. The band crafted an inescapable style. More importantly is the ability to take what was once done, dissect it, get to the root, put it back together in a way it wasn’t originally intended, thus producing something new. I’ve spent years drawing. Playing the tunes of gesture and sketch, working toward a final image. But what next? Stick to manipulating canvas frames, dissect the lines and planes of a composition produced on a surface, turn them to edges and planes in space, and still display the fundamental sound of art- the Human Body.
CLOUD SOCIETY :: PARTY HATS Totally hot party hats for any occasion, need we say more? One-of-a-kind chapeaus made from vintage and reclaimed material by two of Portland’s favorite designers Jayme Hansen and Nichole Eatman, they will drop the jaws of all the guests at your next birthday, wedding, soiree, or Tuesday. Oh! And Muu-Muus for the next generation… gotta see ‘em to believe ‘em.
IDLE HANDS DESIGNS Beautiful jewelry founded in sterling silver and vintage elements (like her stunning Czech glass bead rings), Seattle based designer Lyndsay Brown loves to take something from the past and create something new. While in school, Lyndsay discovered that she loved working with metal, particularly silver. Once she had the basics, her style developed from experimentation and exploring all the possibilities she could working with the metal. Taking inspiration from what became her life long hobby, with the encouragement of family and friends, she created idle hands designs in 2006. Her designs are inspired primarily from music and all things spooky. And while she clearly she fancies the darkness, there is a lighter side to her creations as well that can be seen in the fine detail work, elegant style, and beautifully colored beads.
JET DESIGNS :: FLY BABE JET Designs is made to fly! Our focus is to make clothing that expresses beauty through movement in life. The first of our lines is a women’s day to night, go anywhere collection. Described as classic, feminine and edgy: you’ll feel the wind in your hair! Our aim is to be conscious of our planet Earth and its members in all our endeavors. We choose natural fibers for easy care, long lasting wear and comfort. We produce locally to sustain our economy. And, we constantly strive to do our daily best! JET Designs is owned and operated by Jennifer and Emily Thomas, a dynamic mother- daughter duo born to fly together. We work and play in order to provide what we all need and deserve: A collective heart that flies freely in any direction it chooses. This is our contribution. Thank you for flying with us!
DUST :: A Sturdy Collection For Tough Times Spring 2009 About the collection: Frayed linen, Blue and white stripes, Wrinkled and worn, Fabrics hand dyed with tea, Reconstructed garments, Pioneer-wear, Simple things, White shirts, Work skirts, Made by hand. Dust is a very small clothing line based in Portland, ORE. Every garment is a one of a kind piece. Strange closures, unfinished edges, mismatching buttons and uneven dyes are part of what make each piece special, like an old Hungarian woman making stuff in her wobbly old cottage, accidentally making a sweater uneven on one side or repairing a hole with different colored thread. Interesting is the goal, not perfection. Sizing is arbitrary: if it fits, it fits. If it doesn’t, it wasn’t meant to be. Dry clean only. This s#!% is fragile!
GOWAN METAL Gowan grew up on the north coast of California in a small artisan driven community. Gualala has less than 500 people, no traffic lights, but is home to a flourishing community of artists inspired by its natural beauty. She began making and selling jewelry at roadside fairs, (where she also briefly read palms) around seven years of age, and at thirteen, became an apprentice for a local goldsmith. She went on to become the youngest ever Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center, where she participated in shows and taught workshops to local kids while finishing high school. During this time she also acted as a tour guide and interpreter to a group of traveling Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse school in India. She continues to be inspired by their attitude of commitment to artistic creation, and non-attachment to the permanence of that creation. She spent several years at California College of the Arts, before transferring to Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she currently attends, and continues to deepen her relationship with metals. Since moving to Portland, she has participated in multiple shows and crafts fairs, and is absolutely in love with the Northwest and the fertile creative ground that is Portland.
REIF :: Wanderlust Lindsey Reif brought her fingers to her obsession with vintage clothing shortly after her move to Portland in 2002. A self taught seamstress, she began by making one-offs from recycled materials such as curtains and sheets, and found that she was always attracted to the prints and color schemes of vintage fabric. As her skill level grew, so did her point of view as a designer. After graduating from Portland State University in 2007 with a degree in Spanish and Applied Linguistics (go figure), Lindsey formed her eponymous clothing line, Reif, with the intention to create timeless garments that would spend more time on shoulders and hips than in closets. Reif is a fashion haus with its hands in the past, mind in the present, and eyes on the future. We believe that as the world around us continues to grow and change, so too must our clothing. Reif draws inspiration from the past to create pieces for the future. We take classic cuts and silhouettes and translate them into modern pieces ready to move forward with the wearer. Garments that will stand the test of time and spend more time on shoulders and hips than in closets. Our choice of modern and sustainable fabrics molds a look that is both fashion forward and socially progressive. Our motto is the German expression, “die Zeit is reif”, which means “the time is ripe”. The modern consumer is consistently flooded with the uninspired and mass produced. Reif stands against this trend and recognizes that it’s time to rise above the ordinary and look to the future. The time is ripe, die Zeit ist REIF.
BRIAN HORAY I am an artist working, cooking, reading, sleeping, and raising chickens in southeast Portland. As a professional counselor and art therapist, I am very interested in exploring relationships, which includes how I relate to my own artwork. I am passionate about creating nonrepresentational acrylics on canvas and oil pastels on paper. Particularly in this show, I’ve been thinking about what goes unsaid, about what gets covered up, and about how different characters relate to each other.
PALOMA SOLEDAD Paloma Soledad cultivated her style in Hollywood hits, such as “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel.” Her custom designs blend elements of fantasy and the macabre with fine tailoring and vintage details. Clients have included writer Terry Rossio and director Eli Roth. Her most recent work can be found in Henry Selick’s (director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) new feature film, “Coraline,” scheduled for release February ‘09 . www.PalomaSoledad.com
KEVIN HIGINBOTHAM :: Works on Steel Kevin Higinbotham is a painter and photographer who works on steel. His work combines multiple layers of color, imagery and text on large steel surfaces which have been chemically altered with acids and patinas. His art presents abstract visions of cities, urban decay, the space between shadows… the raw skeleton underneath what we see everyday. He also explores mystery in his work, hidden symbols, ancient languages, images of the occult. Kevin is also a scenic and lighting designer, his work has been shown in New York City, the Netherlands and here in Seattle. His installations combine elements of lighting and video alongside visual art and sound design to create an immersive experience for the viewer. Raised in Montana, Kevin has lived and worked in New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He currently resides in Seattle.
KEITH MCQUEEN Keith has a ten year background in Jewelry and metal sculpture. He recently finished working on Laika’s first feature film “Coraline” as a Model builder.
JAYME HANSEN Jayme Hansen studied with Dayna Pinkham at Pinkham Millinery and designed hats and garments under the label “Birds of Prey” for six years right here in Portland. She is also the founder/lead vocalist/costume designer for local band Fleshtone. Jayme has been on a bit of a hiatus from apparel design and is again developing one-of-kind garments using reclaimed materials and embellishments. Her new assembly is inspired by history, impulse, and allure. We are honored (and very excited) to be part of Jayme’s re-immersion into the world of fashion design.
ELYSE BUNKERS Elyse Bunkers is a local jewelry designer with two separate lines. In her name-sake line “Elyse Bunkers” she use a free form casting technique, shaping each sterling silver piece with water, pumice stone, or fire brick, and then adorns them with fresh water pearls and vintage rhinestones. In her new line “Re-cycled Time” she uses old watch faces and gears, often backed with recycled bicycle tubes and nickel plates, to create her one-of-a-kind pieces. For the opening at Radish Underground she incorporated tiny toys and toy parts into some of he designs (in true Christmas spirit).
ASTER PARK Brought to life right here at Radish Underground by co-owner Celestial Sipes, Aster Park uses reclaimed fabric (the ultimate in ‘green’ material) and is handmade right here in Portland. AP has an affinity for the versatile and always has at least one reversible garment a season. Because the fabric used is reclaimed, there is only so much of a particular color or pattern, so each design is unique and totally rad (or Rad-ish, if you will).
TARINA WESTLUND PHOTOGRAPHY Westcoast photographer Tarina Westlund has been making her mark in photography for 15 years. An award winning photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, and a good friend to Radish Underground, she specializes in Fine Art, Portraiture, Maternity, and Photo-Journalistic Wedding Photography. She an expert in film and hand printing as well as digital photography. These 10 must see prints will be hung through the holidays.