Category — Retail Store
This month we are excited to present the work of Jahna Vashti in our Artist of the Month section! Jahna’s cards and prints are so beautifully done, and full of color and personality! Be sure to come see her work in person!
Here is her artist statement:
In the first part of my adulthood, I lost the freedom and the joy that I had when creating art like I did as a kid. I worried about the wrong things and felt insecure. Upon the birth of my first son, I thought about the man I hoped to raise, and cringed thinking that he would ever shove his potential away for any reason. So, I had a long look in the mirror and began to paint with a fervor like never before. Finally, in the summer of 2011 my paintings were piling up. With a snap decision, and a little bravery I decided to share my work and by the summer’s end, my art became my full time job. I find inspiration in everyday life. My creativity is easily ignited by things like song lyrics, rusty pipes, old photographs, or ancient artifacts…. And that list could seriously go on and on. Each time someone tells me that my work makes them happy, it renders me nearly speechless. I keep that feeling close to my heart with every piece I create.
March 1, 2014 No Comments
January 11, 2014 1 Comment
We feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to live in a city that is so supportive of small businesses and local artists. Portland, you have really outdone yourself with this year’s Little Boxes / Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Triple Supportland points shopping. We wouldn’t be here without your support and we’re thankful for that every day of the year. The number of you who came out these past two days to shop local is completely heart-warming, mind-blowing, and totally awesome. You are what makes Portland so grand. Thank you.
November 30, 2013 No Comments
We’re super excited to be participating in Little Boxes again this year! (It’s a Portland-wide shopping event that takes place the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.) We’ve been busily restocking and rearranging the shop in preparation for another holiday season!
Three years ago, a few of the city’s boutique shop owners pooled resources to offer prizes and discounts to consumers who shopped a network of participating “Little Box” stores. This year, shoppers have the option to navigate participating shops using an iPhone app (!!!), with chances to win raffle prizes including a travel package, an iPad, and a $600 shopping spree to the Little Boxes (and hey, if you miss that, there’s still a chance to win $400 or $200 sprees). It’s free to enter; just head into any participating shop on 11/29 – 11/30 to claim a raffle ticket. Make a purchase to earn bonus entries and unlock a 10% discount at the next Little Box on your list. The more shops you visit, the more chances you have to win!
We believe that shopping Little Boxes is a great way to find unique gifts for everyone on your list, have fun with your family and friends, and-just maybe-win some pretty incredible prizes, all by taking a stroll in Portland’s best shopping districts.
If you’re local, we’d love to see you out and about! Watch THIS VIDEO and get inspired!!
Mark your calendars now!
Friday, November 29th & Saturday November 30th, 10am-7pm.
Plan your route and find more information at www.littleboxespdx.com/shop
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ALSO…if you need yet another reason to shop local on Black Friday & Saturday, Supportland is giving TRIPLE POINTS at any participating business!!! If you’re not familiar with Supportland, head on over to their website for more details! They are a fantastic rewards program for supporting local businesses!!
November 24, 2013 No Comments
We are beyond thrilled to be celebrating THREE YEARS of having a retail store! When we opened our pop up shop in November of 2010 we had no idea that it would lead to this! We couldn’t have done it without all of our super talented vendors and the amazing support of our shoppers and the community.
THANK YOU!!! We love all of you!
Please come celebrate with us THIS SATURDAY! Everything in the shop is 10% off all day to show our appreciation! (Come beat the crowds and get some early holiday shopping done!)
(across from the Central Library)
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November 20, 2013 No Comments
One of our best selling artists, Little Lark, keeps our shop filled with clothing, paper goods, housewares, and gifts for people of all ages! Come see the special Artist of the Month display featuring some of our favorite Little Lark goods during the month of November!
Little Lark was created in 2006 by Christy Nyboer when the birth of her son inspired her to fill the lack of non gender baby clothes in the market. What started off as a simple hobby has steadily grown over the past 7 years to now include a wider range of products selling to stores all around the world.
Little Lark sells unique apparel for young and old that isn’t limited by traditional colors and motifs, and offers a beautiful selection of greeting cards and paper gifts appropriate for any occasion. Christy creates designs that are modern, hip, non-gender specific and exhibit simplicity and style with a sophisticated edge.
Christy is inspired by beauty and wonder through the eyes of a child. Many ideas have blossomed from old children’s educational books, science textbooks, and her fond memories of living in Alaska as a child. Little Lark designs are inspired by what is beautiful, terrific, mysterious and optimistic about our world.
Christy received her BFA at Alfred University in New York and has exhibited her paintings & mixed media sculptures internationally before the start of Little Lark. “I am really excited to start getting back to the fine arts, but I don’t know if I will ever be the artist I was before starting Little Lark. This season I have chosen some of my favorite designs and handprinted limited editions on paper so they can be enjoyed in ones home. When I create a design, I want to be able to look at it for years and still love it… not just on a t-shirt.”
November 12, 2013 No Comments
Our October Artist of the Month is the incredibly talented LeBrie Rich of PenFelt! She has been selling at Crafty Wonderland for years and we really enjoy seeing how she continually evolves her art form! Come by the shop to see her amazing work in person!
Founded in 2004, PenFelt offers a line of handmade, hand dyed felt objects. Each item is made personally by the Duchess of Felt (LeBrie Rich). PenFelt’s colorful accessories and objets d’ art are known for their high-quality construction and the customer glee they provoke. Products are wet-felted merino wool, with some needle felted embellishments. Much of the fiber used is dyed in-house by the Duchess herself.
In addition to the felt work featured here, LeBrie creates one of a kind sculpture for diverse settings including museums, galleries, storefront windows and art vending machines. LeBrie’s abstract paper collages are currently being exhibited at Fresh Pot, just a few blocks away (724 SW Washington Street)!
LeBrie also teaches felting and textile workshops. In 2012 she taught felting in a rural community in Japan (with lots of gesturing) and in 2013 she taught at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, New York. Grab a flyer or visit penfelt.com/workshops for a list of upcoming classes to join the fun!
October 15, 2013 2 Comments
Open House for DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND!
Stop by and meet talented illustration team Josh and Colby from Jolby along with sign painter extraordinaire BT Livermore – all talented artists who have helped shape the look and feel of our shop with their mural and signage work. Not only can you purchase work from these guys but you can get their work “inked” on you (with pen) in the form of a temporary tattoo! Each artist will have a flash sheet of their original designs for you to choose from. Mention DWP and get 10% off all shop merch! Come on down! It’s gonna be FUN!
(The Marks of Sea Legs print by Jolby)
CRAFTY WONDERLAND SHOP OPEN HOUSE!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8th
808 sw 10th ave. in downtown Portland
from 4 – 7pm
Our open house is just an itty bitty part of this amazing week of events! Check out their website to see all the details, including a list of all the other SW Portland open houses that are happening alongside ours!
October 3, 2013 1 Comment
Come to the shop during the month of September to see the beautiful artwork of Adrienne Vita! We carry her prints and cards in the shop and have some special framed original artwork on display for the month. Don’t miss it!
Adrienne Vita is an artist from Portland, Oregon, where she is inspired by her love of the sea, nature, animals, and patterns. Adrienne illustrates using pencils, ink, watercolors and sometimes cut paper. Her work depicts scenes of unusual environments that are ethereal in nature and all things imaginary. Inspiring connection and intuitiveness, there is a special message for each piece she creates.
September 9, 2013 No Comments
Come to the shop this month to see the beautiful artwork of Michele Maule! We are excited to show some of her original pieces, as well as new prints, cards and best-selling Portland postcards!
Michele lives in Portland with her boyfriend and their comical Boston Terrier, Chloe. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking (with an emphasis in printmaking) in 2005. She loves so many different kinds of art making. Michele often switch between painting, collage, printmaking and illustration. The art at Crafty Wonderland this month is a representation of animals, insects and myths that can be found in Oregon.
Our state provides some of the most beautiful landscapes and environments. It’s also home to many animals that aren’t always easy for us to see. I wanted to feature them in this show and give people a chance to see my interpretation of them in this series.
The American Pika was one of my favorite animals to learn about and paint. American Pikas can be found living among the rocky base of Crater Lake National Park, as well as mountainous areas of Central and Eastern Washington. They keep to themselves mostly, but they will yell out to other Pikas if there is any predatory dangers in the area. Also, they’re incredibly cute. Pikas have adapted to living in cold climates, however if they are exposed to more than six hours with temperatures higher than 77 degrees, the little Pika cannot survive. With global warming expected to raise the temperature of our planet in coming years, the American Pika could be in danger.
The Grey Wolf, or Timber Wolf, is another animal in this series that I fell in love with. Grey wolves inhabit Eastern Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Grey Wolves are in serious endangerment in Oregon with as little as two dozen counted in November of 2011. The wolves were completely killed off in 1946, but have been making a very slow comeback. They are being killed mostly to protect livestock, and with the growing human population it is hard for them to maintain habitats. A couple of fun facts about the grey wolf include, their saliva can be used to help stop bacterial infections in wounds. Also, the alpha male, and the alpha female, are the only wolves in a pack that reproduce.
All of the animals in this series are important animals to us and our environment. I wanted to pay a small homage to those animals that I admire through these pieces. These paintings and drawings were a joy to create. Every tiny line that makes up their being gave me a reflective, meditative space to exist. My hope is that my love and appreciation for each animal is conveyed in each portrait. I also hope that people pay close attention to how their lives may directly, or indirectly, impact the lives of the animals that share this beautiful state with us.
August 6, 2013 1 Comment