Wedding season marches on, and this week an event focuses on wedding attire designed by Portland artist Julia Barbee. The line, Frocky Jack Morgan, is old school in Portland's design world, and Barbee is one of the originators of the reconstructed fashion wave that went a long way in defining local style. The reconstruction technique continues to be popular and has even been given a recent boost by increasing interest in all things green and recycled.
Barbee's own take on how she works is more straightforward: "I am simply more inspired by existing objects than by a blank slate. It's more my working process than anything trendy." It's hilarious and telling, though, that the Frocky Jack Morgan website's home page is decorated with a quote by another leader in local fashion, Adam Arnold, saying, "Now she's sustainable. She makes cool dresses out of, like, garbage or something!" Of course, it's not garbage, but antique clothing, jewelry, and other lovely odds and ends given new life by Barbee, whose formal background is in sculpture. And she's been doing it since long before the zeitgeist seized on the practice as an environmental statement.
Nonetheless, this week's event is designed to cater to marriageable folks who would like their matrimony to be environmentally conscious, and additionally features organic Alma Chocolate, vegan wedding cakes, and recycled stationary alongside local photographers and flower shops. Rather than a traditional runway presentation, models in Barbee's bridal and occasion dresses will mingle in the crowd (watch out for the one on stilts!), and there will also be jewelry, headpieces, and combs, which Barbee is just beginning to feature more of, and which you definitely don't need a wedding to want. (Olio United, 1028 SE Water, Fri March 6, 5-8 pm, free)
Also this week is the 19th Annual Buckman Art Show and Sell, an enormous gathering of regional artists and craftspeople (over 120!) benefiting Buckman Arts Elementary School, which could no doubt use a boost in the financial department now as much as ever. (Buckman Elementary School, 320 SE 16th, Fri March 6, 5-9 pm, $5; Sat March 7, 10 am-5 pm, $2 suggested donation)
Meanwhile, one of East Burnside's institutions just picked up and moved: Burnside Proper was an early pioneer of the strip now known as the "Lower East End," home to hip venues, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. It's hard to believe now, but back when the salon/studio/store first opened, E Burnside was actually kind of sketch, and its fashionable makeover pretty much began at Burnside Proper, whose name now sounds eerily prophetic. The new digs opened on Tuesday, March 3 (we breathlessly await details on an inaugural open house event) at 715 SE Grand, with a new name to go with it: Co. Co. & Co. How can a name with no words be so wordy? Amazing.