BABY STEPS: As of March, it's become a little bit easier to begin a business in sewing, jewelry making, or screen printing. ADX stands for "Art Design Portland," and with the opening of their craft lab, the Cube, they're taking bigger steps in fulfilling the "art" portion of that name's promise.
ADX has functioned as a fantastic resource for the city's entrepreneurial makers and small manufacturers, including its related Portland Made project, which seeks to unify the identity of all things made in the city, collectively branding them with a location-based mark of quality, à la "Made in Italy." ADX has become known particularly for its resources in the realms of metal and wood. It supplies machines and workspace for collective use, and hosts a range of classes, business mentorship opportunities, and more.
According to ADX's Matt Preston, the collective had been getting an increasing number of inquiries for access to industrial sewing machines and basic jewelry-making tools, along with the realization that the city's aspiring screen printers are pretty much stuck with buying their own kit. And while Preston admits it probably wouldn't be feasible to run a full business out of the Cube (which was carved out of the ADX's former gallery), it's an excellent, affordable place to start experimenting and prototyping your upholstery, garment, and metalsmithing visions. Plus, throughout the month of April, anyone who joins as a Cube member will be entered into a drawing for their own DIY screen-printing kit—the more making, the merrier. ADX, 417 SE 11th, adxportland.com
THIS WEEK'S STYLE EVENTS
• Mercury Art Director Justin "Scrappers" Morrison's other paper baby, Stay Wild Magazine, is celebrating the completion of its first year as well as the launch of their spring issue. Stories include hot spring etiquette, naked yoga, a sunglasses guide, and "the truth behind vibe-y aura photography." Worn Path, 4007 N Mississippi, Wed April 1, 6-9 pm
• The prolific, busy-bee jewelry company/retailer Betsy & Iya is celebrating the seventh anniversary of their founding with a party "unlike any other" they've hosted—and if you've ever seen one of their spreads, that's a bold claim. They're using the occasion to unveil another project of sevens: They commissioned seven works of art by seven female artists to depict moments throughout their seven years in the bling biz. Betsy & Iya, 2403 NW Thurman, Thurs April 2, 6-9 pm
• The second in a two-part conversation panel I am co-hosting with the Portland Monthly's Eden Dawn, "Portland Fashion: Design Now and Future Directions" will draw on local expertise to explore how Portland can help shape the future of fashion design. It's part of the Portland Art Museum's effort to give local context to its Italian Style exhibit, which also features work from some of Portland's brightest design talents. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, Thurs April 2, 6 pm, $17-20
• Those tomboys over at Wildfang don't do anything halfway, so it stands to reason that their two-year anniversary bash should be a doozy. As has become custom, the festivities kick off at the flagship store where songstress Natasha Kmeto is on DJ duty, then migrate to the White Owl for a free show featuring Summer Cannibals and Charts! Wildfang, 1230 SE Grand, Thurs April 2, 7-9 pm; White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th, 9 pm-close, free
• Lille Boutique is eight! And, since one of their featured lingerie lines is Huit, and "huit" is French for "eight," it only make sense that they collaborate. Beginning with a weekend-long kickoff sale—during which you can take 20 percent off storewide or online with the code HAPPY8THBDAY—all purchases made through April will come with a free Huit gift (while supplies last) and make you eligible for a raffle to win a Huit lingerie set (winner will be drawn on May 1). Want to up the odds? Post to social media—Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr about your "Lille Boutique experience," making sure to tag @lilleboutique, and you can earn yourself an extra five entries. Lille Boutique, 1007 E Burnside, Fri April 3-Thurs April 30
• If your bathroom stash is looking a little thin when it comes to homegrown products, check out the new Seagrape Bath + Body, which is celebrating their grand opening this week. The woman-owned venture features an array of soaps (face, body, shave, shampoo...), a line of men's products, scents, lip care, and more. Pop over to check it out over refreshments and a "DIY scented card station." Seagrape Bath + Body, 319 NE Wygant, Fri April 3, 4-9 pm
• Gallery/shop Composition is capping off its "Wut Guise" series of workshops with a performance/fashion show that will raise questions about "our cultural relationships to the clothing that we wear by critiquing commodity-driven fast fashion," as well as explore the potential for collaborations between artists working in varying disciplines. Ford Building, 2505 SE 11th, Fri April 3, 7-9 pm
• The April edition of Union Rose's First Friday trunk show features jewelry inspired by travel and culture from Travel by Sea, plus go-to local apparel from Varnish, with 15 percent off both lines during the event. Union Rose, 7909 SE Stark, Fri April 3, 6-9 pm
• No discussion of Italian contributions to fashion is complete without addressing the importance of craftsmanship. That's why the Portland Art Museum's programming in conjunction with the Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 exhibit includes a showcase of some of Portland's own design talent, demonstrating and discussing their own techniques live in the gallery space every Saturday. This week the guests are Wandering Muse and Moulagerie. Crafting Fashion at Portland Art Museum's Object Stories gallery, 1219 SW Park, Sat 1-5 pm through April 25, included with $20 admission