Since 2005, BikeCraft? has become a Portland, OR tradition for bike lovers and lovers of bike lovers. Take a stroll down memory lane and visit the ghosts of BikeCrafts past.
See them and lots more at BikeCraft!
I hope you plan to join us for the third annual BikeCraft this Thursday night (11/15). The assemblage of cycle-inspired artists is something you just won’t get to experience anywhere else.
BikeCraft is on the same night as PDOT’s See and Be Seen Bike Light Parade and there will be a ride going from the end of that event over to the Lucky Lab NW. We’ll be waiting for you!
Here are some exciting, recent additions to the list of Portlanders who will display their wares:
Liz makes clocks from recycled chain rings. She uses different bike parts and textile samples for each clock, so rarely are two alike. She also takes custom orders.
Here’s something you don’t see everyday…Jene-Paul makes headlamps (and tail lights) for bicycles using coffee, tea, and espresso pots as housing. Here’s more from Jene-Paul:
“In 1991 began making lamps from percolators and since I ditched my car years ago, combining bike lights and coffee pots was a natural evolution.”
Black Star Bags
Dave Stoops is a former bike messenger who also loves bike touring and is active in Portland’s bike polo scene. About 18 months ago he needed a backpack, so he made one for himself. Then he made some panniers and rest is history.
Now Dave works under the Black Star Bags label and his products include custom messenger bags, backpacks, hip pouches, top tube pads, and touring panniers. He’s been offering his bags as prizes at local alley cats and he’s excited to share them with a larger crowd at BikeCraft.
Amy’s pottery and plates pressed with chainrings and other bike motifs have been a BikeCraft favorite since our first year. She sells out quickly, so make sure you stop by her booth first!
Matt is a metal fabricator who’s responsible for many of the bike sculptures you see around Portland (including the figures on the roof of River City Bicycles). He’ll bring his signature table made out of bike rims as well as a few chairs made from bike frames and forks. Sit on one while you have a pint!
Here’s the word from Stephanie:
“I am a long time crafter here in Portland and a lifetime cyclist. This year I’m selling items made from reclaimed woolens including practical and fashionable caps and bonnets, many especially designed to go under helmets.”
Tiago is a former member of the Alberta Clown House troupe who is now focusing on his artistic career.
In the past, Tiago has created stationary with tall-bike designs, and oil paintings inspired by mini-bikes, the Sprockettes, and more, and most recently he created a wall-sized stencil painting in my office! With so much creativity there’s no telling what he will bring to BikeCraft. My advice is to show up and see for yourself.
These crafters will join the already steller lineup of:
- Caroline / Cycling caps
- Ben Salzberg / Beer-view mirrors
- Nickey Robo / Bad Apple Designs
- Elias Grey / Lemolo Bags
- Carye Bye / Red Bat Press
- Dan Schafer / Sprout Designs (screenprinted kids clothing)
- Rachel Dominguez-Benner / Aredbee Badges
- Natalie Ramsland / Sweetpea Bicycles
- Shawn Granton / Artist, Zine maker
- Shaun Deller / Deller Designs/Recyclist Apparel
- Erin Crane / Atomic Glassworks
- Brenna Giannini / Sugarlily
- Melissa Anders / redheadpress (handbound journals, t-shirts, and postcards)
- The Sprockettes / 2008 Calendar!
Yes this is going to be awesome. And yes, this is the same night as PDOT’s See and Be Seen bike light parade. Do them both! Here are the details:
Thursday, November 15th
Lucky Lab Beer Hall (NW 19th and Quimby in downtown Portland)
Great beer and food available. Kids OK until 9:00pm
Now, help spread the word…email this post to five friends (or download the flyer (PDF) and put it up in your office or on your ‘fridge)! Thanks.