Monthly Archives: October 2008

step one, the studio

so obviously one of our big needs right off the bat was a good place to work.  we got lucky.  my friend chris owns delia: they make furniture and accessories of steel.  http://www.edelia.com.  he graciously rents us a corner of his shop in north portland…it’s perfect!   this is our door, and when it’s nice out we look out the garage door to the street to see what’s going on in the world…lotsa bikes.

when we were planning what the crosbie would be, we never thought it would involve metal and welding, but since our studio has that potential, richard jumped right in and got to work.  he has a lot of fun…

sometimes our inexperience is detrimental to the shop in general but our studio mates are very understanding…

this is one of the first projects we took on when richard arrived: massive flowers! they’re dangerous and can easily decapitate people.  we recommend you shove them in the yard and leave them alone.  the big guy is about 7 feet tall! 

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planning our work and working our plan…

Here goes. So more than a year ago we all started talking about moving on from the lovely, sultry state of Georgia. Over time as co-workers in a design studio in Savannah, we realized we had lots to say and tons to laugh about, so we managed to coordinate our lives enough to aim for the same destination: Portland! Just like all the other forward-thinking, conscientious, young designers in this land o’ ours.

I’m Sari and I arrived in July. Richard made his way westward next, with a month-long stint in Tanzania, landing in Portland in September. And Darra’s on her way…

In short, we left this:

for this:

A big part of the lure for all of us, I think.

Now, we’re working hard on our own terms to design and make neat things and sell them. The economy being in the toilet is just a minor hiccup as far as we’re concerned…but only time will tell. Bear with us at first as we post things retroactively, memento-style…some bits were too funny to leave out.

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