My dear friend — photographer, maker, and Portland Textile Month organizer — Christopher Dibble, recently collaborated to create a new makers union here in Portland called Makers Union PDX. The artisan pieces from local craftspeople are gorgeous, and the efforts to support the community, and specifically The Black Resilience Fund, are lovely. So, I wanted to share it with you all.
Makers Union PDX + Portland Made: Shop Local Artists, Benefit The Black Resilience Fund
For the holidays, Makers Union PDX has teamed up with Portland Made to offer three window shopping locations where you can see the items in the storefront windows, scan the code, and shop! You may have seen them on the local news here in Portland. SO convenient and such a fabulous idea! More information on the locations and items here on the PDX Window Shop Instagram.
What Is Makers Union PDX?
In Chris’ own words:
“Makers Union PDX is a new community-based venture developed as a way to help support Portland’s producers, makers, builders, creators and artists through the sharing of information and resources while raising funds to help support those in need.
The idea of Makers Union PDX came soon after the shutdown as a way to help independent makers and artists promote and sell their work while at the same time, helping to support our community. While it’s been an uncertain and difficult time, and the past couple months have been a whirlwind of emotion and education, we are eager to continue this venture so that the makers and artists and crafters of Portland can continue to produce work and sell their goods.
Our current featured charity (through 2020) is Black Resilience Fund, and while we have many long term goals for this project, our immediate actions are focused around the building of our website where we can host makers’ work and donate 15% to those immediately in need.”
Some Of My Favorite Makers Union PDX Picks
MISTER OK’s Essentials
…is a Black-owned business that features a line of gorgeous soy, wooden wick candles. I definitely need the Belvedere, which “is a mingle with cedarwood and crisp bergamot to reveal a warm tobacco base note.” YUM. Yes please.
Larkspur 2-Bottle Wine Tote
…from maker Thread & Whisk, and they describe the tote best: “discreet on the outside, it opens up to reveal your favorite libations. A pocketed interior divider keeps your bottles from clanking together and provides a place to store your corkscrew. An exterior easy-stow pocket conveniently holds quick-to-reach items.” What a fabulous gift!
Fringe Leather Earrings by Just Joey Rose
These are so rad! My friend Posy just bought some recently, and they are super-cute in person. She offers these in black and white and in an even longer version!
Wall Art by Stockpiler
I have and adore this clouds print, which is by my friend Chris, btw. So beautiful and printed on a lovely vellum for a soft look.
Irvington Woodworks Walnut Plant Stand
Oooh how gorgeous for your plant-loving friends!
Finder Goods Black Daily Tote
LOVE the cool red and blue handles on this cute, useful tote. One pocket inside is waterproof, and the handles and outer are super-durable, high-tenacity mesh with a flexible PVC coating.
Carpentry PDX Breadboards
These gorgeous breadboards are crafted from 110-year-old elms removed from the maker’s yard in NE Portland. They’re offered in three sizes or as a set. Perfect for foodie friends! (Hi.)
Love love what you’re doing, my friend! Be sure to give Makers Union PDX and PDX Window Shop a follow on Instagram to see what the latest updates and offerings are. Thank you for supporting local, handmade small artists with your purchases! Happy Gifting!
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