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Sunday, December 30th, 2012


Hey everyone, hope the holidays have been good to you so far!  Thanks to everyone who came out earlier this month to help us celebrate our first event at the Showroom: Tinselbox.  Aubrey (pictured above with a Northernmost shoulder bag) and I had a great time, look forward to seeing you at the next one!


Photos (clockwise from top left):  Wooden vases by Five Fifths Furniture, Deca Ceramic Vessels by Caravan Pacific, clutches by Northernmost, Copper Dreamcatcher by Rad Gypsy.  For more photos, visit us on Instagram:

Tinselbox: Five Fifths Furniture

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

It seems fitting that I met Austin Heitzman through a piece of wood.  We both work at the same woodshop in SE Portland, where I use an ancient lathe in the back of the shop to turn prototypes for my lamps.  One day, a chunk of walnut appeared on my shelf.  Scrawled across it in black sharpie were the words, “Walnut pre-1900.  Lamp Lady, you want?”  Of course I did!  And with that I entered Austin’s world where each slab of wood becomes a treasured piece to a thoughtful puzzle.

A Niche Award winner and a former painter, he uses wood as one would brushstrokes on a canvas, creating gorgeous, one-of-a-kind statements with his chairs, tables and vases.

We’ll be displaying a sliver of Austin’s beautiful collection at Tinselbox, please check out more of his work here:

Five Fifths Furniture Q + A

What do you like most about your work?

The thing I like most about my work is making it.  From the historical
research for generating new and exciting design ideas to the
exploration of of every type of lumber that I can get my hands on, what
I like most is that I am able to focus 100% of my energy and time on
making work that I find visually and mentally stimulating.

What would people be surprise to learn about you?

People are often surprised that I am a self taught woodworker. I
received my formal education in painting, which is reflected in my
exploration of the myriads of colors and textures available in wood.

How do different wood species influence you?

My design is driven by the wood I use. The growth patterns, colors and
live edges of the lumber are the chief source of ornament in my work.
By utilizing multiple species I am able to  add visual movement to
this natural ornament through the different colors and textures the
woods have to offer.

Is there a certain piece you are attached to?

Certain boards are special to me, either they are exceptionally
figured or come from a significant place or time. Often these are
boards I have milled myself. However, I am generally eager to use
these prized pieces of lumber in order to see all their magnificent
potential emerge once the finish is applied. At this point I am ready
to part with them and begin the next piece.

If you could speak to anyone past, present or future, who would it be?

The late James Krenov and George Nakashima have both been a
significant influence on my development as a woodworker. To have a
critique with either would be a cherished experience.

Tinselbox : Nell + Mary

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Nell + Mary is a Portland textile company that does it all; their entire collection of goods is designed, screenprinted and sewn right in their SE Portland studio.  Combining Scandinavian and Japanese influences with a Pacific NW flair, they’ve created a line of original and environmentally-friendly goods that look great in any home.  We’re excited to have some of their beautifully made pillows and tea towels for Tinselbox this weekend.   My favorite is their Aztec Triangles Pillow, or maybe their Feather Cities Tea Towel.. nope, it’s the Cat’s Cradle Pillow…  so hard to decide!

Tinselbox : Vitrified Studio

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Vitrified Studio is a small Portland-based ceramics studio run by Shelley Martin.  In her home studio, she creates one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces with local clay and a natural palette of glazes.  We’re incredibly lucky to have some of her beautifully made collection for Tinselbox this weekend.

Vitrified Studio Q + A

What do you like most about working with clay?

The connection to makers of past civilizations and cultures.

What’s the first thing you remember making?

A cone shaped wizard with spaghetti hair that I found decades later still living on my dad’s desk at his work office.

Are there any challenges in creating your work?

Working with 5 colors of clay is a very crazy idea for a tiny studio like mine.

Were there any defining moments that led you to become a ceramicist?

Spending a summer in an artist in residency studio in Gallifa Spain with my ceramics teacher in college and a handful of students.

What do you like most about living in Portland?

I love living in this beautiful region surrounded by other creative makers.

Tinselbox : Ann-Ya Q +A

Thursday, December 13th, 2012


We’re so happy that Anja Verdugo of Ann-Ya will be displaying her gorgeous metallic and leather pouches with us at Tinselbox!  We love her minimalist shapes pared with rare Italian leather.  They’ll be at our show this weekend and run from $23 – $30.

Here’s a short Q + A with Anja about her work:

What do you like about working with leather?
Leather is an incredibly versatile material that takes so many beautiful
forms. I love the way it softens and gains personality as it ages, it keeps
getting better over time.

What person / place / thing helps inspire your work?
Without really meaning to, I keep coming back to the moon. Celestial
themes, grayscale lunar shades, circles.

What do you like most about your work?
I really love the moment when I’m able to turn an idea into reality without
much trial and error. I’m impatient so I love when it all works out in the

Do you have any new projects in the works that you’re excited about?
I hope to keep adding new styles, increasing the complexity of my work.
More moon stuff for sure!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Absolutely Japan! My best pal just spent two months traveling through Japan
and I’ve been living vicariously through her awesome photos.

Tinselbox : Meg Hunt

Thursday, December 13th, 2012


Meg Hunt was one of the first people I met when I arrived in Portland and is definitely one of the most creative!  Her colorful screenprints and illustrations captivate by creating fantastic worlds full of myth-like creatures and characters.  Meg pulls most of her screenprints herself, a major feat considering the many colors in each illustration.  Her Peacock Print has become one the most treasured pieces of artwork in my home.

I’m excited to have some of Meg’s tote bags, whiskey glasses and prints at Tinselbox this weekend.  Please find more about Meg and her work here:

Meg Hunt Q+A

What influences or inspirations do you draw on to create your work?

I’m influenced by a ton of things. Stories, fashion, old National Geographic
magazines, Finnish design, mythology, art and design throughout the world,
history, you name it, I love it. The more I fill the well with interesting
ideas and imagery, the more fun my work becomes.

Was there a defining moment for you in becoming an artist?

Probably more like a series of small ones! But for sure my experiences with
my mentors in college helped shape my view, and the first time I had an
illustration in print cemented that yes, this is what I want in life!

What do you like most about your work?

I like that it never stays completely the same; I can chart growth and see
points where I evolve but can always see the roots.

If you could go anywhere in time, what era would you pick?

It’s tricky, there’s a lot of possibilities, but I think right now I would
be interested in the Twenties– the fashion and culture of that time
fascinates me, and there were a lot of amazing illustrators back then!

What’s your personal motto?

Keep making, keep thinking, keep growing. Repeat!


Wednesday, December 12th, 2012


This Friday marks the start of Tinselbox! our Pop-Up Shop at our new showroom in NW Portland.  We’ll be featuring handcrafted jewelry, artwork, glassware, bags and home goods from over 20 vendors from Portland and beyond.

I’m really proud of the group of makers and artists that will be participating:  Ann-Ya, Vitrelux, United Thread, Northernmost, Foxtail Jewelry, Nell + Mary, Vitrified Studio, Sticks + Stones, Winsome Brave, and many more!   Stay posted on our blog for Q+As with the artists and makers and check out our Facebook Page for photos and more info.

Those who stop by will also have a chance to enter our raffle and win one of our lamps!  Happy holidays and hope to see you there!


Tinselbox:  Holiday Pop-Up

Caravan Pacific Showroom

December 14th – 16th

Friday – Sunday, 11am – 8pm

1720 NW Lovejoy Street

Corner of NW Lovejoy and NW 18th Ave.

Next to Modern Love Coffee