Getting Crafty in PDX This Spring
In Portland, DIY culture is just second nature. Whether you’re hunting for handmade vegan clothing or custom leather goods, this city has someone who makes it, and probably makes it well. While these makers and crafters are scattered all over the city, Crafty Wonderland offers a biannual market where over 200 artists convene to sell their goods.
On May 20th from 11am-6pm, make your way to the Oregon Convention Center to explore this stellar arts and crafts market. Need a little help navigating through hundreds of booths? Here are 12 local artists you won’t want to miss.
Agate & Elm
This metalsmith and fledgling geologist is creating some of the coolest gemstone and mixed metal jewelry around. Amy Wyckoff, who crafts all of the jewelry by hand for Agate & Elm, strives to “incorporate gemstones, mixed metals, crystals, fossils, found stones, and resin into designs that are inspired by my natural surroundings in the lush Pacific Northwest.”
Carter & Rose
For lovers of Kinfolk-inspired decor and minimal aesthetics, Carter & Rose is a maker you won’t want to miss. This Portland shop creates touchstone moments in the form of objects: ceramic fortune cookies, glazed wall planters, minimal metal jewelry – seemingly, this shop has it all.
Already an established presence in the craft cocktail scene in Portland, Eastside Distilling concocts award-winning spirits. Each batch is produced with the intent to capture the unique flavors found in the Pacific Northwest.
A beloved Mississippi neighborhood outpost, Land features a range of amazing artists. You’ll find everything from greeting cards, creative maps, and handmade goods for sale in this hub of creative talent. This year, their booth will be hosting artist Susie Ghahremani where she will be signing copies of her new book, Stack the Cats.
Polaris Jewelry produces those eye-catching accessories you just can’t help but notice. Hand-soldered and crafted here in Portland, Polaris “believe[s] in clean lines, exceptional quality, and business with morals.” What’s not to love?
Schmidt’s, “the new face of natural” is the reason to finally get hyped about buying deodorant. The deodorant is praised for its organic sensibility, as well as its ability to neutralize odor and remain smelling incredible.
Torrain Recycled Bags
Torrian crafts quality bags we can get behind for their strong global conscience. Torrian prides itself on being “dedicated to sustainable products and fostering local and global communities.” Whether you’re searching for a clutch or a yoga mat bag, here’s your maker.
Wild Roots Spirits
Wild Roots Spirits transformed spirit selection here in Portland by offering the first natural vodka. Artificial flavors and fruit extracts are nowhere to be found in this small-batch distillery, so have a drink (or two) that captures the rich, natural flavors of fruit in the Pacific Northwest.
Baker Potter is a one-man shop run by “a bread baker and a potter, who left city life in San Francisco to craft quietly on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound.” Baker Potter produces beautiful ceramics for home and table.
Bold Coffee Roasters
Yes, you can find coffee roasters all over Portland, but the sheer abundance of roasts drives the standard for good coffee higher and higher. Bold Coffee Roasters has risen to the challenge. Bold specializes in smooth, dark roast coffee – the kind that will leave you reaching for a second cup.
A curated arts and crafts store, Collage is a staple for local crafters. Be sure to visit their free DIY area where attendees can sit down and make something themselves!
Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters
This isn’t the peanut butter of your childhood. Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters is a small-batch nut butter company that knows how to play with savory. If you love something with a kick, opt for the spicy Thai peanut butter; for something a little sweeter, there’s an equally delightful espresso nib peanut butter.