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Waterfront & Ankeny Parks
Downtown Portland, OR
Spring has sprung and the Market has too. Like the blooming of new buds, so are the new artists at the Portland Saturday Market.
As you explore this year’s market, keep an eye out for: 1. Elzbeads, where you will find beautifully intricate lampwork beads from artist Elzbieta Gerla. Gerla is a big fan of color and her beads are pretty enough to wear alone on a simple chain or bracelet, but they are even better in a set. Each bead is a tiny work of art made by using a torch to heat colored glass rods which are melted and rotated around a stainless steel rod or mandrel. After that, Gerla adds her own personal flair, from delicate flowers carefully arranged on single beads to bright, vibrant sets adorned with so many ruffles, curlicues and dots, they are like a jazz band at Mardi Gras.
New to Portland and to the Market is: 2. Frances Cameron of Cygnet Silks, is a recent transplant from Illinois who joined the Market almost immediately after moving to town. Having grown up in the Midwest, Cameron was enticed by Portland’s “vibrant artistic community” and its appreciation for the arts and handmade things. She brings with her an array of beautifully hand-painted scarves, wraps and hankies in patterns so rich, they look almost like liquid. What starts as plain, white silk is painted and dyed in a stunning assortment of colors using a French method known as the Serti technique. Every piece is individually designed, so each one is both striking and unique. These days, Cameron is inspired by the spring flowers blooming all over town and the flashes of color she sees in the eyes of people she meets.
Finally: 3. Flying Frog Apparel, a perfect spot to check out if you’ve got a budding artist of your own. Besides being a busy mom, artist Hayley Hacker knows how to satisfy a scrupulous sense of style with her adorable appliquéd t-shirts, bodysuits and accessories. Each of Hacker’s pieces is handmade using organic and recycled materials, and each is unique with unexpected patterns, contrast stitching and 3-D elements. What’s more, she also creates color-your-own t-shirts with gorgeous designs that your little Picasso can fill in all on his or her own.
So, if you haven’t ventured down to the Market yet this year, what are you waiting for?