July 12, 2008

Version 3

The Story of Portland Clashing.

Portland Wallet
Shouted Alex, from across the room, as he held up a freshly painted Handmade Clay. This was back in the days when we 1. worked out of a small loft studio spot thing above the Burnside Bridge on the West Side. And 2. Alex was a student at P.N.C.A. (I think) and he would go down and use their screen printing facility to hand paint wallets for us. And 4. We would then take his wallets down to sell at the Portland Saturday Market. I don’t want to tell you what #3 is/was.

Tyler and Me, the way it worked, was that we would hand make some plain gray Gaffers Tape wallets and then we’d pass them off to Alex to go print. He would bring them back about 24-48 at a time. I think he got in a trouble a time or two for using his school’s facility to print merchandise for a profit. Plus, I think he was getting in the way of other students who were printing school stuff, actual homework. Point well taken, so we had to have Alex start printing out of his home for a while. And then two years ago we moved in a big warehouse, in NE Portland, where we had him print Puzzle Batch 2, in an actual facility, though it is still a very crude facility.

One of the best wallets he ever printed was that of a Portland cityscape, with old trees along the waterfront. It was called Portland Clashing. Years later, we all liked this design so much that we decided to have our new manufacturer go into production producing this piece. We made it part of our Version 3 collection. Somebody out there has the original Portland Clashing hand painted wallet, the first one Alex did years ago…someone must have bought it from us on the street at the Portland Saturday Market or perhaps at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle each September. By the way, we will have a booth setup this year (at Bumbershoot). Stop by our booth if you are at the show.

Ok, that’s enough rambling about the old days gone. See other dead Handmade Clay’s here…hand made, long gone, oh so sad for us, oh so happy for the person who snagged it up. Enjoy whoever you are!

Garett Croft Stenson

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