Meet Mike Todd! Mike lives in Portland with his beautiful wife and baby boy (and two dogs) in an old drafty house in SE Portland. His main goal with the new space and with his creative work as a whole is to develop creative technological toys that other artists can use to further their own artistic visions. Oh, and to have fun. Right now he is working on an album and a series of interactive audio/video pieces dealing with surveillance, security, and privacy issues. He is full of plans for 2011 including building a 3D printer and scanner, doing outdoor projector-based graffiti, and collaborating with Alex DeSpain on some multimedia projects. He is available for commissions for music, video, or tech consulting for installations or otherwise. "I have a weird brain and I like solving problems for people. I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many talented people right now and am very excited for all of the possibilities within the space at PGF."
Meet our new friend and space-sharer, Alex DeSpain! We are so happy to have him in one of our studio spaces here at PGF! http://alexdespain.com/ Alex DeSpain is an illustrator and designer based out of Portland, Oregon. He lives with his wife, Vanessa, and his three pets. DeSpain was born in July of 1984 and began drawing at the young age of six years old. Encouraged by his parents, he studied graphic design and some animation at the Art Institute of Dallas from 2002 to 2004. He has traveled with Vanessa across the country and has immersed himself in the Northwest American culture.
He has used his talents for clients like NBC and The Gap. DeSpain also enjoys creating album artwork and promotional illustrations for musicians, videographers, authors, fashion designers, magazines and newspapers.
Currently, he spends most of his time working on his personal and commission work in his studio.
Contact: email@example.com or by phone, 940.368.3711
You may remember the hilarious Maria Bamford from appearances on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job and with The Comedians of Comedy, but most recently, she has been picked up as the face of Target's Holiday 2010 Ad Campaign. Portland Garment Factory constructed the dress she wears in a few of the commercials and we are so excited! Take a look..
Soft Knots by Britt Howard - Opening Thursday, December 2nd at Stumptown
In Soft Knots, Britt Howard intends to explore the inchoate nature of motherhood and the necessary deliberations that occur when one’s life has become the dependent of another. Knots secure and trap, bind and hold, they are defined through context, transcribed by circumstance. Couching them in feminine textiles implores the exploration of the pieces’ maternal premise. The various uses of texture further imply Howard’s contrasting, developing, and ever pliable relationships.
Britt Howard is an artist and designer from Portland, OR. She has a husband, two kids, and is the owner of Portland Garment Factory. All aspects of her life are regarded with reverence, though she tends to find herself exasperated daily. This is her first public show.
On view December 1st, 2010 – January 3rd, 2011
Opening reception First Thursday December 2nd, 6 pm – 8 pm