Friday, June 28, 2013

Meet the Marketeers: Amanda Finegold - Amanda Finegold, Silver & Co.

Amanda Finegold makes delicate wirework jewelry featuring beads and enamel work. You'll find earrings, necklaces and the newest addition, teeny copper tag pendants stamped with all kinds of words.  She's in space 144 on the Fountain Block.


What is your favorite color? 
Green

When did you start selling at Saturday Market?
I started by working in food booths in the 80s and 90s, mostly Edible Improv and Lulu's. I've been selling jewelry for ten or eleven years.

How did you learn your craft?
Trial and error - I like tools, I like to experiment with them and see what they can do. I learned wire working from my babysitter when I was a kid. She would make rosaries for Africa and taught me how.

Where did you grow up?
Pittsburgh, and suburban New York City.

What is your superpower?
I can remember most everybody I've met. It surprises people that I remember them after meeting only once years before.

What's the best thing about Saturday Market?
The community. Also the way Market is part of a continuum of markets and craftspeople through the ages, and that we still use basically the same ancient techniques to make our crafts.

Is there another craft would you like to do?
I've done all kinds of crafts, pottery, spinning, crochet... but if I weren't a craftsperson I'd love to be an epidemiologist. I think it's fascinating.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Meet the Marketeers: Bill Allord, Shining Star Mosaics

Bill Allord sells picture frames and other objects covered in colorful, intricate mosaics. Those other objects include guitars (obviously), violins, mirror frames, hanging ball ornaments and at least one very cool skull. Not a real skull (obviously) but something skull shaped...



What is your favorite food? 
Caprese salad.

When did you start selling at Saturday Market?
This time around I started in 1997. I also sold leather work from 1971-1976 regularly and occasionally through 1983. 

How did you learn your craft?
I'm self taught. I did take a class in 2001 at the Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy to learn ancient techniques.

Where did you grow up?
Los Angeles. I visited Eugene in 1971, saw the Saturday Market and the Country Fair and thought this was a place where I could really enjoy living.

What is your superpower?
I can find the best parking spots. I'm also great at making dinner.

What's the best thing about Saturday Market?
The people watching! And getting out of my shop.

Is there another craft would you like to do?
Oil painting, but I'd have to learn to draw first...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Meet the Marketeers: Effie Hagedorn, An Effie Craft

Effie Hagedorn sews quilts, neck pillows and flax seed heat packs, and comes up from Roseburg to sell her wares. She's an always-cheerful presence in booth #189 along Oak St. on the West Park Block.



What is your favorite color? 
(I thought this would be a tough one, with such a color filled booth, but without hesitation...)
Black! When I was a little girl I could not wait to get my first pair or black dress up shoes.

When did you start selling at Saturday Market?
I started in 1987. I've always sold on the West Block.

How did you learn your craft?
I learned to sew at five, I started by fixing the buttons and lace on my dolls' clothes.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Bandon, we moved to Lebanon when I was nine.

What is your superpower?
I just like other people. I really like talking to everybody!

What's the best thing about Saturday Market?
People. I especially enjoy the young musicians who play on the sidewalks.

Is there another craft would you like to do?
I am also a musician. I play the clarinet and piano, and taught piano lessons for many years. I've also been in many choirs. And I was a great runner in school, faster than most of the boys...

Friday, June 07, 2013

Meet the Marketeers: Jamie Whitney

Jamie Whitney makes bat houses and screech owl houses, and is a landscape designer as well. The bat houses come in kit form as well, for a fun and easy family project. There's even a how-to video you can watch. You can find out more about bats and their habitats at batitat.com, or like the facebook page at facebook.com/BATitat.



What is your favorite animal?
Bats! and whole ecosystems...

When did you start selling at Saturday Market?
This is my fourth year.

How did you learn your craft?
I learned the carpentry by building houses. I studied ecosystem management and landscape architecture at the U of O, thats where I gained an interest in creating wildlife habitat. 

Is there another craft would you like to do?
I am an artist and love to paint landscapes with watercolor. I enjoy immersing myself in the landscape and while I am painting I feel one with nature.

Where did you grow up?
Kaslo, British Columbia.

What's the best thing about Saturday Market?
It's a family, and a community where local artisans can express themselves and be supported.

What is your superpower?
Being able to envision something and create it. I look at a landscape, see the possibilities and create it.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Meet the Marketeers: Kendra Brock

Kendra Brock combines t-shirt graphics in thoughtful and humorous ways to make unique dresses and skirts. Her work also features intricate color blocking and delicious color combinations. You can find out more at kendragracebrock.com or like her facebook page at facebook.com/Kendra-Grace-Designs.


What is your favorite color?
Turquoise, chartreuse and burnt orange

When did you start selling at Saturday Market?
This is my third year.

How did you learn your craft?
I learned to sew from my grandma, who was a seamstress. My mother, sister and I are all sculptors, so it was an easy transition from working with clay in 3-d to clothing.

Is there another craft would you like to do?
My favorite art forms - iron casting, glass casting and photo transfers. I will get back to that when my son is old enough to be safe around it.

Where did you grow up?
Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What's the best thing about Saturday Market?
The community- both of artists and of customers. Also, having a public forum to figure out where you're going with your art.

What is your superpower?
If I have an idea for something, I can create it three-dimensionally. I have the tools, the strength and the skills.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Meet the Marketeers: Annie Heron

Annie Heron is a potter whose work is both functional and artful. Much of her pottery is embellished with textures made with found objects and handmade stamps. You can see more of her work on her website annieheron.com or like her facebook page at facebook.com/annieheronceramics.



What artist inspires you the most?
Early on, Vincent VanGogh and Frida Kahlo. Now, other potters and the work of Lilli and Marvin Rosenberg - I'm working on organizing a community mural thanks to their inspiration.

When did you start selling at Saturday Market?
Four years ago, I tried fifteen years ago but it wasn't my thing at the time.

How did you learn your craft?
I took three classes at the U of O while I was getting a master's degree in Art Ed, though I'd started in Art Therapy. I just fell in love with clay. I also learn a lot from fellow potters.

If you weren't a potter, what craft would you like to do?
I'd be a musician!

Where did you grow up?
Chicago, south side.

What's the best thing about Saturday Market?
Being outside all day under the trees, the people, and the cooperative community. Crafters help each other out every day.

What is your superpower?
I'm good at getting babies to go to sleep, I can tell who's calling when the phone rings sometimes, and I usually know what time it is without checking a clock.



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Meet the Marketeers: Pamela Raynor

Pamela Raynor and her daughter Erin Morang work together to create the beautiful jewelry at Whimsey Design. Their work features gorgeous stones, complimented by bead and wire work in a carefully balanced asymmetry. You can find Whimsey Design in space #343 on the East Park Block, or at their website whimseydesign.com.


What is your favorite food?
Well… chocolate doughnuts, but I try not to eat them.

When did you start selling at Saturday Market?
Five years ago, I think...

How did you learn your craft?
I took wire wrapping lessons at Harlequin ten years ago. I was the worst one in the class, but I got good at it. The design part came naturally in the collaboration with my daughter. I was a fine arts major in college, quite a long time ago.

If you weren't a jeweler, what craft would you like to do?
Oil painting. Impressionistic landscapes and trees are my favorite.

Where did you grow up?
Long Island and south Florida

What's the best thing about Saturday Market?
I think all the interesting and diverse people I have met, both customers and members. Some customers have become friends as well as other members. Plus, you never know what's is going to happen in a day. My Gemini personality likes the unknown adventure. It's always different.

What is your totem animal?
The wolf. I actually go out and howl at the full moon, it makes me feel really good to do that.