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On view October 22nd – December 2nd 2014
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, November 23rd 

For The Blue Print Series, her first solo exhibition at Stumptown, Arielle Adkin made use of a singular, vintage, damask flower motif. In an effort to simplify the subject to the essence of pure pattern design, she at times tweaked, re-scaled, painted, printed over, drew on, and Cyanotyped the motif. Reminiscent of textile or wallpaper, these pieces hung together expend from simple surface into the realm of a glorious interior where mark-making and the power of artistic gesture reign.

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Arielle Adkin received her BFA from the College of Santa Fe in 2006. She now lives and works in Portland, OR. More of her work can be found on her website (http://www.distillart.com).

 

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR
503-295-6144

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When we set out to create our ideal travel brew kit we knew we had to get the bag just right, which is exactly why we teamed up with Matt Pierce from Wood & Faulk in Portland, OR. Matt and his team of stitch-and-leather magic makers shared the vision of the perfect travel bag, made with ingredients of the finest quality that will age gracefully through a lifetime of coffee cups.

Wood & Faulk aims to source US-made materials as often as possible – for our bags, they chose Martexin canvas from Fairfield Textile in New Jersey, a heavy-weight, hard-wearing and water repellent material. The leather straps are made from English bridle leather from one of the finest vegetable tanneries in the world, operating for more than 140 years out of Pennsylvania.

Matt explains his design approach for this project: “One thing we wanted was a compact shape that was easy to pack. Ease of use and reliability were also a must. Do we have conventional handles? We found them unnecessary, especially if you were packing this bag into another bag. After playing with other solutions, the single strap handle was the answer. It keeps the bag compact, but easy to grab. Squares up the bag shape too, so easy to pack and holds your coffee goods securely. After working with Stumptown on the design, we love the final solution.”

We love it too, Matt.

Take a peek inside the Wood & Faulk Portland studio and see how the Rambler travel bags are made. SHOP THE RAMBLER HERE >>>Wood&Faulk_blog14

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Adam McClellan, Coffee Buyer

We talk a lot about quality around here. But what does that mean beyond the cupping table, brew bar, and espresso machine? Since we base our green coffee purchasing on the best of the best, we want repeatability and investment on the source side to get to that quality year after year, so what type of work and measurement is needed to get to that cup quality to have positive social impact and long term benefits?

For us, the combined work and investment of Ethiopia Duromina co-operative together with Technoserve, shows the clear path and model for this coffee quality/social/environmental benefit equation.

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We are thrilled to be able to serve you this stunning coffee, now a standard part of our annual line up of incredible Ethiopia offerings, and to be investing even heavier in this great partnership as the new harvest begins in Ethiopia. This year’s Duromina continues to exhibit flavors of pineapple, green grape and candied citrus.  For us, it remains one of the most emblematic cups from Ethiopia to date.  Also, it’s in the running for our single origin espresso of the year. Enjoy.

SHOP ETHIOPIA DUROMINA HERE >>>

artist_series_blogStumptown has always been staffed by a crew of artists (just look at Stumptown longtimers Tim Root & Tim Wenzel) so in honor of our 15th birthday on November 1, we put out a call to Stumptown staff across the country to submit original artwork to don the Hair Bender bag cards for the month of November – here is the full spread of submissions. How lucky are we to work among such talent.

From left to right:

(top row) Emily Hibsman, Brent Wick, Steph Ketnick
(second row) Joseph McVetty, Jesse Marvin, Austin Wahl
(third row) Marcie McCabe, Beau Berkley, Marian Miller
(bottom left) Jaime Boddorff

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Portland Belmont cafe barista and artist Tim Root has been a Stumptown institution for as long as most of us can remember. In honor of our 15th anniversary, he created this mug, which is paired with a bag of Hair Bender in a gift box emblazoned with one of his drawings.

Tim Root was one of the first baristas Duane hired 14 years ago, and is the artist behind the hilarious and notorious Stumptown ads, often featuring snaggle-toothed old guys with twisted skinny limbs contorted at the mercy of their own bodies, riding skateboards and pounding coffee.

For more on this dude that we’re so lucky to work with, check out this profile about him on our blog.