Come see us again this weekend as we do it all over again. We’ll be there keeping you going with Cold Brew and espresso drinks from 7 am to 2 pm Friday through Sunday, in Camping Lot Area 8. We’ve set up shop in the shadow of the road runner sculpture. Photos by Stumptown barista and photographer Ben Biros. See more of his great work here.
You might walk into Beam & Anchor, the welcoming and well-curated shop off Interstate, and studiously admire the patterned textiles, reclaimed industrial furniture, and gossamer wearable talismans. You might even pick up a bar of coffee soap from Maak Lab, unaware that Anoria Gilbert, one of the makers behind Maak Lab is directly above you in the airy workshop, deftly combining coconut and essential oils, in an alchemical ritual where bark blooms and Stumptown Coffee is reimagined as soap.
Anoria and her boyfriend Taylor Ahlmark moved to Portland from the desert five years ago and started making soap as a hobby, moonlighting out of their attic at night, and working full-time day jobs. It was there that Maak Labs was born. It’s grown into a full-time job for Anoria — Taylor also works at Portland favorite Tanner Goods. And it’s taken off from there — the Coffee Bar even has devoted followers in Tokyo. “With the onset of Paddler’s Coffee brewing the only Stumptown coffee in Japan, there’s been a good push in our bars of the same beans,” she says. “We began selling there last fall, and have had a steady stream of suds shipping abroad since.”
We stopped in the Maak Lab studio above Beam & Anchor and Anoria showed us how the Coffee Bar Soap is made.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be a soap maker? Can you talk a bit about living and working in Portland?
Taylor & I moved to Portland from Arizona five years ago. The culture, design-focus, and greenery were big factors for us.
The first few months we loved the nature here, being such a stark contrast to the desert. We started experimenting with new plant life, finding different ways to harvest and utilize leaves, bark, blooms — and essential oils became the most interesting aspect. The steam distilled essential oils were rich in scent, and soap was the perfect utilitarian place to use it.
On View April 2nd – May 29th
Opening Reception Sunday, April 20th 4-6pm
“Writing too much about SHAKE as a body of fine art would seem to detract from what it captures, which are animals devoid of ego.
SHAKE, a collection of warped and spittle-flinging dogs, is meant to be enjoyed for all of its simple, silly, distorted grossness. These dogs built my career. They paved the way with their wonky eyes and distorted lips, posted innocently on Facebook in late 2011, quickly finding their way around the world in a viral frenzy. This phenomenon left me scrambling to use the opportunity to find a way to make a stable living as an artist by taking pictures of cute animals. I continue to feel like I’m getting away with something after finding success in the last few years.
This is the first time I’ve shown the series printed as a cohesive body of work. While I’ve had numerous offers, no setting felt quite right and the timing was always off. Stumptown is a natural choice for these prints as I spent almost every day here at some point while shooting the series. This shop and it’s many super awesome baristas were all part of my creative process.
Enjoy, laugh, and be disgusted.”
Printing and finishing produced by my all time favorite printer and rad local business, Pushdot studio.
For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (email@example.com)
4525 SE Division Street
Congratulations to esteemed fifth-generation coffee farmer Aida Batlle, for making the GOOD 100 list! GOOD created the GOOD 100, an annual showcase of individuals at the cutting-edge of creative impact.
“Batlle is one of the big guns in this coffee movement, emphasizing the farmer/roaster/consumer relationship, transparency of process, and organic ingredients. Increasingly, we want to know the story behind our coffee, and we want that story to be an ethical one.” Read the full article here.
On view Friday, April 4th – May 28th
Opening Reception Sunday, April 13th 4-6 pm
Violet Aveline was raised in Indiana and went to the Herron school of witchcraft and wizardry. She became a member of Ghastly Cave where she dissected the innards of many ghouls and monsters. Having become acquainted with all the fiends there were to see she moved to Detroit and helped to open up another silkscreen studio. This pattern continued to happen in Portland Oregon where the wealth of demonic delights have yet to be exhausted. References for these works include but are not limited to: Neo Rauch, Raymond Pettibon, Matt Brinkman, Skinner, Wolfeyes, Liars, Arab on Radar, Sammy Terry, Vincent Price, H.P. Lovecraft, Boris Karloff, Mark Twain, and many more. Each painting is a story whether it is widely known or a secret whispered in the dark. Some are parts of famous myths and some are new myths from newspapers. All of them are lies told as truths to help us sleep at night. “When we die we all look the same. Death is the great equalizer.” For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (firstname.lastname@example.org) Belmont Stumptown 3356 SE Belmont Street
Stumptown Creative Director, Art Director and Designer Andy Morris compiled this mix of pedal steel-heavy highway tunes, that is both hopeful and lonesome in equal parts. He’s from Texas and says though he didn’t fully appreciate country music until his 20s, he’s always found himself drawn to the pedal steel guitar.
“The languid washes of sound produced by a steel, the effortless motions of the player, the strange and beautiful intricate appearance of the instrument itself all lended a bit of mystique and eventually appeal to this complicated and often misunderstood instrument,” he says. “The instrument can add an ethereal effect to most any arrangement. This mix contains some of my favorite songs across several genres that all feature the pedal steel.”
Check out his mixtape below and see some of his work here.