Redesigned Gallery Store
Home For the Holidays Extended Gallery Store Hours:
Open 11 am until 8 pm on Thursday evenings from November 29 through December 27;
Open 10 am until 6 pm every Saturday in December
Special Home for the Holidays Member Preview
Wednesday, November 14 from 6-8 pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft relaunches the new Gallery Store at the Museum. It’s a redesigned shop within the Museum offering a mix of contemporary handmade objects with a new design focus as well as legacy pieces from artists who have been with the Gallery since the 1960s such as Frank Boyden and Mardi Wood. Director Namita Gupta Wiggers worked with Museum board member, designer Randy Higgins of Vizwerks to redesign the Gallery Store. In turn, Higgins has worked to execute the design with a team of students from the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint program of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Oregon College of Art and Craft.
“The new Gallery Store will offer special handcrafted objects for people to take home and live with,” says Wiggers. “Craft and design lead to objects that make our lives better—more beautiful. We want visitors and members to live with craft. We’ve expanded the range of items to include smaller gift items like notebooks and hand letterpressed cards to one-of-a-kind works by legacy artists who’ve been creating exquisite pieces for decades. At the same time, we’re very interested in showcasing works that subject craft materials to innovative design processes—and have many new items that reveal this intersection.”
In addition to a selection of legacy pieces by artists such as Wally Schwab, Pat Horsley, and Barb Campbell, many of whom have work in the Museum’s permanent collection, Wiggers has brought together a fresh selection of new lines available exclusively at the Gallery Store, including recycled leather bags by Oregon artis Chris Linn’s Uliko Underground. The stylish totes and wallets are not sewn but are hand cut, folded, and hot-melted using post-industrial waste products. Also exclusive to the Gallery Store is work by Jean-Marc Desaules (Geneva, Switzerland/Portland), who makes small, elegant slipcast porcelain cups that he describes as “shapes that can fit in one’s hand like an intimate invitation.” Kate Troyer of Wippowillow precisely hand cuts felted German wool into leafy lace-like lattices to create the perfect autumnal table toppers.
The Gallery Store will bring back favorites like an expanded selection of paper goods by Nikki McClure, jewelry including Melissa Stiles’ modern resin and Biba Schutz’s darkly organic silver jewelry. And there are new objects for the home such as Reagan John’s wood lamps and DIY kits from Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Chanin. For a special Home for the Holidays event, the Gallery Store will carry an exclusive collection of craft objects from London’s Flow Gallery, including works by Edmond Byrne, Henk Wolvers, Hans Henning Pederson, Nuala O’Donovan, all of which will be seen in Portland for the first time.
The Gallery Store will also carry new lines of Museum-branded postcards with images from Museum’s archives, selected by Kate Bingaman Burt and Clifton Burt for the exhibition Collateral Matters and printed in Portland by Pinball Publishing. In addition, Kyla Mucci MFA ’13 (Applied Craft and Design) has hand-dipped canvas totes in indigo for a limited edition twist on the traditional reusable carryalls.
“As we look forward to next year’s exhibition, Object Focus: The Bowl, we can reflect on how craft’s deepest roots are in the real life, day-to-day engagement with objects that have use value,” says Wiggers. “It’s important to us not only to display objects in the Museum, but also to extend that connection beyond the Museum’s doors and into visitor’s homes with objects like those in the Gallery Store.”