Portland's ADX is a big ol' warehouse where the Etsy-inclined pay $40 a day to bring their designs into the third dimension using facilities not unlike what you'd find in a high school shop class. Those "makers" create some oddly practical contraptions—alarm clocks that look like bombs, for starters. You're welcome to peruse them at GIFTED: A Maker's Marketplace, which the group says caters to "the anti-consumer who still needs to buy things." A few highlights:
The Napsack is a sleeping bag that doubles as a dress for ladies or a cape for outdoorsy superheroes. It wears as jiggy as a puffy jacket and has both a chest pocket for your phone and a hole for the headphones.
The Chronulator is a clock that uses old-school analog, mechanical meters to show the time. The kit includes hour and minute dials and fits into repurposed objects, like a fish tank or an old cable modem. The Bombulator looks like one of Wile E. Coyote's IEDs, though it was made with less-combustible dowel rods coated in red spray paint and bound together with rubber bands.
Meghan Keegan uses traditional letterpress to create nifty stationery that harks back to the good old days. Paper lovers will like the work she's done for clients such as the
Greg Jones' company 54/40—that's the latitude/longitude of the boundary of Oregon and British Columbia, subject of a big battle settled by the 1846 Oregon treaty—laser cuts plywood and lays each piece by hand to create wooden topographical maps of Oregon and 47 other states. He's still working on Alaska and Hawaii.
GO: GIFTED: A Maker's Marketplace is at ADX Warehouse, 417 SE 11th Ave., adxportland.com. 11 am-5 pm Saturday, Dec. 17.
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[NERDS] This get-together of Portland geek groups is what the Apalachin Meeting was for the Mafia—except with sock puppets and console gaming. "Costumes encouraged," by the Portland Geek Council of Commerce and Culture.
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