Design Week Portland 2013 Picks

A bra reading "tomboy"design week portland logoA beautiful window installation

Three images of Portland designers: A tomboy bra from Wildfang, a carved Design Week Portland logo shot by Ethan Allen Smith, and a Kate Bingamann-Burt window installation. 


Design Week Portland takes over the Rose City this week, including many events that highlight the work of feminist, queer, and female artists. There are dozens of events, so Bitch Art Director Kristin Rogers Brown and Museum of Contemporary Craft Associate Curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo put together this list of some favorite picks. 

Be sure to sign up to attend, though many events are free or low-cost, they fill up fast. With 100+ events in the mix, if one of their picks fills up, there's bound to be something else of interest you could attend instead. Or, just head out to Open Houses, and sneak a peek behind the work scenes in a different quadrant each evening.

Definitely don't miss the Designing Women panel that Bitch is co-sponsoring on Thursday! 


Just what it sounds like: a good time. And our own Kristin Rogers Brown is co-organizing this one.
Monday, October 07
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
The Plant  (939 SE Alder)

The Popcorn Sessions with co-founders of Wildfang Clothing
 Emma Mcilroy and Julia Parsley talk about all the secrets (all of them!) behind their tomboy-inspired clothing company.
Tuesday, October 08
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Fort Wildfang (1230 SE Grand Ave) 

Self Promotion: Ideas, formats, and tips, to craft it yourself
 Precious Bugarin and former Bitch Art Director Briar Levit dish out practical advice on the hardest part of being an artist. 
Wednesday, October 09
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Art Annex room 160
1990 SW 5th AVE
Portland, Oregon 97201

Dial D for Design: films presented by Stephen Slappe, professor of Video and Sound at PNCA
A crop of 16mm film gems exploring the world of design and advertising in the 1960’s and 1970’s, from graffiti to jazzy to midcentury delights. This collection looks funny, fun, and awesome.
Wednesday, October 09
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy Boulevard)

Local fashion designers host this discussion on working in Portland.
Thursday, October 10
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Spooltown (2029 SE 9th Ave)

An informal get-together for women artists and designers. 
Thursday, October 10
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
PNCA Swigert Commons Mezzanine (1241 Northwest Johnson Street)

Designing Women Panel Discussion and Pecha Kucha
Hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Bitch Media, and the League of Awesome Women Designers, a group of great designers will discuss their work and working in the design industries. 
Thursday, October 10
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons (1241 NW Johnson St)

A talk from Jason Schupbach, Design Director for the National Endowment for the Arts, on how artists and designers are growing economies, cultures, and equity in American cities quickly and cheaply
Friday, October 11
11:30 AM to 1:15 PM
The Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Avenue)

CONTENT: A Publication Party
A great small-press publication fair, featuring lots of print designers, writers and book publishers from Portland. Come see us at the Bitch table!
Friday, October 11
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
IPRC (1001 SE Division St)

Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette
A hilarious story-telling night featuring guests, including comics artist Nicole Georges and designer/illustrator/educator extraordinaire Kate Bingaman-Burt.
Friday, October 11
9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Secret Society Ballroom (116 NE Russell St)

Domestic Launch Party: An American-Made Design Showcase
This tour of American-made products looks to be interesting.
Saturday October 12
11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
The Janey (1155 NW Everett Street)

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