ADX | Art Design Portland |ADX | Art Design Portland | Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Fri, 22 May 2015 23:21:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shop Life: May 22 Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:36 +0000 ADX_SLWk10-0

Shop Life is an ongoing, bi-weekly ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is Installment X.

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Portland Razor Co. is Hiring! Thu, 21 May 2015 21:11:53 +0000 Our friends over at Portland Razor Co. are looking to build their team of makers and are currently looking for help at their SE Portland manufacturing facility where they make straight razors, strops, and other men’s grooming accessories.

In your inquiry, please include a general statement of interest, a brief work history (especially any experience you have working with your hands) and your level of familiarity with straight razors i.e. casual observer/veteran shaver. They’ve asked that applicants please do not show up to their shop expecting an interview; emails sent ahead of time to set up a time are appreciated.


Working around tools and machinery in a manufacturing facility implies a certain level of inherent risk. Candidates should be absolutely comfortable operating power tools and working with their hands, and have a solid understanding of shop safety.

Portland Razor Co is absolutely willing to train the right person. That said, the following is a list of helpful skills and experience:

Metal Grinding
Wood Working
Leather Working
Knife Sharpening
To inquire about career opportunities with them, email Hunter at

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Introduction to TIG Welding Thu, 21 May 2015 21:06:27 +0000 Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding will give you the cleanest welds, and is the best process to use on aluminum and stainless steel. TIG gives the welder the greatest amount of control, but takes the most practice to master. This class will give you the fundamental skills and build the confidence needed to take your welding to the next level. You’ll learn how to properly set up the machine, clean and maintain your tools, and the properties of a good weld. Special attention will be given to the safety of the welder and those working around them.


In this class you’ll get to use the TIG Welder, grinding wheel, filler rods, clamps and portable fume extractor to learn and practice with.

And there’s a bonus! The non-member price includes 1 month of Unlimited Membership so you can practice what you learned and get started on your next project! The month of membership begins the first day of the class;

Also, one last thing: Before using the shop outside of class time, you must attend one of our $10 new member orientations.

To sign up for membership and take advantage of the discounts on classes that members receive (at least 30% off!) on this class and others, click here!

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New Class: Intro to Metalsmithing Wed, 13 May 2015 18:00:21 +0000

We’ve all been there: standing in front of a full case of hand-crafted jewelry, hands sweating, eyes racing back and forth between turquoise laden rings and recycled copper necklaces, toe rings glaring up at us and earrings dangling lackadaisically on their holders.  Will we buy the right piece of jewelry that perfectly reflects our emotions?  Is that up-cycled, organically produced mood ring really worth $75?

Our instructor Lindsey Snell's creation. Check out more @

Our instructor Lindsey Snell’s creation. Check out more @

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t enjoy the stress of buying jewelry for our friends, families or lovers.  We do it because we love them, but what better way to show them your love than to make the jewelry yourself?!


Our instructor Lindsey putting the final touches on the new jewelry and metalsmithing station in the Cube.

We know, we know, you’ve never made a piece of jewelry before.  You have no idea how to even find tools small enough to craft such wonderful gifts.  Well, we’ve got you covered: Starting March 23rd, ADX will be launching our first Intro to Jewelry Metalsmithing class!

Whether you are a beginner or looking to freshen up old skills, Intro to Jewelry Metalsmithing will help you get to know the tools and begin to build the skills necessary to make everything from cool jewelry to a set of silverware from nonferrous metal! Learn how to lay out patterns on metal, saw, texture, form, and solder. This class will prepare you to work inside the Cube and get you ready for future ADX Jewelry Metalsmithing classes like the Soldering Intensive, Intro to Cold Connections, and Ring Fabrication.

Don’t forget that members get a discounted rate on classes.

Not a member, yet? What are you waiting for!? Sign up here and get making!



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Portland Outside the Box: New York Mon, 11 May 2015 20:56:08 +0000 3-nyc-downtown-nina-papiorek

This week a group of Portland Made business owners will be showcasing their locally made products during NYCxDesign.  The group will be presenting at WantedDesign Brooklyn during the city-wide event.  Check out a description of what the group will be showcasing and which companies will be highlighted below.


MadeHere PDX is a shop dedicated to showcasing the talents of Portland-based designers, artists, and makers.

Portland Made is a self-sustaining collective of makers, artisans and manufacturers that advocates and supports its members by providing education and marketing, a shared resource hub, and a brand that promotes their products locally and globally.

We are ADX; a hub for collaboration where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, we’re doing things better by working together. Our Makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allows anyone to bring their idea to life.

Design Week Portland celebrates design as our city’s most promising cultural and economic resource. Our purpose is to explore process, craft, and practice across disciplines through the lens of Portland’s most vibrant programming.


See more here.

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ADX Turns 4 Sun, 10 May 2015 16:30:29 +0000 ADX_Birthday_Poster-Web

On June 6 from 2PM – 10PM, ADX will be celebrating four years and zero missing fingers at our annual Birthday Party! This year, our party will feature a community barbecue, live music, a work truck show and custom t-shirt printing with three super-special designs; just bring your own shirt to screen!


Invite your friends and come hang out as we party our way towards year 5.

RSVP on Facebook.

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Shop Life: May 8 Fri, 08 May 2015 18:59:35 +0000 ADX_SLWk9-17

Shop Life is an ongoing, bi-weekly ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is Installment IX.

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Wooden Surfboard Making with Grain Thu, 07 May 2015 16:25:21 +0000 Our friends at Grain Surfboards are bringing their mobile classroom back to Portland, and we’re excited to watch them work. The workshop includes the materials you’ll need to create one of their beautiful wooden boards. Each student arriving on day one will start with a board that has the frames and one railstrip installed.


Students then pair up in teams of two to build the rails of one board in the morning and the other that afternoon. Each student spends the remaining 3 days completing, shaping and sanding their own board. By the end of the day four, you’ll have your own board, ready to glass. As with our other classes, materials include fiberglass, hardware and resin so that the board can be glassed at home.

Purchase a ticket through our website, here or on Grain’s site, here.

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Portland Made Goes to the White House! Wed, 06 May 2015 22:44:15 +0000 On Monday, a crew from the Portland Maker Community will attend a national Maker Movement roundtable at the White House to share how Portland community members are advancing the maker movement locally. Representatives include Kelley Roy of ADX and Portland Made, Katrina Scotto di Carlo from Supportland, Joshua Lifton from Crowd Supply, Dana Hinger and Sara Tunstall of Spooltown, and Laura Wolf Powers, a CUNY researcher working with PSU on a Kaufman Foundation funded research project about the Maker Movement.


The group declined an invitation to join President Obama at Nike headquarters on May 7th and invited the President to join them at ADX: “Portland Makers do not advocate for tax breaks and other government subsidies for companies that exploit labor and non-existent environmental regulation overseas, nor do we support secret trade deals that undermine our locally grown businesses. We are deeply committed to the long term economic viability of our community and support an economic system that values people, planet and profit equally. This is what Portland Made represents and we will continue to advocate on behalf of our local makers and artisanal manufacturers.”


Portland has become well known for its thriving DIY/ Maker community, and wants to set a precedent for cities across the country. They also want to spark a national conversation on how to build a sustainable economy around the Maker Movement and raise awareness about critical issues like city investment in local manufacturing vs tech, real estate land trusts that support manufacturing infrastructure in the city, and their concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Some stats

  • According to a recent PSU study with the Portland Made Collective, small maker enterprises had a huge impact on the local economy, employing over 1,000 people, generating over $260 million in revenue, and with an average revenue growth over a three year period of 61%.
  • If you buy from a local business (vs at Amazon or Walmart) then 3x more of the money stays local (even if that product is not made locally). The estimates for Portland is that this factor is 8x.
  • 70% of every dollar spent locally made products stays in the local economy.

Watch the video

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COMCAP: Oregon 2015! Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:36:03 +0000 badge-sponsor

Our friends at Hatch are hosting an incredible event next week called COMPCAP: Oregon.  For a $50 discounted ticket register here!


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Learn from the experts opening the door for Oregon’s new community “crowdfunding” law. Become a pioneer in the new wave of Oregon business.
On January 15, 2015, Oregon passed new securities crowdfunding law. Join Hatch Innovation, the non-profit who initiated the law-making conversation, in creating the statewide ecosystem for success in this new realm of securities crowdfunding.

Oregon legislators, thought-leaders, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, investors, students – anyone interested in investing both time and money into building stronger communities – is invited to participate.
Make Money. Make Oregon.
ComCap Oregon tickets* include Monday night keynote, panel and reception and Tuesday’s full day educational conference, lunch and evening reception.
*If you’re coming from rural Oregon and travel costs are prohibitive, please check this out first. You may be eligible for one of our scholarships!
Monday, May 4th at Hatch Lab 2420 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR
Tuesday, May 5th at Ambridge Event Center 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR

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