ADX | Art Design Portland |ADX | Art Design Portland | Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shop Life: March 27 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:00:50 +0000 ADX_SLWk6-1

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


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Potentially New Classes Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:20:17 +0000 The following classes have been developed and are waiting for you!  Email to express interest; include your availability, and we will set something up when there are at least three students.  Or, if you are interested in having your own 1-on-1 class with our instructors we can do that, too!


Intro to Vector Drawing

DESCRIPTION  Looking to create a logo or a file for ADX’s laser cutter/engraver? Come learn the basics of creating vector based images using Inkscape. Inkscape is a free, open source vector drawing and design tool, accessible to anyone, and installed on each ADX Design Bridge computer. Unlike bitmap images (digital photos) vector art work can be scaled to any size. In this class you will learn the basics of creating shapes, type layout and drawing lines, plus lots of tips about how to best prepare your files for our Helix Laser cutter/engraver.


INSTRUCTOR  Focused on artistic rather than structural design, laser & design guru Geordie will share key concepts, walk you through a simple design, and assist in cutting / engraving a small memento of your evening.


Creating an Online Portfolio

DESCRIPTION  Learn how to create an online portfolio website to present your work, your passion, your personal story, contact form, CV, etc. We will discuss professional presentation skills needed to customize your website to reflect your work and creativity in an effective and meaningful way. Class will use Wix as the website building platform. It is free to use, and has a similar interface to Adobe Illustrator. Students will improve their design/layout skills and will have a working website by the end of the class sessions.


INSTRUCTOR  Adrienne grew up splitting her time between Toronto, Ontario and Lake of the Woods island, at her family’s remote, off-grid log cabin. She loves to explore art, music, mathematics, philosophy and design, and has traveled extensively, including through Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China. Adrienne’s current plans involve obtaining an M.Arch at UO in Portland.

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Internet Of Things Meetup Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:24:12 +0000 Coming April 1, 2015.

The Internet of Things is the network of everything on earth that has the ability to connect to the internet and communicate. From iPhones to Priuses, we are surrounded by the IoT every day, and interact with it as a basic part of our modern lives.

This coming week, ADX is hosting a meetup for those interested in the IoT, especially those interested in making/hacking web-connected devices. It’s a chance to see what others are up to, chat about developments and techniques, and ponder the enormity of what a connected world will bring.

To RSVP for this event and to learn more, visit this link.


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MakerFlat: A New Opportunity for Portland Makers Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:22:36 +0000 Are you a Portland maker looking for a way to get exposure to an audience outside Portland? Want to take advantage of the droves of people flocking to Portland to experience our neighborhoods and maker culture? Well the creators of Zenbox Design have something for you!

Introducing… MakerFlat.


MakerFlat is a SE Portland home that will be rented to people from around the world on a short term basis with a goal of being outfitted and decorated completely by local makers and artisans such as yourself. The beauty is that after spending a few days with Portland wares, if the guest wants to buy your piece they can simply take it with them or have shipped to their home. Creating an opportunity for immediate exposure, and often immediate sales to a crowd much larger (and with much deeper pockets) than our neighborhoods currently hold.

We assume this concept will have legs beyond simply those staying in the home and we plan to seek exposure from AirBnB, local and national media.

We are doing this because we find ourselves surrounded by creative and talented artists who are struggling with the same issues we have as makers. We long ago ran out of space to put our latest piece, and can’t make another until we find a place to move it or sell it, and the local Portland economy doesn’t yet seem to have the market.

MakerFlat will feature primarily modern/contemporary furniture and wares that focus on clean lines, truth in materials and comfort.

To learn more or arrange to have a piece/pieces in MakerFlat please contact Bryan Danger at or 503.679.7949

Below is a list of needs before the initial MakerFlat launch May1st:


Dining Room

  • table (table counter or bar height)
  • 6 chairs or stools to match
  • hanging light over table
  • set of plates
  • glassware
  • coat hooks/rack
  • wine rack/bottle holder
  • entry table
  • wall art



  • cutting board
  • chef’s knives
  • cutlery
  • wall art


Living Room

  • chairs
  • couch/sectional
  • end tables
  • coffee table
  • media/tv table/stand
  • table lights
  • floor lights
  • wall art


Bedroom 1

  • bed
  • bedside table
  • dresser
  • wall art
  • standing or hanging light/lamp
  • shelves/storage


Bedroom 2

  • bed
  • bedside table
  • dresser
  • wall art
  • standing or hanging light/lamp
  • shelves/storage



  • small table
  • standing light
  • vanity
  • shelves/storage


Outdoor Space

  • outdoor lounge chairs/benches
  • fire pit
  • fountain
  • outdoor art
  • street bikes (2)
  • outdoor table/chairs
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GoLocalPDX Blog: Portland Razor Co Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:53:29 +0000 This time last year, Scott Miyako lived in Los Angeles as a custom cabinet maker, working in solitude in a 2000 square foot shop. A fan of maker videos, he came across an ADX promotional video, and decided that he would rather make things in a community than in isolation. Six months ago he packed his bags and moved to Portland, and on that day the Portland Razor Company was born…

Want to read more?

See the full story at GoLocalPDX

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New Class: Intro to Metalsmithing Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:21 +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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Shop Life: March 13 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:00:33 +0000 ADX_SLWk5-11

Shop Life is an ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is Installment V.


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Makin’ It with ADX and SCRAP Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:17 +0000 ADX_MakinIt_Poster-March

Attention makers, shakers and crafters: your favorite night-time making event, Makin’ It, is back!  ADX, Burnside Brewing and SCRAP have teamed up once again to curate a social making session where you can have a beer, listen to great music from a live DJ and make something amazing!

Our first event will be on March 18th from 6-9 PM here at ADX.  The event is free to ADX members and non-members alike. A suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated and helps us pay for the DJ and materials.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own small projects to work on or to come use our scraps, materials and hand tools to make something on the fly.  Each event will be themed and SCRAP will be selling small themed kits that you can use to make something beautiful.  The first event theme will be Tiny Terrarium Spring Scenes.  We’ve got moss, jars, rocks and teeny tiny little forest creatures!  What wondrous forest scene will you create??

We will also have a mailing list that you can sign up for and enter to win a prize from one of our partners.  What is the prize, you ask?  You will just have to come and see!

The event is open to all ages. Adults over 21 will receive a free drink ticket to exchange for a delicious Burnside Brewing beer. Please RSVP here so we plan accordingly.  

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Upholster a Stool Class Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:00:50 +0000 Alright, so you’ve taken Upholstery 101 with Jonathan and learned the basics of upholstery.  But now what?  It’s one thing to learn the basic skills and tooling, it’s a whole other thing to put those skills to use on a project–and starting a new project can be scary!


Well, fear not intrepid makers–our next level upholstery class has the project for you!  Our skilled staff has built some solid stool frames all ready to be beautified with the fabric of your choice.  All you have to do is sign up for our Upholster a Stool class on March 21st and bring a few yards of your favorite fabric.  And, at the end of the class, you get your very own upholstered stool to rest your tired maker bum on!

Haven’t taken Upholstery 101, yet?  No worries.  Our classes don’t have required prerequisites.  Just a desire to learn, a spool of fabric and a ticket!  And don’t forget that our new space, the Cube now has an industrial sewing machine that you can use to hone your upholstery skills after the class.


You too can learn how Jonathan does such incredible upholstery work! Need some upholstery work done for you? Come by and get Jonathan’s card!

So what are you waiting for??  Sign up now and get those maker muscles to work!

Not an ADX member?  No problem.  We offer tickets to non-members, too.  But you know, members do get a discount on classes and with our partners. So why not just go ahead and grab a membership or come by the shop for a tour?


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Business After Hours @ ADX Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:00:09 +0000 Beer.  Sausage.  Sawdust.  People.  Talking.  Laughing.  Learning.


What do all of these things have in common?  Happy hour at ADX, that’s what!  On Wednesday, March 11th from 5-7pm We’ll have Burnside Brewery beer, Olympia Provisions charcuterie and the sweet smell of sawdust here at the shop to fuel your Thursday evening networking muscles.


If you’re an Alliance member, then head over to the Portland Business Alliance website and register for the event.

If you are not an Alliance member, please contact Amanda Ray in member Services at 503-552-6759 to activate your membership or gain additional information about the Alliance.




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