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Forest For the Trees Project Inspires Portland Murals

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Mural by Joram Roukes

A compilation of over 30 artists from around the world are painting 20 murals throughout the city of Portland in a special event titled, Forest For The Trees, a non-profit project committed to the public arts in Portland.

Participating artists include Insa, Low Bros and Joram Roukes, as well as local attendees Josh Keyes, Michael Salter and J.Shea. 

Portlanders are not only able to watch the artists as they paint the town, but Forest For The Trees are also currently hosting a series of events throughout the week as part of the celebration. The artists will paint plain walls all over Portland, including SW Washington Street, SE 11th Avenue, SE MLK Boulevard and SE Pine. For a complete listing of locations visit forestforthetreesnw.com/locations.

Forest For The Trees is a festival that connects local and international artists with the Portland community to produce free expression, collaborative street art. It was originally established in 2013 and was inspired from the phrase, “they can’t see the forest for the trees,” which the creators define as the inability to see the larger picture because one is solely focused on the here and now and what is right in front. Forest For The Trees hopes to inspire people to see the art that lives in Portland and through that, inspire people to see the bigger picture. 

The Festival runs until Saturday, August 29. For more information, click HERE


Related Slideshow: Slideshow: PFW Day 3: The Art Institute of Portland

The students of the Art Institute of Portland, will be taking over the Portland Fashion Week runway tomorrow night, Thursday October 2 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. 

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Hannah Pare

Hannah Pare 

Portland transplant Hannah Pare just graduate from The Art Institute of Minneapolis with a degree in Fashion Design. Straight jackets and moldy abandoned insane asylums, are the inspiration behind Pare’s senior project. Get ready to see lots of pumpkin orange, gold, and tan androgynous garments go down the runway. 

Photo Credit: Lavenda Memory (image cropped) 

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Tania Naef

Mother of five Tania Naef, enrolled into the BFA Apparel Design program after her last child graduated from high school. With a background in theatrical costumes and custom clothing, Naef did her internship with Portland Opera Costume shop, and is inspired by motion picture and theatrical design. 

Photo Credit: Lavenda Memory (image cropped) 

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Bianca Spring

Spring enrolled in The Art Institute of Portland, because of the lack of trendy plus-size clothing options out there. Her “Set Fire To the Rain” collection (named after the song by Adele, Spring’s inspiration) will feature a combination of 50’s and 60’s style garments. In the future Spring hopes to be part of a production company that specializes in plus size fashion. 

Photo Credit: Lavenda Memory (image cropped) 

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Anya Shevchenko

Anya Shevchenko went into the Apparel Design program at The Art Institute  straight out of high school. Her garments are tailored to the shape of the body. She wants to open her own business making apparel for women, in the future. 

Photo Credit: Lavenda Memory 

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Melissa Dixon

Dixon was a production sewer for a clothing manufacturer in West Point, Utah before enrolling in Apparel Design at The Art Institute. Her sister a successful fine artist, gave her the confidence to pursue her dream. Dixon wants to have a career in pattern making in the future. 

Photo Credit: Lavenda Memory (image cropped) 

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Mandy Nelson

Before enrolling into the Apparel Accessories program at The Art Institute, Mandy Nelson was a engineering student longing for a creative outlet. Her muses range from religion, art, and science. She hopes to continue to “work with my hands and exercise my imagination.”

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