Posts tagged: environmental

Shelter or Sculpture?

By , June 28, 2014 3:53 pm

Often my posts are about the newest, smartest way too live small or how to downsize and stay sane.

Since summer is here everyone is trying to find the best beach rental cottage, camp ground to pitch a tent or the latest boutique hotel to land and relax at the Oregon Coast.

This month I have a art exhibit at Manzanita News & Espresso and it poses the question – are those beach driftwood forts, shelter or sculpture? Here is my artists statement.

photo7 Shelter or Sculpture?The crowds are gone, I walk on the beach and come upon driftwood that has been assembled into primitive shelters with only washed ashore elements, gifts from the sea, wood, stones, seaweed or when viewed in solitary to me  they become solitary sculptures, left over remains of another existence, often I would feel like a archaeologist.

Viewing the art in the context, seeing it in its natural environment. Some of the pieces are ephemeral, persisting only for a few hours or days- exposed to erosion and wind and the sea, striving to fight the elements of nature, their creators have vanished.

I started to document the pieces for the last 5 years, feeling like  My physical interaction is as important as the viewing. I would enter any portal, to find choirs and alters, shrines the view looking out to the sea was peaceful and safe. I would feel the energy of the people who built the piece, was it a couple a family, how old were they? Why did they build this, and what conversations took place, and how did the construction bring them together?

Why do we still build shelter with no intention of using it? Such a primitive instinct.

Each work grows, stays and decays.  I am the observer the one who captures the serenity. The tide will once again regain and re-give.
It reminds us that nothing can or should last forever.
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Owned by Bunny and Star they have a devoted following of locals and tourists. This is where you pick up your CSA box on the front porch. There is a long waiting list to show your art at the famous coffee shop in town, mine was three years.

On the corner is a lovely shady patio and water bowl for Fido and the inside is filled with magazines- good mags and all beachy unique local artists jewelry. There are surf magazines and newspapers if you really want to know what is going on in the world. The chess set has had many matches played with my son.  There is no wi-fi – but rumor is that they just bought into it.

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The greeting cards are $5 each and I am donating all the funds to Lower Nehalem Land Trust. The land trust has a beautiful garden, but you must wait for that post another day. I am hanging out in a beach shelter!

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So what do you think Shelter or Sculpture?

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Enjoy the summer where ever your travels lead you.

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Trashy Art

By , May 22, 2014 3:34 pm

One of my favorite places to visit is Manzanita on the Oregon coast only two hours from Portland.

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Manzanita Beach

There is a recycling center CartM which is creating a zero waste community at the coast.

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What to do with spare tile!

One of the best events is the Trash Art show located in the Trash Gallery – inside the Refinery Resale store. They have done this for the past 16 years! My beach cottage is filled with a treasures from this show every year. Did I tell you it is also where the transfer station is – really the dump.

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Entrance to Refinery- Resale Shop

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Trash Art Gallery- Small is Beautiful

 

They recycle over 40 items and also have educational outreach programs- I like the one about composting- to learn more go here. I have a worm bin and compost bin in Portland- so easy to maintain and plants are so happy, I do not even use a garbage disposal.

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Compost Examples

It was a delightful surprise to see so many artists of all talents participate, I always seek out a piece from               MJ Anderson the marble sculpturess- see her work at Coast Cabins Gallery if you visit the coast. I even had her over after the art show to make her famous Italian pasta- of course she presented it in a Lucinda Parker bowl.

 

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Zesty MJ Anderson

 

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Lucinda Parkers zesty ceramic bowl

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MJ at work

 

You never know what treasures or who you will run into at the dump these days- not too trashy!

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What do you call – IT ?

By , March 26, 2014 5:06 pm

PDX Small Homes Go Big -is about how the City of Portland Bureau of Planners and Sustainability and Department of Environmental Quality have put together this great video
explaining ADU’s- or is it Laneway housing or Mother-in-Law studio or Secondary Dwelling or Accessory Dwelling – OR – What do you call it? – watch the video HERE and let me know what you think.

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The growth of these units compromise a quarter of the new single dwelling residence permit applications. Currently there are 800 completed ADU’s in PDX and more on the way. The city has waived development SDF fees until June 1, 2014, often a savings of $11,000 or more.

There is even a ADU Tour in PDX June 1, 2014, no mine Nordic Studio will not be on the tour this year, it is so popular and booked out through Airbnb. If you would like a personal tour just let me know!

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AFTER rear of Sellwood Studio

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Granny knows how to Downsize

By , January 9, 2014 11:50 am

My 95 year old mother in-law lives in a Granny Flat, she came west from cold Ohio to live behind her sons home in warm San Luis Obispo 15 years ago. Evelyn climbs the exterior staircase to her one bedroom 400 sq ft apartment above a garage. I was inspired to build my own studio following my Granny’s pioneering idea. Mother in-law apartments or Granny Flats have been around for years, but no longer just for Granny’s, ADUs ( Accessory Dwelling Units) offer rental income, work studios, and promote community Multi-generational living and increase your homes property value.

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Granny Evelyn with son Damian

Today the modern term is Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

In the fall of 2012 I went to a day long summit the International Living Future Institute held in Portland Oregon. Build Small LIVE LARGE  brought together architects, developers, builders, remodelers, urban designers, policy makers and real estate professionals to discuss, inspire and share ideas to craft strategies for this growing housing market. Go here to see videos from the summit. This was the first ever summit on space-efficient housing!

Currently the planning bureau and Portland City Council have waived Systems Development Charges on ADUs and they have increased the ADU size limit from 33% to 75% of the primary dwelling or 800 sq ft, whatever is smaller.

Go to this website for a one stop source of information about ADU’s, granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages.

Let me share with you my 380 sq ft Sellwood Studio ADU that I build last year!

First Permits and paperwork- Upfront work but well worth it.

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Now the fun part tearing down the old garage that just was a storage place for junk not a car.

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BEFORE rear of existing garage

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AFTER rear of Sellwood Studio

Emily Refi was the architect that I worked with she now works for Waterleaf Architects.

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Architect Emily Refi at front of Studio-                            complete with red   Vespa scooter!

I like how the Studio is similar in scale to the red cottage in front and that it sits in the middle of my urban garden.

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Red Cottage in front is 900 sq ft

Since the garage was demolished a small garden shed as built with nod to the old garage- the original green door was used.

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View from Studio set in middle of garden

Thanks Granny Evelyn for inspiring me to build a modern flat!  Next time we meet I will take you inside!

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AIA Tour in PDX = small + smart

By , October 22, 2013 4:53 pm

I wanted to share the highlights of the AIA Portland, 2013 Design Matters: Tour of Exceptional Portland Homes.

It was in conjunction of the Portland Design Festival.

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It started with a bit of a drizzle and by the end of tour the sun was out- so PDX.

Most of the homes were owned by the architects who designed them- they are always the first                                                    brave souls to go small and smart!

Lets talk about EXTERIOR SIDING-

No more Hardiplank or cedar, it is all about metal or dark wood and just for fun lets turn it Vertical.

Lets talk INTERIORS

White white and white- walls, on kitchen cabinets, on tile and Silestone counter tops.

The light bounces off the walls and creates a more dramatic effect for artwork.

Lets talk SURPRISES

Hoods that were stainless – small and round

Vintage or over sized sinks in the Guest bath/laundry utility room.

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Guest bath Aasum Design

Let’s talk Landscape

Use of metal for raised edible gardening bringing outdoors in with large windows

Best Idea for Bookcase- metal with thin veneer wood shelves.

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standard issue metal racks with veneer

So many incredible ideas! I am inspired.

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