Sunday, March 25, 2012

We make Portland awesome: MerciBlehBleh

"We make Portland awesome" is a weekly series. I’m interested building our community of artists by helping us all find out more about each other.
This week: MerciBlehBleh
Who are you?
I'm Irina Beffa.

What do you make?
 I'm an artist and designer, I sell screen printed art, block prints, and greeting cards. In the future I plan on printing on textiles and other objects as well.

Besides making things, what do you do?
I'm also a professional art director and graphic designer.

What inspires you?
Things that are in between worlds, surreal themes, dreams, fiction and fantasy, collapsing buildings, ancient and futuristic civilizations.

Where can your work be found?
In Portland at Tender Loving Empire and Betsy & Iya.

What do you love about Portland?
Portland is mysterious and eerie. It has an intense energy that not everyone can handle. It tends to attract people who have a strong stomach for the strange, who as a result sometimes compete with each other to be the weirdest. It's also hauntingly beautiful but also constantly gloomy. Another Portland paradox!

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