Sunday, July 1, 2012

We make Portland awesome: ISWAS+WILLBE

"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: Telle and Rex of ISWAS+WILLBE

Who are you?
We are telle + rex, and we design under the creative aliases of ISWAS + WILLBE, respectively. We've got a sweet wolfy pup, Magnolia, and the three of us happily coexist in our tiny live/work space in the Alphabet District.

What do you make?
Our current fixation is designing jewelry inspired by antiquity, modernity, and infinity. Moving forward, we have plans to expand into other artistic mediums; it is our ultimate goal to build an IW empire!

Besides making things, what do you do?
When we're not creating, we are generally dreaming and making plans for the future. We believe balance is key to a good life, so to get grounded we also spend our down time reading, cooking, trying to keep our growing collection of succulents alive, and going on long walks with our pup.

What inspires you?
A walk in the woods, discovering new music, hitting the open road, sleep deprivation, a perfectly timed latte, Portland summers...we are inspired by the big and the small, the subtle details and intricacies of life's serendipities.

Where can your work be found?
We are global! In Portland, we are in a handful of wonderful places: Little Things on NW Lovejoy, TLE downtown, Queen Bee in NE, Palace off Belmont, and the list is always growing...

What do you love about Portland?
We try to remain modest about our feelings for Portland, but it is hands down the coolest place we have ever lived. It's a city that gets us; there's such a sense of mutual feelings here, a collective conscious at work. On a whim, we moved out of a rut on the East coast and literally started our lives all over again. We've molted and become new people here; Portland will always be a home to us.

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