Foster Row: A Community-Based Collective of Makers
Foster Row: A Community-Based Collective of Makers
A center for creating and showcasing a variety of handmade goods as well as hosting gallery shows, community gatherings, and workshops.
A center for creating and showcasing a variety of handmade goods as well as hosting gallery shows, community gatherings, and workshops. Read more
Foster Row is home to small businesses that share a common philosophy. We believe working alongside each other leads to inspiration, motivation, and collaboration that is often difficult to achieve on your own. We all share a passion for our art and a love of beautiful, hand-crafted objects.
Our storefront opens on August 1st and will showcase all of our work, as well as serve as a place for other local makers to sell their products. The space will also be used to host gallery shows, film screenings by local artists, Saturday morning cartoons and workshops to share our crafts with the community.
Due to unforeseen problems with the building that we were unaware of moving in, we are three months behind on our build-out of the space. We have exhausted our resources and need more work spaces in order to cover our overhead. This is vital to making sure we get through our first year.
We are almost there but need just one more push to finish this start-up phase. Reaching our goal will help us with the remaining building-out, which will include more studio spaces, a conference room, and a commercial kitchen. We know that we have more than $20,000 of work to be done but with your help and our hard work and dedication, it will ensure that we can be here for years to come.
Since January 1st, 2014...
We moved into 5300 Southeast Foster Road on January 1st, 2014. The building came with its challenges and for the past seven months we have been busy reinventing all of the spaces. The building is 5,000 square feet with two stories and windows all around. We have designed and built out a fully-equipped woodshop, a letterpress studio, a textile studio, a pottery studio and storefront. We are inspired by the charm of the 1922 building and have been uncovering bricks and beams that were hidden for years.
The response from our neighbors has been overwhelmingly positive, we even received some publicity from the Oregonian, the Urban Art Network, and the Portland Mercury. Until recently, Foster has been a neighborhood overlooked by the city of Portland but this is changing due in large part to neighborhood residents and community activists. In June the Portland City Council approved the Foster Streetscape Plan that will improve the safety and appearance of our street, including bike lanes and crosswalks. We are excited to be a part of the revitalization of the Foster neighborhood.
Everyone who contributes $25 or more will receive an invitation to our supporters party. For those of you who are unable to contribute at the moment, we encourage you to share our project with your friends and help us spread the word.
All of our rewards are handmade right here at Foster Row and reflect the variety of talents we offer.
A letterpress-printed THANK YOU card by Darling Press and Stationers signed by all of us at Foster Row.
These letterpress cards have been artfully designed and printed by Darling Press, and the attention to detail shows that we are so very thankful for your contribution.
A Foster Row Tote Bag
Receive a tote bag handprinted by Darling Press featuring our logo! The tote will be sturdy enough to carry a load of groceries, and stylish enough to wear just about anywhere.
A unique print by Kello
Receive one of three numbered prints by visual artist/ painter/ and the talent behind our Kickstarter video.
A hand-made cutting board by Mark Pendergrass
These custom made cutting boards are made of hardwoods and coated with natural butcher block oil. They are cut to the shape of our building and the angle of Foster Road. A must-have for every kitchen.
A Kitchen Thank-You Package
The Foster Row essential kitchen package including a handmade cutting board by Mark Pendergrass, plus a stoneware bowl by Mingei, and a handwoven kitchen towel by Terranova Handwovens. We're throwing in the Foster Row tote bag again at this level to help you carry your groceries home and get cooking.
Host your own private event here at Foster Row!
You have achieved the Master Level and we would like to thank you by inviting you to host your own private party here in our newly renovated 600 square foot gallery with use of our HD projector. Great for birthdays and wedding receptions. Some limitations apply, please message for details.
Risks and challenges
Starting any new business presents its challenges, and we have learned a lot in these past 7 months. We are re-purposing used items whenever possible, and doing much of the work ourselves. In order to create an attractive storefront from the outside, we are working with the Portland Development Commission to obtain assistance through a Storefront Improvement Grant that will help us cover half the costs associated with repainting the building and adding new signage and lighting. We believe that these steps are important and you can be assured that your contribution will be stretched as far as it can go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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