Oh mighty metal head…

The other day, in a quest to find someone who could build some metal planter boxes, I visited Delia – a metal works place right up the hill from where I live. My neighbor Jeff works there, and I can always count on him for good advice. It has been there for many years, and as I go by in my daily affairs, it’s always fun to sneak a peak into their yard. There are always cool things in the making, in there.

A sampling from the 2011 Yard Patio and Garden  (YGP) show.

A sampling from the 2011 Yard Patio and Garden (YGP) show.

It took me a while to realize that this is the same people that for several years exhibited really interesting garden decor at the annual YGP show. Now, they are focusing more on large scale sculpture, and as is evident from their website; furniture. Lots of cool, locally made stuff – be sure to take a look at their website!

This beauty, already loaded onto the trailer, is headed down to Marin county.

This beauty, already loaded onto a trailer, is headed down to Marin county.

Not sure where this is going, but for now, I'm enjoying how it lights up the entire yard, in absence of sunlight on a dreary, wet, Portland winter day.

Not sure where this is going, but for now, I’m enjoying how it lights up the entire yard, in absence of sunlight on a dreary, wet, Portland winter day. It even reflects sunshine from the puddles!

This signage will eventually adorn the Alberta Arts District.

This signage will eventually adorn the Alberta Arts District.

Love the modular aspect of this one!

Love the lacy, modular aspect of this one!

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I forgot to ask, but I wonder if these guys are behind the installation at the east abutment of the Morrison bridge in SE Portland?

I forgot to ask, but I wonder if these guys are behind the installation at the east abutment of the Morrison bridge in SE Portland? It certainly reminds me of their work…

Not seen well in this photo, but this piece had a really elegant curvature to it that caught my eye. Lovely...

Not seen well in this photo, but this piece in progress had a really elegant curvature to it that caught my eye. Lovely…

When I was in architecture school, I made sure I was signed up for sculpture classes every quarter. I LOVED putsing around in this kind of environment, and seeing this studio made me severely pine for those days. Now I have neither tools, nor space...

When I was in architecture school, I made sure I was signed up for sculpture classes every quarter. Putsing around in a sculpture studio kind of environment was my favorite thing to do, and seeing the inside of Delia always makes me severely pine for those days. Now I have neither tools, nor space… 😦

 

I saw on their website that they teach classes. I might have to sign up for one of those, or two, or three...

I saw on their website that they teach classes. I might have to sign up for one of those, or two, or three…

This ball will be powder-coated red. It is destined to adorn a place in Sonoma somewhere.

This ball will be powder-coated red. It is destined to adorn a place in Sonoma somewhere.

Not the greatest photo, but I love the shadow patterns it creates on the floor.

Not the greatest photo, but I love the shadow patterns it creates on the floor.

A nod to the Portland biking community.

A nod to the Portland biking community. The surrounding colors do wonders to brighten a location on a rainy day.

 

Lastly, on this grayscale kind of day, I appreciated how the angular pattern of one of the pieces appeared as juxtaposed against the organic flow of the tree branches above. I bet it's not half as interesting on a sunny day. :)

Lastly, on this grayscale kind of day, I appreciated how the angular pattern of one of the pieces appeared as juxtaposed against the organic flow of the tree branches above. I bet it’s not half as interesting looking on a sunny day. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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13 Responses to Oh mighty metal head…

  1. Loree says:

    So are they able to fabricate the metal boxes you were after?

  2. I often drive by Delia on my delivery route and have always thought it looked interesting. I am always in a hurry on those days, but now that you have shared a bit, I may just have to make some time to stop.

  3. rickii says:

    I can identify with your itch to get into that playground they call a shop.

  4. Jenni says:

    I am such awe of this kind of talent! I admire works like this so much! I hope you take a class, you’d love it and you’d be fabulous!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Jenni – it sure would be fun! I don’t think I’d even know what to do anymore – it’s been so long since I welded anything. I’d have to start from scratch again. But yes – I would probably never want to leave…

  5. Elvis says:

    What a cool place! I hadn’t heard of it prior to your post – now it’s WAY on my radar.

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  7. Very cool, indeed! If I was in the neighborhood I would definitely check it out.

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