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Assembly PDX

2520 SE 26th Ave

Portland, OR 97202

 

Assembly offers hands-on modern craft & DIY workshops in our light filled storefront studio in Southeast Portland, Oregon located at 2520 SE 26th Ave.

Classes, Workshops, and Events

Learn new skills and make something with your hands in a fun social environment. The craft workshops and events are perfect for beginners and designed to empower your creativity and pique your interest in potential new hobbies.

Anyone can try to learn something online or from a book. With Assembly, you'll have a fun night out with all the instruction, materials, and tools necessary for you to complete a project that you will be proud of… all you need to do is show up! Come by yourself, bring a friend, or even a date. It's hard to go wrong when you're enjoying a drink and making cool stuff.

Sip and Make!

In the studio we serve a variety of beverages for your crafting pleasure!

  • Local craft beer, wine, and hard cider

  • Coffee, hot tea, Mexican hot chocolate, spiced apple cider

  • Assorted cold non-alcoholic drinks, such as sparkling waters, kombucha, iced tea, and more!

Craft kits and supplies

Be sure to check out our curated selection of beautiful craft books and hard to find locally craft kits and supplies. Weaving looms, macrame rope and kits, wood burning and block printing tool kits, watercolor painting supplies, and more! Studio hours are currently limited outside of the class schedule. But feel free to pop in an hour before or during a scheduled class to do a little shopping!

 

Founders / Teaching Artists

 
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Liz Wright

the Chief Creative Lady

Originally from Ohio, Liz Rosino Wright has a long history of creative projects and pursuits as a professional artist, clothing designer, video producer, small business owner, craft fair founder, and museum researcher.  She holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and a MA from the University of Washington. She considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys the challenges and thrills of learning a new skill and supporting others to do the same. 

Liz is the founder and conceptual lead of Assembly. She develops and teaches classes, runs daily operations, and steers the ship towards providing the most fun, accessible, and high quality creative educational experiences around.  

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Brian Wright

the Swiss Army Knife

Born in Portland, Brian has played drums in over 30 Northwest bands and has performed on around 50 albums, TV shows, and film scores. His love of DIY spans from music to crafts and everything in between. He got his crafting start with altering and repairing his clothing on a vintage Kenmore sewing machine. He spent a day watching Youtube videos just learning how to thread the machine! Brian holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and appreciates all things unconventional.

Brian helps out with a variety of functions from assisting with events and producing the newsletter to testing out new class ideas.

 

 

Teaching Artists

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Noelle Trudeau has always been drawn to artistic expression via numerous mediums. Living in Portland she has truly found a home as an artist. Feeling inspired by the beautiful city and the quiet power of nature she began noniko in 2010 as an outlet for metal smithing and her one of a kind pieces of jewelry. More recently she has shifted her focus to creating macrame and woven wall art. In 2017 she came on board with Assembly, where she enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for crafts with students across all skill levels and ages.  Recent classes: Mixed Metals Pendant Jewelry Making Workshop, Woven Bead Ring Workshop, Polymer Clay Jewelry Class, Sashiko Embroidery Workshop and Macrame Wreath Workshop

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Lauren Morse is a backyard homesteader living in Milwaukie, OR. She spent the past three years managing the Portland Homestead Supply Co., helping students and customers alike embark on homesteading projects. Her experience with lotion making began as a way to relieve her sensitive-skinned hands from the rough work of farming. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and infusing creativity into all of her homemade products. And she has a secret to share: making your own body products is not only cheaper than buying them at the store, you can also make them better suited to your own skin-care needs! Recent class: DIY Natural Lotions and Balms Class

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Shaina Beeson is a concrete artist living in Portland, OR. In 2016, her passion for plants inspired her to start creating her own planters which has flourished into Pine District Botanicals. Taking the industrial side of concrete and pairing it with pops of color are what drives her creativity into creating her unique treasures.  She believes plants promote healing properties and encourages everyone to bring nature inside, whether it’s with one houseplant or ten! Recent classes: Mounted Plant Class, Concrete Planter Class, and Kokedama String Garden Workshop

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Andie Foxglove is a local basket maker who started UrbaNomad Weaving Company in 2016 from her living room after learning to weave Adirondack Pack Baskets at a local workshop. Andie hand dyes and lovingly prepares all of her materials, enjoying the communion of artistic expression and meaningful making that weaving provides. She currently teaches public and private workshops and runs a small Etsy shop featuring her handmade baskets.  Recent class: Beginner's Basket Weaving Workshop

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Amanda Donahue is the owner and creator of The Scribblist, a calligraphy, lettering and illustration studio located in Portland, Oregon. With an extensive background in fine art as a painter and sculptor, Amanda brings a touch of whimsy into all aspects of her work, creating pieces that pay homage to beautiful lettering and joyful illustration. She is passionate about teaching and encourages others to discover their own creative voice through calligraphy, lettering and illustrative workshops. When Amanda isn't painting or working on lettering projects, you can find her enjoying a warm cup of tea and spending time with her husband and Goldendoodle pup, Brady. Recent class: Intro to Hand Lettering Workshop & Intro to Brush Pen Calligraphy Class

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Elizabeth Higgins, primarily a watercolor artist, has lived in Oregon since 1995, where she maintains a studio in SE Portland and teaches art classes for various cultural organizations. Painting is joyful and playful to her, and this is reflected in her bright, warm-colored art. She is a juried member of Watercolor Society of Oregon, is a contributing artist at Catherine Bede Gallery, and has had her work featured on the “Portlandia” television series. Recent class: Beginner’s Watercolor Workshop

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LeBrie Rich (known to some as The Duchess of Felt) is an artist and educator living in Portland. LeBrie’s work in felt has been shown in diverse settings, including museums, galleries, storefront windows, and art vending machines. LeBrie has been teaching felting workshops since 2006 and loves to introduce people the miraculous and fun process of transforming raw wool into felt! Learn more about LeBrie's work in felt by visiting PenFelt.com. Recent class: Intro to Needle Felting Class

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Zoe Frost, owner of Junebug and Darlin, specializes in making unique framed cross stitches and modern cross stitch kits. The kits provide crafters with the tools to create heirloom quality subversive crafts by providing all of the supplies needed- from first stitch to frame. Each finished piece and kit is designed by the owner, combining nature, queerness and political justice. Recent class: Cross Stitch Embroidery Workshop

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Callie McAuliffe is a native Portlander who found her love of arts and crafts at an early age. After briefly experimenting with many mediums such as acrylic painting, block printing, and watercolors, she finally found her favorite creative outlets. Artist and creator behind Designs Da Lúa, she specializes in paper quilling, pyrography, and string art. Callie loves bright colors and drawing inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She has been teaching classes since 2018, and when not teaching arts and crafts, she is teaching students life skills as a school counselor. Craft nights and crafternoons are some of Callie’s favorite things, especially when they bring makers together! Recent class: Pyrography Wood Burning Workshop, String Art on Wood Workshop, Paper Quilling Class

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Matt Sorenson is the owner/designer of Electric Goods Company, which he founded in 2012. His lamps are available via the ECG website & an Etsy shop, as well as retail stores around Portland. Customers of his work range from interior designers purchasing for large hotels, to individuals looking for a light to illuminate their nightstand or workspace. As a fan of industrial & modern design, Matt looks to incorporate raw texture & clean lines into his lamps. Matt lives in Portland, where he also earns a living as a social worker. Recent class: DIY Cigar Box Edison Lamp Workshop

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Beth Mangat is a floral designer born and raised in San Diego. She runs her own small business, avoiding + making, a floral service for weddings, installations, and events. She has been in the floral game for over 5 years, specializing in naturally elegant and garden inspired arrangements. Beth has a big love for nature and it’s shown in her work by the mixture of textures, flowers, and foliage. Her knack for making things existed long before she could remember and continues to grow with the places her floral profession takes her. Recent class: Pressed Flower Collage Workshop

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Ellen Hansen has a love of color, pattern and texture. For the last 35 years, she has marketed products in the interior design industry. Now, after officially retiring from her career, she has launched Mindful Flowers, a creative approach to meditation that is her passion project. Her workshops focus on creativity and personal expression and share a new way of being present with nature. As an avid meditator, she has a full certification with Realization Process, a form of embodied meditation. She also holds an advanced certification for Ikebana and her experience comes from her studies with a leading Sensei in Chicago, Ikka Nakashima. Here in Portland she finds beauty in the natural world; moss forests, old growth trees and the wide variety of floral materials are her inspiration. Recent class: Mindful Flowers Workshop

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Cameron York is a printmaker living in St. Johns, Oregon. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA, but was most recently living in Iowa City while in school completing her MFA. Intaglio printmaking is her true love, but just like any print nerd, she has a fondness for all things print related. Cameron loves teaching and sharing her knowledge with all age groups. When Cameron isn’t in the studio, you can find her outside in her garden, at the beach, or on a hiking trail. You can find more of her work on her website cameronyorkart.com or on Instagram @cammyyyork. Recent class: DIY Silk Screen Printmaking Workshop and Cyanotype Sun Printing Workshop

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Melinda Prynne is a lifelong creative with extensive practice in painting and creating with the, “I can probably make that!” mindset. She grew up in a small town in Texas where she used her creativity as an outlet to get her through childhood and high school. Afterwards she did some travelling abroad, eventually landing in Portland where everything fell into place. She decided it was time to embrace her creativity by opening up her Etsy store, The Arty Narwhal, and begin to search for jobs that would embrace her creative side. With a background in teaching combined with her fervent crafting, Assembly is a perfect niche! When Melinda isn’t working on DIY projects and painting, you can find her tending to her plant babies, drinking her weight in tea, and on walks or cuddling her rescue dog, Milk, and her sweet British husband. Recent Class: Soy Candle Making Class

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Amy Frazer is a local designer, illustrator, and stitcher. Through her work she captures the beauty of the world around us and embellishes it with her personal mark making. Things made by nature and things made by man are huge inspirations to her. She loves to explore a variety of different mediums such as paint, textiles, embroidery, knitting, digital media, collage and photography. The body of work she is currently creating focuses on intense amounts of stitching to create textures that enhance her personal photos. See more of her work at AmyLFrazer.com. Recent class: DIY Embroidered Patch Workshop

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Haylee Croydon is a Librarian, bibliophile, crafter, gamer, and a dog and baby mom who loves to create. She feels that bringing something to life from just it's parts is a powerful experience and to teach others how to do it is even more rewarding. She’s been book making for over six years and has been teaching it for two. Aside from book making, she’s kind of a "Jill-of-All-Trades" crafter, making anything that seems cool or challenging. She’s excited to see what you’ll make together! Recent class: Intro to Bookbinding Class

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Emilie Rigby has been carving green wood and making spoons for 8 years and has traveled across the country teaching woodworking and outdoor skills. She landed in Portland, OR in 2017 and ran a teaching wood shop for a prominent outdoor skills company. Across six years of teaching experience, she has taught people aged 8 to 80 how to carve spoons and her classes are full of useful tips and tricks, metaphors for life, and terrible (amazing) puns. She is a self-professed “crazy spoon lady” because she has made thousands of wooden spoons. Recent class: Wooden Spoon Carving Workshop