Hammer + Vine
1. How did you get started in your particular craft medium(s)?
Devin started lampworking about 12 years ago in Hawaii as a hobby. Then, Ashley Layne approached us 4 years ago about learning how to blow glass. Jenelle fell in love with air plants about 8 years ago after buying 3 of them at a local nursery and actually keeping them alive. Devin offered to make Jenelle a terrarium for them and the rest is history.
2. Where do you draw influence from?
Nature mostly. Encasing the natural world in things we find beautiful.
3. What is the difference between PSM and other markets?
There is no other place like the Portland Saturday Market.
It’s really special to be a part of a Market where so many people can make a living sharing the art they love. I’ve always felt that working down here is like being in the circus. It’s very hard work, takes a lot of commitment [more than people think], but when everything comes together it’s a beautiful thing. I always leave feeling satisfied. I feel lucky to spend time outside, surrounded by beautiful things and fascinating people.
It’s unlike any other market I’ve been to because it has such a large community of artists there is always something new. We are open 10 months of the year and the food is so dang good I’ve been brought to tears.
We have a brick and mortar plant and terrarium shop in Portland called ‘hammer + vine’ and it’s so great to be able to speak to hundreds of people every weekend to spread the word about our beautiful little plant shop.
4. How would you describe the difference between "arts" and "crafts"?
I think the difference between art and crafts is the intentions of the artist more than anything. It’s all about if the person feels like an artist creating art or a craftsperson crafting. My daughter and I paint and create art but we also do crafts which to me is more assembling items. There is a lot of gray area when it comes to artistic expression, as it should be.
5. What’s your favorite thing in the world right now?
My current favorite thing in the world right now is ceramics and mixing textures with living plants. Hopefully, by 2018 we will have a whole new line of fun ceramic living home decor to go alongside our hand-blown glass and succulent shells.
6. How long have you sold your wares at PSM? What encouraged you to apply/ keeps you vending with us now?
We have been at the Portland Saturday market for 2 seasons, but we started at the Skidmore Saturday Market next-door about 6 years ago. Our customers and friends keep us coming back. Our family makes a living doing what we love and that’s an amazing thing not to be taken for granted.
To learn more visit: www.hammerandvine.com