The buzz from Sleeping Bee Studio

Making art, creating design, waxing batik & painting murals

Rin Carroll Jackson – Artist in Residence Portland, OR

Being in an area of SE Portland where there is a concentration of artists is exciting. (see SE Area ARTWalk map) From one block to the next there are creatives nestled into their unique spaces doing their skilled work. Creations in glass, fabric, ceramic, photography, sculpture and more are part of our neighborhoods. Maintaining recognition of the skills and talents of these artisans in the increasingly crowded landscape is a challenge. The drastic change in the dynamics of our commerce district has taken some adjustment, to say the least, and getting the public aware of various artists located here is a mighty task. Ultimately, there would be a SE Art and Culture Council that would publicize, organize and provide ways to allow us to thrive throughout the year. But, as individual artists we are left to our own devices to self promote, work hard and get ourselves out there to make our art count.

Yes, convenience wise, it is easier to jump online and click a button to purchase and item, we all do it.  Shop for the Sleeping Bee Products HERE!!!

And yes, you can buy art that way if you take the time to search it out. In your search though, the large corporations have enormous budgets to get your attention, created a platform for presenting said needed item and take your money with ease. Time one has in their day to search out artists or visit local establishments is quite limited for those navigating their daily routine. Also, money spent on art is not always an option.

As an artist and citizen, I feel passionate about the inclusion of art and culture in my community. Combining with other artists, crafters, and musicians for various events has been a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding experience over the past 20 years in the Richmond Neighborhood and greater Portland Metro area. Affordable creative spaces, available venues to show and reasonable costs of entry to events are things facing artists here and now in 2017.  Reinventing, continually exploring for opportunities and striving to build a business seem to be tools artists have at the ready in their tool belts. Putting the time and effort into making our art is essential, but all the nitty-gritty detail work it takes to bring that art to the public eye is often overlooked.

The more one talks to artists the more appreciation they seem to develop for the unique skill sets it takes to create the work, promote that work and sell it in a marketplace. I would like to take a moment to give a shout out to all those artists that put in the daily practice of living as an artist and bringing wonderful pieces to the world. If you have a moment to thank an artist, please take that moment to do so.

[I, and hope other artists would agree, am very grateful to SE Uplift, Division/Clinton Business Assoc., RACC, Richmond Neighborhood Assoc., Portland Mural Defense, SE Examiner, New Season’s Market, Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development, _{Mirador we miss you}, …], Who am I missing in the list..fill out below and I will add them on? 

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Welcome to the creative zone!

The flag started as white fabric. Our team creates each of these original batiks in SE Portland, Oregon.

BannersWe are woman-owned by Rin Carroll Jackson/Artist in Residence + Yearly Art Event Coordinator & Promoter/Graphic Designer/hula hoop builder & enthusiast/Batik Team member for Sleeping Bee Batiks along side Joe L. Jackson, dye specialist and musician.

Find out more about us?

We encourage you to contact us to see our woman-owned, family-run endeavor focusing on providing colorful, lasting products that will bring you much joy. May this upcoming season be great for you and if you find your self in the Portland area search for the Sleeping Bee Studio to find a micro business seeking your support. (or LIKE US on facebook!!!)

Photo:  Women’s lettuce edge tank with our banjoBanjo Lettuce Edge tank by Sleeping Bee Studio all rights reserved 2013.jpg design produced in Richmond Neighborhood ~ Portland, Oregon (just south of SE Clinton St.). We are thrilled with our studio and production space.  Our excitement peaks as we have designed the new facility to utilize a 165 gallon rain barrel system that gathers the Pacific NW rain off the roof. We are dedicated to creating long lasting, artistically-made products that you can enjoy for many, many years. more…    Photos of designs?

RCJAE, LLC Sleeping Bee Batiks_(c) 2013 Summer Production_all rights reservedWe are now settled into the studio and functioning efficiently.  If you have an interest in seeing our business please contact us at 503-318-3250 and we will arrange a time for you to visit. Please leave a message and we will return your call in a prompt fashion.

Since 2003 we have used sustainable practices and our new studio is a wonderful “off the beaten path” part of our neighborhood/business district. = by appointment

All the best from Sleeping Bee Studio Staff

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