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Animal Spirit Profiles: PGF

Britt and Rosemary of Portland Garment Factory


We interviewed and photographed Portland creatives we admire to find out a little bit more about their work.

 

Britt Howard and Rosemary Brenson are the dynamic co-founders of Portland Garment Factory, a local production house committed to ethically and sustainably produced fabrics and goods. Sensing a gap in the Portland fashion industry, the two joined forces to provide vital services — like sourcing and grading patterns — more commonly found in cities like Los Angeles and New York. We saw in Britt the potent, creative, and fast-moving energy of the Crow; as for Rosemary, we found her deep sensitivity and bustling work ethic resembled the Bee.

Britt Howard/Portland Garment Factory:
Crow

  1. What is your medium? raw materials, found and sourced, mashed together, applied to life 
  2. Three words that describe your work. dynamic, fluid, raw
  3. Three words that describe yourself. creative, strong, visionary, blunt, silly
  4. Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration comes to me most fluidly when I am interacting with other makers, creative people, artists, and indie business owners.
  5. What's your biggest struggle as an artist? Sticking to one project at a time. Not commoditizing my work (business owner survivalist mentality).
  6. How do you rise up against that struggle? Feminist goggles! They’ve been on since I was ten years old.
  7. Do you have a secret talent or super power? Mothering is my super power.
  8. What do you think your animal spirit is? A male bowerbird.

Rosemary Brenson/Portland Garment Factory:
Bee

  1. What is your medium? fabrics of all sorts, sticks and stones, all things grandma
  2. Three words that describe your work. industrial, revitalizing, thorough
  3. Three words that describe yourself. old soul, loyal, gentle, and fiery
  4. Where do you find inspiration? powerful forces - like lightening over the ocean, feelings of infinite possibilities and infinite potential.
  5. What's your biggest struggle as an artist? Bringing new things into a world overflowing with stuff.
  6. How do you rise up against that struggle? Designing with intention. Helping create goods with longevity and lasting purpose. 
  7. Do you have a secret talent or super power? (heart) putting babies to sleep (heart)
  8. What do you think your animal spirit is? flamingo