DAY 1 5x5/ FRIDAY, 13TH OCTOBER
5 minutes, 5 slides with local entrepreneurs rocking the creative scene.
5X5 / ANTHONY SCOTT
“ It’s been a journey everyday. One that I have been enjoying every step of the way.”
Anthony Scott started his creative journey on the day he decided to document his motorcycle projects. One project lead to another and slowly he came to the realization he needed to invest in a camera. Having had zero previous experience in photography he decided to shoot every thing he could with his Rebel T2i cross-hairs. Early on he utilized Instagram as a main source of sharing his work. After a while a community formed around his interests of cars and motorcycles. He sees his work with Enginethusiast and Supply and Denim as a way to express his artistic views, but also as a positive influence on his integration and mitigation of PTSD, a result of his time serving in the United States Air Force.
5X5 / ASA BREE SIERACKI
Portland native Asa Bree Sieracki has always had a call for the wild creative. She started making jewelry and selling it online at the age of 14, and later worked as a make-up artist for MAC. Now her medium is of a smaller scale.
Asa is a nail art connoisseur at Fingerbang and she is in such high demand that many of her reservation books are closed. Elle Magazine named her a global influencer, and her work has been featured on MTV Australia, Nylon, Refinery29, and PopSugar. Her client list goes beyond her daily customers to include: Nike, Adidas, and Weiden + Kennedy. She is also a frequent contributor to industry standard magazines such as NailPro Magazine and Nails Magazine. When she is not painting small scale, she hand-paints leather jackets under the name Aces High Trading Company. Asa is also teaching a workshop on Day 2. Day 2.
5X5 / IAN WILLIAMS
Ian Williams used to be a developer/engineer. He worked for Nike for nine years, first at the employee store, then as a temp making air bags. After a few months he wanted to see more so he took a job as a janitor on campus. Ian was a janitor there for three years, and it was also his introduction to the world of sneaker design.
“I got to know some people in pretty high places because I took out their trash”. One day he boldly asked to design a package of sneakers based around the work he was doing there. This culminated in the release of the Nike SB Wet Floor Dunk Hi, a high top sneaker styled after slippery when wet signs.
Ian is now the owner of Deadstock Coffee, a coffee shop and gallery in Chinatown.
5x5 / SAUL KOLL
Since 1986, Saul Koll has been making unique, innovative guitars using only the finest materials with a total dedication to his craft. He developed his now-iconic Glide body shape over 25 years ago and has used it as the main platform for his guitar designs ever since. Koll guitars are built by Saul and his team in his Portland workshop using old school equipment, methods and techniques. They source most of their wood from the local Pacific Northwest.
Saul’s customers include guitarists: Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Henry Kaiser, Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Mary Timony (Ex Hex), Peter Holmstrom (Dandy Warhols), and even Aaron Draplin to name a few.
What began as an experiment in guitar construction on the kitchen table of his college apartment in 1986 turned into a career for Saul.