Put A Bird In It—Featured Maker, Struck

The WeMake crew is working hard to get things ready for our Put a Bird In It party and auction that will be taking place during Design Week Portland.  Local, national and international artists answered our call to action and created amazing birdhouses that will be auctioned off to help raise money for arts and music education in Portland schools. Its going to be one hell of a party too. 

Here is another look at one of the amazing birdhouses that will be available for auction from the team at Struck. They put a modern twist to their project and created a sleek, Mondrian themed house. Let’s take a look at how their house came together.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the people working on this project.

I’m the guy at Struck with grown kids who needed help when they were young scouts putting together birdhouses. Maybe the nostalgia is what appealed to me. Plus, I like working with my hands and making things. I like the challenge of making something with narrow parameters and limited materials and tools.

Have you created 3D work before? 

Not extensively, although I’ve made some art assemblages in the past.

What are your influences and inspiration? What excites you about design?

I like the problem solving aspect of design. First and foremost this was a birdhouse. It had to be structurally sound and functional. Second, it was an auction item. It needed audience appeal. Third it was a piece of art. It needed to be unique and/or reflect cultural/architectural context.

What appeals to you in regards to this project?

It’s always a lot easier to make personal sacrifices when it’s for a good cause. I’m also an avid bird lover, so it was like doing two good causes.

Please give us a little detail about your process and approach to the project so far. What have you enjoyed about it?

I love challenging myself with puzzles and this was essentially a creative puzzle. I laid out the pieces and just stared at them for a while, making mental constructions and sketches. Then I started moving things around and putting them together using tape.

The Mid-century Modern idea seemed to make sense because I had limited access to wood-working tools and facilities, so keeping the shapes basic would simplify the construction and enable me to make it durable using glue. It would have been easier to just glue it all together, but I thought it would be nice if the roof could be taken off to clean the bird compartment and make repairs down the road. So I needed a configuration that would also allow the roof to be attached with screws.

Finally, the use of basic shapes in a retro-modern context seem to dictate the Mondrian color scheme. The last detail was a skylight using a cutout from the bottom of a Rubbermaid tub to allow for light and ventilation while giving protection from the elements and predators.

You can now see the entire collection of birdhouses out in the wild. Here is a list of the birdhouse, the artists and where they’re being featured here in Portland. More houses are being added all the time so check back often to find your favorites.