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August 12, 2010 01:34 PM

As promised, here's the first of a series of longer Q&As with the designers featured in this week's fashion issue. More to come!

by Moria Wheeler, 24

What kind of clothes do you focus on?
I focus on clothes mostly for 16-mid-20some girls. Really bright colors, flashy patterns — clothes that are fun.

How long have you been designing clothes?
Since 2006.

Have you been selling stuff the whole time?
I think I started probably a year after that putting my stuff on consignment at Deluxe and later, when Kitsch evolved, at Kitsch.

Do you have a day job?
No. I’ve been going to school on and off. I’m not currently in classes this semester, but I do go to school, too.

Does designing earn enough to make a living?
Not enough to make a living but enough to have, I guess, pocket money, to be able to do things you want to do.

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What are the clothes that they took photos of today?
An orange gathered skirt with an eclectic print on it. I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s interesting, kind of tribal, kind of out there. I don’t know. And then a lace, a long lace shirt, it’s black with stripes to the lace, so it has kind of see through panels. And then a pair of earrings and two necklaces, one of the necklaces I cast in silver.

So you do jewelry as well as clothes?
Yes. And the bag.

Is is dresses you focus on, is it all kinds of things?
It’s all kinds of things. I’ve done anything from like jackets and leggings and sweaters and vests, and then also I dabble in silkscreening some of my clothes too. So I do a lot of different stuff. It just depends.

From where do you draw inspiration?
Really all over. I mean, it’s not a lot of specific things. I definitely follow more high fashion than I used to. I have an interest in just seeing what’s being pushed at people in terms of like what they put out in the market. It’s weird to go to the mall and see what all the girls are buying, all that kind of stuff. It’s interesting. I find it really interesting. And then I still just do my own thing, but I like kind of looking into that.

Are there other designers in town you particularly admire? Is there kind of a community of designers that you are part of?
I don’t work with anybody but I’m friends with several people. I would consider Mitra [Chester], who works at Deluxe, a friend, and she’s the one who’s putting together these amazing shows for the last few years.

Have you been involved with all of the shows, or a lot of them?
Yes. This will be my seventh show.

Do you tend to do your things in collections, or are you just constantly working on stuff?
I am kind of constantly working on stuff. I go through kind of a break period after I do a big show where I just don’t really work for a little bit — just kind of put things on the rack and lay back for a minute before I start working again. It’s also kind of daunting you know, when you’re like — for the spring show I did 21 outfits and they all had like accessories and bags and all that stuff. It was 38 pieces all together of clothing, and then 15 pieces of jewelry and four bags, and it’s just a lot of work. So after that I have to kind of take a break for a while.

How many pieces are you doing for this one?
There’s a cap. The cap is 15, so I’m doing 10 but I’ll probably walk in an outfit that I designed, so technically 11.

What are you working on next, for the show or in the future?
I would really like to work more in jackets. I started doing that a little bit this last year and they’re just really fun and really exciting, really rewarding, when you complete something that has so many pieces involved and its very complicated to get a good fit with a jacket from scratch. So I’d like to work more in that before it gets too wintery.

I really prefer like the spring/summertime shows just because I like to make a lot of bright colored dresss and bright colored things in general and so it’s kind of hard when fall comes around — not that I don’t appreciate most color palettes; it’s just, it’s more exciting to see all these like flashy things coming down the runway than it is to have a bunch of mauve, and beige, and autumn tones, it’s just not as much fun for me.

Do you have one particular thing that you’ve made that you’re the most proud of, or most fond of?
I guess ... I made this one dress that was pleated and silk that I was really proud of. It just came out really incredible, and I’d never done pleats in anything before, and silk is a very difficult fabric to work in. So I was pretty excited about that dress.

Jaunty Designs are available at Deluxe.

August 9, 2010 05:40 PM

You could — and should — go see Winter's Bone at the Bijou. But this weekend there's an extra-special reason to get over to the theater: Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's incredible, whimsical, strange, dark and lovely The City of Lost Children is playing. Why? "Just a wild hair," says the Bijou's Louise Thomas. Works for me.

I've lost track of how many times I've seen this movie, and yet I still fail at a quick summary: In a bizarre city, One (Ron Perlman) and a beautiful little urchin named Miette (Judith Vittet) set out to find One's little brother, who's been kidnapped by a scientist who employs a small army of Dominique Pinons to help him study dreams in hopes of stopping the aging process? That doesn't even begin to cover it.

(Click here for a perfectly mystifying trailer.)

Jeunet (sans Caro) has a new film coming out soon, but Micmacs, while moderately charming, has nothing on City. Go, go, go!

July 26, 2010 03:07 PM

Hot on the heels of last weekend's Bite of Eugene — at which we hear Rabbit Bistro chef Gabriel Gil won the Iron Chef competition — comes a smaller but still charming way to try a variety of Eugene eats: Ninkasi's Carts & Cold One Cookoff. All we know is what's on that flyer, but as frequent consumers of Eugene's food cart offerings, we can't help but be intrigued by the chance to eat from lots of carts at once while sipping pints on Ninkasi's shiny new patio. It's kind of like the super Kesey Plaza food cart pod — but, y'know, with beer.

Snack on stuff from Devour, Chick'n Shack, Eddo Buger, Casa de Dilla, The Nosh Pit, Bianacala Pork Growers and more from 5-8 pm Sunday, Aug. 1, at Ninkasi Brewing (272 Van Buren). Proceeds benefit the School Garden Project, Farm to School and the Terra Madre Network.

June 17, 2010 03:58 PM

The really, really, good (via everyone and their mother on Twitter):

The iffy, shiny, what-the-fuck-is-going-on-here? bad (via Cinematical):

(Can someone please put my annoyed mind at ease by identifying the unnecessarily epic and swoopy music toward the end?)

... and the ever so aptly named weird. If this looks like your kind of thing? It probably is.

The Good the Bad the Weird opens tomorrow at the Bijou. Voyage of the Dawn Treader comes out December 10. And Scott Pilgrim, which I've been looking forward to for two years, is out Aug. 13. Please don't disappoint me, Edgar Wright.

June 11, 2010 03:36 PM

Sam Bond's has made Esquire's list of best bars in America again.

Here's the magazine's write up:

"As you stretch out on the split-timber benches under the old barn's bare rafters, you slowly realize you're in the family room of one of the weirdest neighborhoods in America -- a shady, overgrown co-op of artists, ecoanarchists, spirit healers, drug dealers, and permanently circling vagabonds. And the living couldn't be better: Couples play cribbage on the rough-hewn communal tables, kids loll on the modest stage until the sun goes down, and the strong-limbed waitresses circulate the beers in mason jars and smile, but only if they really mean it. It's like a frontier dance hall in a mining town where the vein's gone dry. The dreams are alive, but appealingly bruised."

Hmmm. Could be a new motto: "Eugene, the Word's Greatest City for the Appealingly Bruised"

June 3, 2010 09:50 AM

Why does the weather suck? Eugene is at the nozzle end of a 6,000-mile long plume of wetness jetting all the way across the Pacific. We're hosed.

May 26, 2010 01:45 PM

Have you got a few ideas about how this country ought to be run? Maybe a notion as to what "American values" really means, or how the government can work toward American prosperity?

The Republicans would like to hear from you. Just as soon as they can get their website sorted out. At the moment, it tells me that many Americans are speaking out. Can I wait a moment, then try again?

You bet I can. Because America is speaking out, and it has a sense of humor.

Let's have the Washington Post's Dana Milbank explain what America Speaking Out, the Repubbers' new website, is all about:

Republicans want to take over the House in the fall, but there's a problem: They don't have an agenda.

So on Tuesday, they set out to resolve that shortcoming. They announced that they would solicit suggestions on the Internet, then have members of the public give the ideas a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. Call it the "Dancing With the Stars" model of public policy.

Later in Millbank's piece — which you really should read; his carefully sustained tone is a thing of sly beauty — Rep. Peter Roskam (Ill.) explains that his party's shiny new site "has cutting-edge technology" and "a winsome design that is easy for people to interact with." And sure, some of those folks interacting with the site are very sincere in their suggestions. Make Congress have the same health care as the rest of us. Don't let politicians vote to give themselves raises. Stop bickering. "I have two words for you: Palin/Beck 2012."

I'm still not sure whether to take that one seriously. But what do the less predictable posters want from this great country?

"Pomegranates are a trend whose time has past," says a poster whose suggestion is currently getting more thumbs-up than thumbs-down votes.

"TAX EXCLAMATION MARKS!!! AND CAPITAL LETTERS!!! AND SENTENCE FRAGMENTS!!!" suggests a person with a creative idea about how to deal with budget issues. Some posters get down to truly pressing questions ("Jelly or jam? I like jelly cause of no seeds") and important details ("Make it illegal for your friend to send you a Facebook message about that brown cow, holy clap, I've seen that thing like fifty times, no exaggeration, no one cares about your farm, Jennifer").

America Speaking Out is currently crashing again, meaning I can't pull more choice quotes for you — but the thing is, fellow Americans, I trust you can find some beauts yourself. Do tell us what you turn up. But let me leave you with one last pearl of wisdom:

"Dolphins are not good role models because they live in groups, just like communists."

May 26, 2010 10:19 AM

The department that brought you "officer blow job" is now testing a new police "muscle car" made famous by a Superbowl ad criticized as misogynist:

Here's the ad:

Here's "Officer Blow Job," aka Roger Magaña, the Eugene cop convicted of raping or sexually abusing more than a dozen women over six years while other EPD officers ignored their complaints:

Here's a spoof of the ad:

Rather than "a man's last stand," maybe the EPD should test a car that emphasizes use of a smarter muscle:

Or maybe Eugene's cops need a new ride that goes Dutch:

May 26, 2010 02:33 PM

Via Portland Mercury via Towleroad via Buzzfeed via OH PLEASE MAKE IT STOP.

May 24, 2010 11:27 AM

At the Oregon and Washington Society of Professional Journalists' annual awards banquet on Saturday, EW picked up a handful of nifty certificates. While SPJ has the year's award recipients listed on a nifty PDF, we thought it might be helpful — or at least potentially interesting to one or two people — to give a quick rundown with handy-dandy links.

Second place, special section
The State of Suds

Third place, special section
Oregon Bach Festival 2009

Second place, criticism
"A Red Hot Mess: 'China Design Now' at the Portland Art Museum mostly fails to charm" by Suzi Steffen

Third place, criticism
"Defining Her Future: Carey Mulligan shines in an unsentimental film" by Molly Templeton

Second place, education reporting
"Retaliation? Did the UO fire a professor for alleging racism?" by Camilla Mortensen

Yeah, yeah, we didn't get any firsties. We'll try harder. And maybe shake our puny fists in admiration at Willamette Week's impressive restaurant guide in the meantime.

May 19, 2010 02:12 PM

A rash of cancellations came in after deadline this week. Here's a quick rundown of what's NOT happening:

Shooter Jennings is NOT playing the WOW Hall tonight.

Bitch is NOT playing the OUT/LOUD Queer Music Festival on Friday, May 21, at the WOW Hall, though the festival will otherwise go on as planned.

UPDATE: The OUT/LOUD planning committee just issued a statement explaining that Bitch was "disinvited" from playing at the event due to "her transphobic remarks and ongoing conflict with the trans community." The statement outlines the remarks in question and apologizes to "those who were excluded or hurt by our decision to invite Bitch to play at OUT/LOUD this year."

• The Random Acts of Funnness event at Petersen Barn Community Center will NOT take place on Friday, May 21.

In other, somewhat tangentially related concert news, the band Isis is calling it quits; their current tour, which includes a WOW Hall show on May 29, is their last. The full text of the announcement is on the band's blog.

I need something happy to end this post. Or at least something cheerfully random. So here: An Oregon kid wrote a song inspired by Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel Chains. Then he made a video for it. Would you like your dose of earnest charm for the day? Then watch this.

May 18, 2010 02:55 PM


Just yesterday, I mentioned Eugene filmmaker Henry Weintraub while joking about the various occasions on which zombies have roamed Eugene. Today, in a nice bit of timing, a press release arrrived announcing the premiere of Weintraub's newest feature film, the promisingly titled The Darkest Corner of Paradise.

Paradise is a change of pace for Weintraub, whose previous films include the not-quite-a-zombie-movie Melvin and the revenge short Depraved. Now, as the release says, he's "finally trying his hand at drama." The film, which was shot in Eugene and Portland, stars Patrick O'Driscoll, Richard Leebrick, John Schmor and Kato Buss; Sawyer Family bassist Zac Sawyer provides the score.

So what's it about, you ask?

When college graduate Peter Landsman moves to the city to pursue a career in professional accounting, he finds himself in a situation far less predictable. With the disappearance of a mysterious woman, Landsman is lured into an underworld of black market traders and killers.

The Darkest Corner of Paradise premieres Friday, June 19, at the Bijou. For more info, see 531 Productions.

May 17, 2010 01:36 PM

The first words on the page in the new Vertigo comic I, Zombie are "Eugene, Oregon." The setting is awfully familiar: Hello, Pioneer Cemetery! (To the best of my knowledge, until now, the only zombies roaming the cemetery have been those taking part in one of the zombie walks — or perhaps starring in a Henry Weintraub movie.)

I, Zombie takes its time getting to the messier part of its zombie heroine's existence. Writer Chris Roberson and illustrator (and Oregonian) Mike Allred spend most of the issue setting the scene: Gwen, who's slightly on the sarcastic and cranky side, works in an ecologically friendly graveyard and pals around with a ’60s ghost and a were-terrier. Elsewhere in town, a hot paintball ref has more than the game on her mind when she stops to chat up a lost fella in the woods, and a pair of detectives aren't just keeping their eyes out for misbehaving punk kids downtown.

Gwen looks a little off. Her skin tone doesn't match anyone else's, as is most apparent under the brighter lights of Dixie's Firehouse (another local landmark, renamed). The book's Oregonian palette is appropriately muted and, yes, of course it rains. It's the first issue. Precedent must be set. Allred's art is clean and readable, almost a little spare, but like the issue as a whole, it builds satisfyingly; Gwen's reveal (which isn't much of a reveal, given the name of the book), with rain pouring down into an open grave and an unpleasant meal in our heroine's hands, is set against a page that illustrates the divide in her life: Girl, zombie; self, other self; what she does and what it means.

I, Zombie is a speedy, easygoing intro to a new series; it's light on plot and feels like it's trying to be a little more quippily clever than it is. But the last few pages, as Roberson gets to the real crux of Gwen's complicated existence, have quite a bit of promise. Gwen has to eat one brain each month to keep from going "all mindless and shambling," as she explains — lack of brains is bad for a zombie lass's complexion — but there's a catch.

There's always a catch.

I, Zombie #1 came out May 5. It's a buck at your friendly local comics-purveying establishment.

May 14, 2010 03:02 PM

The New York Times writes today on how a city — "usually seen as an enclave of hippies, marijuana dispensaries and rock climbers — has become a hotbed of capitalism."

No, unfortunately, it's not Eugene, it's Boulder that's become a hot place for high-tech start ups. Could Eugene follow the model?

The NYT notes some key ingredients to success:

• Author Richard Florida's recipe for "talented people and a high quality of life that keeps them around, technological expertise, and an open-mindedness about new ways of doing things, which often comes from a strong counterculture."

• "the mix of money, universities, a high-tech talent pool and appealing lifestyle needed to hatch tech start-ups."

• "allows for lunch-break hikes"

• A University of Colorado "center makes sure that those veterans cross paths with young entrepreneurs. It hosts meet-ups, a campuswide business plan competition and a law clinic, where entrepreneurs get free legal help on things like intellectual property protection."

• "a three-month mentorship program that has taken place in an old gym in Boulder since 2007, has spurred the start-up community’s growth."

• "Several of them share space — tiny offices and a big common room, kitchen and deck — above Aji, a Latin American restaurant downtown."

Interesting. There's nothing about the big corporate tax breaks, chain stores, urban sprawl, big box retail, call centers, filling wetlands, bulldozing riverfront natural areas, reducing regulations, freeways or groveling for exportable factory jobs that has been and remains the focus of Eugene's failed economic development strategy. Maybe Eugene needs a stronger counterculture.