Alumni Becca Gore Launches Art School Hero!
April 16, 2020
Offering goods by ACD Alumni, Gina Rios, Chelsea Snow (of SnowMade), and so many more, Art School Hero is a curated online gallery and retailed for small-scale makers and creative businesse! Finding her own sales impacted by retailers across the country closing, Becca Gore (of Drawn Goods) details her journey to launching Art School Hero in this challenging time for makers and entrepreneurs.
"What a strange world, am I right? It is the first week of April 2020, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, most of us ordered to stay home, self isolate, watch netflix. Non-essential stores are closed. People who do go outside are often seen wearing makeshift face masks and plastic gloves. Emails are no longer signed “Speak soon” or “Best” they are signed “Stay healthy” or “Stay safe”. Does anyone else feel like they are living in a really stressful yet very boring movie? Raise your hand if you haven’t put on undergarments in a couple of weeks. Blink once if your sleep schedule has gone from mostly average to completely nocturnal in a matter of days. Blink twice if you have filed for unemployment. The world is in an altered state. We have lost our balance a bit. Therein lies the power of the pivot.. or something like that.
My name is Becca, I am an artist and product designer based in Chicago, Illinois. I sell my work in small mom and pop shops across the country. But with the necessary closing of a lot of these places in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, makers like me have had to pause production and sales, waiting for normalcy (whatever that means) to return.
I have worked on my gift product line called Drawn Goods for about one year. Like a mediocre comedy, my business truly began picking up steam in February 2020 then BLAM! a global pandemic shut down all my clients. I had just spent days making the most beautiful integrated spreadsheets to organize my growing business, only to not need them for the foreseeable future. But I have my family, my friends, my health, a roof over my head, the internet, and so much soup in my cupboard. I realize in the absurdity of this time we live, even with my small business coming to a major pause, I have an opportunity a lot of other people don’t have: the opportunity to pivot.
While my orders to stores might have temporarily stopped, it doesn’t mean that I have to. I asked myself, “What are the other parts of my job that I really like, that I can cultivate in a new direction during this unusual time?” The answer to me was this list: spreadsheets (I know I’m a weirdo), curating product, marketing, community engagement, consulting, lifting up my fellow makers. The next question was “how can I pivot to leverage these skills and interests? The answer was Art School Hero, an online store curated by me, filled with my favorite artisan products made by my fellow small batch makers. It is a mouthful, I know. It is also new, and a little shaky, and still growing, but I am excited to share it with you!
Find out more and see the work at artschoolhero.com!
We are thrilled to announce Pacific Northwest College of Art's 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition!
On view across three locations in downtown Portland, Oregon May 4 ~ May 21, 2023
Please join us for a First Thursday Opening Reception on May 4 from 5pm - 8pm!
Co-curated by Hannah Bakken Morris, AC+D Chair, Sara Huston and Abby McGehee
Public Reception: Thursday, November 3 - 5-8pm
Film Viewing of Handmade Nation: Thursday, November 10 at 5pm, PNCA Mediateque
Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm, PNCA Lemelson Innovation Studio Dates: November 3rd - December 10th
Location: Center for Contemporary Art & Culture Gallery, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Join us for the MFA Open Studios on Saturday, Nov 12th from 5-8pm!
Get a look "behind the curtain" and into the studios of our current MFA students in the Applied Craft + Design and Visual Studies programs! You will have a chance to meet current students and talk to them about their work!
This event is free and open to the public!
Glass Building 2139 N Kerby Ave, Portland Oregon
Find out more about the AC+D program by signing up for the events below!
INFO SESSIONS WITH SARA HUSTON
Monday, November 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM
GLASS MFA STUDIO AND FACILITIES TOUR WITH SARA HUSTON
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Monday, November 21, 2022 - one hour meeting times
Join us on Friday, October 21st at 6:30 for a lecture by Jeanne Medina Le. Jeanne is an LA-based artist who uses textile, the body, and installation to perform artistic research. She considers her production a continuous process which attempts to learn and decolonize the fixed and fluid spaces of her filipina-american identity. She is interested in the language, meaning, and knowledge embodied in textiles which are subject to time. Jeanne is Assistant Professor in 3D Media / Fiber Program Head at California State University Long Beach.
This lecture is a collaboration with Portland Textile Month