Titled “Maine: Four Seasons in a Day,” the fashion show highlights the designs of MECA alumni and current students, while giving a nod to Maine’s own distinct seasons. And while Portland is no stranger to unique style, the fashion show will certainly be chock full of distinctive pieces that aren’t often seen on the streets of Portland: A Druidic headdress, wood-veneer bow ties, a mouse-pelt vest. Also in the mix, a selection of vintage dresses culled from a larger donation made to the school by Roxanne Quimby.
I was bursting with glee when I spotted this sweet MECA student, a Connecticut native (tri-state pride!) walking down Congress Street with some sizable stems. I haven’t seen someone carrying fresh flowers in so long that I’m certain this is a sign that winter is gone and spring is here. Officially.
Andrew Haviland’s handcast barnacle rings have been on my mind since December. I finally tracked him down to find out a bit more about the inspiration behind his pieces. Handcast in white bronze, silver or gold, his jewelry are inspired by somewhat unexpected crustacean life. (Hint: not lobsters).
I’d say 9 out of 10 times when I stop someone on the street and ask them, “Where oh where did you get that amazing [insert item name here]?” the answer is generally, “Oh, it was only $10 at [insert cool store name here].” We are a city filled with excellent bargain hunters. Sometimes the best finds are found on students. Afterall, they have the smallest budgets.
Whether you’re on the hunt for some stocking stuffers, a crowd-pleasing yankee swap item or you’re just shopping on a strict budget, it’s still possible to shop small. After checking out the local talent this past weekend at MECA, Picnic and doing some digging on my own, I’ve found 10 great gift ideas for the ladies on your list, all for under $10.
There are so many good shopping events going on this weekend that frankly, I’m overwhelmed. I’ve created my own plan of attack and thought I’d share it with you so you don’t miss out on any good holiday happenings this weekend. So strap on your shopping shoes and join me.
Using community service as currency is the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop, opening on Free Street from 6:30-9 pm during First Friday Art Walk. The one-night-only shop will sell handmade goods and art created by MECA students that can be purchased in exchange for volunteer time. Meaning you get the art without paying a penny. But you do have to give something: your time.